OREGON ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Oregon St. (14-1) is ranked No. 1 for the first time this season in Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.
Texas Christian, ranked No. 1 the previous four polls, slipped to third after losing two of three at U.C. Irvine over the past weekend.
Oregon St., winners of nine straight, has a microscopic 1.20 team ERA after 15 games as the pitching staff has struck out 127 batters while only walking 30.
No. 2 Louisville (15-0 overall, 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) has a 1.75 ERA and has fanned 167 batters with only 60 walks. The offense is hitting .344 and averaging 9.3 runs per game.
Poll Notes: In key series over the past weekend, North Carolina took two of three from Virginia, Baylor won two of three against Houston, Stanford split four games with Rice and Texas swept a 3-game series at home against UCLA.
Four teams fell out of the top 30 in Dallas Baptist (1-2 last week), Coastal Carolina (2-2), Missouri St. (2-2) and Washington (2-2). New to the poll are U.C. Irvine (9-5, won two of three at home against TCU), San Diego (10-3), Texas (12-6) and Oregon (11-4, won 6 in a row).
Several teams have impressive winning streaks. Louisville and Missouri have won 15 straight, Oregon St. 9 in a row, Clemson and Oregon 6 consecutive while Texas, Texas A&M and Michigan have won 5 straight.
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 March 13, 2017)
|Rank||Team (2017 Record)||Points||Pvs|
|1.||Oregon St. (14-1)||495||3|
|3.||Texas Christian (12-3)||492||1|
|4.||Texas Tech. (14-3)||489||12|
|6.||Florida St. (13-3)||485||8|
|7.||Louisiana St. (12-4)||483||6|
|9.||St. John’s (12-2)||478||9|
|11.||Texas A&M (14-3)||474||11|
|13.||North Carolina (12-4)||470||14|
|16.||South Carolina (11-5)||462||18|
|18.||East Carolina (12-4)||456||20|
|21.||Cal. St. Fullerton (9-5)||446||22|
|22.||Florida Gulf Coast (14-3)||444||24|
|25.||U.C. Irvine (9-5)||437||—|
|26.||San Diego (10-3)||434||—|
National Players Of The Week
- LHP Brendan McKay, Louisville: McKay had a career-high 15 strikeouts while allowing only two hits in seven shutout innings during a 3-0 win over Pittsburgh.
- RHP Eli Morgan, Gonzaga: Morgan struck out a career-high 15 batters in a complete game shutout at Cal. St. Fullerton. He faced just one 3-ball count all night and never allowed a Titan baserunner to reach second base.
- LHP Colton Harlow, James Madison: Harlow recorded a career-high 15 strikeouts during a complete-game, 12-1 win over Coppin St. His strikeout total was more than double his previous high (7) and one away from the JMU all-time record of 16. He did not a walk a batter and allowed five hits.
- LHP Carson Teel, Oklahoma State: Teel came out of the bullpen and recorded a pair of wins last week for the Cowboys. Over nine innings, he struck out 15 batters and allowed one run on four hits and one walk.
- 3B Taylor Schwaner, Southeastern Louisiana: Schwaner belted 4 home runs as he went 8-for-16 on the week. He also hit one double, one triple and registered 11 RBI with 6 runs scored and stole a pair of bases.
- OF Lorenzo Arcuri, Youngstown State: Arcuri hit 4 home runs and knocked in 9 runs with 6 runs scored as he hit .412.
- INF Rylan Thomas, Central Florida: Thomas hit 4 home runs and recorded 12 RBI over three games. He also picked up a win on the mound, throwing a scoreless ninth inning against Central Michigan.
- LHP Gunner Leger, Louisiana-Lafayette: Leger came within one batter of throwing a no-hitter during a 10-0 win over Saint Peter’s. He took his no-hit bid into the ninth inning, and with two outs pinch hitter Brian Turton blooped a single to centerfield to pick up the only hit of the night for the Peacocks. Leger recorded a season-high 9 strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings.
- LHP Jared Poché: Poché improved to 4-0 after recording seven shutout innings against Wichita St. during a 12-5 win. He has not allowed a run in 29 innings this season, the second-best streak in school history. LSU’s longest scoreless streak was established by Ben McDonald in 1989 when he threw 44 2/3 consecutive scoreless frames.
- LHP David Peterson, Oregon: Peterson struck out 14 batters over 7 1/3 scoreless innings during a 2-1 win over Santa Clara. He allowed three hits and one walk. Over the past two weeks, he hasn’t allowed a run in 15 1/3 innings and has struck out 31 and walked only one.