Stanford Picked To Finish Third In 2003 Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll
Jan. 13, 2003
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford has been picked to finish third in the 2003 Pac-10 Coaches Preseason Poll released Monday. USC was selected by the coaches to win the Pac-10 with six first-place votes, followed by Arizona State (two first-place votes), Stanford, California (one first-place vote), Arizona, UCLA, Washington, Oregon State and Washington State.
Stanford also begins the season as Baseball America's third-ranked team and is No. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll. Stanford will open its 2003 regular season at Santa Clara on Saturday, January 25, before the Broncos return the favor for Stanford's home opener the following day on Super Bowl Sunday, January 26. Both games are scheduled to start at 1:00 pm. Stanford's 2003 schedule includes 18 contests against teams ranked among the top 13 squads by Baseball America in its 2003 preseason poll. The Cardinal has a three-game set scheduled at No. 13 Cal State Fullerton (January 31 - February 2) before hosting No. 4 Florida State (February 7-9). Stanford will then travel to defending national champion and No. 5 Texas (February 21-23). Stanford also has six games scheduled against No. 6 USC (February 28 - March 1, at Stanford; May 2-4, at USC), as well as a three-game series at No. 8 Arizona State (March 22-24).
The Cardinal has qualified for the College World Series for a school record four consecutive seasons and reached a CWS bracket final in 2002 after two straight years as the event's runners-up. A year ago, Stanford finished the season with a 47-18 overall record to pick up its eighth straight 40-win season and was 16-8 in the Pac-10. The Cardinal returns six position player starters and two of its three starting pitchers from last year's club.
Four Stanford players have been named 2003 Preseason All-Americans in senior left-handed pitcher Tim Cunningham (NCBWA Third Team), junior outfielder Sam Fuld (NCBWA First Team, Baseball America Third Team, Collegiate Baseball Third Team), senior catcher Ryan Garko (Collegiate Baseball Second Team) and junior outfielder Carlos Quentin (Baseball America First Team, NCBWA Second Team).