The countdown to the 2014 college baseball season is in the final days and that means the rankings are finally starting to come out. Baseball America released their rankings on Monday and three PAC-12 schools make an appearance. Perfect Game’s first rankings also were released with four schools making it in.
Oregon State is the highest ranked of the three at number two coming off a 52-13 season which included making it back to Omaha for the College World Series, after winning the conference title. Oregon checks in at number 11 after going 48-16 and came up short in the Eugene Regional losing to Rice. Defending National Champion UCLA who defeated Mississippi State in the CWS finals is just behind the Ducks at 12.
In the Perfect Game preseason rankings the Beavers again are ranked third behind Virginia and Cal State Fullerton. The Bruins are in front of the Ducks as the teams are eight and ninth ranked in the poll. Arizona State who finished 37-22-1 last year is ranked number 18.
Valentine’s Day will be the first day of the season for PAC-12 baseball with teams going all over the country to start the 2014 campaign.
We’ll do a weekend watch when the time comes but here’s a brief look at where teams will be – Washington will be at the Texas State Baseball Invitational in San Marcos, Texas … Arizona State hosts Baylor … Oregon State will participate in the Husker Classic which will be held in Tempe, Arizona … Arizona hosts Kent State in Tucson … Southern California starts in LA against Northwestern … Oregon makes a trip out to Hawaii for a series … UCLA begins their defense with Portland coming to town … Stanford and Rice renew their annual series on the Farm … California hosts Texas … Utah travels to Sacrament State … Washington State travels south to Cal State Fullerton