Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 3-23-15

TEXAS A&M NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL 

TUCSON, Ariz. — Texas A&M (24-1) is ranked No. 1 for the first time this season in the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Aggies won 24 straight games to start the season before losing its last game, 6-2 to Alabama. Texas A&M still won two of three against the Crimson Tide on the road and are tied for the lead in the Southeastern Conference with a 5-1 record.

The Aggies feature a pitching staff that has a 1.79 ERA and a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio (236 strikeouts and 57 walks). On offense, Texas A&M has hit 70 extra base hits in 25 games (43 doubles, 21 homers and 6 triples).

Texas Christian, ranked No. 1 the last five weeks, slipped to fourth after posting a 3-2 week and losing two of three at home to Oklahoma State in a Big 12 Conference series.

In key series over the weekend, Louisiana St. won two of three at Arkansas, Florida lost two of three at Mississippi, Missouri took two of three at South Carolina, Florida St. won two of three at Virginia, Arizona St. won two of three at Oregon, Louisville swept a 3-game series at Notre Dame, North Carolina won two of three at Georgia Tech., California swept Washington three straight on the road, Arizona swept a 3-game series at Stanford for the first time ever, and Nebraska won three straight at home against Michigan.

Poll Notes: Several teams have been red-hot. Maryland and Nebraska have won 10 in a row, Houston 9 straight, Louisville and Nevada 7 consecutive while Oklahoma St. has won 8 of its last 9.

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
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Rank Team (2015 Record) Points Pvs
  1. Texas A&M (24-1) 495 2
  2. Louisiana St. (21-3) 493 3
  3. Vanderbilt (19-5) 492 5
  4. Texas Christian (17-4) 490 1
  5. UCLA (17-5) 487 9
  6. Florida (20-5) 485 4
  7. Florida St. (19-6) 483 7
  8. Central Florida (20-5) 480 10
  9. Arizona St. (15-7) 479 11
10. Texas (16-8) 476 14
11. Louisville (18-6) 473 17
12. Oklahoma St. (16-7) 469 19
13. South Carolina (18-6) 467 6
14. California (18-5) 465 24
15. Houston (17-7) 463
16. Southern California (19-5) 460 8
17. U.C. Santa Barbara (16-6) 457 16
18. Miami, Fla. (18-7) 455 20
19. Oregon St. (18-5) 453 25
20. Arizona (19-6) 450
21. Maryland (17-4) 447
22. Illinois (17-5-1) 446 18
23. Missouri (18-6) 443 26
24. Indiana (15-5) 440 23
25. Virginia (14-7) 438 12
26. Nevada (20-4) 435 29
27. North Carolina (14-9) 434
28. Georgia Tech. (16-7) 432 21
29. San Diego (13-8) 429 30
30. Nebraska (17-6) 427

 

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National Players Of The Week

  • RHP Drew Rasmussen, Oregon St.: Rasmussen threw the first perfect game in school history during a 3-0 win over Washington St. It was only the fourth perfect game in Pac-12 Conference history and the first since Washington State’s Joe McIntosh in 1973. Rasmussen faced 27 batters, recorded 10 strikeouts and only needed 103 pitches. Beyond his 10 strikeouts, he recorded six fly outs and 11 ground outs.
  • INF Brandon Vaughn, Northern Colorado: Vaughn went 8-for-18 at the plate with 3 home runs, 1 double, 11 RBIs and 5 runs scored.
  • RHP Jordan Hillyer, Kennesaw St.: Hillyer struck out 13 William & Mary batters during a 3-2 win. He allowed two hits in the first inning but didn’t allow another hit until the seventh inning.
  • OF D.J. Stewart, Florida St.: Stewart belted 3 home runs with 10 RBI and 7 runs scored as he went 5-for-12 at the plate over four games. Pitchers also walked him nine times.
  • OF Erik Barber, Central Florida: Barber blasted three homers, 8 RBIs while adding a triple over four games.
  • 3B Lucas Erceg, California: Erceg had a remarkable 3-game series against Washington. He recorded game-winning home runs in the first two games of the series. Then he started game three by hitting a 2-run homer in the first inning. In the series, Erceg went 6-for-13 with 3 home runs, 2 doubles, 6 RBI and 17 total bases.
  • OF/RHP Cole Hallum, Campbell: Hallum was a duel threat last week for Campbell. On offense, he collected three home runs, two doubles and 10 RBI. As a pitcher, he had two appearances. In 2 2/3 innings, he didn’t allow a run or hit and struck out one.