Baseball America Ranks ODU 25th In Pre-Season Poll
Jan. 25, 2008
DURHAM, NC--Baseball America magazine ranks the Old Dominion University Monarchs 25th in its pre-season poll. Last week, ODU was selected by the league coaches as the favorite to win the Colonial Athletic Association.
The Monarchs return six starters from last year's 35-24 squad that won the league regular season title. ODU's strength will be on the mound led by All-CAA and pre-season All-American junior righthand pitchers Anthony Shawler (11-2, 2.20 ERA, 130 K's), and Dan Hudson (8-5, 3.46 ERA,109 K's).
The Monarchs also return All-Region designated hitter David Burns (.309, 8 HR, 61 RBI), senior second baseman Chris Keenan (.278, 31 RBI) and sophomore thirdbaseman Jake McAloose (.306, 34 RBI) who was on the CAA All-Rookie squad last year. ODU welcomes back senior All-CAA and All-Region centerfielder Jimmy Miles (.348, 39-45 SB, 53 R) along with senior firstbaseman Brian Cipolla (.318, 46 RBI), both missed last year with injuries.
ODU opens the season on Feb. 22 when they host defending BIGEAST Champion Rutgers in a three-game series, then travel to fifth ranked North Carolina, the NCAA runner-up the past two years on Feb. 26th and 18th ranked Virginia on Feb. 27.
BASEBALL AMERICA PRESEASON COLEGE TOP 25
1. UCLA 2. Arizona 3. Vanderbilt 4. Mississippi 5. North Carolina 6. Missouri 7. Oregon State 8. Michigan 9. Arizona State 10. Miami 11. San Diego 12. South Carolina 13. Long Beach State 14. Rice 15. Baylor 16. Texas 17. Virginia 18. Fresno State 19. Louisiana-Lafayette 20. Wichita State 21. Texas A&M 22. Tulane 23. Clemson 24. East Carolina 25. OLD DOMINION