Baseball America Selects USC Fourth In 2002 Preseason Poll

Jan. 3, 2002

DURHAM, N.C. -- The USC baseball team was picked fourth in the 2002 preseason poll by Baseball America. The Trojans are the consensus No. 4 selection, earning the same spot in a poll released earlier by Collegiate Baseball. USC is one of four Pac-10 teams in the top 25, along with top-ranked Stanford, Arizona State (18th) and Washington (24th).

Junior pitcher Anthony Reyes was named as a preseason first team All-American while junior catcher Alberto Concepcion and junior infielder Anthony Lunetta earned second team honors.

USC is coming off a 45-19 season last year and the Pac-10 Conference championship with an 18-6 mark. The Trojans made back-to-back appearances at the College World Series for the first time since the 1973 and 1974 seasons.

The season opener for the Trojans will be on Friday, Feb. 8 at 6:05 p.m. when USC opens a three-game series at Long Beach State.

2002 Baseball America Preseason Poll

1.Stanford2.Clemson3.Miami4.USC5.Notre Dame6.Florida State7.Louisiana State8.Nebraska9.Texas10.Tulane11.Rice12.Wichita State13.Georgia Tech14.South Carolina15.Cal State Fullerton16.Baylor17.Mississippi State18.Arizona State19.North Carolina20.Mississippi21.Wake Forest22.Cal State Northridge23.Oklahoma State24.Washington25.Rutgers 
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