2011 USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Baseball Coaches’ Preseason Poll

Yet another poll released, and yet a new number 1 team.  UCLA earns the top honors in he USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 baseball coaches’ poll with 9 first place votes.  See who else made the cut below.


Rank – School – 2010 record – Points - Final 2010 Rank – First Place Votes
1. UCLA (51-17) 741 2 9
2. TCU (54-14) 728 3 9
3. Florida (47-17) 709 8 7
4. Vanderbilt (46-20) 593 13 1
5. Clemson (45-25) 592 4 0
6. Oklahoma (50-18) 587 5 0
7. Texas (50-13) 577 9 0
8. South Carolina (54-16) 564 1 5
9. Cal State Fullerton (46-18) 449 12 0
10. Oregon (40-24) 402 not ranked 0
11. Florida State (48-20) 401 6 0
12. Arizona State (52-10) 372 7 0
13. Texas A&M (43-21-1) 371 21 0
14. Virginia (51-14) 369 10 0
15. LSU (41-22) 278 25 0
16. Stanford (31-25) 277 not ranked 0
17. Rice (40-23) 261 20 0
18. Miami (Fla.) (43-20) 249 15 0
19. Georgia Tech (47-15) 214 17 0
20. Coastal Carolina (55-10) 210 11 0
21. Louisville (50-14) 178 16 0
22. Connecticut (48-16) 156 23 0
23. Auburn (43-21) 128 19 0
24. Arkansas (43-21) 113 14 0
25. Arizona (34-24) 110 not ranked 0

Others receiving votes (with 2010 records): UC-Irvine (39-21) 92; Alabama (42-25) 75; Wichita State (41-19) 54; North Carolina (38-22) 31; Mississippi (39-24) 28; San Diego (37-22) 27; College of Charleston (44-19) 24; St. John‘s (43-20) 17; Baylor (36-24) 14; Fresno State (38-25) 14; Washington State (37-22) 14; Oregon State (32-24) 11; Virginia Tech (40-22) 9; Tulane (32-24) 8; California (29-25) 5; Kansas State (37-22) 5; Pittsburgh (38-18) 5; Kent State (39-25) 3; Central Florida (33-22) 2; Florida Atlantic (37-24) 2; Southern Mississippi (36-24) 2; Hawaii (35-28) 1; Liberty (42-19) 1; Minnesota (32-30) 1; North Carolina State (38-24) 1.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the American Baseball Coaches Association. The board for the 2011 season: Terry Alexander, Jacksonville; John Anderson, Minnesota; Ed Blankmeyer, St. John’s; Rob Cooper, Wright State; Sherman Corbett, Texas-San Antonio; Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt; Greg DiCenzo, Holy Cross; David Eldredge, Southern Utah; Mike Gaski, North Carolina-Greensboro; Nino Giarratano, San Francisco; Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina; Keith Guttin, Missouri State; Danny Hall, Georgia Tech; Daniel Heefner, Dallas Baptist; Loren Hibbs, Charlotte; Charlie Hickey, Central Connecticut State; George Horton, Oregon; Steve Jaksa, Central Michigan; Omar Johnson, Jackson State; Rick Jones, Tulane; Steve Kittrell, South Alabama; Kevin Leighton, Manhattan; Gary McClure, Austin Peay; Mervyl Melendez, Bethune-Cookman; Gary Powers, Nevada; Mark Scalf, North Carolina-Wilmington; Jim Schlossnagle, TCU; Matt Senk, Stony Brook; Doug Smith, UC-Riverside; Steve Smith, Baylor; Bob Whalen, Dartmouth.