March 10, 2009

Courtesy of Cal State Stanislaus

TUSCON, Ariz - Monday the Cal State Stanislaus baseball team stood all alone atop the NCAA Division II rankings. After sharing the spot in last week's Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, the No. 1 Warriors earned the top spot for themselves, marking their second consecutive week at the top.

Coming off of a four game sweep where they outscored their opponent 33-6 and banged out 40 hits, the Warriors received 480 vote points to top Southern Arkansas (18-5) who had 464 at No. 2. Last week the two teams shared the No. 1 spot with 472 vote points.

With Cal State Stanislaus leading the way in first place, the California Collegiate Athletic Association continues to be well-represented in the national poll, despite teams beating each other up week in and week out. Cal State L.A. moves all the way to No. 15 after taking three out of four from then-No. 16 Chico State, who fell out of the poll.

No. 18 Sonoma State rose 12 spots from No. 30 after taking three of four from then-No. 17 UC San Diego in Rohnert Park, while the Tritons fell from their No. 17 spot to No. 23. Former No. 30 Cal State Dominguez Hills fell out of the poll after losing three of four to Cal State San Bernardino.

Cal State Stanislaus is also ranked No. 1 in the West in the first regional poll of the season released this week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The Warriors received all five first place votes for 50 points. Other CCAA teams in the West region poll include No. 2 Sonoma State, No. 3 Cal State L.A., No. 4 UC San Diego, No. 5 Chico State, No. 8 Cal State San Bernardino and No. 9 Cal State Dominguez Hills.

The Warriors will be tested this weekend when they head to La Jolla for their first long road trip of the season. It will be No. 23 UC San Diego hosting the No. 1 Warriors in a four game CCAA weekend set, beginning at 3 p.m. Friday.