UC Irvine finished tied for second in the Big West Conference baseball preseason coaches poll released Tuesday.
The Anteaters received 65 points, matching UC Riverside. Defending conference champion Cal State Fullerton topped the poll with 81 points.
UCI, which finished second in the Big West last season, is coming off its fifth straight postseason appearance.
Coach Mike Gillespie's squad finished 39-21, 17-7 in the Big West.
The Anteaters open the season Feb. 18 with the first of a three-game home series against Nevada.
UCI opens conference play April 1 at home against Cal State Northridge.
Senior third baseman Brian Hernandez, a first-team all-conference honoree, tops the returners for UCI, which is also bolstered by veterans Drew Hillman, Sean Madigan, Jordan Leyland and Crosby Slaught.