SAN FRANCISCO – In a poll of Pac-12 Baseball head coaches, ARIZONA STATE has been selected as the preseason favorite to win the Conference title for the 2020 season. This is the fourth time in program history and the first since 2010 that the Sun Devils were chosen to win the Pac-12, which was also the last time ASU clinched the Conference crown.
Arizona State, which is ranked in the top 13 in every preseason national poll, received seven first-place votes and 96 points to edge runner-up and defending league champion UCLA, which amassed 89 points and the remaining four first-place votes.
The Sun Devils are coming off their first postseason appearance since 2016 after they started last season with a 21-game win streak, the second-best start to a season in Pac-12 history, en route to a 38-19 overall record and its most wins since 2011. ASU is loaded with talent with five returning 2019 All-Conference performers, led by two-time All-American Spencer Torkelson, as well as the nation’s No. 8 ranked recruiting class. Torkelson led the Conference in home runs last spring with 23, bringing his career-total to 48, four shy of entering the league’s career top-10.
UCLA is coming off…