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Hopkins Remains In Top Spot In ABCA/Collegiate Baseball Poll
 


 
 

April 26, 2004

Baltimore, MD - The Johns Hopkins baseball team remained in the No. 1 spot in the American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division III Poll released Monday.

Hopkins, which is 33-0 overall and 17-0 in the Centennial Conference this season, received 240 points and all eight of the first-place votes. Emory, which is 40-3 on the year, is second with 232 points, while Trinity-TX is third with 221 points. Eastern Connecticut State is fourth with 207 points, just ahead of Denison with 201 points. Wisconsin-Whitewater (194), St. Thomas (190), Rowan (30-5), Ithaca (176) and Trinity-CT (166) round out the top 10.

Senior Rob Morrison (Malibu, CA/Loyola) leads Hopkins with a .500 batting average, while senior Tim Casale (West Hempstead, NY/Chaminade) has posted team-highs of 45 hits and 32 runs scored to lead an offense that is averaging 8.8 runs per game. Junior Mike Durgala (Annandale, VA/Thomas Jefferson) is batting .395 with 34 hits and 27 RBIs, while junior Paul Winterling (Glenelg, MD/McDonogh) is hitting .317 with team-highs of 35 runs batted in and seven home runs.

Senior Jeremy Brown (Baltimore, MD/McDonogh) is 8-0 with a 1.16 earned average and a team-high 76 strikeouts to lead a Blue Jay pitching staff this has a 2.39 earned run average this season. Senior Matt Righter (Clarion, PA/Lawrenceville Prep) is 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA, while junior Ryan McConnell (Lancaster, PA/Penn Manor) is also 5-0 with a 2.67 earned run average. Senior Russ Berger (Owings Mills, MD/Owings Mills) and sophomore Jason Thayer (Finksburg, MD/Westminster) are each 4-0, while senior Sven Stafford (Evanston, IL/Evanston) has posted six saves.

Hopkins, which currently is tied for the fourth-longest winning streak in NCAA history, travels to No. 30 Montclair State Tuesday at 7 p.m. and hosts Dickinson Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.


	Rank	School	Record	Points	Last Poll
	1.	(8) Johns Hopkins (Md.)	33-0	240	1
	2.	Emory (Ga.)	40-3	232	2
	3.	Trinity (Tx.)	35-8	221	6
	4.	Eastern Connecticut State	25-8	207	4
	5.	Denison (Ohio)	29-5	201	17
	6.	Wis.-Whitewater	25-5	194	19
	7.	St. Thomas (Minn.)	24-4	190	14
	8.	Rowan (N.J.)	30-5	182	10
	9.	Ithaca (N.Y.)	26-5	176	18
	10.	Trinity (Conn.)	26-5	166	12
	T11.	Marietta (Ohio)	26-6	155	11
	T11.	Texas-Dallas	31-6	155	RV
	13.	Simpson (Iowa)	22-8	154	25
	14.	Salisbury (Md.)	28-10	144	RV
	15.	Wisconsin-Oshkosh	26-4	131	2
	16.	Wooster (Ohio)	27-8	116	7
	17.	Virginia Wesleyan	27-9	112	8
	18.	Cortland State (N.Y.)	23-11	102	8
	19.	LaVerne (Calif.)	25-9	91	RV
	20.	Suffolk (Mass.)	27-10	90	24
	21.	Elmhurst (Ill.)	22-9	76	RV
	22.	Chapman (Calif.)	27-10	72	15
	23.	Manchester (Ind.)	24-6	60	NR
	24.	William Paterson (N.J.)	21-9	53	NR
	25.	Ferrum (Va.)	26-10	52	22
	26.	Rochester (N.Y.)	23-6	36	NR
	27.	Linfield (Ore.)	29-8	32	29
	28.	Rose-Hulman (Ind.)	33-6	28	21
	29.	Southern Maine	19-8-1	23	NR
	30.	Montclair State (N.J.)	18-10	14	NR
Also receiving votes and named on more than one ballot (alphabetically): Cal State-Hayward, Carthage (Wis.), Illinois Wesleyan, Lynchburg (Va.)

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