Jan. 20, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- The Arizona State Sun Devils have been selected to finish second in the annual preseason Pac-10 Baseball head coaches poll. Defending Pac-10 champion Stanford was selected first, followed by ASU, Arizona, USC and Washington to round out the top five spots.
The Sun Devils enter the 2004 season ranked in the top 10 nationally by Collegiate Baseball (#7) and in the ESPN/Sports Weekly coaches poll (#10). ASU was also selected to finish second in the conference by Collegiate Baseball and third by Baseball America. The Devils return only 10 letterwinners and two pitchers from last year's squad that was 54-14 overall and ended the year one win away from a trip to the College World Series. ASU went 16-8 in Pac-10 play a year ago to finish second in the league behind Stanford.
Following the top five in the poll were California, UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State. Teams were awarded eight points for a first-place vote, seven for a second-place vote, and so on. ASU finished eight points behind Stanford with 54 points and seven points ahead of third place Arizona. The Devils received one first-place vote.
ASU officially opens the 2004 season Feb. 6-8 with a three-game series against perennial national power Florida State at Packard Stadium. ASU will play 33 of its 56-game regular-season schedule at Packard Stadium and 40 games in the state of Arizona.
Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll Rank School (First Place Votes) Points 1. Stanford (7) 62 2. Arizona State (1) 57 3. Arizona (1) 47 4. USC 46 5. Washington 39 6. Cal 29 7. UCLA 21 8. Oregon State 18 9. Washington State 8