Baseball Ranked No. 24 In Preseason Poll

Jan. 3, 2002

SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team has earned the No. 24 spot in Baseball America's preseasonTop 25 ranking, released today. Washington was fourth among the four Pac-10 teams thatmade the ranking. Stanford was Baseball America's preseason No. 1, USC was fourth andArizona State ranked No. 18.

The Huskies, who finished last season 29-23 overall, were not ranked during any part ofthe 2001 season and were also unranked in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top 40.

The 2002 Washington team includes returning starters at every position except secondbase, where Marc Rittenhouse started only half of last season due to injury. Seven of theHuskies' top eight hitters from last year return for 2002 and each of their top five startingpitchers are back.

Washington opens the 2002 season Feb. 14 vs. Missouri at a tournament in Phoenix, Ariz.The Huskies' first home action is a three-game series against Utah March 1-3 at HuskyBallpark.

Here's the entire Baseball America preseason top 25:

                      Final '01  Final '01Rank  Team               Record       Rank   1. Stanford            51-17          2   2. Clemson             41-22         17   3. Miami               53-12          1   4. USC                 45-19          4   5. Notre Dame          49-13         15   6. Florida State       47-19         10   7. Louisiana State     44-22          9   8. Nebraska            50-16          6   9. Texas               36-26         NR  10. Tulane              56-13          5  11. Rice                47-20         13  12. Wichita State       42-24         NR  13. Georgia Tech        41-20         NR  14. South Carolina      49-20         12  15. CS Fullerton        48-18          3  16. Baylor              37-24         NR  17. Mississippi State   39-23         19  18. Arizona State       37-20         22  19. North Carolina      31-26         NR  20. Mississippi         39-23         NR  21. Wake Forest         44-18         18  22. CS Northridge       34-22         NR  23. Oklahoma State      42-22         NR  24. Washington          29-23         NR  25. Rutgers             42-17         25
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