Arizona State launched themselves to the top of the Week #1 NCAA power rankings, after the first full week of baseball wrapped up yesterday. The Sun Devils topped Indiana Hoosiers in the rankings, 168.5 points to 144.0.
ASU had a near-perfect start to the year, going 7-1 so far, and undefeated at home after four games. It’s too early to tell if this will remain the case, obviously, but the Sun Devils are pleased to take an early lead, though in terms of run scoring, NC State Wolfpack have the advantage so far with a +36 differential after opening the year 6-2, and also going a perfect 4-0 so far at home.
SIMMS, GOLDSTEIN NAMED PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Florida State‘s 1B Brian Goldstein, a 22-year-old senior from Texas, was named Player of the Week for the Atlantic-10 regional group after starting the year with a .469 average and 7 home runs since the beginning of the season.
Meanwhile, Carl Simms Jr., the son of Bull League Hall of Famer Carl Simms, was named star of the week for the Southeast-12 regional group. The UCLA outfielder was a spitting image of his power-hitting father as he went yard 5 times in his 12 hits to start the season, and currently boasts a .400 average and 11 RBIs.
BRAWL LEADS TO SUSPENSIONS
The Indiana Hoosiers were involved in an on-field fracas with Virginia Tech yesterday, with the primary offenders being IU’s Gary Millar and Hokies’ RHP Rich Oberlin. The excitement flared up as Millar took exception to an inside pitch that made contact with him in the first inning. With two outs, and having already given up 4 runs, Oberlin was tossed and later rewarded with a second loss of the season as the Hokies fell 7-5 to the Hoosiers. It was Oberlin’s second hit batsman of the game, just 25 pitches in.
HOME RUN EXPLOSION CONTINUES
On Opening Day of the NCAA season, Brooks Cales surprised everyone with a 3-homer performance. The 19-year-old Arkansas Razorbacks outfielder had what was thought to be a rare feat. But since then, it’s been repeated twice more by others in the NCAA circuit, starting with RF John Housley of the Iowa Hawkeyes in a win over the Clemson Tigers back on the 15th, then again by another Razorbacks player, RF Pablo Diaz, who accomplished the feat a day later.
Arkansas now leads the NCAA in team home runs, with 23, just one ahead of the Auburn Tigers.
So far 328 home runs have been hit after just 8 days of baseball, compared to 442 for the PRCL after more than half their season – 30 games.