OREGON ST., LOUISVILLE NO. 1 IN LATEST CB POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Oregon St. (17-1) and Louisville (19-0) are both ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.
Oregon St. has won 12 in a row, including three straight at Arizona St. over the past weekend as the Beavers are 3-0 in the Pac-12 Conference. OSU has a microscopic 1.06 ERA to rank No. 1 in the nation. The Beaver pitching staff has fanned 152 batters with 36 walks over 18 games.
Louisville, off to a perfect 19-0 record, swept a 3-game series against Boston College over the past weekend. The Cardinals are No. 2 in the nation with a 1.75 ERA as the staff has struck out 210 batters with 72 walks. On offense, Louisville is averaging 8.9 runs per game and has swiped 35 of 40 bases in 19 games.
There have been several red-hot teams outside of Oregon St. and Louisville. Missouri (19-1) continues to play incredible baseball as the Tigers have won 19 consecutive games, including three straight at Alabama over the past weekend. Kentucky (15-6, 3-0 SEC) swept a 3-game series at Texas A&M. The Wildcats have won 13 of their last 14. Auburn, Southern Mississippi, Cal. St. Fullerton and South Carolina have each won seven in a row.
Poll Notes: In key series over the past weekend, Texas Tech. won three straight at Texas, Arizona took two of three at UCLA, Florida St. lost two of three at Virginia Tech., Auburn swept a 3-game series at home against Florida, Baylor lost two of three against West Virginia, North Carolina won two of three at Georgia Tech., Clemson won two of three at home against Virginia, South Carolina swept a 3-game series at Tennessee, Mississippi won two of three at home against Vanderbilt, Washington swept a 3-game series at home against Utah, Arkansas swept a 3-game series at home against Mississippi St. and Southern Mississippi won three straight at Louisiana Tech.
Five teams fell out of the top 30 in Texas A&M (0-4 last week), East Carolina (1-3), Tennessee (1-3), Texas (1-3) and Louisiana-Lafayette (2-2). New to the poll is Auburn (17-5, 3-0 SEC), Kentucky (15-6, 3-0 SEC), Southern Mississippi (16-4, 3-0 Conference USA), Arkansas 17-4 (3-0 SEC) and Washington 12-6 (3-0 Pac-12).
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 20, 2017)
|Rank||Team (2017 Record)||Points||Pvs|
|1.||Oregon St. (17-1)||496||1|
|3.||Texas Christian (14-5)||492||3|
|4.||Texas Tech. (17-4)||489||4|
|6.||Cal. St. Fullerton (14-5)||483||21|
|8.||Louisiana St. (16-5)||479||7|
|9.||St. John’s (14-2)||478||9|
|11.||North Carolina (15-5)||472||13|
|13.||South Carolina (14-5)||468||16|
|15.||Florida Gulf Coast (18-3)||463||22|
|18.||Florida St. (14-7)||456||6|
|25.||Southern Miss. (16-4)||438||—|
|26.||San Diego (13-4)||435||26|
|27.||U.C. Irvine (11-6)||434||25|
National Players Of The Week
- RHP Mike Appel, Central Connecticut St.: Apple fired a 9-inning no-hitter during a 2-0 win over Mount St. Mary’s. He faced three batters over the minimum and finished with three strikeouts and one walk. It was the first no-hitter at the school in the past 18 years.
- LHP Brandon Walter, Delaware: Walter struck out a career-high 17 batters during a 6-1 win over Penn State. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a single as he went eight innings.
- SS Jake Scheiner, Houston: Scheiner belted 6 home runs over four games as he went 13-for-16 at the plate. He also scored 8 runs and recorded 15 RBI.
- 1B Ben Fisher, Eastern Kentucky: Fisher hit 5 home runs with 15 RBI last week over five games. He also scored 13 runs and knocked in two doubles.
- RHP Jared Janczak, Texas Christian: Janczak struck out 14 batters and retired the first 22 batters he faced during a 5-1 win over Kansas. He ultimately tossed eight no-hit innings before surrendering a hit in the ninth as only two balls were hit of the infield.
- OF Antoine Duplantis, Louisiana St.: Duplantis knocked in 14 runs in five games with 2 doubles and one homer as he went 10-for-23 at the plate.
- 3B Garrett Benge, Oklahoma St.: Benge belted 4 home runs with 11 RBI, 6 runs scored and 21 total bases during five games as he went 8-for-17 at the plate.
- RHP Eli Morgan, Gonzaga: Morgan pitched a 1-hitter against Pacific during a 4-0 win. He took a perfect game into the eighth inning as Blake Berry broke it up with a 2-out single. Morgan struck out 13 batters and didn’t walk anybody.
- LHP Thomas Lowery, Alabama-Birmingham: Lowery fired the first UAB 1-hitter in over 10 years during a 5-0 win over Western Kentucky. He only needed 87 pitches to throw a 9-inning complete game. He also struck out six batters. It was the ninth 1-hitter in Conference USA history.