Baseball Recruiting Class Ranked 10th By Collegiate Baseball

Oct. 4, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz.- Head baseball coach Andy Lopez's first recruiting class at Arizona has gained the attention of the national media. Collegiate Baseball newspaper named Arizona's 2001-02 recruiting class the 10th-best in Division I. The publication ranks schools on the talent of the recruits that actually show up to play on campus after classes start for each respective school.

Coach Lopez and recruiting coordinator Mark Wasikowski are no strangers to top recruiting classes. While at Florida, their 1999 class was ranked second in the nation by Collegiate Baseball.

Arizona's 2001-02 recruiting class consists of 13 freshmen, including a pair of MLB draftees, seven junior college players and Georgia Tech transfer Kevin Guyette.

Arizona joins fellow Pac-10 schools UCLA (seventh) and Stanford (ninth) in the top 10. Other conference schools in the top 30 are USC (12th), Arizona State (14th) and Oregon State (29th).

Georgia Tech was named the school with the top recruiting class in the nation this season. The Yellow Jackets signed nine freshmen players, including four who were drafted in June, but opted to play collegiately instead.

The Wildcats were set to open their fall schedule on Monday, Oct. 7, but that date has been pushed back a week. Fall practices will now begin Monday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. Walk-on tryouts will be held that same day beginning at 5 p.m.











Arizona's 2001-02 Recruiting ClassNo.	Name		Year	B/T	Ht.	Wt.	Hometown/Last SchoolPitchers35	Jordan Brown	Fr.	L/L	6-0	187	Vacaville, Calif./Vacaville HS21 	Chris Frey	Fr.	L/L	6-2	170	Highland, Ill./Highland HS26 	Richie Gardner	Jr.	R/R	6-3	185	Santa Rosa, Calif./Santa Rosa JC36	Kevin Guyette	R-Fr.	R/R	6-4	215	Paradise Valley, Ariz./Georgia Tech25	Pat Lawler	Fr.	R/R	6-2	195	Cottonwood, Ariz./Mingus HS20	Bryan McDonald	Jr.	R/R	6-2	205	Mesa, Ariz./Central Arizona CC48	John Meloan	Fr.	R/R	6-3	225	Houston, Texas/Taylor HS19	Ray Neal	Fr.	L/R	6-0	185	Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe HS4	Derek Rodriguez	So.	R/R	6-1	175	Las Vegas, Nev./Southern Nevada23	Kris Sanchez	Fr.	L/L	6-3	215	Tucson, Ariz./Canyon Del Oro HS22	Mark Worrell	So.	R/R	6-1	195	Boynton Beach, Fla./Indian River CCCatchers13	Nick Hundley	Fr.	R/R	6-1	195	Redmond, Wash./Lake Washington30	Mike Muscato	Fr.	S/R	6-1	188	Peoria, Ariz./Mountain Ridge HS49	Mark Severino	Fr.	R/R	5-10	200	Las Vegas, Nev./Bonanza HSInfielders40	Zach Bies	Jr.	R/R	6-3	220	Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale CC1	Brad Boyer	Fr.	L/R	5-11	180	Camarillo, Calif./Camarillo HS10	Trevor Crowe	Fr.	S/R	5-11	185	Portland, Ore./Westview HS2	Lee Franklin	Fr.	R/R	5-8	170	Berkeley, Calif./Berkeley HS43	Matt McKinney	Fr.	R/R	6-1	190	Tucson, Ariz./Santa Rita HS31	Alex Ortega	Fr.	R/R	5-10	190	Tucson, Ariz./Cholla HS42	Joe Frazier	Jr.	R/R	6-2	210	Midland, Texas/Odessa CollegeOutfielders39	Michael Ash	Fr.	R/R	5-7	160	Tucson, Ariz./Sabino HS14	David Burns	Fr.	L/L	6-0	182	Lynn, Mass./Lynn Classical HS38	Chipper Crum	Jr.	R/R	6-2	230	Tucson, Ariz./Pima CC28	Derek Decater	Fr.	L/L	5-11	190	Sammamish, Wash./Skyline HS5	John Devany	Fr.	R/R	6-2	195	Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley

TOP 30 RECRUITING CLASSES BY COLLEGIATE BASEBALLRank Team Recruits Frosh JC Transfers1. Georgia Tech. 9 9 0 02. Cal. St. Fullerton 17 14 3 03. Louisiana St. 14 7 7 04. Florida St. 19 13 6 05. Clemson 17 14 3 06. Texas 14 9 4 17. UCLA 9 9 0 08. South Carolina 14 9 5 09. Stanford 11 11 0 010. Arizona 21 13 7 111. Miami, Fla. 12 8 3 112. Southern Calif. 7 6 1 013. Baylor 14 14 0 014. Arizona St. 15 12 2 115. Mississippi St. 12 9 3 016. Mississippi 13 7 6 017. Rice 8 6 1 118. Tulane 11 9 0 219. Hawaii 21 11 10 020. Auburn 8 6 2 021. Florida 15 8 7 022. Oklahoma St. 18 4 14 023. Nebraska 15 7 8 024. U.C. Irvine 14 11 1 225. Oral Roberts 24 9 12 326. Notre Dame 8 8 0 027. Wichita St. 13 8 4 128. Long Beach St. 18 12 6 029. Oregon St. 15 11 3 130. Santa Clara 12 10 0 2

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