Stanford Ranks Sixth In <i>Baseball America's</i> 2005 Preseason Top 25 Poll

Jan. 5, 2005

Durham, N.C. - Stanford is ranked sixth in Baseball America's 2005 preseason Top 25 poll released Wednesday. The No. 6 national ranking is the second for the Cardinal at that spot in a 2005 preseason poll as Stanford was also sixth in Collegiate Baseball's annual preseason list of the country's Fabulous 40 released last month.

'We are pleased that our team continues to get high preseason rankings,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'But, it really doesn't mean that much at this point. We need to go on the field and prove that we deserve to be considered one of the best teams in the country.'

Stanford had reached the College World Series for a school record five consecutive seasons (1999-2003) before its 2004 campaign ended with a pair of losses to Long Beach State in NCAA Regional action. Stanford still had an extremely successful season a year ago, winning its second consecutive outright Pac-10 title to give the Cardinal at least a share of a conference crown in six of the past eight campaigns.

Stanford, who had entered the postseason as the nation's top-ranked team, finished the 2004 campaign with a 46-14 overall mark and was ranked ninth in the final polls by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

Stanford's 33-player roster in 2005 features 23 players returning from last year's club, including 15 letterwinners and seven starters (three position players, four pitchers).

All told, Stanford has been involved in NCAA postseason play 25 times, including each of the past 11 seasons. Stanford has won a pair of national titles (1987, '88) in its 15 CWS appearances and been runners-up on three other occasions (2000, '01, '03), all in the last five seasons. The Cardinal has also won five NCAA Super Regional crowns and 20 conference championships (includes shared and Pac-10 Southern Division titles).

Stanford is scheduled to open its 2005 regular season by hosting Fresno State in a three-game non-conference series at Sunken Diamond from Friday-Sunday, January 28-30 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm).

Four Pac-10 teams are represented on the Baseball America poll with Washington (No. 8), Arizona State (No. 9) and 2004 College World Series participant Arizona (No. 12) just behind the Cardinal.

A complete listing of Baseball America's Top 50 preseason teams for 2005 can be accessed at baseballamerica.com.

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