Baseball Coaches Select USC As Conference Favorite in 2003

Jan. 13, 2003

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- After claiming back-to-back Conference Championships in 2001 and 2002, USC has been tabbed by the Pac-10 baseball coaches as the team to beat in 2003. The Trojans garnered six first-place votes, ARIZONA STATE picked up two, while CALIFORNIA earned the last nod.

USC, ranked sixth in Baseball America's preseason Top-25, finished last season with 17 league wins (37-24 overall), and advanced to the Super Regionals where it met 2002 World Series participant, STANFORD.

The 2003 baseball season officially kicks off Thurs., Jan., 16 when the Sun Devils take on Hawaii-Hilo in a six-game stretch over four days. Following two months of preseason work, the first Conference games are slated for Fri., March 21 and begin with USC at ARIZONA and WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA.

Results of the poll are as follows. Eight points are awarded to the first-place vote, seven points to the second-place vote, and so on. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

2003 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE BASEBALL COACHES' PRESEASON POLL

School (First Place Votes)		Points1.	USC (6)				602.	Arizona State (2)			553.	Stanford				464.	California (1)				425.	Arizona				346.	UCLA					317.	Washington				258.	Oregon State				159.	Washington State			9
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