College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
For Immediate Release: Monday (March 24, 2008)
DON BOSCO PREP NO. 1 IN EASTON SPORTS COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ), named the pre-season No. 1 team for the 2008 Easton High School National Poll, remains as the top team in this week’s poll. Don Bosco’s season opener is scheduled for April 1.
No. 2 St. John’s College (Washington, DC) got its season off to a 4-0 start. They defeated Stafford, Va. 2-0, Potomac, VA 10-2, Maret, DC 18-1 and Archbishop Spalding 10-2. Leading the team offensively are Scott Silverstein (.444, 2 HR, 9 RBI), LJ Hoes (.615, 7 SB) and Jeff Flax (.600, 5 RBI). Hugh Adams leads the pitching staff with two wins.
American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) moves up to No. 3, having beaten Pompano Beach, Fla. and Russell County, Ala. recently. Leading the pitching staff is Juan Carlos Sulbaran (5-0, 1.95 ERA, 39 K, 25 IP) and Greg Conver (3-1, 1.45 ERA, 30 K, 19 IP). Top hitters are Joe Belviso (.500, 9 HR), Eric Hosmer (.515, 5 HR), Deven Marrero (.511, 24 RBI, 6 HR) and Adrian Nieto (.381, 19 RBI, 6 2B, 17 RS).
No. 4 Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) recently beat Tesoro H.S. 1-0 for the Newport Elks Sweet 16 Tournament championship. Pre-Season All-American Gerrit Cole threw a complete game one-hitter, striking out 14.
Owasso, Okla. moves up to No. 5 with nine wins on the season. Dating back to last year, the Rams have won 32 straight games. Centerfielder Ryan Mayfield is hitting .679 and leading an offense that has six starters hitting better than .400 and a team batting average of .394. Pitcher Brian Flynn is 4-0 with one save, 46 strikeouts in 24 innings. The pitching staff has a team ERA of 2.02 with five pitchers registering wins and 93 strikeouts in 59 innings.
No. 6 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) has outscored its opponents 142-31 on its way to 12 straight wins to start the season. The Gaels recently won the Cleats National Invitational in Scottsdale, Ariz. Pitcher Don Roach threw a complete game three-hit shutout against Brophy College Prep, Ariz., ending with a score of 11-0. Johnny and Joey Rickard hit a combined 5 home runs in the tournament.
Calvert Hall (Baltimore, MD) started its season 2-0, defeating Avalon, Md. 10-0 and DeMatha, DC, 4-3. SS Patrick Blair, 3B Matt Fairbank and LF Joe Robak have been the biggest hitters so far.
Woodrow Wilson (Long Beach, Calif.) drops down to No. 8 after dropping two games, the most recent loss being to league rival Millikan, 4-3. They currently stand at 8-2.
No. 9 Sarasota, Fla. has compiled a 12-2 record for the season. They recently lost to Charlotte 1-0, beat Plant City 16-1 and Tampa Riverview 10-3. Over the three games, Casey Kelly went 8-for-11 with two doubles, one home run, 7 RBI and one win on the mound.
Corpus Christi Moody, Tex. is No. 10 with a 17-2 record that includes a 6-3 win over cross-town rival Calallen. Christian Gallegos has a 17-game hitting streak in which he is batting .605. In 19 games, he is .518 with 18 RBI. Rudy Flores also is hitting well with a .435 BA, 5 home runs and 25 RBI. Pitcher Marc Gomez is 5-0 with a 0.82 ERA, 58 strikeouts, and Justin Meza is 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA and a no-hitter.
No. 11 H.B. Plant (Tampa, FL) broke its 15-game win streak after losing to Jesuit, Fla. 1-2. Prior to that game, Plant had outscored its opponents 183-30. Leading the offense is Jared Womack (.605, 4 HR, 7 2B, 26 RBI), Preston Tucker (.457, 6 HR, 5 2B, 31 RBI), and Rob Foster (.533, 3 HR, 3 2B, 14 RBI). The team ERA is 1.48 with Mychal Givens (5-0, 0.29 ERA, 26 strikeouts, 24 IP) and David Bergin (5-0, 1.56 ERA, 28 strikeouts, 22.1 IP) leading the staff.
No. 12 Tupelo, Miss. has 16 straight wins on the season. Gardner Richey and Kyle Thornton each have 5 home runs while Joseph Koon and Nathan Flanagan have three home runs a piece. RHP Chris Stratton leads the pitching staff with four wins.
Alvin, Tex. moves into the poll at No. 17 as the current No. 1 5A team in the state of Texas.
No. 18 Los Alamitos, Calif. also is new to the poll with a 9-2 record. They are the leading team in the CIF Southern Section. The Griffins have proven to be tough this season with a strong pitching staff, lead by Beau Wright (3-0, 0.90 ERA, 32 strikeouts in 23.1 innings). The team is batting .336.
Brookwood, Ga. is No. 19 with recent wins against defending 5A state champs and previously nationally ranked Walton, 9-2 and powerhouse Greenbrier, 16-1.
Sunrise Mountain (Peoria, Ariz.) jumps into the poll at No. 20. The team is 16-2-1 and currently the top 5A-II team in Arizona. Pre-season All-American Jaff Decker is hitting .531 with 7 home runs and 10 doubles and pitching 4-0 with a 0.68 ERA, averaging 9 strikeouts per game. Woody Nisbet is hitting .415 with 12 doubles and five triples.
Poway, Calif. jumps into the poll at No. 21. Bolstered by four Division I recruits, they are the top team in the San Diego area. They recently won the Classic Division of the Lion’s Baseball Tournament for the second year in a row.
No. 22 Rocky Mountain (Fort Collins, Colo.) was the runner-up in the Cleats National Invitational. They beat Chaparral, Ariz. 9-3, Palmdale, Calif. 9-1 and lost to Hamilton, Ariz. 9-1, and then defeated El Capitan, Calif. 9-7 in the semi-finals. They lost the title game to Bishop Gorman, Nev. 8-0. Coach Scott Bullock said he felt like his team competed well at the tournament considering all of the teams they competed against had played 10 or more games than his team had coming from cold weather.
Barbe (Lake Charles, La.) is No. 23. They have been competing in tournaments and beat West Monroe 7-6, Ouachita, 16-5, Dutchtown, 5-3 and recently Denham Springs 4-2.
Bartlett, Tenn. drops to No. 26 after struggling and dropping three games.
Cypress-Fairbanks, Tex. falls to No. 28 after dropping four games on the season. They are 5-0 in district play however. Tommy Collier is 5-0 with a 0.20 ERA. The team is hitting .360 lead by Robbie Grossman (.360).
Dropped from the poll are Wentzville Holt (Wentzville, Mo.) 2-3, Klein Collins (Spring, Tex.) 14-4, Chaparral (Scottsdale, AZ) 10-4 and Walton (Marietta, Ga.) 6-2.