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Baseball Cracks 2004 Polls With No. 7 Preseason Ranking From Collegiate Baseball.
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Release: 12/19/2003
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Dec. 19, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- The Arizona State Sun Devils will open the 2004 season as the No. 7 ranked team in the annual Collegiate Baseball Fabulous 40 preseason NCAA Division I baseball poll. Shortstop Dustin Pedroia and outfielder Jeff Larish were also named first-team preseason All-Americans by the publication.

The Sun Devils are coming off a record-breaking 54-14 season in 2003 and finished ranked as high as No. 7 in the polls (No. 10 by Collegiate Baseball). The Devils lost 16 letterwinners from last year's squad and will have to replace seven of the top nine pitchers. ASU opened last year ranked as high No. 8 (Baseball America) in the country and has been ranked in 79 consecutive national polls dating back to the start of the 2000 season. The No. 7 preseason ranking is the highest since the 2001 and 1998 squads began the season No. 6 in the country.

The Devils schedule has already been praised as one of the toughest in the nation with 30 games against teams that participated in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. In addition, ASU is scheduled to play 25 games teams that are listed among Collegiate Baseball's preseason top 40. The Devils open the season with a three-game series against No. 24 Florida State (Feb. 6-8) and then face No. 1 and defending national champion Rice on Feb. 22 in Houston. No. 13 Tulane (Mar. 12-14), No. 33 Oklahoma State (Mar. 16-17), No. 23 Washington (Mar. 26-28), No. 22 Arizona (Feb. 24, Apr. 12) and No. 16 USC (Apr. 2-4) all visit Packard Stadium. The Devils will also travel to face ranked opponents at No. 6 Stanford (May 28-30), No. 22 Arizona (May 21-23) and No. 9 Wichita State (Apr. 27-28).

Pedroia (Woodland, Calif.) earned his second preseason honor after also picking up first-team honors from the NCBWA. The junior shortstop was the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Player of the Year after hitting .404 (120-for-297) with a Pac-10 and ASU single-season record 34 doubles. He was only the 11th Sun Devil to record over 100 hits and hit .400 in the same season. He enters his junior campaign as a .379 hitter and the Collegiate Baseball National Defensive Player of the Year has made only 12 errors in 542 chances during his career (.978 FLD%).

Junior Jeff Larish joined Pedroia as a first-team preseason All-American.


Larish (Tempe, Ariz.) also picked up first-team preseason honors after being a second-team selection by the NCBWA. The two-year starter will make the transition from first base to the outfield for 2004 and is regarded as one of the top prospects for the MLB June Amateur Draft. Larish hit .372 (87-for-234) as a sophomore while leading the team with 18 home runs and 95 RBI. He also led the nation with 78 walks and became only the second Sun Devil to record at least 70 walks and 70 RBI in a single season (Alvin Davis). Larish also teamed with Pedroia to help the USA Baseball National Team to a silver medal in the Pan Am Games. He led the team with 23 RBI and eight home runs.

The Sun Devils, led by 10th year head coach Pat Murphy, return to campus after Christmas break and are scheduled to begin preparations for the 2004 season on Jan. 5 at Packard Stadium. ASU will hold the annual alumni game on Jan. 17 (1 p.m.) and open the season against the No. 24 Seminoles on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll (As of Dec. 19, 2003)

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Rank School ('03 Final Record) Points Final '03 Rank
1. Rice (58-12) 495 1
Miami, Fla. (45-17-1) 495 5
3. Louisiana St. (45-22-1) 491 7
4. Georgia Tech. (44-18) 489 14
5. Texas (50-20) 486 4
6. Stanford (51-18) 484 2
7. Arizona St. (54-14) 481 10
8. Cal. St. Fullerton (50-16) 477 3
9. Wichita St. (49-27) 475 NR
10. Notre Dame (45-18) 470 28
11. Baylor (45-23) 468 13
12. Long Beach St. (41-20) 464 11
13. Tulane (44-19) 462 NR
14. South Carolina (45-22) 458 6
15. Florida (37-21-1) 457 NR
16. Southern California (28-28) 456 NR
17. Clemson (39-22) 450 NR
18. Auburn (42-21) 449 20
19. Florida Atlantic (47-16) 446 23
20. Nebraska (47-18) 445 15
21. North Carolina (42-23) 443 19
22. Arizona (35-23) 441 NR
23. Washington (42-18) 438 27
24. Florida St. (54-13-1) 437 9
25. Minnesota (40-22) 432 NR
26. Nevada-Las Vegas (47-17) 430 26
27. Mississippi (35-27) 424 NR
28. Winthrop (35-22) 416 NR
29. North Carolina St. (45-18) 411 12
30. Mississippi St. (42-20-1) 408 24
31. Ohio St. (44-21) 406 18
32. Texas A&M (45-19) 403 17
33. Oklahoma St. (34-24) 398 NR
34. U.C. Riverside (41-17) 395 30
35. Alabama (28-24) 392 NR
36. Va. Commonwealth (46-13) 390 NR
37. Southern Miss. (47-16) 386 25
38. Tennessee (31-24) 380 NR
39. San Diego (32-30) 378 NR
40. Stetson (41-24) 375 NR

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