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Baseball Tabbed Seventh In WCC Preseason Poll

Jan. 10, 2007

San Bruno, CA - The Saint Mary's baseball team was tabbed for a seventh place finish as selected by the West Coast Conference coaches. Pepperdine was chosen as the favorite to capture its fourth straight WCC baseball title in the 2007 preseason poll. The Waves, who have been ranked as high as No. 19 in the preseason polls, received six first place votes and a total of 47 points to edge out San Diego and 2006 WCC regular season co-champion San Francisco for first place in the listing.

The Toreros and Dons tied for the second place spot with 41 points apiece, with each team garnering a first place vote. LMU checked in at No. 4 with 28 points, just ahead of Gonzaga which received 25 points to grab the No. 5 spot. Santa Clara was tabbed for a sixth place finish with 19 points, while Saint Mary's and Portland were picked to finish seventh and eighth with 16 and eight points, respectively.

Saint Mary's posted a winning record (26-25) for the first time since 1991 last season, and welcomes in a conference-high 25 newcomers for the upcoming campaign. The Gaels return All-WCC Second-Team selection Joel Staples. As a true freshmen, Staples batted .279 with four homeruns, 29 RBIs and a league-leading five triples.

Saint Mary's will begin its 2007 slate with a three-game set against Nevada. First-pitch is scheduled for January, 26 at 2 p.m. from Louis Guisto Field.

2007 WCC Baseball Preseason Poll1. Pepperdine - 47 (6)2. San Diego - 41 (1)    San Francisco - 41 (1)4. LMU - 285. Gonzaga - 256. Santa Clara - 197. Saint Mary's - 168. Portland - 8(First place votes)