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Baseball Earns Clean Sweep Of Preseason Polls Checking In At No. 6
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Release: 01/22/2001
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Jan. 22, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Arizona State University baseball is quickly preparing for its season opener this Friday vs. Texas-Arlington and found out today they will open the season with a clean sweep of the three national polls, checking in at No. 6 in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Preseason College Coaches Poll. ASU was also listed sixth by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

The Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Preseason College Coaches Poll as selected by 41 Division I head baseball coaches representing the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

The Sun Devils finished the 2000 season with a 44-15 record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the 24th time in school history and finished the year ranked 12th. The nucleus of the team returns with the entire infield intact, including 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year Casey Myers (Case Grande, Ariz.) and ace left-handed pitcher Jon Switzer (Houston, Texas). In addition to the 14 returning letterman from the 2000 Pac-10 Championship team, a talented class for recruits will debut on the diamond at Packard Stadium this spring. The 2001 recruiting class was ranked as the best in the nation by Baseball America.

The No. 6 preseason ranking is the second highest for the Sun Devils during head coach Pat Murphy's six-year tenure. ASU was ranked No. 5 by Collegiate Baseball to open the 1998 season and went on finish second at the College World Series in Omaha. The Sun Devils have finished the season ranked in the top 12 in three of the past four years.

Arizona State is one of three Pac-10 schools ranked in Baseball Weekly's top 10, with No. 3 USC and No. 9 Stanford also earning votes. The Sun Devils possess one of the toughest schedules in the nation, with 15 games against teams ranked in at least one of the preseason top 25 polls. ASU will match up against defending national champions LSU (#2), Cal State Fullerton (#12) and Oklahoma (#15) during the 2001 season, in addition to Pac-10 foes USC and Stanford. Arizona State plays a combined 22 games vs. teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last year.

ASU opens the 2001 campaign against the University of Texas-Arlington this Friday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. For ticket information, please call the ASU ticket office at (480) 965-2381.

The Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Preseason College Coaches Poll as selected by 41 Division I head baseball coaches representing the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Records are complete through games ending Jan. 21.

1. GEORGIA TECH (0-0) -  Poll points: 987 (24 No. 1 votes) Final 2000
ranking: 10 Final record: 50-16

2. LOUISIANA STATE (0-0) -- Poll points: 949 (8 No. 1 votes) Final 2000 ranking: 1 Final record: 52-17

3. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (0-0) -- Poll points: 947 (9 No. 1 votes) Final 2000 ranking: 4 Final record: 44-20

4. FLORIDA STATE (0-0) -- Poll points: 780 Final 2000 ranking: 3 Final record: 53-19

5. CLEMSON (0-0) -- Poll points: 770 Final 2000 ranking: 5 Final record: 51-18

6. ARIZONA STATE (0-0) -- Poll points: 763 Final 2000 ranking: 16 Final record: 44-15

7. NEBRASKA (0-0) -- Poll points: 742 Final 2000 ranking: 11 Final record: 51-17

8. MIAMI (0-0) -- Poll points: 706 Final 2000 ranking: 13 Final record: 41-19-1

9. STANFORD (0-1) -- Poll points: 680 Final 2000 ranking: 2 Final record: 50-16

10. SOUTH CAROLINA (0-0) -- Poll points: 668 Final 2000 ranking: 8 Final record: 56-10

11. RICE (0-0) -- Poll points: 612 Final 2000 ranking: NR Final record: 43-23

12. CAL STATE FULLERTON (0-0) -- Poll points: 483 Final 2000 ranking: 23 Final record: 38-21

13. NOTRE DAME (0-0) -- Poll points: 482 Final 2000 ranking: NR Final record: 46-18

14. FLORIDA (0-0) -- Poll points: 477 Final 2000 ranking: 21 Final record: 44-23-1

15. AUBURN (0-0) -- Poll points: 405 Final 2000 ranking: 20 Final record: 41-20

16. BAYLOR (0-0) -- Poll points: 373 Final 2000 ranking: 17 Final record: 45-17

17. MISSISSIPPI STATE (0-0) -- Poll points: 274 Final 2000 ranking:14 Final record: 41-20

18. GEORGIA (0-0) -- Poll points: 268 Final 2000 ranking: NR Final record: 32-26

19. OKLAHOMA (0-0) -- Poll points: 241 Final 2000 ranking: NR Final record: 41-23

20. TEXAS (0-0) -- Poll points: 191 Final 2000 ranking: 7 Final record: 46-21

21. CENTRAL FLORIDA (0-0) -- Poll points: 177 Final 2000 ranking: NR Final record: 43-19

22. LONG BEACH STATE (0-0) -- Poll points: 171 Final 2000 ranking: NR Final record: 31-25

23. ALABAMA (0-0) -- Poll points: 140 Final 2000 ranking: 22 Final record: 41-24

24. STETSON (0-0) -- Poll points: 115 Final 2000 ranking: NR Final record: 48-16

25. TULANE (0-0) -- Poll points: 112 Final 2000 ranking: NR Final record: 38-22-1

Others receiving votes: East Carolina (109), Evansville (70), Pepperdine (68), Louisi-ana-Lafayette (58), Wichita State (56), Wake Forest (50), Tennessee (46), Minnesota (44), Fresno State (27), Virginia Tech (22), Florida International (21), Penn State (20), New Orleans (19), Texas A&M (19), Oklahoma State (17), UCLA (16), Houston (15), Texas Tech (15), San Jose State (14), Southern Mississippi (13), Purdue (12), North Carolina (11), Illinois (9), Ball State (8), Loyola Marymount (8), South Alabama (8), Rut-gers (7), Creighton (6), Nevada (4), Kentucky (4), Ohio State (4), Florida Atlantic (2), Kent State (2), Arizona (1), Old Dominion (1), Georgia Southern (1), Seton Hall (1), Campbell (1), The Citadel (1), California (1).

--Sun Devil Baseball--

Copy by Jeff R. Evans
ASU Media Relations

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