FROM NCBWA RELEASE
DALLAS - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 10th year with its 2007 weekly surveys. Weekly polls will be circulated from Feb. 12-June 26 following the NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb.
The poll voters come from 32 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation. This week's poll has representation by 10 different conferences among the 293 baseball-playing schools in the '07 NCAA Division I ranks. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.
Rank-School-Conference-Overall Record-Previous Rank
1 Vanderbilt SEC 14-0 1
2 South Carolina SEC 10-1 2
3 North Carolina ACC 11-1 3
4 Florida State ACC 17-0 5
5 Virginia ACC 14-1 8
6 Cal State Fullerton Big West 12-5 9
7 Clemson ACC 7-3 4
8 Oregon State Pacific-10 13-3 7
9 Rice Conference USA 11-6 6
10 Pepperdine West Coast 13-4 12
11 Texas Big 12 12-6 14
12 Arizona State Pac-10 12-5 10
13 Alabama SEC 12-2 16 (tie)
14 Miami (Fla.) ACC 9-5 15
15 Arkansas SEC 10-5 11
16 Mississippi SEC 9-4 18
17 Kentucky SEC 12-0 21
18 Auburn SEC 13-2 23
19 Long Beach State Big West 8-4 19
20 Oklahoma State Big 12 10-3 24
21 Texas A&M Big 12 15-1 30
22 Nebraska Big 12 5-4 13
23 Wichita State MVC 10-4 16 (tie)
24 Coastal Carolina Big South 12-2 26
25 Arizona Pac-10 13-5 20
26 Southern Miss C-USA 10-2 NR
27 NC State ACC 10-3 25
28 Tulane C-USA 9-4 27
29 Georgia Tech ACC 8-6 22
30 College of Charleston Southern 11-1 NR
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Charlotte (10-3), Duke (13-1), Florida Atlantic (12-3), Kansas State (9-2), Lipscomb (11-5), Louisiana-Lafayette (11-2), Michigan (5-2), Mississippi State (6-1), San Diego (12-8), South Alabama (10-4), Southern California (13-7), Stetson (10-3), TCU (10-4), Texas Tech (12-5), UC Irvine (12-4-1), UCLA (7-7), Winthrop (10-7)
Dropped Out: Florida Atlantic (28), Louisiana-Lafayette (29)
By conference: Atlantic Coast 7, Southeastern 7, Big 12 4, Conference USA 3, Pacific-10 3, Big West 2, Big South 1, Missouri Valley 1, Southern 1, West Coast 1.
The Citadel’s Justin Smith picked up the Pitcher of the Week Award from the Southern Conference for the week ending March 5th. Smith earned two wins out of the teams three games last week. He pitched 9.1 innings while only allowing the opponents to hit .118. Appalachian State hitter David Rubinstein picked up the Player of the Week Award by going 13-16 over the four games last week for a batting average of .812.
Conference USA has released their players of the week for the week ending March 4th. Conference USA named two players of the week in Memphis second baseman Bill Moss and Tulane outfielder Nate Simon. Moss led the Tigers to a 4-0 record while batting .500 and hitting three homers on the week. Nate Simon led the Green Wave to a 4-0 record also and hit .500 with two homers to pick up the award. Southern Miss pitcher David Clark was named Pitcher of the Week for a complete game four hitter on Sunday.
Conference USA has also posted the conference notebook which checks in with every team after the weekend can be read here.
Tony Thomas Jr of Florida State was named Player of the Week in the ACC for the week ending on March 5th while Duke’s Micheal Ness was named Pitcher of the Week. Tony Thomas Jr. led the Seminoles to a 4-0 record by hitting .611 (11-18) for the week. Ness picked up two victories this week with a start against North Carolina A & T and a relief appearance win against Holy Cross on Saturday.
The Boston College Eagles have continued to struggle early in the season with another one run loss this time to the Penn Quakers. Kyle Armeny hit the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth over the right field wall to give the Quakers the 7-6 victory. Johnny Ayers went 3-5 to lead the Eagles on offense while the Quakers were led by Alex Nwaka who went 3-4 in the victory. The Quakers will be off on Tuesday and will play St. Bonaventure on Wednesday while BC heads to FIU for a Tuesday night game.
This was Dan Houston’s third loss of the young season and hopefully the end of the experiment of him closing out game. I believe that Houston needs to head back into the rotation and switch with Adam Crabtree in the starter’s role. It makes sense since neither player is getting their current jobs done on the field.
Conference USA has released their recap of the weekend where the conference teams went 11-2 in one run games. Memphis continues their strong start to the season with a three game sweep at the Autozone Classic in Memphis this past weekend. Marshall also picked up a four game sweep over University at Buffalo. Southern Miss also took 2 out of three games from the Ragin Cajuns in one of the better series of the weekend. The full release from C-USA is available here.
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles won the series finale 1-0 on Sunday to knock off the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns in two out of three games this weekend. On Sunday, Southern Miss used a complete game shutout by David Clark to pick up the victory. The Southern Miss offense was held scoreless until the bottom of the ninth though when Drew Carson drove home Bailey Hartel with two outs in the ninth to bring in the winning run. On Saturday, Louisiana-Lafayette picked up a 4-0 victory and on Friday night Southern Miss pulled out a 7-4 win.
The UNC-Wilmington baseball team was able to pull out a 16-11 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in 12 innings. This victory broke a four-game losing streak for the Seahawks. Wake Forest made a brilliant comeback when they were only two outs away from defeat. They scored 3 runs to force extra innings where it stayed scoreless until the top of the 12th. With a tie score in the 12th, Matt Holt led the inning off by striking out but reached on a wild pitch. Daniel Hargrave then followed with a sacrifice bunt to send Holt to second. Steve Halford then doubled down the left field line to drive Holt in for the lead run. Mark Carver then walked to set up a first and second situation. Nate Hall then hit a single through the infield to drive in Steve Halford. Grayson Evans then hit into a fielders choice to send Jonathan Batts to the plate with first and third. He then hit a three run homer to give us the final score. Wake Forest pitcher Ben Hunter picked up the loss after going 3.0 innings and allowing all five runs. His record is 1-2 this season. UNC-Wilmington pitcher Allen Floyd picked up his third win of the season against no losses by going 4.1 innings while blowing the three run lead in the ninth. Wake Forest is back in action on Tuesday with Gardner Webb while UNC-Wilmington will visit the Phoenix of Elon.
The University of Texas received a strong effort by starting pitcher Austin Wood and scratched out five runs to complete a three-game series sweep of Oral Roberts University with a 5-1 win in collegiate baseball action Sunday afternoon at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
With the win, Texas (12-6) recorded its first series sweep of the season. The Longhorns have won 10 of their last 12 games after starting the season 2-4.
Austin Wood (2-0) posted the longest pitching performance of his career going seven innings to earn the win. He allowed one run on four hits and one walk while striking out four.
Pat McCrory, Keith Shinaberry and Randy Boone combined to pitch two scoreless innings to finish off a solid weekend for Texas’ bullpen. The relief corps allowed just one run in 8.2 innings in the series against Oral Roberts.
Oral Roberts (4-8) drew first blood in the top of the third inning. David Genao hit a double to leftfield to lead off the frame. With one out, he was advanced to third on a groundout by Brendan Duffy and scored on a single up the middle by Marcus Tackett staking the Golden Eagles to a 1-0 lead.
The Longhorns tied the contest in the bottom half of the third. Jordan Danks and Bradley Suttle led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Kyle Russell pushed runners to second and third with a groundout. Nick Peoples walked to load the bases and Preston Clark hit a groundout to shortstop, plating Danks and tying the score at 1-1.
Texas (12-6) took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Suttle hit a leadoff double down the leftfield line. Russell drew a walk and Peoples hit a fly ball to rightfield, advancing Suttle to third. Russell stole second base and Brett Lewis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Josh Prince singled up the middle driving in Russell and Suttle to give Texas a 3-1 cushion.
The Longhorns added insurance runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Peoples hit an RBI single scoring Danks in the sixth and Prince scored on a wild pitch in the seventh.
For the third consecutive game, Suttle recorded three hits. He went 3-for-5 with one double and one run scored. Prince went 3-for-3 with one double, one run score and two RBI. Danks went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Michael Jarman (1-2) was saddled with the loss for the Golden Eagles. He allowed three runs on six hits and four walks over four innings.
Texas returns to action on Tuesday with the Longhorns traveling to Corpus Christi for a 4 p.m. contest against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Whataburger Field.
Brandon Marsh hit a single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Virginia to a 3-2 victory over the Delaware Blue Hens. Mike Mitchell led off the bottom of the ninth by getting hit by a pitch from Todd Ozog. Brian O’Connor took a risk by trying to steal second base with Mitchell but Greg Miclat hit the ball back to the pitcher to protect the runner. So with a runner in scoring position, Brandon Marsh was able to get a single to left field to drive home Marsh with the winning run. Mike Schwimer pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the victory and Todd Ozog picked up his second loss of the season. Delaware now is 0-6 on the season while UVA continues to roll to a 14-1 record. Delaware now heads to Rider on Wednesday before opening the CAA season with Towson. UVA will play at James Madison on Tuesday and then head to Wake Forest to open the ACC season.