As the college sporting world was consumed with National Signing Day, the California Golden Bears baseball team was tacking yet another preseason nod onto the wall.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1616086-cal-baseball-fall-... After finishing second last season in the Pac-12, the Bears were picked third by conference coaches in their preseason poll, following up a string of preseason top-25 appearances in all major college baseball publications.
Cal got 84 points in the preseason poll, behind 89 for UCLA and 98 for Oregon State. The Beavers got nine first-place votes, while the Bruins and Bears each snagged one first-place vote apiece.
On Feb. 1, Cal, which finished last season 36-21, and returns 17 letter-winners from a squad that took host Texas A&M to the brink in the College Station Regional, was named No. 10 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason poll, following up a No. 8 preseason nod by Baseball America. Cal was one of five Pac-12 teams named to the Baseball America top 25, second-most of any single conference.
The Bears have also been named No. 9 in D1Baseball.com's preseason poll, No. 8 by PerfectGameUSA, and No. 13 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper's Fabulous 40 NCAA Division I Preseason Poll, presented by Big League Chew.
Cal returns Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans RHP Jeff Bain, LHP Matt Ladrech and catcher Brett Cumberland, as well as veteran right-handed starter Ryan Mason and junior righty Daulton Jefferies.
Jefferies added a second-team preseason All-American by Baseball America on Feb. 1, following second-team nods from D1Baseball.com and the Collegiate Baseball newspaper, and a third-team nod by PerfectGameUSA. Jefferies has also been ranked the No. 24 MLB Draft prospect by MLB.com.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1621406-cal-baseball-unvei... This summer, Jefferies pitched for the USA Collegiate National Team for USA Baseball, going 1-1 in four appearances (three starts), compiling a 2.57 ERA in 14.0 innings of work -- second on the staff -- and allowing a miniscule .091 batting average against, with a team-high 12 strikeouts to just four walks with one home run allowed out of the four hits he surrendered.
Last season for the Bears, Jefferies was an All-Pac-12 first team selection, with a 6-5 record and a 2.92 ERA, striking out 74 in 80.0 innings of work. His 74 Ks ranked seventh in the Pac-12, and in the opener of the College Station Regional, he threw 7.0 innings, allowing one run to Coastal Carolina.
The Golden Bears start the 2016 season with a three-game set at Duke starting on Feb. 19.
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