Tigers Fall from Top Spot in Baseball Polls


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GEORGIA TECH. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL


TUCSON, Ariz. - Georgia Tech. (13-0) has been ranked No. 1 for the
first time this season in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's poll of NCAA
Division I baseball.


The Yellow Jackets are off to the third best start in school history. Tech.
went 17-0 in 2003 and 16-0 in 1987. The Yellow Jackets are hitting .327
as a team and also have a team ERA of 3.24. Over the past week, Tech.
swept a 3-game series against Rutgers by scores of 25-8, 12-2 and 11-4.


Last week's No. 1 team, Clemson (7-2) slipped to third after splitting
a 2-game series with South Carolina over the past weekend. The pitching
staff has an impressive 1.46 ERA.


Poll Notes: It was a strange week with seven teams ranked from 11-20 in
last week's poll posting two or three losses. In the entire top 30, 10
teams lost two or more games over the past week. Therefore, plenty of
movement is seen in this week's poll. Still, there are several red-hot
teams. Outside of Georgia Tech. winning its first 13 games of the
season, Florida St. has won 11 straight, Wichita St. 9 in a row, Alabama 7 consecutive, Mississippi St.
six in a row while Arkansas has won 13 of its first 14 contests and
North Carolina 10 of its first 11. Two teams fell out of the poll in
Hawaii (2-3 last week) and Winthrop (2-2).


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 March 6, 2006)
Rank School (Record)		Points	Previous
1. Georgia Tech. (13-0)		494		5
2. Florida St. (14-1)		492		6
3. Clemson (7-2)		491		1
4. Rice (13-3)			490		2
5. North Carolina (10-1)	489		3
6. Nebraska (8-2)		487		4
7. Tennessee (11-2)		482		9
8. Louisiana St. (13-2)		479		8
9. South Carolina (9-2)		475		15
10. Arkansas (13-1)		472		19

11. Stanford (10-5)		468		10
12. Oregon St. (9-4)		466		14
13. Arizona St. (14-5)		463		22
14. Cal. St. Fullerton (10-6)	461		13
15. Texas A&M (13-2)		457		29
16. Florida (9-6)		455		7
17. Texas (10-8)		452		11
18. Mississippi St. (6-0)	449		-
19. Baylor (9-3)		448		23
20. Wichita St. (13-2)		446		28

21. Miami, Fla. (12-6)		445		27
22. Tulane (10-4)		443		21
23. Oklahoma (12-4)		441		25
24. Pepperdine (9-9)		439		12
25. Long Beach St. (10-7)	438		16
26. North Carolina St. (13-4)	436		17
27. Mississippi (8-3)		435		18
28. Georgia (7-2)		432		20
29. Cal. Poly SLO (12-6)	430		30
30. Alabama (12-3)		429		-


GT Takes Over Number One Slot in Baseball America Poll


DURHAM, N.C. -- Georgia Tech becomes the third team to hold the No. 1 position in Baseball America's weekly college baseball rankings this season. The Yellow Jackets have the nation's longest winning streak at 13 games.


Mississippi State, the only other team in the nation that has won every game it has played, moved to No. 6. Nebraska swept through the Dairy Queen Classic in Minneapolis, Minn., to improve to 8-2 and move up to No. 14 in a week where several teams in the middle of the rankings struggled.


Texas A&M became the first team to win a nonconference series at Florida since 2000 and joined the rankings at No. 20. Florida, which has lost five of its last seven games, slipped 10 spots to No. 15. Arizona State and Cal Poly each rejoined the rankings after weekend series victories.


Kansas makes its 2006 debut in the Top 25 at No. 25 following a 3-0 week and 13-4 start. The Jayhawks last were ranked in March 2003.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 5 and do not include ties.


1. Georgia Tech
2. Clemson
3. Rice
4. North Carolina
5. Tennessee
6. Mississippi State
7. Cal State Fullerton
8. Florida State
9. South Carolina
10. Arkansas
11. Oregon State
12. Tulane
13. Louisiana State
14. Nebraska
15. Florida
16 Stanford
17. Arizona State
18. Missouri
19. Mississippi
20. Texas A&M
21. Texas
22. Long Beach State
23. Pepperdine
24. Cal Poly
25. Kansas


Dropped Out: North Carolina State (18), Texas Christian (21), Winthrop (24), San Diego (25).

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