No movement for Tigers in baseball polls


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DURHAM, N.C—Florida remained atop Baseball America's Top 25 rankings after winning a home series against No. 25 Cal State Fullerton. Stanford, South Carolina and Arkansas maintained the next three spots after sweeping their season-opening series.

Arizona dropped three spots to No. 8 after losing Saturday against North Dakota State, although the Wildcats still won their series. The biggest droppers of the week were Vanderbilt and UCLA. The Commodores fell seven spots to No. 17 after getting outscored 35-13 in a three-game sweep at Stanford. The Bruins fell eight spots to No. 22 after losing a home series to Maryland.

The biggest upward movers were Arizona State and Miami, who jumped four spots apiece to No. 13 and No. 14, respectively. The Sun Devils and Hurricanes swept their weekend series, and ASU did so emphatically, outscoring Western Michigan 40-2 in three games.

The Titans fell out of the rankings, and Baylor replaced them at No. 25 after sweeping Oral Roberts.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Last year's records do not include ties.

               Team               W-L            Last Week      Prev.
 1.            Florida            2-1            2-1            1
 2.            Stanford           3-0            3-0            2
 3.            South Carolina     3-0            3-0            3
 4.            Arkansas           3-0            3-0            4
 5.            Rice               3-0            3-0            6
 6.            Texas A&M          3-0            3-0            7
 7.            Louisiana State    3-0            3-0            8
 8.            Arizona            2-1            2-1            5
 9.            Georgia            3-0            3-0            11
 10.            North Carolina    2-1            2-1            9
 11.            Georgia Tech      3-1            3-1            12
 12.            Texas             2-1            2-1            13
 13.            Arizona State     3-0            3-0            17
 14.            Miami             3-0            3-0            18
 15.            Texas Christian   1-1            1-1            15
 16.            Clemson           2-1            2-1            16
 17.            Vanderbilt        0-3            0-3            10
 18.            Florida State     3-0            3-0            20
 19.            Central Florida   3-0            3-0            21
 20.            Mississippi       1-1            1-1            22
 21.            Oregon State      3-1            3-1            23
 22.            UCLA              1-2            1-2            14
 23.            Oklahoma          1-2            1-2            19
 24.            Louisville        2-1            2-1            24
 25.            Baylor            3-0            3-0            NR

Dropped out: Cal State Fullerton (25).	  


FLORIDA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Florida (2-1) has been ranked No. 1 in the
first regular-season NCAA Division I baseball poll of 2012 by "Collegiate
Baseball" newspaper.

The Gators, ranked No. 1 in the pre-season "Collegiate Baseball" poll last
December, kicked off the season by beating Cal. St. Fullerton two of three
games in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the first two contests, 7-3 and 5-2
before the Titans captured the final game of the series, 8-5 in a matchup of
top 20 teams. Florida only committed one error over the three games.

Two-time defending national champion South Carolina, ranked second, began
the season 3-0 as did No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Texas A&M and No. 5 Rice. In
fact, 16 teams in the top 30 this week began the season with perfect 3-0
records.

Poll Notes: South Carolina's pitching staff picked up where it left off last
season during its 3-game sweep of VMI. The Gamecocks utilized 11 pitchers.
They combined for 36 strikeouts and just four walks over 27 innings as the
staff registered a 1.33 ERA. Stanford was impressive in its 3-game sweep of
Vanderbilt. The Cardinal won 8-3, 9-5 and 18-5. Arizona St. started the
season with a trio of wins over Western Michigan. The Sun Devils outscored
the Broncos, 40-2. LSU outscored its opposition, 33-2, over the weekend in
posting two wins over Air Force and one victory over Alcorn State.

Two teams fell out of the top 30 this week in UCLA (lost two of three at
home to Maryland) and Vanderbilt (0-3). Two new teams to the poll are
College of Charleston (3-0) and Georgia Southern (3-0).

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 Feb. 20, 2012)
Rank School (Record) Points Previous
1. Florida (2-1) 495 1
2. South Carolina (3-0) 494 2
3. Stanford (3-0) 493 3
4. Texas A&M (3-0) 490 6
5. Rice (3-0) 487 7
6. North Carolina (2-1) 485 4
7. Texas (2-1) 482 5
8. Arkansas (3-0) 480 8
9. Louisiana St. (3-0) 479 12
10. Georgia Tech. (3-1) 477 9

11. Florida St. (3-0) 475 13
12. Miami, Fla. (3-0) 473 14
13. Arizona St. (3-0) 471 17
14. Georgia (3-0) 468 18
15. Texas Christian (1-1) 467 10
16. Louisville (2-1) 464 15
17. Oklahoma (1-2) 461 16
18. St. John's (1-2) 458 11
19. Cal. St. Fullerton (1-2) 457 21
20. California (3-0) 454 22

21. Oregon St. (3-1) 449 24
22. Arizona (2-1) 447 20
23. Stetson (3-0) 444 26
24. Oregon (2-1) 442 27
25. Clemson (2-1) 439 25
26. Baylor (3-0) 437 28
27. U.C. Irvine (3-0) 436 29
28. Southern Miss. (2-1) 433 30
29. Coll. of Charleston (3-0) 429 -
30. Georgia Southern (3-0) 426 -

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