Stanford Baseball Ranked #11 In Collegiate Baseball's 2001 Pre-Season Poll

Dec. 22, 2000

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford has been ranked #11 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball in the publicatoin's 2001 Preseason Poll. The Cardinal finished second at the College World Series last season but lost six offensive starters and all three starting pitchers from the 2000 squad which finished 50-16 overall and 17-7 in the Pac-10 Conference.

The Cardinal has won at least a share of a Pac-10 baseball title for each of the last four seasons, a new school record. Stanford does have junior second baseman Chris O'Rirodan, the team's leading hitter in 2000 with a .366 batting average returning, as well as starters Andy Topham (.327, 6 HR, 33 RBI) and Arik VanZandt (.337, 4 HR, 22 RBI).

Head coach Mark Marquess will begin his 25th season at the helm of the Cardinal in 2001 with 995 career victories, needing just five more wins to become the 23rd coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1,000 career victory mark.

Stanford will begin its 2001 campaign by travelling to Cal Poly for a single game on Sunday, January 21 (1:00 pm) to open the Mustangs' new Baggett Stadium. The Cardinal will debut at the newly remodeled Sunken Diamond with a three-game series versus Fresno State (February 26-28).

Georgia Tech has earned the No. 1 ranking Collegiate Baseball's 2001 Preseason Poll, while defending CWS champion Louisiana State is ranked third.

For the complete poll, go to Collegiate Baseball's website.

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