UW Baseball Ranked No. 8 By Baseball America

Jan. 5, 2005

SEATTLE - The Washington baseball team achieved its highest ranking ever today as Baseball America ranked the Huskies No. 8 in its preseason poll. The UW had never previously been ranked in the top 10, preseason or otherwise.

The Huskies, 39-20-1 overall and 15-9 in the Pac-10 Conference last season, return six starters in the batting order along with their entire starting pitching staff. Washington begins spring practice Jan. 20 and opens the 2005 season Feb. 11 at UC Irvine.

'It's always nice when people think you're good,' 13th-year head coach Ken Knutson said of the ranking. 'We know we have a chance to have a strong ballclub, but we have to stay healthy and guys have to perform. If that happens, we have a shot to make a really good run.'

Washington was the second-ranked team among Pac-10 schools. Defending conference champion Stanford was tabbed No. 6 while Arizona State was slotted just behind the Huskies at No. 9. Arizona, ranked No. 12, was the only other conference team in the top 25.

Tulane, the team that knocked Washington out of the NCAA regionals last year, earned Baseball America's preseason No. 1 ranking. Perennial powers Louisiana State, Cal State Fullerton, Texas and Miami (Fla.) round out the top five.

Thursday, Baseball America will announce its preseason All-America teams.

Here's the complete Baseball America preseason top-25:

    Team          '04 W-L  Last 1. Tulane          41-21   19 2. Louisiana St.   46-19    7 3. CS Fullerton    47-22    1 4. Texas           58-15    2 5. Miami           50-13    4 6. Stanford        46-14    9 7. South Carolina  53-17    3 8. Washington      39-20   21 9. Arizona St.     41-18   2210. Georgia         45-23    511. Baylor          29-31   NR12. Arizona         36-27   1213. Texas A&M       42-22   2014. North Carolina  43-21   NR15. Florida         43-22   1616. Mississippi     39-21   2317. Vanderbilt      45-19   1718. Rice            46-14   1119. Georgia Tech    44-21   1020. Notre Dame      51-12   1521. Texas Christian 39-26   NR22. Long Beach St.  40-21   1323. Oklahoma St.    38-24   NR24. Oral Roberts    50-11   1825. Winthrop        37-23   NR
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