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Sun Devils Earn Another Top-10 Ranking Heading Into 2003 Season
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 01/16/2003
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Jan. 16, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) - The Arizona State Sun Devil Baseball team earned another top 10 ranking when they were picked ninth in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 College Baseball Preseason Coaches poll. The Devils were also ranked No. 8 by Baseball America, No. 10 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and No. 12 by Collegiate Baseball.

The Sports Weekly poll, which formerly operated as USA Today Baseball Weekly until this year, is selected by 41 Division I head baseball coaches representing the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Picked to finish second in the Pac-10, ASU trails conference foes Stanford (#5) and USC (#6) in the Sports Weekly poll.

The Sun Devils, who received 640 points in the poll, open the college baseball season tonight (Jan. 16) with a 6 p.m. (Hawai'i Time) game against the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Vulcans. ASU will play the Vulcans six times in the next four days to open the 2003 season, including doubleheaders on Friday (3 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.).

Arizona State makes its 2003 home debut at Packard Stadium next weekend (Jan. 24-26) with a three game series against the Tony Gwynn coached San Diego State Aztecs.

2003 Sports Weekly/ESPN College Baseball Coaches Poll (Preseason):
1.TEXAS (57-15)
2. GEORGIA TECH (52-16)
3. FLORIDA STATE (60-14)
4. RICE (52-14)
5. STANFORD (47-18)
6. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (37-24)
7. LSU (44-22)
8. SOUTH CAROLINA (57-18)
9. ARIZONA STATE (37-21)
10. CAL STATE FULLERTON (37-22)
11. HOUSTON (48-17)
12. WAKE FOREST (47-13-1)
13. BAYLOR (36-26)
14. NOTRE DAME (50-18)
15. CLEMSON (54-17)
16. LONG BEACH STATE (39-21)
17. MISSISSIPPI STATE (34-24-1)
18. RICHMOND (53-13)
19. NEBRASKA (47-21)
20. MIAMI (34-29)
21. AUBURN (34-26)
22. SOUTH ALABAMA (42-19)
23. STETSON (42-19)
24. NORTH CAROLINA (43-21)
25. FLORIDA ATLANTIC (46-21)

Others receiving votes: Tulane (67), Wichita State (56), Oklahoma (38), Southwest Missouri State (37), Florida (36), Texas Tech (34), California (32), Alabama (29), San Diego State (20), James Madison (20), Central Florida (19), Ohio State (19), Oklahoma State (19), Arizona (16), Virginia Commonwealth (13), Florida International (12), Mississippi (12), Oregon State (10), Louisiana-Lafayette (7), Tennessee (6), Georgia (5), Washington (5), New Orleans (5), Arkansas (5), Cal State Northridge (5), Nevada-Las Vegas (3), Rutgers (2), UCLA (1), Kent State (1), Louisville (1), Texas A&M (1), San Diego (1), UC-Irvine (1).

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