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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (Feb. 28, 2000)

FLORIDA ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER (www.baseballnews.com) POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Florida St. has been ranked No. 1 for the third consecutive week in the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I baseball poll. The Seminoles have won seven straight and nine of their last 10.

Florida St. is averaging 9.1 runs per game and has cracked 23 homers in 15 games. Eight different players have hit home runs for the Seminoles. As far as pitching, FSU's staff has struck out 136 batters (average 9 per game) while walking only 66. Florida St. knocked off the University of Florida this past weekend in Tallahassee, 6-2 and 8-7. Coupled with two wins at Florida in Gainesville the week prior (15-6, 17-8), it marked the first 4-game sweep of Florida by the Seminoles since 1993.

POLL NOTES: Seven teams fell out of the top 30 this week, including Tulane (0-4), Rice (1-3), Texas Tech. (2-2), Florida (1-2), Florida International (1-2), Louisiana-Monroe (1-1) and Virginia Commonwealth (1-2). Texas (13-3) recorded its fourth shutout of the season when the Longhorns blanked Iowa St. 4-0 over the weekend. It is the most since 1994 when Texas had five. Fifth ranked Houston swept a 3-game series against LSU in Baton Rouge over the weekend. In four games last week, the Cougars scored 45 runs and hit .358 with 8 homers, including two grand slams. LSU, which has now lost five straight games, dropped from third in the nation seven days ago to 15th this week. Kentucky, making its first appearance in the poll this year, is 10-0 and off to its best start in Head Coach Keith Madison's 22 years at the school. Long Beach St. swept Arkansas 3 straight in Fayetteville which was the first non-conference sweep by an opponent in Razorback history at home. 

The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.

(Top 30 Agate Follows)

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's

NCAA Div. I Poll (As of Feb. 28, 2000)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Florida St. (13-2) 490   1
  2. Stanford (11-4) 484   2
  3. North Carolina (13-0) 478   4
  4. Texas (13-3) 474   5
  5. Houston (11-3) 470 10
  6. Georgia Tech. (8-2) 466   6
  7. Cal. St. Fullerton (5-5) 465   7
  8. Clemson (8-1) 463   9
  9. Alabama (8-4) 458   8
10. Miami, Fla. (11-5) 456 11
11. Southern Calif. (9-3) 452 16
12. Auburn (14-3) 449 13
13. Wichita St. (3-0) 445 14
14. South Carolina (12-0) 444 18
15. Louisiana St. (6-5) 440   3
16. Baylor (11-3) 438 17
17. Long Beach St. (9-3) 435 22
18. Arizona St. (15-4) 431 19
19. East Carolina (9-2) 429 20
20. Fresno St. (11-3) 425 23
21. Kentucky (10-0) 422
22. Loyola Marymount (8-3) 419
23. Mississippi St. (7-0) 415
24. UCLA (7-7) 412 15
25. Florida Atlantic (9-4) 408
26. Wake Forest (7-2) 403
27. Oklahoma St. (7-5) 399 24
28. Louisiana-Lafayette (11-1) 398
29. Notre Dame (2-1) 396 25
30. Tennessee (12-4) 390

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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RHP/DH Ben Diggins, Arizona: Diggins had a remarkable weekend against Tulane. In the opener of a 3-game series, he struck out 13 batters as a pitcher in a 9-inning complete game victory, 4-3. He gave up 2 earned runs. The next two games as the designated hitter, he was 6-for-7 with 2 homers and 7 RBI. He reached base 9 times in 10 plate appearances. On the year, Diggins is hitting .484 with a 1.000 slugging percentage.

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OF Mitch Jones, Arizona St.: Jones hit 4 home runs in 3 games as he batted .600 (9-for-15) with 14 RBI and 9 runs scored. Six of his 9 hits were for extra bases. He had 23 total bases on the weekend and a 1.533 slugging percentage. In a 22-4 win over Southerh Utah, he collected 5 hits and accumulated 13 total bases.

 

 

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