Collegiate Baseball Div 1 Poll (2-17-20)

TEXAS TECH. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Texas Tech. (4-0) is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s first regular-season NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Red Raiders averaged 16.2 runs per game over their first four games as they outscored Houston Baptist (two games) and Northern Colorado (two games) 65-11.

Freshman DH/C Nate Rombach belted 5 home runs and knocked in 15 runs for Texas Tech. to lead the offense.

Louisville (1-2), ranked No. 1 in the pre-season poll, slipped to fourth after losing two of three at Mississippi.

Poll Notes: Michigan (3-1) was impressive in its season-opening weekend with wins over Vanderbilt, Arizona State and Cal. Poly. The Wolverines moved from No. 10 in the pre-season poll to third this week. Vanderbilt (1-2), ranked second in the pre-season poll, slipped to fifth after losing two of its first three to kick off the season. The Commodores lost to Michigan, beat Connecticut and then lost to Cal Poly.

UCLA’s pitching was impressive as the Bruins only allowed three runs in three wins over U.C. Riverside. Grand Canyon surprised visiting Oklahoma St. by defeating the Cowboys two of three. Central Michigan knocked off Nevada Las Vegas three of four on the road.

The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1959 college baseball season.

Collegiate Baseball’s
NCAA Div. I Baseball Poll
(As of Feb. 17, 2020)

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Rank Team (Record) Points PVS
  1. Texas Tech. (4-0) 496 3
  2. Miami, Fla. (3-0) 495 4
  3. Michigan (3-1) 492 10
  4. Louisville (1-2) 489 1
  5. Vanderbilt (1-2) 486 2
  6. Mississippi St. (3-0) 483 6
  7. Georgia (3-0) 481 7
  8. Auburn (4-0) 478 8
  9. Arkansas (3-0) 475 9
10. UCLA (3-0) 473 12
11. Arizona St. (2-2) 471 5
12. Louisiana St. (2-1) 469 11
13. North Carolina (3-0) 466 13
14. Florida (3-0) 463 14
15. Florida St. (2-1) 460 15
16. N.C. State (3-0) 457 16
17. Wake Forest (3-1) 454 17
18. Arizona (3-0) 452 18
19. Mississippi (2-1) 451 RV
20. Texas Christian (3-0) 449 20
21. Texas A&M (3-0) 446 21
22. Texas (3-0) 444 22
23. East Carolina (3-0) 442 36
24. Central Michigan (3-1) 439 38
25. Cal. St. Fullerton (2-1) 437 26
26. U.C. Santa Barbara (2-1) 435 27
27. Grand Canyon (2-1) 433 RV
28. Oklahoma St. (1-2) 430 19
29. Georgia Tech. (2-1) 428 28
30. South Alabama (2-1) 426 23

 

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DH/C Nate Rombach, Texas Tech.: Rombach belted 5 home runs with 2 doubles and recorded 15 RBI over 4 games for the Red Raiders as he went 7-for-14 at the plate in games against Houston Baptist and Northern Colorado.

1B Jason Hinchman, Tennessee Tech.: Hinchman hit 5 home runs over 3 games against Evansville. In game three of the series, he belted 3 home runs and added 5 RBI, including a walk-off, solo shot in the bottom of the ninth for an 11-10 win. Over three games, he drove in 7 while scoring 7 runs.

SS Nick Gonzales, New Mexico St.: Gonzales recorded 17 RBI over 4 games as he belted 4 home runs, 2 doubles and scored 8 runs for 22 total bases against Texas Southern. He walked 6 times and was 8-for-14 at the plate. In game four of the series, he hit a trio of home runs with 9 RBI during a 15-8 win.

LF/C Jake MacNichols, Santa Clara: MacNichols hit 4 home runs during a 4-game sweep of San Jose St. He went 7-for-17 at the plate with 11 RBI and scored 7 runs.

OF Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas: Kjerstad went 7-for-12 during a trio of wins against Eastern Illinois with 4 home runs, 10 RBI, 6 runs scored and 20 total bases.

INF Tanner Craig, Evansville: Craig hit 4 home runs as he went 8-for-11 at the plate and collected 7 RBI. He only hit 5 home runs in 197 at-bats last season and nearly matched that in his first 11 at-bats of the 2020 season.

RHP Levi Thomas, Troy: Thomas posted a career-high 14 strikeouts in just 5 innings of work during an 18-6 win over Northern Kentucky. He started the game with 7 consecutive strikeouts. His 14 strikeouts were the most by a Trojan pitcher since 2017.

RHP Jake Hamilton, Wichita St.: Hamilton tossed 5 innings of no-hit baseball and struck out 13 in his Wichita St. debut against Northwestern St. His 13 strikeouts were the most in a single game since the 2013 season by a Shocker pitcher.

LHP Hunter Wolfe, Dayton: Wolfe struck out 14 batters over 7 innings to lead the Flyers to a 9-2 win over Bryant.

LHP Christian MacLeod, Mississippi St.: MacLeod fanned 11 of the 17 batters he faced over 5 innings in his college debut for the Bulldogs against Wright St. He only allowed 1 hit and no runs.