For the fifth time in the last eight seasons, a talent-laden Stanford team has garnered the top spot in Baseball America's preseason Top 25 college baseball rankings.
Coach Mark Marquess, entering his 26th season with the Cardinal, has six preseason All-Americans on his squad, including three first-teamers in outfielders Jason Cooper and Carlos Quentin and righthander Jeremy Guthrie. The Cardinal's trademark pitching depth includes top returnees such as lefthander Tim Cunningham and righthander J.D. Willcox, and second baseman Chris O'Riordan returns to his senior season after leading the Cardinal in home runs, RBIs and stolen bases in 2001.
Clemson, keyed by the return for their senior seasons of righthander Steve Reba and infielder Khalil Greene, opens the season ranked second, while defending CWS champion Miami ranks third. Southern California and Notre Dame round out the preseason top five, with the Fighting Irish earning their highest preseason rank ever.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are 2001 final records.
|Team||2001 Record||Final 2001 Rank|
|15.Cal State Fullerton||48-18||3|
|22.Cal State Northridge||34-22||NR|
Rankings and article courtesy of Baseball America.