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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (April 24, 2000)

SOUTH CAROLINA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER (www.baseballnews.com) POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — South Carolina (41-4) has been ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper NCAA Division I baseball poll for the second consecutive week. The Gamecocks, winners of 16 straight, swept a 3-game series against Kentucky over the past weekend and now have swept four straight Southeastern Conference opponents (12 straight SEC victories).

In a doubleheader against Kentucky over the weekend, South Carolina hit 10 home runs and banged out 31 hits while scoring 26 runs. In the 3-game series, the Gamecocks hit 12 home runs and collected 50 hits and scored 44 runs in 15-5, 11-10 and 18-6 victories over the Wildcats.

POLL NOTES: Five teams fell out of the top 30 which were ranked last week. East Carolina (1-4), Wichita St. (3-2), Illinois (5 straight losses), Tulane (2-2) and Florida Atlantic (1-2) all dropped out of the poll. Red-hot teams outside of South Carolina (16 straight wins), include Nebraska (13 consecutive victories), Rutgers (24 wins in last 25 contests), Oklahoma (14 wins in last 15 games), Old Dominion (8 consecutive victories), and Notre Dame (7 straight wins).

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

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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's

NCAA Div. I Poll (As of April 24, 2000)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. South Carolina (41-4) 489   1
  2. Florida St. (39-8) 485   2
  3. Arizona St. (35-10) 482   3
  4. Stanford (31-10) 481   4
  5. Georgia Tech. (34-10) 475   6
  6. Baylor (34-13) 471   9
  7. Clemson (35-10) 470   7
  8. Texas (34-11) 468   5
  9. Louisiana St. (32-13) 460   8
10. Houston (30-13) 457 14
11. Miami, Fla. (28-14-1) 447 11
12. Auburn (36-11) 442 12
13. Mississippi St. (29-11) 440 15
14. Loyola Marymount (28-15) 435 17
15. Rutgers (30-11) 431 20
16. Wake Forest (34-14-1) 429 10
17. Cal. St. Fullerton (24-14) 428 18
18. North Carolina (36-11) 424 13
19. Nebraska (31-11) 421 25
20. Oklahoma (31-15) 418
21. Long Beach St. (25-16) 416 16
22. Georgia (28-16) 413
23. Southern California (27-17) 410 22
24. Fresno St. (32-12) 409 24
25. Central Florida (33-14) 406 23
26. Notre Dame (32-9) 405 26
27. Florida (31-17-1) 402
28. UCLA (25-18) 397 19
29. Old Dominion (27-16-1) 394
30. Minnesota (26-16) 389

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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C Brad Cresse, Louisiana State: Cresse belted 4 home runs over 5 games which included 17 RBI and 10 runs scored. In the Tigers' 21-6 win over Tulane, Cresse collected a career-high 8 RBI with two 3-run homers and a 2-RBI double. On the season, Cresse is hitting .441 with 22 homers, 14 doubles and 80 RBI.

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LHP Ryan Olson, Nevada-Las Vegas: Olson struck out a career-high 15 batters in a 4-2 win over Utah. He retired 19 straight batters and fanned 14 of them from the first through the seventh innings. At one stretch, he also retired 24 of 25 batters from the first through the ninth innings. Olson allowed 4 hits and did not walk a batter. His 15 strikeouts tied a UNLV school record held by four other pitchers.

bulletRHP Mike Ziegler, Florida State: Ziegler snapped Georgia Tech's 15-game winning streak with a 6-0, 9-inning victory over the Yellow Jackets. From the bottom of the third to the top of the eighth, Ziegler retired 16 consecutive Georgia Tech batters. He struck out seven and walked only one as he threw a 4-hitter. It marked the first complete game shutout for a Florida State pitcher since the 1998 season.
 

 

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