Tigers drop five spots in one baseball poll


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DURHAM, N.C—Florida continued its dominance of in-state rival Miami, sweeping then-No. 12 Hurricanes, and remained No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 rankings.
With most of the top teams posting winning weeks, there was little movement within the rankings. The top 10 in the rankings all held their ground, with the exception of North Carolina leapfrogging Georgia at No. 8 after the Tar Heels posted a 3-1 week that included a series win against Southern California.
The biggest story of the new rankings comes at No. 25, where Maryland joins the rankings for the first time in the 32-year history of the Top 25. The Terrapins swept a four-game series from Manhattan over the weekend and have also won games against East Carolina and Purdue and won a series at UCLA on their way to a 9-1 start.
Also joining the rankings each for the first time this season are Texas State at No. 21 and Mississippi State at No. 23. The Bobcats defeated then-No. 22 Texas Christian in midweek action and swept Notre Dame over the weekend, with their pitching staff not allowing a single run in the process. The Bulldogs went 4-1 on the week, winning two games apiece against Connecticut and Lipscomb.
Texas, usually a staple of the Top 25, dropped out of the rankings entirely after going 2-2 on the week and starting 4-7 on the season. Fellow Lone Star State squads Texas Christian and Baylor also dropped out.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records do not include ties.

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

Dropped out: Texas (21), Texas Christian (22), Baylor (25).


FLORIDA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Florida (10-1) has been ranked No. 1 in
the latest NCAA Division I baseball poll by "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper.

The Gators, who have been ranked No. 1 four consecutive polls, have won
eight in a row. Over the past weekend, Florida swept a 3-game series over
previously unbeaten Miami, Fla.

The Gators have now beaten the Hurricanes 11 consecutive games dating back
to the 2010 season and swept Miami in a 3-game series in Coral Gables for
the first time since 2006 and just the second time in school history.

Poll Notes: Other teams have been red-hot. Kentucky (11-0) and Gonzaga
(10-0) enter the rankings after being unbeaten so far. Oregon has won 10
straight while Maryland has captured eight in a row with a microscopic team
ERA of 0.95. Purdue (8-1) is off to its best start since the 1959 season.
Cal. St. Fullerton has won seven straight while UCLA has captured six in a
row along with Texas A&M.

Four teams fell out of the top 30 in Southern California (1-3 last week),
Cal. Poly (2-2), Baylor (3-2) and College of Charleston (2-2). New teams in
the poll this week are Kentucky, Gonzaga, Purdue (8-1) and Central Florida
(10-2).

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 5, 2012)
Rank School (Record) Points Previous
1. Florida (10-1) 497 1
2. South Carolina (9-1) 494 2
3. Stanford (10-1) 492 3
4. Rice (11-1) 491 4
5. Texas A&M (11-1) 490 5
6. North Carolina (8-2) 486 6
7. Arkansas (11-2) 482 7
8. Florida St. (9-1) 478 10
9. Oregon (10-1) 474 15
10. Georgia Tech. (10-2) 471 12

11. Louisiana St. (10-2) 469 13
12. Cal. St. Fullerton (8-3) 468 17
13. Arizona St. (8-2) 466 11
14. Miami, Fla. (8-3) 464 8
15. Georgia (10-2) 461 9
16. Louisville (8-3) 459 14
17. Oklahoma (7-3) 457 16
18. Arizona (8-2) 455 18
19. Stetson (9-2) 453 19
20. Clemson (5-4) 448 20

21. Maryland (9-1) 445 27
22. Mississippi (9-2) 441 23
23. Kentucky (11-0) 438 -
24. Gonzaga (10-0) 436 -
25. California (8-2) 435 25
26. Texas Tech. (9-3) 434 24
27. UCLA (8-3) 433 28
28. Oregon St. (8-4) 431 26
29. Purdue (8-1) 428 -
30. Central Florida (10-2) 426 -

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