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After 8-1 Start, ASU Baseball Moves Up In National Polls
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Release: 02/12/2001
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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 Poll
1. Georgia Tech
2. Southern California
3. Louisiana State
4. Miami
5. Arizona State
6. Rice
7. South Carolina
8. Auburn
9. Stanford
10. Nebraska
11. Florida State
12. Notre Dame
13. Clemson
14. Pepperdine
15. Tulane
16. Central Florida
17. Georgia
18. Long Beach State
19. Cal State Fullerton
20. Oklahoma State
21. Florida
22. East Carolina
23. Baylor
24. Wake Forest
25. Alabama

Baseball Weekly Poll 1. USC 2. Georgia Tech 3. LSU 4. Arizona State 5. Rice 6. Stanford 7. Miami, Fla. 8. Clemson 9. South Carolina 10. Auburn 11. Florida State 12. Nebraska 13. Notre Dame 14. Alabama 15. Cal State Fullerton 16. Mississippi State 17. Long Beach State 18. Oklahoma State 19. Georgia 20. Central Florida 21. Tulane 22. Pepperdine 23. Baylor 24. Florida 25. Louisiana-Lafayette

Collegiate Baseball Poll 1. Rice 2. Georgia Tech 3. USC 4. LSU 5. Clemson 6. Arizona State 7. Nebraska 8. Miami, Fla. 9. South Carolina 10. Stanford 11. Auburn 12. Oklahoma State 13. Florida State 14. Notre Dame 15. Long Beach State 16. Georgia 17. Cal State Fullerton 18. Baylor 19. Central Florida 20. Pepperdine 21. Mississippi 22. Florida 23. Stetson 24. Alabama 25. Tennessee

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