1995: The last time Stephen F. Austin sponsored baseball,
which returns to the school’™s campus in Nacogdoches, Texas, this
season. The Lumberjacks will play a full Southland Conference schedule.
Kennesaw State and North Florida are also new Division I schools this
season, with each moving from Division II to the Atlantic Sun.
11: The nation’™s longest active winning streak, which
belongs to Missouri State (formerly Southwest Missouri State) and not
national champion Texas. The Longhorns won their last seven games to
end the year, but the Bears won 11 straight and 12 of their last 13.
However, that couldn’™t overcome a 14-28 start, and Missouri State
missed the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.
15 and 1,215: Receiving touchdowns and yardage by Notre
Dame’™s Jeff Samardzija, which both ranked second in NCAA Division I.
The 6-foot-6 junior plays wide receiver for the Irish football team,
and as a righthander with a 90 mph fastball, should be a member of the
4: Strikeouts for New York Tech’™s Mike MacMillan in 143
at-bats as a junior last year, when he hit .308. His average of one
strikeout every 36.5 at-bats led Division I by more than 10 at-bats.
6: Returning pitchers who won 12 games last season. Eight pitchers entered 2005 with 12 or more wins.
Dallas Buck, Oregon State (12-1, 2.09)
Johnny Dorn, Nebraska (12-2, 2.16)
Ian Kennedy, Southern California (12-3, 2.43)
Kyle McCulloch, Texas (12-4, 2.94)
Scott Reese, Creighton (12-0, 2.85)
Luke Trubee, Dayton (12-3, 2.91)
Freshmen on BA’™s Preseason All-America teams since scouting directors
began voting in 1983. Texas’™ Jordan Danks makes the third team as an
outfielder this season. The others:
Matt Macri, ss, Notre Dame (2003 third team)
Troy Glaus, 3b, UCLA (1995 first team)
Calvin Murray, of, Texas (1990 second team)
Todd Steverson, of, Arizona State (1990 second team)
Robert Eenhoorn, 2b, Davidson (1990 third team)
Rick Lantrip, ss, Arizona (1988 third team)
Mike Mussina, rhp, Stanford (1988 third team)
Greg McMurtry, of, Michigan (1987 second team)
Years Miami has started a season unranked since Baseball America’™s
preseason Top 25 rankings began in 1981. The Hurricanes are in the same
position this year, and will try to replicate the ‘™03 season, when they
advanced to the College World Series.
25: Consecutive years Stanford appeared in the preseason
Top 25 rankings, from 1981-2005’"the entire history of BA’™s rankings.
That streak ends this season. Arizona State now owns the longest streak
at 20 seasons, from 1987-2006.
28: Coaching changes since the end of the 2005 season,
including new faces in big places such as Texas A&M (Rob Childress,
late of Nebraska) and Oklahoma (Sunny Golloway, an assistant elevated
after Larry Cochell’™s resignation). Also, Skip Wilson won’™t be in the
Temple dugout for the first time in 46 years, and Itch Jones retired
after 36 years at Illinois and Southern Illinois.
43: Percentage of 30 NCAA Division I conferences that
have added and/or lost members since last season with 19 schools moving
in or out of 13 conferences.
7: Number of teams to repeat as College World Series
champions, something preseason No. 1 Texas will attempt this season.
That figure includes four repeats by Southern California, which won
five titles in a row from 1970-74.
25: Wins Ron Polk needs to become the eighth coach in
Division I history to reach the 1,300-win mark. Polk, 62, is 1,275-512
in 32 seasons, 26 of them at Mississippi State. He won his
first Southeastern Conference tournament at MSU in 16 seasons last year with
an undefeated run capped by a championship-game win against rival
26: Consecutive road games Maine will play to start its
season before its home opener April 13 against Stony Brook. The Black
Bears open Feb. 24 with three games at Mississippi, a series scheduled
after Maine enjoyed itself so much as a participant in the 2005 Oxford
Regional, and then play 13 straight games in Florida.
.448: Batting average of Davidson’™s Jay Heafner in 2005,
which ranked first among all players with more than 150 at-bats.
(Alcorn State’™s Corey Wimberly hit .462 in 132 at-bats to top the
NCAA’™s official list of batting leaders.) Heafner also slugged .700
with a .533 on-base percentage. He returns for his senior season and
moves from third base to shortstop.