Tigers drop in two of three baseball polls


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Clemson #22 in USA Today Coaches Poll

The USA TODAY Sports Top 25 baseball coaches’ poll, with RECORDS THROUGH SUNDAY, total points based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th, ranking in last week’s poll and first-place votes received:

						Last 	 First-place
Rank	School (record)			Points	rank	votes
1.	North Carolina (42-4)		757	1	15
2.	Vanderbilt (41-6)		756	2	15
3.	LSU (43-6)			701	3	1
4.	Cal State-Fullerton (39-7)	687	4	0
5.	Oregon State (37-8)		643	5	0
6.	Oregon (37-11)			614	6	0
7.	Florida State (38-9)		575	8	0
8.	Virginia (39-8)			557	7	0
9.	North Carolina State (37-11)	525	10	0
10.	UCLA (31-13)			478	11	0
11.	Louisville (37-10)		442	12	0
12.	South Carolina (33-14)		436	9	0
13.	Mississippi State (36-13)	383	15	0
14.	Arkansas (32-16)		376	14	0
15.	Oklahoma (34-14)		267	13	0
16.	Indiana (35-9)			263	17	0
17.	Arizona State (30-14-1)		258	16	0
18.	Rice (31-15)			211	21	0
19.	Oklahoma State (34-12)		182	19	0
20.	Mississippi (33-16)		158	18	0
21.	Stanford (26-16)		110	25	0
22.	Clemson (30-15)			99	22	0
23.	UC-Irvine (29-15)		74	20	0
24.	Cal Poly (31-14)		61	NR	0
25.	South Alabama (36-13)		51	NR	0   

Dropped out: No. 23 Kentucky, No. 24 Georgia Tech

Others receiving votes: Kansas State (34-15) 49; Mercer (36-12) 48; Pittsburgh (36-11) 40; Gonzaga (31-14) 30; Kentucky (27-19) 30; Virginia Tech (30-19) 25; South Florida (31-16) 24; Arizona (29-17) 23; New Mexico (30-17) 21; Troy (35-12) 21; Miami (Fla.) (32-18) 20; Campbell (39-9) 19; West Virginia (29-20) 16; North Carolina-Wilmington (34-14) 14; Georgia Tech (29-18) 10; Minnesota (28-15) 8; Louisiana-Lafayette (34-15) 6; Austin Peay (35-13) 4; Bryant (33-14) 2; Dartmouth (32-9) 1.

The USA TODAY Sports Board of Coaches is made up of 31 coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the American Baseball Coaches Association.


Clemson #15 in Collegiate Baseball Poll

TUCSON, Ariz. — Vanderbilt (41-6) is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s NCAA Division I baseball poll after winning eight consecutive games and 22 of its last 24.

The Commodores only played two games last week at South Carolina which Vanderbilt won. Game three of the series was rained out. Vanderbilt is first in the Southeastern Conference with a 21-2 record. Teams ranked 2-9 in last week's poll remained the same this week.

Poll Notes: Several other teams have been hot. Sam Houston St. has won nine straight and leads the Southland Conference with a 15-6 record while Troy has captured 11 of its last 12. In key series over the past weekend, Louisiana St. swept a 3-game series at home against Florida, Florida St. swept three from Central Florida, Arizona St. lost two of three at home to Stanford, Arkansas won two of three against Kentucky, Arizona lost two of three at home to Washington and lost another earlier in the week to Arizona St., and Mississippi St. swept a 3-game series at home against Alabama. Three teams fell out of the top 30 this week in Florida (4 straight losses), Arizona (1-3 last week) and Central Florida (1-3). New to the poll is Troy (35-12), Sam Houston St. (31-17), and Kansas St. (34-15, tied for first in the Big 12 Conference at 11-7).

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 May 5, 2013)
www.baseballnews.com

Rank	Team (2013 Record)		Points	Pvs.
  1.	Vanderbilt (41-6)		497	1
  2.	North Carolina (42-4)		496	2
  3.	Louisiana St. (43-6)		494	3
  4. 	Cal. St. Fullerton (39-7)	492	4
  5.	Oregon St. (37-8)		489	5
  6. 	Oregon (37-11)			488	6
  7.	N.C. State (37-11)		485	7
  8.	Virginia (39-8)			484	8
  9.	Florida St. (38-9)		482	9
10. 	Louisville (37-10)		476	11
11.	UCLA (31-13)			473	12
12.	Arkansas (32-16)		469	16
13.	Oklahoma (34-14)		467	10
14.	Arizona St. (30-14-1)		464	13
15.	Clemson (30-15)			462	14
16.	South Carolina (33-14)		459	15
17.	Pittsburgh (36-11)		458	17
18. 	New Mexico (30-17)		456	18
19.	Stanford (26-16)		452	22
20.	South Florida (31-16)		448	20
21.	Indiana (35-9)			444	21
22.	Cal. Poly (31-14)		440	24
23.	South Alabama (36-13)		438	25
24.	Mississippi St. (36-13)		435	28
25.	Troy (35-12)			432	—
26.	Rice (31-15)			429	27
27.	Mississippi (33-16)		427	26
28.	Sam Houston St. (31-17)		424	—
29.	Kansas St. (34-15)		421	—
30.	Campbell (39-9)			419	29


Clemson #19 in Baseball America Poll

DURHAM, N.C.—North Carolina’s run at No. 1 in the Baseball America College Top 25 rankings continued after the Tar Heels improved to 42-4 with a win against The Citadel in their only game of the week.

The top seven teams remained unchanged from last week after all posted undefeated weeks, highlighted by Vanderbilt’s winning two games on the road at No. 15 South Carolina. The Tar Heels and Commodores occupied the first two spots in the preseason rankings and have held those spots in all but two weeks this season. No. 3 Louisiana State also knocked off a ranked opponent, sweeping then-No. 21 Florida to push the Gators out of the rankings.

There was some shuffling at the back of the top 10 brought on by Arizona State’s home series loss to Stanford. The Sun Devils fell from No. 8 to No. 13 this week, while UCLA, Florida State and Oregon each moved up a spot. Arkansas also moved up three spots to No. 11 for its road series win against Kentucky.

Stanford was one of three teams to join the rankings this week, coming back in at No. 25. Big East Conference co-leaders South Florida and Pittsburgh make their 2013 rankings debuts at Nos. 23 and 24, respectively. South Florida’s last Top 25 appearance came in March 1997. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is ranked for the first time since May 2010 and just the second time ever.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of May 5 and do not include ties.

Rk.	Team			W-L	Last 	Prev.
1.	North Carolina		42-4	1-0	1
2.	Vanderbilt		41-6	2-0	2
3.	Louisiana State		43-6	4-0	3
4.	Cal State Fullerton	39-7	3-0	4
5.	North Carolina State	37-11	3-0	5
6.	Oregon State		37-8	3-0	6
7.	Virginia		39-8	1-0	7
8.	UCLA			31-13	4-0	9
9.	Florida State		38-9	3-0	10
10.	Oregon			37-11	4-1	11
11.	Arkansas		32-16	3-1	14
12.	Louisville		37-10	4-0	13
13.	Arizona State		30-14	2-2	8
14.	Indiana			35-9	1-1	16
15.	South Carolina		33-14	0-2	15
16.	New Mexico		30-17	3-1	17
17.	Rice			31-15	3-1	19
18.	Oklahoma		34-14	1-3	12
19.	Clemson			30-15	0-1	18
20.	South Alabama		36-13	2-1	20
21.	Mississippi State	36-13	3-0	22
22.	Virginia Tech		30-19	3-1	25
23.	South Florida		31-16	2-1	NR
24.	Pittsburgh		36-11	4-1	NR
25.	Stanford		26-16	3-1	NR
Dropped out: Florida (21), Kentucky (23), Mississippi (24).
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