Cal Poly Ranked No. 22 by Perfect Game in Preseason Division I Poll

Cal Poly Ranked No. 22 by Perfect Game in Preseason Division I Poll

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Armed with all four returning starting pitchers and 18 other lettermen off last year's squad which finished 32-25, the 2017 Cal Poly baseball team is ranked No. 22 in Perfect Game's preseason Division I college baseball poll.

Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs are one of seven teams in the top 25 that did not make the postseason a year ago. The others are No. 7 Oregon State, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 16 Stanford, No. 17 Texas, No. 20 Houston and No. 23 Maryland.

Only one other Big West Conference team is in the poll — No. 15 Cal State Fullerton. The Mustangs host the Titans on April 21-23 and also will host No. 16 Stanford on Feb. 20.

With five preseason All-Americans, Texas Christian is ranked No. 1 as the Horned Frogs finished third in the College World Series a year ago. Rounding out the top five are No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Florida State, No. 4 Florida and No. 5 South Carolina.

Defending national champion Coastal Carolina and runner-up Arizona are ranked Nos. 24 and 25, respectively.

Starting pitchers Jarred Zill, Erich Uelmen, Kyle Smith and Cam Schneider all return this spring along with catcher Nick Meyer, second baseman Kyle Marinconz, third baseman Michael Sanderson and outfielders Josh George, Kevin Morgan and Alex McKenna. Meyer was named Big West Freshman Field Player of the Year in 2016.

Lee has guided the Mustangs to three NCAA regionals, the 2014 Big West championship, eight 30-win seasons and 11 winning campaigns in his 14 years at the helm of the Cal Poly baseball program.

Cal Poly plays 10 of its first 11 games on the road, opening the season with a three-game series at Cal on Feb. 17-19. The home game against Stanford on President's Day starts at 1 p.m.