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Baseball America Picks UW No. 20
Release: 06/21/1999
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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

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