Tigers Fall from Number One in Polls


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VANDERBILT NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. ? Vanderbilt University (6-0) has been ranked No. 1 in the latest NCAA Division I baseball poll conducted by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.


The Commodores are ranked No. 1 for the first time in the school history in the sport of baseball. Not only has Vanderbilt raced to a perfect 6-0 start, but the Commodores have beaten highly regarded Rice, Arizona St. and Baylor. During the past weekend, Vanderbilt swept a 3-game series against Ohio and only surrendered one earned run in 26 innings.


On the season, the Commodores are hitting .340 as a team with 6 homers and 17 doubles while the pitching staff has a microscopic 1.83 ERA. The strikeout to walk ratio is nearly 5:1 with 54 strikeouts in six games and only 14 walks.


Poll Notes: Last week?s No. 1 ranked team, Clemson (2-1) won two of three to kick off the season against George Mason at home. While the Tigers were impressive with an opening, 14-0 win over the Patriots, the Tigers lost, 5-1 in game two and had to rally to win game three, 5-4. Clemson saw its 17-game home game winning streak which dated back to the 2006 season snapped with the loss against George Mason. Clemson slipped from first to fifth this week. Several teams have been red-hot. Florida St. moved up to second in the nation with a 9-0 record. Florida Atlantic (9-0) has won nine straight. Coastal Carolina (7-0) has captured seven in a row. Texas A&M (7-1) continues to roll with six straight wins. And Alabama and Auburn each have started with identical 6-1 records. North Carolina St. (5-0) has won five consecutive games. Four teams fell out of the poll this week in Southern California (7-5 overall, 2-2 last week), Evansville (3-3 overall, 1-2 last week), Oral Roberts (2-3 overall, 0-3 last week) and U.C. Riverside (7-3, 2-2 last week).


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 Feb. 19, 2007)


Rank School (Record) Points Previous 
 1. Vanderbilt (6-0) 		491  3 
 2. Florida St. (9-0) 		490  5 
 3. North Carolina (3-0) 	489  4 
 4. South Carolina (5-1) 	487  2 
 5. Clemson (2-1) 		486  1 
 6. Rice (5-4) 			483  6 
 7. Nebraska (3-1) 		480  7 
 8. Cal. St. Fullerton (7-2) 	476  8 
 9. Oregon St. (9-1) 		474 12 
10. Arkansas (6-2) 		473  9 
11. Virginia (4-1) 		472 10 
12. Texas Christian (6-1) 	470 16 
13. Mississippi (4-1) 		467 15 
14. Arizona St. (7-3) 		465 11 
15. Georgia Tech. (3-3) 	463 14 
16. Miami, Fla. (4-4) 		459 13 
17. Arizona (9-2) 		457 17 
18. Pepperdine (7-3) 		455 19 
19. Wichita St. (1-2) 		454 18 
20. Long Beach St. (5-4) 	451 20 
21. San Diego (9-4) 		449 22 
22. Texas (6-5) 		448 23 
23. Oklahoma St. (5-1) 		445 24 
24. Texas A&M (7-1) 		443 28 
25. Tulane (4-2) 		442 25 
26. North Carolina St. (5-0) 	439 30 
27. Florida Atlantic (9-0) 	437 ? 
28. Alabama (6-1) 		435 ? 
29. Auburn (6-1) 		434 ? 
30. Coastal Carolina (7-0) 	430 ? 


Baseball America Top 25


North Carolina ascended to the top spot in Baseball America's Top 25 rankings after dominating in a three-game sweep of Seton Hall. Previous No. 1 Clemson dropped a game to George Mason and fell to No. 2.


Vanderbilt continued its rise in the rankings, seizing the No. 3 spot from South Carolina after another impressive weekend, sweeping Ohio.


Miami and Tennessee suffered the biggest falls of the week. The Hurricanes dropped six spots to No. 11 after dropping two of three against Florida, the second series loss of the season for Miami. Tennessee dropped from No. 20 out of the rankings after splitting with Bethune-Cookman. The Volunteers are struggling without injured All-American outfielder Julio Borbon, and they sit just 3-5.


Pepperdine was the biggest climber of the week, jumping three spots to No. 20 after winning a midweek game against Southern California and taking two of three against then-No. 11 Wichita State. Mississippi rejoined the rankings at No. 24 after winning a series against Evansville, which fell four spots to No. 25.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of February 18 and do not include ties.

Rk.	Team			W-L	Last 	Prev.
1.	North Carolina		3-0	3-0	2
2.	Clemson			2-1	2-1	1
3.	Vanderbilt		6-0	3-0	4
4.	South Carolina		5-1	2-1	3
5.	Arkansas		6-2	2-0	6
6.	Rice			5-4	3-1	7
7.	Virginia		4-1	2-0	8
8.	Florida State		9-0	3-0	9
9.	Oregon State		9-1	2-1	10
10.	Cal State Fullerton	7-2	2-1	12
11.	Miami			4-4	1-2	5
12.	Wichita State		1-2	1-2	11
13.	Texas			6-5	3-1	14
14.	Arizona State		7-3	2-2	13
15.	UCLA			6-4	4-0	15
16.	Georgia Tech		3-3	3-1	16
17.	Oklahoma State		5-1	2-1	17
18.	San Diego		9-4	3-1	18
19.	Nebraska		3-1	3-1	19
20.	Pepperdine		7-3	3-1	23
21.	Tulane			4-2	3-0	22
22.	Texas Christian		6-1	4-0	24
23.	Winthrop		7-2	3-0	25
24.	Mississippi		4-1	2-1	NR
25.	Evansville		3-3	1-2	21

Dropped Out: Tennessee (20)

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