The Tigers move up in both baseball polls


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TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Virginia has been ranked No. 1 in the
latest "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper NCAA Division I baseball poll.


The Cavaliers, ranked No. 1 six of the last seven weeks by "Collegiate
Baseball," only played one game last week due to final exams as Virginia
beat Virginia Commonwealth, 14-3.


The Cavaliers have a superb 2.23 team ERA, and the pitching staff has 484
strikeouts and 107 walks, nearly a 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio. On defense,
the team's fielding percentage is .983 with only 30 errors in 48 games. The
offense is averaging 7.7 runs per contest.


South Carolina, ranked No. 1 last week, dropped two of three at Mississippi
and is now tied for second in the Southeastern Conference with an 18-6
league record.


Poll Notes: Several other teams have been hot. Coastal Carolina has won
eight straight while North Carolina, Stetson, and Arizona have each won six
in a row. In key series over the past weekend, Oregon St. beat California
two of three, Arkansas beat Florida two of three, and Texas Christian beat
Oklahoma St. two of three. No top 30 teams ranked last week fell out of the
poll this week.


Teams that just missed being ranked were Texas St. (31-16), St. John's
(26-17), Hawaii (27-20), Troy (34-14), Florida International (32-16, 12
straight wins), Michigan St. (30-14), Stanford (25-16), and Mississippi
(27-21).


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 May 9, 2011)  
Rank School         (Record)  Points Previous
1. Virginia          (43-5)    495     2
2. Vanderbilt        (40-6)    494     3
3. Oregon St.        (34-11)   490     4
4. South Carolina    (37-10)   489     1
5. Florida           (36-12)   487     5
6. Texas             (36-12)   486     6
7. Arizona St.       (35-11)   485     7
8. Texas Christian   (33-14)   481     8
9. Georgia Tech.     (33-14)   479     10
10. Florida St.      (36-12)   477     11
11. Ca. St. Fullerton(33-13)   475     12
12. Texas A&M        (32-16)   474     9
13. UCLA             (27-16)   472     13
14. Oklahoma         (35-13)   466     15
15. Connecticut      (33-13-1) 465     16
16. Miami, Fla.      (31-16)   461     14
17. North Carolina   (37-10)   460     17
18. Southern Miss.   (36-11)   456     20
19. Stetson          (37-10)   453     22
20. Clemson          (32-15)   451     21
21. Oklahoma St.     (31-15)   449     19
22. U.C. Irvine      (31-13)   447     23
23. Fresno St.       (32-11)   446     18
24. Coastal Carolina (33-15)   442     30
25. California       (28-16)   439     24
26. Arizona          (30-16)   437     26
27. Rice             (32-16)   436     29
28. Arkansas         (32-15)   435     27
29. Charlotte        (36-11)   434     25
30. Kent St.         (32-13)   432     28


"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


* RHP Mike Augliera, Binghamton: Augliera set a school record with 15
strikeouts during a 9-0 win over Maryland-Baltimore County during a 2-hit
shutout. He had a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings before allowing a seventh
inning double and then an eighth inning single. He retired the side in order
during the first four innings and again in the sixth. The old strikeout
record was set by Zach Groh in 2007 with 14.


* 1B Jeff Holm, Michighan St.: Holm had a superb 3-game series against
Purdue as he went 7-for-13 with 3 homers, 2 doubles and 9 RBI as he posted a
slugging percentage of 1.385. He was also perfect in the field with no
errors, 33 putouts and two assists.


* RHP Carson Smith, Texas St.: Smith pitched eight shutout innings against
Texas-San Antonio as he struck out a career-high 14 batters while allowing
only two hits (both singles). He lowered his ERA to 1.88 while increasing
his strikeout total to 97 in 81 1/3 innings pitched.



DURHAM, N.C.—Virginia took most of the week off for exams, but won its only game against Virginia Commonwealth, and remains atop the Baseball America Top 25 for the fourth consecutive week.


Series losses by South Carolina and Florida, however, gave the top five its first shakeup in nearly a month. Oregon State ascended to No. 2 and Texas replaced Florida at No. 5. Florida's series loss at then-unranked Arkansas dropped it to No. 8, marking the first time the Gators have been out of the top five this season.


Texas Christian moved into the top 10 with a series victory against then-No. 16 Oklahoma State. It is the first time the Horned Frogs have been ranked in the top 10 since March 14.


Rice was the rankings' biggest mover, climbing three spots to No. 21 with a perfect week against Stephen F. Austin State and Houston.


Two teams returned to the rankings this week. Arkansas' series victory kept it tied with Alabama in the SEC West and moved the Razorbacks into the rankings at No. 23, their first ranking since April 18. UCLA went 4-0 against Pepperdine and Oregon, moving back into the rankings at No. 24 after dropping out last week.


The ACC has six teams ranked in the Baseball America Top 25, the most of any conference.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of May 8 and do not include ties.


Rk.	Team	                W-L	Last Week	Prev.
1.	Virginia	        43-5	1-0	1
2.	Oregon State	        34-11	2-2	3
3.	Vanderbilt	        40-6	2-1	4
4.	South Carolina	        37-10	2-2	2
5.	Texas	                36-12	3-1	6
6.	Arizona State	        35-11	4-1	7
7.	Florida State	        36-12	3-1	8
8.	Florida	                36-12	2-2	5
9.	Cal State Fullerton	33-13	3-0	10
10.	Texas Christian	        33-14	2-1	11
11.	Texas A&M	        32-16	2-2	9
12.	Southern Mississippi	36-11	4-0	12
13.	Georgia Tech	        33-14	2-0	13
14.	Oklahoma	        35-13	4-0	14
15.	Stetson	                37-10	3-0	15
16.	Miami	                31-16	2-1	17
17.	North Carolina	        37-10	4-0	18
18.	Connecticut	        33-13	2-0	20
19.	Oklahoma State	        31-15	1-2	16
20.	Clemson	                32-15	3-0	22
21.	Rice	                32-16	4-0	24
22.	Fresno State	        32-11	3-2	19
23.	Arkansas	        32-15	3-2	NR
24.	UCLA	                27-16	4-0	NR
25.	Texas State	        31-16	3-0	25
Dropped Out: California (21), Gonzaga (23).

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