Collegiate Baseball Div. I Poll 4-22-13

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NORTH CAROLINA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — North Carolina (39-2) is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s NCAA Division I baseball poll after winning 14 consecutive games.

The Tar Heels have been ranked at the top of the poll nine of the last 10 weeks. North Carolina is averaging 8.9 runs per game and features an offensive attack that has produced 137 extra base hits in 41 games. The pitching staff has a superb 2.13 ERA with 330 strikeouts and 135 walks.

Poll Notes: Several other teams have also been hot. N.C. State has won 14 in a row after sweeping a 3-game series at Georgia Tech. The Wolfpack has won 10 straight Atlantic Coast Conference games. South Florida (26-14) has won 12 in a row and sits in first place in the Big East Conference with a 10-2 record. Gonzaga has won 11 of its last 12 and beat Pepperdine two of three over the past weekend. New Mexico has won seven straight and leads the Mountain West Conference with a 14-4 record. Campbell (35-8) leads the Big South Conference with a 14-4 record and has won four in a row.

In key series over the past weekend, LSU beat Alabama two of three, Cal. St. Fullerton beat Cal. Poly two of three, Virginia swept Florida St. three games, UCLA took two of three at Oregon, Stanford beat Arizona two of three, South Carolina swept three from Kentucky, and Rice took two of three from Houston. Three teams fell out of the top 30 in Kentucky (0-4 last week), Coastal Carolina (1-3) and Bryant (2-3). New to the poll is Gonzaga (26-11-1), New Mexico (24-16) and Campbell (35-8).

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

Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I Poll
(As of April 22, 2013)
www.baseballnews.com

Rank   Team (2013 Record)

Points

Pvs.

  1.   North Carolina (39-2)

499

1

  2.   Louisiana St. (37-4)

497

2

  3.   Cal. St. Fullerton (34-6)

495

4

  4.   Vanderbilt (35-6)

494

3

  5.   Virginia (35-6)

491

9

  6.   Oregon St. (30-8)

486

5

  7.   UCLA (25-11)

483

11

  8.   Oregon (29-10)

482

7

  9.   N.C. State (32-10)

478

15

10.   Florida St. (31-9)

475

6

11.   Oklahoma (31-10)

472

10

12.   Louisville (30-9)

469

8

13.   Clemson (27-13)

465

12

14.   Stanford (22-12)

462

17

15.   South Carolina (31-10)

460

22

16.   Arkansas (27-15)

458

13

17.   Mississippi St. (32-10)

455

18

18.   Cal. Poly (26-11)

452

16

19.   Florida (22-19)

448

19

20.   Mississippi (29-12)

443

20

21.   Georgia Tech. (27-13)

440

14

22.   Gonzaga (26-11-1)

439

23.   Pittsburgh (29-10)

437

25

24.   Arizona (25-14)

436

21

25.   South Florida (26-14)

434

28

26.   Arizona St. (24-12-1)

432

24

27.   Rice (28-14)

429

27

28.   New Mexico (24-16)

426

29.   Campbell (35-8)

423

30.   Houston (27-13)

420

29

 
LOUISVILLE SLUGGER NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

• 3B/1B Kris Bryant, San Diego: Bryant belted 5 home runs over 4 games last week as he went 7-for-14 at the plate with 6 RBI. He posted a 1.643 slugging percentage and had an on-base percentage of .650 as he was walked six times. He hit at least one home run in all 4 games. In the process, Bryant set a new USD single-season record for home runs with 20.

• RHP Jeremy Null, Western Carolina: Null struck out a career-high 14 batters during a 9-3 win over Georgia Southern over eight innings. From the fourth to seventh innings, he recorded 10 straight outs via the strikeout.

• RHP Troy Scribner, Sacred Heart: Scribner shut down a Bryant team that had won 19 consecutive games by throwing a 9-inning complete game with 11 strikeouts. He only allowed three hits and didn’t walk a batter. He surrendered only one unearned run during a 4-1 Sacred Heart victory.

• OF Colby Roberts, James Madison: Roberts collected 15 RBIs as he went 12-for-18 during five games last week. He collected 4 doubles, 2 homers, walked 4 times, and was hit by a pitch.