Beavers ranked 10th in preseason poll

Beavers ranked 10th in preseason poll

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Oregon State baseball team will open the 2013 season ranked 10th by Collegiate Baseball as the publication released its top 40 teams for the upcoming campaign on Thursday.

The Beavers are ranked in the top 25 for the second consecutive season, a year after finishing with a 40-20 mark and a visit to the Baton Rouge Regional. OSU also finished with an 18-12 record in Pac-12 Conference play in 2012.

Oregon State picked up 473 points in the initial poll, just three behind No. 9 Stanford and five behind eighth-ranked Kentucky. All told, six of the 11 teams from the Pac-12 are ranked in the top 25; UCLA is fifth followed by Oregon (sixth), Stanford (ninth), Oregon State (10th), Arizona State (16th) and Arizona (18th). Additionally, San Diego, whom the Beavers will visit in non-conference action in March, is ranked 12th.

Arkansas is ranked first in the poll, garnering 496 points, just 23 ahead of the Beavers. North Carolina is second followed by Vanderbilt, LSU and UCLA.

Oregon State’s 40-20 record netted the Beavers a 25th-place finish in Collegiate Baseball’s top 25 ranking last season. The Beavers have been ranked in Collegiate Baseball’s final top 25 six times in the last eight years, including four times in the top 10.

The Beavers open their 2013 campaign Feb. 15 when taking on Utah Valley in Palm Springs, Calif. OSU plays four in Palm Springs before a four-game series the following weekend at San Diego State. The club then returns home for its 2013 Goss Stadium opener March 1 when hosting Bryant that begins a nine-game homestand.

Ticket information for the 2013 season will be made available shortly after the new year.