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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (May 20, 2002)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — Florida St. (51-12) unseated Clemson as the No. 1 team in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll after sweeping the previously top-ranked team in the nation on their home turf.

The Tigers (44-12), which had been ranked No. 1 for eight straight weeks, fell to sixth this week. Clemson had not been swept by any team this season until Florida St. did it.

In an interesting turn of events in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Seminoles were fourth entering this past weekend's showdown with Clemson but were still ranked seventh in the nation. After a wild weekend in the ACC, Florida St. finished as the regular-season champion of the ACC and jumped six spots to No. 1

The Seminoles have won 17 straight games.

The top 10 had another major shakeup as Alabama, previously ranked second and leading the Southeastern Conference, dropped three straight games at Louisiana St. The Crimson Tide fell to seventh this week.

POLL NOTES: Several other teams are on a roll. Texas Tech. has won 15 in a row, Richmond 10 straight, Houston eight consecutive and Notre Dame has won 32 of its last 35 games. Mississippi, ranked 16th last week, lost six straight games and fell out of the poll. Other teams which dropped out include Texas A&M (0-3), Oklahoma St. (3-2), and Southern Mississippi (0-3).

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 May 20, 2002)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Florida St. (51-12) 490   7
  2. Wake Forest (42-9-1) 488   3
  3. Rice (44-11) 487   4
  4. South Carolina (44-12) 485   5
  5. Texas (43-13) 480   8
  6. Clemson (44-12) 478   1
  7. Alabama (44-12) 475   2
  8. Houston (41-14) 474 11
  9. Georgia Tech. (44-12) 472 10
10. Louisiana St. (38-17) 466 19
11. North Carolina (39-17) 465   6
12. Stanford (37-16) 463   9
13. Nebraska (39-17) 461 13
14. Florida (40-15) 459 14
15. Wichita St. (42-14) 455 12
16. Cal. St. Northridge (40-15) 450 17
17. Texas Tech. (40-16) 446 22
18. Notre Dame (41-14) 442 23
19. South Alabama (38-16) 440 15
20. Richmond (48-8) 439 21
21. Cal. St. Fullerton (34-17) 430 25
22. Southern California (31-22) 426 20
23. San Jose St. (42-15) 420 27
24. Arizona St. (32-19) 417
25. Louisville (39-14) 415 28
26. Long Beach St. (34-19) 412
27. Oklahoma (33-23) 409
28. James Madison (41-12) 406 26
29. Baylor (34-22) 402 18
30. Minnesota (30-24) 396

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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RHP Justin Verlander, Old Dominion: Verlander struck out a school record 17 batters to lead the Monarchs to a 2-0 win over James Madison. The freshman pitcher now has a Colonial Athletic Association best 1.90 ERA with 137 strikeouts in 113 2/3 innings, just one shy of the single-season mark of 138 set in 1985 by Kevin Bearse.

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RHP Jeremy Guthrie, Stanford: Guthrie struck out a career-high 13 batters with no walks in an 11-0 win over UCLA. It marked his first shutout of the season. He retired the side 1-2-3 in six of the nine innings and retired 11 straight batters at one point from the fifth to the ninth innings.

bulletC Tony Richie, Florida St.: Richie blasted four home runs and went 9-for-14 in a 3-game series against Clemson. In addition, he knocked in eight runs and scored seven runs. He also had an oustanding weekend behind the plate as he registered one pickoff and did not allow Clemson to steal a base.
 

 

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