Collegiate Baseball Div 1 Poll 4-23-18

STANFORD NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL 

TUCSON, Ariz. — Stanford (30-5) is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Div. I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Cardinal, winners of seven straight, are on top of the Collegiate Baseball poll for the first time this season. Last week Stanford swept a 3-game series at Arizona.

Stanford leads the Pac-12 Conference with a 12-3 record and has a superb 2.68 ERA (fourth nationally). The pitching staff leads all NCAA Division I schools with a WHIP of 1.07 which is the number of hits and walks divided by the number of innings pitched. The pitching staff has struck out 268 batters and walked 94 over 35 games.

Florida, ranked No. 1 last week, slipped to second after posting a 2-2 record. The Gators lost to Jacksonville and won two of three at Kentucky.

Poll Notes: Several teams are red-hot. Tennessee Tech. has won 25 in a row which is the longest winning streak in program history and the nation’s longest this season. The Golden Eagles lead the nation with 95 home runs in 39 games and lead NCAA Div. I in nine offensive categories. Five players have hit at least 11 home runs this season as the team has belted 95 over 39 games. Michigan has won 20 straight. It is the longest win streak at the school since 1987 and is tied for the third-longest in program history.

Other win streaks of note include St. John’s (12 in a row) and Stanford (7 straight).  

In key series over the past weekend, Stanford swept a 3-game series at Arizona, Florida won two of three at Kentucky, N.C. State won two of three at Duke, UCLA swept a 3-game series at home against Southern California, Arkansas lost three straight at Mississippi St., Oregon St. swept Oregon at home three straight, North Carolina won three in a row at home against Georgia Tech., Vanderbilt lost two of three at Missouri, Mississippi won two of three at home against Georgia, Clemson swept a 3-game series at Wake Forest, Texas Tech. won two of three at home against Oklahoma, Texas A&M lost two of three at Tennessee, Louisville lost two of three at home against Virginia and Auburn won three at Alabama.

Six teams fell out of the top 30 including Illinois (1-3 last week), Louisiana St. (lost 4 in a row), Dallas Baptist (2-2), Arizona (1-3), Nevada (1-2) and Kentucky (1-3). New to the poll is Oklahoma St. (leads Big 12 with 12-3 record), Florida St. (5 wins in a row), Auburn (won 5 straight), South Carolina (swept LSU three straight) and U.C. Irvine (won 5 in a row).

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 23, 2018)

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Rank Team (Record) Points PVS
  1. Stanford (30-5) 495 5
  2. Florida (34-8) 493 1
  3. N.C. State (31-8) 490 2
  4. UCLA (25-10) 487 4
  5. Oregon St. (29-6) 486 7
  6. North Carolina (27-13) 484 8
  7. Michigan (24-11) 482 11
  8. Mississippi (32-9) 480 10
  9. Duke (31-10) 478 3
10. Arkansas (28-13) 476 6
11. Texas Tech. (32-9) 475 15
12. Vanderbilt (24-16) 472 9
13. Georgia (27-13) 469 12
14. Clemson (29-11) 467 13
15. East Carolina (30-9) 465 23
16. St. John’s (26-10) 463 24
17. Oklahoma St. (23-14-1) 460
18. Oklahoma (27-15) 457 14
19. Florida St. (29-12) 455
20. Tennessee Tech. (34-5) 453 T-21
21. Auburn (29-12) 451
22. Texas A&M (29-11) 449 19
23. Texas (28-15) 448 T-21
24. Louisville (26-13) 445 20
25. South Carolina (23-17) 442
26. Minnesota (25-11) 440 30
27. Indiana (29-8) 437 16
28. Florida Atlantic (29-9-1) 436 26
29. U.C. Irvine (24-14) 433
30. Coastal Carolina (28-14) 430 29

 

Collegiate Baseball’s
National Players Of The Week

SS David Garza, Tennessee Tech.: Garza belted 5 home runs over 5 games last week as he accumulated 10 RBI and finished 9-for-22 with 9 runs scored.

RF Steven Wells, Florida St.: Wells had an incredible week as he went 14-for-17 at the plate over 5 games and was 12-for-12 at one point. He hit 2 homers, 2 doubles and compiled 7 RBI with 6 walks. Wells reached base in 22 of 24 plate appearances.  

LHP Cody Bradford, Baylor: Bradford tossed a 1-hit complete game with 10 strikeouts during a 6-0 win over Texas Christian. It was Baylor’s first 1-hitter since the 2011 season.    

RHP Nick Sandlin, Southern Mississippi: After missing a turn in the rotation, Sandlin came back with a limited pitch count against Middle Tennessee and struck out 12 batters over 5 innings as he only allowed 1 hit with no runs. The only runner he allowed was a bloop single to start the second. He struck out the side three of the five innings he worked.   

LHP Luke Heimlich, Oregon St.: Heimlich struck out 12 Oregon batters over 7 1/3 innings as he became the Beavers’ record holder for career strikeouts with 305 in 76 career games.   

1B Andrew Vaughn, California: Vaughn went 11-for-17 with 3 home runs, 3 doubles, 7 RBI and 6 runs scored last week. He is now hitting .437 on the season with 18 homers and 48 RBI with a slugging percentage of .919 and on-base percentage of .568.   

2B Justin Beck, U.C. San Diego: Beck went 9-for-15 at the plate with 3 home runs, 3 doubles, 10 runs scored, 13 RBI and 21 total bases over 4 games. He had a slugging percentage of 1.400 with a .632 on-base percentage.