Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 4-23-12

KENTUCKY, BAYLOR NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Kentucky (35-6) and Baylor (35-7) have been ranked No. 1 in the latest NCAA Division I baseball poll by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Kentucky won two of three against previously No. 1 ranked Louisiana St. over the past weekend and are first in the Southeastern Conference with a 13-5 record.

Baylor swept a 3-game series against Texas A&M. The Bears are in the midst of a 24-game winning streak, the longest in program history, and lead the Big 12 Conference with a perfect 18-0 record. The 18-game conference winning streak is the longest in the league’s 16-year history. Texas previouly held the record of 17 set in 2010.

It marks the first time in history the Bears have been ranked No. 1 in baseball. The two longest winning streaks in NCAA Division I this year belong to Baylor (24) and Kentucky (22).

Poll Notes: In key top 30 action during the past week, Florida St. swept a 3-game series against Miami (Fla.), Oregon St. took two of three from UCLA and Stanford swept a 3-game series against Arizona St. Several teams have been hot lately.

Oklahoma has won eight in a row, Rice eight of its last nine, Purdue 11 of its last 12, Texas Christian nine of its last 10 and Central Florida 10 of its last 11. One team fell out of the top 30 this week in Missouri St. (2-2 last week). New to the poll is Clemson (24-17) which posted a 4-0 record last week with a 3-game sweep of Maryland. The Tigers are 12-9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, tied for fourth.

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 23, 2012)

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  Rank School (Record) Points Previous
    1. Kentucky (35-6) 497 2
        Baylor (35-7) 497 3
    3. Louisiana St. (32-9) 496 1
    4. Florida (31-9) 494 4
    5. Florida St. (33-7) 492 5
    6. Arizona (26-13) 482 8
    7. South Carolina (30-11) 479 13
    8. Rice (30-12) 476 11
    9. Oregon (27-12) 473 6
  10. UCLA (26-10) 472 7
  11. Central Florida (34-8) 471 12
  12. Cal. St. Fullerton (26-13) 469 14
  13. Stanford (25-10) 466 19
  14. Texas A&M (28-12) 464 9
  15. North Carolina (29-12) 463 10
  16. San Diego (31-9) 461 17
  17. Purdue (31-6) 458 22
  18. Texas (23-14) 456 23
  19. Mississippi (27-13) 454 24
  20. Arkansas (28-12) 452 16
  21. N.C. State (26-12) 451 18
  22. Sam Houston St. (28-11) 450 20
  23. Oklahoma (26-14) 449 26
  24. Miami, Fla. (26-14) 446 15
  25. New Mexico St. (30-11) 444 25
  26. Louisville (28-12) 440 27
  27. Texas Christian (23-14) 438 28
  28. Oregon St. (26-12) 437 30
  29. Arizona St. (24-16) 435 21
  30. Clemson (24-17) 433

 

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER‘SNATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  RHP Andrew Thurman, U.C. Irvine: Thurman became the fifth Anteater to pitch a no-hitter in program history during a 4-0 win over Long Beach St. He hit the first batter of the game and then retired the next 23 before he gave up a walk with two outs in the eighth. He went on to retire the next four batters to log his first career complete game. Thurman struck out five.
  LHP Logan Lee, Army: Lee pitched Army’s first no-hitter since 1957 during an 8-0 win against Bucknell. He struck out seven and carried a perfect game into the seventh inning. He retired the first 18 Bucknell batters before issuing a walk to the leadoff batter in the seventh. Lee then retired the next three batters to complete the 7-inning no-hitter.
  3B Alex Blandino, Stanford: Blandino belted 4 homers over 4 games with 1 double, 11 RBIs and went 9-for-16 at the plate. He had a 1.375 slugging percentage and .611 on-base percentage.
  1B Goose Kallunki, Utah Valley: Kallunki hit 3 homers, 5 doubles and 11 RBIs in a series sweep of Texas-Pan American as he went 9-for-17 at the plate. He had a slugging percentage of 1.353.
  RHP Kyle Hansen, St. John’s: Hansen racked up a career-high 16 strikeouts and tossed his second career complete game shutout during a 9-0 win over Cincinnati.