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01-05-2005, 05:44 PM

Team (2004 Record):

1.Tulane (41-21): Two-way talents Brian Bogusevic, Micah Owings head deep lineup and pitching staff.

2. Louisiana State (46-19): Veteran Tigers seek third straight CWS trip behind deep offense, improved pitching.

3. Cal State Fullerton (47-22): Jr. LHP Ricky Romero serves as the ace of a deep staff for the defending CWS champs.

4. Texas (58-15): Jr. RHP J. Brent Cox replaces Huston Street as the closer for an always-talented staff.

5. Miami (50-13): Jrs. SS Ryan Braun and RHP Cesar Carillo could each be first-round picks in June.

6. Stanford (46-14): 2B Jed Lowrie, 1B John Mayberry Jr. ranked first and fifth in Pac-10 OPS last year.

7. South Carolina (53-17): Gamecocks feature three seniors in rotation and Sr. 3B Steve Pearce (.346-21-70).

8. Washington (39-20): So. RHPs Tim Lincecum, Kyle Parker front the Pac-10's best pitching staff

9. Arizona State (41-18): First-round talents Jr. OF Travis Buck and Sr. 1B Jeff Larish lead a stout offense.

10. Georgia (45-23): Deep, experienced Bulldogs must deal with expectations following a surprise CWS run.

11. Baylor (29-31): Senior-laden Bears return nearly everyone as they try to recover from disappointing '04.

12. Arizona (36-27): Wildcats need freshmen arms to supplement explosive returning offense

13. Texas A&M (42-22): SS Cliff Pennington and RHPs Robert Ray and Kevin Whelan all have scouts buzzing.

14. North Carolina (43-21): Power-armed sophs RHP Daniel Bard and LHP Andrew Miller could be among first 10 picks in '06.

15. Florida (43-22): Jr. transfer RHP Alan Horne replaces 2004 SEC Pitcher of the Year Justin Hoyman

16. Mississippi (39-21): '04 Co-SEC player of the year 1B/LHP Stephen Head could win the national award.

17. Vanderbilt (45-19): Jr. LHP Ryan Mullins posted a better ERA (2.58) than first-rounder Jeremy Sowers in '04

18. Rice (46-14): Owls still hooting despite losing three first-round pitchers and a second rounder

19. Georgia Tech (44-21): Talented but inexperienced pitching could make this ranking look conservative or generous

20. Notre Dame (51-12): The draft took five contributors, but as many as nine juniors could still play major roles

21. Texas Christian (39-26): Transfers RHP Lance Broadway and LHP Brad Furnish front a rebuilt rotation

22. Long Beach State (40-21): Jr. LHP Cesar Ramos (12-4, 2.29) leads a rotation that lost Jered Weaver, Jason Vargas

23. Oklahoma State (38-24): A score of transfers increases the talent level for Frank Anderson's second year

24. Oral Roberts (50-11): Defending Mid-Conn player and pitcher of the year Dennis Bigley returns to a deep club

25. Winthrop (37-23): Cape Cod League MVP Daniel Carte poised to leave as best Eagles hitter ever

26. Arkansas (45-24): Won't be a surprise if the Razorbacks exceed expectations for second straight year

27. Florida State (45-23): Sophs. Ryne Malone and Shane Robinson must fills shoes of Drew, Martinez-Esteve.

28. Mississippi State (35-24): Jr. OF Brad Corley led SEC with 1.120 OPS in '04, and might pitch some this year.

29. College of Charleston (47-16): Return eight of nine hitters, two of three starters and the closer from a year ago.

30. Southern California (24-32): Jr. C Jeff Clement and So. RHP Ian Kennedy are one of nation's best sets of batterymates.

31. St. John's (37-23): Big East sleeper returns majority of team that gave Long Beach State a regional scare.

32. Pepperdine (30-32): Big league progeny Sean Tracy, Justin Sandberg, Drew Saberhagen highlight the roster.

33. Florida Atlantic (47-17): Owls remain deep despite losing two senior arms and top two power threats from '04

34. Tennessee (38-24): Jr. RHP Luke Hochevar likely won't need--or get--much run support.

35. Virginia (44-15): Led by Team USA batting leader Ryan Zimmerman, Cavs hope to overachieve again.

36. Clemson (39-26): Two-way Jr. Kris Harvey, son of Bryan, provides veteran influence to talented young club.

37. Central Florida (47-18): Golden Knights must replace RHPs Matt Fox, Kyle Bono to repeat as Atlantic Sun's best.

38. Cal Poly (38-23): Jr. LHP Garrett Olson and Sr. RHP Jimmy Shull combined for 192 K's in '04.

39. Wichita State (49-16): Experience: Jr. RHP Mike Pelfrey and the staff have plenty, not so much for the offense

40. UC Irvine (34-23): First-year coach Dave Serrano inherits the majority of an '04 regional team

41. Stetson (36-23): A-Sun POY Chris Westervelt is gone, but the Hatters return everyone else

42. Hawaii (31-24): Coach Mike Trapasso's fourth team should end Hawaii's 11-year regional drought

43. Alabama (29-26): Reinforcements should provide more run support for '04 Freshman of the Year Wade LeBlanc

44. Fresno State (29-29): So. SS Christian Vitters, Fr. 3B Beau Mills form a strong left side behind an experienced rotation

45. Minnesota (38-23): Only Terry Steinbach had more RBIs in his first two years than Jr. 1B Andy Hunter

46. Michigan (34-26): Jr. 2B Chris Getz (.364) returns to help third-year coach Rich Maloney chase his first Big 10 title

47. Louisiana-Lafayette (34-23): Packed with seniors, it's the most complete Ragin Cajuns team since the '00 CWS run

48. San Diego (35-21): Young, talented Toreros are sleepers this year, should be major players in 2006

49. Auburn (32-24):
Sr. 1B Karl Amonite brings his power back to the lineup after losing 2004 to injury

50. Nebraska (36-23): Jr. 3B Alex Gordon primed to repeat his All-America and Big 12 POY performance

01-05-2005, 05:57 PM
Not bad for the Pac-10. Four teams in the top 15.

Is Washington really going to be that good? I think that ranking might be a little optimistic...

01-06-2005, 07:29 PM
I agree about UW, thinking that BA has them, along with Baylor, as a "hope" rank due to talent level rather than performance.

Baylor was terrible last year.

01-28-2005, 10:00 PM
Texas has lost a few to grade issues I think. Rumor today is apparently that Sam LeClure is out. I know their staff is deep, but that's gotta hurt. **** you Augie.

01-29-2005, 03:46 AM
Gotta love college baseball the only D1 sport where a team like Stetson can be in the top 50 nationally...

01-29-2005, 07:31 PM
and University of San Diego!!