UCLA Baseball Ranked No. 20 in Collegiate Baseball's Preseason Poll

Dec. 21, 2009

TUCSON, Ariz. - UCLA has been ranked No. 20 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top-40 poll, the weekly national baseball newspaper announced Monday. The Bruins will play 45 of their 56 regular-season games against teams either ranked in Collegiate Baseball's top-40 or receiving votes in the preseason poll.

UCLA is one of four Pac-10 programs rated in the preseason poll's top-40, and five other Pac-10 teams have been listed as also receiving votes.

Arizona State and Oregon represent the Pac-10 in the poll's top-10 at the No. 5 and No. 10 spots, respectively. Following UCLA at No. 20, Stanford checks in at No. 26. Arizona, Oregon, California, USC and Washington State have also received votes in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll.

The Bruins will play 17 games against teams ranked in the top-40 - additionally, 28 games will feature opponents also receiving votes in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll.

UCLA returns four starting position players (Blair Dunlap, Niko Gallego, Steve Rodriguez and Justin Uribe) from its 2008 lineup and two of three weekend starters (Trevor Bauer and Gerrit Cole).

The Bruins open their 2010 season in the third annual Urban Invitational, hosting Southern University on Friday, Feb. 19. Game time at Steele Field at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m.

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL'S 2010 TOP-40 PRESEASON POLL



Rank Team 2009 Record
Points
1 Texas 50-16-1 496
2 Louisiana State 56-17 494
3 Virginia 49-15-1 493
4 Cal State Fullerton 47-16 492
5 Arizona State 51-14 491
6 Georgia Tech 38-19-1 486
7 Florida State 45-18 483
8 UC Irvine 45-15 482
9 Florida 42-22 479
10 Oregon State 37-19 475
11 Rice 43-18 473
12 Miami 38-22 470
13 North Carolina 48-18 469
14 Ohio State 42-19 467
15 Texas Christian 40-18 464
16 Clemson 44-22 462
17 Coastal Carolina 47-16 459
18 East Carolina 46-20 455
19 Louisville 47-18 454
20 UCLA 27-29 452
21 Southern Mississippi 40-26 450
22 Mississippi 44-20 446
23 Arkansas 41-24 443
24 San Diego 29-25 441
25 Oklahoma 43-20 439
26 Stanford 30-25 435
27 Wichita State 30-27 430
28 South Carolina 40-23 428
29 Texas A&M 37-24 427
30 Minnesota 40-19 425
31 Georgia 38-24 422
32 Vanderbilt 37-27 419
33 Fresno State 32-30 417
34 Pepperdine 31-23 415
35 South Florida 34-12 412
36 Kansas 39-24 410
37 Middle Tennessee State 44-18 407
38 Florida Gulf Coast 36-18 402
39 Notre Dame 36-23 401
40 Dallas Baptist 38-17 397

Also receiving votes: Cal Poly, Arizona, Oregon, Long Beach State, California, Missouri, Michigan, Nebraska, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Central Florida, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, James Madison, Tulane, Kentucky, Tennessee, New Mexico State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Hawaii, Houston, Kent State, Missouri State, Creighton, Western Kentucky, N.C. State, Boston College, Illinois, Jacksonville, Washington, USC, Washington State, Troy, San Diego State, College of Charleston, Georgia Southern, St. John's, Wagner, New Mexico, Eastern Illinois, Kennesaw State, Florida International, West Virginia, Elon, Texas State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stetson, Oral Roberts, Winthrop, UNC-Wilmington, Georgia State, Dartmouth, Wright State, Bethune-Cookman, Liberty, Dayton, Rhode Island, Southern.

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