Baseball Slides Down in Poll


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Clemson University

Overall Season Record: 30-18

ACC Regular-Season Record: 12-6

Last Week: 3-2

W home vs. #24 Florida State, 18-9

W home vs. Charleston Southern, 3-2

W home vs. #24 Central Florida, 8-5

L home vs. #24 Central Florida, 7-4

L home vs. #24 Central Florida, 3-2

Notes:


Clemson was 3-2 on the week against more stiff competition. The Tigers' RPI entering the week was #11, and with three wins in five games against teams all in the top 100 in the RPI (including four of the five games against teams in the top 30), Clemson should remain around #11 in this upcoming week's RPI. The Tigers blasted #24 Florida State 18-9 Monday thanks to a barrage of extra base hits. Tyler Colvin tied a school record with three doubles in that game. Clemson scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Charleston Southern Wednesday. Kris Harvey's two-run homer tied it and Travis Storrer's single won the game. The Tigers then fell twice in three games to #24 Central Florida despite outhitting the Golden Knights .277 to .235 and outpitching them 3.33 ERA to 3.81 ERA in the series. Clemson stranded 27 baserunners to UCF's 16, proving a big factor in the Tigers' two losses.

On the week, Clemson hit .314 to its opponents' .246 average. Clemson also stole 12 bases. Freshmen Andy D'Alessio and Colvin both were 7-for-16 (.438) to lead the Tigers, while Tony Sipp had nine hits and three steals on the week. Josh Cribb pitched 8.0 innings of hitless and scoreless ball with 11 strikeouts in two relief appearances, including a victory. In five games, Tiger pitchers struck out 46 against 15 walks and had a 4.20 ERA. Patrick Hogan also became just the third Tiger in history to record double digits in saves in a single season when he struck out four in the final 1.2 innings pitched against #24 UCF Friday. His ERA stands at 2.43, while he has struck out 45 against only nine walks and a .196 opponents' batting average in 29.2 innings pitched.

With its 12 steals last week, Clemson has stolen 63 bases this year after swiping just 35 in 2003. Sipp leads the team with 17 in 21 attempts. Collin Mahoney has been dominant against righthanded batters, holdin them to a .088 batting average compared to a .607 batting average against lefthanded batters. Clemson will play host to Furman (Tuesday) and College of Charleston (Wednesday) to close out its home schedule. The Tigers will go on the road to Atlanta this weekend to take on red-hot Georgia Tech in a pivotal ACC series.


Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll


TUCSON, Ariz. — With five straight wins, the University of Texas is No. 1 in this week's Collegiate Baseball newspaper NCAA Division I baseball poll.


The Longhorns (46-8) have posted victories in 28 of their 31 home games this season. With 101 steals in 54 games, Texas only needs 21 more to have the most stolen bases at the school since the 1990 season when the Longhorns swiped 166.


Stanford, ranked No. 1 last week, lost two of three at Washington during the past weekend and fell to second in this week's poll.


Poll Notes: Several teams have been on a roll lately. Georgia jumped from 19 to 12 in this week's poll after winning 12 straight games. The Bulldogs swept Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. for the first time ever last weekend. It was only the fifth time ever in MSU history that they had been swept at home. Georgia is currently riding a 10-game Southeastern Conference winning streak and are currently third in the SEC with a 15-9 conference mark.



Georgia Tech. has won nine in a row. Miami (Fla.) has also played well with a 6-game winning streak. Two teams fell out of the top 30 this week in Tennessee and Texas Tech. The Volunteers were 1-2 last weekend as Tennessee dropped its fourth straight SEC series. Texas Tech. lost two of three at home against Missouri. One notable big move in the poll saw Wichita St. fall from 12 to 24 this week after losing three of four at Creighton over the past weekend. Central Florida beat Clemson two of three in another key series. It marked the first Clemson home series non-conference loss since Liberty won two of three during the 1999 season.


The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.


(Top 30 Agate Follows)

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's
NCAA Div. I Poll (As of May 10, 2004)
 
Rank School (Record) Points Previous 
1. Texas (46-8) 		496  2 
2. Stanford (37-8) 		493  1 
3. Miami, Fla. (36-9) 		491  4 
4. Rice (35-9) 			488  3 
5. East Carolina (41-7) 	482  6 
6. Florida (36-13) 		477 10 
7. Louisiana St. (36-13) 	476  5 
8. Notre Dame (37-9) 		471  8 
9. Long Beach St. (34-12) 	465 11 
10. Virginia (37-11) 		463  7 
11. Arkansas (33-16) 		462  9 
12. Georgia (33-15) 		460 19 
13. Washington (28-15-1) 	459 16 
14. Oral Roberts (37-8) 	457 14 
15. Georgia Tech. (30-17) 	455 21 
16. North Carolina (34-12) 	453 15 
17. Arizona St. (32-13) 	451 17 
18. Mississippi (35-15) 	448 18 
19. Central Florida (37-11) 	446 30 
20. Clemson (30-18) 		445 13 
21. South Carolina (34-13) 	443 20 
22. Oklahoma St. (31-15) 	442 25 
23. Oklahoma (31-18) 		441 26 
24. Wichita St. (34-12) 	439 12 
25. Tulane (34-15) 		437 23 
26. Florida St. (31-18) 	435 24 
27. Coll. of Charleston (37-9) 	434 27 
28. Cal. St. Fullerton (30-19) 	432 29 
29. Southern Miss. (36-13) 	429 — 
30. Birmingham So. (37-13) 	426 — 


Baseball America's College Top 25


DURHAM, N.C. - Texas again changed places with Stanford, rising back to No. 1 in Baseball America's Top 25 weekly college baseball rankings. One of the two schools has held the top spot every week since Feb. 23, and a sweep of Kansas puts the Longhorns atop the field for the fourth time in five weeks.


Stanford dropped to second after dropping two of three games at Washington. The Pacific-10 series win vaulted the Huskies to No. 15, the school's highest ranking since it won the conference championship series against the Cardinal in 1998.


Florida pushed into the Top 10 for the first time this season after winning a Southeastern Conference series at Alabama for the first time since 1988. The No. 9 Gators led the SEC East at 16-8 and hold a tie-breaker over No. 12 Arkansas, the West leader, for the league's top seed because Florida took two of three from the Razorbacks to open the conference season.


Georgia made its first appearance in the rankings this year at No. 24 after sweeping a series at Mississippi State for the first time ever to run its school-record SEC winning streak to 10 games. The Bulldogs have won 12 games in a row overall and face No. 25 Georgia Tech, back in the Top 25 for the first time since March 8, on Tuesday at Turner Field in Atlanta. Advance ticket sales for the game have already reached 20,000.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of May 9 and do not include ties.

Rk Team W-L Last Week Previous 
1. Texas 		46-8  4-0 2 
2. Stanford 		37-8  2-2 1 
3. Miami 		36-9  3-0 4 
4. Rice 		35-9  2-2 3 
5. Louisiana State 	36-13 2-1 5 
6. East Carolina 	41-7  3-1 6 
7. South Carolina 	34-13 2-1 7 
8. Long Beach State 	34-12 4-0 9 
9. Florida 		36-13 2-1 11 
10. Notre Dame 		37-9  2-0 10 
11. Mississippi 	35-15 2-1 12 
12. Arkansas 		33-16 1-2 8 
13. Tulane 		34-15 2-1 13 
14. Texas A&M 		35-14 0-0 14 
15. Washington 		28-15 2-1 21 
16. Oral Roberts 	37-8  0-0 16 
17. Southern Miss 	36-13 3-1 18 
18. Oklahoma 		31-18 3-0 19 
19. Arizona State 	32-13 2-0 20 
20. Virginia 		37-11 1-2 15 
21. UC Irvine 		31-13 3-0 22 
22. Oklahoma State 	31-15 2-0 23 
23. Central Florida 	37-11 3-1 24 
24. Georgia 		33-15 3-0 NR 
25. Georgia Tech 	30-17 3-0 NR 

Dropped Out: Wichita State (17), 
North Carolina (25). 

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