Clemson enters Collegiate Baseball poll


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TUCSON, Ariz. - Louisiana St. (30-2) is ranked No. 1 for the first time this
season in "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll
after winning 12 consecutive games.

The Tigers, which barely nipped North Carolina by a point for the top spot,
have the best 32-game record in the history of the program and are 11-1 in
the Southeastern Conference - the best conference mark for an LSU squad
since 1997 when the Tigers won 12 of their first 13 SEC games. Over the past
weekend, LSU swept a 3-game series from previously No. 9 ranked Kentucky at
home.

North Carolina (29-2) barely missed being ranked No. 1 for the eighth
consecutive week. During the past week, the Tar Heels lost once to Clemson
and then beat N.C. Wilmington and swept a 3-game series against Maryland at
home. North Carolina continues to put up incredible pitching numbers with a
superb 1.86 team ERA.

Poll Notes: Several other teams have also been hot. Vanderbilt (29-4) is
11-1 in the SEC and has won 10 straight. Cal. St. Fullerton has put together
a 7-game winning streak while N.C. State and Arizona have won 6 in a row. In
key series during the past week, Vanderbilt swept a 3-game series at
Mississippi, Oregon St. won two of three at UCLA, Florida St. won two of
three at Miami (Fla.), Oregon lost two of three at Arizona St., Oklahoma won
two of three at Texas (the first series victory over the Longhorns in 15
years), Arkansas won two of three at Alabama, Mississippi St. won two of
three against Florida, and N.C. State swept three from Virginia Tech.

Five teams fell out of the top 30 in Mississippi (0-3 last week), Oklahoma
St. (1-2), Pittsburgh (1-3), San Diego (1-2) and Florida Atlantic (2-2). New
to the poll are Clemson (21-11, 5 wins in a row), Stanford (16-10, won 5 of
last 7), Arizona (21-11, won 6 straight), Arizona St. (19-9-1) and Creighton
(18-6, leads Missouri Valley Conference with 5-1 record).

The "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball
poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.

Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I Poll
(As of April 8, 2013)
www.baseballnews.com
Rank Team (2013 Record) Points Pvs.
1. Louisiana St. (30-2) 498 2
2. North Carolina (29-2) 497 1
3. Vanderbilt (29-4) 496 3
4. Virginia (29-3) 494 4
5. Cal. St. Fullerton (28-4) 491 5
6. Oregon St. (25-5) 486 6
7. Florida St. (27-5) 483 7
8. Oklahoma (27-6) 480 10
9. Oregon (23-8) 476 8
10. Arkansas (23-9) 473 11

11. Louisville (25-6) 470 12
12. South Carolina (26-7) 468 14
13. Indiana (25-4) 463 16
14. Kentucky (22-9) 460 9
15. UCLA (19-9) 457 13
16. Notre Dame (19-10) 453 23
17. Clemson (21-11) 449 -
18. Georgia Tech. (23-9) 443 15
19. N.C. State (24-10) 441 27
20. Cal. Poly (21-8) 440 17

21. Rice (23-11) 439 28
22. Alabama (20-13) 437 22
23. Stanford (16-10) 435 -
24. Texas A&M (20-13) 431 18
25. Arizona (21-11) 429 -
26. Mississippi St. (26-9) 428 24
27. Arizona St. (19-9-1) 426 -
28. Houston (24-9) 423 20
29. Florida Gulf Coast (20-8) 419 25
30. Creighton (18-6) 415 -


LOUISVILLE SLUGGER NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
. OF Patrick Puentes, Holy Cross: Puentes belted 3 home runs and 11 RBIs in
six games last week as he went 10-for-22 with 7 runs scored, 2 doubles and a
triple. He did the bulk of the damage during a doubleheader against
Lafayette. Puentes was 7-for-8 with 3 homers, 9 RBIs and also hit for the
cycle in the second game of the twinbill as he went 5-for-5 with 4 runs
scored, 6 RBIs and 2 homers.

. 3B Daniel Miles, Tennessee Tech.: Miles hit 4 home runs and drove in 9
runs over four games last week as he went 7-for-14 at the plate. He scored 7
runs while walking 5 times. His slugging percentage for the week was 1.357.

. RHP Aaron Blair, Marshall: Blair struck out 11 batters with one walk and
only allowed two hits in eight innings during a 4-0 win over Houston. In
five of the eight frames, he went 1-2-3 through the Cougar lineup. At one
point, he retired 14 in a row.

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