WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – The Pac-12 Conference coaches have selected the Oregon State baseball team to finish first in the 2014 season, the league announced on Thursday.
The Beavers received 98 of a possible 100 points in the poll, which is voted upon by all 11 coaches. Oregon State received nine of a possible 10 first-place votes; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams. Other Pac-12 schools receiving first-place votes were UCLA and Oregon, with one apiece.
The Beavers’ 98 points is 12 ahead of No. 2 Oregon, which is followed by UCLA, which received 84 points. Arizona State is fourth at 73 points, followed by No. 5 Arizona (61), No. 6 Stanford (60) and No. 7 California (38). Washington State is eighth with 35, followed by No. 9 USC (33), No. 10 Washington (22) and No. 11 Utah (14).
Oregon State was selected to finish third in the Pac-12 preseason poll last season, but won the conference by two games with a 24-6 record. The club went on to make its fifth trip to the College World Series and finished fourth nationally.
This year, the Beavers are ranked in the top four in all five major rankings, with the highest at No. 2 by Baseball America. OSU was selected as the No. 1 team in the country by both The Sporting News and Athlon Sports in each publication’s Major League Baseball preview magazines. Those publications, however, do not release weekly rankings.
See the Beavers with season tickets, which can be purchased now by visiting BeaverTickets.com. They can also be purchased over the phone (1-800-GOBEAVS) or in person at Gill Coliseum.
Mini plans, meanwhile, are also available.
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