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UCLA Baseball Ranked No. 15 in Collegiate Baseball's Preseason Poll
By: UCLA Athletics

The defending champion UCLA Baseball team has been ranked No. 15 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top-40 poll, as announced by the weekly newspaper on Friday.

The Bruins, who won the program’s first NCAA title in 2013 after posting a 49-17 record, will play 23 games against teams that are ranked in the preseason top-40 in 2014. UCLA is accompanied in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll by five other Pac-12 programs – Oregon State (No. 4), Oregon (No. 6), Arizona State (No. 22), Arizona (No. 24) and Stanford (No. 26).

Six starting position players return from the 2013 squad along with one weekend starting pitcher in junior left-hander Grant Watson, who was named a preseason All-American earlier this week. Junior infielder Kevin Kramer, who was also named a preseason All-American for 2014, will look to lead the infield after tying for the team lead in hits in 2013 while 2013 Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year David Berg is back to anchor the bullpen.

UCLA will begin the 2014 season with a three-game series at home against Portland from Friday, Feb. 14 to Sunday, Feb. 16 at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Game time of the season opener will be at 6 p.m. The Bruins and Pilots will continue their series on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Collegiate Baseball has tabbed Cal State Fullerton as its preseason No. 1 selection and Mississippi State as its No. 2 preseason team. The Bruins defeated Mississippi State in the 2013 College World Series Finals to win the NCAA Championship.

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL PRESEASON TOP-40 POLL

Rank Team 2013 Record Points
1 Cal State Fullerton 51-10 495
2 Mississippi State 51-20 493
3 LSU 57-11 491
4 Oregon State 52-13 487
5 Florida State 47-17 485
6 Oregon 48-16 483
7 Indiana 49-16 481
8 Louisville 51-14 479
9 Vanderbilt 54-12 477
10 North Carolina State 50-16 474
11 North Carolina 59-12 471
12 Virginia 50-12 468
13 Miami, Fla. 37-25 465
14 South Carolina 43-20 463
15 UCLA 49-17 460
16 Florida 29-30 457
17 Rice 44-20 455
18 Oklahoma State 41-19 454
19 TCU 29-28 451
20 Texas 27-24 450
21 Clemson 40-22 447
22 Arizona State 37-22-1 445
23 Louisiana Lafayette 43-10 443
24 Arizona 34-21 441
25 Texas A&M 34-29 437
26 Stanford 32-22 435
27 Cal Poly 40-19 432
28 Kansas State 45-19 430
29 Alabama 35-28 423
30 Mississippi 38-24 421
31 Western Carolina 39-20 419
32 Oklahoma 43-21 417
33 San Diego 37-25 414
34 Wichita State 39-28 411
35 Liberty 36-29 409
36 Tennessee Tech 40-17 404
37 New Mexico 37-22 403
38 East Carolina 31-26 400
39 UC Santa Barbara 34-23 396
40 Coastal Carolina 37-23 395
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