Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 3-4-13

Louisville Slugger LogoNORTH CAROLINA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of North Carolina (10-0) is ranked No. 1 for the third consecutive week in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s NCAA Division I baseball poll.

The Tar Heels won the Astros Foundation College Classic in Houston with wins over Rice, Texas A&M and California. North Carolina has a superb 2.05 team ERA with 82 strikeouts and 38 walks over 10 games. Offensively, the Tar Heels are averaging 9.7 runs a game behind a disciplined offense. Hitters have walked 63 times.

Poll Notes: A number of teams continue to be hot with lengthy winning streaks. Mississippi St. has won 15 straight, Oregon St. and Virginia 12 in a row, and Vanderbilt, N.C. State and Florida St. 10 consecutive. Maryland has won nine straight while Stanford has won eight in a row. Arkansas, ranked second last week, slipped to 29th after losing four straight at the Surprise, Ariz. tournament which includes two losses to Arizona St., one to Gonzaga and another to Pacific. Arkansas’ pitching staff had a 2.41 ERA on the week but only scored six runs over four games.

Four teams fell out of the top 30, including Texas (0-4 last week), Clemson (1-3), Pepperdine (1-3) and South Alabama (3-2). New to the poll are Notre Dame (8-2), Oklahoma St. (9-2), Virginia Tech. (11-2) and Maryland (9-3).

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 4, 2013)

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  Rank School (Record) Points

Previous

    1. North Carolina (10-0) 497   1
    2. Vanderbilt (12-1) 494   3
    3. Oregon St. (12-0) 491   5
    4. Louisiana St. (10-1) 490   4
    5. Mississippi St. (15-0) 487   9
    6. South Carolina (8-2) 486   7
    7. Kentucky (10-1) 484   8
    8. N.C.State (10-1) 482 11
    9. Stanford (9-2) 479 14
  10. Oklahoma (11-1) 475 10
  11. Mississippi (11-1) 472 16
  12. Cal. St.Fullerton (10-1) 469 17
  13. UCLA (8-2) 468 12
  14. Oregon (8-3) 467   6
  15. Florida St. (10-0) 465 18
  16. Georgia Tech. (11-1) 462 19
  17. Virginia (12-0) 460 24
  18. Arizona (10-3) 457 15
  19. Louisville (9-2) 454 23
  20. Arizona St. (7-2-1) 452 26
  21. Cal Poly (9-1) 448 27
  22. U.C. Irvine (10-2) 445 21
  23. Florida Gulf Coast (8-3) 441 25
  24. Miami, Fla. (10-2) 439 20
  25. Notre Dame (8-2) 438
  26. Oklahoma St. (9-2) 435
  27. Virginia Tech. (11-2) 432
  28. Rice (6-5) 429 13
  29. Arkansas (7-5) 428   2
  30. Maryland (9-3) 424

 

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER’S NATIONAL PLAYERS OF WEEK

  LHP Jordan Hymel, Southeastern Louisiana: Hymel threw the fourth no-hitter in school history and first since 1979 during a 9-0 win over Texas Southern. Hymel struck out 7 batters over 9 innings.
 
LHP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State:
Rodon struck out a career-high 16 batters over seven innings during a 2-1 win over Florida Atlantic. Rodon fanned eight of the first nine batters he faced and only gave up 2 hits in the outing with three walks.
 
RHP Mark Appel, Stanford:
Appel matched a career-high with 14 strikeouts during a 2-0 win over Texas. He fired a complete-game 3-hitter and issued only one walk over nine innings.
 
OF Michael Conforto, Oregon St.:
Conforto belted 4 home runs with 12 RBI over a 4-game series against Bryant as he went 7-for-15 at the plate. Of the four homers, he belted a grand slam, a 3-run shot and two 2-run homers.
 
LHP/1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky:
The 2-way star drove in 15 RBI last week over five games as he belted 3 homers and a double and went 10-for-19 at the plate. On the mound against Akron, he tossed six innings and allowed two runs with four strikeouts.