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Cats tabbed fifth in Pac-12

Arizona Picked No. 5 In Pac-12 Coaches’ Poll
Defending conference baseball co-champion Arizona is ranked No. 5 in the Pac-12 Baseball Preseason Coaches’ Poll released on Friday.

Andy Lopez and his Arizona Wildcats are the defending NCAA national champions.

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona baseball team, which won a share of the conference championship en route to the 2012 national title, has been selected No. 5 in the annual Pac-12 Baseball Preseason Coaches’ Poll released on Friday afternoon.

Stanford was picked to win the conference and received five of 10 possible first-place votes and 93 total points. UCLA, who earned a share of the Pac-12 crown with Arizona last season, came in second with 90 points and received a pair of first-place votes. Oregon State, which finished third in the balloting, collected 87 points and the three remaining first-place votes. Oregon received 73 points, and the Wildcats tallied 65 points to round out the top five.

Arizona State finished sixth in the polling, picking up 58 points, and California’s 40 points were good for seventh. USC and Washington State collected 32 points apiece to tie for eighth in the poll, while Washington came in tenth with 28 points. Utah, which picked up 12 points, was tabbed to finish 11th.

To establish the poll, coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams. Ten points are awarded for a first-place vote, nine points for a second-place vote and so on.

Arizona, which is ranked in various preseason polls from No. 10 to No. 24, will open its national title defense with a three-game series against Coppin State beginning on Friday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. The season-opener will be highlighted by a special National Championship Recognition Night. The first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative 2012 national championship rally towel and there will be a postgame fireworks show. Select stars from the championship team will be on hand for a pregame autograph session and they will also throw out the first pitch.

Season tickets remain available for purchase in the general admission seating areas, which include the grandstands behind the first base (Wildcats) and third base (visitors) dugouts. General admission season tickets are a great value for any Wildcat fan and are available for the low price of under $4 per game.
Arizona fans also have a new ticket option currently on sale - a "7-Game Mini-Plan". The mini-plan allows fans to purchase general admission tickets to any seven home games at Hi Corbett Field that they choose, including Opening Night and both home games vs. ASU, for the low prices of $42 (Adult), $28 (Senior Citizen) and $28 (Youth).

Single game tickets are also on sale and start as low as $8 for adults and $5 for youth/seniors in general admission seating areas when purchased in advance. Prices increase by $2 for sales in person on the day of the game Fans can purchase their tickets online at www.arizonawildcats.com, by phone at 520-621-2287 or in person at the McKale Ticket Office between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

2013 Pac-12 Baseball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Stanford (5) 93
2. UCLA (2) 90
3. Oregon State (3) 87
4. Oregon 73
5. Arizona 65
6. Arizona State 58
7. California 40
8. USC 32
Washington State 32
10. Washington 28
11. Utah 12

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Please visit www.ArizonaWildcats.com for more information on Arizona’s men’s baseball team.

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