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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (March 30, 2009)

GEORGIA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. The University of Georgia (22-3) has been ranked No. 1 for the third time this season and second week in a row in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll.

The Bulldogs swept a 3-game series at Tennessee and have now won seven consecutive Southeastern Conference games. Georgia has won eight of its last nine games overall.

The Bulldogs are hitting .329 as a team with 47 homers, 62 doubles and 36/45 stolen bases in 25 games. The pitching staff has a 3.51 ERA with 238 strikeouts and 85 walks.

POLL NOTES: Several other teams have been red-hot. Cal. St. Fullerton has won 17 of its last 19 games and remains second. Georgia Tech. won two of three at Miami, Fla. Arkansas is off to a superb 19-5 record and 8-1 SEC mark as the Razorbacks moved from ninth to fourth this week. U.C. Irvine swept a 3-game series at home against Cal Poly. Oklahoma St. has won four straight, and New Mexico St. five in a row. Five teams fell out of the top 30 this week in Coastal Carolina (1-3 last week), Alabama (1-3), Pepperdine (0-5), U.C. Santa Barbara (1-3) and College of Charleston (2-2). New teams in the poll this week include Texas A&M (5 wins in a row), Oregon St. (7 wins in last 8 games), San Diego St. (won two of three at Texas Christian), East Carolina (won 10 of last 11) and San Diego (swept a 3-game series against Pepperdine and have won 10 of its last 11).

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 30, 2009)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Georgia (22-3) 494   1
  2. Cal. St. Fullerton (18-4) 492   2
  3. Georgia Tech. (18-4) 490   3
  4. Arkansas (19-5) 488   9
  5. Louisiana St. (21-6) 487   4
  6. North Carolina (20-6) 485   5
  7. Arizona St. (19-4) 482   7
  8. Rice (17-7) 480 10
  9. Miami, Fla. (20-7) 477   6
10. Virginia (22-4) 475   8
11. Baylor (17-6) 473 11
12. U.C. Irvine (16-7) 471 13
13. Oklahoma (22-6) 469 15
14. Texas (17-7) 465 17
15. Oklahoma St. (19-7) 463 19
16. Cal Poly (17-7) 459 12
17. Mississippi (16-8) 457 14
18. Ohio St. (20-4) 454 16
19. Florida (18-8) 452 23
20. New Mexico (24-4) 448 20
21. Texas A&M (18-9) 445
22. Clemson (18-7) 444 22
23. Oregon St. (15-6) 440
24. New Mexico St. (25-3) 439 24
25. San Diego St. (18-9) 437
26. Illinois (16-5) 436 25
27. Texas Christian (15-9) 434 18
28. South Carolina (18-7) 431 28
29. East Carolina (20-5) 429
30. San Diego (19-10) 426

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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P/OF John Lunardi, Susquehanna: Lunardi pitched the 14th perfect game in NCAA Division III history during a 9-0, 7-inning win over Drew. Lunardi needed only 82 pitches as he struck out seven batters. It marked the first perfect game, or no-hitter for that matter, that he has ever thrown. But he wasn't done. The next day, he hit a pair of home runs to lead Susquehanna to a 12-8 win over Drew. He was 3-for-4 on the day with 3 RBIs.

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LHP Cody Wheeler, Coastal Carolina: Wheeler recorded the first no-hitter since 2005 for Coastal Carolina during a 4-0 win over Hawaii. He struck out 10 batters and registered a 9-inning complete game with three walks.

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1B Rich Poythress, Georgia: Poythress belted 5 home runs and knocked in 12 runs for the Bulldogs over four games last week. In his first nine plate appearances against Tennessee in a 3-game series, he was 6-for-6 with 4 home runs, 2 doubles and 3 walks.

bulletRHP Nathan Long, Texas-Arlington: Long was one strikeout away from tying the Texas-Arlington school record as he fanned 15 batters in 7 1/3 innings which led to a 7-3 win over Nicholls. Long's performance marked a career high and was also the most strikeouts by any pitcher in the Southland Conference this season.

 

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