Tigers Fall in College Baseball Polls


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TUCSON, Ariz. — Rice University (28-1) has been ranked No. 1 for the second straight time in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll.


The Owls, winners of 25 consecutive games, owns wins over eight ranked opponents this season. Rice is hitting .333 as a team and has a staff ERA of 2.39 through 29 games. It is interesting to note that the Owls have scored more runs (224) than opposing teams have hits (208). In addition, the team has a glistening fielding percentage of .988 with only 13 errors.


Georgia Tech., ranked second in last week's poll, slipped to eighth after losing three straight at Miami, Fla. over the past weekend. The Hurricanes (23-4) have won nine straight games and moved from 13th last week to 7th in the current poll.


Another red-hot team is Mississippi St. (22-3-1). The Bulldogs have won eight straight and are off to their best start since the 1979 season. Mississippi St. moved from ninth last week to sixth in the latest poll.


Poll Notes: Five teams fell out of the poll this week, including: South Alabama (1-2), Tennessee (1-3), Kansas (1-2), Mississippi (2-3) and Washington (3-2). New teams in the poll this week include Oklahoma St., Notre Dame, Florida Atlantic, Texas A&M and Arkansas.


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 31, 2003)

Rank School (Record) Points Previous 
1. Rice (28-1)               497  1 
2. Florida St. (28-5)        490  3 
3. Cal. St. Fullerton (24-6) 487  5 
4. Stanford (18-9)           485  6 
5. Arizona St. (34-6)        483  4 
6. Mississippi St. (22-3-1)  482  9 
7. Miami, Fla. (23-4)        480 13 
8. Georgia Tech. (21-5)      478  2 
9. Long Beach St. (18-9)     477  7 
10. Louisiana St. (18-9-1)   473 12 
11. Auburn (24-6)            470 14 
12. No. Carolina St. (23-7)  465 16 
13. Florida (22-6-1)         461 18 
14. Wake Forest (19-7)       459 19 
15. Clemson (19-6)           456 10 
16. Baylor (22-9)            455  8 
17. Richmond (20-4)          453 11 
18. Nebraska (19-6)          451 22 
19. Texas (21-11)            449 15 
20. Alabama (20-7)           445 20 
21. Arizona (22-10)          443 17 
22. South Carolina (19-9)    442 21 
23. Oklahoma St. (17-8)      440 — 
24. Notre Dame (16-6)        438 — 
25. Florida Atlantic (27-7)  435 — 
26. Texas A&M (23-9)         433 — 
27. Arkansas (22-5)          432 — 
28. North Carolina (19-9)    429 23 
29. Southern Miss. (20-8)    426 24 
30. Texas Tech. (20-11)      424 25 


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Team


Overall


Last Week


Previous


1.


Rice


28-1


4-0


1


2.


Cal State Fullerton


24-6


3-1


4


3.


Florida State


28-5


3-1


6


4.


Stanford


18-9


3-1


8


5.


Mississippi State


22-3


5-0


11


6.


Auburn


24-6


2-1


9


7.


Arizona State


34-6


2-2


3


8.


Long Beach State


18-9


2-2


5


9.


Miami


23-4


4-0


15


10.


Baylor


22-9


1-3


7


11.


Nebraska


19-6


5-0


16


12.


Louisiana State


18-9


2-2


13


13.


Texas


19-9


2-2


12


14.


Georgia Tech


21-5


1-3


2


15.


North Carolina State


23-7


2-2


17


16.


Richmond


20-4


2-2


10


17.


Florida Atlantic


27-7


4-0


18


18.


Wake Forest


19-7


4-0


20


19.


Notre Dame


16-6


7-0


22


20.


Clemson


19-6


3-3


14


21.


Florida


22-6


3-0


NR


22.


Texas A&M


23-9


3-1


NR


23.


Southern Mississippi


20-8


2-2


NR


24.


Nevada-Las Vegas


22-9


3-1


NR


25.


Oklahoma State


17-8


4-0


NR




Dropped Out: Tulane (No. 19), Arizona (No. 21), Alabama (No. 23), Washington (No. 24), South Alabama (No. 25).


Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll

Rank  School              Rec  Pts  Last  
1. Rice (40)              28-1 1024 1 
2. Florida State          28-5 908 5 
3. Arizona State (1)      20-2 893 2 
4. Cal State Fullerton    21-5 867 4 
5. MIssissippi State      25-4 780 10 
6. Auburn                 21-6 759 8 
7. Stanford               15-8 729 7 
8. Georgia Tech           22-5 722 3 
9. Miami                  16-7 705 14 
10. Long Beach State      17-3-1 654 9 
11. Baylor                19-9 589 6 
12. Texas                 18-2 549 11 
13. Florida               16-3 518 15 
14. Nebraska              19-4 466 19 
15. Richmond              20-4 373 12 
16. LSU                   18-9-1 366 18 
17. Clemson               19-6 338 13 
18. North Carolina State  23-7 326 21 
19. Texas A&M             23-9 304 23 
20. South Carolina        19-9 302 17 
21. Alabama               20-7 240 16 
22. Wake Forest           19-7 197 22 
23. Texas Tech            20-11 119 20 
24. Arkansas              22-5 114 NR 
25. Arizona               22-10 88 24 

Dropped out: No. 25 Tulane (20-9, 1-3 last week)

Others receiving votes: Notre Dame (59), Washington (49), Florida Atlantic (40), Southern Mississippi (37), Oklahoma State (33), North Carolina (24), North Carolina Greensboro (20), Alabama-Birmingham (15), Missouri (14), Coastal Carolina (14), Tulane (14), Nevada-Las Vegas (12), Southwest Missouri State (11), Kansas (11), Wichita State (9), Indiana State (7), Virginia Commonwealth (5), South Alabama (6), Florida International (6), Southern California (2), Fresno State (2), Virginia Tech (1), Florida A&M (1), UCLA (1), Mississippi (1).

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