Tigers drop in Collegiate Baseball poll


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FLORIDA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL


TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Florida (45-16) has been ranked No. 1 in
the latest "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper NCAA Division I baseball poll.


The Gators won the Southeastern Conference tournament over the past weekend
with a 5-0 win over Vanderbilt in the championship game.


South Carolina, ranked No. 1 last week, slipped to fourth after finishing
1-2 in the SEC tournament.


No. 2 Virginia captured the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament with a 7-2
win over Florida St.


The Pac-10 race saw an exciting end to the regular season. Oregon swept
Oregon St. in a 3-game series at home while Arizona swept a 3-game series at
home against Washington, UCLA won two of three at Arizona St. and Stanford
won two against California. UCLA finished No. 1 in the Pac-10 with an 18-9
conference mark and was followed by Oregon St. and Arizona St. with 17-10
Pac-10 records. Oregon St. finished the regular season with five straight
losses.


Poll Notes: Several other teams have been hot. James Madison, which captured
the Colonial Conference tournament, has won nine in a row. Coastal Carolina
and Texas A&M have won five straight while Virginia has won four consecutive
games.

Two teams fell out of the top 30 in St. John's (3-2 last week) and Troy
(2-1). New to the poll is Arizona (36-19, fourth place finish in the Pac-10
at 15-12), and Creighton (44-14), regular season Missouri Valley Conference
winner as well as tournament champion.


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 30, 2011)

Rank School (Record)  Points Previous
1. Florida (45-16)  		495  2
2. Virginia (49-9)  		493  5
3. Vanderbilt (47-10)  		492  3
4. South Carolina (45-14) 	491  1
5. Texas (43-15)   		487  4
6. Texas A&M (42-18)  		484  13
7. Texas Christian (42-17) 	480  7
8. Cal. St. Fullerton (40-15) 	479  10
9. Georgia Tech. (40-19) 	477  8
10. North Carolina (45-14) 	475  9

11. Florida St. (42-17)  	473  12
12. UCLA (33-22)   		470  17
13. Oregon St. (38-17)  	468  6
14. Arizona St. (39-16)  	465  11
15. Oklahoma (41-17)  		464  14
16. Connecticut (41-17-1) 	463  15
17. Rice (41-19)   		462  20
18. Miami, Fla. (36-21)  	460  16
19. Clemson (41-18)  		459  18
20. U.C. Irvine (39-16)  	455  19

21. Coastal Carolina (41-18) 	453  24
22. Arizona (36-19)  		450  -
23. Stanford (32-20) 		449  26
24. Kent St. (43-15)  		446  25
25. Creighton (44-14)  		444  -
26. Arkansas (38-20)  		441  22
27. Fresno St. (40-14)  	437  27
28. James Madison (40-17) 	436  30
29. Southern Miss. (39-17) 	434  21
30. California (31-20)  	433  23


Baseball America

DURHAM, N.C.—Preseason No. 1 Florida enters the NCAA tournament back atop Baseball America's Top 25 rankings after winning the Southeastern Conference tournament.


The Gators lost two series during the regular season but went 4-1 in Hoover, Ala., including a victory against Vanderbilt, to claim the SEC championship and to reclaim the No. 1 spot. Virginia, which won the Atlantic Coast Conference's regular-season and tournament titles, ranks second, followed by Vanderbilt and last week's No. 1, reigning national champion South Carolina.


Texas A&M and Rice both tied for their conference regular-season crowns and won their tournaments to move up the rankings. The Aggies swept the Big 12 tournament despite the loss to injury of ace John Stilson and moved up to No. 7, while Rice won the Conference USA event despite a loss and moved up seven spots to No. 9.


The other big mover this week was UCLA. The Bruins, ranked second in the preseason, won the Pacific-10 Conference title (regular season; the league has no tournament) by winning a series at Arizona State while Oregon State was swept by Civil War rival Oregon. The Bruins moved up to No. 17, a six-spot jump, while the Beavers fell nine spots to No. 15. Fellow Pac-10 team Stanford moved back into the rankings at No. 24 with a series win at California.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of May 29 and do not include ties.

Rk.	Team			W-L	Last   Prev.
1.	Florida			45-16	4-1	3
2.	Virginia		49-9	4-0	5
3.	Vanderbilt		47-10	3-1	4
4.	South Carolina		45-14	1-2	1
5.	Texas			43-15	3-2	2
6.	Florida State		42-17	2-2	7
7.	Texas A&M		42-18	4-0	13
8.	Cal State Fullerton	40-15	3-1	9
9.	Rice			41-19	3-1	16
10.	Arizona State		39-16	1-2	8
11.	Texas Christian		42-17	2-2	10
12.	Georgia Tech		40-17	1-2	11
13.	North Carolina		45-14	1-2	12
14.	Clemson			41-18	2-1	14
15.	Oregon State		38-17	0-3	6
16.	Miami			36-21	2-1	17
17.	UCLA			33-22	2-2	23
18.	Connecticut		41-17	2-2	15
19.	Arkansas		38-20	2-2	20
20.	Florida International	40-18	3-1	22
21.	Troy			42-17	2-1	21
22.	Oklahoma		41-17	1-2	18
23.	East Carolina		39-19	2-1	25
24.	Stanford		32-20	2-1	NR
25.	Southern Mississippi	39-17	1-2	19

Dropped Out: UC Irvine (24).

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