Tigers Ranked 13th in Preseason Poll

Clemson is preseason ranked 13th in the collegiate baseball newspaper poll.

The University of Arizona has been ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's Fabulous 40 pre-season NCAA Division I baseball poll.

The Wildcats have their strongest team since winning national championships in 1976, 1980 and 1986 as nine position player starters are back along with seven superb pitchers from a team which finished second in the Pac-10 Conference a year ago with a 42-17 overall record.

The winner of the Pac-10 is usually in contention for a national championship. Based on the current conference membership, this league has produced 26 national champions in baseball which is nearly three times more than any other conference. The Big 12 ranks second with 10 national titles.

Arizona features three Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-Americans in RHP Preston Guilmet, Pac-10 Pitcher of The Year last season (12-2,1.87 ERA, 146 K), 1B C.J. Ziegler (.355, 13 HR, 23 2B, 63 RBI) and lefthanded closer Daniel Schlereth (8 SV, 3-1, 2.68 ERA).

The Wildcats have a number of high profile professional prospects with four potential picks in the first three rounds of next June's Free Agent Draft in Guilmet, Schlereth, CF T.J. Steele (tremendous speed, .323, 7 HR, 14 2B, 47 RBI, 21 SB) and RHP Ryan Perry (who touched 98 mph for Orleans in the Cape Cod League last summer and played in the All-Star game).

Professional baseball is so interested in a number of Wildcat players that 37 scouts showed up for one practice last fall, the highest number that have ever attended during the six years Lopez has been head coach of Arizona and one of the highest totals in his 25-year coaching career.

The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's
NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll
(As of Dec. 21, 2007)

Rank School ('07 Final Record) Points
1. Arizona (42-17) 496
2. South Carolina (46-20) 493
3. Arizona St. (49-15) 491
4. Mississippi (40-25) 487
5. North Carolina (57-16) 486
6. Rice (56-14) 483
7. San Diego (43-18) 481
8. Texas (46-17) 478
9. Wichita St. (53-22) 476
10. Michigan (42-19) 473
11. Vanderbilt (54-13) 471
12. Florida St. (49-13) 468
13. Clemson (41-23) 466
14. Miami, Fla. (37-24) 464
15. Missouri (42-18) 461
16. Cal. St. Fullerton (38-25) 459
17. Long Beach St. (39-20) 455
18. UCLA (33-28) 452
19. Oregon St. (49-18) 451
20. Kentucky (34-19-1) 447
21. Fresno St. (38-29) 446
22. Texas A&M (48-19) 443
23. Louisville (47-24) 440
24. Virginia (45-16) 437
25. Georgia Tech. (32-25) 434
26. U.C. Irvine (47-17-1) 432
27. Mississippi St. (38-22) 430
28. Baylor (35-27) 428
29. Pepperdine (35-22) 426
30. Louisiana St. (29-26-1) 423
31. Oklahoma St. (42-21) 420
32. Louisiana-Lafayette (45-17) 419
33. Southern Illinois (34-22) 415
34. Southern Miss. (39-23) 413
35. U.C. Riverside (38-21) 411
36. Stetson (42-21) 408
37. Coastal Carolina (50-13) 406
38. Nebraska (32-27) 405
39. California (29-26) 403
40. Oral Roberts (40-17) 400

OTHER TEAMS RECEIVING VOTES: Georgia, Alabama, Creighton, South Florida, Notre Dame, Winthrop, Arkansas, Old Dominion, Texas-San Antonio, New Orleans, Oklahoma, East Carolina, Tulane, Kent St., Houston, Central Michigan, Texas Christian, Central Florida, Lamar, Southeastern Louisiana, Florida Atlantic, Charlotte, Gonzaga, Santa Clara, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, Southern California, Stanford, Washington, Washington St., College of Charleston, Rutgers, Western Carolina, Penn. St., Minnesota, Ohio St., North Carolina St., Wake Forest, Hawaii, Virginia Commonwealth, Louisiana Tech., Nevada, LeMoyne, Troy, Kennesaw St., Richmond, St. John's, Old Dominion, Austin Peay, Southern.

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