Baseball Drops in Polls, No.3 in RPI


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TUCSON, Ariz. — Rice University (35-3) has been ranked No. 1 for the fourth straight time in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll.


Despite losing twice last week to Lamar (7-5) and Fresno St. (7-3), the Owls won three games (one against Texas A&M and two against Fresno St.).


Rice had stretched its school-record winning streak to 30 games with a win last Tuesday against Texas A&M, but the streak ended the next night with a loss to Lamar. Despite the two losses last week, the Owls have won 32 of their last 34 games. Rice is hitting .327 as a team. The pitching staff has an ERA of 2.22. On defense, the Owls have played errorless ball in 24 of 38 games.


Poll Notes: Three teams that have been superb lately include Notre Dame, Texas and Minnesota. The Fighting Irish have won 16 straight games while the Longhorns have won eight straight. Minnesota, which has won 11 of its last 12 games, has raced to a 10-0 Big Ten Conference record as the Golden Gophers are 20-11 overall. Three teams fell out of the poll this week in Florida (2-2), Nevada-Las Vegas (2-2) and Western Carolina (0-3). Three new teams to the poll this week are Minnesota, Lamar and Wichita 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 April 14, 2003)
 
Rank School (Record)       Pts Prev 
 1. Rice (35-3)            495  1 
 2. Florida St. (33-6)     494  2 
 3. Cal. St. Full. (30-8)  492  3 
 4. Stanford (23-10)       489  4 
 5. Georgia Tech. (28-6)   485  5 
 6. Arizona St. (38-7)     482  6 
 7. Louisiana St. (24-11-1)479  8 
 8. N. Carolina St. (30-8) 475  9 
 9. Auburn (29-8)          474 10 
10. Texas (29-11)          471 15 
11. Miss St. (25-7-1)      470  7 
12. Long Beach St. (23-12) 468 11 
13. Notre Dame (25-6)      465 16 
14. Miami, Fla. (27-7)     463 12 
15. Clemson (25-9)         461 13 
16. Nebraska (25-9)        459 14 
17. Florida Atl (32-9)     455 18 
18. Texas A&M (29-11)      453 24 
19. Richmond (27-6)        450 22 
20. Baylor (25-14)         449 21 
21. Oklahoma St. (23-11)   446 17 
22. Wake Forest (21-12)    444 19 
23. Missouri (25-10)       440 20 
24. Minnesota (20-11)      438 — 
25. Arizona (26-12)        434 26 
26. Arkansas (27-7)        433 25 
27. Southern Miss. (26-10) 430 27 
28. South Alabama (25-10)  426 30 
29. Lamar (25-10)          423 — 
30. Wichita St. (27-12)    420 — 


Baseball America's College Top 25


DURHAM, N.C.--While Rice's winning streak ended at 30 games, it extended its stay atop Baseball America’s Top 25 college baseball rankings to six weeks.


The Owls lost to Lamar and then again Friday at Fresno State, breaking a 19-game Western Athletic Conference win streak, but rallied to win the series and kept the top spot in the rankings ahead of Cal State Fullerton. In fact, the top five spots in the poll remained the same, punctuated by No. 5 Auburn going on the road and winning a series against Mississippi State, which fell from sixth to eighth in the poll.


The Southeastern Conference has four teams in the rankings--No. 23 Arkansas rejoined the poll as the fourth member--with three in the top 10. Louisiana State climbed to No. 10 with a series win against Mississippi that vaulted it into first place in the tough SEC West.
The only significant movement in the rankings came toward the bottom. Texas A&M moved up to No. 18 after sweeping Kansas State, while Southern Mississippi moved up a spot to No. 22 as it retained first place in Conference USA. Texas A&M's Big 12 brethren Oklahoma State and Missouri remained in the Top 25 despite losing league series against teams ranked ahead of them in the poll.


Baseball America's staff determines the Top 25 rankings, and records (which do not reflect ties) are through games of April 13.

	Team	             Overall	Last  Prev
1.	Rice               	35-3	3-2	1
2.	Cal State Fullerton	30-8	3-1	2
3.	Florida State	        33-6	2-1	3
4.	Stanford	        23-10	3-0	4
5.	Auburn	                29-8	2-1	5
6.	Arizona State	        38-7	4-0	7
7.	Texas	                29-11	4-0	9
8.	Mississippi State	25-7	1-2	6
9.	Long Beach State	23-12	3-1	10
10.	Louisiana State	        24-11	3-1	11
11.	Nebraska	        25-9	2-2	8
12.	Miami	                27-7	2-1	12
13.	Georgia Tech	        28-6	4-0	13
14.	North Carolina State	30-8	3-1	14
15.	Florida Atlantic	32-9	2-1	15
16.	Baylor	                25-14	2-2	16
17.	Notre Dame	        25-6	5-0	17
18.	Texas A&M	        29-11	3-1	19
19.	Clemson	                25-9	2-2	18
20.	Richmond	        27-6	4-0	20
21.	Nevada-Las Vegas	28-11	2-2	21
22.	Southern Mississippi	26-10	3-1	23
23.	Arkansas	        27-7	2-1	NR
24.	Oklahoma State	        23-11	2-2	22
25.	Missouri	        25-10	2-2	25


Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll


  TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
 1. RICE (32)(35-3)                       1014     1
 2. FLORIDA STATE (6)(33-6)                963     2
 3. CAL STATE-FULLERTON (30-8)             925     3
 4. ARIZONA STATE (3) (38-7)               920     4
 5. AUBURN (29-8)                          833     5
 6. GEORGIA TECH (28-6)                    809     6
 7. STANFORD (23-10)                       783     7
 8. TEXAS (29-11)                          742     9
 9. MISSISSIPPI STATE (25-7-1)             627     8
10. LONG BEACH STATE (23-12)               615    11
11. MIAMI (27-7)                           606    10
12. LSU (24-11-1)                          565    13
13. NORTH CAROLINA STATE (30-8)            519    15
14. NEBRASKA (25-9)                        487    12
15. CLEMSON (25-9)                         405    14
16. TEXAS A&M (29-11)                      391    17
17. BAYLOR (25-14)                         360    16
18. RICHMOND (27-6)                        345    18
19. NOTRE DAME (25-6)                      256    21
20. ARKANSAS (27-7)                        244    20
21. ALABAMA (25-11)                        154    23
22. FLORIDA ATLANTIC (32-9)                149    22
23. FLORIDA (25-11-1)                      143    19
24. ARIZONA (26-12)                         57    NR
25. TULANE (26-11)                          45    NR


Dropped out: No. 24 Wake Forest (21-12), No. 25 Oklahoma State (23-11)


Others receiving votes: Wake Forest (43), South Carolina (35), North Carolina-Greensboro (31), Oklahoma State (31), Southern Mississippi (29), Wichita State (28), Nevada-Las Vegas (25), Washington (19), North Carolina (17), South Alabama (15), Missouri (14), Virginia Commonwealth (14), Lamar (11), Minnesota (11), Pepperdine (10), Southern California (8), Coastal Carolina (8), Virginia Tech (4), Florida International (4), Ball State (3), North Carolina-Wilmington (2), Kent State (1), California-Riverside (1), Kansas (1).


Tigers Remains #3 in Latest RPI


The only rating system the NCAA uses to determine selections and seedings is the RPI, or the Ratings Percentage Index. Although the NCAA does not release its official RPI, Boyd Nation has come up with an RPI index that is all but the same as the official RPI. He uses numbers from previous seasons to verify his formulas.

In the April 14 release, his RPI index has Clemson #3, depsite the Tigers only being ranked as high as #15 in the polls. In fact, the Tigers are the highest ranked ACC team in the RPI. Clemson can thank a brutal non-conference schedule for its high RPI ranking, which already includes three games at Auburn (#1) and many other games against quality foes. The RPI only counts games against Division I teams and is for games through April 13.

Boyd Nation's Unofficial RPI By Team
Rk      Team    W-L     Rating
1.      Auburn  29-8    .693
2.      Rice    35-3    .660
3.      Clemson 25-9    .655
4.      Florida State   33-6    .645
5.      Miami (FL)      27-7    .643
6.      Texas   29-11   .633
7.      Stanford        23-10   .633
8.      Cal. State-Fullerton    30-8    .630
9.      Louisiana State 24-11   .629
10.     Georgia Tech    27-6    .629

Boyd Nation's Unofficial RPI By Conference
Rk      Conference              W-L     Rating
1.      Southeastern            265-151 .593
2.      Atlantic Coast          207-107 .590
3.      Big XII                 221-137 .583
4.      Pacific 10              189-139 .548
5.      Western Athletic        121-95  .548

Ranking Clemson's Opponents By RPI
Rk      Team                   *GP     *W-L    ^W-L    Rating
1.      Auburn                  3       1-2     29-8    .693
4.      Florida State           3       1-2     33-6    .645
13.     N.C. State              3       1-2     30-8    .617
14.     Virginia                3       2-1     21-12   .617
32.     South Carolina          4       3-1     22-14   .582
41.     Georgia                 1       1-0     17-18   .573
59.     Western Carolina        2       1-1     23-13   .554
97.     Georgia Southern        2       2-0     21-14   .524
110.    Winthrop                1       1-0     23-13   .518
135.    College of Charleston   2       2-0     22-14   .504
136.    Old Dominion            3       3-0     12-20   .504
165.    Tennessee Tech          2       2-0     14-15   .482
177.    Charleston Southern     1       1-0     13-24   .477
180.    Maine                   3       3-0     19-7    .473
265.    Wofford                 1       1-0     6-25    .385

* - head-to-head and through April 13; ^ - overall;

Note: There are 287 schools that play Division I baseball.

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