NCBWA Releases 2014 Preseason Division I Poll – Cal State Fullerton No. 1

Cal State Fullerton has been selected No. 1 nationally in the 17th annual 2014 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Division I preseason poll. It’s the second NCBWA preseason No. 1 ranking for the Titans, along with the 2005 season. Cal State Fullerton is paced by a pair of preseason All-American starting pitchers in Thomas Eshelman, a sophomore who was 12-3 with a 1.48 ERA, 17 starts, 115 2/3 innings pitched, and 83 strikeouts as a freshman; and sophomore Justin Garza who was 12-0 with a 2.03 ERA, 17 starts, 115 innings of work, and 95 strikeouts as a consensus Freshman All-America hurler (along with Eshelman) in 2013.

Defending NCAA champion UCLA (a first-time baseball titlist in 2013) is ranked ninth initially after entering the 2013 season No. 5 in the NCBWA. Mississippi State, which advanced to the CWS final round for the first time in school history, is No. 4 this year after starting 2013 at No. 16. No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 Oregon State, MSU, and No. 5 Florida State round out the 2014 inaugural top five.

 

Rank-School

1 Cal State Fullerton
2 Virginia
3 Oregon State
4 Mississippi State
5 Florida State 
6 LSU
7 Indiana
8 NC State
9 UCLA
10 Vanderbilt
11 Oregon
12 South Carolina
13 North Carolina
14 Louisville
15 Rice
16 Clemson
17 Miami (Fla.)
18 Kansas State
19 Oklahoma State
20 Arizona State
21 Florida
22 TCU
23 Texas A&M
24 UL-Lafayette
25 Texas
26 Arkansas
27 Alabama
28 Oklahoma
29 Cal Poly
30 Florida Atlantic
31 Stanford
32 Ole Miss
33 Arizona
34 East Carolina
35 Georgia Tech