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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (March 19, 2001)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — Rice University remained No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball newspaper NCAA Division I baseball poll after posting a 3-1 week.

The Owls lost at Texas, 7-4 but rebounded with a 3-game sweep of San Jose St. Rice, which is 21-5 on the season, is off to its best start since going 24-5 to begin the 1999 season. Nine of the Owls' 21 wins have been against teams ranked in the pre-season. Pitching has been superb all season for Rice as the Owls sport a 2.67 team ERA.

POLL NOTES: Several teams have been red-hot. South Alabama has won 10 straight. Florida State has picked up wins in 15 of its last 16 games. Virginia Commonwealth has won 14 consecutive contests. The Citadel has won 14 of its last 15 games. Notre Dame's 13-2-1 start is the best by an Irish team since the 1958 ball club began 14-2. Tennessee is off to its best start since 1951 with a 20-3 record. Over the past weekend, the Volunteers knocked off South Carolina two of three games. South Alabama is off to a 22-3 start, its best beginning since the 1975 team started 36-1. In an unusual development, six teams fell out of the poll this week including Auburn (6 straight loses), Mississippi St. (2-2 last week), Georgia (2-3), Southern Mississippi (1-3), Rutgers (2-2), and North Carolina (1-3).

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 March 19, 2001)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Rice (21-5) 473   1
  2. Stanford (18-5) 470   3
  3. Arizona St. (19-5-1) 467   4
  4. Georgia Tech. (17-5) 463   7
  5. Nebraska (16-4) 460   5
  6. Miami, Fla. (21-6) 457   9
  7. South Carolina (19-4) 456   2
  8. Notre Dame (13-2-1) 455   8
  9. Louisiana St. (17-6-1) 452 11
10. Clemson (14-5) 450 10
11. Tennessee (20-3) 447 20
12. Southern Calif. (15-8) 446 13
13. South Alabama (22-3) 443 17
14. Stetson (20-3) 442 16
15. Central Florida (21-5) 440 14
16. Florida St. (18-6) 439 18
17. Oklahoma St. (19-5) 436 12
18. Pepperdine (16-7) 435   6
19. Mississippi (18-5-1) 431
20. East Carolina (18-5) 429 19
21. The Citadel (20-6) 424
22. Middle Tenn. St. (15-2) 420
23. Baylor (18-7) 419 26
24. Wake Forest (17-4) 417 30
25. Texas (16-12) 415
26. Alabama (16-7) 414
27. Tulane (18-5) 410 22
28. UCLA (15-7) 409 27
29. Cal. St. Fullerton (13-9) 408 28
30. Va. Commonwealth (18-5) 407

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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RHP Mark Prior, Southern California: Prior struck out 14 batters against Washington in a 5-1 win as he threw a 2-hitter in a 9-inning complete game. He did not walk a batter. The 14 strikeouts were a career high.

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RHP Donovan Martin, Western Oregon: Martin hurled the first no-hitter for Western Oregon since the 1993 season as he posted a 7-0 win over Eastern Oregon in a 7-inning contest. He struck out nine batters and did not allow a runner past second base. He walked three batters and hit one.

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OF Mike Quintana, Florida International: Quintana hit 4 home runs and knocked in 10 RBIs in a 3-game series against Louisiana Tech. In his last 10 games, he has cracked 8 home runs with 21 RBI.

bulletOF Justin McCarty, Wichita State: McCarty belted 4 home runs and knocked in 13 runs for the Shockers in five games last week. He was 13-for-25 at the plate with 2 doubles and scored 6 runs.
 

 

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