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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (April 13, 2009)

LOUISIANA ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. Louisiana St. (26-9) has been ranked No. 1 for the fourth time this season in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll.

The Tigers won two of three at Alabama over the past weekend and have now won nine consecutive Southeastern Conference series dating back to last season. One week ago, LSU beat Georgia on the road two of three games in a key SEC matchup.

Arkansas, ranked No. 1 last week, beat No. 2 ranked Arizona St. twice during mid-week games. But in conference action over the weekend, Vanderbilt beat the Razorbacks 9-0 and 13-6 with game three of the series not being played because of poor weather. Arizona St. lost three times during the past rating period with two losses to Arkansas and a loss to Washington St. The Sun Devils won two of three against the Cougars.

Last week's No. 3 team, North Caroliana, also struggled with two losses to Florida St.

POLL NOTES: Several teams have been red-hot. Coastal Carolina has won 10 straight. West Virginia, winners of 17 of its last 20, is tied for the lead in the Big East Conference with a 10-2 record. George Mason has won 23 of its last 24 home games. Eastern Illinois has won 18 of its last 20. Five teams dropped out of the top 30 in Oklahoma St. (0-4 last week), Texas A&M (1-3), New Mexico St. (1-2), East Carolina (1-4) and San Diego (1-2). New to the poll is Clemson (won two of three against Miami, Fla.), Florida St., Kent St. (won 16 of last 19), West Virginia and Vanderbilt.

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 13, 2009)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Louisiana St. (26-9) 492   4
  2. Georgia (29-6) 491   5
  3. Rice (25-8) 488   6
  4. U.C. Irvine (22-9) 485   7
  5. Arkansas (24-8) 484   1
  6. Arizona St. (25-8) 483   2
  7. North Carolina (27-9) 481   3
  8. Cal. St. Fullerton (22-9) 477   8
  9. Oklahoma (28-8) 475 12
10. Georgia Tech. (21-8-1) 473   9
11. Texas (24-8) 471 14
12. Miami, Fla. (25-10) 470 10
13. Virginia (28-7-1) 468 11
14. Baylor (23-10) 465 13
15. Cal Poly (24-8) 463 16
16. Oregon St. (20-7) 462 17
17. Texas Christian (22-10) 459 18
18. Coastal Carolina (29-7) 458 19
19. Mississippi (25-10) 456 15
20. Florida (23-12) 451 22
21. Clemson (23-12) 449
22. Florida St. (21-11) 447
23. Minnesota (20-10) 444 30
24. Kent St. (24-7) 441
25. George Mason (28-6) 439 25
26. West Virginia (25-7) 436
27. Georgia Southern (24-8) 430 26
28. Vanderbilt (21-13) 429
29. Eastern Illinois (24-6) 427 27
30. San Diego St. (25-12) 425 28

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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RHP Brad Stillings, Kent St.: Stillings became the ninth pitcher in school history to throw a no-hitter during a 1-0 win over Toledo. He finished with 9 strikeouts and no walks as he faced only 29 batters in the contest. Stillings, who only threw 111 pitches in the game, allowed 2 batters to reach base via a hit by pitch and an error.

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SS Juan Martinez, Oral Roberts: Martinez had a monster week as he belted 5 home runs and 19 RBIs over 5 games. If that wasn't enough, he recorded two walk-off, game-winning hits and drew 6 walks and scored 8 runs while posting a 1.273 slugging percentage.

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1B Drew Gadaire, Davidson: Gadaire tied a school record with 4 home runs during an 11-10 loss to Gardner-Webb. He went 5-for-6 and finished with a game-high 5 RBIs.

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OF Wally Gerbus, Eastern Michigan: Gerbus tied the Mid-American Conference single-game home run record as he cracked 4 homers during a 27-7 win at Bowling Green St. He finished the game 4-for-5 with 8 RBIs. His 16 total bases tied for second most all time in MAC history.

bulletSS Eric Bloom, Colorado St.-Pueblo: Bloom hit 4 home runs over 4 games last week and collected 17 RBIs. During a 24-8 win over Colorado Christian, he recorded 8 RBIs with a grand slam and a 3-run shot.

 

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