Collegiate Baseball Div 1 Poll (2-21-22)

TEXAS NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Texas (3-0) is ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Longhorns, No. 1 for the second straight 2022 poll, roared out of the gates by outscoring Rice 36-3 in three home games with lopsided wins of 7-0, 15-1 and 14-2. Texas only committed one error in three games and has a microscopic 1.00 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 9 walks. Offensively, Texas hit 8 doubles, 4 homers and 2 doubles.

Total attendance was 21,580 for the 3-game series which was the largest total attendance for an opening weekend in Texas history.

Second ranked Louisiana St. (3-0) scored 51 runs  in three wins over Maine to set a school record for most runs scored in a season-opening weekend.

Poll Notes: The first week of the 2022 season brought some eye-catching upsets. Liberty beat Florida two of three in Gainesville while Bryant swept a 3-game series at East Carolina. It was the first sweep of a ranked team in Bryant history. Both Liberty and Bryant jumped into the top 30 this week.

Long Beach St. beat defending national champion Mississippi St. two of three in Starkville, Miss. In a top 10 showdown, Oklahoma St. took two of three at Vanderbilt. San Diego swept a 3-game series at home against Oregon.

Arizona (3-0) was impressive with wins with against Kansas St., Oklahoma and Texas Tech. The Wildcats scored 35 runs in three games with 13 doubles, 4 homers and 3 triples. Arizona only committed 1 error.

Oregon St. (4-0) was outstanding with two wins over Gonzaga and two over New Mexico. The Beavers scored 56 runs.

North Carolina (3-0) swept a 3-game series against Seton Hall at home. The Tar Heels outscored the Pirates 40-6 over three games. It was the most runs scored in the first three games of a season since 2003. West Virginia was also impressive with two wins over Central Michigan and another against Kent St.

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. 21, 2022)
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Rank Team (Record) Points PVS
  1. Texas (3-0) 496 1
  2. Louisiana St. (3-0) 493 3
  3. Oklahoma St. (2-1) 489 7
  4. Vanderbilt (1-2) 488 2
  5. Stanford (2-1) 484 5
  6. Notre Dame (2-1) 483 10
  7. Georgia Tech. (3-0) 481 11
  8. Florida St. (3-0) 479 12
  9. Long Beach St. (2-1) 476
10. Arizona (3-0) 474 22
11. Mississippi St. (1-2) 471 9
12. Liberty (2-1) 469
13. Florida (1-2) 468 6
14. Texas Christian (2-1) 466 13
15. Louisiana Tech. (3-0) 463 15
16. Texas Tech. (1-2) 460 4
17. Georgia (3-0) 459
18. Tennessee (3-0) 457
19. Oregon St. (4-0) 454
20. U.C. Santa Barbara (2-1) 450 17
21. UCLA (2-1) 449 18
22. Mississippi (3-0) 447 19
23. Arkansas (2-1) 445 20
24. Miami, Fla. (4-0) 442 23
25. Virginia (3-0) 439 24
26. North Carolina (3-0) 438 25
27. N.C. State (3-0) 436 27
28. Bryant (3-0) 433
29. San Diego (3-0) 431
30. West Virginia (3-0) 429

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INF Tommy White, N.C. State: The freshman got off to an impressive start in his collegiate career, going 9-for-14 with 12 RBI and 5 home runs during a 3-game series against Evansville. He belted 3 homers in his collegiate debut and tallied 5 hits to become the first N.C. State player to hit 3 homers in a single game since 2010 and only the second player since at least 1999 to do so. He followed it up with a grand slam in game two and a 2-run homer in game three.

RHP Hector Garcia, Hope International: Garcia fanned 19 batters in a 7-inning complete game 7-1 win against San Diego Christian. At one point, he struck out 17 consecutive batters in a row. Garcia only allowed 1 hit in the game and no earned runs as he faced just 23 batters while throwing 92 pitches.

RHP Colin Hunter, Sacramento St.: Hunter had a memorable collegiate debut as a freshman as he tossed a 7-inning no-hitter against Northern Illinois. He finished with 9 strikeouts and no walks in the 8-0 victory.

LHP Sammy Natera, New Mexico St.: Natera fanned 14 Illinois Chicago batters in 7 innings as he allowed only 2 hits. He was one strikeout shy of the school record set in 1969.

INF Tyler Locklear, Virginia Commonwealth: Locklear hit 3 home runs in two games during a tournament at Wake Forest. Through the first weekend of the season, he has a .455 batting average, 1.273 slugging percentage and 8 RBI.

LHP Bryce Hubbart, Florida St.: Hubbart fanned a career-high 13 batters over 5 innings during a 13-2 win over James Madison. Eight of Hubbart’s strikeouts against the Dukes came against the first nine batters.

3B Nate Thomas, Saint Joseph’s: Thomas hit 3 home runs and drove in 8 as the Hawks won their opening series with Quinnipiac. In the opener, he was 2-for-4 with a grand slam. He had two more hits in game two, including a home run. Then in the finale of the series, he reached base in all five of his plate appearances and belted his third home run in as many days.

RHP Thomas Harrington, Campbell: Harrington struck out a career-high 13 batters across 6 innings during a 9-0 win over Appalachian St. He only allowed 1 hit with no walks.

2B Cade Doughty, Louisiana St.: Doughty went 8-for-14 against Maine with 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 runs scored and 12 RBI during a 3-game series.

LHP Brycen Mautz, San Diego: Mautz fanned 12 Oregon batters over 5 2/3 innings to pick up his first win of the season.

RHP Chris McElvain, Vanderbilt: McElvain struck out 10 Oklahoma St. hitters in four innings during a 3-0 win over the Cowboys. It was the most strikeouts by a Vanderbilt starter on opening day in at least 15 seasons.

RHP Zeke Wood, Texas St.: Wood struck out 12 Utah Valley batters over 6 innings and didn’t allow a hit until the seventh inning. His strikeout total was the most for a Texas St. pitcher on opening day since current Major Leaguer Kyle Finnegan had 11 in 2013.

RHP Josh White, California: White tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings during a 4-2 win over Houston.

LHP Hunter Barco, Florida: Barco fanned 11 batters in 6 innings of work and only surrendered 1 hit during a 7-2 win over Liberty. It was the most strikeouts on opening day in the last 24 seasons at Florida.