UCLA Baseball - Ranked No. 2 in ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Preseason Poll

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

From the official site:

The UCLA Baseball team has been ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' preseason poll. The Bruins, who reached the College World Series for the second time in three seasons in 2012, received four first-place votes in the poll.

Arkansas came in at No. 1 in the preseason poll, followed by the Bruins, LSU, North Carolina and South Carolina in that order. Oregon, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Florida State and Arizona rounded out the top-10. The No. 2 preseason ranking is the highest the Bruins have earned in a preseason poll since the program was ranked preseason No. 1 by USA Today/ESPN in 2011.

UCLA is one of six Pac-12 teams in the preseason top 25, joining Oregon (No. 6), Stanford (No. 7), Arizona (No. 10), Oregon State (No. 14) and Arizona State (No. 20). The Bruins will play a total 21 games against teams in the preseason top-25. They will play a three-game series against each of the aforementioned Pac-12 teams, a three-game series against No. 23 Baylor, a two-game set against No. 22 Cal State Fullerton, and one game against No. 16 Oklahoma.

In addition to the USA Today/ESPN poll, UCLA has been ranked No. 5 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason top-40 poll, No. 6 in Perfect Game USA's preseason top-25 poll, and No. 12 in Baseball America's preseason poll.

Bruins are of course back to back defending Pac-12 champions with the core of last year's pitching staff returning this season. Ryan is going to have detailed breakdown/previews of the team starting next week. Season gets started officially against Minnesota on Friday, February 15 at the Jackie Robinson Stadium. We can't wait.


<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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