After 8-1 Start, ASU Baseball Moves Up In National Polls

Feb. 12, 2001

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Riding an eight-game win streak and a four-game sweep of the Duke Blue Devils, the Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team has moved up in the national polls. ASU, who was ranked as the preseason No. 6 team in the country by all three polls, now has rankings No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6.

The Sun Devils topped the polls at No. 4, including one first-place vote, in the Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25 College Coaches Poll. ASU moved up from No. 6 to fifth in the weekly Baseball America poll and remained the same in the Collegiate Baseball poll. All three polls have a different team ranked No. 1, with Georgia Tech (Baseball America), Rice (Collegiate Baseball) and Pac-10 rival USC (Baseball Weekly/ESPN).

After losing their season opener to Texas-Arlington, the Sun Devils have rattled off eight straight wins, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 85-26. The team is hitting a combined .377 and the pitching staff has been stellar with a 3.00 staff ERA.

Arizona State will play five games this week, starting with a 5 p.m. contest Tuesday night against New Mexico State (9-1). The Sun Devils will then host 200 NCAA regional participant Creighton for three games starting Friday at 7 p.m. ASU will make-up one of the rainouts to Texas-Arlington Saturday night with 5:30 p.m. game against St. Mary's.

College Baseball National Polls (Feb. 12, 2001)

Baseball America Poll1. Georgia Tech2. Southern California3. Louisiana State4. Miami5. Arizona State6. Rice7. South Carolina8. Auburn9. Stanford10. Nebraska11. Florida State12. Notre Dame13. Clemson14. Pepperdine15. Tulane16. Central Florida17. Georgia18. Long Beach State19. Cal State Fullerton20. Oklahoma State21. Florida22. East Carolina23. Baylor24. Wake Forest25. Alabama

Baseball Weekly Poll1. USC2. Georgia Tech3. LSU4. Arizona State5. Rice6. Stanford7. Miami, Fla.8. Clemson9. South Carolina10. Auburn11. Florida State12. Nebraska13. Notre Dame14. Alabama15. Cal State Fullerton16. Mississippi State17. Long Beach State18. Oklahoma State19. Georgia20. Central Florida21. Tulane22. Pepperdine23. Baylor24. Florida25. Louisiana-Lafayette

Collegiate Baseball Poll1. Rice2. Georgia Tech3. USC4. LSU5. Clemson6. Arizona State7. Nebraska8. Miami, Fla.9. South Carolina10. Stanford11. Auburn12. Oklahoma State13. Florida State14. Notre Dame15. Long Beach State16. Georgia17. Cal State Fullerton18. Baylor19. Central Florida20. Pepperdine21. Mississippi22. Florida23. Stetson24. Alabama25. Tennessee

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