Clemson went 4-1 with three wins over top-10 teams on the road last week, including a 13-5 win at #6 South Carolina and two wins at #10 North Carolina. The two wins in Chapel Hill solidified the Tigers' second-place spot in the ACC standings. The Tigers hit .306 on the week, against its opponents .262 batting average, and committed just three errors. The Tigers also hit 15 extra base hits, while limiting opponents to just seven in five games. Garrick Evans was 7-for-15 (.467) with a homer and six RBIs on the week before leaving Sunday's game with a leg injury. Travis Storrer and Kris Harvey also added seven hits on the week.
In two relief appearances, Patrick Hogan pitched 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out eight to pick up two saves, giving him eight in 2004. He also has 16 in his career, tied for third most in Clemson history. Tyler Lumsden struck out 10 in 5.0 innings without allowing an earned run in game one at North Carolina before the game was suspended until the next day due to a power outage. Hogan came in and struck out six more Tar Heels, meaning the two combined for 16 strikeouts in Clemson's 2-1 win in game one. Steven Jackson pulled off a rare feat this past week, picking up wins over top-10 Carolina teams on the road in one week. He started and pitched 6.1 solid innings at South Carolina to earn the win, then came in relief at North Carolina Sunday to pitch 1.2 hitless and scoreless innings to earn the win again.
The Tigers will now play their next 14 games at home after playing 18 of their first 36 games away from home, starting Tuesday against The Citadel. Clemson's next ACC series is against N.C. State at Doug Kingsmore Stadium next weekend. Clemson is hitting .299 overall and has a 3.85 ERA. Only once in the last 14 games has Clemson allowed double-digit hits, and that was Saturday at North Carolina when the Tar Heels had 11 hits. The Tigers have also gone 16 straight games without allowing more than five runs in a game.
TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Texas is No. 1 for the second straight week in the latest Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll of NCAA Division I baseball.
The Longhorns (38-5) have won 11 of their last 12 games and sit at 11-3 in the Big 12 Conference. Pitching has been superb all season long for Texas with a team ERA of 2.32 and nine shutouts in 43 games. The pitching staff has struck out 375 batters and walked 141. On offense, the Longhorns have stolen 91 bases in 122 attempts, walked 190 times and hit 119 extra base hits.
Poll Notes: A major shakeup in the poll this week took place as 15 teams from last week lost two or more games. Teams making major jumps in the poll this week include Oral Roberts, Virginia, East Carolina and Clemson. Oral Roberts finished a stretch of five straight road games against top 25 teams with a 4-1 record. In addition, ORU has now won 24 consecutive Mid-Continent Conference games. Virginia has won 12 straight games with a glistening 32-7 overall record and 14-4 Atlantic Coast Conference mark. East Carolina has won 12 in a row and hit 15 homers in a 3-game series against Cincinnati. The Pirates are now tied for first place in Conference USA with a 12-3 record. East Carolina (31-6) would probably be ranked even higher, but the Pirates only have a 3-5 record against top 25 teams this season. Clemson beat South Carolina and knocked off North Carolina two of three games last week. Other red-hot teams include Rutgers (13 wins in a row) and Cal. St. Fullerton (8 straight wins).
The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.
DURHAM, N.C. - Texas remained at No. 1 in Baseball America's Top 25 weekly college baseball rankings for the second straight week by winning a Big 12 series against Baylor.
Mississippi produced a 5-0 record, including a three-game sweep of Tennessee, to move to No. 6. It matches the Rebels' highest rank in school history, which came almost exactly two years ago on April 22, 2002.
East Carolina scored 60 runs in a three-game sweep at Cincinnati to crack the Top 10 at No. 9. It marks the second-highest ranking ever for the Pirates, who were rated eighth on May 27, 2001, before finishing that season at No. 11.
Virginia rose to No. 15 this week after its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference series sweep. The Cavaliers lead the ACC with a 14-4 record and have swept four league series this year.
Central Florida forced its way back into the poll at No. 23 after a one-week absence. The Golden Knights swept an Atlantic Sun Conference series from Belmont in which they allowed just five hits in posting three consecutive conference shutouts for the first time in school history.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of April 18 and do not include ties.