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Baseball America's
Preseason College Top 25

January 3, 2002

DURHAM, N.C.–For the fifth time in the last eight seasons, a talent-laden Stanford team has garnered the top spot in Baseball America's preseason Top 25 college baseball rankings.

Coach Mark Marquess, entering his 26th season with the Cardinal, has six preseason All-Americans on his squad, including three first-teamers in outfielders Jason Cooper and Carlos Quentin and righthander Jeremy Guthrie. The Cardinal's trademark pitching depth includes top returnees such as lefthander Tim Cunningham and righthander J.D. Willcox, and second baseman Chris O'Riordan returns to his senior season after leading the Cardinal in home runs, RBIs and stolen bases in 2001.

Clemson, keyed by the return for their senior seasons of righthander Steve Reba and infielder Khalil Greene, opens the season ranked second, while defending CWS champion Miami ranks third. Southern California and Notre Dame round out the preseason top five, with the Fighting Irish earning their highest preseason rank ever.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are 2001 final records.

Team2001 RecordFinal 2001 Rank
1.Stanford51-172
2.Clemson41-2217
3.Miami53-121
4.Southern California45-194
5.Notre Dame49-1315
6.Florida State47-1910
7.Louisiana State44-229
8.Nebraska50-166
9.Texas36-26NR
10.Tulane56-135
11.Rice47-2013
12.Wichita State42-24NR
13.Georgia Tech41-20NR
14.South Carolina49-2012
15.Cal State Fullerton48-183
16.Baylor37-24NR
17.Mississippi State39-2319
18.Arizona State37-2022
19.North Carolina31-26NR
20.Mississippi39-23NR
21.Wake Forest44-1818
22.Cal State Northridge34-22NR
23.Oklahoma State42-22NR
24.Washington29-23NR
25.Rutgers42-1725

Contact: John Manuel (johnmanuel@baseballamerica.com)

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