Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 2-18-13

Louisville Slugger LogoNORTH CAROLINA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of North Carolina (2-0) is ranked No. 1 in the first regular season NCAA Division I baseball poll compiled by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

The Tar Heels, ranked second in Collegiate Baseball’s 2013 pre-season poll last December, moved to first after No. 1 Arkansas lost once during a 3-game series against Western Illinois. The Razorbacks slipped to second.

North Carolina won two straight over Seton Hall, 1-0 and 17-2. In the season opener, LHP Kent Emanuel became the first Tar Heel pitcher since 1967 to throw a season-opening shutout. He struck out five and did not issue a walk.

Poll Notes: In key series over the past weekend, Rice beat Stanford two of three, San Diego St. swept a 3-game series against San Diego, Mississippi swept a 3-game series against Texas Christian, and U.C. Irvine swept a 3-game series against Baylor. Three teams fell out of the top 30, including San Diego (0-3), Texas Christian (0-3) and Georgia (1-2).

The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s

NCAA Div. I Poll
(As of Feb. 18, 2013)

www.baseballnews.com

   Rank  School (Record)PointsPrevious
    1. North Carolina (2-0)495  2
    2. Arkansas (2-1)493  1
    3. Vanderbilt (2-1)492  3
    4. Louisiana St. (3-0)489  4
    5. Oregon (3-0)486  6
    6. UCLA (2-1)484  5
    7. South Carolina (2-1)481  7
    8. Kentucky (2-0)478  8
    9. Oregon St. (3-0)47510
  10. Rice (2-1)47220
  11. Stanford (1-2)471  9
  12. Mississippi St. (4-0)46813
  13. N.C.State (0-1)46711
  14. Oklahoma (4-0)46514
  15. Arizona (3-0)46218
  16. Mississippi (3-0)46025
  17. Georgia Tech. (3-0)45717
  18. Florida St. (3-0)45519
  19. Cal. St.Fullerton (4-0)45423
  20. Miami, Fla. (3-0)45128
  21. U.C. Irvine (3-0)44930
  22. San Diego St. (3-0)446
  23. Arizona St. (2-1)44416
  24. Florida (2-1)44224
  25. Texas (2-1)44021
  26. Louisville (2-1)43822
  27. Texas A&M (2-1)43526
  28. Clemson (2-1)43327
  29. Virginia (2-0)43235
  30. Southern Miss. (3-0)42936

 
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER’S NATIONAL
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

 OF Danny Collins, Troy: Collins had a monster week as he went 8-for-14 over four games with 9 RBI as he collected one homer, two triples, two doubles and 17 total bases. During the second game of the season, he hit for the cycle, Troy’s first since 2009. He also scored nine runs and didn’t strike out.
 
1B/LHP Clinton Freeman, East Tennessee St.:
Freeman went 8-for-10 over three games with three homers, one triple, one double and five RBI. He also scored seven runs. In two relief appearances, he struck out three and earned a save in 1 1/3 innings on the mound.
 
1B Zack Powers, Florida:
Powers went 3-for-6 at the plate with two grand slams and 9 RBI for the Gators. Powers hit both grand slams during a 16-5 win over Duke and also collected all 9 RBI as well. He joined Preston Tucker as the only Florida players in history to accomplish this feat in one game.
 
RHP Trevor Foss, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi:
Foss recorded 15 strikeouts while allowing only three hits and no runs in a complete game shutout of Texas-Pan American. He only allowed one walk.
 
RHP Buck Farmer, Georgia Tech.:
Farmer set a career high with 14 strikeouts in eight dominant innings during a 3-0 win over Akron on opening day. He scattered four singles, and just one runner advanced past first base.
 
RHP Jeremy Null, Western Carolina:
Null struck out a career-high 13 batters in seven innings against WashingtonState. His 13 strikeouts were the most by a Catamount pitcher since Matt Benedict had 13 during the 2011 season.