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Collegiate Baseball Top 30


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


The Tigers (9-1) have won seven straight games, including a 3-game
sweep of Texas State over the past weekend. The win streak represents
the Tigers' longest since the 2002 season. LSU's pitching staff has
allowed two runs or less in each of the seven victories as the Tigers
have outscored opponents 71-9 during the win streak.



Poll Notes: Several teams have been red-hot. East Carolina has raced to
a 12-0 start which includes two wins over Clemson. It marks the second
best start in school history. South Carolina is off to a 9-0 record.
The Gamecocks now own five shutouts in nine wins on the season. On
offense, South Carolina has belted 24 homers with a team batting
average of .393.


Notre Dame is 6-0 for the first time in 44 seasons. Texas A&M has
rolled to a 12-1 record - the best start since the 1993 squad opened
the year 15-1. Other teams on a roll include North Carolina State (7
straight victories), and Arizona State, Florida and Mississippi (6
consecutive wins).


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 1, 2004)
Rank School (Record)		Points	Previous
1. Louisiana St. (9-1)		496		1
2. Stanford (13-2)		495		2
3. Texas (15-2)			492		4
4. Rice (7-2)			490		5
5. South Carolina (9-0)		489		6
6. Arizona St. (12-2)		487		7
7. Notre Dame (6-0)		484		10
8. Miami, Fla. (7-3)		483		8
9. Wichita St. (0-0)		475		9
10. Long Beach St. (9-3)	473		11

11. Florida Atlantic (12-1)	470		12
12. Texas A&M (12-1)		469		14
13. Tulane (8-1)		467		13
14. Auburn (9-1)		464		15
15. Nebraska (5-1)		460		16
16. Oklahoma (8-1)		455		28
17. Georgia Tech. (6-3)		453		3
18. East Carolina (12-0)	450		-
19. Florida (10-3)		448		21
20. Oregon St. (8-1)		445		-

21. Mississippi (6-0)		443		26
22. North Carolina St. (7-0)	441		27
23. Florida St. (9-4)		439		23
24. Mississippi St. (3-0)	436		29
25. U.C. Irvine (9-2-1)		433		30
26. Arizona (7-5-1)		430		19
27. Cal. St. Fullerton (8-8)	429		20
28. Washington (6-3)		425		22
29. Clemson (2-3)		422		17
30. North Carolina (4-3)	420		18


Baseball America Top 25


DURHAM, N.C.- Stanford, Rice and Louisiana State enjoyed perfect
weeks to remain in the top three spots of Baseball America's Top 25
weekly college baseball rankings.


Notre Dame made the biggest move, rising eight spots to No. 11
after sweeping three games at Florida Atlantic's DoubleTree Diamond
Classic and winning a makeup game against Florida Memorial this
weekend. The 6-0 start by the Irish is its best since 1960. Mississippi
also made a big jump, pushing its way to No. 12 with a 6-0 record
following a second straight weekend series sweep.


Oklahoma and East Carolina both make their poll debuts after each
defeating two ranked teams in weekend tournaments. The Sooners (8-1)
improved to 3-0 against top 25 teams this season after beating Georgia
Tech and Cal State Fullerton at the Kia Bash. The Pirates ran their
record to 12-0 with two wins against Clemson in playing host to the
Keith LeClair Invitational.


Georgia Tech, which lost all three games at the Kia Bash, dropped
eight spots to No. 13. Clemson fell seven spots after losing three of
its first five games, and Baylor fell to No. 25 after having lost five
of its last six.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings.
Records indicated are through games of Feb. 29 and do not include ties.

Team                    W-L    Last  Prev
1.    Stanford          13-2   3-0    1
2.    Rice              7-2    2-0    2
3.    Louisiana State   9-1    3-0    3
4.    Texas    		15-2   4-0    6
5.    South Carolina    9-0    3-0    7
6.    Miami    		7-3    3-1    4
7.    Long Beach State  9-3    2-1    8
8.    Tulane    	8-1    3-0    9
9.    Auburn    	9-1    4-0    10
10.   Arizona State    	12-2   4-0    12
11.   Notre Dame    	9-0    4-0    19
12.   Mississippi    	6-0    3-0    18
13.   Georgia Tech    	6-3    0-3    5
14.   Texas A&M    	12-1   5-1    20
15.   Wichita State    	0-0    0-0    14
16.   Arizona    	7-5    2-2    16
17.   Cal St Fullerton  8-8    2-2    13
18.   Clemson    	2-3    2-3    11
19.   Oklahoma    	8-1    3-0    NR
20.   Florida Atlantic  12-1   2-1    21
21.   East Carolina    	12-0   5-0    NR
22.   Florida    	10-3   4-0    22
23.   Nebraska    	5-1    2-1    23
24.   North Carolina St 7-0    3-0    24
25.   Baylor    	4-5    1-2    15


Dropped Out: North Carolina (17), Florida State (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. Stanford (34)       13-2-0 988 1 
2. Rice (2)             7-2-0 929 2 
3. Texas               15-2-0 922 3 
4. LSU (4)              9-1-0 878 4  
5. South Carolina       9-0-0 795 8 
6. Arizona State       12-2-0 792 7 
7. Long Beach State     9-3-0 716 9 
8. Miami (Fla.)         7-3-0 714 4 
9. Notre Dame           6-0-0 605 12 
10. Tulane              8-1-0 574 10  
11. Auburn              9-1-0 549 14 
12. Georgia Tech        6-3-0 471 6 
13. Wichita State       0-0-0 463 13 
14. Nebraka             5-1-0 393 17 
15. Florida Atlantic    5-1-0 381 16 
16. Texas A&M          12-1-0 363 23 
17. Oklahoma            8-1-0 315 NR 
18. Mississippi         6-0-0 279 21 
19. N.C. State          7-0-0 266 24 
20. Cal State Fullerton 8-8-0 219 18 
21. Arizona             7-5-1 206 19 
22. Florida State       9-4-0 187 22 
23. Florida            10-3-0 184 25 
24. East Carolina      12-0-0 179 NR 
25. Clemson             2-3-0 170 11 
     


Dropped out: No. 15 North Carolina (4-3), No. 20 Baylor (4-6).

Others receiving votes: North Carolina 73; Alabama 50; Baylor 43; Vanderbilt 41; Oregon State 36; Southern Mississippi
34; Mississippi State 33; Oklahoma State 32; UC-Irvine 27; Arkansas 24; Washington 22; North
Carolina-Greensboro 18; Tennessee 5; UCLA 5; Georgia 4; Missouri 4; Louisiana-Lafayette 3;
Richmond 3; Cal Poly 2; Kentucky 1; Virginia 1; Virginia Commonwealth 1.

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