Stanford Picked As 2005 Conference Favorite By Pac-10 Coaches

Jan. 14, 2005

Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford has been picked to defend its Pac-10 title in a 2005 preseason poll of Pac-10 coaches released Friday. The Cardinal, ranked No. 6 in the country in preseason polls by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball, has won the last two Pac-10 crowns, six in the last eight seasons and 20 in school history (included shared titles and Pac-10 Southern Division).

Stanford is currently preparing for its 2005 season-opener versus Fresno State when the Bulldogs come to Sunken Diamond for a three-game non-conference series Friday-Sunday, January 28-30 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm).

'It is nice that our team has received this much recognition in the preseason,' said Stanford head coach Mark Marquess. 'But, the most important thing is where you are at the end of the season and that is obviously what we are focusing on.'

Stanford received four of the eight possible first-place votes in the poll and totaled 58 points. Four other nationally ranked Pac-10 teams finished second through fifth. No. 8 Washington picked up a pair of first-place votes and checked in with 52 points to place second. No. 9 Arizona State (2) and No. 12 Arizona (1) garnered the remaining first-place votes and tied for third with 51 points each. USC (36), Oregon State (25), California (23), UCLA (20) and Washington State (8) rounded out the poll.

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.

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