OREGON ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Oregon St. (20-1) is ranked No. 1 for the third straight week in the latest Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.
The Beavers, winners of 15 consecutive games, swept a 3-game series at home against Arizona over the past weekend. With the sweep, Oregon St. became the first team to sweep both Arizona and Arizona St. in the same season since Stanford in 1999. The Beavers were off to a 6-0 record in Pac-12 play.
OSU is ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division I with a 1.48 ERA as the pitching staff has fanned 181 batters and walked 51 over 21 games. While the offense has stolen 28 of 34 bases, the Beavers have only allowed 5 stolen bases.
OSU’s 20-1 record matches the 1962 team for the best start in school history through 21 games.
Poll Notes: In key series over the past weekend, Texas Christian swept a 3-game series at home against Oklahoma St., Arkansas took two of three at Missouri, Long Beach St. swept a 3-game series against Cal. St. Fullerton, Florida took two of three at home against Louisiana St., Oklahoma won two of three against Baylor, North Carolina took two of three at home against Miami (Fla.), Maryland won two of three at home against Michigan, Auburn took two of three at Georgia Tech., Kentucky won two of three at home against Mississippi, Vanderbilt took two of three at home against Texas A&M and Oregon won two of three at home against Washington.
Several teams have impressive win streaks other than Oregon St., including Houston (10), Texas Tech. (8) and Florida Gulf Coast (8).
Four teams fell out of the top 30 this week in Mississippi (1-3 last week), San Diego (2-2), U.C. Irvine (0-3), and Washington (2-3). New to the poll is Houston (won 10 in a row), Maryland (won 14 of its last 17), Wake Forest (18-7, 6-3 ACC) and Long Beach St. (swept a 3-game series from Cal. St. Fullerton for the first time since 2002).
The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1959 college baseball season.
Collegiate Baseball NCAA Div. I Poll
(As of March 27, 2017)
|Rank||Team (2017 Record)||Points||Pvs|
|1.||Oregon St. (20-1)||497||1|
|3.||Texas Christian (17-5)||494||3|
|4.||Texas Tech. (22-4)||492||4|
|5.||St. John’s (18-2)||489||9|
|7.||North Carolina (18-6)||484||11|
|8.||South Carolina (17-6)||481||13|
|9.||Florida Gulf Coast (22-3)||479||15|
|12.||Florida St. (18-7)||472||18|
|13.||Louisiana St. (18-7)||470||8|
|14.||Cal. St. Fullerton (15-8)||468||6|
|23.||Southern Mississippi (19-5)||443||25|
|28.||Wake Forest (18-7)||432||—|
|30.||Long Beach St. (13-9)||426||—|
National Players Of The Week
- LHP JP Sears, The Citadel: Sears tied a school record with 20 strikeouts during a 3-0 win over Virginia Military Institute. Incredibly, Sears struck out 19 batters at VMI one year ago. The 20 strikeouts are the most in a single NCAA Division I game this season.
- RHP Cory Abbott, Loyola Marymount: Abbott fired the first perfect game in school history during a 2-0 win over Brigham Young. He struck out 13 batters and threw 106 pitches.
- LHP Sam Murphy, Omaha: Murphy struck out a career-high 16 batters during a 7-inning game against Fort Wayne. He allowed only two walks.
- 1B Ben Fisher, Eastern Kentucky: Fisher belted 5 home runs with 11 RBI over 4 games last week as he went 8-for-16 at the plate and posted a 1.438 slugging percentage. He had at least one homer in every game.
- RHP/DH Matt Lloyd, Indiana: Lloyd belted 4 home runs with 10 RBI and scored six runs. In addition, he made three relief appearances and tallied 2 saves with 4 strikeouts during a sweep of Northwestern.
- OF Brandon Hughes, Michigan St.: After entering the weekend without any home runs and 12 RBI this season, Hughes smashed 4 homers in two games, including three in the final game against Illinois in consecutive at-bats during the first five innings of a 17-6 win over the Illini.
- LHP Austin Crook, Troy: Crook struck out a career-high 14 batters over 8 2/3 innings during a win over Louisiana-Lafayette.
- RHP Alex Cunningham, Coastal Carolina: Cunningham fired a 1-hit complete game with 10 strikeouts during a 5-0 win over Arkansas St. He had a perfect game until allowing a 1-out walk in the seventh inning.
- LHP Brett Seeburger, San Diego St.: Seeburger fired a 1-hitter in eight innings of work against Fresno St. with 7 strikeouts. He faced one batter over the minimum with the lone hit being an infield single in the fifth inning.