Oregon State is ranked No. 3 and Oregon is No. 4 in a preseason polling of the Pac-12’s baseball coaches, the conference announced Friday.
The poll lists Stanford as the league favorite, with five first-place votes and a total of 93 points. UCLA, a 2012 conference co-champion, is second with 90 points and two first-place votes.
Oregon State, which tied for fourth place in the Pac-12 last season, ranks third in the poll with 87 points and the remaining three first-place votes. Oregon, third in the conference in 2012, follows the Beavers in the preseason poll with 73 points.
Arizona, co-champion of the Pac-12 with UCLA last year and the reigning national champion, ranks No. 5 with 65 points.
Rounding out the preseason poll are Arizona State (58 points), California (40), USC and Washington State (32 apiece), Washington (28) and Utah (12).
Both the Beavers and the Ducks open the 2013 season on Friday. Oregon State starts a four-day tournament in Palm Springs, Calif., against Utah Valley. Oregon kicks off with the first game in a four-game series against Hawaii in Honolulu.
—From wire service reports