The NCAA has released its first statistics report of the year (through Sunday’s games). Some of the more notable tidbits:
Florida Atlantic senior outfielder Mike McKenna was leading the nation with 43 RBIs and was tied for the national home runs lead with 13. Georgia’s Gordon Beckham and Arkansas’ Aaron Murphree also have 13. We’ll have more on McKenna in Weekend Preview on Friday.
The national batting leader? Joel Del Grande, a catcher at Alcorn State, who is hitting .605 (23-for-38) through 14 games.
Among qualifying pitchers (those with at least one inning pitched per team game–15 minimum), just two pitchers had 0.00 ERAs, and both pitch for No. 11 California. Relievers Daniel Wolford and Kevin Miller had both yet to give up an earned run through a combined 43 2/3 innings. But Wolford was tagged for two earned runs in a loss to Santa Clara yesterday, while Miller allowed one unearned run in 4 2/3 innings of relief, leaving him as the lone member of the 0.00 club.
Your national strikeouts leader is San Diego lefthander Brian Matusz, who has 71 through 44 innings. That’s 20 more than second-place Aaron Crow of Missouri and Kyle Blair of USD.
The two highest-scoring teams in the nation will square off this weekend when College of Charleston (12.5 runs per game) faces Georgia Southern (11.1).
A pair of Big West teams are atop the ERA leaderboard. No. 7 UC Irvine has the nation’s best ERA (1.86), and No. 5 Long Beach State is second (2.12). Nine of the top 10 teams in ERA are currently ranked in the Baseball America Top 25, with the lone exception being preseason No. 22 Tulane (whose 2.66 ERA is sixth-best), which is knocking on the door of the rankings. Explosive offenses are great, but pitching still wins in college baseball.
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