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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (March 17, 2003)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona St. University (30-2) has been ranked No. 1 for the second straight time in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll.

The Sun Devils, which have been victorious in 20 of its last 21 games, won two of three games against Oklahoma over the past weekend. ASU began the series with a 6-5 loss but came back with 10-3 and 10-2 wins over the No. 30 ranked Sooners. Arizona St. has now scored in double digits in 19 games overall and 12 of its last 14 games. The pitching staff has a 3.07 ERA.

No. 2 Florida St. (24-2) swept a 3-game series against Virginia. Georgia Tech. (17-1), ranked third, saw its 17-game winning streak snapped against Kent St. in a 5-3 loss. The 17 straight wins to open the 2003 season set a new record for the best start in school history, eclipsing the previous mark of 16-0 in 1987.

No. 4 Rice continues to be superb. The Owls (19-1) have won 16 straight games and have only committed four errors this season in 20 games. In fact, Rice is working on a streak of 58 2/3 errorless innings. The staff ERA is superb at 2.49 while the offense is hitting .318.

Poll Notes: Several other teams have been red-hot lately. North Carolina St. (18-4) has won 13 straight games and moved into the No. 25 position this week. Alabama and Clemson have each won eight in a row. Three teams fell out of the poll this week in N.C. Greensboro (2-3 last week), Tulane (2-2) and South Florida (2-2).

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 17, 2003)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Arizona St. (30-2) 494   1
  2. Florida St. (24-2) 493   3
  3. Georgia Tech. (17-1) 492   2
  4. Rice (19-1) 491   4
  5. Cal. St. Fullerton (18-4) 487   5
  6. Long Beach St. (16-6) 484   8
  7. Stanford (14-7) 482   7
  8. Baylor (17-6) 479   9
  9. Mississippi St. (13-2-1) 472 10
10. Texas (18-7) 470 11
11. South Carolina (15-5) 467   6
12. Richmond (13-2) 464 12
13. Miami, Fla. (15-4) 460 13
14. Clemson (11-3) 455 19
15. Louisiana St. (13-7-1) 450 18
16. Wake Forest (13-5) 449 15
17. Auburn (18-5) 447 14
18. Alabama (16-3) 446 24
19. Kansas (18-6) 443 17
20. Arizona (17-7) 440 21
21. Texas A&M (19-5) 439 22
22. Florida (15-5-1) 437 16
23. Arkansas (16-2) 433 27
24. Nebraska (11-4) 430 20
25. North Carolina St. (18-4) 428
26. Notre Dame (9-5) 427 26
27. Alabama-Birm. (17-3) 424
28. Coastal Carolina (18-4) 420
29. Wichita St. (13-5) 419 25
30. Oklahoma (11-5) 408 30

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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RHP Grant Reynolds, Kennesaw St.: Reynolds struck out 19 batters in a 9-inning complete game against South Carolina-Aiken in a 14-4 win. He tied the Peach Belt Conference record for strikeouts in a game.

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RHP Tony Neal, South Alabama: Neal struck out a career-high 15 batters in eight innings to lead the Jaguars to an 8-0 win over Jacksonville St. He yielded three hits and only gave up one walk.

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CF Alex Borgo, New Mexico St.: Borgo belted 5 home runs with 21 RBI last week over six games. He added 5 doubles and a triple. His slugging percentage for the week was 1.462 as he was 16-for-26 at the plate.

bulletRHP Jeff Petersen, Washington: Petersen threw a complete-game 1-hitter in an 11-0 win over Cal. St. Northridge. The junior pitcher, who had never gone further than 5 2/3 innings, needed only 105 pitches to complete the game. He walked one and faced only three over the minimum as he struck out six.
 

 

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