Tigers ranked in top ten both baseball polls


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DURHAM, N.C. – Florida’s third straight series sweep kept the Gators atop the Baseball America Top 25 for the fourth week in a row despite their first loss of the season in midweek action.

The top five was largely unchanged, though then-No. 5 UCLA’s second straight series loss dropped the Bruins to No. 13. Texas moved into the top five for the first time this year with a home series win against then-No. 9 Stanford.

ACC favorites Florida State and Clemson each used victories against Southeastern Conference rivals to move into the top 10. The Seminoles and Tigers were the only new entries to the top 10.


The middle of the poll saw some large movements. Then-No. 15 Oregon fell out of the poll completely after a disappointing 1-3 week that left the 5-6 Ducks below the .500 mark. North Carolina replaced the Ducks at No. 15, jumping eight spots after a 5-0 week and 11-1 start.

After a rough start to the season, Connecticut righted the ship with a 2-0 week, including a win against then-No. 14 California in the University of San Diego Tournament. The Huskies were one of six teams that moved up at least three spots in this week’s rankings.

Tulane and Georgia Tech are the rankings’ two new teams. Behind strong pitching performances the Green Wave went on the road to beat Mississippi in a weekend series, their third straight weekend series victory. Georgia Tech also is undefeated in weekend series after sweeping Rutgers.

The Pac-10 and ACC are tied for the most teams ranked in the Top 25 with five each.

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



Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.

1. Florida 10-1 3-1 1

2. Vanderbilt 11-1 4-0 2

3. Oklahoma 14-0 5-0 3

4. South Carolina 8-1 2-1 4

5. Texas 7-4 2-1 6

6. Cal State Fullerton 8-3 4-0 7

7. TCU 7-4 3-1 8

8. Florida State 10-1 3-1 11

9. Arizona State 9-2 3-1 10

10. Clemson 7-2 2-1 12

11. Virginia 12-1 6-0 13

12. Stanford 6-5 2-2 9

13. UCLA 7-4 2-2 5

14. Arizona 9-2 4-1 17

15. North Carolina 11-1 5-0 23

16. Louisiana State 11-1 4-1 19

17. Baylor 6-5 2-2 16

18. Rice 8-5 3-2 21

19. Connecticut 4-4 2-0 22

20. California 6-4 1-3 14

21. College of Charleston 10-2 3-2 18

22. Texas A&M 9-3 3-2 20

23. Fresno State 8-1 2-1 24

24. Tulane 9-3 4-1 NR

25. Georgia Tech 8-4 3-1 NR


Dropped Out: Oregon (15), UC Irvine (25)


FLORIDA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL


TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Florida has been ranked No. 1 for the
third straight week in "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper's NCAA Division I
baseball poll.


The Gators (10-1) lost to Florida St. last week, 5-3 but then rebounded with
a 3-game sweep at home of Miami, Fla. It marked Florida's first-ever sweep
of Miami in Gainesville. The Gators have now extended their home winning
streak to 24 games at McKethan Stadium. Florida's pitching staff has a 1.27
ERA and a 57:8 strikeout to walk ratio in 56 2/3 innings.


No. 2 Oklahoma (14-0) is off to its best start in school history, topping a
12-0 start in 1998. The 14 consecutive wins is the longest streak since 1985
when the Sooners won 19 straight.


Poll Notes: Outside of Oklahoma's 14-game winning streak, Cal. St.
Bakersfield has won 10 in a row, James Madison 7 straight, Cal. St.
Fullerton 6 consecutive, North Carolina 5 in a row and Louisville five
straight.


Five teams fell out of the top 30 this week, including Oregon (1-3 last
week), Miami, Fla. (0-4), Mississippi (3-2), California (1-3), and San Jose
St. (2-2). New to the top 30 is Stetson (9-1), James Madison (11-1), Tulane
(9-3), Nebraska (8-4) and Cal. St. Bakersfield (11-2).


In key series last week, Clemson and South Carolina split two games,
Nebraska knocked off UCLA two of three, Texas beat Stanford two of three,
Tulane beat Mississippi two of three and Cal. St. Bakersfield won the Coca
Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz. with four straight wins, including a 2-1
victory over Arizona St.


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 7, 2011)


Rank School (Record) Points Previous

1. Florida (10-1) 496 1

2. Oklahoma (14-0) 495 2

3. Vanderbilt (11-1) 493 3

4. Clemson (7-2) 488 4

5. Florida St. (10-1) 486 5

6. South Carolina (8-1) 483 6

7. Louisiana St. (11-1) 481 7

8. Cal. St. Fullerton (8-3) 479 13

9. Texas Christian (7-4) 477 10

10. Virginia (12-1) 475 15



11. Texas (7-4) 474 12

12. UCLA (7-4) 472 8

13. Arizona St. (9-2) 470 11

14. Texas A&M (9-3) 467 9

15. Arizona (9-2) 465 16

16. North Carolina (11-1) 464 17

17. Stanford (6-5) 463 14

18. Arkansas (10-1) 460 20

19. Wichita St. (9-2) 455 19

20. Fresno St. (8-1) 453 21



21. U.C. Irvine (8-1) 451 22

22. Louisville (8-2) 449 25

23. Rice (8-5) 447 23

24. Georgia Tech. (8-4) 443 26

25. Auburn (9-3) 439 27

26. Stetson (9-1) 436 -

27. James Madison (11-1) 434 -

28. Tulane (9-3) 430 -

29. Nebraska (8-4) 427 -

30. Ca. St. Bakersfield (11-2)425 -




"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK


* RHP Kyle Fitzpatrick, Florida International: Fitzpatrick threw the fifth
no-hitter in school history during a 4-0, 9-inning complete game shutout
over Northeastern. He faced one batter over the minimum, allowed one walk
and struck out five. During one stretch, Fitzpatrick retired 16 consecutive
batters. It was the first no-hitter at Florida International since 1983.



* RHP Trevor Bauer, UCLA: Bauer fanned 17 Nebraska batters in 10 innings but
did not record a decision. He limited the Cornhuskers to one run on four
hits as UCLA ultimately lost a 2-1 decision in 12 innings. Bauer's
career-high strikeout number came in 33-degree weather at Nebraska's
Haymarket Field in Lincoln, Neb.



* LHP Ziggie Vanderwall, Southern Arkansas: Vanderwall made his first career
start a mem-orable one as he racked up a school record 17 strikeouts over 7
1/3 innings during a 4-3 win over LSU-Shreveport. At one point, he retired
16 consecutive hitters.



* LHP Nick Gillung, Mercyhurst: Gillung struck out 15 of the 25 batters he
faced in six innings of work during a 10-3 win over Palm Beach Atlantic.

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