Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 2-23-15

TCU NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Texas Christian (6-1) is ranked No. 1 for the second straight Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Horned Frogs, which took two of three at Arizona St. over the past weekend, feature a pitching staff with a 1.45 team ERA in addition to 42 strikeouts and only 15 walks over their first seven games. TCU’s defense has been superb with only four errors as the Frogs have allowed two stolen bases by opponents.

Several teams have been red-hot. Mississippi St. and Southern California have won eight in a row, while Virginia, Central Florida, Texas A&M and Nevada are all 7-0. Texas and South Carolina have each won six straight.

In key series over the past weekend, Florida took two of three at home against Miami (Fla.), Houston won two of three at home against Alabama, UCLA took two of three against North Carolina, Georgia won two of three at home against Florida St., Rice took two of three at Arizona while Stanford took two of three at Cal. St. Fullerton.

Poll Notes: Five teams fell out of the top 30 including Indiana (1-2 last week), Stanford (2-2), Liberty (1-3), Cal. St. Fullerton (1-3) and Alabama (1-2). New to the poll is Central Florida (7-0), Georgia (5-1), Texas A&M (7-0), Southern California (8-0) and Nevada (7-0).

The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1959 college baseball season.

Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I Poll
(As of Feb. 23, 2015)

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Rank Team (2015 Record) Points Pvs
  1. Texas Christian (6-1) 494 1
  2. Virginia (7-0) 493 3
  3. Louisiana St. (6-1) 491 4
  4. Vanderbilt (4-2) 489 2
  5. Florida (6-1) 487 5
  6. Houston (6-1) 484 6
  7. Texas Tech. (8-1) 483 7
  8. UCLA (6-1) 481 8
  9. Arizona St. (4-3) 477 9
10. Oklahoma St. (4-3) 474 10
11. Texas (7-2) 472 12
12. Rice (5-3) 470 13
13. Oregon (7-1) 469 17
14. Mississippi St. (8-0) 467 18
15. South Carolina (6-1) 465 20
16. U.C. Santa Barbara (6-1) 462 16
17. Central Florida (7-0) 458
18. Georgia (5-1) 456
19. Texas A&M (7-0) 454
20. Maryland (5-1) 451 27
21. North Carolina (4-2) 450 19
22. Florida St. (4-3) 447 11
23. Miami, Fla. (5-3) 445 14
24. Louisville (3-3) 443 15
25. Baylor (5-2) 441 21
26. Illinois (6-0-1) 438 26
27. Georgia Tech. (5-2) 435 28
28. Kennesaw St. (5-2) 432 29
29. Southern California (8-0) 430
30. Nevada (7-0) 427

 

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NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  • RHP Preston Morrison, Texas Christian: Morrison tossed an 88-pitch, 9-inning complete game to beat Arizona St. 3-0. After struggling in the first inning as he faced five batters and tossed 15 pitches, he only allowed two hits over the final eight innings and threw just 73 pitches. Morrison retired 23 of the final 25 batters he faced and allowed the Sun Devils only four base runners in the contest as he struck out 5.
  • LHP Steve Naemark, Angelo St.: Naemark recorded a school record 15 strikeouts over seven innings during a 2-1 win over Regis. He only allowed three hits.
  • LHP Luke Gillingham, Navy: Gillingham struck out 14 Maryland Eastern Shore batters over seven innings and only allowed one hit in a no decision. He struck out two Hawks in every inning and left the game with the score 0-0. Navy later lost, 3-0 in 10 innings.
  • INF/OF Kolbey Carpenter, Oklahoma: Carpenter belted 3 home runs and drove in 9 runs as he went 8-for-17 over 5 games last week with a slugging percentage of 1.176. He also had a double and a triple.
  • RHP Kyle Friedrichs, Long Beach St.: Friedrichs had a career-high 12 strikeouts over 7 innings during a 6-2 win over Utah Valley. After a shaky first inning, he retired the next 10 batters in a row and struck out eight.