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Three WCC Teams Ranked In Baseball America's 2007 Preseason Poll

Jan. 4, 2007

Durham, NC - Pepperdine, San Francisco, and San Diego all earned rankings in Baseball America's preseason top-50 poll, released on Thursday. The Waves were ranked at No. 19, while the Dons were listed at No. 32 and the Toreros checked in at No. 46.

Pepperdine is coming off of a 42-21 season, and hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time in program history last year. The Waves claimed their third straight WCC Championship in 2006, and return 19 letterwinners from last year's squad, including preseason All-American selections Barry Enright, Brett Hunter, and Danny Worth.

San Francisco, which tied Pepperdine for the regular season WCC crown last year, posted a 39-23 overall record in 2006 and advanced to an NCAA Regional for the first time in program history, knocking off No. 6 national seed and host Nebraska last June. The Dons return 22 letterwinners, including Roger Clemens Award candidate Aaron Poreda.

San Diego received a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last five seasons in 2006, and garnered an at large selection for the first time in program history. The Toreros, who finished the 2006 season with a 33-25 overall record, return 19 letterwinners including 2006 Freshman All-Americans Brian Matusz and Josh Romanski.

Pepperdine was also ranked No. 19 in the previously released Collegiate Baseball poll, while San Francisco was listed at No. 36. San Diego received votes in the Collegiate Baseball preseason listing along with WCC rivals LMU and Santa Clara.

The WCC is coming off of one of the most successful seasons in league history, as three conference squads were selected for NCAA Tournament play last year. Four teams earned national rankings during the 2006 season, and a conference-record 25 WCC players were selected in the Major League Baseball Draft in June.

The West Coast Conference is entering its 40th year of sponsoring baseball this spring. Saint Mary's, San Diego, and Santa Clara will be the first conference teams in action this season, as all three squads will take the field on January 26.

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
14. Cal State Fullerton
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