Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 2-20-17


TUCSON, Ariz. — Texas Christian is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball’s first regular-season NCAA Division I poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum after starting the season 3-0.

The Horned Frogs won three straight at home to kick off the 2017 season against Penn. St. TCU’s pitching staff has a 2.00 ERA with 26 strikeouts and six walks. The offense averaged 9 runs per game while the defense only committed two errors in three games. While TCU stole 7 of 9 bases, they didn’t allow any.

TCU, ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball pre-season poll last December, is No. 1 for the second consecutive poll of the season.

Poll Notes: In key series during the first week of the 2017 NCAA Division I season, Vanderbilt took two of three at San Diego, Cal. St. Fullerton won two of three at home against Stanford, Mississippi swept a 3-game series at home against East Carolina, Long Beach St. lost two of three at Oklahoma, Rice split a 4-game series at Texas and U.C. Santa Barbara lost two of three at Loyola Marymount.

East Carolina was the only team that fell out of the top 30 after starting the season 0-3 with a trio of losses at Mississippi. New to the poll is N.C. State at 2-1 after winning two of three at Hawaii.

Two teams, South Carolina and Oregon St., started the season with impressive pitching performances. During a 3-game series against N.C. Greensboro, The Gamecocks’ staff only allowed one earned run over 27 innings with 27 strikeouts. The Beavers only allowed two earned runs in 27 innings and struck out 27.

In one final note, Florida St. Head Coach Mike Martin celebrated the 1,900th win of his 38-year career with an 11-3 win over Virginia Commonwealth Sunday. He is the active wins leader in NCAA Division I baseball. Martin is only behind former Texas Head Coach Augie Garrido for most wins in NCAA Division I history at 1,975 over 48 years as a coach.

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. 20, 2017)

Presented By

Rank Team (2017 Record) Points Pvs
  1. Texas Christian (3-0) 496 1
  2. Louisiana St. (3-0) 494 2
  3. Florida (3-0) 491 3
  4. South Carolina (2-1) 488 4
  5. Oregon St. (3-0) 485 5
  6. Vanderbilt (2-1) 482 6
  7. Arizona (3-0) 480 7
  8. Miami, Fla. (2-1) 478 8
  9. Florida St. (2-1) 475 9
10. Cal. St. Fullerton (2-1) 472 10
11. Louisville (3-0) 470 11
12. North Carolina (3-0) 468 15
13. Virginia (3-0) 465 16
14. Mississippi (3-0) 463 22
15. Texas A&M (3-0) 460 20
16. Louisiana-Lafayette (1-1) 457 14
17. Washington (2-1) 456 21
18. Sam Houston St. (2-1) 454 23
19. Arizona St. (3-0) 451 25
20. Texas Tech. (3-1) 449 29
21. Long Beach St. (1-2) 445 17
22. Clemson (1-2) 443 12
23. Dallas Baptist (2-1) 440 26
24. Rice (2-2) 438 27
25. Texas (2-2) 437 30
26. U.C. Santa Barbara (1-2) 432 18
27. Coastal Carolina (1-2) 429 19
28. Stanford (1-2) 426 24
29. Oklahoma St. (1-1) 424 28
30. N.C. State (2-1) 420 31


Collegiate Baseball’s
National Players Of The Week

  • LHP Jared Poché, Louisiana St.: Poché fired the sixth individual no-hitter in LSU history during a 6-0, 7-inning win over Army. Poché struck out four and recorded no walks over 79 pitches. Army’s only base runner reached on an error in the fourth inning. It was the first no-hitter by an LSU pitcher since 1979 when Bobby Landry accomplished the feat against Southern Mississippi.
  • RHP Robbie Welhaf, Elon: Welhaf threw the first no-hitter in Elon’s NCAA Division I baseball history during a 7-0 win over Longwood. In just his third career start, he faced just one batter over the minimum and retired 16 consecutive hitter at one point during his nine inning outing. He struck out 8 and walked 1.
  • 1B Andrew Kendrick, Youngstown St.: Kendrick hit 5 home runs and drove in 11 runs in Youngstown State’s first three games of the season. He hit a solo homer against Austin Peay. Then he hit two homers, a solo shot and 3-run homer against Indiana St. He concluded the week by hitting a grand slam and solo home run as part of a 6 RBI game against Illinois St.
  • LHP/1B Brendan McKay, Louisville: McKay was not only 4-for-8 with 2 home runs, 5 RBI and 4 walks over his first 3 games as a hitter. But he also twirled 6 shutout innings with 9 strikeouts during a 7-0 win over Alabama St.
  • RHP Heath Donica, Sam Houston St.: Donica tossed a complete-game 1-hitter during a 1-0 win over Nevada. He struck out 14 batters, the second most in school history.
  • DH/3B Nate Fisbeck, McNeese St.: Fisbeck belted 3 home runs and drove in 11 runs off 5 hits over 3 games. He collected 7 RBI during an 18-2 win over Stony Brook in the first game of the season. He was the first Cowboy to drive in 6 or more runs since 2001.
  • 1B Sam Fragale, Virginia Tech.: Fragale was 7-for-13 over three games as he belted 3 homers, 1 double and 1 triple as he collected 9 RBI with 5 runs scored. His biggest game was the season-opener against S.C. Upstate as he went 5-for-5 with 3 home runs and 7 RBI.
  • 1B Jack Zoellner, New Mexico: Zoellner hit 3 home runs with 8 RBI over three games last week for the Lobos. His most noteworthy game was game two against Binghamton as he collected three home runs and 6 RBI in the contest as the Lobos won, 10-4.
  • OF/RHP Carson Jackson, High Point: Jackson was 5-for-11 at the plate with 3 home runs, 5 RBI and 5 runs scored. In addition, he picked up his third career save on the mound.
  • RHP James Karinchak, Bryant: Karinchak struck out 12 New Mexico St. batters in only 5 innings. It was the second time in his career he has struck out 10 or more in five innings.