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Clemson University

Overall Season Record: 6-7

Conference Record: 0-0

Last Week: 2-2

W away vs. Wofford, 6-0

W home vs. #7 Auburn, 14-9

L home vs. #7 Auburn, 5-4

L home vs. #7 Auburn, 9-6


Notes: Clemson went 2-2 this past week even though it hit .320 on the week, compared to its opponents hitting just .241. Brad McCann was 9-for-17 (.529) with a homer and eight RBIs, Garrick Evans was 6-for-12 (.500) with four doubles, Russell Triplet was 7-for-15 (.467) with three doubles and a homer, and Travis Storrer was 6-for-15 (.400) on the week. Clemson has now lost its seven games by a combined 12 runs. Clemson was 15-5 in games decided by two runs or less in 2003, and is now 0-5 in games decided by two runs or less in 2004. Clemson lost two of three games to #7 Auburn despite outhitting the SEC Tigers .309 to .257. Clemson also outscored Auburn 24-23 and had 34 hits, compared to 28 by Auburn. Clemson also hit six homers and had eight steals to Auburn's one homer and two steals. Clemson lost 5-4 Saturday when McCann hit a sharp single to left, but Sean Gamble's throw just beat Herman Demmink at the plate for the game-ending out. Clemson outhit Auburn 13-6 in the Saturday loss. McCann leads Clemson with a .421 batting average and 14 RBIs, while red-hot Evans is hitting .417 with five doubles in just eight games this year. The Tigers have hit 19 homers in 13 games and outscored its opponents 85-59 overall despite their losing record. Clemson also has a 3.95 ERA, compared to a 4.85 ERA by its opponents. Tiger pitchers have struck out 126 in 118.1 innings pitched. Kris Harvey (3-0), Tuesday's probable starter against Coastal Carolina, has yet to allow an extra base hit in 16.0 innings pitched this year. Clemson has averaged 3,965 fans per home date despite it's 2-4 home record. Clemson has lost it's four home games by a combined six runs. McCann already has eight multi-hit games and four games of at least three hits. Storrer is currently on a nine-game hitting streak.



Tigers #19 in 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 March 15 release, his RPI index has Clemson #19 despite the 6-7 record. Clemson is actually ahead of Auburn (#26), despite the SEC Tigers 16-2 record and 2-1 series victorty over Clemson. The RPI only counts games against Division I teams and is for games through March 14.

Clemson's tough schedule continues this week when it plays #12 Coastal Carolina Tuesday and #20 Texas Tech in a three-game series in Lubbock.

Boyd Nation's Unofficial RPI By Team
Rk      Team            W-L     Rating
1.      Arizona State   17-3    .724
2.      Texas           23-2    .680
3.      Wichita State   6-0     .677
4.      Miami (FL)      15-3    .674
5.      Rice            14-4    .670
6.      Louisiana State 15-2    .660
7.      Stanford        15-3    .660
8.      Notre Dame      11-1    .657
9.      Florida State   16-5    .648
10.     South Carolina  17-0    .648
11.     East Carolina   16-3    .639
12.     Coast Carolina  15-3    .635
13.     Florida         18-3    .626
14.     Texas A&M       18-2    .621
15.     Virginia        17-2    .621
16.     N.C. State      14-3    .616
17.     Mississippi     14-1    .615
18.     South Florida   13-5    .614
19.     Clemson         6-7     .613
20.     Texas Tech      13-5    .609

Ranking Clemson's Opponents By RPI
Rk      Team                    *GP     *W-L    ^W-L    Rating
10.     South Carolina  	2       0-2     17-0    .648
11.     East Carolina   	2       0-2     16-3    .639
26.     Auburn  		3       1-2     16-2    .601
100.    College of Charleston   1       1-0     12-5    .529
172.    Charlotte       	1       0-1     8-5     .476
181.    Gardner-Webb    	1       1-0     8-11    .465
191.    Georiga Southern        2       2-0     9-11    .454
225.    Wofford 		1       1-0     8-3     .427
* - head-to-head and through March 14; 
^ - overall (against Division I teams only); 
Note:  There are 287 schools that play Division I baseball



LSU NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL


TUCSON, Ariz. — Louisiana State University is ranked No. 1 for the fourth straight week in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll.


The Tigers (15-2) have won 13 of their last 14 games. During the past week, LSU beat Louisiana-Monroe 6-1 and Southeastern Louisiana twice, 7-1 and 5-1. LSU's 15-2 record is the Tigers' best through 17 games since the 1997 club was 17-0 en route to a 19-0 start. The Tigers have held its opposition to four runs or less in 15 of their 17 contests as LSU sports a 1.95 team ERA.


Poll Notes: Fourth-ranked South Carolina keeps on rolling with a perfect 17-0 record but did not move up in the poll since No. 2 Stanford was idle last week and No. 3 Texas has won 12 in a row. Texas' 23-2 start is the school's best since 1982 when the Longhorns began the year with 33 straight wins. Other noted win streaks include Florida (14 in a row), Tennessee (12 straight), Oral Roberts (10 consecutive) and Lamar (9 in a row).


Notre Dame's 12-1 record represents the best start in 94 years for the Irish. Virginia swept a 3-game series at Georgia Tech. over the past weekend and now has a 17-2 overall record. The Cavaliers jumped from 30th to 20th in this week's poll. It marked the first time that Virginia swept Georgia Tech in a 3-game ACC series.


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 15, 2004)

Rank School (Record) Points Previous 
1.  Louisiana St. (15-2)     496  1 
2.  Stanford (15-3)          494  2 
3.  Texas (23-2)             493  3 
4.  South Carolina (17-0)    492  4 
5.  Arizona St. (17-3)       490  5 
6.  Miami, Fla. (15-3)       488  7 
7.  Rice (14-4)              487  6 
8.  Notre Dame (12-1)        486  8 
9.  Wichita St. (6-0)        483  9 
10. Auburn (16-2)            480 12 
11. Mississippi (14-1)       478 15 
12. Florida (18-3)           473 14 
13. Texas A&M (18-2)         471 13 
14. Florida Atlantic (18-2)  469 10 
15. Long Beach St. (13-5)    467 11 
16. Florida St. (16-5)       464 19 
17. Tulane (12-5)            460 16 
18. N. Carolina St. (14-3)   457 23 
19. Tennessee (16-2)         452 26 
20. Virginia (17-2)          449 30 
21. Mississippi St. (10-2)   445 17 
22. U.C. Irvine (14-5-1)     443 18 
23. Nebraska (8-4)           440 20 
24. East Carolina (16-3)     438 24 
25. North Carolina (12-4)    431 25 
26. Southern Miss. (14-2)    429 27 
27. Oral Roberts (13-3)      427 — 
28. Lamar (15-4)             424 — 
29. N.C. Greensboro (12-3)   420 28 
30. Vanderbilt (13-2)        418 29 


Baseball America's Top 25


DURHAM, N.C. -- Stanford stayed atop Baseball America's Top 25 weekly college baseball rankings for the fourth consecutive week though the Cardinal did not take the field because of a 15-day exam break.


Texas and South Carolina held fast behind Stanford, with Louisiana State rising a spot to No. 4. Texas A&M pushed into the top 10 at No. 9 with a 4-0 week and 18-2 record overall.


Three unranked teams join the poll, led by Virginia. The 17-2 Cavaliers swept Georgia Tech for the first time since the Atlantic Coast Conference began playing three-game conference series in 1990 and are ranked 19th. Virginia has not been ranked since finishing the 1996 season at No. 14.


Vanderbilt makes its first ever appearance in the Top 25 poll at No. 22 after winning a series at Baylor to improve to 13-2.


Nebraska also rejoined the poll at No. 25 after a one-week absence.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 14 and do not include ties.

Rk Team W-L Last Week Previous 
1. Stanford           15-3 0-0 1 
2. Texas              23-2 4-0 2 
3. South Carolina     17-0 5-0 3 
4. Louisiana State    15-2 3-0 5 
5. Rice               14-4 3-1 4 
6. Miami              15-3 4-0 6 
7. Auburn             16-2 3-1 7 
8. Arizona State      17-3 2-1 8 
9. Texas A&M          18-2 4-0 12 
10. Long Beach State  13-5 2-1 9 
11. Mississippi       14-1 3-1 10 
12. Notre Dame        12-1 5-0 14 
13. Wichita State      6-0 3-0 13 
14. Tulane            12-5 2-2 11 
15. Florida Atlantic  18-2 2-1 15 
16. Florida           18-3 3-0 16 
17. Arizona           11-7 2-1 19 
18. East Carolina     16-3 4-0 23 
19. Virginia          17-2 4-1 NR 
20. Florida State     16-5 5-0 24 
21. Southern Miss     14-2 2-1 23 
22. Vanderbilt        13-2 3-1 NR 
23. UC Irvine         14-5 2-2 18 
24. Mississippi State 10-2 3-2 2-2 
25. Nebraska           8-4 2-1 NR 

Dropped Out: Georgia Tech (17), Oklahoma (20), Clemson (25). 


Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll


The Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 College Coaches' Poll as selected by 40 Division I coaches representing the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Rank, school (first-place votes) W-L-T Pts. LW 
1. Texas (29)            23-2-0 983 1 
2. Stanford (7)          15-3-0 949 2 
3. Rice                  14-4-0 874 3 
4. South Carolina (2)    17-0-0 872 4 
5. LSU (2)               15-2-0 861 5 
6. Arizona State         17-3-0 781 6 
7. Miami (Fla.)          15-3-0 734 7 
8. Auburn                16-2-0 701 9 
9. Notre Dame            12-1-0 653 10 
10. Long Beach State     13-5-0 598 8 
11. Wichita State         6-0-0 572 11 
12. Texas A&M            18-2-0 566 14 
13. Mississippi          14-1-0 475 15 
14. Florida Atlantic     18-2-0 444 13 
15. Florida              18-3-0 396 16 
16. Tulane               12-5-0 395 12 
17. N.C. State           14-3-0 295 20 
18. Florida State        16-5-0 278 21 
19. Southern Miss.       14-2-0 199 24 
20. Virginia             17-2-0 182 NR 
21. Nebraska              8-4-0 139 19 
22. East Carolina        16-3-0 128 NR 
23. Arizona              11-7-1 97 22 
23. Mississippi State    10-2-0 97 25 
23. Oklahoma             11-6-0 97 17 

Dropped out: Georgia Tech (9-9), No. 23 UC-Irvine (14-5-1).


Others receiving votes: Missouri 90; Tennessee 88; Alabama 75; Vanderbilt 72; UC-Irvine 57; Washington 49; North Carolina 44; Oral Roberts 25; Lamar 19; Texas Tech 16; Coastal Carolina 14; Oregon State 14; North Carolina-Greensboro 11; South Florida 9; Oklahoma State 8; Georgia 7; Cal Poly 5; Clemson 5; Georgia Tech 5; Illinois-Chicago 4; Kansas 4; Stetson 4; Richmond 3; Cal State Fullerton 2; Arkansas 1; Central Florida 1; Middle Tennessee State 1; Southern California 1.

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