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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (Feb. 19, 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 (10-1) feature six wins against ranked opponents. It marks the second consecutive week Rice has been at the top of the Collegiate Baseball poll.

During the past week, the Owls beat Houston, 5-2, lost to Purdue, 5-2 and then beat Wake Forest, 3-2 and Central Florida, 5-1. Dominant pitching continues to be the story of Rice's early season success. The team ERA is a remarkable 1.27 through 11 games and four pitchers have yet to give up an earned run. The top four teams in the nation remain unchanged from a week ago as Rice is No. 1 followed by Georgia Tech., Southern California and Louisiana St.

POLL NOTES: Several ball clubs outside of Rice have been sizzling hot. Auburn is unbeaten (10-0) as is South Carolina (9-0). Louisiana-Monroe (7-0) knocked off highly regarded LSU last week as the Indians remain unbeaten. The 7-0 start is the team's best since 1966 when the school began the year at 9-0. Six starters are hitting .400 or higher after seven games. Another team that has been hot is South Alabama (8-1). Its only loss was to 7th ranked Auburn, 4-3 in 10 innings. Another unbeaten team is East Carolina (6-0). Two teams fell out of the poll this week in Evansville (2-1) and Wake Forest (4-2).

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 Feb. 19, 2001)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Rice (10-1) 478   1
  2. Georgia Tech. (4-1) 477   2
  3. Southern Calif. (8-2) 475   3
  4. Louisiana St. (5-2) 471   4
  5. South Carolina (9-0) 467   9
  6. Arizona St. (12-2) 465   6
  7. Auburn (10-0) 462 11
  8. Miami, Fla. (9-2) 458   8
  9. Stanford (9-4) 454 10
10. Clemson (2-1) 453   5
11. Nebraska (3-3) 450   7
12. Notre Dame (2-1) 447 14
13. Pepperdine (8-1) 443 20
14. Oklahoma St. (7-2) 439 12
15. Florida St. (3-4) 437 13
16. Georgia (2-0) 435 16
17. Cal. St. Fullerton (6-6) 432 17
18. Baylor (8-3) 431 18
19. Central Florida (7-3) 425 19
20. Alabama (7-1) 423 24
21. Long Beach St. (4-4) 420 15
22. Stetson (5-1) 418 23
23. South Alabama (8-1) 413
24. Louisiana-Monroe (7-0) 410
25. Wichita St. (3-0) 405 29
26. East Carolina (6-0) 403 30
27. Tulane (9-2) 400 27
28. Tennessee (5-1) 396 25
29. Florida (4-4) 395 22
30. Mississippi St. (0-2) 393 21

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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RHP Wes Self, Davidson: In Davidson's season opener, Self threw a 9-inning no-hitter against High Point in a 4-0 win. He struck out 11 while walking just three. The no-hitter was the first at Davidson since 1986. But that no-no was a 7-inning affair. Self's is the first recorded 9-inning no-hitter in Davidson history.

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RHP Kirk Saarloos, Cal. St. Fullerton: Saarloos came within a whisker of pitching a perfect game for the Titans against Brigham Young in a 5-0 win. He retired the first 23 batters he faced before Kainoa Obrey blooped a single to right field with two outs in the eighth inning. That was the only baserunner for the Cougars as Saarloos struck out 11 and only needed 87 pitches in the 9-inning performance.

bulletRF Brian Stavisky, Notre Dame: Stavisky reached base 10 consecutive times in the first three games of the year for the Irish as he went 9-for-13 with 15 total bases. He also had 3 walks, 3 runs scored, 2 triples, 2 doubles and a stolen base.
 

 

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