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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (April 20, 2009)

U.C. IRVINE NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. U.C. Irvine (26-10) has been ranked No. 1 for the first time this season in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll.

The Anteaters, ranked No. 4 in the previous poll, jumped to the top spot after the three teams ahead of them lost two or more games last week, including previously No. 1 ranked Louisiana St. which dropped three games (one to Nicholls St. and two of three to Tennessee at home which has the worst record in the Southeastern Conference at 5-13). Because of those losses, LSU dropped from first to ninth this week as the Tigers also fell to third in the SEC standings.

U.C. Irvine, which has won 13 of its last 16 games, swept a 3-game series at U.C. Riverside over the past weekend and is in first place in the Big West Conference with an 11-1 record.

POLL NOTES: Seventeen of the 30 teams ranked last week had two or more losses which caused a dramatic shakeup in the poll this week. In fact, only four teams made it through the week unbeaten in Arizona St. (3-0), Georgia Tech. (5-0), Texas (5-0), and Georgia Southern (4-0). Every other team had at least one loss. Teams that fell out of the poll this week included Minnesota (3-2 last week), West Virginia (3-2), Vanderbilt (2-3), Eastern Illinois (3-2) and San Diego St. (1-3). New to the poll this week is Texas A&M (beat Rice last week and swept a 3-game series against Nebraska), Alabama (won 3 straight against Vanderbilt), Ohio St. (won 3 straight at Purdue and first in the Big Ten with a 9-3 record), South Florida (first in the Big East with a 12-3 record) and Missouri St. (first in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 9-2 record and swept a 3-game series against Wichita St.).

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 April 20, 2009)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. U.C. Irvine (26-10) 491   4
  2. Arizona St. (28-8) 488   6
  3. North Carolina (31-10) 486   7
  4. Georgia Tech. (26-8-1) 484 10
  5. Georgia (31-8) 482   2
  6. Texas (29-8) 480 11
  7. Arkansas (26-11) 477   5
  8. Rice (27-10) 476   3
  9. Louisiana St. (28-12) 474   1
10. Cal. St. Fullerton (24-11) 473   8
11. Virginia (30-8-1) 471 13
12. Cal Poly (27-9) 468 15
13. Mississippi (28-11) 465 19
14. Oklahoma (29-11) 464   9
15. Florida St. (25-12) 460 22
16. Texas A&M (25-14) 458
17. Baylor (25-12) 455 14
18. Miami, Fla. (26-13) 454 12
19. Oregon St. (23-9) 452 16
20. Texas Christian (23-11) 450 17
21. Alabama (27-13) 449
22. Florida (26-14) 448 20
23. Coastal Carolina (30-9) 446 18
24. Ohio St. (29-8) 445
25. Kent St. (28-8) 442 24
26. Clemson (26-14) 439 21
27. George Mason (30-7) 437 25
28. Georgia Southern (28-9) 431 27
29. South Florida (24-14) 430
30. Missouri St. (23-14) 427

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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2B Derek McCallum, Minnesota: McCallum had a monster week for the Golden Gophers as he belted 6 home runs and 20 RBIs over five games as he went 14-for-22. He scored 9 runs, amassed 36 total bases and had 9 extra base hits. He entered the week batting .361 with only 4 home runs and 32 RBIs.

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RHP B.J. Martin, Marist: Martin struck out 19 batters during a 4-2 win over Rider. Fourteen of his strikeouts were swinging while five were looking. He had a shutout going into the ninth inning before he tired.

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RHP Alex White, North Carolina: White fired a 1-hitter against Miami, Fla. during a 3-0 win for the Tar Heels. He faced 28 batters, one over the minimum, and struck out a season-high 10 enroute to his first career complete game shutout. He allowed just a third inning single and walk in the eighth for the only two base runners.

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RHP Trevor Bauer, UCLA: Bauer threw a 1-hit, complete game, 13-0 shutout over Washington. The freshman recorded 9 strikeouts over 9 innings and allowed two walks. He only faced 28 hitters, one above the minimum.

bulletRHP Brett Eibner, Arkansas: Eibner threw a 1-hit shutout against Georgia which has one of the nation's most powerful offenses. The complete game shutout also featured 12 strikeouts and no walks by Eibner.

 

 

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