Tigers Back In Collegiate Baseball Top 25 Poll


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Clemson University
Overall Season Record: 34-22
ACC Regular-Season Record: 14-10
Last Week: 2-1
W away vs. Duke, 10-1
L away vs. Duke, 2-1
W away vs. Duke, 9-6


Notes:

Clemson won the regular-season-ending series 2-1 at Duke from Thursday to Saturday by a combined score of 20-9. With the win Saturday, Clemson finished in a tie for fourth place in the ACC standings with a 14-10 record. North Carolina also was 14-10, but Clemson beat the Tar Heels twice, therefore the Tigers will be the #4 seed. They will play #5-seed North Carolina in the first round of the ACC Tournament in Salem, VA Wednesday at 10:00 AM.

In the three games at Duke, Clemson outhit Duke .241 to .189 and outpitched the Blue Devils 2.42 ERA to 5.67 ERA. Tiger pitchers also allowed just three walks while striking out 20. In the only loss, Robert Rohrbaugh pitched the first complete game by a Tiger this season. In 8.0 innings pitched, he allowed two runs, five hits, and one walk while striking out six. He allowed just two Blue Devils to reach second base all game, both of which scored on Eric Baumann's towering two-run homer that barely cleared the fence in left field. Jason Berken pitched the first game and was on a pitch count (4.0 innings pitched). Josh Cribb pitched 3.0 more scoreless innings without allowing a hit or walk to earn the win in game one. Russell Triplett was 5-for-12 (.417) with five RBIs in the series, while Herman Demmink was 4-for-11 (.364) with a grand slam and six RBIs. Andy D'Alessio also was 3-for-8 (.375) with five walks and had .615 on-base percentage. D'Alessio extended his hitting streak to 10 games, while Kris Harvey upped his to 12 games.

The Tigers are 34-22 overall and hitting .296 as a team, led by Brad McCann's .374 batting average. Freshman Andy D'Alessio is hitting .345 with a team-best .456 on-base percentage thanks to 31 walks in just 148 at-bats. Clemson's ERA is 4.17 and opponents' batting average is .259. Despite being 4-5, Rohrbaugh has a 3.31 ERA and has allowed just 17 walks in 68.0 innings pitched. He started against all eight ACC teams and allowed more than two earned runs in just one of those starts, when he allowed three earned runs against #24 Florida State. D'Alessio led the team with a .371 average in ACC games along with a .483 on-base percentage.


Collegiate Baseball Poll

TUCSON, Ariz. - Texas is No. 1 in this week's Collegiate Baseball
newspaper NCAA Division I baseball poll.


The Longhorns (48-11) claimed their second Big 12 Conference
regular-season title in three years after beating Texas A&M two of
three games. It also was their 72nd conference championship overall.


Texas pitching has been superb all season long with a 2.51 team ERA.
The pitching staff has thrown 10 shutouts, struck out 492 batters and
walked 177. The Longhorns have tremendous team speed with 102 stolen
bases in 140 attempts. On defense, Texas catchers and pitchers have
only allowed 40 stolen bases in 61 attempts.


Stanford, ranked No. 1 last week, slipped to second after losing twice
to Arizona and Southern California while also winning three times (once
against San Francisco and twice against USC).


Poll Notes: Several teams have been on a roll lately. Georgia Tech. has
the longest winning streak in the nation at 17 games. The Yellow
Jackets clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season
championship with a three-game sweep of Maryland over the past weekend.
After starting the year with just two wins in its first seven
conference games, Georgia Tech finished the regular season with a
school-record 16 straight ACC wins and won its first regular-season
championship since 2000.


Two other red-hot teams are Wichita St. (9 wins in a row) and Cal. St.
Fullerton which swept a 3-game series against Long Beach St. The Titans
have now won 21 of their last 25 games after struggling for the first
half of the season. Cal. St. Fullerton won the Big West Conference
championship by five full games with a glistening 19-2 conference
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 24, 2004)

Rank School (Record)		Points	Previous
1. Texas (48-11)		492		2
2. Stanford (42-11)		490		1
3. Miami, Fla. (41-11)		487		5
4. East Carolina (47-9)		485		4
5. Georgia Tech. (38-17)	480		10
6. Rice (40-11)			479		3
7. Virginia (42-11)		476		7
8. Notre Dame (46-10)		475		6
9. Arkansas (37-19)		473		15
10. Georgia (37-18)		472		8

11. Louisiana St. (41-15)	471		9
12. Mississippi (39-17)		464		12
13. Washington (34-18-1)	461		13
14. Oral Roberts (45-9)		459		14
15. Arizona St. (39-14)		457		17
16. Ca. St. Fullerton (36-20)	456		23
17. Long Beach St. (36-16)	454		11
18. South Carolina (41-15)	451		16
19. Florida St. (37-19)		449		22
20. Central Florida (42-14)	446		20

21. Oklahoma (36-20)		444		21
22. Clemson (34-22)		442		28
23. North Carolina (38-17)	439		19
24. Wichita St. (43-13)		438		25
25. Florida (38-18)		436		18
26. Texas Tech. (38-17)		433		29
27. Tulane (38-17)		430		24
28. Southern Miss. (40-15)	429		26
29. Texas A&M (39-17)		426		30
30. N. Carolina St. (34-20)	423		-


Baseball America's College Top 25


DURHAM, N.C.—Baseball America's Top 25 weekly college baseball rankings offer a major upheaval this week as every team shifted at least one spot. Texas overtook Stanford for the top spot, marking the fourth week in a row the two schools have swapped places atop the rankings.


Ninth-ranked Cal State Fullerton catapulted back into the Top 10 for the first time since Feb. 9. The Titans swept a road series at Long Beach State for the first time since 1998 and won the Big West Conference with a 19-2 record. Fullerton, the preseason No. 4 team, has gone 21-4 over its last 25 games.


Georgia Tech swept Maryland over the weekend for its 16th straight Atlantic Coast Conference win (17 straight overall). The Yellow Jackets, now ranked 10th, claimed the league title to complete their ascent back into the Top 10 for the first time since Feb. 23. Long Beach State, which has lost four consecutive games, fell to No. 14.


Arkansas and Georgia each won three-game Southeastern Conference series over the weekend to share the league title with 19-11 records. The Razorbacks won the Western Division and rose to No. 8, while the Eastern Division champion Bulldogs checked in at No. 11.


Texas Tech makes its first appearance in the rankings since May 20, 2002, by coming in at No. 22 after sweeping a Big 12 series against Baylor to finish third in the league at 17-9.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of May 23 and do not include ties.

Rk Team W-L Last Week Previous 
1. Texas 48-11 			2-1 2 
2. Stanford 42-11 		3-2 1 
3. Louisiana State 41-15 	3-1 4 
4. Miami 41-11 			4-0 6 
5. Rice 40-11 			2-2 3 
6. East Carolina 47-9 		2-1 7 
7. Notre Dame 46-10 		4-1 10 
8. Arkansas 37-19 		2-1 12 
9. Cal State Fullerton 36-20 	3-0 22 
10. Georgia Tech 38-17 		4-0 21 
11. Georgia 37-18 		2-1 23 
12. South Carolina 41-15 	2-2 5 
13. Mississippi 39-17 		1-2 9 
14. Long Beach State 36-16 	0-3 8 
15. Oral Roberts 45-9 		3-1 16 
16. Arizona State 39-14 	4-1 19 
17. Oklahoma 36-20 		2-2 18 
18. Virginia 42-11 		2-0 20 
19. Tulane 38-17 		1-2 11 
20. Washington 34-18 		2-2 14 
21. Florida 38-18 		1-2 13 
22. Texas Tech 38-17 		4-0 NR 
23. Texas A&M 39-17 		1-2 15 
24. Southern Mississippi 40-15 	1-2 17 
25. Central Florida 42-14 	3-2 24 

Dropped Out: North Carolina (25). 

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