Arizona Tops Pre-Season College Baseball Poll

by Greg in


happy-new-year.jpgThe University of Arizona tops this year's ranking of NCAA Division 1 college baseball programs.  The rankings are published by The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Cape League rosters are still incomplete but it's a safe bet that we will see a lot of the top players from these programs.  Diallo Fon is currently the only Arizona player on an active 2008 Cape League roster (that I see).  Diallo Fon, an outfielder, is listed on the Wareham Gatemen roster.

Arizona takes the top spot and Arizona State is ranked third.  South Carolina and North Carolina remain among the top five.  Oregon State, which has won back-to-back NCAA titles, falls back to 19 in the pre-season poll.  (U. of Oregon will re-enter Division 1 baseball in 2009).  Wichita State, which thrilled college baseball last season with its performance in the College World Series, is rewarded with a #9 spot.

Oral Roberts finishes out the top 40.  ORU's coach, Rob Walton, has been named head coach for Team USA for 2008. He previously served as pitching coach for Team USA.

Rank / School / (’07 Final Record) / Points 1. Arizona (42-17) 496 2. South Carolina (46-20) 493 3. Arizona St. (49-15) 491 4. Mississippi (40-25) 487 5. North Carolina (57-16) 486 6. Rice (56-14) 483 7. San Diego (43-18) 481 8. Texas (46-17) 478 9. Wichita St. (53-22) 476 10. Michigan (42-19) 473 11. Vanderbilt (54-13) 471 12. Florida St. (49-13) 468 13. Clemson (41-23) 466 14. Miami, Fla. (37-24) 464 15. Missouri (42-18) 461 16. Cal. St. Fullerton (38-25) 459 17. Long Beach St. (39-20) 455 18. UCLA (33-28) 452 19. Oregon St. (49-18) 451 20. Kentucky (34-19-1) 447 21. Fresno St. (38-29) 446 22. Texas A&M (48-19) 443 23. Louisville (47-24) 440 24. Virginia (45-16) 437 25. Georgia Tech. (32-25) 434 26. U.C. Irvine (47-17-1) 432 27. Mississippi St. (38-22) 430 28. Baylor (35-27) 428 29. Pepperdine (35-22) 426 30. Louisiana St. (29-26-1) 423 31. Oklahoma St. (42-21) 420 32. Louisiana-Lafayette (45-17) 419 33. Southern Illinois (34-22) 415 34. Southern Miss. (39-23) 413 35. U.C. Riverside (38-21) 411 36. Stetson (42-21) 408 37. Coastal Carolina (50-13) 406 38. Nebraska (32-27) 405 39. California (29-26) 403 40. Oral Roberts (40-17) 400