College football only ended a few weeks ago, and March Madness is a distant point on the horizon, but the fine folks at D1Baseball.com have already begun looking ahead to the college baseball season, releasing their preseason top 25 rankings on Tuesday.
The Oregon Ducks, fresh off a 36-25 record in 2022, are one of three Pac-12 teams in the top 25, coming in right under the gun at No. 25 overall.
Oregon returns six position player starters and eight pitchers from last year’s team, which qualified for the postseason for a second year in a row, playing in the Louisville Regional. Oregon also brings in a recruiting class that ranked No. 5 at Baseball America ahead of the 2023 season.
Elsewhere around the conference, Stanford comes in at No. 3 after back-to-back appearances in the College World Series, while UCLA comes in at No. 17 overall.
Oregon opens up the baseball season with a home series against Xavier, before heading to Santa Barbara to take on the Gauchos.