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

Dec. 22, 2006

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 Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced on Friday.

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 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 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 Collegiate Baseball's Top 40 preseason poll and is followed by Clemson, South Carolina, Arkansas and North Carolina. Miami, Fla. is sixth, followed by Texas, Vanderbilt, Nebraska and Virginia who round out the Top 10.

Pepperdine is one of two WCC teams in the Top 40. San Francisco, which tied Pepperdine for the WCC's regular-season title last year, is ranked No. 36.

A total of seven teams on the Waves' 2007 schedule are ranked among the Top 40. Joining San Francisco in the poll, are Cal State Fullerton (No. 12), Wichita State (No. 17), Oklahoma State (No. 24), USC (No. 25), UCLA (No. 26) and Long Beach State (No. 30).

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's
NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll
Rank School ('06 Final Record)
1. Rice (57-13)
2. Clemson (53-16)
3. South Carolina (41-25)
4. Arkansas (39-21)
5. North Carolina (54-15)
6. Miami, Fla. (42-24)
7. Texas (41-21)
8. Vanderbilt (38-27)
9. Nebraska (42-17)
10. Virginia (47-15)
11. Georgia Tech. (50-18)
12. Cal. St. Fullerton (50-15)
13. Florida St. (42-21)
14. Arizona St. (37-21)
15. Texas Christian (39-23)
16. Tulane (43-21)
17. Wichita St. (46-22)
18. Tennessee (31-24)
19. Pepperdine (42-21)
20. Mississippi (44-22)
21. Baylor (37-26)
22. Georgia (47-23)
23. Stanford (33-27)
24. Oklahoma St. (41-20)
25. Southern California (25-33)
26. UCLA (33-25)
27. Arizona (27-28)
28. Evansville (43-22)
29. Oral Roberts (41-16)
30. Long Beach St. (29-27)
31. Louisiana St. (35-24)
32. Mississippi St. (37-23)
33. Houston (39-22)
34. Oklahoma (45-22)
35. Troy (47-16)
36. San Francisco (39-23)
37. Winthrop (46-18)
38. Michigan (43-21)
39. Notre Dame (45-17-1)
40. Ohio St. (37-21)