Three Pac-10 Baseball Teams Ranked in Baseball America's Preseason Poll
Jan. 27, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The Baseball America’s Division I preseason polls were released today with three Pac-10 team ranked in the top 25. ARIZONA STATE was picked at No. 14, while UCLA was tabbed at No. 23 followed by OREGON STATE at No. 25.
Winners of three-straight Pac-10 championships, the Sun Devils are coming off their 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and the program’s 21st trip to the College World Series. Last season, ASU’s pitching staff led the nation with a 2.90 ERA and this year marks the return of SR left-handed pitcher Josh Spence (10-1, 2.37 ERA, 125 strikeouts in 102.2 innings) and FR left-handed pitcher Mitchell Lambson (9-5, 3.01 ERA, 99 strikeouts in 83-plus innings).
The Bruins concluded the 2009 campaign with a 15-12 mark in Pac-10 play, tying for third place in the Conference. Last season’s Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Trevor Bauer had an 9-3 record with a 2.99 ERA, registering 92 strikeouts with two saves in a team-high 105.1 innings pitched. SO Gerrit Cole led the team in strikeouts with 104, ranking fourth in the Conference and earning All-Pac-10 honors.
Oregon State is coming off a 37-19 campaign in 2009 reaching the NCAA Regionals for the fourth time in the past five seasons. The Beavers will be lead by SO right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio (10-1, 2.73 ERA, 55 whiffs in just under 63 frames). The 10 wins is believed to be a school record for wins by freshman. His 10 wins also tied for second in the Pac-10 last season.
The 2010 campaign gets underway on Friday, February 19, with Arizona State taking on Northern Illinois at 6:30 p.m. MST, Oregon State traveling to Hawaii for a game at 7:35 p.m. HT and UCLA hosting Southern in the MLB Urban Invitational with first pitch slated at 6:00 p.m. PT.