Collegiate Baseball Div 1 Poll (3-9-20)

FLORIDA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Florida (16-0) is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Gators are off to their best start in school history and are the only NCAA Division I team that is undefeated. During the past week, Florida beat Florida Atlantic, Florida A&M and then swept a 3-game series from South Florida. Florida has hit 21 homers and 31 doubles over its first 16 games. The defense has only committed 10 errors while the pitching staff has a 2.43 ERA and has struck out 172 batters with 45 walks.

UCLA, ranked No. 1 the previous two weeks, slipped to third after losing twice last week to U.C. Santa Barbara and Texas Christian. The Bruins also had quality wins against Vanderbilt and Southern California.

Poll Notes: Outside of Florida, several other teams have winning streaks, including Mississippi (14),  Texas Tech. (12), Wichita St. (12) Auburn (8) and U.C. Santa Barbara (8).

In key series over the past weekend, Virginia took two of three at home against N.C. State, Pepperdine took two of three at home against Michigan, Notre Dame swept a 3-game series at North Carolina (first conference road sweep since 2015 for Irish), Duke won two of three at home against Florida St., Louisville took two of three at Wake Forest and U.C. Santa Barbara swept a 3-game series at Oregon St.

Three teams fell out of the top 30 in North Carolina (2-3 last week), Texas Christian (1-3) and Michigan (2-3). New to the poll is Virginia (12-4 overall), Notre Dame (10-2) and Wichita St. (13-2).

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 March 9, 2020)
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Rank Team (Record) Points PVS
  1. Florida (16-0) 496 2
  2. Texas Tech. (16-1) 495 3
  3. UCLA (13-2) 493 1
  4. Georgia (14-2) 489 4
  5. Louisville (11-4) 487 6
  6. Mississippi (14-1) 484 8
  7. Vanderbilt (12-5) 481 5
  8. Arizona St. (13-4) 478 10
  9. Miami, Fla. (11-4) 475 9
10. Mississippi St. (10-4) 472 12
11. N.C. State (13-2) 469 7
12. Central Florida (15-2) 466 15
13. Auburn (13-3) 464 17
14. Duke (12-3) 462 26
15. Arkansas (9-5) 460 13
16. Florida St. (10-5) 457 14
17. Texas (13-3) 455 19
18. Texas A&M (14-3) 453 20
19. Louisiana St. (11-5) 451 22
20. Alabama (15-1) 449 23
21. Pepperdine (12-3) 448 24
22. Tennessee (14-2) 446 16
23. Virginia (12-4) 444
24. Notre Dame (10-2) 443
25. Clemson (12-3) 440 27
26. U.C. Santa Barbara (13-2) 439 30
27. Long Beach St. (10-5) 437 21
28. Oklahoma (13-4) 434 28
29. Tulane (13-2) 431 29
30. Wichita St. (13-2) 428


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RHP Kyle Nicholas, Ball St.: Nicolas struck out 17 Sacred Heart batters over 7 innings and only allowed 1 hit, 1 walk and no runs.

C Nathan Hickey, Florida: In his first 10 appearances this season, Hickey only hit .241 (7-for-29). In four games last week, he belted 4 home runs as he went 7-for-13 with 5 runs scored, 6 RBI and walked 3 times.

RHP Landon Knack, East Tennessee St: Knack struck out 16 batters in 6 innings of work against Wagner. He allowed no runs and scattered 5 hits without a walk during a 13-1 win over the Seahawks.

2B Jordan Cozart, Murray St.: In three games against Austin Peay, Cozart hit 4 home runs as he went 9-for-15 at the plate with 1 double and 10 RBI. In the series finale, he went 5-for-6 with 3 home runs (grand slam, 3-run homer, solo shot) and had 9 RBI with 4 runs scored during a 20-2 win.

1B T.J. Collett, Kentucky: Collett belted 3 home runs, 3 doubles and recorded 13 RBI as he went 10-for-22 over five games last week. He recorded four multi-hit and four multi-RBI games.

LHP Reid Detmers, Louisville: Detmers struck out 15 batters over 6 innings against Wake Forest during a 4-1 win.

DH Alex Gattinelli, Coastal Carolina: Gattinelli belted 3 home runs with 13 RBI over five games as he went 9-for-18 at the plate.

RHP Max Meyer, Minnesota: Meyer became the first Gopher pitcher to strike out 15 batters in a game since the 2004 season during a 6-4 win over Utah. After striking out 14 batters in his previous outing during a complete game gem against North Carolina, Meyer went eight innings against Utah and allowed no earned runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.

LHP Ian Seymour, Virginia Tech.: Seymour struck out 14 Georgia Tech. batters in only 6 innings of work. The 14 strikeouts are the most for a Hokie pitcher in an Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season game in school history (since 2005). Overall, Seymour has fanned 40 batters in 20 1/3 innings this season.

1B/DH Aaron Sabato, North Carolina: Sabato belted 4 home runs with 7 runs scored and 7 RBI over 5 games as he went 5-for-15 at the plate. In addition, he was walked 11 times.

RHP Mason Erla, Michigan St.: Erla struck out a career-high 12 Troy batters over 7 innings and didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning during a 1-0 win.