Tag Archives: 2008 Preseason Poll

Top 25 Countdown: No. 4 Rice

Rice has been the model program for consistency, so it should come as no surprise that the Owls are back in the national title hunt.

After taking care of business in Regional and Super Regional action last season, the Owls suffered a familiar fate in Omaha — they dropped two-straight games to North Carolina.

The Owls hope to leave no doubt this season.

While uncertainty surrounds the offense, the pitching staff is in outstanding shape.

Ryan Berry, Matt Langwell and Cole St. Clair spearhead the weekend rotation, while Lucas Luetge and Chris Kelley will log significant innings.

Like most teams, the Owls enter the spring with some question marks. However, we fully expect the offense to be better than people think.

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USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll

We love how every organization puts out a Top 25 poll. The latest is the USA Today/ESPN Preseason Coaches poll  with Arizona State taking the top spot. North Carolina, South Carolina, Rice, and Arizona round out the Top 5. The USA Today poll makes more sense as FSU is ranked 12th and Baseball America has them unranked. The full USA Today poll is available here with a breakdown of each squad.

Long Beach State Tabbed Preseason Favorite in Big West

Receiving 77 points and five first-place votes, Long Beach State has been selected to win its first Big West title since 2003, according to the 2008 Big West Conference preseason poll conducted by the league’s nine head coaches. Cal State Fullerton placed second, while Cal Poly followed in third place. Continue reading Long Beach State Tabbed Preseason Favorite in Big West

St. John’s Picked To Repeat As BIG EAST Baseball Champion

St. John’s, which won 41 games and claimed a share of the BIG EAST regular-season title last year, has been chosen as the favorite to win the 2008 conference championship by the 12 BIG EAST head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own teams. Continue reading St. John’s Picked To Repeat As BIG EAST Baseball Champion