Tigers Drop Spot in Baseball Poll


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CLEMSON BASEBALL WEEKLY WRAPUP

(Week of Mar. 6 - Mar. 12, 2006)



Clemson University

Overall Season Record: 10-3

ACC Regular-Season Record: 0-0


Last Week: 3-1

Wed. W home vs. William & Mary, 10-5

Fri. W home vs. #25 Kansas, 7-2

Sat. L home vs. #25 Kansas, 6-5

Sun. W home vs. #25 Kansas, 4-3


Next Week

Wed. Home vs. Gardner-Webb, 4:00 PM

Fri. Away vs. Virginia, 5:00 PM

Sat. Away vs. Virginia, 1:00 PM

Sun. Away vs. Virginia, 1:00 PM


Notes

Clemson has a 10-3 overall record after going 3-1 in four games last week. On Wednesday, Clemson defeated William & Mary 10-5 thanks to an eight-run eighth inning. Then over the weekend, Clemson won two of three games over #25 Kansas.
On Friday, Josh Cribb pitched 7.0 innings, throwing only 69 pitches in a masterful performance in Clemson's 7-2 victory. He allowed only one hit (a single), no runs, and two walks with four strikeouts. He did not allow a Jayhawk to advance past first base the entire game and retired 14 straight batters at one point.

On Saturday, Kansas outhit the Tigers 11-7 and held on for a 6-5 win after giving up four unearned runs in the first inning. Tiger pitchers struck out 15 batters in the game, but the batters were only 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

On Sunday, Clemson scored two runs on two different wild pitches in the eighth inning and held on for a 4-3 win over the Jayhawks. After totaling 11 hits and only scoring two runs in the first seven innings, the Tigers scored two runs without a hit in the eighth. Stephen Faris tied his career high with 10 strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. The Tigers outhit Kansas 11-4, as Herman Demmink was 3-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. The win was Head Coach Jack Leggett's 150th over a top-25 ranked team in his 13th season at Clemson.

In three games against the Jayhawks, Demmink was 6-for-10 with a .692 on-base percentage. In four games during last week, he was 7-for-13 (.538) with two stolen bases and a .667 on-base percentage. Andy D'Alessio was 7-for-15 (.467) with a homer and five RBIs, while Travis Storrer was 6-for-13 (.462) last week as well. Clemson hit .308 in four games, while its opponents hit .203. Furthermore, the Tigers outhit Kansas .306 to .202 over the weekend.

Demmink leads the team with a .388 batting average, .492 on-base percentage, and four stolen bases from his leadoff spot. D'Alessio and Storrer have both heated up, as each is near .300. Clemson is hitting .287 as a team with a .376 on-base percentage.

The pitching staff has a 1.86 ERA with a .200 opponents' batting average. In three games against Kansas, the staff recorded 32 strikeouts, including 28 in the final two games. Cribb is 4-0 in three starts and one relief appearance, and has an 0.96 ERA. In 18.2 innings pitched, he has allowed just nine hits (.143 opponents' batting average), three runs (two earned), and four walks with 14 strikeouts.

Clemson will play host to Gardner-Webb on Wednesday night before traveling to Virginia in its first ACC series of 2006 over the weekend.

Florida St. No. 1 In Collegiate Baseball Newspaper (www.baseballnews.com) poll


TUCSON, Ariz. — Florida St. (18-1) has been ranked No. 1 for the first time this season in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s poll of NCAA Division I baseball.


The Seminoles have won 15 in a row and are in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 3-0 record.


Last week’s No. 1 ranked team was Georgia Tech (16-1). The Yellow Jackets barely slipped to second after suffering their first loss of the season to Viginia over the past weekend. Georgia Tech. is 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference after taking two of three from the Cavaliers. Georgia Tech. had won 16 straight before the setback which was tied for the second best start in school history.


Poll Notes: A number of teams have put together long winning streaks, including Wichita St. (13), Mississippi St. (11), Miami, Fla. (11), Kansas St. (11) and James Madison (11). A trio of other teams have also won seven straight in Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma. In the past 30 years, only two other Oklahoma Sooner (16-4) teams have had a better start after 20 games. Teams that fell out of the poll this week include Texas A&M (4 straight losses last week), Mississippi (2-3), Cal Poly SLO (1-2) and Alabama (1-3).


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 13, 2006)
 
 
Rank School (Record) 		Pts Prev 
  1. Florida St. (18-1)   	495   2 
  2. Georgia Tech. (16-1) 	494   1 
  3. Nebraska (11-2) 		492   6 
  4. Clemson (10-3)  		490   3 
  5. Rice (15-5) 		488   4 
  6. North Carolina (14-2) 	487   5 
  7. Tennessee (13-2) 		486   7 
  8. Louisiana St. (16-3) 	484   8 
  9. South Carolina (13-2) 	481   9 
10. Arkansas (16-1) 		480 10 
11. Arizona St. (17-5) 		476 13 
12. Mississippi St. (11-0) 	473 18 
13. Cal. St. Fullerton (14-6) 	470 14 
14. Oregon St. (11-5) 		467 12 
15. Florida (14-6) 		464 16 
16. Texas (13-9) 		462 17 
17. Stanford (11-7) 		460 11 
18. Baylor (12-4) 		457 19 
19. Wichita St. (17-2) 		456 20 
20. Miami, Fla. (16-6) 		453 21 
21. Oklahoma (16-4) 		451 23 
22. North Carolina St. (18-4) 	449 26 
23. Georgia (11-2) 		446 28 
24. Tulane (12-6) 		439 22 
25. Washington (15-5) 		438 — 
26. Pepperdine (12-10) 		437 24 
27. Long Beach St. (12-9) 	434 25 
28. Winthrop (15-4) 		430 — 
29. Kansas St. (12-1) 		428 — 
30. James Madison (11-4) 	426 — 


Georgia Tech Maintains Top Spot in Baseball America Poll


DURHAM, N.C. -- Georgia Tech lost its first game of the season, but at 16-1 maintained its spot atop Baseball America's weekly college baseball rankings. The next nine teams in the rankings all held on to their spots as well.


The bottom of the rankings saw much more change, with five teams checking into the Top 25 for the first time this season. Washington and Georgia start in the Top 20. Both clubs opened 2005 ranked before falling shy of expectations. Baylor, Wichita State and Oklahoma enter in spots 22, 23 and 24. Baylor ended 2005 ranked No. 4. Wichita State and Oklahoma each were last ranked during the 2004 season.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 12 and do not include ties.

Team W-L
1. Georgia Tech 16-1
2. Clemson 10-3
3. Rice 15-5
4. North Carolina 13-2
5. Tennessee 13-2
6. Mississippi State 11-0
7. Cal State Fullerton 14-6
8. Florida State 18-1
9. South Carolina 13-2
10. Arkansas 16-1
11. Louisiana State 16-3
12. Nebraska 11-2
13. Oregon State 11-5
14. Tulane 12-6
15. Florida 14-6
16. Arizona State 17-5
17 Stanford 11-7
18. Texas 13-9
19. Washington 15-5
20. Georgia 11-2
21. Pepperdine 12-10
22. Baylor 12-4
23. Wichita State 17-2
24. Oklahoma 16-4
25. Kansas 15-6


Dropped Out: Missouri (18), Mississippi (19), Texas A&M (20), Long Beach State (22), Cal Poly (24).

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