Tech Ranked 8th in Baseball Weekly Preseason Poll

ARLINGTON, Va. (Jan. 24) – With seven position players and its entire starting rotation returning, Stanford earned the No. 1 spot in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Preseason Top 25 College Baseball Coaches’ Poll. The Cardinal, who tied for third at the 1999 College World Series and finished with a 50-15 record, earned 35 of 42 possible first-place votes and 1,043 total points.

Cal State Fullerton pulled in at No. 2 with one first-place vote and 949 points, followed by Alabama (one first-place vote, 916 points), defending national champion Miami (five, 914), and Florida State (848). Look for the poll inside the Jan. 26 issue of Baseball Weekly, followed by our annual Top 25 College Preview, on newsstands Feb. 2.

   Team    (1st place)      Record   Pts. Final '99 rank  1.  Stanford  (35)           50-15   1043       32.  Cal State Fullerton (1)  50-14    949       63.  Alabama (1)              53-16    916       44.  Miami (5)                50-13    914       15.  Florida State            57-14    848       26.  Louisiana State          41-24-1  772       167.  Rice                     59-15    712        58.  Georgia Tech             38-20    638    NR9.  Houston                  40-24    625       NR10. UCLA                     31-31    610       NR11. Southern California      36-26    572       1312. Wichita State            59-14    555       1513. Auburn                   46-19    517       1114. Baylor                   50-15    500        915. Clemson                  42-27    440       1416. Tulane                   48-17    418       1917. Texas                    36-26    369       NR18. Florida                  31-25    274       NR19. Texas A&M                52-18    234    720. Texas Tech               42-17    215       2121. Arizona                  33-23    201       NR22. Arizona State            39-21    162       NR23. Long Beach State         35-25    160       NR24. Wake Forest              47-16    141       1025. Oklahoma State           46-21    127        8

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame (118), North Carolina (102), Loyola Marymount (74), Arkansas (56), South Carolina (46), Ohio State (44), Pepperdine (42), Mississippi State (36), Florida Atlantic (29), Central Florida (28), Minnesota (27), North Carolina State (16), California (14), Michigan (12), Illinois (12), Nevada (10), East Carolina (10), Louisiana-Lafayette (9), Tennessee (8), Nebraska (7), Kentucky (5), Oral Roberts (5), Georgia (5), Florida International (5), St. John’s (4), South Alabama (3), Mississippi (3), Fresno State (3), Southwest Missouri State (2), Rutgers (2).

The Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches poll is voted on by 42 Division I head coaches, representing members of the American Baseball Coaches Association in all areas of the USA. The Louisville Slugger trophy will be presented to the winner of the NCAA Division I College World Series.

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