WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – The Arizona State University baseball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12 Conference’s annual Preseason Coaches Poll, the conference announced Thursday.
ASU, which begins the 2014 season on Feb. 14 against Baylor at 2:30 p.m. at Packard Stadium, received 73 votes behind Oregon State with 98, Oregon with 86 and UCLA with 84.
ASU is ranked in the top 25 in four preseason polls, including No. 18 by Perfect Game, No. 19 by USA Today Coaches’ Poll, No. 20 by NCBWA and No. 22 by Collegiate Baseball.
The Devils return a pair of All-Americans in sophomore pitchers Ryan Burr and Ryan Kellogg, as well as All-Pac-12 outfielder Trever Allen, freshmen All-American RJ Ybarra and a host of other contributors. Burr was named a Baseball America preseason Third Team All-American by Baseball America, and joins Kellogg and fellow sophomore pitcher Brett Lilek in the top 26 of Baseball America’s ranking of the 50 top sophomore prospects.
2014 Pac-12 Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Oregon State (9) 98
2. Oregon (1) 86
3. UCLA (1) 84
4. Arizona State 73
5. Arizona 61
6. Stanford 60
7. California 38
8. Washington State 35
9. USC 33
10. Washington 22
11. Utah 14
The Sun Devils are playing the 40th and final season at historic Packard Stadium, which has been home to ASU for every season except 2002 since it was built in 1974. It has played host to two national championship teams, 18 NCAA Regional tournaments and more than 1,100 ASU victories, and the entire 2014 season will serve as a celebration of the program’s 40 years of baseball inside the stadium. Every era of Sun Devil baseball will be honored, long-time season ticket holders will be recognized, and former players and moments will be remembered.
A select line of merchandise bearing the official “Tip Your Cap To Packard” logo is available now at Sparky’s Stadium Shop, located in the Carson Student-Athlete Center, and will also be sold on gamedays at the team shop at Packard Stadium.
Click here for a full list of “Farewell To Packard” promotions, which includes themed weekends, the return of legendary players and coaches, an All-Packard Team voted on by the fans, and more.
Single-game tickets and Mini Packs are on sale now, as well as season tickets starting at $99. Admission for ASU students is free with a valid Sun Card.
Purchasing season tickets will also give fans first opportunity and priority at selecting seats at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in 2015. Other benefits include reserved lot parking and vouchers for the annual Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz.
Fans can purchase tickets online at sundeviltickets.com, by phone at 480-727-000 or by visiting the Sun Devil Stadium Ticket Office, located at the south end of Sun Devil Stadium.
Join the conversation all season using the hashtag #OccupyPackard.