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ASU Baseball Ranked No. 19 by Collegiate Baseball

The Sun Devils are nearing a return to the diamond and come in at No. 19 in one preseason poll.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

We are a little over a month away from the first pitch of the 2015 baseball season, and the first of many preseason polls was released on Monday. Arizona State was picked at No. 19 by Collegiate Baseball following last year's 33-24 finish.

The Sun Devils return three of the top pitchers in the nation, figuring to make them one of the contenders for the Pac-12 championship. A pair of junior starters in Ryan Kellogg and Brett Lilek are back in addition to one of the top closers in the country, right-hander Ryan Burr.

Elsewhere in the poll, Vanderbilt was ranked No. 1 by the group of voters. The Big 12 placed four teams in the top 10, led by TCU at No. 2. The Horned Frogs will play Arizona State in a three game set in late February.

Around the Pac-12, UCLA was ranked 10th by the newspaper, with Oregon and Stanford following at 15th and 18th, respectively. In the "also receiving votes" section there is Oregon State at No. 41, Washington at No. 45, USC at 47th, and Arizona at 50th. Right behind the Wildcats are New Mexico and UNLV, teams that the Sun Devils will face a couple times each throughout the season.

Oklahoma State came in at the five spot, and the Cowboys will open their season with a three game series in Phoenix against Arizona State.

The final team that received votes who the Sun Devils will face is Tennessee Tech, which is slotted at No. 82. You can view the full rankings here.

The season begins February 13 against Oklahoma State.