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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (March 31, 2003)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — Rice University (28-1) has been ranked No. 1 for the second straight time in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll.

The Owls, winners of 25 consecutive games, owns wins over eight ranked opponents this season. Rice is hitting .333 as a team and has a staff ERA of 2.39 through 29 games. It is interesting to note that the Owls have scored more runs (224) than opposing teams have hits (208). In addition, the team has a glistening fielding percentage of .988 with only 13 errors.

Georgia Tech., ranked second in last week's poll, slipped to eighth after losing three straight at Miami, Fla. over the past weekend. The Hurricanes (23-4) have won nine straight games and moved from 13th last week to 7th in the current poll.

Another red-hot team is Mississippi St. (22-3-1). The Bulldogs have won eight straight and are off to their best start since the 1979 season. Mississippi St. moved from ninth last week to sixth in the latest poll.

Poll Notes: Five teams fell out of the poll this week, including: South Alabama (1-2), Tennessee (1-3), Kansas (1-2), Mississippi (2-3) and Washington (3-2). New teams in the poll this week include Oklahoma St., Notre Dame, Florida Atlantic, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

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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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's

NCAA Div. I Poll (As of March 31, 2003)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Rice (28-1) 497   1
  2. Florida St. (28-5) 490   3
  3. Cal. St. Fullerton (24-6) 487   5
  4. Stanford (18-9) 485   6
  5. Arizona St. (34-6) 483   4
  6. Mississippi St. (22-3-1) 482   9
  7. Miami, Fla. (23-4) 480 13
  8. Georgia Tech. (21-5) 478   2
  9. Long Beach St. (18-9) 477   7
10. Louisiana St. (18-9-1) 473 12
11. Auburn (24-6) 470 14
12. North Carolina St. (23-7) 465 16
13. Florida (22-6-1) 461 18
14. Wake Forest (19-7) 459 19
15. Clemson (19-6) 456 10
16. Baylor (22-9) 455   8
17. Richmond (20-4) 453 11
18. Nebraska (19-6) 451 22
19. Texas (21-11) 449 15
20. Alabama (20-7) 445 20
21. Arizona (22-10) 443 17
22. South Carolina (19-9) 442 21
23. Oklahoma St. (17-8) 440
24. Notre Dame (16-6) 438
25. Florida Atlantic (27-7) 435
26. Texas A&M (23-9) 433
27. Arkansas (22-5) 432
28. North Carolina (19-9) 429 23
29. Southern Miss. (20-8) 426 24
30. Texas Tech. (20-11) 424 25

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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RHP Matt Luca, Nevada-Las Vegas: Luca threw a 9-inning no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over San Diego St. He struck out a season-high 11 batters and allowed only three men to reach base. He walked two and another reached base on an error. It was the first UNLV no-hitter since 1990 and the third in school history.

bulletC Bret Pignatiello, Eastern Illinois: Pignatiello drilled 5 home runs over four games last week against Indiana-Purdue at Fort Wayne. He was 8-for-13 at the plate with 8 runs scored and 7 RBI.
bulletRHP Kyle Sleeth, Wake Forest: Sleeth tied the NCAA record for consecutive wins in style as he posted his 26th consecutive victory with an 11-1 win over Duke. He struck out a career-high 13 batters with no walks in eight innings of work. He fanned at least one batter in each of his eight innings.
 

 

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