Collegiate Baseball Div 1 Poll (2-24-20)

UCLA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — UCLA (7-0) is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Bruins have only allowed 1 or 0 runs in six of their seven games and have a microscopic 0.71 ERA. The staff has struck out 88 batters and only walked 14. Defensively, UCLA has only committed 4 errors in seven games.

Texas Tech. (6-1), ranked No. 1 last week, slipped to No. 4. The Red Raiders lost to Tennessee but rebounded with wins over Stanford and Houston.

Undefeated Florida (8-0) swept a 3-game series at Miami, Fla. while Arkansas (7-0), winners of four straight over Gonzaga, took over the No. 2 and 3 spots in the poll.

Poll Notes: There was a lot of movement in the poll this week. Auburn lost three straight home games to Central Florida while Long Beach St. swept a 3-game series at home against Wake Forest. Cal. St. Fullerton dropped two of three at home to Tulane and was 1-3 on the week. Six teams fell out of the top 30 including Wake Forest (0-3 last week), Arizona (2-2), Cal. St. Fullerton (1-3), U.C. Santa Barbara (3-1), Grand Canyon (3-2) and South Alabama (1-4).

New to the poll is Central Florida (7-1 overall), Pepperdine (7-0), Tennessee (7-0), Long Beach St. (5-2), Clemson (7-0) and Tulane (6-1).

In other top 30 action over the weekend, Michigan lost two of three to Connecticut, Mississippi St. won two of three at home against Oregon St. and Dallas Baptist took two of three at North Carolina. Tennessee won the Round Rock Classic in Texas with victories over Texas Tech, Houston and Stanford.

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 2020 Pre-Season
Baseball Poll
(As of Feb. 24, 2020)
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Rank Team (Record) Points PVS
  1. UCLA (7-0) 495 10
  2. Florida (8-0) 494 14
  3. Arkansas (7-0) 492 9
  4. Texas Tech. (6-1) 490 1
  5. Vanderbilt (6-2) 486 5
  6. Mississippi St. (5-1) 483 6
  7. Louisville (4-3) 480 4
  8. Georgia (7-1) 478 7
  9. Michigan (4-3) 475 3
10. N.C. State (7-0) 472 16
11. Florida St. (6-1) 470 15
12. Arizona St. (5-3) 468 11
13. Miami, Fla. (4-3) 465 2
14. Mississippi (6-1) 462 19
15. Texas A&M (8-0) 460 21
16. Texas (8-0) 459 22
17. Central Florida (7-1) 454
18. Auburn (5-3) 452 8
19. Louisiana St. (5-3) 450 12
20. North Carolina (6-2) 448 13
21. Texas Christian (5-1) 446 20
22. Pepperdine (7-0) 444
23. Tennessee (7-0) 441
24. East Carolina (6-1) 439 23
25. Long Beach St. (5-2) 436
26. Clemson (7-0) 434
27. Central Michigan (5-2) 432 24
28. Oklahoma St. (5-2) 431 28
29. Tulane (6-1) 428
30. Georgia Tech. (6-1) 426 29

Collegiate Baseball’s
National Players Of The Week

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RHP Bryce Jarvis, Duke: Jarvis tossed the program’s first perfect game during an 8-0 win over Cornell. He retired all 27 batters in the 9-inning game and struck out a career-high 15 batters with 10 groundouts and two fly outs. He managed to work in just one 3-ball count across 94 pitches. It was just the 31st perfect game in NCAA Division I history.

OF Tyler Kelder, St. Bonaventure: Kelder belted 6 home runs during a 3-game series against Mount St. Mary’s as he went 10-for-16 at the plate with 11 RBI. His six homers came off five different pitchers.

RHP Braden Olthoff, Tulane: Olthoff struck out 16 Cal. St. Fullerton batters on the road during a 1-0 complete game win as he only surrendered 3 hits. At one point, he retired 12 consecutive batters. The last Green Wave pitcher to record 16 strikeouts was during the 1998 season.

INF Bryce Blaum, Texas A&M: Blaum had an incredible week for the Aggies as he recorded 10 RBI, 12 runs scored, 5 doubles, 5 stolen bases and 9 walks as he went 7-for-14 at the plate.

LHP Sam Weatherly, Clemson: Weatherly had the most strikeouts by a Clemson pitcher in 24 years when he mowed down 14 Stony Brook batters over 6 scoreless innings during a 2-0 win.

OF Elijah Cabell, Florida St.: Cabell hit 3 home runs with 11 RBI for the Seminoles. He reached base at a .667 clip after getting hit five times and drawing two walks.

LHP Reid Detmers, Louisville: Detmers struck out 14 Valparaiso batters in six innings during a 3-0 win. He retired the first nine hitters in order and struck out 7 consecutive hitters for the second straight start.

RF/3B Devonte Brown, N.C. State: Brown hit 3 homers and a double as he collected 8 RBI over four games last week.

LHP Asa Lacy, Texas A&M: Lacy struck out a career-high 14 batters in only 5 innings during a 12-3 win over Army. He allowed 1 run on 4 hits.

RHP Ryan Bergert, West Virginia: Bergert struck out a career-high 14 batters in 8 innings of work during a 5-1 win over Saint Joseph’s. It was the highest strikeout total since the 2019 season. Bergert allowed 1 run on 2 hits.

RHP Dominic Hamel, Dallas Baptist: Hamel worked 7 shutout innings and took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in the Patriots’ 3-0 win over North Carolina. He struck out a season-high 10 and allowed only one hit.

SS Anthony Servideo, Mississippi: Servideo belted 3 home runs with 7 RBI as he scored 6 runs, walked 5 times and was 3-for-3 in stolen bases.

RHP Zach Pettway, UCLA: Pettway struck out a career-high 13 batters over 6 2/3 innings and only allowed 3 hits. He struck out the side in three consecutive innings (second to fourth).

LHP Zach Torra, U.C. Santa Barbara: Torra struck out 13 Abilene Christian batters in six innings of work. He only allowed two hits.

LHP Ian Seymour, Virginia Tech.: Seymour struck out 17 batters over two outings last week. Against East Tennessee St., he mowed down 6 in three innings. Then against Louisiana, he struck out 11 more in 6 innings. He only allowed 1 run and 4 walks.