TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Oregon received a No. 9 ranking from the annual Collegiate Baseball Top-40 Preseason poll, it was announced by the publication today.

The Ducks are returning to the diamond in 2011 after reaching the NCAA Regionals Final last season in the program’s second year back from reinstatement, led by head coach George Horton.

Oregon finished the 2010 season with a 40-24 record, and tied for fifth in the Pac-10 standings while finishing the year ranked in four out of five national polls.

In 2011, a whole new host of Ducks will make their mark as the 2010-11 freshman class received two top-five rankings from Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball during the fall.

Oregon returns five Pac-10 all-conference honorees from the 2010 season, including left-hander Tyler Anderson, right-hander Scott McGough, and infielders J.J. Altobelli, KC Serna and Danny Pulfer.

Oregon improved its record from 14-42 in 2009, to 40-24 in 2010. The 22-game improvement was the second-best recorded in the country since the NCAA began keeping the stat in 1998.

UO finished the 2010 season with a 9-6 record against ranked opponents, and swept three non-conference weekend series. Oregon also finished 3-3 against No. 1 ranked teams, and won five Pac-10 series - including three (#22 Stanford, #1 UCLA and Washington) on the road.

Oregon’s pitching staff proved to be one of the best in the country during the 2010 season. The Ducks finished the season with 3.29 ERA, which ranked second in the Pac-10 and third in the country.

The Ducks held opposing batters to a .258 average (3rd Pac-10), totaled 513 strikeouts (3rd Pac-10) and recorded 163 strikeouts looking (2nd Pac-10). The staff was also aggressive with base runners, leading the league with 18 pickoffs.

Over the summer, Anderson and McGough competed for the 2010 Collegiate National Team, while Serna and sophomore left-hander Christian Jones were named to the Cape Cod All-Star Game.

Texas Christian was named No. 1 in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball, while two other programs from the Pac-10 Conference were placed in the top-10 with College World Series runner-up UCLA at No. 3 and Stanford at No. 10.

Similar to last year, Oregon will cross the Pacific Ocean and head to Honolulu for a four-game series with the defending Western Athletic Conference Tournament champion Hawai’i Rainbows from Feb. 18-20 to open the 2011 season.

The Ducks will play their home opener on Friday, Feb. 25 when Saint Mary’s comes to Eugene for a three-game series. Oregon played its first game in 28 years against the Gaels on Feb. 20, 2009, prevailing 5-3 in Moraga, Calif.

In other news today, Anderson received his third pre-season All-American honor when the College Baseball Lineup named him to its Preseason All-American second team.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's
NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll

(As of Dec. 20, 2010) 

Rank School ('10 Final Record)  Points
1. Texas Christian (54-14)              495
2. Florida (47-17)                          494
3. UCLA (51-17)                           493
4. Clemson (45-25)                      489
5. Vanderbilt (46-20)                    486
6. Oklahoma (50-18)                     483
7. Texas (50-13)                           481
8. Texas A&M (43-21-1)               480
9. Oregon (40-24)                         479
10. Stanford (31-25)                    474

11. Arizona St. (52-10)                 473
12. Cal. St. Fullerton (46-18)          470
13. Florida St. (48-20)                    469
14. South Carolina (54-16)              467
15. Louisiana St. (41-22)               465
16. Connecticut (48-16)                 462
17. Virginia (51-14)                       457
18. Miami, Fla. (43-20)                  455
19. Georgia Tech. (47-15)               454
20. Louisville (50-14)                       451

21. Rice (40-23)                            450
22. Arizona (34-24)                     445
23. Wichita St. (41-19)                 443
24. Coastal Carolina (55-10)         440
25. Auburn (43-21)                      437
26. St. John's (43-20)                  435
27. North Carolina (38-32)              434
28. San Diego (37-22)                   427
29. Fresno St. (38-25)                  426
30. Pittsburgh (38-18)                  425

31. Washington St. (37-22)          422
32. Arkansas (43-21)                    418
33. California (29-25)                  417
34. U.C. Irvine (39-21)                   414
35. College of Charleston (44-19)    412
36. Florida Atlantic (37-24)            409
37. Kansas St. (37-22)                  407
38. Hawaii (35-28)                      402
39. Baylor (36-24)                      401
40. Kent St. (39-25)                    398

Oregon baseball season tickets holders now have the opportunity to renew for the upcoming 2011 season to ensure their seats for another exhilarating year.

Baseball season ticket holders from 2010 can CLICK HERE to renew their baseball season tickets now.

Season ticket holders will have first priority at any NCAA postseason games played at PK Park, along with purchasing discounted Civil War tickets and season parking passes. Purchasing season tickets is also the only way to ensure reserved seats for the season-ending series against Oregon State (May 27-29).

Fans interested in purchasing season tickets or mini plans for the 2011 season should CLICK HERE and sign up for baseball information.