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Pepperdine And USF Ranked in Collegiate Baseball's 2007 Preseason Poll

Dec. 22, 2006

Tucson, Ariz. - Pepperdine and San Francisco were both ranked in Collegiate Baseball's "Fabulous 40" NCAA preseason baseball poll, released on Friday. The Waves are ranked No. 19, while the Dons check in at No. 36 in the preseason listing. Loyola Marymount, San Diego, and Santa Clara all received votes in the poll.

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 and Brett Hunter.

San Francisco posted a 39-23 overall record last season 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.

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.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Pre-Season Poll
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)

WCC Teams Receiving Votes:
Loyola Marymount, San Diego, Santa Clara