Pac-10 Baseball Coaches Pick Stanford to Capture Conference Crown in 2005

Jan. 14, 2005

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -

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STANFORD, the two-time defending Conference Champion, has been chosen as the favorite to win the 2005 Pac-10 baseball title by a vote of the league's coaches.

In one of the closest pre-season polls since the Pac-10 Northern and Southern divisions merged in 1999, the Cardinal received four first place votes and 58 overall points. Second-place WASHINGTON received two first place nods and 52 points overall, while ARIZONA STATE and ARIZONA tied for third with 51 points. The Sun Devils also received two first place votes, while the Wildcats collected one.

Stanford, ranked sixth in Baseball America's pre-season Top-25, finished last season with a league-best 46-14 record, including a 16-8 mark in Conference play. Washington, Arizona State and Arizona are ranked eighth, ninth and 12th, respectively, in the pre-season Baseball America poll.

The 2005 baseball season gets underway Fri., Jan. 28, when UCLA, Stanford and Arizona State host non-conference foes. The Conference season begins on Thu., March 24 with three Pac-10 match-ups, starting with WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA at 2 p.m.

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


2004 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE BASEBALL COACHES' PRESEASON POLL

School (First Place Votes) Points
1. Stanford (4) 58
2. Washington (2) 52
3. Arizona State (2) 51
Arizona (1) 51
5. USC 36
6. Oregon State 25
7. California 23
8. UCLA 20
9. Washington State 8
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