|South Carolina has joined Cal State Fullerton (preseason No. 1), Oregon State (Feb. 17) and Virginia (Feb. 24-March 3) as schools holding down the No. 1 positions in the first five 2014 surveys. Last season only five teams were No. 1 during the entire January-June NCBWA compilations. The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.
|Rank(Last Week)||Team / Comment|
|1(1)||Tampa SpartansTampa (19-1) swept St. Leo in this past week’s marquee matchup, twice rallying to win in the final inning. UT also had a win over Seton Hill. Can Bridgeport or Rollins stop the Spartan Express this week? Probably not.|
|2(2)||Minnesota State MavericksThe Mavs (9-2) are in the middle of their Spring Trip in Florida. So far they’ve gone 4-1 with wins over Findlay, Saginaw Valley and Northwood; their loss was against Ashland. BIG game against GVSU tomorrow.|
|3(3)||Lander BearcatsThe Bearcats (19-3) had a nice midweek win over Mount Olive and took two of three from Francis Marion to hold on to the three spot for another week. Lander plays Newberry and GRU Augusta this week.|
|4(4)||West Florida ArgonautsThe Argos’ (16-2) have a twelve game winning streak going after sweeping three from Union in which UWF pitchers only allowed three runs. UWF plays Alabama-Huntsville in this week’s showdown series. Look out for Jordan DeLorenzo. Putting up macho numbers: 5-0 with 0.96 ERA.|
|5(5)||Southern Arkansas MuleridersMuleriders (19-4) remained hot with a midweek win over suddenly slumping Arkansas Monticello and a sweep of Henderson State. SAU plays Delta State and Harding this week. Continue reading|
If you’ve seen one of the “Faces of Meth” posters which demonstrate the effects of methamphetamine on its users, then you have a good idea of what baseball look like after Montevallo’s Jackson Slaid has taken batting practice. The Falcons’ senior catcher has been absolutely blistering baseball this season, crushing eight pitches for homeruns in the first month of the season. Continue reading
|RK||School -First-Place Votes-||W-L||Pts.||Prev.|
|1||Shippensburg (Pa.) -8-||4-2||135||1|
|2||East Stroudsburg (Pa.) -5-||8-1||115||4|
|4||Seton Hill (Pa.)||3-3||85||3|
|5||Kutztown (Pa.)||4-1||84||5 Continue reading|
National Top 25
|Rank||Team -First Place Votes-||Record||Votes||Previous Ranking|
|1||Tampa (Fla.) -15-||15-1||375||1|
|3||St. Mary’s (Texas)||14-4||329||5|
|5||West Florida||12-2||307||7 Continue reading|
|Team / Comment|
Tampa (15-1) only allowed four total runs during their weekend series with Walsh. The Spartans have a monster series at St. Leo upcoming which the upcoming Lions have had their eyes on.
|Minnesota State Mavericks
The Mavs (5-1) had the week of as they headed down to Florida for their spring trip in which they will play nine games in eight days.
The Bearcats (16-2) dropped their first game against North Georgia, but won the next two and the series against the Saints. LU hosts Mount Olive midweek and Francis Marion this upcoming weekend.
|West Florida Argonauts
The Argos’ (13-2) swept three road games from Christian Brothers this week. UWF should have a tougher row to hoe this week against North Georgia and Union.
|Southern Arkansas Muleriders
Muleriders (15-4) hurlers had three shutouts as they went 4-1 last week with their only loss to Ouachita Baptist’s ace Davis Ward. SAU has a midweek contest with Arkansas Monticello and a weekend series at Henderson State. Continue reading
The initial watch list for the 2014 Jaeger Sports Tino Martinez Award presented by College Baseball Lineup and D2baseballnews.com includes 125 names. If that list had to be cut in half, or to a third, probably even down to just a top ten, one of the names that would be on the roster of top DII players to watch would be Tampa’s Nick Tindall. Tindall played for Quincy University last season where he was a semifinalist for the award as he earned Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year and Midwest Region Player of the Year honors. As a slugging sophomore catcher Tindall led his team in batting at .372 and hit a GLVC high nine homeruns. His average was fifth in the league and his .620 slugging percentage was third. He also struck out just 14 time in 189 appearances. Even more amazingly, last season was Tindall’s first year as a collegiate player as he didn’t play as a freshman. Continue reading
|VIRGINIA TOPS NCBWA DIVISION I POLL|
|Virginia (6-1) has moved into the top spot in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. The Cavaliers were 4-0 last week and moved up three spots from number four, replacing Oregon State atop the rankings.
Cal State Fullerton (preseason No. 1) and Oregon State (Feb. 17) have also held down the No. 1 position in the initial three 2014 rankings. Last year Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conference schools were No. 1 every week until UCLA captured the 2013 NCAA title.
The current survey has representation by nine different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2014 NCAA Division I ranks. The rankings of 2013 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week while 12 separate circuits had team rankings in ’13.