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Pepperdine No. 19 in Baseball America's 2007 Preseason Poll

Jan. 4, 2007

Malibu, Calif. - Following a 42-21 season in which it advanced to the championship game of the Malibu Regional and returning 19 letterwinners from last year's squad, the Pepperdine baseball team has been pre-season ranked No. 19 by Baseball America, the publication announced on Thursday.

Pepperdine also is No. 19 in Collegiate Baseball's preseason poll.

The Waves' 2007 roster is highlighted by the return of the West Coast Conference's (WCC) "Co-Pitcher of the Year" (Barry Enright), junior shortstop Danny Worth, junior center fielder Adrian Ortiz, sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud and sophomore reliever Brett Hunter, all of whom earned WCC recognition a year ago.

Enright enters his junior season as a 2007 preseason All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NBCWA) and Collegiate Baseball, and is on the preseason Watch Lists for the Brooks Wallace Award (Player of the Year) and Roger Clemens Award (Pitcher of the Year).

Enright is coming off a sophomore campaign in which he went 13-2 and posted a 4.05 ERA in 21 appearances en route to tying for third in the nation in victories. He enters 2007 with a 23-3 career record and ranks 12th on Pepperdine's all-time career wins list.

Hunter, who tabbed a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball, played a pivotal role for Pepperdine during his rookie season a year ago as he went 5-3 with a 2.83 ERA and 11 saves while making 29 appearances as the Waves' closer. He tied for 22nd in the nation in saves and was tabbed a Freshman All-American, named first team All-WCC and selected to the conference's all-freshman team. He is also on the Roger Clemens Award Preseason Watch List.

Worth received honorable mention All-WCC after batting .303 with three home runs and 37 RBI. d'Arnaud earned Freshman All-American honors and was tabbed first team all-conference after batting .282 with two home runs and 22 RBI while Ortiz was a second-team All-WCC pick after batting .340 with one home run and 28 RBI.

Rice tops Baseball America's Top 50 preseason poll and is followed by Miami, Clemson, Texas and North Carolina. South Carolina is sixth, followed by Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wichita State who round out the Top 10.

Pepperdine is one of three WCC teams in the Top 40. San Francisco, which tied Pepperdine for the WCC's regular-season title last year, is ranked No. 32 while San Diego is No. 46.

A total of nine teams on the Waves' 2007 schedule are ranked among the Top 40. Joining San Francisco and San Diego in the poll, are Wichita State (No. 10), UCLA (No. 13), Cal State Fullerton (14), Oklahoma State (No. 22), North Carolina State (No. 28), USC (No. 29) and UC Irvine (No. 38).

Baseball America's Preseason Top 50

1. Rice
2. Miami, Fla.
3. Clemson
4. Texas
5. North Carolina
6. South Carolina
7. Arkansas
8. Vanderbilt
9. Virginia
10. Wichita State
11. Tennessee
12. Georgia Tech
13. UCLA
15. Tulane
16. Oregon State
17. Nebraska
18. Florida State
19. Pepperdine
20. Arizona State
21. Evansville
22. Oklahoma State
23. Winthrop
24. Texas Christian
25. Mississippi
26. UC Riverside
27. Georgia
28. North Carolina State
29. Southern California
30. Kentucky
31. Stanford
32. San Francisco
33. San Diego State
34. Oral Roberts
35. Oklahoma
36. Auburn
37. Baylor
38. UC Irvine
39. Louisiana-Lafayette
40. Michigan
41. Texas Tech
42. Central Michigan
43. Delaware
44. Elon
45. Notre Dame
46. San Diego
47. Ohio State
48. Miami (Ohio)
49. Texas A&M
50. Louisiana State