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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (April 14, 2003)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — Rice University (35-3) has been ranked No. 1 for the fourth straight time in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll.

Despite losing twice last week to Lamar (7-5) and Fresno St. (7-3), the Owls won three games (one against Texas A&M and two against Fresno St.).

Rice had stretched its school-record winning streak to 30 games with a win last Tuesday against Texas A&M, but the streak ended the next night with a loss to Lamar. Despite the two losses last week, the Owls have won 32 of their last 34 games. Rice is hitting .327 as a team. The pitching staff has an ERA of 2.22. On defense, the Owls have played errorless ball in 24 of 38 games.

Poll Notes: Three teams that have been superb lately include Notre Dame, Texas and Minnesota. The Fighting Irish have won 16 straight games while the Longhorns have won eight straight. Minnesota, which has won 11 of its last 12 games, has raced to a 10-0 Big Ten Conference record as the Golden Gophers are 20-11 overall. Three teams fell out of the poll this week in Florida (2-2), Nevada-Las Vegas (2-2) and Western Carolina (0-3). Three new teams to the poll this week are Minnesota, Lamar and Wichita St.

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 April 14, 2003)

www.baseballnews.com

Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Rice (35-3) 495   1
  2. Florida St. (33-6) 494   2
  3. Cal. St. Fullerton (30-8) 492   3
  4. Stanford (23-10) 489   4
  5. Georgia Tech. (28-6) 485   5
  6. Arizona St. (38-7) 482   6
  7. Louisiana St. (24-11-1) 479   8
  8. North Carolina St. (30-8) 475   9
  9. Auburn (29-8) 474 10
10. Texas (29-11) 471 15
11. Mississippi St. (25-7-1) 470   7
12. Long Beach St. (23-12) 468 11
13. Notre Dame (25-6) 465 16
14. Miami, Fla. (27-7) 463 12
15. Clemson (25-9) 461 13
16. Nebraska (25-9) 459 14
17. Florida Atlantic (32-9) 455 18
18. Texas A&M (29-11) 453 24
19. Richmond (27-6) 450 22
20. Baylor (25-14) 449 21
21. Oklahoma St. (23-11) 446 17
22. Wake Forest (21-12) 444 19
23. Missouri (25-10) 440 20
24. Minnesota (20-11) 438
25. Arizona (26-12) 434 26
26. Arkansas (27-7) 433 25
27. Southern Miss. (26-10) 430 27
28. South Alabama (25-10) 426 30
29. Lamar (25-10) 423
30. Wichita St. (27-12) 420

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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RHP Greg Prenger, Ohio St.: Prenger pitched what is believed to be the first perfect game in Ohio State's 120-year history with 2-0 win over Oakland. He retired all 21 batters he faced in the 7-inning contest. Prenger struck out one batter in the first, two in the third, two in the fifth and one in the seventh. He had seven fly outs and eight ground or line outs to go with his six strikeouts. Prenger missed all of last season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder during the summer of 2001.

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LHP Scott Lewis, Ohio St.: Lewis fanned 20 batters in nine innings as Ohio St. beat Iowa, 4-1. The 20 strikeouts tied the school record held by Steve Arlin which he set in a 15-inning, 1-0 victory over Washington St. in the 1965 College World Series. Lewis' previous strikeout high was 12 last season against Purdue.

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RHP Kevin Slowey, Winthrop: Slowey struck out a school-record 19 batters against New York Tech in a 9-5 Winthrop victory. He gave up four earned runs in the third inning but gave up one hit over the final six innings of the game. He has fanned 31 batters in his last 18 innings of work on the mound.

 

 

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