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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (April 27, 2009)

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

TUCSON, Ariz. U.C. Irvine (30-11) has been ranked No. 1 for the second straight time in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll.

The Anteaters, which have won seven of their last eight games and 11 of 13, lead the Big West Conference with an 11-1 record.

POLL NOTES: Several teams have been red-hot. Texas St. has won 12 in a row while Florida St. has won 9 straight and is now second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 15-7 record. Cal. St. Fullerton is on a roll with six consecutive wins while Louisiana St. is playing well with five straight victories. Four teams fell out of the top 30 this week, including Baylor (0-5 last week), Coastal Carolina (2-3), Georgia Southern (2-2) and Missouri St. (2-2). New to the poll this week is Kansas St. (31-11-1, won two and tied one at Texas over the past weekend), Texas St. (31-10, leads Southland Conference with 18-5 record), Illinois (26-12, tied for first in Big Ten with 11-4 record), and East Carolina (32-13, second in Conference USA with 12-6 record).

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 27, 2009)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. U.C. Irvine (30-11) 491   1
  2. Arizona St. (31-9) 488   2
  3. North Carolina (35-11) 486   3
  4. Louisiana St. (33-12) 485   9
  5. Cal. St. Fullerton (29-11) 483 10
  6. Georgia (33-11) 480   5
  7. Arkansas (29-12) 477   7
  8. Rice (28-10) 476   8
  9. Florida St. (30-12) 473 15
10. Georgia Tech. (28-11-1) 470   4
11. Virginia (34-9-1) 468 11
12. Mississippi (32-12) 466 13
13. Cal Poly (29-10) 465 12
14. Oklahoma (33-11) 464 14
15. Texas A&M (28-15) 462 16
16. Texas (29-11-1) 460   6
17. Florida (31-14) 458 22
18. Miami, Fla. (29-14) 457 18
19. Clemson (30-15) 454 26
20. Texas Christian (27-12) 452 20
21. Kent St. (32-9) 450 25
22. Oregon St. (24-11) 447 19
23. Alabama (29-15) 445 21
24. Kansas St. (31-11-1) 442
25. South Florida (27-15) 439 29
26. Texas St. (31-10) 437
27. Ohio St. (31-10) 434 24
28. Illinois (26-12) 433
29. George Mason (34-8) 432 27
30. East Carolina (32-13) 429

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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2B Shane Brown, Central Florida: Brown tied an NCAA record by reaching base 18 straight times last week. It all started when he doubled in the seventh and eighth innings during a 13-12 win over Stetson last Tuesday. In the Knights' 29-9 win over Alabama-Birmingham, he went 5-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, 3 RBI and 3 runs. He also was hit by a pitch twice and walked once as he got on board all eight times. In the series finale against UAB, he homered, doubled and singled in his first three at-bats to tie the NCAA record. The streak finally came to an end as he flew out in his fourth at-bat.

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RHP Dan Wright, Lynn: Wright carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning and settled on a 1-hitter with 17 strikeouts during an 8-0 win over Florida Tech. The 17 strikeouts were a new record at Lynn, shattering the old mark of 13.

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RHP Anthony Ranaudo, Louisiana St.: Ranaudo struck out a career-high 15 batters in eight innings during a 7-3 win over Auburn. His 15 strikeouts were the most by an LSU pitcher during an SEC game since the 1999 season.

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RHP Mark Serrano, Oral Roberts: Serrano fired a complete-game 2-hitter with a career-high 16 strikeouts during a 5-0 win over North Dakota St. The Bison didn't get their second hit in the game until two outs in the ninth. Serrano faced 31 batters, four over the minimum.

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OF Phil Wunderlich, Louisville: Wunderlich hit .522 with 4 home runs, 14 RBIs and 6 runs scored. The amazing week came just two weeks after he suffered a broken nose and fractured orbital bone after being hit in the face by a 3-2 pitch in the eighth inning against Indiana on April 7.

bulletOF Jason Patton, Kent St.: Patton belted 4 home runs during the past week as he went 10-for-20 at the plate. Prior to the past week, his season-high in home runs was only four. Against Youngstown St., Patton recorded his first multi-home run game. Then against Ohio, he hit his first collegiate grand slam in the first inning. In Saturday's game against Ohio, he had a career-high 5 hits in 7 at-bats with a caree-high 6 runs scored and 4 RBIs.

 

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