First Posted: 2/15/2011
TUCSON, Ariz. Following a week that saw it outscore its opponents by a 45-8 count en route to a perfect 4-0 record, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke baseball team made a giant leap in the national rankings, checking in at No. 18 in the latest listing by Collegiate Baseball Magazine released on Monday afternoon.
Five Peach Belt Conference teams appear in the latest poll, with Georgia College at No. 3, and North Georgia receiving 370 points to take the No. 8 spot in the ranking. UNCP’s 7-0 start has them up to No. 18, while Armstrong Atlantic’s series victory against then-No. 1 Southern Indiana has catapulted the Pirates to a tie for the No. 22 team in the land. Columbus State had the biggest drop of any league team after losing two of three over the weekend to St. Leo, falling 17 spots to the No. 27 team in the poll.
UNCP posted a 13-2 midweek rout at Coker, before recording a three-game sweep of Salem International at Sammy Cox Field.
The Braves have registered double-digit hit totals in five of their first seven games of the 2011 campaign, including three games in which they have notched 15 or more hits. The Black and Gold hit .371 (52-for-140) in four games this week.
The current winning streak is the best season-opening start for a UNCP squad since the 2007 version of the Braves began the season 8-0.
UNCP will hit the road for the second time this season today when the ball club treks to Misenheimer, for a midweek battle against Pfeiffer. The Braves will return home again this weekend to lock horns with Bloomfield in a three-game set.