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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (May 26, 2003)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — Rice University (48-10) has been ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll. The Owls replace Florida St. which posted a 3-2 record last week and finished third at the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament behind Georgia Tech. and North Carolina St.

The 48 wins by Rice are the second most ever at the school, surpassed only by 52 wins in 1999. With a series win against Fresno St. over the past weekend, the Owls won all 10 Western Athletic Conference series this season, duplicating their 2002 feat.

Rice enters the post-season with a .322 batting average, 2.82 staff ERA and a .979 team fielding percentage. Rice was 30-3 at home this season, the most regular-season wins at home in school history.

Poll Notes: Three teams fell out of the top 30 this week in Rutgers (3-2 last week), Minnesota (2-2) and Texas Christian (0-2). Two new teams in the poll are Tulane (43-17, second place in Conference USA tournament over the past weekend) and Washington (40-16, 3-game sweep of Southern California last weekend, finished third in the Pac-10).

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 May 26, 2003)

www.baseballnews.com

Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Rice (48-10) 494   2
  2. Florida St. (50-10-1) 493   1
  3. Stanford (41-15) 492   3
  4. Arizona St. (50-12) 490   4
  5. Cal. St. Fullerton (43-13) 484   6
  6. Long Beach St. (38-18) 482   5
  7. Louisiana St. (40-19-1) 479   8
  8. Texas (43-17) 478 10
  9. Nebraska (44-16) 476   7
10. Georgia Tech. (44-16) 474 11
11. Texas A&M (43-17) 471   9
12. North Carolina St. (42-16) 467 12
13. Miami, Fla. (39-14-1) 464 17
14. Florida Atlantic (46-14) 457 13
15. South Carolina (39-20) 452 14
16. Auburn (40-19) 449 16
17. Richmond (46-13) 448 18
18. Mississippi St. (40-18-1) 444 19
19. Southern Miss. (45-14) 441 24
20. Nevada-Las Vegas (45-15) 438 29
21. Baylor (41-21) 436 22
22. Lamar (37-16) 434 20
23. Tulane (43-17) 433
24. Washington (40-16) 430
25. Arizona (35-21) 429 15
26. Notre Dame (43-16) 428 26
27. Clemson (38-20) 425 21
28. South Alabama (40-17) 423 25
29. Southern (45-5) 413 30
30. U.C. Riverside (40-15) 412 30

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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P Tim Alvarez, Southeast Missouri St.: Alvarez pitched the first no-hitter in the history of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament to lead Southeast Missouri St. to a 4-0 win over Austin Peay. Alvarez struck out nine batters in the game as only two batters reached second base.

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P Matt Prendergast, Virginia Commonwealth: Prendergast came within one out in the ninth inning of throwing a no-hitter in the championship game of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament against George Mason as VCU took a 3-0 win. He finished with a one-hitter and struck out a career-high 14 batters.

bulletOF Andre Ethier, Arizona St.: Ethier belted four home runs in four games last week along with two triples and two doubles as he knocked in eight runs. He also scored six runs as he went 8-for-17 at the plate.
 

 

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