Stanford Rises To #1 In Baseball America National Poll
March 12, 2001
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford (18-5, 0-0 Pac-10) became the new #1 collegiate baseball team in the nation on Monday according to Baseball America. The Cardinal jumped nine spots from #10 after sweeping a three-game series against fourth-ranked USC (March 9-11) at Sunken Diamond, the first time Stanford had swept the Trojans since 1997. Stanford has now won 16 of its last 18 games.
Stanford has been ranked on top of the Baseball America poll at one point during the year for each of the past five seasons. Stanford's poll history includes a run as the 'king of the polls' in 1998 when the Cardinal held the top spot in the Baseball America poll for the entire regular season (14 weeks).
Stanford's run to the top of the Baseball America poll has been bolstered by a pitching staff that currently boasts a 2.87 team ERA. The regular starting rotation of Jeremy Guthrie (5-0, 0.94 ERA), Jeff Bruksch (4-0, 3.12 ERA) and Tim Cunningham (4-0, 2.45 ERA) has combined for a perfect 13-0 record and a 2.18 ERA this season.
The Cardinal is ranked #3 in both the Collegiate Baseball and Baseball Weekly/ESPN polls this week, moving up from #9 in both polls the previous week. Rice (18-4) sits atop both the Collegiate Baseball and Baseball Weekly/ESPN polls with South Carolina (16-2) second in both. Rice and South Carolina rank second and third, respectively, in the Baseball America poll. Georgia Tech, which had been #1 in all three polls the previous week, lost three of four games last week to drop to #4 in Baseball America, #5 in Baseball Weekly/ESPN and #7 in Collegiate Baseball.
Stanford began the 2001 season ranked #14 in the Baseball America poll, as well as #9 by Baseball Weekly/ESPN and #11 by Collegiate Baseball.
Stanford, which finished as runners-up at the 2000 College World Series, will now break for 11 days before resuming action with its first Pac-10 series of the season versus Washington (Friday-Sunday, March 23-25, 6 pm, 1 pm, 1 pm) at Sunken Diamond.
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