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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (March 3, 2003)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — Florida St. University (14-1) has been ranked No. 1 for the second straight time in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll. The Seminoles, which have won 11 straight, are off to their best start since 1986 when Florida St. began the season with a 14-1 record.

For the first time in Collegiate Baseball poll history, which dates back to 1957, the top five teams in the nation are only separated by five points. The reason is that all five teams are on lengthy winning streaks. Cumulatively, the top five teams have won 49 straight games led by Arizona St. (15 in a row), Florida St. (11 straight), Georgia Tech. (9 consecutive), Rice (8 straight), and Cal. St. Fullerton (6 in a row). Overall, the top five teams in the nation have posted a cumulative 72-4 record with none of the schools having more than one loss this season.

Poll Notes: Alabama-Birmingham, which had a dismal 16-40 record last year, has raced to a 13-0 record this season. UAB is off to the best start in school history as well as Conference USA history. Baylor is another red-hot team with nine consecutive wins. North Carolina-Greensboro has also been impressive with a 10-0 record.

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 March 3, 2003)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Florida St. (14-1) 495   1
  2. Cal. St. Fullerton (14-1) 494   2
  3. Georgia Tech. (9-0) 493   3
  4. Arizona St. (24-1) 492   4
  5. Rice (11-1) 491   5
  6. South Carolina (9-2) 485   6
  7. Baylor (12-3) 480 11
  8. Stanford (11-7) 479   7
  9. Long Beach St. (10-5) 476   9
10. Mississippi St. (5-1) 470 12
11. Texas (13-5) 468   8
12. Richmond (3-0) 465 15
13. Wake Forest (5-3) 462 10
14. Miami, Fla. (9-3) 459 13
15. Auburn (12-3) 456 18
16. Florida (11-1) 452 23
17. Kansas (13-4) 446 17
18. Louisiana St. (7-6) 443 14
19. Clemson (3-3) 440 19
20. Nebraska (7-2) 438 26
21. Arizona (11-5) 435
22. Texas A&M (10-4) 434 16
23. Tennessee (9-1) 432 24
24. Wichita St. (9-1) 429 25
25. N.C. Greensboro (10-0) 426 28
26. Notre Dame (3-4) 423 20
27. Alabama-Birm. (13-0) 422
28. Arkansas (8-0) 419
29. Tulane (9-4) 415 22
30. Oklahoma (5-2) 413 29

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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P Dan Kagey, Washington and Lee: Kagey pitched the eighth no-hitter in Washington and Lee history (which dates back to 1907) as he struck out 13 in the 7-inning contest against Emory & Henry during a 26-1 win. Kagey only allowed one walk in the game. It was the second no-hitter of his career.

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P Lucas Trotter, Alabama-Birmingham: Trotter struck out a career-high 12 batters in six innings of work against Eastern Illinois during a 10-4 win. Trotter allowed one run on one hit and one walk in the contest.

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2B Rickie Weeks, Southern: Weeks had a superb week as he went 9-for-14 at the plate with 3 home runs, 2 doubles, 11 RBIs and scored 8 runs. He also went 2-for-2 in stolen bases as he raised his batting average 48 points over the past weekend. He now is hitting a robust .500 through 10 games.

bulletP Kevin Thompson, Duke: Thompson came within one strike of a perfect game and finished with a one-hit shutout in leading Duke to a 10-0 win against Buffalo. Thompson recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in the seven-inning game, the most by a Blue Devil pitcher since Stephen Cowie struck out 13 in nine innings during the 1999 season. Thompson allowed no walks in the game.

 

 

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