Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 3-11-13

Louisville Slugger LogoNORTH CAROLINA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of North Carolina (14-0) is ranked No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s NCAA Division I baseball poll.

The Tar Heels won three straight over Wake Forest over the past weekend and sit at 3-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina’s pitching staff has a 2.03 ERA and has struck out 116 batters over 14 games. On offense, the highly disciplined Tar Heels are hitting .316 with 95 walks — an average of 6.7 per game.

Poll Notes: Oregon St. and Florida St. are both undefeated at 15-0. Louisiana St. has won 10 straight while Mississippi (16-1) and Virginia (14-1) have only lost one time this season. Nevada-Las Vegas has won nine staight. In key series over the past weekend, Vanderbilt beat Oregon two of three, Central Arkansas (14-2) knocked off Mississippi St. two of three, Clemson beat N.C. State two of three, and Stanford was swept in a 3-game series at home against UNLV. Three teams fell out of the poll in Virginia Tech (1-2 last week), Rice (3-2), and Maryland (1-2). New to the poll is Clemson (9-5 overall), Central Arkansas (14-2), and UNLV (13-3).

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 March 11, 2013)

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  Rank School (Record) Points Previous
    1. North Carolina (14-0) 497   1
    2. Oregon St. (15-0) 494   3
    3. Louisiana St. (15-1) 492   4
    4. Vanderbilt (15-2) 491   2
    5. South Carolina (13-2) 489   6
    6. Mississippi (16-1) 486 11
    7. Florida St. (15-0) 482 15
    8. Mississippi St. (17-2) 480   5
    9. Kentucky (13-2) 479   7
  10. UCLA (11-3) 476 13
  11. Georgia Tech. (14-2) 474 16
  12. Virginia (14-1) 473 17
  13. Cal. St. Fullerton (13-3) 467 12
  14. Louisville (12-2) 465 19
  15. Arizona St. (10-2-1) 462 20
  16. Oregon (11-5) 458 14
  17. N.C. State (12-4) 456   8
  18. Stanford (10-5) 453   9
  19. Oklahoma (12-4) 451 10
  20. Cal Poly (13-2) 448 22
  21. Notre Dame (10-3) 445 25
  22. Arkansas (11-5) 443 29
  23. Florida Gulf Coast (13-3) 442 23
  24. Arizona (13-5) 440 18
  25. Nevada-Las Vegas (13-3) 439
  26. Clemson (9-5) 437
  27. Oklahoma St. (12-3) 436 26
  28. U.C. Irvine (12-4) 433 22
  29. Miami, Fla. (13-4) 430 24
  30. Central Arkansas (14-2) 427

 
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

  RHP Frankie Vanderka, Stony Brook: Vanderka tossed his second career no-hitter during a nine inning, 2-0 win over Fordham. He struck out six and faced only four batters over the minimum. He also pitched a no-hitter as a freshman during the 2011 season at New Jersey Institute of Technol

 

  OF/1B Ben Verlander, Old Dominion: Verlander hit four homers and collected 9 RBI over four games last week as he went 7-for-11 at the plate. In one game against Northeastern, he went 4-for-4 with three home runs, including a grand slam, and tallied seven RBI. He tied the school record for most homers in a single game during the contest.
 
RHP Mark Appel, Stanford:
Appel struck out a career-high 15 UNLV batters and walked one over seven innings. He allowed four hits and one earned run during a 3-2 loss. Three of Appel’s strikeouts came in the second inning when UNLV scored its first two runs. The Cardinal committed three errors in the frame which led to unearned runs to snap Appel’s streak of 18 2/3 innings without giving up a run.
 
SS Joey Pankake, South Carolina:
Pankake belted four homers, scored seven runs and knocked in nine runs for the Gamecocks last week over five games as he hit .438 (7-for-16).