FLORIDA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Florida (3-0) is ranked No.1 in Collegiate Baseball’s first regular-season NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.
The Gators were the pre-season favorite to win the 2016 national title and tied for third at the 2015 College World Series. Florida features four players who are potential first round draft picks in next June’s Major League Baseball draft. Over the past weekend, the Gators won three straight at home against Florida Gulf Coast.
The top nine teams remained the same as in Collegiate Baseball’s pre-season poll. In fact, the top seven teams are all undefeated after the first of the 2016 college baseball season.
Poll Notes: In key series over the weekend, North Carolina took two of three at UCLA, Florida Atlantic knocked off Mississippi St. twice, Stanford beat Cal. St. Fullerton two of three at home, Arizona took two of three at Rice while Alabama beat Maryland two of three.
Seven teams fell out of the top 30 from the pre-season poll, including Mississippi St. (2-2), Oklahoma St. (2-2), Stony Brook (1-2), Notre Dame (1-2), Maryland (1-2), Kentucky (2-1) and Pepperdine (2-1).
New to the top 30 is Dallas Baptist (3-0, three wins over Iowa), Arizona (2-1), Arizona St. (4-0, four wins at home against Xavier), Alabama (2-1), Florida Atlantic (4-0), Mississippi (3-0, three wins over Florida International) and Stanford (2-1).
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 Feb. 22, 2016)
|Rank||Team (2016 Record)||Points||Pvs|
|4.||Miami, Fla. (3-0)||487||4|
|5.||Texas A&M (3-0)||484||5|
|7.||Louisiana St. (3-0)||481||7|
|8.||Oregon St. (2-1)||479||8|
|11.||Florida St. (3-0)||471||16|
|12.||Missouri St. (3-0)||467||17|
|13.||North Carolina (2-1)||466||22|
|15.||Texas Christian (2-1)||461||15|
|17.||Georgia Tech. (3-0)||457||21|
|18.||Florida Atlantic (4-0)||455||—|
|22.||Cal. St. Fullerton (1-2)||447||12|
|27.||Arizona St. (4-0)||436||—|
|28.||Dallas Baptist (3-0)||434||—|
National Players Of The Week
- RHP Robert Tyler, Georgia: Tyler struck out a career-high 13 batters against Georgia Southern over five innings. Every out except two over those five innings were via a strikeout as 12 were swinging.
- OF Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt: Kendall was on fire during a 3-game series against San Diego as he went 10-for-15 at the plate with 3 homers, 10 RBI, 7 runs scored and 5 stolen bases.
- 1B Ricardo Ramirez, Illinois-Chicago: Ramirez blasted 4 home runs and drove in 14 runs while going 8-for-17 over four games against Texas Southern. He had a 1.294 slugging percentage in the series.
- SS Milton Rivera, North Carolina A&T: Rivera hit 4 home runs in 4 straight at-bats during a 3-game series against Navy. For the series, he went 5-for-12 with 4 home runs, 6 RBI and posted a 1.417 slugging percentage.
- RF Jacob Bosiokovic, Ohio St.: Bosiokovic hit 3 home runs with 8 RBI and 7 runs scored as he went 7-for-17 in four games.
- LHP Kyle Cedotal, Southeastern Louisiana: Cedotal tied a career-high with 14 strikeouts as he fired a 9-inning complete game shutout in a 2-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe as he surrendered two hits. At one point, he retired 25 of 26 batters.
- LHP Tarik Skubal, Seattle: Skubal set a new Seattle single-game record for strikeouts during a 4-1 win over Saint Mary’s as he fanned 13 batters over seven innings.
- C Jack Kruger, Mississippi St.: Kruger went 9-for-16 over four games as he delivered 5 doubles, 9 RBI and scored 8 runs.
- 3B Taylor Braley, Southern Mississippi: Braley belted 3 home runs with 6 RBI and 5 walks as he was 4-for-9 at the plate in three games. He hit a home run in each game which tied his season total of a year ago.
- 1B Austin Upshaw, Kennesaw St.: Upshaw was 7-for-12 with 3 home runs over three games and 16 total bases with a slugging percentage of 1.333.
- RHP Zac Gallen, North Carolina: Gallen struck out 11 UCLA batters over 7 2/3 innings during a 4-0 win over the Bruins. He didn’t allow a run and walked two as he faced 26 batters. He finished one strikeout shy of matching his career high and allowed only one runner past second base.
- LHP Zach Muckenhirn, North Dakota: Muckenhirn held Southern California to just three hits, retiring the last 15 batters in order, during a complete game shutout 1-0 win over the Trojans. He struck out 9 and walked one.
- OF Heath Quinn, Samford: Quinn went 10-for-16 at the plate over four games as he belted 3 homers, 2 doubles, 1 triple and knocked in 9 runs against Butler. In game two, he hit for the cycle as he went 5-for-5.
- LHP JP Sears, The Citadel: Sears struck out a career-high 12 batters over 5 innings against Virginia Tech. He didn’t allow a run as he walked one batter.