Stanford Baseball Ranked No. 9 in NCBWA Preseason Poll
Jan. 13, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - With just over a month remaining until Opening Night, Stanford has been ranked No. 9 in the annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) NCAA Division Top 35 poll. North Carolina, LSU, Rice, Texas, Georgia, Florida State, Arizona State and Texas occupy spots one through eight in the poll, while Cal State Fullerton checks in at 10th.
The NCBWA poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. The remainder of the weekly polls throughout the season will feature a national Top 30.
Coming off a 2008 season which saw the program make its 16th trip to the College World Series, Stanford has been ranked in the preseason top-10 in a pair of major national polls. Earlier this month, the Cardinal was tabbed as the No. 5 team in the country on the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper 2009 Fabulous 40 preseason NCAA Division I baseball poll.
Stanford returns 27 lettermen, five starting position players, three starting pitchers and its closer from last year's College World Series club. With this bevy of talent on The Farm, the Cardinal will open the 2009 campaign as the NCBWA's top-ranked club in California and second in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Pac-10 has six teams in the preseason NCBWA Top 35, tied with the Big 12 for high honors among all conferences.
Head coach Mark Marquess will open his 33rd season at the helm of his alma mater when Stanford plays four home games at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond the weekend of February 20-22, 2009. The Cardinal will host Southeastern Conference power Vanderbilt (Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21), along with UC Riverside (Sunday, Feb. 22 doubleheader).
Stanford is scheduled to face eight teams in 2009 that opened the campaign ranked in the NCBWA preseason poll: Arizona State (7th), Texas (8th), Cal State Fullerton (10th), San Diego (18th), UCLA (25th), Arizona (29th), Oregon State (31st) and USC (33rd). In addition, the Cardinal will square off with five clubs that were in the 'Others Receiving Votes' category: California, Oregon, Santa Clara, UC Davis and Vanderbilt.
For more information on the 12th annual NCBWA poll, please visit the organization's official web site at www.ncbwa.com
National Collegiate Baseball Writers AssociationNCAA Div. I Preseason Poll(As of Jan. 13, 2009)Rank School, Conference ('08 Final Record) Final '08 Rank1. North Carolina, Atlantic Coast (54-14) 32. LSU, Southeastern (49-19-1) 63. Rice, Conference USA (47-15) 74. Texas A&M, Big 12 (46-19) 145. Georgia, SEC (45-25-1) 26. Florida State, ACC (54-14) 87. Arizona State, Pacific-10 (49-13) 98. Texas, Big 12 (39-22) 219. Stanford, Pac-10 (41-24-2) 410. Cal State Fullerton, Big West (41-22) 1111. Louisville, Big East (41-21) NR12. Miami (Fla.), ACC (53-11) 513. Georgia Tech, ACC (41-21) 2614. Mississippi, SEC (39-26) NR15. UC Irvine, Big West (42-18) 1016. Oklahoma State, Big 12 (44-18) 1717. Fresno State, Western Athletic (47-31) 118. San Diego, West Coast (44-17) 1819. Baylor, Big 12 (32-26) NR20. Missouri, Big 12 (39-21) 1921. Pepperdine, WCC (38-21) NR22. Coastal Carolina, Big South (50-14) 1323. Kentucky, SEC (44-19) 2324. Florida, SEC (34-24) NR25. UCLA, Pac-10 (33-27) NR26. Clemson, ACC (31-27-1) NR27. East Carolina, C-USA (42-21) NR28. Oklahoma, Big 12 (36-26) NR29. Arizona, Pac-10 (42-19) 1230. Michigan, Big Ten (46-14) 2831. Oregon State, Pac-10 (28-24) NR32. TCU, Mountain West (44-19) NR33. Southern California, Pac-10 (28-28) NR34. Tulane, C-USA (39-22-1) NR35. Wichita State, Missouri Valley (48-17) 15
OTHER TEAMS RECEIVING VOTES: Alabama (35-28), Arkansas (34-24), Auburn (28-28), Bethune-Cookman (36-22), California (33-21-2), Charlotte (43-16), College of Charleston (39-20), Dallas Baptist (37-19), Elon (44-18), Houston (42-24), Lamar (35-23), Long Beach State (38-21), Missouri State (40-17), NC State (42-22), Nebraska (41-16), New Orleans (43-21), Notre Dame (33-21-1), Ohio State (30-26), Oral Roberts (48-14), Oregon (0-0), Sam Houston State (37-25), San Diego State (31-28), Santa Clara (33-22), South Carolina (40-23), Southern Miss (42-22), St. John's (42-16), Tennessee (27-29), UC Davis (35-24), UC Santa Barbara (35-21), UNC Wilmington (44-17), UTSA (39-19), Vanderbilt (41-22), Virginia (39-23).