Tigers Drop in Baseball Polls


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Clemson University

Overall Season Record: 18-9

ACC Regular-Season Record: 5-4



Last Week: 3-2

Tue. W home vs. Gardner-Webb, 14-2

Wed. W home vs. Western Carolina, 15-6

Fri. L home vs. Miami (FL), 3-10

Sat. W home vs. Miami (FL), 4-1

Sun. L home vs. Miami (FL), 6-7



Next Week

Tue. Away vs. Georgia, 7:00 PM

Wed. Home vs. Georgia, 7:15 PM

Fri. Away vs. Virginia Tech, 7:00 PM

Sat. Away vs. Virginia Tech, 2:00 PM

Sun. Away vs. Virginia Tech, 1:00 PM



Notes


Clemson went 3-2 in five home games this past week, including a pair of midweek wins where the Tigers outscored the opponents by a combined score of 29-8. Then over the weekend, Miami (FL) won two of three games over the Tigers.

Ben Paulsen went 5-for-5 with a homer and six RBIs in #11 Clemson's 14-2 victory over Gardner-Webb at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 27. Paulsen became the first Tiger to total more than three hits and three RBIs in a game in 2007, as he hit a three-run homer in the third inning, and added a double and four runs scored. The Tigers had 21 hits in all, including hits by 12 different players and all nine starters. Taylor Harbin added three hits and two RBIs. Matt Vaughn pitched 5.0 effective innings in a starting role to record the win, while four relievers combined to pitch the final 4.0 innings to close out the game. Head Coach Jack Leggett was not at the game, as he was with his ailing father in Vermont.

Behind 16 hits, Clemson defeated Western Carolina 15-6 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on March 28. The Tigers scored in six straight innings beginning with the second frame. Ten different Tigers had at least one hit, while 12 different Tigers scored at least one run. Harbin had three hits and three RBIs, while Doug Hogan went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Paulsen added a two-run home run and three RBIs, and Marquez Smith tallied three RBIs as well. Matt Zoltak earned his first career win, as he pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief. The Catamounts committed four errors, which led to seven unearned runs allowed by their pitchers.

Miami (FL) won the first and last games of a three-game series at Doug Kingsmore Stadium from March 30 to April 1. The Hurricanes outscored the Tigers 18-13 and outhit Clemson .276 to .268. Smith hit a team-best .444 with four walks. Clemson's pitchers had a 5.00 ERA and struck out 29 batters.

In game-one on March 30, Miami scored 10 unanswered runs to come away with a 10-3 victory over Clemson. The Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the third inning, but the Hurricanes responded with four runs in the fourth inning, highlighted by Dennis Raben's three-run homer. Miami added three runs in the seventh inning on Yonder Alonso's three-run long ball, then Alonso added a solo homer in the ninth inning. The loss snapped Clemson's 21-game home ACC winning streak and seven-game winning streak over Miami. P.J. Zocchi suffered his first loss in 11 career decisions. Brad Chalk's 50-game streak of reaching base also came to an end.

In game-two on March 31, three Tiger pitchers limited Miami to only three hits in Clemson's 4-1 victory. Starter Ryan Hinson earned the win by pitching 6.0 innings, allowing three hits, one run, and two walks with six strikeouts. Stephen Clyne pitched 2.0 hitless and scoreless innings, while Daniel Moskos pitched a perfect ninth inning to record the save. All three of Miami's hits came consecutively in the fifth inning when the Hurricanes scored their only run of the game. Clemson scored three runs in the third inning, aided by a Hurricane error. The Tigers tacked on another run in the fifth inning thanks in part to another error. Chalk had a game-high three hits, as Clemson totaled seven hits in the game.

In game-three on April 1, Miami rallied after an 89-minute rain delay to defeat Clemson 7-6. With the Hurricanes ahead 4-2, the Tigers tied the score in the fifth inning when Addison Johnson hit a run-scoring double and came around to score on a passed ball. The Tigers took the lead the following inning on Paulsen's RBI double to left field. But pinch-hitter Gus Menedez's two-out, bloop single in the seventh inning plated two runs and gave Miami the lead for good. Johnson led the Tigers with three hits and two RBIs. A throwing error by David Kopp on a potential double play led to three unearned runs for the Hurricanes in the fifth inning. Each team totaled three double plays as well.

During the week, the Tigers hit .341 with a .411 on-base percentage, as they outscored their opponents by a combined score of 42-26. Paulsen was 8-for-17 (.471) with two doubles, two homers, and 10 RBIs in five games. Hogan was 8-for-19 (.421), while Harbin added seven RBIs.

The pitching staff had a 4.20 ERA, as all four Tigers who pitched at least 5.0 innings had an ERA under 2.00 during the week.

On the season, Clemson, who is 18-9 overall and 5-4 in ACC play, is hitting .290 with a .369 on-base percentage. Chalk is hitting a team-best .413 with a .522 on-base percentage. Hogan is hitting .378, while Smith and Harbin each have 23 RBIs. Paulsen has raised his batting average to .328 as well.

The pitching staff has a 3.19 ERA and .238 opponents' batting average. Hinson has a 2-1 record and 2.04 ERA, while Clyne has an 0.41 ERA and .154 opponents' batting average in 22.0 innings pitched. Moskos has added six saves as well.

Clemson will play a midweek, home-and-home series with Georgia before traveling to Blacksburg, VA to take on Virginia Tech over the weekend.


FLORIDA STATE NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL


TUCSON, Ariz. ? Florida State University (29-2) has been ranked No. 1 for the third straight week in Collegiate Baseball newspaper?s NCAA Division I baseball poll.


The Seminoles are hitting .372 as a team and are averaging 10.3 runs per game. FSU has hit 93 doubles, 12 triples and 21 home runs. Batters have been extremely disciplined at the plate with 156 walks in 31 games. The pitching staff has a 2.65 ERA and has struck out 254 batters with 92 walks.


Poll Notes: Several teams have been red hot. Coastal Carolina has won 15 straight games while Arizona has posted 11 consecutive victories, including three straight over the past weekend against defending national champion Oregon St. Prior to the series, Oregon St. was ranked second in the nation with a glistening 22-3 record. After the trio of losses, the Beavers dropped to ninth in the nation while Arizona jumped from 23rd to 15th. One other team that has been outstanding is Florida. The Gators, with seven straight wins, lead the Southeastern Conference with a 7-2 mark (18-13 overall). Mississippi St. also entered the poll this week with an 18-7 overall record. The Bulldogs knocked off highly regarded Kentucky two of three games last weekend. Two teams dropped out of the poll this week in San Diego (lost two of three against Gonzaga) and Texas St. (lost once to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi).


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 April 2, 2007)

 
Rank School (Record) Points Previous 
 1. Florida St. (29-2) 		496  1 
 2. North Carolina (25-5) 	494  3 
 3. Arkansas (22-8) 		493  7 
 4. Vanderbilt (26-4) 		492  5 
 5. South Carolina (23-6) 	490  4 
 6. Virginia (27-5) 		489  6 
 7. Texas (25-9) 		482  9 
 8. Wichita St. (24-6) 		479 11 
 9. Oregon St. (23-6) 		476  2 
10. Mississippi (21-9) 		472 13 
11. Kentucky (24-4-1) 		471  8 
12. Arizona St. (23-10) 	470 10 
13. Texas A&M (25-6) 		467 14 
14. Rice (22-10) 		465 15 
15. Arizona (25-6) 		463 23 
16. Clemson (18-9) 		462 12 
17. Cal. St. Fullerton (18-10) 	460 16 
18. Pepperdine (23-8) 		458 17 
19. Coastal Carolina (27-3) 	457 19 
20. Oklahoma St. (22-6) 	455 22 
21. Oklahoma (21-9) 		451 20 
22. Florida (18-13) 		448 ? 
23. Mississippi St. (18-7) 	446 ? 
24. U.C. Irvine (21-7-1) 	443 27 
25. Tulane (22-8) 		441 29 
26. East Carolina (21-8) 	440 21 
27. Long Beach St. (14-11) 	438 18 
28. Texas Christian (21-8) 	435 26 
29. Missouri (22-8) 		432 25 
30. La.-Lafayette (23-6) 	429 28 


Baseball America


DURHAM, N.C.--Butting heads with South Carolina, Vanderbilt went on the road and took its series against the Gamecocks to reclaim the No. 1 spot in Baseball America's Top 25 rankings. Commodores' Fr. LHP Mike Minor, who was making the first weekend start of his career, struck out nine in 7.0 innings to pick up the win and clinch the series victory on Saturday.


Oregon State took the biggest tumble of any team in the top 10. Swept by Arizona on the road, the Beavers drop to No. 9 while the Wildcats enter the poll for the first time this season at No. 17. Arizona has lost just one series and is 5-3 against Top 25 teams.


Joining Arizona as a fresh face in the rankings, Tulane jumps in at No. 21. The Green Wave took two of three games against East Carolina in a Conference USA series, entering the Top 25 for the first time in six weeks.


San Diego and Long Beach State, which dropped its road series against No. 23 UC Irvine, both fall out of the rankings.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of April 1 and do not include ties.


COLLEGE TOP 25

Rk. Team 		W-L   Last Prev. 
1. Vanderbilt 		26-4  3-1 3 
2. Florida State 	29-2  3-1 2 
3. Virginia 		27-5  5-0 5 
4. North Carolina 	25-5  3-1 6 
5. South Carolina 	23-6  2-2 1 
6. Arkansas 		22-8  3-1 7 
7. Texas 		25-9  3-1 9 
8. Rice 		22-10 3-1 8 
9. Oregon State 	23-6  1-3 4 
10. Wichita State 	24-6  3-1 10 
11. Pepperdine 		23-8  4-0 12 
12. Cal State Fullerton 18-10 3-0 13 
13. Oklahoma State 	22-6  3-0 14 
14. Coastal Carolina 	27-3  4-0 15 
15. Arizona State 	23-10 2-2 16 
16. Texas A&M 		25-6  3-1 18 
17. Arizona 		25-6  4-0 NR 
18. Clemson 		18-9  3-2 11 
19. Oklahoma 		21-9  1-2 17 
20. Mississippi 	21-9  3-1 21 
21. Tulane 		22-8  3-1 NR 
22. East Carolina 	21-8  2-2 19 
23. UC Irvine 		21-7  2-2 24 
24. Kentucky 		24-4  1-2 22 
25. Southern California 18-12 1-0 25 

Dropped Out: San Diego (20), Long Beach (23). 

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