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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday, Dec. 23, 2002

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Texas is the favorite to win the 2003 College World Series, according to voting by college baseball coaches across the USA as the Longhorns head up Collegiate Baseball newspaper's Fabulous 40 pre-season poll.

The defending national champions, who rolled to a 57-15 overall record last season, return six position player starters and eight outstanding pitchers. Four of those players have been named Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-Americans in LHP Justin Simmons (16-1, 2.52 ERA) and RHP Huston Street (14 SV, 4-1, 0.96 ERA), possibly the top starting pitcher and closer in college baseball today, along with 2B Tim Moss (.371, 16 2B, 39 RBI, 40 SB) and RF Dustin Majewski (.401, 10 HR, 20 2B, 50 RBI).

Majewski was a catalyst for the offense during Texas’ run for a fifth national title as he batted a team-high .471 with 16 runs scored, 9 doubles, one triple, 5 home runs and 21 RBI during post-season action. Moss led Texas in six offensive categories, including hits (112), triples (7) and stolen bases (40).

Pitching and defense should again be sensational for the Longhorns. One year ago, Texas finished second in the nation in earned run average with a 2.83 mark. Incredibly, nine pitchers had ERAs under 3.00. The staff’s strikeout to walk ratio was stunning with 536 strikeouts and only 171 walks. Opponents could only muster an anemic batting average of .233 against Longhorn pitching.

On defense, Texas was fifth in the nation with a .972 fielding percentage. The Longhorns are hardly chopped liver on offense as well. Texas ranked third in the nation with 164 doubles as eight players hit 10 or more last season.

The Longhorns were extremely disciplined at the plate with 262 walks in 72 games. When players got on base, the team swiped 100 of 126 bases. If that wasn’t enough, Texas employs a sophisticated bunting attack that drives opponents buggy.

Beyond the obvious talent Texas has back, the team is extremely experienced with veterans who have played in many high stakes games and flourished. There are 15 players on the squad who are juniors or seniors this season. In addition, the Longhorns landed the sixth best recruiting class in the nation in 2002 which is filled with superb athletes and pitchers.

The "Collegiate Baseball" Newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's

NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll (As of Dec. 23, 2002)

www.baseballnews.com

Rank School (’02 Final Record) Points Final ’02 Rank
1. Texas (57-15) 496   1
2. Florida St. (60-14) 493   9
3. Southern California (37-24) 490 12
4. Rice (52-14) 489   7
5. Georgia Tech. (52-16) 485   5
6. Louisiana St. (44-22) 484 11
7. Cal. St. Fullerton (37-22) 479 28
8. South Carolina (57-18) 477   2
9. Stanford (47-18) 475   4
10. Houston (48-17) 470 10
11. Mississippi St. (34-24-1) 468 NR
12. Arizona St. (37-21) 464 26
13. Long Beach St. (39-21) 462 27
14. Miami, Fla. (34-29) 458 17
15. Wake Forest (47-13-1) 457 14
16. Richmond (53-13) 456 13
17. Baylor (36-26) 450 NR
18. Clemson (54-18) 449   3
19. Notre Dame (50-18) 447   6
20. South Alabama (42-19) 445 25
21. Florida Atlantic (46-21) 440 15
22. Nebraska (47-21) 438   8
23. Tulane (36-27) 437 NR
24. S.W. Missouri St. (43-21) 432 NR
25. California (29-27) 430 NR
26. Central Florida (41-22) 424 NR
27. Oklahoma (35-27) 423 NR
28. James Madison (44-16) 419 NR
29. Ohio St. (38-20-1) 416 NR
30. Wichita St. (47-17) 411 22
31. Kent St. (37-22) 408 NR
32. Stetson (42-19) 405 NR
33. Georgia (32-29) 403 NR
34. North Carolina (43-21) 398 19
35. Texas Tech. (42-20) 395 24
36. East Carolina (43-20-1) 392 NR
37. Southern (45-10) 390 NR
38. Florida International (41-20) 386 NR
39. Oklahoma St. (37-21) 380 NR
40. Auburn (34-26) 379 NR

 

 

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