ASU fourth, Arizona fifth in Pac-12 baseball poll
FEB 06, 2014 3:10p ET
In a polling of the Pac-12's baseball coaches, defending conference champion Oregon State was selected Thursday as the preseason favorite to win the conference title again this season. The Beavers received nine of 11 possible first-place votes and 98 points.
Oregon State finished the 2013 campaign with a 52-12 record and advanced to the College World Series, where the Beavers finished the year tied for third. Led by preseason All-Americans Michael Conforto, Dylan Davis, Andrew Moore, Ben Wetzler and Scott Schultz, Oregon State enters the season as a consensus top-five team in the national rankings.
Oregon, the Pac-12 runner-up in each of the last years, came in second with 86 votes and received one first-place vote. UCLA, fresh off the first College World Series title in program history, tallied 84 points and received the final first-place vote to come in third in the poll. Arizona State, a 2013 NCAA tournament participant, finished fourth in the balloting with 73 points while Arizona received 61 points to round out the top five.
Stanford finished sixth in the polling, picking up 60 points, and California's 38 points were good for seventh. Washington State collected 35 points to nab the eighth spot in the poll, USC came in ninth with 33 points, Washington picked up 22 points to finish 10th and Utah ranked 11th with 14 points.
All 11 teams will be in action on Friday, Feb. 14, as the 2014 season gets under way.
The complete poll results are as follows. A first-place vote garners 10 points, a second-place vote earns nine and so on. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.
|1||Oregon State (9)||98|