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Savannah St. Sets NCAA Win Record

April 4, 2000

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ Savannah State’s baseball team, which thought it had set an NCAA record for consecutive baseball victories when its run reached 35, finally has undisputed possession of the longest streak.

Savannah State beat Claflin twice Monday by scores of 8-0 and 21-1, extending its streak to 42 and eclipsing the record of 40 claimed by Marietta College of Ohio.

Marietta, a Division II school, set the record last year, but did not submit it to the NCAA, so it does not appear in the record book. School officials came forward when Savannah State proclaimed that it set the record.

When Savannah State’s streak reached 35, it broke the recognized record of 34 set by Texas in 1977 and matched last season by Florida Atlantic.

Undeterred by the news that the record was not yet broken, Savannah State went on to beat Shaw (N.C.), St. Augustine (Fla.) and, finally, Claflin (S.C.).

Savannah State is a 2,700-student Division II school that has applied for Division I status. The previous Division II record was 30 by Kennesaw (Ga.) in 1998. Texas and Florida Atlantic are Division I schools.

The NCAA does not list a mark for consecutive victories by Division III schools, but officials in Indianapolis said they would consider Marietta’s streak when they update the record book.

Savannah State is unbeaten this season.

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