UCLA Ranked No. 23 in Baseball America's Preseason Poll
Jan. 27, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. - UCLA has been ranked No. 23 in Baseball America's preseason top-25 poll, as released by the national baseball publication on Wednesday. One of three Pac-10 programs in the preseason poll, the Bruins will open their season at home against Southern University on Friday, Feb. 19.
No. 13 Arizona State and No. 24 Oregon State join UCLA from the Pac-10 Conference in the preseason poll. Other teams from the West Coast in Baseball America's preseason poll include No. 4 Cal State Fullerton, No. 8 UC Irvine, and No. 19 San Diego.
Texas has earned the preseason No. 1 spot by Baseball America and is followed by Virginia, defending NCAA champion Louisiana State, Cal State Fullerton and Rice, respectively. Georgia Tech, Florida, UC Irvine, Florida State and South Carolina, respectively, round out the top 10 selections.
UCLA will play 10 games against teams ranked in Baseball America's preseason poll. The Bruins host Arizona State at Jackie Robinson Stadium (April 30-May 2) and play at Oregon State (April 9-11). In addition, UCLA will play a pair of midweek contests against Cal State Fullerton (April 6, May 25) and UC Irvine (April 27, May 11).
The Bruins seek their fourth NCAA postseason appearance in five years this season and their first Pac-10 Conference title since 2000. Last spring, UCLA went 27-29 overall, finishing in third place (at 15-12) in the Pac-10 for the fourth consecutive season.
Last month, UCLA was ranked No. 20 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top-40 poll.
The Bruins open the season playing in the third annual Urban Invitational (Feb. 19-21). The season opener against Southern University, at Jackie Robinson Stadium, is slated for 6 p.m. UCLA faces Bethune-Cookman at Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. That contest will be televised live on MLB Network. The Bruins close the weekend at home against Cal State Northridge on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m
2010 BASEBALL AMERICA PRESEASON POLL
|Rank||Team||2009 Record||Final 2009 Rank|
|4||Cal State Fullerton||47-16||4|