March 4, 2009

Courtesy of Cal State Stanislaus

TUSCON, Ariz. - Now in its 20th season of competition at the NCAA Division II level, the Cal State Stanislaus baseball program has reached the top for the first time. Monday, the Warriors were ranked No. 1in the nation by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.

This week the Warriors, 12-3 on the season, received 472 vote points, tying them for the No. 1 ranking with Southern Arkansas (14-4). Cal State Stanislaus and Southern Arkansas were the No. 2 and No. 3 teams, respectively, in last week's Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. Lynn University (Fla.), which held on to the No. 1 ranking for two weeks, fell to No. 13.

The Warriors previously set a team best when they reached the No. 2 spot two weeks ago. On Saturday the Warriors split a doubleheader with Sonoma State, the defending California Collegiate Athletic Association and West Region champion, by scores of 3-8 and 3-0. The four game series was cut short, however, as rain has postponed games three and four in Rohnert Park until a date to be determined.

The Web site Ping!Baseball.com has the Warriors ranked No. 2 this week behind Southern Arkansas.

The CCAA is well-represented in this week's Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, with four other teams getting recognized. No. 16 Chico State rose from No. 19, No. 17 UC San Diego, rose all the way from No. 26, and both Sonoma State and Cal State Dominguez Hills make their season debut on the poll tied at No. 30 with two other teams.

The Warriors begin a four game weekend set at 2 p.m. Friday in Turlock against CCAA opponent San Francisco State.