Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 2-24-14

LOUISIANA ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Louisiana State is ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

The Tigers, 7-0, feature a pitching staff with a 1.00 ERA that has struck out 54 batters over seven games and walked only 10.

Cal. St. Fullerton, ranked No. 1 last week, slipped to 10th after posting a 2-2 record.

The top five teams in the nation, LSU (7-0), Florida St. (6-0), Oregon (7-0), Vanderbilt (7-0) and South Carolina (7-0) are all undefeated. South Carolina pitching has thrown five consecutive shutouts and has blanked opponents for 51 consecutive innings.

Poll Notes: Several other teams have been red-hot. Arkansas (6-0), Tennessee (7-0), Southern California (7-0) and Florida International (8-0) are all unbeaten. Virginia has won six straight, N.C. State six in a row, Louisiana-Lafayette seven consecutive, and Texas Tech. 6 straight. In key series over the weekend, Miami (Fla.) won two of three against Florida, Cal. Poly took two of three against UCLA, Texas won two of three against Stanford and Tennessee swept three from UNLV. Four teams fell out of the top 30 in Indiana (2-5), Arizona St. (3-4), Alabama (4-2), and UNLV (4-3). New to the poll are Arkansas, Tennessee, Southern California and Florida International.

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. 24, 2014)

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  Rank  Team (2014 Record)

Points

    1.  Louisiana St. (7-0)

494

    2.  Florida St. (6-0)

491

    3.  Oregon (7-0)

489

    4.  Vanderbilt (7-0)

487

    5.  South Carolina (7-0)

485

    6.  Virginia (6-1)

482

    7.  N.C. State (6-1)

480

    8.  Oregon St. (5-2)

478

    9.  Louisville (5-2)

476

  10.  Cal. St. Fullerton (4-3)

475

  11.  Oklahoma St. (8-1)

472

  12.  Texas Christian (6-1)

469

  13.  Louisiana-Lafayette (7-1)

467

  14.  Cal. Poly (6-1)

464

  15.  Rice (6-2)

461

  16.  Clemson (5-1)

458

  17.  Miami, Fla. (4-3)

455

  18.  Mississippi St. (4-4)

454

  19.  North Carolina (3-3)

452

  20.  UCLA (4-3)

450

  21.  Florida (5-3)

447

  22.  Arizona (6-2)

445

  23.  Texas A&M (6-1)

442

  24.  Texas (5-3)

441

  25.  Mississippi (6-1)

438

  26.  Texas Tech. (6-1)

436

  27.  Arkansas (6-0)

433

  28.  Tennessee (7-0)

432

  29.  Southern California (7-0)

429

  30.  Florida International (8-0)

426

 

 Print NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

• LHP/1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky: Reed became the first Kentucky player in history to belt 5 home runs over a 3-game span. He collected 11 RBI and was 7-for-13 at the plate while finishing with a 1.769 slugging percentage for the week. If that wasn’t enough, he pitched 7 innings against St. Joseph’s and allowed only one run and struck out 4.

• RHP Reed Garrett, Virginia Military Institute: Garrett fired a 9-inning no-hitter against Lafayette with 13 strikeouts. Nine of the final 14 batters were fanned. Only 4 balls were hit to the outfielders all night, and he was only a fifth inning, 3-2 walk from a perfect game.   

• RHP Aaron Nola, Louisiana St.: Nola fired a no-hitter for 7 innings against Virginia Tech. before leaving the game due to a pitch count restriction. He threw 87 pitches with 8 strikeouts and only one walk.

• RHP Frank Duncan, Kansas: Duncan struck out a career-high 14 batters during an 11-1 win over Mississippi Valley St. Of his 92 pitches, he threw 71 for strikes over 7 2/3 innings and allowed only four hits and one earned run.