Tigers climbing baseball polls after six wins in a row


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The Tigers, winners of six games in a row, sport a 31-17 overall record and 14-10 ACC mark, good for second place in the Atlantic Division behind Florida State (16-8). Clemson, who is 23-8 at home, 7-8 in away games, and 1-1 in neutral-site contests, are in a tie for fifth place in the overall ACC standings, behind Virginia (18-6), Miami (FL) (18-6), Georgia Tech (17-7), and Florida State. Clemson is tied with Virginia Tech.


Clemson, who has been ranked in the top 25 by at least one poll every week since the start of the 2009 season (a span of 30 weeks), is averaging 8.8 runs per game and hitting .307 with a .492 slugging percentage, .412 on-base percentage, 106 doubles, nine triples, 63 home runs, and 83 steals in 48 games. The pitching staff has a 4.60 ERA and .276 opponents’ batting average along with 326 strikeouts against 157 walks in 432.0 innings pitched. The Tigers are fielding at a .959 clip as well.


Parker leads the squad with a .392 batting average, 17 homers, 10 doubles, 50 RBIs, 58 runs, a .759 slugging percentage, and a .519 on-base percentage in 45 games. He moved into a tie for eighth place in school history with his 43rd career home run on Sunday at Maryland. Hinson is batting .354 with 10 homers, 53 RBIs, and a team-high 19 steals in 45 games (35 starts), while Miller is hitting .339 with a .460 on-base percentage and eight steals. Freeman, who is riding a team-season-long 16-game hitting streak, is batting .325 with seven homers, 16 doubles, one triple, and 45 RBIs. Schaus has added 10 homers, 10 doubles, and an ACC-high 62 RBIs.


Harman is 6-1 with a 3.29 ERA and .233 opponents’ batting average along with 61 strikeouts against 21 walks in 76.2 innings pitched over 12 starts. Clemson’s best pitcher of late has been Frederick, who is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA and two saves over 22 appearances (one start).


The Tigers will conclude their seven-game stretch away from home with four games on the road this week, starting Tuesday night against Furman at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC. Then over the weekend, the Tigers will play at Wake Forest.

TEXAS NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL


TUCSON, Ariz. — Texas has been ranked No. 1 for the third straight week in the latest Collegiate Baseball newspaper NCAA Division I baseball poll.


The Longhorns (41-8) have won 23 of their last 24 games. Over the past weekend, Texas took two of three at Kansas St.


Poll Notes: Several other teams have been exceptional. Coastal Carolina has won 22 of its last 23 games, Cal. St. Fullerton 12 of 13, Southern Mississippi 11 in a row and San Diego 7 straight. Four teams fell out of the poll this week, including Oregon (0-4 last week), Portland (1-3), New Mexico St. (0-4) and Arizona (1-3). New to the poll is Vanderbilt (35-13, won two of three at Louisiana St.), Fresno St. (30-20, won four straight at New Mexico St.), Southern Mississippi (29-17), and Clemson (31-17, won 6 straight).


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 10, 2010)

 
Rank School (Record) Points Previous 
 1. Texas (41-8) 		494  1 
 2. Arizona St. (39-5) 		493  2 
 3. Virginia (40-9) 		492  3 
 4. Coastal Carolina (41-6) 	487  5 
 5. Miami, Fla. (36-11) 	484  7 
 6. Florida (33-12) 		481  6 
 7. South Carolina (36-11) 	479  4 
 8. Georgia Tech. (39-9) 	478  9 
 9. Cal. St. Fullerton (30-14) 	476 12 
10. Florida St. (36-12) 	474  8 
11. Louisville (40-8) 		472 10 
12. Texas Christian (36-10) 	469 11 
13. UCLA (34-10) 		468 15 
14. Arkansas (37-11) 		466 14 
15. Mississippi (34-15) 	465 13 
16. Oklahoma (35-13) 		462 17 
17. San Diego (30-16) 		459 23 
18. Auburn (33-15) 		455 24 
19. California (27-17) 		452 18 
20. Connecticut (37-10) 	451 16 
21. Virginia Tech. (34-15) 	449 21 
22. Pittsburgh (34-12)	 	448 20 
23. Rice (30-17) 		445 28 
24. Vanderbilt (35-13) 		442 — 
25. Fresno St. (30-20) 		440 — 
26. Clemson (31-17) 		439 — 
27. Southern Miss. (29-17) 	436 — 
28. Kansas St. (32-15) 		431 27 
29. Texas St. (30-16) 		427 29 
30. U.C. Irvine (29-16) 	425 30 

USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 coaches' baseball poll

Rank	School (first votes)	Record	Points	Last week
1	Texas (25)		41-8	768	1
2	Arizona State (4)	39-5	732	2
3	Virginia (2)		40-9	719	3
4	Coastal Carolina	41-6	640	4
5	Florida			33-12	606	6
6	Georgia Tech		39-9	590	5
7	TCU			36-10	550	8
8	Florida State		36-12	524	9
9	Louisvill		40-8	513	11
10	Arkansas		37-11	496	10
11	UCLA			34-10	480	12
12t	South Carolina		36-11	471	7
12t	Miami (Fla.)		36-11	471	13
14	Cal St-Fullerton	30-14	359	16
15	Oklahoma		35-13	301	17
16	Mississippi		34-15	300	14
17	Vanderbilt		35-13	237	18
18	Virginia Tech		34-15	171	23
19	Connecticut		37-10	152	21
20	LSU			34-15	151	15
21	Auburn			33-15	133	NR
22	Clemson			31-17	128	24
23	Rice			30-17	120	25
24	Kansas State		32-15	79	20
25	San Diego		30-16	66	NR


Dropped out: No. 19 Oregon, No. 22 Arizona.

Others receiving votes: Oregon (30-18) 51; UC-Irvine (29-16) 46; California (27-17) 40; Pittsburgh (34-12) 38; North Carolina (31-17) 33; Arizona (30-16) 28; Stanford (25-18) 17; Alabama (29-19) 13; Liberty (37-12) 11; College of Charleston (35-13) 9; Portland (31-12) 6; New Mexico State (35-16) 5; Fresno State (30-20) 4; Oregon State (24-17) 4; Southeastern Louisiana (36-14) 3; Florida Atlantic (31-17) 2; New Mexico (31-17) 2; Southern Mississippi (29-17) 2; Wichita State (32-17) 2; Florida Gulf Coast (31-16) 1; Texas State (30-16) 1.


Baseball America

Rk.	Team			W-L	Last Week	Prev.
1.	Virginia		40-9	1-0	1
2.	Texas			41-8	3-1	2
3.	Arizona State		39-5	1-0	3
4.	Florida			33-12	2-1	4
5.	Florida State		36-12	3-1	5
6.	Coastal Carolina	41-6	2-0	7
7.	Texas Christian		36-10	2-1	8
8.	South Carolina		36-11	2-2	6
9.	Louisville		40-8	4-1	9
10.	Cal St Fullerton	30-14	3-0	10
11.	UCLA			34-10	4-0	12
12.	Arkansas		37-11	2-1	14
13.	Miami			36-11	2-0	13
14.	Mississippi		34-15	1-2	11
15.	Virginia Tech		34-15	2-1	16
16.	Georgia Tech		39-9	3-0	17
17.	Oklahoma		35-13	3-1	18
18.	Auburn			33-15	3-0	19
19.	San Diego		30-16	4-0	22
20.	Connecticut		37-10	2-1	20
21.	Rice			30-17	4-1	25
22.	Oregon			30-18	0-4	15
23.	Vanderbilt		35-13	2-1	NR
24.	Pittsburgh		34-12	3-1	NR
25.	Stanford		25-18	4-1	NR

Dropped Out: California (21), Arizona (23), Louisiana State (24)

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