VIRGINIA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL
TUCSON, Ariz. — Virginia is ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.
The Cavaliers (37-8) took two of three at Florida St. over the past weekend and notched their 10th straight Atlantic Coast Conference series win dating to 2013. Virginia also handed Florida State its first home ACC series defeat since the 2011 season and snapped a streak of 13 straight home ACC series victories for the Seminoles. Virginia won just its second series ever in Tallahassee with the other coming in 2010.
Cal. Poly, ranked No. 1 last week, slipped to third after losing two of three at Long Beach St. It marked the first time this season the Mustangs have lost back-to-back games.
Poll Notes: Several other teams have been red-hot. Miami (Fla.) has won 19 of its last 20 (currently first in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 19-5). Southern California has won 9 in a row, Texas Christian 8 straight, Central Florida 8 of its last 9, Louisville 6 in a row, and Texas Tech. 11 of its past 13.
In key series over the past weekend, Miami (Fla.) swept a 3-game series at Clemson, Oregon St. swept a 3-game series at home against Oregon, South Carolina won two of three at home against Alabama, Mississippi swept 3 at Kentucky, Oklahoma St. won two of three at Texas, and UNLV swept a 3-game series at home against New Mexico.
Four teams fell out of the top 30 in Kentucky (1-3 last week), New Mexico (1-3), Arkansas (3-2) and U.C. Santa Barbara (2-1). New to the poll this week is Texas Tech. (35-13), Southern California (24-17), Arizona St. (23-17) and UNLV (28-15).
The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1959 college baseball season.
Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I Poll
(As of April 28, 2014)
|Rank||Team (2014 Record)||Points||Pvs|
|2.||Oregon St. (31-8)||491||4|
|3.|| Cal. Poly (36-7)
|4.||Miami, Fla. (32-13)||486||11|
|5.||Florida St. (33-11)||483||6|
|9.||Louisiana St. (33-11-1)||473||10|
|12.||Oklahoma St. (31-13)||466||14|
|13.||Texas Christian (30-13)||464||15|
|14.||South Carolina (34-11)||462||18|
|18.||Central Florida (28-16)||451||22|
|20.||U.C. Irvine (28-14)||448||28|
|21.||Texas Tech. (35-13)||445||—|
|24.||Southern California (24-17)||439||—|
|26.||Arizona St. (23-17)||433||—|
|28.||Mississippi St. (28-17)||429||20|
|29.||Seton Hall (31-9)||427||29|
• LF Kurt Wertz, Towson: In five games last week, Wertz was 10-for-21 with 4 home runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple and 15 RBIs. In Towson’s 13-9 win over George Mason, he had 3 hits and drove in 7 runs — one shy of the school single-game record. Then during a 15-12 win over James Madison, Wertz collected 4 hits, including 3 home runs, and his second 7-RBI game of the week. His 15 total bases tied the Towson single-game record, and his 3 homers also tied a Towson record.
• 1B Alexander Lee, Radford: Lee was 16-for-20 last week over five games with 3 doubles, 1 homer and 11 RBI with 7 runs scored. He raised his batting average 49 points.
• RHP Thomas Eshelman, Cal. St. Fullerton: Eshelman threw a 10-inning complete game, 1-0 win over Hawaii as he threw 122 pitches. Eshelman only allowed six hits in the game and didn’t surrender a walk. On the season, he has only allowed 3 walks over 86 1/3 innings with 62 strikeouts.
• LHP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State: Rodon struck out 15 Georgia Tech. batters during a 9-inning complete game, 1-0 loss to the Yellow Jackets. He fanned 10 of the first 11 batters he faced. Georgia Tech. scored the only run of the game with a 2-out RBI single in the sixth. Rodon’s 15 strikeouts were one shy of his career high of 16 set against Florida Atlantic last season.
• RHP Aaron Rhodes, Florida: Rhodes tossed a 1-hit shutout in his third career start during a 5-0 win over Missouri. The only hit was a second-inning double as he retired the final 18 Missouri hitters of the game. He matched his career high of six strikeouts.