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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (Feb. 12, 2001)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — Rice University has been ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll. The Owls (7-0) have been superb in the early going of the season with wins over previously No. 1 ranked Georgia Tech., 5-4, another victory over previously No. 4 ranked Nebraska, 16-2 as well as wins over 18th ranked Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech.

It is a brutal schedule to kick off the season for Rice, but the Owls are off to their best start since they opened 14-0 in 1993. The Rice pitching staff has a remarkable 1.27 ERA with four pitchers having 0.00 ERAs. The staff has struck out 67 batters in 64 innings.

Georgia Tech. (2-1), ranked No. 1 last week, slipped to No. 2 by only one point in the power index ratings.

POLL NOTES: Several ball clubs outside of Rice have been red hot. Arizona State, which lost its first game of the season to Texas-Arlington, has since won eight straight. South Carolina is 6-0 to start the year as is Auburn and Pepperdine. Tulane has jumped out of the gates with a 7-0 record and made the top 30 this week at the No. 27 position. The only team to drop out of the poll this week was Oklahoma (2-4) which dropped three straight at Alabama.

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. 12, 2001)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Rice (7-0) 478   7
  2. Georgia Tech. (2-1) 477   1
  3. Southern Calif. (6-1) 476   2
  4. Louisiana St. (2-1) 470   3
  5. Clemson (0-0) 465   5
  6. Arizona St. (8-1) 464   6
  7. Nebraska (1-2) 458   4
  8. Miami, Fla. (6-2) 457   9
  9. South Carolina (6-0) 455 10
10. Stanford (7-3) 452 12
11. Auburn (6-0) 451 11
12. Oklahoma St. (6-1) 446 19
13. Florida St. (2-3) 443   8
14. Notre Dame (0-0) 439 14
15. Long Beach St. (4-2) 437 13
16. Georgia (0-0) 433 16
17. Cal. St. Fullerton (3-5) 431 15
18. Baylor (4-3) 430 18
19. Central Florida (5-1) 425 23
20. Pepperdine (6-0) 423 27
21. Mississippi St. (0-0) 420 21
22. Florida (1-3) 418 17
23. Stetson (1-1) 416 20
24. Alabama (3-0) 415 25
25. Tennessee (3-0) 411 26
26. Evansville (2-1) 408 24
27. Tulane (7-0) 405
28. Wake Forest (3-0) 404 28
29. Wichita St. (0-0) 397 29
30. East Carolina (3-0) 395 30

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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RHP Nate Fernley, Brigham Young: Fernley logged 15 strikeouts in seven innings against the University of San Francisco. It marked the third-best mark in Cougar history. But he wasn't done. Later in the week he threw a 3-hit shutout to lead BYU to a 4-0 win over California as he threw a 9-inning complete game. He fanned 10 batters in the game. On the season, he is 4-0 and averaging 13.4 strikeouts a contest.

bullet3B Jay Caligiuri, Cal. St. Los Angeles: Caligiuri hit 4 home runs in his first four at bats enroute to a 5-for-5, 7 RBI performance as Cal. St. Los Angeles defeated Point Loma Nazarene, 14-10. Caligiuri's 4 homers made him just the 13th player in NCAA Division II baseball history to hit four homers in a single game. In addition, Caligiuri's 17 total bases (4 homers, one single) tied him for third in NCAA annals.
 

 

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