USC Picked Second In Pac-10 Baseball Coaches Poll

Jan. 18, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Defending Conference champion OREGON STATE has been chosen as the favorite to win this year's Pac-10 baseball title, according to a vote of the league's coaches. USC was picked to finish second after the Trojans finished with a 41-22 record last year.

The Trojans reached the NCAA Super Regional for the fifth time in seven years. Seven starting position players, as well as All-American right-hander Ian Kennedy and closer Paul Koss, return for the 2006 season.

The Beavers received seven of nine first-place votes, earning 62 points overall. USC received one first place vote and 51 points overall, while STANFORD and ARIZONA STATE tied for third with 46 points.? The Cardinal, who were chosen as the favorite to win the 2005 Pac-10 baseball title, collected the remaining first-place nod in this year's poll.

ASU and OSU were joined in postseason play by Arizona, Stanford and USC, making it the second straight year and fourth time overall that five Pac-10 teams have made the NCAA Tournament. The Pacific-10 Conference has produced a College World Series participant each year since 1996 and has made the CWS 24 times overall since the league became known as the Pac-10 in 1979.

The 2006 baseball season gets underway Fri., Jan. 27, when Arizona State hosts non-conference foe, Cal State Northridge. The Conference season begins on Fri., Mar. 17, when USC hosts Oregon State in a three game series.

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.

School (First Place Votes) Points1. Oregon State (7) 622. USC (1) 513. Stanford (1) 46   Arizona State 465. Arizona 36   California 367. Washington 228. UCLA 179. Washington State 8 
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