OREGON ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Oregon St. (28-1, 12-0 Pac-12) is ranked No. 1 for the fifth straight week in Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.
The Beavers have won 23 consecutive games, tying Arizona State’s 1988 ball club for the longest win streak in Pac-12 history. OSU is the first league team to go 12-0 since the Pac-12 unified in 1999. The Beavers have a 1.81 team ERA after 29 games with 247 strikeouts and 77 walks. OSU has only allowed 8 stolen bases on defense.
Poll Notes: In key series over the past weekend, Louisville took two of three at home against Wake Forest, Texas Tech. won two of three at home against Baylor, Auburn lost two of three at Texas A&M, Florida lost two of three at home to Tennessee, South Carolina lost two of three at home to Vanderbilt, Oklahoma lost two of three at Texas, LSU beat Arkansas two of three on the road, Mississippi St. won two of three at home against Kentucky and San Diego lost two of three at Gonzaga.
Several teams have been superb. Outside of Oregon St.’s 23-game winning streak, Texas Christian has won 12 in a row, Clemson 14 of its last 15, North Carolina 8 straight, Cal. St. Fullerton 6 consecutive and Sam Houston St. 6 of its last 7.
Three teams fell out of the top 30 this week in Florida Gulf Coast (1-4 last week and losses in 6 of its last 7 games), Central Florida (1-3), and Kent St. (0-2). New to the poll is Missouri St. (21-10, 6-0 Missouri Valley Conference), Sam Houston St. (23-9, 12-0 Southland Conference) and Washington (18-12, 6-3 Pac-12).
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 April 10, 2017)
|Rank||Team (2017 Record)||Points||Pvs|
|1.||Oregon St. (28-1)||498||1|
|2.||Texas Christian (26-5)||495||3|
|5.||North Carolina (26-6)||490||6|
|6.||Texas Tech. (28-7)||488||7|
|8.||Cal. St. Fullerton (21-10)||482||16|
|10.||Louisiana St. (22-11)||475||22|
|12.||St. John’s (22-5)||472||4|
|13.||South Carolina (21-10)||470||11|
|15.||Mississippi St. (22-12)||466||19|
|19.||Southern Mississippi (26-7)||455||17|
|22.||Wake Forest (23-10)||445||21|
|24.||San Diego (21-9)||441||20|
|26.||Coastal Carolina (20-11-1)||435||26|
|28.||Missouri St. (21-10)||432||—|
|29.||Sam Houston St. (23-9)||429||—|
National Players Of The Week
- 1B Brent Rooker, Mississippi St.: Rooker belted 6 home runs with 13 RBI over five games as he went 10-for-16 at the plate with 9 runs scored. He also was walked 5 times and hit by 3 pitches.
- RHP Tyler Norris, Bethune-Cookman: Norris fired a 7-inning no-hitter during a 1-0 win over Savannah St. It was the first no-no at Bethune-Cookman since 1995 as he struck 5 and walked 2.
- 2B Jared Young, Old Dominion: Young hit 5 home runs and delivered 11 RBI over 5 games and also hit 3 doubles.
- RHP Logan Gilbert, Stetson: Gilbert struck out 18 Florida Gulf Coast batters which included the first 10 Eagles to step to the plate. He had a perfect game through 7 2/3 innings and a no-hitter into the ninth before giving up two hits in a complete game effort.
- RHP Kyle Brnovich, Elon: Brnovich struck out a career-high 15 hitters over 8 1/3 innings during a win over William & Mary. It was the most amount of strikeouts by an Elon pitcher since 2007.
- LHP/INF Trey Ganns, Northern Kentucky: Gans belted 4 home runs with 12 RBI and scored 5 runs over 4 games. In the final game of the series against Valparaiso, he hit 3 homers, including a grand slam, to post 8 RBI in leading Northern Kentucky to an 18-7 win.
- LHP Jordan Knutson, Missouri St.: Knutson limited Dallas Baptist to 2 hits over 8 innings and struck out a career-high 13 hitters during a 5-1 win.
- 1B/LF Pavin Smith, Virginia: Smith collected 14 RBI over 5 games with 2 homers and 3 doubles as he went 9-for-21. His best game was against Old Dominion when he went 3-for-5 with 2 home runs, including a grand slam, as he had 7 RBI.
- RHP James Karinchak, Bryant: Karinchak struck out 11 and allowed only 1 hit in a complete game 7-inning shutout of Wagner. He faced 2 batters over the minimum as only 2 balls left the infield.
- SS Orlando Garcia, Texas Tech.: Garcia collected 4 home runs with 11 RBI over 4 games and scored 6 times for 20 total bases.
- RHP Michael Grove, West Virginia: Grove took a perfect game into the eighth inning and allowed only 1 hit with a season-high 12 strikeouts during an 8-0 win over Kansas. He retired the first 23 batters he faced and did not allow a base runner until giving up a single with 2 outs in the eighth inning.