Baseball Holding Up Strong in Polls


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CLEMSON - With less than two weeks remaining before its season opener, the Clemson baseball team is holding strong in the early-season polls.


The Tigers held onto the No. 11 spot in Baseball America's poll, stayed at No. 17 in Collegiate Baseball, and remained locked at No. 14 in the Sports Weekly/ESPN poll.


Clemson opens its season Feb. 24, hosting Charlotte.


Below are the three full polls:

BASEBALL AMERICA
                                 Last  
      Team                 W-L    Week   Previous
1.    Rice                 2-1    2-1    1
2.    Louisiana State      2-1    2-1    2
3.    Miami                2-1    2-1    3
4.    Stanford             8-1    3-0    4
5.    Georgia Tech         2-0    2-0    5
6.    Texas                9-0    3-0    6
7.    South Carolina       3-0    3-0    7
8.    Long Beach State     4-2    2-1    9
9.    Tulane               2-0    2-0    10
10.   Auburn               3-0    3-0    12
11.   Clemson              0-0    0-0    11
12.   Baylor               2-1    2-1    13
13.   Arizona              5-1    2-1    15
14.   Cal State Fullerton  4-5    1-2    8
15.   Wichita State        0-0    0-0    14
16.   Arizona State        5-1    2-1    16
17.   North Carolina       0-0    0-0    17
18.   Mississippi          0-0    0-0    18
19.   Notre Dame           0-0    0-0    19
20.   Florida              3-2    1-2    20
21.   Texas A&M            3-0    3-0    21
22.   Florida Atlantic     7-0    4-0    22
23.   Nebraska             0-0    0-0    23
24.   North Carolina State 1-0    1-0    24
25.   Florida State        3-3    1-0    25
Dropped Out: None.

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's
NCAA Div. I Poll
(As of Feb. 16, 2004)
Rank School (Record)        Points    Previous
1. Texas (9-0)               496        5
2. Rice (2-1)                495        T-1
3. Miami, Fla. (2-1)         494        T-1
4. Louisiana St. (2-1)       493        3
5. Georgia Tech. (2-0)       491        4
6. Stanford (8-1)            489        6
7. Arizona St. (5-1)         484        7
8. South Carolina (3-0)      480        14
9. Wichita St. (0-0)         475        9
10. Notre Dame (0-0)         470        10

11. Baylor (2-1)             468        11
12. Long Beach St. (4-2)     463        12
13. Tulane (2-0)             462        13
14. Arizona (5-1)            459        22
15. Cal. St. Fullerton (4-5) 458        8
16. Florida Atlantic (7-0)   455        19
17. Clemson (0-0)            450        17
18. Auburn (3-0)             449        18
19. Florida (3-2)            448        15
20. So. California (1-2)     447        16

21. Nebraska (0-0)           445        20
22. North Carolina (0-0)     443        21
23. Washington (2-1)         439        23
24. Florida St. (3-3)        435        24
25. Minnesota (0-0)          432        25
26. Mississippi (0-0)        424        26
27. Winthrop (1-0)           418        27
28. North Carolina St. (1-0) 414        28
29. Mississippi St. (0-0)    408        29
30. Texas A&M (3-0)          405        -

SPORTS WEEKLY/ESPN

Rank School (record) Points last week's rank First place votes
1. Rice (2-1)              961 1 15
2. Texas (9-0)             959 5 22
3. Stanford (8-1)          903 4 2
4. Miami (2-1)             877 2 1
5. Louisiana State (2-1)   810 3 0
6. Georgia Tech (2-0)      767 6 0
7. Arizona State (5-1)     745 7 0
8. South Carolina (3-0)    716 8 0
9. Long Beach St. (4-2)    657 9 0
10. Tulane (2-0)           523 12 0
11. Arizona (5-1)          501 17 0
12. Baylor (2-1)           494 11 0
13. Auburn (3-0)           484 15 0
14. Clemson (0-0)          463 14 0
15. Wichita State (0-0)    441 13 0
16. Notre Dame (0-0)       338 16 0
17. Cal St Fullerton (4-5) 307 10 0
18. North Carolina (0-0)   306 18 0
19. Florida Atlantic (7-0) 289 23 0
20. Nebraska (0-0)         243 20 0
21. Florida (3-2)          192 19 0
22. Mississippi (0-0)      176 22 0
23. So. California (1-2)   160 21 0
24. Florida State (3-3)    107 24 0
25. No Carolina St (1-0)   100 25 0
Dropped out: None.



Others receiving votes: Texas Tech 95; Texas A&M 90; Washington 30; Arkansas 26; Mississippi State 25; Cal Poly 23; Southwest Missouri State 20; Virginia 15; Coastal Carolina 12; Texas State 12; UCLA 11; Duke 10; Georgia 8; Southern Mississippi 8; Georgia Southern 7; Lamar 7; Minnesota 7; Missouri 7; Virginia Commonwealth 7; Oklahoma 6; Stetson 6; Alabama 5; James Madison 5; South Florida 5; Winthrop 4; Central Florida 3; Houston 3; New Mexico State 3; North Carolina-Greensboro 3; South Alabama 3; UC-Irvine 3; Michigan 2; UNC-Wilmington 2; West Virginia 2; East Carolina 1; Louisville 1; Ohio State 1; Oklahoma State 1; Oral Roberts 1; Tennessee 1.




TENNIS

Tigers improve to 4-0

CLEMSON - The 13th-ranked Clemson women's tennis team won a 7-0 decision over #14 Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday afternoon at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center in Clemson. The Tigers improve to 4-0 on the season with the win, while the Rams fall to 6-2 overall.


In doubles action, Clemson's 12th-ranked team of Maria Brito and Julie Coin fell to Virginia Commonwealth's Olga Borisova and Silvia Urickova by a score of 8-4 at flight one. At number two doubles, the Tigers' team of Richele LeSaldo and Karen Rombouts, currently ranked in a tie for 49th by the ITA in doubles, won an 8-1 decision over Cristina Arribas and Cristina Gago of VCU. Clemson won the flight three doubles match by default to claim the doubles point.


In singles play, ninth-ranked Coin defeated Borisova by a score of 6-2, 6-4 at flight one. The Tigers' Daniela Alvarez won a 0-6, 6-4(10-5) decision over Urickova at number two singles. Rombouts defeated her VCU opponent, Cristina Gago, 6-1, 6-2 at flight three, while Brito won a 6-3, 6-0 decision over Arribas at flight four. At number five singles, LeSaldo was victorious over the Rams' Camille Ripert by a score of 8-4. The Tigers won the number six singles match by default.


Clemson will travel to Nashville, Te nn.on Friday to face sixth-ranked Vanderbilt. The match between the Tigers and the Commodores will be held at the Brownlee O. Currey Junior Tennis
Complex and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.


No. 13 Clemson 7,

No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth 0

Singles

1. #9 Julie Coin (CU) def. Olga Borisova (VCU) 6-2, 6-4

2. #40 Daniela Alvarez (CU) def. Silvia Urickova (VCU) 0-6, 6-4(10-5)

3. Karen Rombouts (CU) def. Cristina Gago (VCU) 6-1, 6-2

4. #78 Maria Brito (CU) def. Cristina Arribas (VCU) 6-3, 6-0

5. Richele LeSaldo (CU) def. Camille Ripert (VCU) 8-4

6. CU won by default



Doubles

1. Borisova/Urickova (VCU) def. #12 Brito/Coin (CU) 8-4

2. T-#49 LeSaldo/Rombouts (CU) def. Arribas/Gago (VCU) 8-1

3. CU won by default


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