Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 2-17-14

CAL. ST. FULLERTON NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL

Big League Chew LogoTUCSON, Ariz. — Cal. St. Fullerton is ranked No. 1 in the first regular season Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I pre-season poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Titans won two of three at home against Washington St. to kick off the season. Cal. St. Fullerton’s lone loss was in extra innings to the Cougars.

In one of the wildest opening weekends in NCAA Division I history, 20 of the pre-season top 30 teams suffered at least one loss.

Poll Notes: In noteworthy series, Texas Tech. took three of four over highly regarded Indiana at home. Rice beat Stanford on the road two of three. Texas and California split a 4-game series. Cal. Poly swept a 3-game series at home against Kansas St. Mississippi was impressive in a 3-game sweep of Stetson with 7-0, 11-1 and 8-2 victories. Nevada-Las Vegas also started off strong with a 4-game sweep at home against Central Michigan.

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 Feb. 17, 2014)

  Rank   Team (2014 Record)

Points

    1.   Cal. St. Fullerton (2-1)

494

    2.   Mississippi St. (2-1)

492

    3.   Louisiana St. (3-0)

490

    4.   Oregon St. (3-0)

487

    5.   Florida St. (3-0)

484

    6.   Oregon (3-0)

483

    7.   Louisville (2-1)

480

    8.   Vanderbilt (3-0)

479

    9.   Virginia (2-1)

476

  10.   South Carolina (3-0)

473

  11.   Miami, Fla. (2-1)

471

  12.   North Carolina (1-1)

467

  13.   N.C. State (0-1)

465

  14.   UCLA (2-1)

462

  15.   Indiana (1-3)

460

  16.   Florida (2-1)

456

  17.   Rice (2-1)

455

  18.   Oklahoma St. (3-0)

454

  19.   Texas Christian (2-1)

451

  20.   Clemson (2-1)

450

  21.   Arizona St. (2-1)

447

  22.   Louisiana-Lafayette (3-1)

445

  23.   Arizona (2-1)

443

  24.   Texas A&M (3-0)

441

  25.   Texas (2-2)

437

  26.   Cal. Poly (3-0)

435

  27.   Mississippi (3-0)

432

  28.   Alabama (2-1)

430

  29.   UNLV (4-0)

422

  30.   Texas Tech. (3-1)

421

 

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NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

• LHP Matt Imhof, Cal. Poly: Imhof made his 2014 debut with a career-high 14 strikeouts as the Mustangs beat Kansas St., 3-0. Imhof pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and three walks.

• 2B Camden Duzenack, Dallas Baptist: Duzenack tied a school record with 9 RBI during a game against Mississippi Valley State. Over the 3-game series, he was 11-for-14 with 13 RBI and 7 doubles. He racked up 18 total bases and compiled a 1.286 slugging percentage. 

• LHP Brandon Finnegan, Texas Christian: Finnegan struck out a career-high 13 batters during a 5-0 win over Jacksonville. He fanned eight of the first nine batters, including seven in a row, and allowed only three hits over seven shutout innings.

• OF Jo-El Bennett, Troy: Bennett blasted three home runs in the final game against Northern Kentucky and nearly hit a fourth as a long fly ball was caught on the warning track. During the 4-game series, he was 3-for-5 with 3 homers, 6 RBI, 12 total bases, 5 runs scores and a 2.400 slugging percentage.

• RHP Jeremy Null, Western Carolina: Null struck out 12 Mississippi St. batters in a 3-2 season-opening victory over the Bulldogs. He tossed eight solid innings while holding MSU to three hits with just one walk. Null struck out seven of the first 13 batters he faced.

• 1B Skyler Ewing, Rice: Ewing went 7-for-12 at the plate with 8 RBI over the first three games of the season. He had two home runs and a double for a 1.16 slugging percentage.

• RHP Chase Mallard, Alabama-Birmingham: Mallard had a career night during a 5-0 win over Tennessee-Martin. In seven innings of work, he did not yield a hit, struck out 13 and only walked one.

• RHP Rohn Pierce, Canisius: Pierce outdueled All-American Carlos Rodon in the season opener as Pierce threw seven shutout innings during a 3-0 win over N.C. State. Pierce scattered five singles, walked one and struck out six. He didn’t allow a base runner past second base. After allowing the first two batters to reach, Pierce retired 21 of the next 25 batters. The win also marked the first time the Golden Griffins beat a ranked team in program history.