Stanford Tied For Third In 2006 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll
Jan. 24, 2006
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford has been picked tied for third in the 2006 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll released by the conference on Wednesday. The Cardinal received one of the nine first-place votes and 46 points overall. Oregon State was chosen to defend its conference title last season as the 2005 CWS participants earned seven first-place votes and a total of 62 points. USC (51) was second in the poll and received the remaining first-place vote. Arizona State, also a 2005 CWS participant, tallied 46 points to share the third position with Stanford. Arizona and California tied for fifth with 36 points each, followed by Washington (22), UCLA (17) and Washington State (8).
The Cardinal has won at least a share of 20 Pac-10 titles, including six in the last nine years.
Stanford is currently practicing in preparation for the 2006 season, which opens with a three-game series versus perennial national power and No. 5 ranked Cal State Fullerton at Sunken Diamond from Friday-Sunday, February 3-5 (5 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm).
Stanford will be starting the 2006 campaign in unfamiliar territory in terms of national rankings, as the Cardinal is unranked in the annual Baseball America preseason poll for the first time ever. The poll has been in existence since 1981. The Cardinal is ranked No. 25 in Collegiate Baseball's annual preseason list of the country's Fabulous 40, while checking in at No. 30 in the Rosenblatt Report.
Stanford is coming off a 2005 season in which the Cardinal extended its school-record string of consecutive appearances in the NCAA Championship to 12 in a row, reaching the championship game at the NCAA Waco Regional before falling to host and eventual College World Series participant Baylor. Stanford finished the 2005 campaign with a 34-25 overall record and a 12-12 mark in the Pac-10 to tie for sixth in the conference. The Cardinal was not ranked by Baseball America at the end of the 2005 campaign.
Stanford's 34-player roster in 2006 includes 19 players from last year's team and 15 newcomers. The returnees include six position player starters and seven of the nine pitchers who saw action on the hill for the Cardinal in 2005 among a total of 15 letterwinners.
Stanford has been involved in NCAA postseason play 26 times. The Cardinal has won a pair of College World Series titles (1987, '88) in its 15 CWS appearances and been runners-up on three other occasions (2000, '01, '03), the latter during a recent school record run of five straight trips to Omaha (1999-2003). Stanford has also won five NCAA Super Regional crowns (1999, 2000, '01, '02, '03).