Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 4-2-12

KENTUCKY NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Kentucky (27-2) has been ranked No. 1 in the latest NCAA Division I baseball poll by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

It marks the first time in the history of the poll, which goes back to 1957, that the Wildcats have been No. 1. In fact, no poll has ever ranked Kentucky as the top team in the nation until now.

Off to the best overall record in school history, the Wildcats are 7-2 in the Southeastern Conference for first place. Over the past weekend, Kentucky claimed its first series at Georgia since the 2000 season, winning two of three.

Florida, ranked No. 1 the previous seven polls, slipped to second after losing two of three at Mississippi. The Gators are 24-4 overall and 6-3 in the SEC (tied for second).

Poll Notes: Major changes took place in the poll this week after key games. Arizona swept a 3-game series at home against Stanford. The Cardinal has now lost four of their last five games. Louisiana St. swept a 3-game series against Arkansas. Oregon swept a 3-game series at home against Arizona St. Texas lost two of three against California. Several teams have been red-hot. UCLA has won 18 of its last 20 games, Central Florida 10 of its last 11, Baylor 11 in a row (leads the Big 12 Conference with a 9-0 record), New Mexico St. 13 in a row, Sam Houston St. 8 straight, LSU 5 consecutive and Arizona 5 in a row.

Four teams fell out of the top 30 this week in Arizona St. (1-4 last week), Georgia (1-3), Missouri St. (2-2) and St. Louis (2-2). New to the poll is San Diego (23-7, 5-1 West Coast), New Mexico St. (22-8), U.C. Irvine (17-9, 3-0 Big West), and Florida Atlantic (19-10, 8-1 Sun Belt).

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 April 2, 2012)

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  Rank School (Record) Points Previous
    1. Kentucky (27-2) 497 2
    2. Florida (24-4) 495 1
    3. Florida St. (24-4) 493 5
    4. UCLA (20-5) 490 11
    5. Arizona (21-7) 489 15
    6. North Carolina (22-6) 484 6
    7. Louisiana St. (22-6) 474 12
    8. Baylor (22-7) 471 18
    9. Texas A&M (22-6) 470 8
  10. Rice (21-9) 468 13
  11. Arkansas (22-6) 467 4
  12. Miami, Fla. (21-7) 466 7
  13. N.C. State (19-7) 464 9
  14. Oregon (18-8) 463 16
  15. Cal. St. Fullerton (17-10) 461 10
  16. Stanford (16-6) 460 3
  17. Central Florida (23-6) 459 21
  18. South Carolina (20-8) 458 14
  19. San Diego (23-7) 453
  20. New Mexico St. (22-8) 450
  21. Mississippi (20-8) 449 27
  22. Purdue (20-5) 447 22
  23. Oregon St. (17-8) 445 23
  24. Sam Houston St. (19-9) 444 28
  25. Texas (15-11) 441 19
  26. Louisville (20-8) 439 20
  27. Auburn (17-11) 436 24
  28. Coastal Carolina (18-8) 435 25
  29. U.C. Irvine (17-9) 433
  30. Florida Atlantic (19-10) 429

 

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER‘SNATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  RHP Chris Beck, Georgia Southern: Beck struck out 18 batters last week as he earned a save and a win in two appearances. He struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth inning of a 5-3 victory over Georgia Tech last Tuesday. Then three days later, he fanned 16 batters against College of Charleston over six innings, two short of the school record and four away from the Southern Conference mark of 20, to earn his third win of the season. Sixteen of the 18 outs he recorded were via strikeouts.
  LF/DH J.P. Maples, Central Oklahoma: During a 3-game span, Maples hit 5 home runs and went 6-for-12 at the plate. He also delivered 11 RBI and scored 7 runs. Prior to those three games, Maples had hit only five home runs on the season over 24 games. Overall in 2012, he is hitting .442 with 17 doubles, 10 homers and 36 RBI.