Baseball Ranked No. 6 in Baseball Polls


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Clemson University

Overall Season Record: 14-4

ACC Regular-Season Record: 3-0



Last Week: 4-0

Wed. W home vs. Georgia Southern, 3-0

Fri. W home vs. Duke, 6-4

Sat. W home vs. Duke, 7-2

Sun. W home vs. Duke, 9-6



Next Week

Tue. Away vs. Western Carolina, 7:00 PM

Fri. Away vs. Maryland, 7:00 PM

Sat. Away vs. Maryland, 1:00 PM

Sun. Away vs. Maryland, 1:00 PM


Notes

Clemson went 4-0 in four games last week to up its winning
streak to six games. The Tigers shut out Georgia Southern 3-0 on
Wednesday, then swept Duke over the weekend.

Four pitchers combined to hold Georgia Southern to three hits
in #6 Clemson's 3-0 victory at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 14.
David Kopp earned the win by tossing 5.0 innings of two-hit ball,
while Matt Zoltak, Stephen Clyne, and Daniel Moskos combined to pitch
the final 4.0 innings to close out the win. Moskos also earned the
save with a scoreless ninth inning. The Tigers upped their scoreless
innings streak against the Eagles to 44 innings over the last five
meetings. Ben Paulsen hit a run-scoring double in the sixth inning,
then Doug Hogan's RBI single in the eighth gave the Tigers an
insurance run. Clemson had 10 hits as a team as well.

Clemson then swept Duke by a combined score of 22-12 in three
games from March 16-18 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers hit
.297 to Duke's .214 in the series, including a team-best 6-for-11
(.545) by Addison Johnson. Brad Chalk was also 5-for-10 (.500) with
four walks. Moskos recorded two saves, while the Tigers had a 3.00
team ERA and 26 strikeouts. The Tigers also increased their ACC home
winning streak to 21 (dating back to 2005) and their overall ACC
winning streak to 16 (dating back to 2006).

In game-one on March 16, Clemson jumped out to a 6-0 lead and
held on for a 6-4 victory over Duke in the Tigers' ACC opener.
Clemson scored two runs in the third inning, then Taylor Harbin's
three-run homer in the fifth inning put the Tigers ahead 5-0. Duke
scored three unearned runs in the eighth inning after the first two
batters were retired, then put the tying run on first base in the
ninth before Moskos shut the door to earn the save. Starter P.J.
Zocchi pitched 7.0 scoreless innings of three-hit ball with eight
strikeouts to record the win. The Blue Devils outhit the Tigers 8-6,
but Clemson turned two crucial double plays in the game.

In game-two on March 17, Clemson totaled 12 hits, including
seven for extra bases, in its 7-2 win over Duke. The Tigers scored
four runs on five hits in the first inning, capped by Marquez Smith's
two-run homer. Johnson led off the fourth with his first career home
run, then a two-out, two-run single by Andy D'Alessio gave Clemson a
7-0 lead. Every Tiger starter had at least one hit, including two
hits and three RBIs by D'Alessio. Ryan Hinson earned the win by
allowing two runs on five hits in 6.1 innings pitched, while D.J.
Mitchell pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in relief with four strikeouts
to close out the game. Both teams were errorless as well.

In game-three on March 18, five Tiger relievers combined to
pitch 7.0 scoreless innings in Clemson's 9-6 victory over Duke. Matt
Vaughn earned his first career win by pitching 4.0 scoreless innings,
while Moskos pitched a perfect ninth inning to record the save. The
Blue Devils scored four runs in the first inning, but the Tigers
answered with four runs in the bottom of the first, capped by J.D.
Burgess' two-out, two-run single. Burgess tallied the first three
RBIs of his career. Duke scored two more runs in the third inning,
then Clemson regained the lead in the bottom of the third with three
runs, including the go-ahead run on David Bunnell's two-out,
run-scoring single. All nine Tiger starters scored a run, while only
four of Clemson's nine runs were earned thanks to two costly Blue
Devil errors.

In four games during the week, Clemson hit .303 with nine
doubles and three homers, while its opponents hit just .189 while
scoring only 12 runs. Johnson was a team-best 7-for-14 (.500) with a
triple, homer, and three RBIs, while Chalk was 6-for-14 (.429) with
four walks.

The pitching staff had a 2.25 ERA and struck out 33 against
13 walks. Moskos earned three saves in his three relief appearances,
while Vaughn did not allow an earned run or walk and struck out five
in 5.0 innings pitched over two relief outings. Six Tiger relievers
combined to pitch 15.2 innings in relief during the week, as they
allowed just 11 hits and one earned run, good for an 0.57 ERA.

Chalk upped his streak of reaching base via a hit or walk to
45 games, and he also is riding a 10-game hitting streak. He has hit
safely in 41 of those 45 games and is hitting a team-best .460 with a
.568 on-base percentage overall. Hogan is hitting .400 and Smith has
a team-high 17 RBIs as well.

Clyne has pitched 31.1 consecutive scoreless innings dating
back to 2006, just behind the school record of 32.2 scoreless innings
by Scott Berney (2000). Since allowing three earned runs in his
first inning of the year, Vaughn has pitched the last 11.1 innings in
a row without allowing an earned run. He has a 2.19 ERA and .213
opponents' batting average overall. Zocchi is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA
this season, and a perfect 10-0 in his career. Moskos has added a
team-high five saves in 2007 as well.

The Tigers have a .290 team batting average and .372 on-base
percentage through 18 games. The pitching staff has a 2.96 ERA and
.229 opponents' batting average, and has 151 strikeouts in 161.1
innings pitched.

Clemson will play all four of its games this upcoming week on
the road, starting with a game at Western Carolina on Tuesday at 7:00
PM. Head Coach Jack Leggett, who has 999 career victories, will try
to beat the team that he once served as head coach at from 1983-91.
Then over the weekend, Clemson will travel to College Park to take on
Maryland in a three-game series beginning Friday. Twelve of the
Tigers' next 19 games will be on the road.


FLORIDA STATE NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. ? Florida State University (23-0) has been ranked No. 1 for the first time this season in Collegiate Baseball newspaper?s NCAA Division I baseball poll.


The Seminoles, off to their greatest start in school history, swept a 3-game Atlantic Coast Conference series over the past weekend against Wake Forest and are 3-0 in ACC action.


Florida St. is hitting .390 as a team after 23 games and are averaging 11.3 runs per game. The Seminoles have hit 75 doubles, 10 triples and 10 homers on the season. The discipline of the hitters has been remarkable with 124 walks. The pitching staff has been just as impressive with a 2.63 ERA. Hurlers have combined to fan 199 batters with 74 walks.


Poll Notes: Vanderbilt (21-1), ranked No. 1 for the past four weeks, slipped to second after suffering its first loss of the season to Mississippi. However, the Commodores beat Ole Miss two of three games in the Southeastern Conference series. The largest fall in the poll this week was Auburn which posted a 1-4 record. The Tigers, which slipped from 10th to 27th this week, split two games with Virginia Military Institute and then lost three straight at Georgia to open SEC action with an 0-3 record. Teams that have been hot lately include Oregon St. (9 wins in a row), Coastal Carolina (7 straight) as well as Clemson, Rice, and Arizona St. (6 consecutive victories). Southern Mississippi fell out of the poll this week with losses to Southeastern Louisiana and South Alabama while San Diego moved back in the poll at No. 24 with wins in seven of its last eight games.


The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's
NCAA Div. I Poll (As of March 19, 2007)

 
Rank School (Record) 		Pts Prev 
 1. Florida St. (23-0) 		497  2 
 2. Vanderbilt (21-1) 		496  1 
 3. Oregon St. (20-3) 		495  5 
 4. North Carolina (18-3) 	494  3 
 5. South Carolina (17-3) 	492  4 
 6. Clemson (14-4) 		488  6 
 7. Virginia (19-4) 		487  7 
 8. Texas A&M (20-3) 		480  8 
 9. Rice (17-7) 		478  9 
10. Arkansas (16-6) 		475 11 
11. Kentucky (20-2) 		466 12 
12. Texas (19-7) 		464 19 
13. Mississippi (15-7) 		463 14 
14. Arizona St. (19-7) 		460 18 
15. Wichita St. (16-5) 		457 20 
16. Cal. St. Fullerton (13-9) 	456 15 
17. Pepperdine (17-7) 		454 13 
18. Long Beach St. (12-7) 	453 17 
19. Oklahoma St. (17-5) 	452 22 
20. Coastal Carolina (19-3) 	451 23 
21. Oklahoma (17-6) 		450 24 
22. East Carolina (15-6) 	449 27 
23. Arizona (16-6) 		448 21 
24. San Diego (19-9) 		445 ? 
25. Southern Calif. (16-9) 	440 25 
26. Nebraska (10-7) 		438 16 
27. Auburn (18-6) 		435 10 
28. Texas Christian (15-6) 	433 28 
29. U.C. Irvine (19-5-1) 	432 29 
30. Va Military Inst. (16-4) 	430 30 


Baseball America


DURHAM, N.C.--Vanderbilt ascended to the No. 1 spot in Baseball America's Top 25 rankings for the first time ever after winning its Southeastern Conference-opening series against No. 23 Mississippi.


North Carolina, which had held the top spot for a month, fell six spots to No. 7 after dropping a home series against Virginia. The Cavaliers moved up two places to No. 5.


There was little movement in the rest of the rankings. Auburn is the only team to fall out of the Top 25 after being swept at Georgia. UC Irvine, riding a seven-game winning streak, makes its first appearance in the rankings at No. 24.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 18 and do not include ties.

COLLEGE TOP 25 
Rk. Team 		W-L Last Prev. 
1. Vanderbilt 		21-1 3-1 2 
2. South Carolina 	17-3 4-1 3 
3. Florida State 	23-0 3-0 4 
4. Oregon State 	20-3 3-0 5 
5. Virginia 		19-4 3-1 7 
6. Clemson 		14-4 4-0 6 
7. North Carolina 	18-3 3-2 1 
8. Rice 		17-7 3-0 8 
9. Arkansas 		16-5 3-1 9 
10. Texas 		19-7 4-0 10 
11. Wichita State 	16-5 3-1 12 
12. Pepperdine 		15-5 2-1 11 
13. Cal State Fullerton 13-9 1-1 13 
14. Oklahoma State 	16-5 4-1 14 
15. Coastal Carolina 	19-3 4-0 15 
16. Texas A&M 		20-3 2-1 16 
17. Arizona State 	19-7 6-0 18 
18. Long Beach State 	12-7 2-2 17 
19. Southern California 16-9 1-0 19 
20. Oklahoma 		17-6 4-1 21 
21. San Diego 		19-9 4-0 22 
22. East Carolina 	15-6 4-0 25 
23. Mississippi		15-7 2-2 23 
24. UC Irvine 		19-5 4-0 NR 
25. Kentucky 		20-2 4-2 24 

Dropped Out: Auburn (20) 

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