Tigers Drop in Baseball America Poll


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VANDERBILT NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. - Vanderbilt (46-10), winners of 14 of its last 15 games, has been ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball newspaper NCAA Division I baseball poll.


This is the eighth poll this season Vanderbilt has been ranked No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball. The Commodores captured their first regular season Southeastern Conference title with a 22-8 record and fourth league title in school history with a 3-game sweep of Louisiana St. over the past weekend. The team finished the year as the SEC leader in batting average (.329) and finished second in team ERA (3.57).


Rice (45-11) has been just as impressive. The Owls are currently riding an 18-game winning streak and have won 26 of their last 27 games.


Poll Notes: In top 30 action last week, several big series were played which resulted in sweeps. Florida St. swept a 3-game series at Georgia Tech. Texas swept a 3-game series against Texas A&M. U.C. Riverside won three straight against Long Beach St. and now sits in first place in the Big West Conference with a 15-3 mark. Missouri swept a 3-game series against Oklahoma St. And Arizona St. swept a 3-game series at Oregon St.


One hot team to keep your eye on is Miami, Fla. which has captured nine of its last 10 games. Three teams fell out of the top 30 this week in Cal. St. Fullerton (1-2 last week with only a 9-9 Big West record to rank fifth in the league), Stetson (1-3) and Georgia Tech. (0-3).


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 21, 2007)		
Rank School (Record)		Points		Previous
1. Vanderbilt (46-10)		496		1
2. Rice (45-11)			495		2
3. Florida St. (46-9)		494		3
4. North Carolina (45-11)	492		4
5. Virginia (41-13)		487		5
6. San Diego (41-15)		482		6
7. Texas (42-14)		481		7
8. Arizona St. (41-12)		480		8
9. Arkansas (38-18)		475		9
10. South Carolina (40-16)	474		10

11. Arizona (39-13)		470		13
12. Wichita St. (46-17)		467		14
13. U.C. Riverside (36-17)	464		16
14. Missouri (39-14)		462		17
15. Clemson (36-20)		459		15
16. Long Beach St. (35-17)	456		11
17. U.C. Irvine (38-14-1)	455		23
18. Coastal Carolina (44-11)	454		27
19. Mississippi St. (33-18)	453		20
20. Mississippi (35-21)		452		21

21. Oklahoma St. (38-16)	449		18
22. La.-Lafayette (40-14)	447		-
23. Texas A&M (41-15)		445		22
24. Texas Christian (43-12)	443		25
25. Miami, Fla. (35-20)		440		-
26. UCLA (29-24)		439		12
27. N.C. State (36-19)		438		-
28. Oregon St. (36-16)		436		19
29. Pepperdine (35-20)		435		28
30. St. John's (39-15)		431		30


Baseball America


DURHAM, N.C.--Vanderbilt held onto the No. 1 spot in Baseball America's Top 25 rankings, as it swept Louisiana State to clinch its first ever Southeastern Conference regular-season championship. The Commodores have ranked No. 1 since April 2nd.


Missouri swept Oklahoma State on the road to move up to No. 11. Owners of an 11-1 record in series play, the Tigers finished the regular season second in the Big 12 and are 8-2 so far in May.


Also moving up, No. 16 UC Riverside swept Long Beach State to take over first place in the Big West. The Highlanders have won 14 of their last 15 games. The Dirtbags fell to No. 22.


Oregon State was the lone team to drop out of the rankings. The Beavers had been inside the Top 25 since the start of the season but have lost three straight Pacific-10 Conference series. Creighton replaced Oregon State. The Bluejays finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference--behind Wichita State.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of May 20 and do not include ties.


COLLEGE TOP 25
Rk. Team W-L Last Prev.
1. Vanderbilt 46-10 3-0 1
2. Rice 45-11 4-0 2
3. Florida State 46-9 3-0 3
4. North Carolina 45-11 4-0 4
5. San Diego 41-15 0-0 5
6. Texas 42-14 3-0 7
7. Arizona State 41-12 4-0 8
8. Virginia 41-13 2-1 6
9. South Carolina 40-16 2-1 11
10. UC Irvine 38-14 4-0 12
11. Missouri 39-14 4-0 19
12. Wichita State 46-16 3-1 13
13. Arizona 39-13 3-1 14
14. Coastal Carolina 44-11 3-1 17
15. Arkansas 38-18 1-2 10
16. UC Riverside 36-17 3-0 21
17. Texas A&M 41-15 1-4 9
18. Texas Christian 43-12 3-1 20
19. Clemson 36-20 2-2 15
20. St. John's 39-15 3-1 23
21. Oklahoma State 38-16 1-3 16
22. Long Beach State 35-17 1-3 18
23. Michigan 39-14 3-1 24
24. Pepperdine 35-20 3-1 25
25. Creighton 39-13 2-1 NR
Dropped Out: Oregon State (22).

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