Baseball Ranked 8th In USA Today Coaches Poll

Jan. 22, 2009

McLean, VA - In the fourth of five major college baseball polls, USA Today released the 2009 USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches poll which has the Titans ranking 8th in the nation according to 31 participating NCAA Div. I coaches.

The Titans received 507 total points (based on 25 points for a first-place pick, and 1 point for a 25th-place pick) and finished behind LSU (No. 1, 738 pts.), North Carolina (No.2, 737 pts.), Rice (No. 3, 673 pts.), Georgia (No. 4, 600 pts.), Texas A&M (No. 5, 590 pts.), Stanford (No. 6, 576 pts.) and Arizona State (No. 7, 533 pts.). Florida State and Texas tied for the No. 9 spot (500 pts.) to round out the Top 10 according to the coaches.

The Titans will play 15 games (versus seven teams) against USA Today/ESPN Preseason Top 25 teams in 2009.

The first USA Today/ESPN regular-season poll will be released Monday, March 2.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the American Baseball Coaches Association. The 2009 board: Terry Alexander, Jacksonville; John Anderson, Minnesota; Ed Blankmeyer, St. John's; Buddy Bolding, Longwood; Roger Cador, Southern; Rob Cooper, Wright State; Sherman Corbett, Texas-San Antonio; Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt; David Eldredge, Southern Utah; Mike Gaski, North Carolina-Greensboro, Nino Giarratano, San Francisco; Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina; Keith Guttin, Missouri State; Danny Hall, Georgia Tech; Loren Hibbs, Charlotte; Charlie Hickey, Central Connecticut State; Steve Jaksa, Central Michigan; Rick Jones, Tulane; Steve Kittrell, South Alabama; Ken Knutson, Washington; Kevin Leighton, Manhattan; Gary McClure, Austin Peay; Mervyl Melendez, Bethune-Cookman; Gary Powers, Nevada; Mark Scalf, North Carolina-Wilmington; Jim Schlossnagle, TCU; Matt Senk, Stony Brook; Steve Smith, Baylor; Joe Sottolano, Army; Joe Walsh, Harvard; Mike Weathers, Long Beach State.