UCLA Baseball Tabbed No. 22 in Three Final National Polls
June 28, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA baseball team earned a No. 22 final national ranking from Baseball America, the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and Rivals.com, as announced by the respective publications this week. Collegiate Baseball Newspaper tabbed the Bruins at No. 23.
UCLA (33-28, 14-10 Pac-10) last finished a season ranked in the top-25 by either Baseball America or Collegiate Baseball in 2000, when the Bruins advanced to the Louisiana State Super Regional. That season, the Bruins earned a No. 15 final ranking from Baseball America and a No. 16 mark by Collegiate Baseball.
Two-time national champion Oregon State captured the No. 1 spot in Baseball America's year-end poll, as North Carolina, Rice, UC Irvine and Arizona State rounded out the top five. UCLA's 2007 schedule featured 16 games against teams ranked in Baseball America's final top-25 poll.
The Bruins ended their 2007 season with a trip to the Fullerton Super Regional, losing two games to Cal State Fullerton. UCLA advanced to the NCAA Super Regional by sweeping the Long Beach State Regional, recording wins over top-seeded Long Beach State, Pepperdine and Illinois-Chicago.
UCLA's No. 22 ranking by Baseball America marks the ninth time in which the Bruins have earned a spot in Baseball America's final top-25 poll.
The Bruins were awarded their highest final top-25 mark by Baseball America in 1997, when UCLA earned a No. 5 ranking after advancing to the College World Series. UCLA ended its 1969 season with a No. 3 ranking by Collegiate Baseball after advancing to the College World Series for the first time in school history.
Next season, UCLA will return 25 of its 35 players from the 2007 roster, including seven of nine starting position players (including the designated hitter). Likewise, two of the Bruins' three weekend starters will be back in action next spring.
The Bruins open their 2008 campaign with a three-game series at home against Big-12 Conference foe Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 22. Game time for opening night is slated for 6 p.m.