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Baseball Ranked 17th In Baseball Weekly/ESPN Preseason College Coaches Poll
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 01/16/2002
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Jan. 16, 2002

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    TEMPE, Ariz. -- The 2002 Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team earned its highest preseason ranking at No. 17 when the annual Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Preseason Coaches Poll was released today. The Sun Devils are also ranked No. 20 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 18 by Baseball America in their respective preseason polls.

    The Sun Devils open the 2002 season in two weeks on Jan. 31 at Hohokam Park in Mesa with a non-conference game against the Oregon State Beavers. Preseason No. 31 Oral Roberts and Southern Utah will join Oregon State in the inaugural Bill Kajikawa Classic that will serve as opening weekend for the 2002 season for ASU.

    The 2002 schedule is highlighted with one of the toughest slates in the country. ASU will play 21 games vs. teams listed in at least one of the preseason Top 25 polls, including 11 games vs. Top 5 opponents (according to Baseball America). The Devils, who will be replacing a plethora of talent that departed for professional baseball following the 2001 season, will play seven teams and a combined 18 games vs. teams that are listed in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Preseason College Coaches Poll.

    Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25 College Baseball Poll
    2002 Preseason Poll (Jan. 16, 2002)

    1. STANFORD (51-17) - Poll points: 1,011 (33 No. 1 votes) Final 2001 ranking: 2.
    2. MIAMI (53-12) -- Poll points: 925 (6) Final 2001 ranking: 1.
    3. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (45-19) -- Poll points: 885 (1) Final 2001 ranking: 4.
    4. FLORIDA STATE (47-19) - Poll points: 856 (1) Final 2001 ranking: 10.
    5. CLEMSON (41-22) -- Poll points: 834 Final 2001 ranking: 14.
    6. LOUISIANA STATE (44-22-1) -- Poll points: 809 Final 2001 ranking: 9.
    7. TULANE (56-13) -- Poll points: 794 Final 2001 ranking: 6.
    8. NEBRASKA (50-16) -- Poll points: 671 Final 2001 ranking: 7.
    9. SOUTH CAROLINA (49-20) -- Poll points: 617 Final 2001 ranking: 13.
    10. CAL STATE FULLERTON (48-18) -- Poll points: 543 Final 2001 ranking: 3.
    11. RICE (47-20)-- Poll points: 531 Final 2001 ranking: 12.
    12. TEXAS (36-26) -- Poll points: 481 Final 2001 ranking: NR.
    13. NOTRE DAME (49-13-1) -- Poll points: 465 Final 2001 ranking: 15.
    14. OKLAHOMA STATE (42-22) -- Poll points: 388 Final 2001 ranking: NR.
    15. WICHITA STATE (42-24) -- Poll points: 363 Final 2001 ranking: NR.
    16. BAYLOR (37-24) -- Poll points: 359 Final 2001 ranking: 25.
    17. ARIZONA STATE (37-20-1) -- Poll points: 342 Final 2001 ranking: 22.
    18. MISSISSIPPI (39-23-1) -- Poll points: 330 Final 2001 ranking: NR.
    19. GEORGIA TECH (41-20) -- Poll points: 323 Final 2001 ranking: 21.
    20. MISSISSIPPI STATE (39-24) -- Poll points: 271 Final 2001 ranking: 17.
    21. WAKE FOREST (44-18) -- Poll points: 261 Final 2001 ranking: 19.
    22. FRESNO STATE (41-25) -- Poll points: 258 Final 2001 ranking: NR.
    23. FLORIDA (35-27) -- Poll points: 139 Final 2001 ranking: NR.
    24. RUTGERS (42-17) -- Poll points: 121 Final 2001 ranking: NR.
    25. TENNESSEE (48-20) -- Poll points: 105 Final 2001 ranking: 5.
    
    --Sun Devil Baseball--
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