Arizona State: College Baseball's New No. 1

Corey GautreauxSenior Analyst IMarch 18, 2008

                

No. 1 Arizona State (17-0)  ASU made it through a five-game week with its perfect record still intact.

 

The Sun Devils beat Arkansas 6-5 and 7-4 in mid-week actions, and swept Troy in the weekend series. ASU must prepare for a tough week ahead as they battle No. 2 Arizona on Tuesday, and take part in the Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament this weekend in Tempe.

No. 2 Arizona (12-2)  The Wildcats were able to win the series against (then No. 20) Cal State Fullerton Titans, dropping only the Sunday contest 10-7.

 

Relief pitcher Daniel Schlereth completely shutdown the Titans on Saturday, allowing only one hit, no runs, and seven strikeouts in three innings of work.

 

The Wildcats prepare to take on in-state rival No. 1 Arizona State on Tuesday in Tempe.

No. 3 North Carolina (14-3)  The Tar Heels rebounded from a Tuesday night loss to Costal Carolina to beat VCU on Wednesday and sweep Virginia Tech over the weekend.

No. 4 Missouri (13-2)  The Tigers swept the four game series against Toledo, scoring 30 runs while only allowing 7.

 

The Tigers face South Dakota State on Tuesday and Wednesday, before opening up Big 12 action against No. 14 Baylor this weekend.

No. 5 Vanderbilt (12-4)  The Commodores moved up one spot after sweeping Western Carolina in mid-week action and winning the weekend series against (then No. 8) South Carolina. Vanderbilt scored forty-five runs in their last 5 games.

Miami, Long Beach State, Mississippi, UC-Irvine, and Florida State round out the Top 10.

UCLA remained at No. 11, followed by Cal, South Carolina, Baylor, and Rice at No. 15.

Kentucky moved up one spot after remaining undefeated, and Stanford moved up one spot after an idle week. Texas moved up to No. 18 followed by San Diego and Wichita State.

Coastal Carolina entered this week’s Top 25 at No. 21, followed by newcomers Nebraska and Eastern Carolina. Virginia dropped eight spots to No. 24 and Michigan remained at No. 25.  Cal State Fullerton, Oregon State and Oklahoma State all dropped out of this week’s rankings.  

 

Here is a look at last weekend’s statistical leaders:

At the plate

Brett Wallace, JR, 3B, Arizona State In thirteen at bats, seven runs, eight hits, three RBIs, including a home run, a double, and a triple.

Gordon Beckham, JR, SS, Georgia In sixteen at bats, four runs, nine hits, eight RBIs, including two homeruns, two doubles, and a stolen base.

Conor Gillaspie, JR, 3B, Wichita State In ten at bats, two runs, five hits, five RBIs, including three doubles, and three stolen bases.

On the Mound

Aaron Crow, JR, Missouri  Pitched his first career complete game, allowing only 7 hits, no runs, no walks, and fifteen strikeouts.

Ricky Bowen, JR, Mississippi State  Pitched a complete game against Ole Miss, giving up only two hits, no runs, one walk, and eleven strikeouts.

Matt Harvey, FR, North Carolina  Pitched 6.1 innings, giving up four hits, no runs, no walks, and six strikeouts.

Kyle Blair, FR, San Diego  Pitched eight innings, allowing only two hits, no runs, two walks, and sixteen strikeouts.

SEC Mid-week Action

Alabama takes on New Orleans on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Arkansas travels to face No. 22 Nebraska for a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Auburn travels to take on Troy on Tuesday.

Florida faces in-state rival No. 10 Florida State on Tuesday.

Georgia gets Western Carolina on Tuesday and Alabama A&M on Wednesday.

No. 16 Kentucky tries to reach 19-0 for the second straight season against Morehead State on Tuesday.

LSU faces in-state rival Tulane on Wednesday.

Mississippi State travels to UAB on Tuesday.

No. 8 Ole Miss takes on Central Arkansas on Tuesday and Arkansas-Little Rock on Wednesday.

No. 13 South Carolina is at College of Charleston on Tuesday and at home against UCS Upstate on Wednesday.

Tennessee looks to extend its current win streak at Lipscomb on Tuesday and Louisville on Wednesday.

No. 5 Vanderbilt gets Lipscomb at home on Wednesday.