Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 3-18-13

Louisville Slugger LogoNORTH CAROLINA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of North Carolina (18-1) is ranked No. 1 for the fifth consecutive week in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s NCAA Division I baseball poll.

The Tar Heels won two of three against Miami (Fla.) over the past weekend and sit at 5-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina’s pitching staff has a 1.92 ERA and has struck out 160 batters over 19 games. On offense, the Tar Heels are averaging 9.2 runs per game.

Poll Notes: Several teams have been hot lately, including California (8 straight wins), Louisville (7 wins in a row) and Oklahoma St. (6 consecutive victories). In key series over the past weekend, Oregon St. swept a 3-game series at Arizona, Louisiana St. took two of three at Mississippi St., Mississippi won two of three at Arkansas, Kentucky won two of three at Florida, Virginia won two of three at Clemson, Washington St. won two of three at Arizona St., Notre Dame beat Cal Poly two of three on the road, and New Mexico beat Nevada-Las Vegas two of three.

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 18, 2013)

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  Rank School (Record) Points Previous
    1. North Carolina (18-1) 496   1
    2. Oregon St. (19-1) 494   2
    3. Louisiana St. (18-2) 492   3
    4. Vanderbilt (19-2) 491   4
    5. South Carolina (17-3) 489   5
    6. Mississippi (20-2) 486   6
    7. Florida St. (18-1) 482   7
    8. Kentucky (16-3) 479   9
    9. UCLA (15-3) 476 10
  10. Georgia Tech. (17-2) 474 11
  11. Virginia (17-2) 472 12
  12. Cal. St.Fullerton (16-3) 469 13
  13. Louisville (16-2) 467 14
  14. Mississippi St. (19-4) 465   8
  15. Oregon (15-6) 461 16
  16. N.C.State (16-5) 457 17
  17. Stanford (10-5) 453 18
  18. Oklahoma (17-4) 452 19
  19. Notre Dame (12-5) 449 21
  20. Cal Poly (15-4) 446 20
  21. Oklahoma St. (17-3) 443 27
  22. Arizona St. (12-4-1) 440 15
  23. U.C. Irvine (15-5) 438 28
  24. Texas A&M (14-7) 435
  25. South Alabama (17-4) 432
  26. Florida Gulf Coast (13-4) 429 23
  27. California (13-7) 427
  28. Arkansas (14-7) 425 22
  29. Campbell (16-3) 423
  30. Central Arkansas (17-3) 420 30

 

LOUISVILLE SLUGGERNATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

•  RHP Pat Young, Villanova: Young struck out a career-high 18 batters over seven scoreless innings against ChicagoState. His strikeout total is the most in a single game by any NCAA Division I pitcher over the last two seasons. He struck out the side in six different innings (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th) and did not walk a batter.


RHP Nick Rossmiller, Thiel:
Rossmiller fired the first perfect game in Thiel history during a 14-0 win over Hiram. He struck out six batters over nine innings and fired 82 strikes in 106 pitches. It was the 16th perfect game in NCAA Division III history.

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1B Mason Katz, Louisiana St.:
Katz collected 4 home runs and 8 RBI over four games last week as he went 6-for-13. Recently he put together an amazing run starting on March 10 against Washington as he homered seven times in five games and became the first LSU player to homer in five straight games since Brad Cresse accomplished the feat in 1998.