College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
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.
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