Baseball Picked To Win Pac-10 In 2002 Preseason Coaches Poll

Jan. 15, 2002

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford has been selected as the conference favorite in a preseason 2002 Pac-10 Coaches Poll, receiving seven of eight possible first-place votes. Stanford has won at least a share of either the Pac-10 title or previously the Pac-10 Southern Division title in four of the last five seasons and has finished either first or second in arguably the nation's best conference 19 times in the last 21 seasons.

The Cardinal, ranked No. 1 in the nation in preseason polls by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, will open its 2002 collegiate baseball season by hosting No. 15 Cal State Fullerton in a three-game series February 1-3. Stanford has finished second at the College World Series each of the last two seasons and returns all of its position starters from last year's CWS title game. Last season, Stanford finished 51-17 overall and 17-7 in the Pac-10.

The Cardinal has earned a spot in the CWS field for each of the last three years and compiled three consecutive 50-win seasons, both for the first time in school history. This year's senior class is attempting to become the first group of Stanford players to reach Omaha for four consecutive seasons.

'We're ready to get going, but we have a lot of work to do before we start playing games,' said an enthusiastic head coach Mark Marquess prior to the team's first official practice today.

The complete 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Coaches' Preseason Poll is listed below.

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SCHOOL (FIRST-PLACE VOTES) - POINTS
1) STANFORD (7) - 63
2) USC (2) - 57
3) ARIZONA STATE - 49
4) CALIFORNIA - 41
5) ARIZONA - 34
6) WASHINGTON - 30
7) OREGON STATE - 21
8) UCLA - 20
9) WASHINGTON STATE - 9

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