Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 2-20-12

FLORIDA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Florida (2-1) has been ranked No. 1 in the first regular-season NCAA Division I baseball poll of 2012 by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

The Gators, ranked No. 1 in the pre-season Collegiate Baseball poll last December, kicked off the season by beating Cal. St. Fullerton two of three games in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the first two contests, 7-3 and 5-2 before the Titans captured the final game of the series, 8-5 in a matchup of top 20 teams. Florida only committed one error over the three games.

Two-time defending national champion South Carolina, ranked second, began the season 3-0 as did No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 5 Rice. In fact, 16 teams in the top 30 this week began the season with perfect 3-0 records.

Poll Notes: South Carolina’s pitching staff picked up where it left off last season during its 3-game sweep of VMI. The Gamecocks utilized 11 pitchers. They combined for 36 strikeouts and just four walks over 27 innings as the staff registered a 1.33 ERA. Stanford was impressive in its 3-game sweep of Vanderbilt. The Cardinal won 8-3, 9-5 and 18-5. Arizona St. started the season with a trio of wins over Western Michigan.

The Sun Devils outscored the Broncos, 40-2. LSU outscored its opposition, 33-2, over the weekend in posting two wins over Air Force and one victory over Alcorn State. Two teams fell out of the top 30 this week in UCLA (lost two of three at home to Maryland) and Vanderbilt (0-3). Two new teams to the poll are College of Charleston (3-0) and Georgia Southern (3-0).

The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.

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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s

NCAA Div. I Poll (As of Feb. 20, 2012)

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  Rank School (Record) Points Previous
    1. Florida (2-1) 495   1
    2. South Carolina (3-0) 494   2
    3. Stanford (3-0) 493   3
    4. Texas A&M (3-0) 490   6
    5. Rice (3-0) 487   7
    6. North Carolina (2-1) 485   4
    7. Texas (2-1) 482   5
    8. Arkansas (3-0) 480   8
    9. Louisiana St. (3-0) 479 12
  10. Georgia Tech. (3-1) 477   9
  11. Florida St. (3-0) 475 13
  12. Miami, Fla. (3-0) 473 14
  13. Arizona St. (3-0) 471 17
  14. Georgia (3-0) 468 18
  15. Texas Christian (1-1) 467 10
  16. Louisville (2-1) 464 15
  17. Oklahoma (1-2) 461 16
  18. St. John’s (1-2) 458 11
  19. Cal. St. Fullerton (1-2) 457 21
  20. California (3-0) 454 22
  21. Oregon St. (3-1) 449 24
  22. Arizona (2-1) 447 20
  23. Stetson (3-0) 444 26
  24. Oregon (2-1) 442 27
  25. Clemson (2-1) 439 25
  26. Baylor (3-0) 437 28
  27. U.C. Irvine (3-0) 436 29
  28. Southern Miss. (2-1) 433 30
  29. Coll. of Charleston (3-0) 429
  30. Georgia Southern (3-0) 426

 

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER‘SNATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  C William Arnold, Central Michigan: Arnold opened the season by eclipsing his 2011 home run total in just three games during a series against Troy. Arnold blasted four home runs, including two in the Chippewas’ 14-7 finale win over the Trojans. In three games, he was 6-for-12 at the plate with 8 runs scored and 8 RBI.
  LHP Tyler Linehan, Fresno St.: Linehan struck out a career-high 13 batters to lead Fresno St. to a 3-0 win over Butler on opening day. He went 7 2/3 innings and walked only two batters.
  LHP A.J. Glasshof, San Jacinto College (Tex): Glasshof pitched a 9-inning no-hitter for the Gators during a 3-0 win over Blinn Junior College. He struck out 12 batters and faced just three over the minimum. During the game, San Jacinto recorded five double plays and made several other spectacular defensive plays. What made the no-hitter even more memorable was that it was San Jacinto Head Coach Tom Arrington’s 500th career victory.