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Baseball A Unanimous No. 12 Preseason Pick
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Release: 01/19/2005
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            TUCSON, Ariz.- Having already been named the No. 12 team in both the Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America preseason polls, the first Sports Weekly/ESPN College Baseball poll of the year has made the Arizona baseball team the unanimous pick at the spot. The Wildcats received 427 total votes in the poll to place them in a tie with conference foe Washington at No. 12.

 

            Texas, a 2005 opponent of Arizona and the 2004 College World Series runner up, has been tabbed the No. 1 team by the publication. Cal State Fullerton, another opponent for UA in 2005 and the defending national champions, was picked second, followed by Miami, LSU and Tulane to round out the top five.

 

            Stanford (No. 6) and Arizona State (No. 9) were two of the teams that made up the second half of the top 10 in the latest rankings.

 

            The Wildcats will kick off their 2005 season with the annual Alumni Weekend Jan. 28-30. Due to a pair of basketball games scheduled from Jan. 29, the annual alumni game will be played a day later on Sunday, Jan .30 at 12:30 p.m. The season officially begins on Friday, Feb. 4 when New Mexico pays a visit to Tucson for a three game series.

 

Sports Weekly/ESPN 2005 Preseason College Baseball Coaches Poll

Jan. 19, 2005

 

The Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 College Coaches’ Poll as selected by 40 Division I coaches representing the

American Baseball Coaches Association.

Rank     School (2004 final record) 

1.           Texas (58-15)                                       

2.           Cal State Fullerton (47-22)              

3.           Miami (Fla.) (50-13)                    

4.           Louisiana State (46-19)                

5.           Tulane (41-21)         

6.           Stanford (46-14)         

7.           South Carolina (53-17)         

8.           Georgia (45-23)         

9.           Arizona State (41-18)  

10.         Texas A&M (42-22) 

11.         North Carolina (43-21)         

12. (Tie)  Washington (39-20-1) 

12. (Tie)  Arizona (36-27-1)     

14.         Rice (46-14)  

15.         Georgia Tech (44-21)  

16.         Long Beach State (40-21)  

17.         Florida (43-22)         

18.         Mississippi (39-21)  

19.         Florida State (45-23)  

20.         Notre Dame (51-12) 

21.         Baylor (29-31)         

22.        Vanderbilt (45-19)  

23.        Clemson (39-26)         

24.        Arkansas (45-24)        

25.        TCU (39-26)  

Dropped out:

No. 9 (Tie) East Carolina (51-13), No. 21 Virginia (44-15), No. 22 Wichita State (49-16).

Others receiving votes:

Oklahoma State 105; Mississippi State  97; Wichita State 81; Virginia 79; East Carolina 62; Nebraska 48; Oral Roberts 44; Oklahoma 27;   Central Florida 25; Winthrop  22; Auburn  21;  Florida Atlantic  19; Hawaii  18; Southern California  17; Cal Poly  16; Tennessee  16; UCLA  16; UC-Irvine 14; Fresno State 13; North Carolina-Wilmington  13; Charleston  12; Pepperdine 12; Louisiana-Lafayette  8; Southern Mississippi  8; Coastal Carolina  7; Houston  7; North Carolina State  7; Michigan  6; Stetson  6; Nevada-Las Vegas  5; Southwest Missouri State  5; Alabama  4; Creighton  4; San Diego  4; South Florida  3; Minnesota  2; Texas Tech  2; California  1; Nevada  1; Northwestern State 1; UC-Santa Barbara  1.        

 

 

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