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Baseball Tabbed Third In Pac-10 Preseason Coaches Poll
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Release: 01/14/2002
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Jan. 14, 2002

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - With the 2002 season opener less than three weeks away on Jan. 31 vs. Oregon State, ASU learned today they have been selected by Pac-10 coaches to finish third in the conference. Stanford was selected the preseason favorite to win the Conference. The Cardinal garnered seven first-place votes.

The Sun Devils, who will play all but three of their home games in 2002 at Hohokam Park in Mesa due to a $2 million renovation of Packard Stadium that is scheduled to begin in early March, have already opened practice for the spring season. ASU is eagerly anticipating a season that is sure to bring its fare share of challenges. With one of the toughest schedules in the nation ahead of them and facing the loss of seven starters and three of their top four pitchers from 2001, the Devils are sure to have an uphill battle in 2002. ASU finished the 2001 season with a 37-20-1 overall record, ranking 22nd and 23rd in the nation.

The Devils will face eight teams listed on Collegiate Baseball's Preseason Top 40 and will play a combined 18 games vs. teams listed on Baseball America's preseason Top 25. Included in that is 11 games vs. Top 10 teams, with three each against preseason No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 USC, and No. 6 Florida State, and a two-game set vs. No. 5 Notre Dame. ASU will also face national powers No. 23 Oklahoma State, No. 15 Cal State Fullerton and No. 24 Washington during the 2002 season.

Points are awarded in descending order with 8 points for first place, 7 points for second place, and so on. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

2002 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE BASEBALL COACHES' PRESEASON

1.

Stanford (7)

63

2.

USC (2)

57

3.

Arizona State

49

4.

California

41

5.

Arizona

34

6.

Washington

30

7.

Oregon State

21

8.

UCLA

20

9.

Washington State

9

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