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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (March 24, 2003)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — Rice University (24-1) has been ranked No. 1 for the first time this season in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll.

The Owls, winners of 21 consecutive games, are the fourth different team to be ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball poll this season. Texas, Florida St. and Arizona St. have each been at the top.

While Rice was rolling along with its mammoth winning streak, the three teams ahead of them in last week's poll suffered losses. Arizona St. took a loss against Wichita St. and Stanford. Florida St. was beaten two of three times against North Carolina St. while Georgia Tech lost a game earlier in the week to Auburn.

Rice owns wins over six ranked opponents this season as the team is hitting .325. But what really grabs your attention is the pitching staff ERA (2.49) and fielding percentage (.993). The Owls have only committed seven errors in 25 games this season. The NCAA record is .985 which West Virginia set during the 1971 season.

Poll Notes: Clemson is in the midst of a 13-game winning streak and moved from 14th to 10th this week. South Alabama has won 11 consecutive games and entered the poll at 26th. Another red-hot team is Washington which has won 11 of its last 12 games. South Carolina, ranked 11th last week, slipped all the way to 21st after being defeated three straight by Tennessee. The Volunteers, ranked 27th, would have moved higher in the poll, but the team lost seven of its previous eight games entering the 3-game series. Seven teams fell out of the poll this week, an all-time record. Texas A&M lost three times last week as did Arkansas and Wichita St. Oklahoma has lost four straight. Other teams which dropped out of the poll include Notre Dame, Alabama-Birmingham and Coastal Carolina.

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 24, 2003)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Rice (24-1) 495   4
  2. Georgia Tech. (20-2) 492   3
  3. Florida St. (25-4) 489   2
  4. Arizona St. (32-4) 488   1
  5. Cal. St. Fullerton (21-5) 486   5
  6. Stanford (15-8) 484   7
  7. Long Beach St. (16-7) 483   6
  8. Baylor (21-6) 481   8
  9. Mississippi St. (17-3-1) 477   9
10. Clemson (16-3) 474 14
11. Richmond (18-2) 470 12
12. Louisiana St. (16-7-1) 467 15
13. Miami, Fla. (19-4) 462 13
14. Auburn (22-5) 460 17
15. Texas (19-9) 459 10
16. North Carolina St. (21-5) 457 25
17. Arizona (21-8) 453 20
18. Florida (19-6-1) 450 22
19. Wake Forest (15-7) 446 16
20. Alabama (18-5) 443 18
21. South Carolina (16-8) 441 11
22. Nebraska (14-6) 437 24
23. North Carolina (16-7) 433
24. Southern Miss. (17-6) 430
25. Texas Tech. (19-9) 427
26. South Alabama (17-7) 424
27. Tennessee (14-8) 419
28. Kansas (20-9) 416 19
29. Mississippi (15-7) 413
30. Washington (16-7) 409

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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RHP Chuck Bechtel, Marist: Bechtel fired a 9-inning no-hitter against Manhattan in a 14-0 win. The fifth-year senior faced just two more batters (29) than the minimum and finished with five strikeouts and three walks. He did not allow any runner to reach second base in the contest and retired 13 batters via ground ball. The no-hitter is the first by a Marist pitcher since the 1996 season. Bechtel is 3-0 with a 0.31 ERA.

bullet2B Lee Curtis, College of Charleston: Curtis belted four home runs last week in five games as he went 11-for-21 at the plate and knocked in 14 runs. He also hit three doubles and one triple as he stole threee of four bases. He had 28 total bases during the week with a slugging percentage of 1.333.
 

 

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