Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 4-9-12

KENTUCKY NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Kentucky (30-3) has been ranked No. 1 in the latest NCAA Division I baseball poll by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

It marks the second straight week the Wildcats have been on top of the poll. Over the past weekend, Kentucky beat Mississippi two of three and is No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference with a 9-3 record. The Wildcats have been paced by an attack that leads the SEC in nearly every offensive category. Kentucky is hitting .328 with a .506 slugging mark and .421 on-base percentage, belting 40 homers over 33 games. The 30-3 overall record is the best start to a season in school history, leading NCAA Division I schools in wins.

Poll Notes: Key top 30 series took place last week. Louisiana St. took two of three at Florida, Oregon won two of three at UCLA, Miami swept a 3-game series at home against North Carolina, Arizona State swept three from Oregon St. and Cal Poly swept three from U.C. Irvine. Several teams have been hot lately. Baylor has won 14 in a row and leads the Big 12 Conference with a 12-0 record.

Sam Houston State has won 12 straight and leads the Southland Conference with a 13-2 record while Purdue has won 7 of its last 8 and leads the Big Ten Conference with a 7-2 mark. Four teams fell out of the top 30 in Oregon St. (1-3 last week), Auburn (0-3), Coastal Carolina (2-2) and U.C. Irvine (0-3). New to the poll this week is Arizona State, Cal Poly, Virginia and Appalachian St.

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 9, 2012)

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  Rank School (Record) Points Previous
    1. Kentucky (30-3) 497 1
    2. Florida St. (27-5) 495 3
    3. Louisiana St. (25-7) 492 7
    4. Florida (25-7) 491 2
    5. Baylor (25-7) 487 8
    6. Texas A&M (26-6) 483 9
    7. Miami, Fla. (24-8) 480 12
    8. Arizona (23-9) 479 5
    9. Arkansas (24-7) 476 11
  10. Oregon (20-9) 473 14
  11. UCLA (21-7) 472 4
  12. North Carolina (23-9) 470 6
  13. Rice (23-11) 468 10
  14. Cal. St. Fullerton (21-10) 465 15
  15. Central Florida (26-7) 463 17
  16. Stanford (19-7) 462 16
  17. N.C. State (21-9) 460 13
  18. South Carolina (23-9) 459 18
  19. San Diego (25-8) 457 19
  20. Sam Houston St. (23-9) 455 24
  21. Mississippi (21-10) 453 21
  22. Purdue (24-5) 452 22
  23. New Mexico St. (25-9) 451 20
  24. Arizona St. (19-12) 449
  25. Texas (17-12) 442 25
  26. Louisville (23-9) 439 26
  27. Cal. Poly (20-10) 436
  28. Florida Atlantic (22-11) 433 30
  29. Virginia (21-10-1) 430
  30. Appalachian St. (24-6) 428

 

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER‘SNATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  RHP Erik Mattingly, Creighton: Mattingly threw 9 no-hit innings during a 2-0, 12-inning loss to Indiana State. He faced only 27 batters and struck out 3 as he threw 114 pitches. He was pulled after the ninth inning with the score tied, 0-0. Then three innings later, Indiana State scored two runs in the top of the 12th to pull out the victory as Mattingly received a no-decision in the contest.
  RHP Daniel Gossett, Clemson: Gossett struck out 15 batters with no walks during 9 scoreless innings over two appearances. Against Winthrop, he struck out 13 batters with no walks over 7 innings to earn the win. The 13 strikeouts were the most by a Tiger since 2009. He also retired the first 15 batters of the game against the Eagles. Then he struck out 2 batters over 2 scoreless innings against Duke.
  OF Jabari Henry, Florida International: Over a 5-game period, Henry hit 4 home runs and 13 RBI as he went 9-for-20 at the plate (.450). He also scored 7 runs and produced a run-saving outfield assist. In a series against Troy, he had two game-winning hits. He also belted a home run and 5 RBI against Troy All-American and Sun Belt Pitcher of The Year Tyler Ray.
  OF Tristan Moore, Wright State: Moore hit .625 (10-for-16) over 4 games with 3 home runs, 14 RBI and 11 runs scored. His best game was a 3-for-4 performance against Youngstown State as he hit a pair of 2-run homers and a 2-run double with 3 walks and 6 runs scored.