UC Irvine has been ranked No. 34 in Collegiate Baseball's Top 40 preseason poll.
The Anteaters are led by American Baseball Coaches Assn. Hall of Famer, Mike Gillespie, who begins his fourth season at the helm in February.
UCI returns 17 lettermen, including first-team All-Big West Conference third baseman Brian Hernandez.
Other returners include Drew Hillman and Jordan Leyland, both of whom earned all-tournament honors at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional last year.