January 6, 1999
SEATTLE - Baseball America has named Washingon the 20th-ranked team in the nation in its preseason baseball poll. The magazine also named Husky junior Jeff Heaverlo a first-team preseason All-American.
Washington was one of five teams named to the preseason top 25. Defending NCAA champion USC was named the No. 1 team while No. 7 Stanford, No. 12 Arizona State and No. 23 California also made the ranking.
Heaverlo, a right-handed pitcher from Ephrata, Wash., is the first Husky ever named to Baseball America's preseason first team. Last year, he went 5-3 and struck out 84 in 70 innings. Over the summer, he was named the Cape Cod League's co-pitcher of the year after posting a 7-1 record in the nation's top summer league.
Heaverlo, son of former major league pitcher Dave Heaverlo, was among four Pac-10 players named to the first team. USC catcher Eric Munson was the only unanimous choice. Also making the first team were Stanford first baseman John Gall and Cal third baseman Xavier Nady, last year's freshman of the year.
Baseball America Preseason College Baseball Poll 1. USC 2. Long Beach State 3. Miami 4. Florida State 5. Wichita State 6. Rice 7. Stanford 8. Louisiana State 9. Georgia Tech 10. Florida 11. Texas A&M 12. Arizona State 13. Alabama 14. Cal State Fullerton 15. Clemson 16. North Carolina 17. Wake Forest 18. Auburn 19. Texas Tech 20. Washington 21. Oklahoma State 22. Arkansas 23. California 24. Houston 25. South Carolina