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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (Feb. 3, 2003)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Texas (3-0) has been ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's first regular-season NCAA Division I baseball poll of the 2003 season.

The defending national champion Longhorns won three straight to open the season at the University of San Diego by scores of 9-7, 17-4 and 7-2. Texas, which won six straight to close out the 2002 season enroute to its fifth national championship, has now won nine straight games dating back to last season.

The Collegiate Baseball newspaper NCAA Division I poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.

Poll Notes: Only eight of the top 30 teams in the poll this week have started their season. Two red-hot teams in the early going have been Cal. St. Fullerton and Arizona State. Fullerton swept a 3-game series against Stanford. It marked the first three-game sweep of Stanford since the 1997 season which lasted 77 regular season 3-game series. Arizona State moved up three spots from the pre-season poll ranking after starting the season with an 11-1 record. The Sun Devils swept Hawaii-Hilo six straight, won three from San Diego St. and then captured two of three from Long Beach St. Another team off to a solid start is Florida International (5-0).

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. 3, 2003)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Texas (3-0) 496   1
  2. Florida St. (3-0) 493   2
  3. Southern California (0-0) 490   3
  4. Rice (0-0) 489   4
  5. Georgia Tech. (0-0) 485   5
  6. Louisiana St. (0-0) 484   6
  7. Cal. St. Fullerton (3-0) 483   7
  8. South Carolina (0-0) 477   8
  9. Arizona St. (11-1) 475 12
10. Houston (0-0) 470 10
11. Mississippi St. (0-0) 468 11
12. Stanford (2-3) 465   9
13. Long Beach St. (1-2) 459 13
14. Miami, Fla. (0-0) 458 14
15. Wake Forest (0-0) 457 15
16. Richmond (0-0) 456 16
17. Baylor (0-0) 450 17
18. Clemson (0-0) 449 18
19. Notre Dame (0-0) 447 19
20. South Alabama (0-0) 445 20
21. Florida Atlantic (3-0) 443 21
22. Nebraska (0-0) 438 22
23. Tulane (0-0) 437 23
24. S.W. Missouri St. (0-0) 432 24
25. Central Florida (0-0) 424 26
26. Oklahoma (0-0) 423 27
27. James Madison (0-0) 419 28
28. Florida International (5-0) 417
29. Ohio St. (0-0) 416 29
30. Wichita St. (0-0) 411 30

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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LF Josh Phifer, Air Force: Phifer belted 5 home runs in a 3-game series against Northern Colorado as he went 9-for-14 at the plate (.643). He knocked in 10 runs and accounted for 25 total bases. He also hit a double and walked two times. His slugging percentage after three games is 1.786.

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RHP Jered Liebeck, Arizona St.: Liebeck turned in a complete-game, 3-hit shutout against Long Beach St. to lead the Sun Devils to a 3-0 win. He faced only 27 batters in the 9-inning contest and allowed only one hit after the fourth inning. He had only one runner reach second base (first inning) and retired 10 straight heading into the ninth inning before he issued his only walk of the contest. Liebeck forced his second double play to end the contest for his first career complete game. He struck out two batters in the contest.

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