Tigers Return to Both Baseball Top 25 Polls


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U.C. IRVINE NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL


TUCSON, Ariz. - U.C. Irvine (30-11) has been ranked No. 1 for the
second straight time in "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper's NCAA
Division I baseball poll.


The Anteaters, which have won seven of their last eight games and 11
of 13, lead the Big West Conference with an 11-1 record.


POLL NOTES: Several teams have been red-hot. Texas St. has won 12 in a
row while Florida St. has won 9 straight and is now second in the
Atlantic Coast Conference with a 15-7 record. Cal. St. Fullerton is on
a roll with six consecutive wins while Louisiana St. is playing well
with five straight victories.


Four teams fell out of the top 30 this week, including Baylor (0-5
last week), Coastal Carolina (2-3), Georgia Southern (2-2) and
Missouri St.
(2-2). New to the poll this week is Kansas St. (31-11-1, won two and
tied one at Texas over the past weekend), Texas St. (31-10, leads
Southland Conference with 18-5 record), Illinois (26-12, tied for
first in Big Ten with 11-4 record), and East Carolina (32-13, second
in Conference USA with
12-6 record).


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 April 27, 2009)		
Rank School (Record)		Points	Previous
1. U.C. Irvine (30-11)		491		1
2. Arizona St. (31-9)		488		2
3. North Carolina (35-11)	486		3
4. Louisiana St. (33-12)	485		9
5. Cal. St. Fullerton (29-11)	483		10
6. Georgia (33-11)		480		5
7. Arkansas (29-12)		477		7
8. Rice (28-10)			476		8
9. Florida St. (30-12)		473		15
10. Georgia Tech. (28-11-1)	470		4

11. Virginia (34-9-1)		468		11
12. Mississippi (32-12)		466		13
13. Cal Poly (29-10)		465		12
14. Oklahoma (33-11)		464		14
15. Texas A&M (28-15)		462		16
16. Texas (29-11-1)		460		6
17. Florida (31-14)		458		22
18. Miami, Fla. (29-14)		457		18
19. Clemson (30-15)		454		26

20. Texas Christian (27-12)	452		20
21. Kent St. (32-9)		450		25
22. Oregon St. (24-11)		447		19
23. Alabama (29-15)		445		21
24. Kansas St. (31-11-1)	442		-
25. South Florida (27-15)	439		29
26. Texas St. (31-10)		437		-
27. Ohio St. (31-10)		434		24
28. Illinois (26-12)		433		-
29. George Mason (34-8)		432		27
30. East Carolina (32-13)	429		-


Baseball America


DURHAM, N.C. -- UC Irvine retained the No. 1 ranking in the Baseball America Top 25 rankings thanks to a pair of midweek wins against Oregon and a weekend series win at Utah.


The top four teams in the rankings remained the same, as Irvine, Rice, Arizona State and North Carolina all posted winning weeks. Cal State Fullerton and Mississippi each jumped up four spots to Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. The Titans swept UC Davis over the weekend and allowed only one run in the entire series, while the Rebels took two of three against Georgia, which slid from No. 8 to No. 11.


Kansas State continued its impressive season by making the biggest jump of any team the rankings. The Wildcats won the first two games of their series on the road against Texas before the finale ended in a tie, enabling them to vault seven to No. 16. Fellow Big 12 member Texas A&M also made a sizeable leap, moving up four spots to No. 20 thanks to a series win over Oklahoma State that put the Aggies in first place in the league. Baylor, which has lost six in a row, plummeted eight spots to 17th.


Three teams returned to the rankings this week. Clemson bested No. 10 Georgia Tech over the weekend to return to the rankings for the first time since mid-March at No. 21. The Tigers are joined by Florida, which swept its weekend series over South Carolina, and East Carolina, which knocked off Southern Mississippi.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of April 26 and do not include ties.



Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.

1. UC Irvine 30-11 4-1 1

2. Rice 28-10 1-0 2

3. Arizona State 31-9 3-1 3

4. North Carolina 35-11 4-1 4

5. Louisiana State 33-11 5-0 6

6. Cal State Fullerton 29-11 5-0 10

7. Mississippi 32-12 4-1 11

8. Texas 29-11 0-3 5

9. Oklahoma 33-11 4-0 13

10. Georgia Tech 28-11 2-3 7

11. Georgia 33-11 2-3 8

12. Arkansas 29-12 3-1 12

13. Cal Poly 29-10 2-1 14

14. Virginia 34-9 4-1 15

15. Texas Christian 27-12 4-1 16

16. Kansas State 31-11 2-0 23

17. Baylor 25-17 0-5 9

18. Miami 29-14 3-1 18

19. Florida State 30-12 5-0 21

20. Texas A&M 28-15 3-1 24

21. Clemson 30-15 4-1 NR

22. Alabama 29-15 2-2 22

23. Kent State 32-9 4-1 25

24. Florida 31-14 5-0 NR

25. East Carolina 32-13 4-1 NR



Dropped Out: Oregon State (17), San Diego State (19), Hawaii (20)

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