TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of North Carolina (6-0) is ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive week in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s NCAA Division I baseball poll.
The Tar Heels swept a 3-game series at home against Stony Brook over the past weekend. North Carolina features a pitching staff that has a 2.00 ERA and a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio (48 strikeouts, 16 walks) over six games. Opponents are only hitting .162 against the Tar Heels.
Eleven teams are unbeaten in the current poll headed by two 9-0 teams (Mississippi St. and Oklahoma) and two 8-0 ball clubs (Oregon St. and Cal. St.Fullerton).
Poll Notes: In key series over the past weekend, Cal. St. Fullerton swept a 3-game set against Texas Christian, Oregon St. swept a 3-game series at San Diego St., Florida Gulf Coast swept a 3-game series at Florida, and Pepperdine won two of three at Texas A&M. Four teams fell out of the top 30 this week in San Diego St. (0-4 last week), Florida (1-4), Texas A&M (3-2), and Southern Mississippi (2-2).
The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.
NCAA Div. I Poll (As of Feb. 25, 2013)
|Rank School (Record)||Points||Previous|
|1. North Carolina (6-0)||496||1|
|2. Arkansas (7-1)||494||2|
|3. Vanderbilt (7-1)||493||3|
|4. Louisiana St. (6-1)||489||4|
|5. Oregon St. (8-0)||486||9|
|6. Oregon (6-1)||485||5|
|7. South Carolina (5-1)||483||7|
|8. Kentucky (5-1)||478||8|
|9. Mississippi St. (9-0)||475||12|
|10. Oklahoma (9-0)||471||14|
|11. N.C.State (5-1)||469||13|
|12. UCLA (4-2)||468||6|
|13. Rice (5-2)||465||10|
|14. Stanford (5-2)||464||11|
|15. Arizona (7-1)||463||15|
|16. Mississippi (7-0)||461||16|
|17. Cal. St.Fullerton (8-0)||459||19|
|18. Florida St. (7-0)||457||18|
|19. Georgia Tech. (6-1)||456||17|
|20. Miami, Fla. (7-0)||453||20|
|21. U.C. Irvine (6-1)||450||21|
|22. Texas (6-1)||448||25|
|23. Louisville (6-1)||447||26|
|24. Virginia (7-0)||445||29|
|25. Florida Gulf Coast (5-1)||442||—|
|26. Arizona St. (4-2)||439||23|
|27. Cal Poly (7-0)||438||—|
|28. Clemson (5-1)||436||28|
|29. Pepperdine (6-2)||433||—|
|30. South Alabama (7-0)||429||—|
|RHP Bryce Biggerstaff, Central Arkansas: Biggerstaff threw just the second no-hitter in school history during a 13-0 win over Jackson St. He struck out a career-high nine batters and walked none. He nearly threw a perfect game but hit Phillip Harvey to lead off the sixth inning.|
LHP Brandon Waddell, Virginia: Waddell, in just his second college start, struck out 15 Toledo batters in six innings. It was the most by a Virginia freshman since the 1994 season when Seth Greisinger recorded 16. All but three of his outs came via the strikeout as he walked only one batter.
LHP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State: Rodon struck out a career-high 14 batters in seven innings as he teamed with reliever Karl Keglovits to no-hit La Salle during a 5-0 win. It was the first Wolfpack no-hitter since the 2005 season.
OF/DH Marcus Davis, Florida St.: Davis went 8-for-13 at the plate as five of his hits went for extra bases including three home runs over four games. At one point, he reached base safely in eight consecutive plate appearances.
CF Charlie White, Maryland: White stole 10 bases, including four in one game, against Oakland. He was 10-for-15 at the plate, scored six runs and knocked in five RBI with three doubles.
RF Tyler Griffin, The Citadel:Griffin hit three home runs, scored three runs, knocked in nine runs and went 8-for-17 at the plate over four games. His three homers were all hit in one game against North Florida, the fourth player in The Citadel history to accomplish this.