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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001

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

STANFORD, Calif. — Led by the return of all nine position player starters and key pitchers off a team that finished second in the nation last year, Stanford is the favorite to win the 2002 College World Series, according Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in its Fabulous 40 Pre-Season poll. The team features five Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-Americans.

The Cardinal, which has now finished second at the College World Series the last two years and third in the nation in 1999, has appeared in the CWS four of the last five years. If Stanford makes another appearance this season, it will be the first time in school history that the Cardinal has qualified for the College World Series four consecutive years.

What makes this Stanford team so appealing to many coaches is their defense. No Cardinal baseball team in 108 years of baseball at the school has ever had a better year defensively than last season. Stanford posted a .977 fielding percentage, best in school history and tops in the nation. Only 60 errors were committed in 68 games with spectacular play after spectacular play taking place. Even more telling was that Stanford was errorless in 33 of its 68 games. When the pressure was really on, the Cardinal was errorless in seven of 12 post-season games.

When you factor in another outstanding pitching staff led by Louisville Slugger pre-season All-American RHP Jeremy Guthrie (13-4, 2.82 ERA) and All-American closer J.D. Willcox (6 SV, 5-0, 2.06 ERA), optimism runs extremely high.

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. 20, 2001)

www.baseballnews.com

Rank School (’01 Final Record) Points Final ’01 Rank
1. Stanford (51-17) 497   2
2. Florida St. (47-19) 495   9
3. Tulane (56-13) 491   6
4. Southern California (45-19) 489   5
5. Louisiana St. (44-22-1) 486 10
6. Clemson (41-22) 484 13
7. Miami, Fla. (53-12) 480   1
8. South Carolina (49-20) 477 15
9. Wichita St. (42-24) 475 NR
10. Oklahoma St. (42-22) 472 NR
11. Fresno St. (41-25) 468 NR
12. Rice (47-20) 466 16
13. Nebraska (50-16) 462   7
14. Mississippi (39-23-1) 459 NR
15. Texas (36-26) 458 28
16. Wake Forest (44-18) 456 18
17. Cal. St. Fullerton (48-18) 453   3
18. Baylor (37-24) 451 22
19. Notre Dame (49-13-1) 447 12
20. Arizona St. (37-20-1) 445 23
21. Florida (35-27) 442 NR
22. Georgia Tech. (41-20) 441 27
23. Mississippi St. (39-24) 437 14
24. Ohio St. (43-18) 433 NR
25. Rutgers (42-17) 430 25
26. Texas Tech. (43-20-1) 425 21
27. Purdue (32-24) 423 NR
28. Ball St. (34-23) 420 NR
29. East Carolina (47-13) 416 11
30. Texas A&M (33-27) 413 NR
31. Oral Roberts (48-13) 409 NR
32. Georgia Southern (42-20) 407 NR
33. Cal. St. Northridge (34-22) 403 NR
34. Louisiana-Lafayette (28-28) 399 NR
35. Nevada-Reno (30-26) 395 NR
36. Winthrop (48-16) 394 29
37. Long Beach St. (35-23) 390 NR
38. California (34-25) 387 NR
39. Stetson (43-17) 383 NR
40. Central Florida (51-14) 382 17

 

 

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