Clemson Garners #1 Ranking in Two Polls


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<font class=caption>Jack Leggett has the Tigers out to their best start since 1995.</font>
Jack Leggett has the Tigers out to their best start since 1995.

Clemson, SC - Thanks to its best start since 1995, Clemson (18-1) has earned a #1 ranking by Collegiate Baseball and ESPN/Baseball Weekly. It is the first #1 ranking in baseball since the March 27, 2000 Collegiate Baseball poll that had the Tigers ranked #1. The last time the coaches' poll ranked the Tigers #1 was midway through the 1995 season, when Clemson finished 54-14 and made an appearance in the College World Series after starting the season with a 25-1 record.


"It's a compliment to how hard our players and assistant coaches have been working," states Head Coach Jack Leggett. "There's a lot of responsibility being ranked #1 in the country. We have to go out and practice hard every day and be ready every time we come out on the field. I think the ranking will be a good motivator for us. We still have to take one game at a time. We can't leave our guard down if we want to stay #1."


The #1 ranking marks the ninth time a Tiger team has been ranked #1 by one of the three baseball polls. The 1977 team was ranked #1 for a two-week, one-poll span in March by Collegiate Baseball, when it opened the season 26-0. In 1994, Collegiate Baseball ranked the Tigers #1 for four consecutive weeks late in the season, while the coaches' poll had the Tigers #1 for three weeks, and Baseball America for two weeks. Clemson was ranked #1 by all three polls in the March 27, 1995 poll and was last ranked #1 by Collegiate Baseball for two straight weeks in mid-2000. Clemson is ranked #2 in this week's Baseball America poll, trailing only Stanford.


The Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25 
College Coaches Poll 

1. CLEMSON (18-1) Last poll: 2 Poll points: 
1,009 (27 No. 1 votes). 
2. STANFORD (17-5) Last poll: 3 Poll points: 951 (11). 
3. RICE (23-4) Last poll: 4 Poll points: 937 (1). 
4. SOUTH CAROLINA (21-4) Last poll: 5 Poll points: 882. 
5. FLORIDA STATE (26-8) Last poll: 1 Poll points: 794 (1). 
6. FLORIDA (21-5) Last poll: 6 Poll points: 771. 
7. GEORGIA TECH (18-3) Last poll: 10 Poll points: 694. 
8. ALABAMA (21-3) Last poll: 11 Poll points: 691. 
9. WAKE FOREST (19-4) Last poll: 8 Poll points: 684. 
10. HOUSTON (18-7) Last poll: 12 Poll points: 634. 
11. TEXAS (24-6) Last poll: 14 Poll points: 581. 
12. BAYLOR (19-8) Last poll: 9 Poll points: 519. 
13. NEBRASKA (14-7) Last poll: 13 Poll points: 494 (1). 
14. WICHITA STATE (13-5) Last poll: 7 Poll points: 469. 
15. ARIZONA STATE (18-9) Last poll: 15 Poll points: 463. 
16. CAL STATE FULLERTON (16-9) Last poll: 18 Poll points:437. 
17. AUBURN (20-6) Last poll: 19 Poll points: 374. 
18. MISSISSIPPI (16-7) Last poll: 17 Poll points: 350. 
19. TEXAS A&M (20-10) Last poll: 21 Poll points: 275. 
20. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (23-5) Last poll: 24 Poll points:153. 
21. OKLAHOMA STATE (15-7) Last poll: 20 Poll points: 144. 
22. LSU (15-11) Last poll: 16 Poll points: 111. 
23. OKLAHOMA (16-7) Last poll: 22 Poll points: 108. 
24. SAN DIEGO (24-6) Last poll: NR Poll points: 92. 
25. NORTH CAROLINA (15-8) Last poll: NR Poll points: 79. 

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's 
NCAA Div. I Poll (As of March 25, 2002) 

Rank School (Record) Points Previous 
1. Clemson (18-1) 495 2 
2. Stanford (17-5) 493 3 
3. South Carolina (21-4) 489 4 
4. Rice (23-4) 488 5 
5. Alabama (21-3) 483 11 
6. Georgia Tech. (18-3) 480 12 
7. Florida (21-5) 477 6 
8. Wake Forest (19-4) 473 8 
9. Houston (18-7) 467 9 
10. Nebraska (14-7) 463 13 
11. Florida St. (26-8) 460 1 
12. Baylor (19-8) 457 10 
13. Wichita St. (13-5) 455 7 
14. Texas (24-6) 454 15 
15. Mississippi (16-7) 451 16 
16. Texas A&M (20-10) 449 17 
17. Oklahoma (16-7) 445 18 
18. Cal. St. Fullerton (16-9) 443 19 
19. Arizona St. (18-9) 440 20 
20. North Carolina (15-8) 437 — 
21. Ohio St. (12-3-1) 434 23 
22. San Diego (24-6) 430 25 
23. Auburn (20-6) 428 27 
24. Northwestern St. (20-3) 423 — 
25. Richmond (19-2) 420 — 
26. Texas Tech. (21-12) 418 22 
27. Oklahoma St. (15-7) 415 24 
28. Florida Atlantic (22-6) 412 — 
29. Georgia (12-5) 409 — 
30. Stetson (21-5) 405 30 

Baseball America Top 25
Team W-L Last Week Previous 
1. Stanford 17-5 3-0 1 
2. Clemson 18-1 4-0 2 
3. Rice 23-4 5-0 4 
4. South Carolina 21-4 3-1 5 
5. Houston 18-7 3-2 7 
6. Florida State 26-8 2-3 3 
7. Wichita State 13-5 3-3 6 
8. Nebraska 14-7 3-2 9 
9. Florida 21-5 3-2 10 
10. Baylor 19-8 2-2 8 
11. Wake Forest 19-4 3-2 11 
12. Georgia Tech 18-3 4-0 12 
13. Alabama 21-3 2-1 13 
14. Cal State Fullerton 16-9 3-0 15 
15. San Diego 24-6 3-1 16 
16. Texas 24-6 4-0 18 
17. Texas A&M 20-10 3-1 19 
18. Long Beach State 15-9 2-3 17 
19. Mississippi 16-7 3-1 24 
20. Arizona State 18-9 2-1 23 
21. Auburn 20-6 3-1 NR 
22. Florida International 23-5 3-1 NR 
23. Richmond 19-2 4-0 25 
24. North Carolina 15-8 5-0 NR 
25. Oklahoma 16-7 1-2 22 

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