Tigers Stagnant in Latest Baseball Polls


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CLEMSON BASEBALL WEEKLY WRAPUP

(Week of April 30 - May 6, 2007)



Clemson University

Overall Season Record: 31-16

ACC Regular-Season Record: 15-9



Last Week: 2-1

Sat. W home vs. Boston College, 4-3

Sun. L home vs. Boston College, 6-8 (Game 1)

Sun. W home vs. Boston College, 7-6 (Game 2)



Next Week

Tue. Neutral vs. Wofford, 7:15 PM (Greenville, SC)

Wed. Home vs. Furman, 7:15 PM

Fri. Away vs. Florida State, 7:00 PM

Sat. Away vs. Florida State, 1:00 PM

Sun. Away vs. Florida State, 1:00 PM


Notes

Coming off five days off for final exams, the #17 Tigers won two of three games over Boston College at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on May 5,6 in the first-ever meetings between the two at Clemson. The three games were decided by a total of four runs, as each team scored 17 runs in the series. Boston College outhit the Tigers .314 to .276, but Clemson hit six home runs. Marquez Smith was 6-for-11 (.545) with two doubles, three homers, and eight RBIs in the series, while Addison Johnson was 5-for-11 (.455). The Tiger pitching staff had a 5.33 ERA and 26 strikeouts as well.

In game-one on May 5, Andy D'Alessio's leadoff home run in the eighth inning lifted Clemson to a 4-3 win over Boston College. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning after the first two batters of the frame were retired. With Clemson ahead 3-1 after seven innings, Eric Campbell's two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning tied the score. But D'Alessio hit the first pitch of the bottom of the eighth inning over the fence in left-center to give the Tigers the lead for good. Stephen Clyne pitched the final 1.2 innings with four strikeouts to pick up the win. Clemson, who outhit Boston College 10-6, was led at the plate by Ben Paulsen's 3-for-3 performance. Johnson added two hits and two RBIs as well.

In game-two in the first game of a doubleheader on May 6, Boston College scored three runs in the ninth inning to defeat Clemson 8-6. The Eagles scored two runs in the eighth inning to take a 5-3 lead, but the Tigers responded with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead, capped by Taylor Harbin's opposite-field, two-run homer. But Boston College scored three runs in the ninth inning and held on for the win to even the series. Boston College outhit Clemson 17-9, as every Eagle starter had at least one hit. Harbin hit two homers with three RBIs, while Smith added a homer and two RBIs.

In game-three in the second game of a doubleheader on May 6, Smith hit two homers to lead Clemson to a 7-6 come-from-behind win over Boston College. The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the third inning, highlighted by Smith's two-run homer. But the Eagles scored three runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the fifth, capped by Jared McGuire's two-run homer. But after the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh inning were retired, the Tigers loaded the bases. Smith then blasted a grand slam to center to give the Tigers lead for good. Smith was 3-for-4 with two homers, a double, and six RBIs. Matt Vaughn pitched 4.2 scoreless innings of two-hit ball with four strikeouts in relief to earn the win.

On the season, Clemson, who is 31-16 overall and 15-9 in ACC play, is hitting .287 with a .369 on-base percentage. Brad Chalk is hitting a team-best .407 with a .531 on-base percentage, but has missed seven of the last eight games due to back spasms. Doug Hogan is up to .331 with a .403 on-base percentage, while Smith is hitting .311 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs. D'Alessio has six home runs in the last 13 games and nine in all in 2007, as he hit career home run #51 in Clemson's 4-3 win on Saturday.

The pitching staff has a 3.38 ERA and .251 opponents' batting average on the season. The staff also has 403 strikeouts in 420.1 innings pitched. Daniel Moskos has a 2.20 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 49.0 innings pitched, while Clyne has a 1.57 ERA. Vaughn has lowered his ERA to 2.08 along with a 4-0 record as well.

Clemson will play five games this upcoming week, four of which will be away from home. On Tuesday night, Clemson will face Wofford at West End Field in Greenville, SC, then play host to Furman on Wednesday night. Over the weekend, the Tigers will travel to Tallahassee, FL to take on a 42-win Florida State team that has been ranked in the top five most of the season.


VANDERBILT NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. - Vanderbilt (41-9), winners of eight of its last nine games, has been ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball newspaper NCAA Division I baseball poll.


This is the sixth poll this season Vanderbilt has been ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball. The Commodores also lead the Southeastern Conference with a 17-7 record. The 17 SEC wins are the most in school history which eclipsed 16 wins in 2004 and 2006. In addition, Vanderbilt has reached the 40-win plateau for just the second time in school history and for the first time during the regular season.


No. 2 Florida St. (42-7) has been just as impressive. The Seminoles are off to the best start of any baseball team in school history through 49 games. FSU, with an Atlantic Coast Conference best 20-4 record, has captured 20 wins in league competition for just the third time in school history. The Seminoles went 22-2 in 1999 and 20-4 in 2001.


Poll Notes: Several teams have been red hot. San Diego continues to roll with nine straight wins. Another west coast team, Long Beach St., has captured eight victories in a row and sits in first place in the Big West Conference with a 10-2 record. Two teams fell out of the top 30 in Cal. St. Fullerton (1-3 last week) as well as College of Charleston (2-2). Two new teams to the poll this week include Long Beach St. (30-14) and Coastal Carolina (38-9).


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 7, 2007)				
Rank School (Record)		Points		Previous
1. Vanderbilt (41-9)		495		1
2. Florida St. (42-7)		493		2
3. Rice (37-11)			490		6
4. Virginia (38-10)		488		4
5. North Carolina (37-10)	486		5
6. Arkansas (36-14)		484		3
7. San Diego (38-14)		482		10
8. Texas (38-14)		481		7
9. Wichita St. (41-13)		480		12
10. UCLA (27-19)		478		11

11. Arizona St. (34-12)		477		9
12. Oregon St. (35-11)		473		8
13. Mississippi St. (31-12)	470		15
14. South Carolina (35-14)	468		17
15. Arizona (35-11)		465		18
16. Long Beach St. (30-14)	459		-
17. U.C. Riverside (30-17)	458		16
18. Mississippi (32-18)		456		14
19. Missouri (33-13)		454		21
20. Pepperdine (31-16)		451		19

21. Michigan (34-10)		449		13
22. Oklahoma St. (34-13)	446		22
23. Clemson (31-16)		445		23
24. Georgia Tech. (29-17)	444		24
25. Texas A&M (38-11)		443		25
26. U.C. Irvine (31-13-1)	439		26
27. Texas Christian (37-11)	438		27
28. Stetson (36-12)		437		28
29. Coastal Carolina (38-9)	433		-
30. St. John's (32-13)		431		29


Baseball America


DURHAM, N.C.--For the sixth week in a row, Vanderbilt held onto the No. 1 spot in Baseball America's Top 25 rankings. The Commodores are fresh off a road series win against Georgia and have won nine of their last 10 games.


While Florida State, Virginia, and Rice held onto the Nos. 2-4 spots in the rankings, San Diego moved up to No. 6--its highest ranking in program history. The Toreros followed their sweep of Pepperdine with a home sweep against San Francisco.


Oregon State took the biggest fall of any Top 25 team, dropping from No. 8 to No. 15 after losing two of three against Pac-10 opponent Washington at Safeco Field. The Beavers are 35-11 overall but just 7-8 in conference play.


For the first time in six weeks, no teams dropped out of the rankings, though Mississippi fell from No. 19 to No. 25 after losing to its series to SEC opponent Tennessee.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of May 6 and do not include ties.


COLLEGE TOP 25

Rk. Team 		W-L   Last Prev. 
1. Vanderbilt 		41-9  2-1 1 
2. Florida State 	42-7  3-0 2 
3. Virginia 		38-10 1-0 3 
4. Rice 		37-11 0-0 4 
5. North Carolina 	37-10 0-0 6 
6. San Diego 		38-14 4-0 9 
7. Texas 		38-14 1-2 5 
8. Arkansas 		36-14 1-2 7 
9. Wichita State 	41-13 5-1 10 
10. Arizona State 	34-12 0-0 11 
11. Texas A&M 		38-11 3-0 13 
12. South Carolina 	35-14 2-1 14 
13. UC Irvine 		31-13 0-1 12 
14. Arizona 		35-11 3-0 15 
15. Oregon State 	35-11 1-2 8 
16. Michigan 		34-10 4-2 16 
17. Pepperdine 		31-16 1-1 17 
18. Clemson 		31-16 2-1 18 
19. Oklahoma State 	34-13 3-0 19 
20. Coastal Carolina 	38-9  2-0 21 
21. UCLA 		27-19 3-1 22 
22. Long Beach State 	30-14 3-0 24 
23. Texas Christian 	37-11 3-1 23 
24. Mississippi 	32-18 2-2 19 
25. UC Riverside 	30-17 3-1 25 
Dropped out: None 

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