Beavers Ranked 10th in Collegiate Baseball Preseason Poll

Dec. 21, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Oregon State baseball team is ranked 10th in the Collegiate Baseball preseason top 40 poll, which was released Monday by the publication.

The Beavers received 475 points, just four behind ninth-ranked Florida. Oregon State is coming off a 37-19 season and trip to the Fort Worth Regional.

Oregon State is one of four Pacific-10 Conference teams ranked in Collegiate Baseball's top 40. Arizona State is ranked fifth, UCLA is No. 20 and Stanford checks in at No. 26. Texas was selected as the nation's top team, just two points ahead of No. 2 LSU. Virginia is third, followed by No. 4 Cal State Fullerton.

Arizona State at No. 5 received 491 points, just 16 ahead of 10th-ranked Oregon State.

The Beavers return more than 20 letterwinners from last season's team. Among the letterwinners returning is freshman All-American Sam Gaviglio, who went 10-1 last season and was recently named to the NCBWA All-America preseason second team. All-Pac-10 honorable mention selections Adalberto Santos, Tyler Waldron, Jared Norris and Kevin Rhoderick also return.

Other returnees for the Beavers include 2009 starters Stefen Romero, Rob Folsom, John Tommasini and Michael Miller as well as pitchers Josh Osich, Greg Peavey, Tanner Robles, Kraig Sitton, Ryan Gorton and James Nygren.

In addition, the Oregon State recruiting class for this season, which includes Andrew Susac, Danny Hayes, Tyler Smith and Tony Bryant, among a whole host of other signees, was ranked 22nd by Baseball America in late October.

The Beavers will open the 2010 season on Feb. 19 when starting a four-game series at Hawaii. Make sure to visit osubeavers.com for more information on the Beavers as the season draws closer.

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