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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (May 5, 2003)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. — Florida St. (40-8-1) has been ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll after Cal. St. Fullerton was upset three straight times by U.C. Riverside over the past weekend.

Entering the series against U.C. Riverside, the Titans had won 10 in a row and 14 of their last 15 games. But the Highlanders beat the Titans, 13-3, 4-3 and 5-1 to throw the Big West Conference into turmoil. Long Beach St. now leads the Big West with a 12-3 league mark followed by Fullerton and U.C. Riverside at 11-4.

Florida St. beat highly regarded Georgia Tech. two of three in Atlanta. The Seminoles are first in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 13-5 record and lead the league with a staff ERA of 2.55. Opponents are just 31-for-59 in stolen base attempts this season while FSU has picked off 16 runners.

Poll Notes: Four teams fell out of the top 30 this week, including Alabama (1-3 last week), Missouri (3-2), Oklahoma St. (2-3) and Texas Christian (2-2). New teams in the poll this week are U.C. Riverside (36-12 and fresh from a 3-game sweep of previously top-ranked Cal. St. Fullerton), New Mexico St. (38-11, winners of 9 straight), Western Carolina (34-14, 10 wins in a row), and Rutgers (26-15, first in the Big East Conference with a league mark of 15-4 and wins in 14 of its last 15 games).

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 5, 2003)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Florida St. (40-8-1) 493   2
  2. Rice (40-7) 489   3
  3. Stanford (31-14) 487   7
  4. Arizona St. (43-9) 486   4
  5. Long Beach St. (32-14) 482   9
  6. Cal. St. Fullerton (38-11) 480   1
  7. Texas (37-14) 475   8
  8. Louisiana St. (32-16-1) 471   6
  9. North Carolina St. (38-12) 470   5
10. Nebraska (36-13) 465 10
11. Georgia Tech. (33-13) 462 11
12. Texas A&M (35-13) 461 12
13. Richmond (39-8) 460 14
14. Florida Atlantic (39-11) 456 15
15. Clemson (32-13) 453 16
16. Miami, Fla. (32-11-1) 452 17
17. Auburn (34-14) 450 18
18. Mississippi St. (33-13-1) 449 19
19. Arizona (33-17) 445 20
20. Notre Dame (36-12) 442 13
21. U.C. Riverside (36-12) 440
22. Lamar (33-12) 439 22
23. New Mexico St. (38-11) 436
24. Minnesota (31-15) 435 25
25. Baylor (34-17) 432 28
26. Western Carolina (34-14) 429
27. Pepperdine (31-17) 426 27
28. Southern Miss. (36-13) 424 21
29. Rutgers (26-15) 420
30. Nevada-Las Vegas (37-13) 418 30

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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RHP Dennis Bigley, Oral Roberts: In two outings last week, Bigley struck out 19 batters over 12 innings and walked only one. He struck out five in five innings against S.W. Missouri St. and then tossed the first shutout of his career against Southern Utah, striking out a career-high 14 in seven innings. Bigley struck out 10 of the first 13 hitters he faced and struck out the side three times.

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LF Brian Hopkins, S.E. Missouri St.: Hopkins was 13-for-19 on the week with five homers, three doubles and 13 RBI. He had 31 total bases enroute to a 1.632 slugging percentage. In one game, he hit three home runs as he set a school record for hits in a game with six.

bulletLHP J.A. Happ, Northwestern: Happ tossed his fifth complete game of the season, striking out a career-high 16 Iowa batters with only one walk in seven innings to earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Week accolades.
 

 

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