Four Pac-10 Baseball Teams Ranked in NCBWA's Preseason Poll
Feb. 1, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division I preseason polls were released today with four Pac-10 teams ranked in the top 40. ARIZONA STATE was picked at No. 8, while OREGON STATE was tabbed at No. 18, UCLA slated at No. 27, followed by STANFORD at No. 30.
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 Cardinal is coming off its 16th-consecutive season season where it finished .500 or better. It was the 30th time in head coach Mark Marquess’ tenure that Stanford registered at least 30 wins in a season. JR second baseman Colin Walsh, who hit .320 last season was also tied for the Conference lead in walks with 51, returns to lead a club with 13 newcomers.
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, UCLA hosting Southern in the MLB Urban Invitational with first pitch slated at 6:00 p.m. PT and Stanford welcoming Rice for a game at 5:30 p.m. PT.