Collegiate Baseball Div 1 Poll (4-11-22)

TENNESSEE NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Tennessee (31-1) is ranked No. 1 for the third straight Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Volunteers, winners of 23 in a row, swept Missouri three straight at home over the past weekend and are the first team ever to begin Southeastern Conference play at 12-0. The 23 consecutive wins ties LSU for the second-most consecutive wins by an SEC team ever.

Tennessee has the most prolific offense in the nation, averaging 10 runs a game with 79 homers, 90 doubles and 15 triples and have walked 204 times (6.37 per game). In addition, the Volunteers have a remarkable strikeout-to-walk ratio (371-67) and a staff ERA of 1.89.

Poll Notes: In key series over the weekend, Miami (Fla.) swept a 3-game series at home against Virginia, Florida took two of three at home against Arkansas, Louisville won two of three against North Carolina at home, Auburn won two of three at home against Vanderbilt, Texas won two of three against TCU at home, LSU swept a 3-game series at Mississippi St. and Rutgers won three straight at Nebraska.

Several teams have been hot. Miami (Fla.) has won 13 straight, Rutgers (10), Notre Dame and Central Michigan (8), Grand Canyon (6) and Connecticut, West Virginia and Southern Mississippi (5). Stanford has won 8 of its last 9 Pac-12 games.  

Seven teams fell out of the top 30 in Mississippi (0-4 last week), N.C. State (1-2), North Carolina (1-3), Ball St. (1-3), San Diego (2-2), Old Dominion (2-2) and Nevada-Las Vegas (2-2).  

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 Baseball Poll
(As of April 11, 2022)
Presented Bywww.bigleaguechew.com

Rank Team (Record) Points PVS
  1. Tennessee (31-1) 497 1
  2. Miami, Fla. (26-6) 493 7
  3. Louisville (23-8) 489 4
  4. Oklahoma St. (23-9) 486 10
  5. Virginia (26-6) 484 2
  6. Arkansas (23-7) 482 3
  7. Notre Dame (20-5) 479 15
  8. Texas Tech. (27-8) 477 5
  9. UCLA (22-9) 475 12
10. Texas (24-10) 473 11
11. Vanderbilt (22-9) 472 6
12. Arizona (22-10) 469 9
13. Georgia (24-8) 467 13
14. Auburn (22-10) 464 18
15. Stanford (17-10) 463 16
16. Oregon St. (24-7) 460 19
17. Louisiana St. (23-9) 459 23
18. Texas St. (24-9) 456 8
19. U.C. Santa Barbara (21-8) 454 24
20. Florida (21-11) 453
21. Oregon (21-11) 452 21
22. Rutgers (25-6) 451
23. Wake Forest (25-7) 448
24. West Virginia (20-10) 445
25. Connecticut (24-7) 443
26. Cal. Poly (20-12) 440 17
27. Southern Mississippi (23-8) 439 27
28. Gonzaga (21-8) 436 28
29. Grand Canyon (23-11) 434
30. Central Michigan (18-10) 431

 

Collegiate Baseball’s
National Players Of The Week
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CF Ryan Cermak, Illinois St.: Cermak blasted 5 home runs and 2 doubles while recording 14 RBI and 9 runs scored as he went 11-for-21. He homered in 4 consecutive plate appearances. Cermak hit homers in his final 3 at-bats at Western Illinois. Then he led off with a 470-foot circuit clout in his first at-bat against Kansas. Against Western Illinois, he hit grand slams in back-to-back innings enroute to 10 RBI, breaking a 37-year old Illinois St. record for RBI in a game.

LF Matthew Higgins, Bellarmine: Higgins went 11-for-18 at the plate with 5 homers, 8 runs scored and 15 RBI. One of his homers was a grand slam. If that wasn’t enough, he also had 2 stolen bases.

RHP Cooper Rawls, Louisiana: Making his first two appearances in over a month, Rawls struck out 14 batters in 9 2/3 innings. He went 7 2/3 innings against Louisiana Tech. and fanned 12 batters. Then in an extra-inning win at Arkansas St., he pitched the final 2 innings to earn his second win in 5 days, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2.

DH Vincent Martinez, Stanford: Martinez belted 4 homers and recorded 9 RBI with 4 runs scored. He homered in all three games against Arizona St., including a 2-homer game in the final contest. One of his home runs was a grand slam.

LHP Jordan Hamberg, Coppin St.: Hamberg struck out 13 batters over 7 innings against Norfolk St. He retired 10 straight batters at one point and 13 of the final 14.

LF Ubaldo Lopez, Georgetown: Lopez belted 4 home runs during a 17-1 win over Maryland Eastern Shore. For the week, he was 9-for-18 at the plate in 4 games with 7 RBI and 6 runs scored. He also had a triple.

LHP Jackson Smeltz, Purdue: Smeltz fanned 13 batters over 8 innings of work against Indiana and didn’t allow a run. It matched the most strikeouts ever by a Purdue lefthander.

C/RF Ryan Wrobleski, Dallas Baptist: Wrobleski hit 4 home runs, 5 doubles and collected 9 RBI. For the week, he compiled a 1.412 slugging percentage.

1B Joseph Carpenter, Delaware: Carpenter belted 3 doubles, 3 triples, 2 homers and scored 9 runs with 7 RBI as he went 10-for-17 at the plate. During a 3-game series against Saint Peter’s, he was 9-for-13 with 8 of his hits going for extra bases.

C Cade Hunter, Virginia Tech.: Hunter belted 4 homers, 1 double and recorded 8 RBI with 5 runs scored as he went 7-for-13.

C Kevin Parada, Georgia Tech.: Parada hit 4 homers with 1 double, 1 triple and 10 RBI with 7 runs scored as he went 9-for-18.