Clemson Baseball Drops Out of Two Polls


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TUCSON, Ariz. — Florida St. (44-8-1) has been ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll for the second straight week. The Seminoles, which swept a 3-game series from Maryland over the weekend, have won five in a row and lead the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 16-5 record.


Florida St. has a glistening team ERA of 2.64 through 53 games and has nearly a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio (446 strikeouts and 140 walks). The Seminoles have stolen 83 bases while limiting opponents to only 33 in 62 attempts. FSU has picked off 16 base runners. On offense, the team has banged out 124 doubles with six players hitting 10 or more.


Rice, ranked No. 2 with a 43-8 overall record, beat Nevada two of three games last weekend. It marked the 19th consecutive Western Athletic Conference series the Owls have won dating back to the 2001 season.


Poll Notes: Three teams fell out of the top 30 this week, including Clemson (2-4 last week), U.C. Riverside (1-3), and New Mexico St. (0-3). Three new teams in the poll this week include South Carolina (35-17, winners of 7 straight games), South Alabama (36-14, first place Sun Belt Conference with 15-6 record), and Texas Christian (33-19, second place in Conference USA with 20-7 record).


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 May 12, 2003)

 
Rank School (Record) Points Previous 
1. Florida St. (44-8-1)       494  1 
2. Rice (43-8)                490  2 
3. Stanford (35-14)           488  3 
4. Arizona St. (44-9)         487  4 
5. Long Beach St. (36-14)     485  5 
6. Cal. St. Fullerton (41-12) 481  6 
7. Texas (37-14)              475  7 
8. Louisiana St. (35-17-1)    471  8 
9. North Carolina St. (38-12) 470  9 
10. Nebraska (38-13)          467 10 
11. Georgia Tech. (37-13)     464 11 
12. Texas A&M (39-13)         463 12 
13. Florida Atlantic (42-11)  459 14 
14. Richmond (42-11)          454 13 
15. Miami, Fla. (33-13-1)     448 16 
16. Auburn (35-16)            447 17 
17. Arizona (33-17)           445 19 
18. Mississippi St. (34-15-1) 442 18 
19. Lamar (35-13)             440 22 
20. South Carolina (35-17)    438 — 
21. Baylor (35-17)            436 25 
22. Rutgers (30-16)           434 29 
23. Notre Dame (37-14)        432 20 
24. Southern Miss. (39-13)    430 28 
25. South Alabama (36-14)     427 — 
26. Pepperdine (34-18)        426 27 
27. Minnesota (34-17)         423 24 
28. Western Carolina (35-15)  420 26 
29. Texas Christian (33-19)   418 — 
30. Nevada-Las Vegas (39-14)  416 30


DURHAM, N.C.--Florida State swept a conference series on the road to retain the top spot in Baseball America's Top 25 college baseball rankings.
Maryland had won three straight series in Atlantic Coast Conference play, but the Terrapins lost three rather lopsided games to the visiting Seminoles, who have won 10 of their last 13 and remain in first place in the league. No. 2 Rice won a road series at second-place Nevada in the Western Athletic Conference to keep pace. Third-ranked Long Beach State swept UC Riverside, knocking the Highlanders down four spots and setting up a Big West showdown next weekend between the first-place 49ers and second-place Cal State Fullerton, ranked fourth.


The Southeastern Conference has four teams in the rankings as No. 19 South Carolina joined the poll for the first time since March 17. The Gamecocks swept a series from host Alabama to move into a tie with No. 14 Auburn and unranked Mississippi for second place overall in the SEC. Mississippi State lost a series at Georgia to fall to 20th, last among the league's four ranked clubs.


Joining the Gamecocks are two other teams that weren't in the poll last week but which are not strangers to the rankings in 2003. No. 23 South Alabama, the Sun Belt Conference leader, and No. 25 Virginia Commonwealth, the Colonial Athletic Association's regular-season champion, both re-entered the rankings for the first time since the preseason.


Baseball America's staff determines the Top 25 rankings, and records (which do not reflect ties) are through games of May 11.

        Team	             Overall   Last   Prev
1.	Florida State	       44-8	4-0	1
2.	Rice	               43-8	3-1	2
3.	Long Beach State      36-14	4-0	3
4.	Cal State Fullerton   41-12	3-1	4
5.	Texas	              37-14	0-0	5
6.	Arizona State	       44-9	1-0	6
7.	Stanford              35-14	4-0	7
8.	Nebraska	      38-13	2-0	8
9.	North Carolina State  38-12	0-0	9
10.	Louisiana State	      35-17	3-1	10
11.	Florida Atlantic      42-11	3-0	11
12.	Texas A&M	      39-13	4-0	12
13.	Georgia Tech	      37-13	4-0	17
14.	Auburn	              35-16	1-2	13
15.	Nevada-Las Vegas      39-14	2-1	16
16.	Baylor	              35-17	1-0	21
17.	Southern Mississippi  39-13	3-0	23
18.	Arizona	              33-17	0-0	22
19.	South Carolina	      35-17	3-0	NR
20.	Mississippi State     34-15	1-2	14
21.	Miami	              32-13	1-2	15
22.	UC Riverside	      37-15	1-3	18
23.	South Alabama	      36-14	3-0	NR
24.	Richmond	      42-11	3-3	19
25.	Virginia Commonwealth 38-11	2-0	NR

Dropped Out: Clemson (20), Tulane (24), Notre Dame (25).


Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll

Rank, school (1st)        W-L-T   Pts.  LW 
1. Florida State (36)     44-8-1  1,015 1 
2. Rice (3)               43-8-0  976   2  
3. Arizona State (2)      44-9-0  944   3  
4. CS Fullerton           41-12-0 884   4  
5. Long Beach State       36-14-0 842   6  
6. Texas                  37-14-0 835   5   
7. Stanford               35-14-0 794   7  
8. Nebraska               38-13-0 708   8  
9. Texas A&M              39-13-0 688   9  
10. Georgia Tech          37-13-0 615  12  
11. N.C. State            38-12-0 611  11 
12. LSU                   35-17-1 539  16  
13. Auburn                35-16-0 492  10  
14. Baylor                35-17-0 430  18  
15. Florida Atlantic      42-11-0 384  19  
16. Richmond              42-11-0 382  13  
17. Mississippi State     34-15-1 370  15 
18. Miami (Fla.)          33-13-1 274  17  
19. Clemson               34-17-0 258  14  
20. Arizona               33-17-0 151  25  
21. South Carolina        35-17-0 130  - 
22. Nev.-Las Vegas        39-14-0 119  - 
23. Southern Miss.        39-13-0 99   -  
24. Tulane                37-15-0 97   20  
25. Notre Dame            37-14-0 96   21  


Dropped out: No. 22 Arkansas (33-16, 0-3 last week), No. 23 UC Riverside (37-15, 1-3 last week), No. 24 Florida (32-18-1, 0-3 last week).


Others receiving votes: South Alabama (81), Washington (67), North Carolina (61), UC-Riverside (54), Arkansas (44), Coastal Carolina (44), Virginia Commonwealth (44), Lamar (39), Rutgers (26), Minnesota (18), West Virginia (14), Mississippi (14), Florida (13), Oklahoma State (11), Nevada (10), Ohio State (9), Pepperdine (8), Texas Christian (7), Alabama (5), Tennessee (5), Stetson (5), NC-Wilmington (4), Missouri (3), New Mexico State (3), Southwest Missouri State (2), Western Carolina (1).

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