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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (Feb. 5, 2001)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — Georgia Tech. (0-0) has been ranked No. 1 in the first regular season Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll. The Yellow Jackets begin their season this Friday at the Rice Invitational in Houston against Lamar.

Led by the return of all nine position player starters which formed an offensive juggernaut that hit .342 last year, fourth in the nation, Georgia Tech is the favorite to win the 2001 College World Series. The Yellow Jackets, which captured the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament championships a year ago in rolling to a 50-16 record, also return four starting pitchers and welcome Stanford transfer Brian Sager, an extremely gifted righthanded pitcher who is expected to be a high draft pick next June.

POLL NOTES: Fourteen teams in the top 30 have not started their season yet. Of the ball clubs which have played, five teams have been extremely impressive in Southern California (3-0), Rice (3-0), Long Beach St. (3-0), Oklahoma St. (3-0) and Pepperdine (4-0). After three wins over Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech, Rice has a staff ERA of 0.96. Long Beach St. mauled Arizona in Tucson by scores of 6-4, 21-9 and 18-11. It marked the first time since 1989 that the 49ers have started with a 3-0 record. Oklahoma State won the Caballero Classic in Yuma, Ariz. with a 6-1 win over The Citadel, 16-2 victory over San Diego St. and 17-0 win over U.C. Riverside. Pepperdine beat Cal. St. Fullerton and then swept Nevada three straight. Southern California beat Santa Clara, 10-3 and Louisville twice, 19-4 and 11-4.

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. 5, 2001)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Georgia Tech. (0-0) 478   1
  2. Southern Calif. (3-0) 477   2
  3. Louisiana St. (0-0) 473   3
  4. Nebraska (0-0) 469   4
  5. Clemson (0-0) 465   5
  6. Arizona St. (4-1) 462   6
  7. Rice (3-0) 461   7
  8. Florida St. (2-0) 458   8
  9. Miami, Fla. (3-1) 456   9
10. South Carolina (2-0) 454 10
11. Auburn (3-0) 451 18
12. Stanford (4-3) 447 11
13. Long Beach St. (3-0) 441 22
14. Notre Dame (0-0) 439 14
15. Cal. St. Fullerton (1-3) 437 12
16. Georgia (0-0) 433 16
17. Florida (0-1) 432 13
18. Baylor (2-1) 430 17
19. Oklahoma St. (3-0) 428
20. Stetson (0-0) 424 20
21. Mississippi St. (0-0) 420 21
22. Oklahoma (1-1) 417 15
23. Central Florida (1-1) 416 19
24. Evansville (0-0) 415 23
25. Alabama (0-0) 411 24
26. Tennessee (0-0) 409 25
27. Pepperdine (4-0) 406
28. Wake Forest (0-0) 399 28
29. Wichita St. (0-0) 397 29
30. East Carolina (0-0) 394 30

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

bulletLHP Jon Switzer, Arizona State: Switzer put up unbelievable numbers as he struck out 13 batters in a 1-hit performance over five innings to lead the Sun Devils to a 10-2 win over Southern Utah. The 13 strikeouts were a career high. He was untouchable as he struck out eight consecutive batters from the first through third innings. That feat ranks second in school history and the most since ASU All-American Eddie Bane fanned eight in a row when he pitched ASU's only perfect game against Cal. St. Northridge in 1973. Switzer was one off the school record of nine consecutive strikeouts set in 1973 by Jim Otten vs. BYU.
 

 

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