Tigers Jump in Latest Baseball Polls


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TUCSON, Ariz. - Cal. St. Fullerton (38-8) has been ranked
No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper's NCAA Division I baseball poll for the second straight week.


The Titans, which have won 10 in a row and 14 of their last
15 games, are 11-1 in Big West Conference games and have
swept seven series this season, including a 3-game set over
the past weekend against Cal Poly SLO. Cal. St. Fullerton surpassed its 2002 win total with its latest victory in a 4-3 win over the Mustangs.


Poll Notes: Two teams fell out of the top 30 this week in Arkansas (0-4 last week) and North Carolina (2-3). Two new teams in the poll are Lamar (31-12, winners of 12 of its last 15 games) and Alabama (31-13) which swept a 3-game series against Arkansas over the past weekend.


One team has been red-hot lately in Arizona St. The Sun
Devils have won four in a row as they outscored Washington
St. 51-3 over a 3-game series. Besides scoring 21 runs and
25 runs in two of the three games, ASU pitching threw two shutouts.


Two other interesting series over the past weekend saw
Arizona take two of three at Stanford while Clemson swept a 3-game series at home against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets, which lost to Georgia early last week, have now lost four straight games.


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 28, 2003)
Rank School (Record)		Points	Previous
1. Cal. St. Fullerton (38-8)	495		1
2. Florida St. (38-7-1)		493		2
3. Rice (40-7)			489		5
4. Arizona St. (42-9)		486		7
5. North Carolina St. (36-10)	482		6
6. Louisiana St. (30-13-1)	479		8
7. Stanford (28-13)		475		3
8. Texas (35-13)		472		11
9. Long Beach St. (29-13)	470		9
10. Nebraska (33-11)		469		10

11. Georgia Tech. (32-11)	464		4
12. Texas A&M (35-13)		461		14
13. Notre Dame (34-9)		459		16
14. Richmond (33-8)		457		15
15. Florida Atlantic (37-10)	454		18
16. Clemson (31-13)		452		23
17. Miami, Fla. (29-11-1)	450		17
18. Auburn (32-13)		447		12
19. Mississippi St. (30-12-1)	445		13
20. Arizona (30-16)		442		28

21. Southern Miss. (34-11)	441		22
22. Lamar (31-12)		438		-
23. Alabama (31-13)		435		-
24. Missouri (28-15)		433		19
25. Minnesota (27-14)		430		27
26. Oklahoma St. (28-15)	427		20
27. Pepperdine (28-16)		424		26
28. Baylor (30-17)		422		24
29. Texas Christian (29-16)	420		29
30. Nevada-Las Vegas (35-12)	418		30


Baseball America's Top 25 College Baseball


DURHAM, N.C.--Cal State Fullerton swept a spate of road games to remain atop Baseball America's Top 25 college baseball rankings for the second consecutive week.


The Titans extended their current winning streak to 10 games with a victory against UCLA and a sweep at Cal Poly, extending their lead over fifth-ranked Long Beach State to two games in the Big West Conference standings. No. 2 Florida State and No. 3 Rice remained in their spots while Nebraska moved into the top five for the first time at No. 4. The Huskers won a series on the road at Texas Tech and are just one game behind sixth-ranked Texas--which they beat in a series last weekend--in the Big 12 standings.


The Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the poll other than Florida State shuffled thanks to some interesting series. North Carolina State moved up to No. 7 after winning two-of-three from rival North Carolina, which fell out of the poll. Georgia Tech tumbled six spots to No. 13 after getting swept by Clemson, which re-entered the rankings at No. 20.


Two clubs made their way back into the poll by beating ranked opponents. Alabama swept Arkansas, knocking the Razorbacks out of the Top 25 and moving the Crimson Tide in at No. 22. Arizona won two of three at Stanford, dropping the Cardinal five spots to ninth while making its way to No. 24 in the rankings.


Baseball America's staff determines the Top 25 rankings, and records (which do not reflect ties) are through games of April 27.

    Team                   Overall    Last Week    Previous
1.   Cal State Fullerton    38-8       4-0          1
2.   Florida State          38-7       2-1          2
3.   Rice                   40-7       3-1          3
4.   Nebraska               33-11      4-1          6
5.   Long Beach State       29-13      3-1          5
6.   Texas                  35-13      4-0          9
7.   North Carolina State   36-10      3-1          10
8.   Arizona State          42-9       3-0          11
9.   Stanford               28-13      2-2          4
10.  Louisiana State        30-13      4-0          13
11.  Florida Atlantic       37-10      3-0          14
12.  Texas A&M              35-13      3-1          15
13.  Georgia Tech           32-11      0-4          7
14.  Auburn                 32-13      1-3          8
15.  Notre Dame             34-9       5-1          17
16.  Mississippi State      30-12      2-3          12
17.  Miami                  29-11      1-2          16
18.  Nevada-Las Vegas       35-12      3-1          20
19.  Southern Mississippi   34-11      4-1          21
20.  Clemson                31-13      4-1          NR
21.  Richmond               33-8       2-1          19
22.  Alabama                31-13      4-0          NR
23.  Baylor                 30-17      3-1          24
24.  Arizona                30-16      2-2          NR
25.  Tulane                 32-13      3-1          25


Dropped Out: Arkansas (No. 18), North Carolina (No. 22), Missouri (No. 23).


Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll


1. CAL STATE FULLERTON (38-8) Last poll: 2 Poll points: 998 (16 No. 1 votes).

2. FLORIDA STATE (38-7-1) Last poll: 1 Poll points: 990 (20).

3. RICE (40-7) Last poll: 3 Poll points: 925 (5).

4. ARIZONA STATE (42-9) Last poll: 5 Poll points: 909.

5. TEXAS (35-13) Last poll: 9 Poll points: 813.

6. LONG BEACH STATE (29-13) Last poll: 7 Poll points: 780.

7. NEBRASKA (33-11) Last poll: 10 Poll points: 720.

8. NORTH CAROLINA STATE (36-10) Last poll: 11 Poll points: 690.

9. STANFORD (28-13) Last poll: 6 Poll points: 686.

10. GEORGIA TECH (32-11) Last poll: 4 Poll points: 629.

11. TEXAS A&M (35-13) Last poll: 13 Poll points: 591.

12. LSU (30-13-1) Last poll: 17 Poll points: 535.

13. AUBURN (32-13) Last poll: 8 Poll points: 522.

14. CLEMSON (31-13) Last poll: 20 Poll points: 410.

15. RICHMOND (33-8) Last poll: 16 Poll points: 399.

16. NOTRE DAME (34-9) Last poll: 18 Poll points: 363.

17. MIAMI (29-11-1) Last poll: 14 Poll points: 359.

18. MISSISSIPPI STATE (30-12-1) Last poll: 12 Poll points: 354.

19. FLORIDA ATLANTIC (37-10) Last poll: 19 Poll points: 267.

20. BAYLOR (30-17) Last poll: 21 Poll points: 237.

21. FLORIDA (31-13-1) Last poll: 23 Poll points: 188.

22. ALABAMA (31-13) Last poll: NR Poll points: 173.

23. TULANE (32-13) Last poll: 22 Poll points: 132.

24. ARKANSAS (30-12) Last poll: 15 Poll points: 112.

25. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (34-11) Last poll: NR Poll points: 102.


Dropped out: No. 24 North Carolina (33-14, 2-3 last week), No. 25 Missouri (28-15, 1-3 last week).


Others receiving votes: Arizona (86), Nevada-Las Vegas (58), North Carolina (39), South Alabama (33), New Mexico State (30), Washington (30), Missouri (29), Minnesota (24), Lamar (18), South Carolina (10), North Carolina-Greensboro (9), Virginia Com-monwealth (8), Wake Forest (8), Kansas (6), Ball State (6), Oklahoma State (6), Ohio State (6), Stetson (5), Southern California (5), California (5), Pepperdine (5), Coastal Carolina (5), North Carolina-Wilmington (4), California-Riverside (3), Mississippi (2), Southwest Missouri State (1).

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