Vanderbilt picked to reach Omaha by head
Arizona State receives most votes as national champion
Vanderbilt spent a good
chunk of last season as the top-ranked team in the land. But the
Commodores fell short of reaching the College World Series,
losing as a Regional host to Michigan.
College baseball's coaches don't expect history to repeat
In a survey of 60 college baseball head coaches, Vandy received
the most votes - edging out Texas and North Carolina - to reach
the College World Series. Yet, when asked which team would leave
Omaha with the national title, it was Arizona State that was
picked as the favorite.
Vanderbilt received 42 votes to appear as one of eight CWS
participants, with Texas claiming 41 and two-time national
runner-up North Carolina receiving 40. Rounding out the coaches'
eight picks to reach Omaha are Arizona State (34), Rice (30),
Arizona (28), Miami (25) and UCLA (24).
Just missing the cut in the
preseason poll are two-time defending champ Oregon State (21),
South Carolina (20) and Ole Miss (20). Also receiving multiple
votes: Michigan (14), Clemson (12), Florida State (11), Cal
State Fullerton (9), Virginia (9), San Diego (8), Missouri (7),
Long Beach State (5), Wichita State (4), Texas A&M (3), LSU (3),
Louisville (3), Baylor (3), USC (2), Arkansas (2), Oklahoma
State (2) and Mississippi State (2).
The Sun Devils were chosen by 12 coaches to take home the title.
ASU is followed by Arizona and North Carolina, with nine votes
apiece, Vanderbilt (6), Miami (4), Oregon State (4), UCLA (3),
Texas (3), Rice (2) and South Carolina (2). Schools receiving
one vote to win the title include: Ole Miss, Michigan, Virginia,
San Diego and Mississippi State.