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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (March 29, 2010)

ARIZONA STATE NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona St. is ranked No. 1 for the third straight time in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll.

The Sun Devils (23-0, 3-0 Pac-10 Conference) swept a 3-game series at home against California during the past week. The 23 consecutive wins to start the season is a new school record, surpassing the 21-0 start by the 1961 squad. ASU is hitting .358 as a team and averaging 9.39 runs per game with 64 doubles, 22 triples, 18 home runs and 54 stolen bases. The pitching staff has a 2.88 ERA and has struck out 221 batters and walked only 62. Only 10 stolen bases have been allowed by Sun Devil pitchers and catchers over the 23-game span.

Poll Notes: Several other schools have been red hot. UCLA is also unbeaten at 20-0 which is the best start in school history. The Bruins have outscored their opposition, 181-53. Other notable winning streaks include Pittsburgh (11 in a row), Georgia Tech. (7), Louisiana St. (6), and Vanderbilt (6). Arizona has won 15 of its last 16, Western Kentucky 11 of its last 12 and The Citadel 7 of its last 8. Teams that fell out of the poll this week include Alabama (0-4 last week), Ohio St. (1-3), North Carolina (1-3) and Auburn (3-2). New to the poll this week is Kansas St. (19-3), Western Kentucky (20-5), Pittsburgh (18-4) and The Citadel (18-6).

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 March 29, 2010)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Arizona St. (23-0) 497   1
  2. UCLA (20-0) 495   3
  3. Virginia (20-4) 493   2
  4. Louisiana St. (20-3) 491    4
  5. Georgia Tech. (21-2) 490   5
  6. Florida St. (19-4) 486   7
  7. Texas (18-6) 484 10
  8. Louisville (20-3) 481 12
  9. Oklahoma (20-3) 479 13
10. Oregon St. (16-5) 476   9
11. Mississippi (19-6) 474 17
12. Florida (18-5) 472   8
13. Clemson (18-6) 469   6
14. South Carolina (19-5) 467 18
15. Coastal Carolina (19-5) 465 11
16. Texas Christian (17-5) 463 14
17. Miami, Fla. (16-7) 460 15
18. Arizona (20-5) 458 19
19. Arkansas (18-5) 457 20
20. Kansas St. (19-3) 454
21. Western Kentucky (20-5) 452
22. S.E. Louisiana (22-3) 451 21
23. Vanderbilt (21-4) 449 23
24. Pittsburgh (18-4) 445
25. The Citadel (18-6) 443
26. U.C. Irvine (14-8) 441 24
27. Texas A&M (17-6) 439 25
28. Stanford (12-6) 437 26
29. Va. Military Inst. (20-4) 432 28
30. Wichita St. (14-7) 427 30

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

RHP Randy Fontanez, South Florida: Fontanez threw the third no-hitter in South Florida history during a 4-0 win over Notre Dame. He recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts and allowed only a pair of walks. He threw 119 pitches, and 80 of them were strikes.

3B Jake Overstreet, South Alabama: Overstreet went 10-for-15 at the plate with 4 home runs, 12 RBI and 7 runs scored in four games last week. He finished with a 1.158 slugging percentage.

RHP Noe Ramirez, Cal. St. Fullerton: Ramirez tossed a 9-inning complete game, 3-0 shutout over Hawaii as he struck out a career-high 14 and allowed five hits with 1 walk. From the fourth to the sixth innings, he struck out seven in a span of nine batters, including five in a row. He faced just five over the minimum.

RHP Jake Borup, Arizona St.: Borup turned in the performance of his life against California as he gave up a hit and walk to open the game and then retired the next 21 hitters in a row. He also struck out a career-high 13 in his 7 2/3 innings, allowing only two hits.

LHP Jimmy Reyes, Elon: Reyes struck out a career-high 14 batters in 8 2/3 innings during an 8-3 win over Davidson. He retired 13 straight hitters at one point in the contest.

RHP/2B Kolbrin Vitek, Ball St.: Vitek was a one-man wrecking crew on the mound and at the plate last week. He was 6-for-12 during a 3-game series at Ohio. Vitek was equally dominant on the mound as he tossed 7 shutout innings of 2-hit baseball in the Cardinals’ 4-0 win over Ohio. He limited the Bobcats to only three base runners, and none of them advanced past first base. He struck out five and faced only 23 batters.

 

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