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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999

STANFORD NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER (www.baseballnews.com) POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Stanford is the pre-season favorite to win the 2000 College World Series, according to Collegiate Baseball’s annual pre-season survey of NCAA Division I baseball coaches across the USA. The Cardinal, which finished third at last year’s College World Series, returns seven position player starters and three superb pitchers off a team which rolled to a 50-15 overall record and Pac-10 championship.

Three players are expected to be first or second round draft picks next June in RHP Jason Young (12-3, 3.43 ERA), RF Joe Borchard (.372, 11 HR, 16 2B, 56 RBI) and RHP Justin Wayne (10-1, 4.94 ERA, 135 K, 43 BB). Young led the nation last year with 178 strikeouts (also a Stanford single-season record). He led the Pac-10 in innings pitched (154.6), wins (12) and games started (21). It should also be noted Young hurled 10 complete games which may have led the nation as well.

"This is the most veteran team I have ever had at Stanford (in 23 years)," said Head Coach Mark Marquess. "We are very fortunate we have so many seniors on this team (6) who play such pivotal roles on the team. It is rare to see this since so many top juniors are usually signed." Key starting seniors who have returned include C Damien Alvarado, 1B/3B John Gall, 2B/SS Eric Bruntlett, CF Edmund Muth, and 1B Craig Thompson.

"I can’t poor mouth my team," said Marquess. "We have a veteran, strong team. But that can change in a hurry if key injuries take place. I look at teams that have made it to the College World Series. If they have older players on the team who post big numbers, they usually have great years. That is what we are striving to do with our veteran team.

The "Collegiate Baseball" Newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season. (Top 40 Agate Follows)

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's

NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll (As of Dec. 15, 1999)

www.baseballnews.com

Rank School (’99 Final Record) Points Final ’99 Rank
1. Stanford (50-15) 480 3
2. Cal. St. Fullerton (50-14) 477 6
3. Alabama (53-16) 474 4
4. UCLA (31-31) 470 NR
5. Miami, Fla. (50-13) 469 1
6. Florida St. (57-14) 467 2
7. Rice (59-15) 463 5
8. Louisiana St. (41-24-1) 460 14
9. Georgia Tech. (38-20) 459 NR
10. Houston (40-24) 455 24
11. Clemson (42-27) 452 13
12. Texas (36-26) 450 NR
13. Tulane (48-17) 447 21
14. Wichita St. (59-14) 442 16
15. Southern Calif. (36-26) 439 12
16. Baylor (50-15) 438 9
17. Auburn (46-19) 435 15
18. Texas Tech. (42-17) 433 22
19. Arizona (33-23) 430 NR
20. North Carolina (41-18) 426 28
21. Texas A&M (52-18) 425 7
22. Long Beach St. (35-25) 422 29
23. Oklahoma St. (46-21) 419 8
24. Florida (31-25) 415 NR
25. Notre Dame (43-18) 413 NR
26. Pepperdine (46-16) 410 19
27. Minnesota (46-18) 406 25
28. Arizona St. (39-21) 403 NR
29. South Alabama (39-20) 398 NR
30. Oral Roberts (46-15) 396 NR
31. Wake Forest (47-16) 394 10
32. Arkansas (42-23) 390 17
33. Nevada (38-20) 388 26
34. South Carolina (35-23) 385 NR
35. Illinois (34-22) 381 NR
36. Florida Atlantic (54-9) 379 20
37. Ohio St. (50-14) 373 11
38. California (27-31) 370 NR
39. Nebraska (42-18) 365 NR
40. Mississippi (34-28) 362 NR

 

 

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