ASU Baseball Moves Up In National Polls To As High As No. 4

March 12, 2001

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- With a 4-0 record last week, the Arizona State Sun Devil baseball team moved up in the national college baseball polls to as high as fourth. ASU is now 17-4-1 on the year heading into Pac-10 play this weekend with a three-game series at Evans Diamond vs. the Cal Bears (11-9).

The Sun Devils easily handled two good teams, Oral Roberts and South Florida, by outscoring the Golden Eagles and Bulls by a combined score of 55-13. ASU, who led the nation in scoring each of the past two years, is averaging 11.05 runs per game this year and have logged double-digits in runs 14 times, including four straight games. Riding the hot bat of freshman Jeremy West (.452/5/23) and senior Casey Myers (.441/4/40), the Sun Devils will begin defending their 2000 Pac-10 Championship this weekend.

West is coming off a stellar weekend at the plate, going 10-for-15 (.667) with two doubles, two triples and two home runs. He is in the midst of a streak in which he is 14 for his last 24 (.583) and leads the team with five home runs. Myers has been a run-producing machine with 40 RBI in ASU's 22 games. The senior catcher also has at least one hit in 18 games, 17 of which have been multi-hit affairs.

The Sun Devils moved up two spots in the Baseball America poll from No. 8 to No. 6 with the 4-0 week. Pac-10 rival Stanford jumped eight spots with its sweep of USC to claim the No. 1 spot in the polls. ASU also moved up four spots in the ESPN/Baseball Weekly Coaches Poll from No. 8 to No. 4. ASU is also ranked fourth by Collegiate Baseball.

College Baseball National Polls (March 12, 2001)

Baseball America Poll1. Stanford2. Rice3. South Carolina4. Georgia Tech5. Nebraska6. Arizona State7. Miami, Fla.8. LSU9. Pepperdine10. USC11. Notre Dame12. Central Florida13. Auburn14. Clemson15. Oklahoma State16. Tulane17. Georgia18. South Alabama19. Florida State20. East Carolina21. Tennessee22. Baylor23. Rutgers24. Cal State Fullerton25. Wake Forest

Baseball Weekly Poll1. Rice2. South Carolina3. Stanford4. Arizona State5. Georgia Tech6. LSU7. Miami, Fla.8. Nebraska9. Pepperdine10. Notre Dame11. Oklahoma State12. Auburn13. USC14. Clemson15. Central Florida16. Baylor17. Tulane18. South Alabama19. Tennessee20. East Carolina21. Florida State22. Georgia23. Stetson24. Rutgers25. Wake Forest

Collegiate Baseball Poll1. Rice2. South Carolina3. Stanford4. Arizona State5. Nebraska6. Pepperdine7. Georgia Tech8. Notre Dame9. Miami, Fla.10. Clemson11. LSU12. Oklahoma State13. USC14. Central Florida15. Auburn16. Stetson17. South Alabama18. Florida State19. East Carolina20. Tennessee21. Mississippi State22. Tulane23. Georgia24. Southern Mississippi25. Rutgers

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