Tigers Continue Climb Up Baseball Top 25 Polls


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U.C. IRVINE NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL


TUCSON, Ariz. - U.C. Irvine (40-12) has been ranked No. 1 for the fifth
straight time in "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball
poll.


The Anteaters, which have won 21 of their last 24 games, captured the Big
West Conference with a 20-1 record. Over the past week, U.C. Irvine lost
against San Diego but rebounded with a 3-game sweep of U.C. Davis.


POLL NOTES: Several other teams have been red-hot. Arizona St. has won 8 in
a row and captured the Pac-10 Conference with a 19-5 mark. South Carolina
has won 10 of its last 11 games, including a 3-game sweep of Georgia over
the past weekend. Missouri St. has won seven straight. Louisville has won 11
of its last 12 games and captured the regular season Big East Conference
title with a 19-7 record. East Carolina has won six in a row and 9 of its
last 10 in winning the Conference USA regular season title (17-7).


Five teams fell out of the top 30 this week in Georgia (1-3 last week),
Arkansas (1-3), Texas A&M (1-3), Indiana St. (0-4) and South Florida (1-4).
New to the poll this week is South Carolina, Ohio St., Coastal Carolina,
Washington St. and Missouri St.


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 18, 2009)		
Rank School (Record)		Points	Previous
1. U.C. Irvine (40-12)		490		1
2. Louisiana St. (41-15)	487		2
3. Arizona St. (41-11)		485		3
4. North Carolina (41-14)	483		4
5. Cal. St. Fullerton (38-14)	481		5
6. Texas (38-12-1)		479		6
7. Florida St. (40-14)		478		7
8. Mississippi (40-15)		473		13
9. Florida (38-18)		470		11
10. Oklahoma (40-16)		467		20

11. Rice (35-15)		464		9
12. Alabama (37-17)		462		10
13. Clemson (39-17)		459		17
14. Georgia Tech. (34-15-1)	458		8
15. Missouri (32-23)		457		14
16. Miami, Fla. (35-18)		453		21
17. Louisville (40-14)		450		28
18. East Carolina (41-15)	446		30
19. Texas Christian (35-14)	443		23
20. South Carolina (37-19)	441		-

21. Virginia (39-12-1)		439		12
22. Kansas St. (39-15-1)	437		18
23. Ohio St. (39-15)		434		-
24. Minnesota (35-15)		433		24
25. Cal Poly (35-17)		430		22
26. Coastal Carolina (42-13)	428		-
27. Washington St. (28-22)	426		-
28. Missouri St. (32-19)	425		-
29. Texas St. (38-14)		423		25
30. George Mason (40-10)	420		29



Baseball America


DURHAM, N.C. -- UC Irvine continued its run atop the Baseball America Top 25 rankings, as the Anteaters swept UC Davis over the weekend, clinching the Big West title outright and earning the No. 1 ranking for the fifth straight week.


UC Irvine, Louisiana State and Arizona State, the top three teams in the rankings, all stayed put after having winning weeks, but there was plenty of movement toward the back of the top 10. Oklahoma made the biggest jump, moving up seven spots to No. 8 after sweeping then-No. 16 Texas A&M over the weekend. The Sooners are followed by Florida and Texas Christian, which reached the top 10 after knocking off Kentucky and Nevada-Las Vegas, respectively.


East Carolina won its first Conference USA regular-season title since 2004 thanks to a sweep of Memphis over the weekend coupled with Rice's series loss to Alabama-Birmingham. The Pirates jumped up five spots in the rankings, reaching the No. 15 spot. Meanwhile, Florida State swept Grambling State over the weekend and moved up to No. 12, but the bigger news for the Seminoles was their clinching the ACC regular-season crown thanks to losses by North Carolina and Georgia Tech.


South Carolina was the only new team to join the rankings this week. The Gamecocks have been hot down the stretch, winning five of their last six weekend series. They earned a No. 25 ranking thanks to a weekend sweep of Georgia.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of May 17 and do not include ties.



Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.

1. UC Irvine 40-12 3-1 1

2. Louisiana State 41-14 3-1 2

3. Arizona State 41-11 3-0 3

4. Cal State Fullerton 38-14 2-1 5

5. Texas 38-12 2-0 6

6. North Carolina 41-14 3-1 8

7. Mississippi 40-15 3-0 9

8. Oklahoma 40-16 3-0 15

9. Florida 38-18 3-1 13

10. Texas Christian 35-14 4-0 14

11. Rice 35-15 2-2 4

12. Florida State 40-14 4-0 17

13. Clemson 39-17 5-0 19

14. Georgia Tech 34-15 1-3 7

15. East Carolina 41-15 4-0 20

16. Virginia 39-12 2-2 10

17. Kansas State 39-15 1-2 11

18. Alabama 37-17 2-2 12

19. Cal Poly 35-17 2-2 18

20. Louisville 40-14 4-0 23

21. Minnesota 35-15 2-1 21

22. Elon 37-14 1-0 22

23. Miami 35-18 3-0 24

24. Missouri 32-23 2-0 25

25. South Carolina 37-19 5-0 NR



Dropped Out: Texas A&M (16)

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