Tigers Move Up in Collegiate Baseball Poll


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LOUISIANA STATE NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL


TUCSON, Ariz. - Louisiana St. University (7-0) has been ranked No. 1 in the
latest NCAA Division I baseball poll of the season by "Collegiate Baseball"
newspaper.


The Tigers, which have been ranked No. 1 for the third straight poll, swept
a 3-game series at home against Central Florida over the past weekend and
have won seven straight to kick off the 2009 season.


LSU completed their sixth straight regular season series sweep dating back
to last season and have now won 23 straight regular-season games over the
past two seasons.


POLL NOTES: No. 2 Georgia (8-0) is off to its best start since the 2000
season and swept a 3-game series at Arizona over the past weekend. The best
start in Bulldog history belongs to the 1911 team which won its first nine
games. Another team that made a jump in the poll is Texas (9-0) which moved
from eighth to fourth this week.


Several other red-hot teams include Miami, Fla. which swept a 3-game series
at Florida. Cal. St. Fullerton swept a 3-game series against Stanford. Rice
knocked off four quality teams over the past week, including Houston, UCLA,
Texas A&M and Baylor. Cal Poly SLO enters the poll for the first time this
year at No. 17 with a 6-1 record. The Mustangs, which swept a 3-game series
over the last weekend against Sacramento St., have also knocked off Rice two
of three games and defending national champion Fresno St. Ohio St. has been
impressive with a 7-0 record.


Five teams dropped out of the poll this week in Stanford (0-4 last week),
Fresno St. (1-3), UCLA (0-5), Southern California (1-3), and San Diego St.
(2-3). New to the poll this week is South Carolina (4-0), Cal Poly SLO
(6-1), Lamar (9-1), East Carolina (5-1) and Mississippi St. (8-1).


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 2, 2009)		
Rank School (Record)		Points		Previous
1. Louisiana St. (7-0)		496		1
2. Georgia (8-0)		494		3
3. North Carolina (7-1)		493		2
4. Texas (9-0)			490		8
5. Arizona St. (8-1)		484		4
6. Florida St. (6-1)		481		5
7. Rice (5-2)			478		10
8. Texas A&M (7-2)		477		6
9. Georgia Tech. (6-1)		475		9
10. Miami, Fla. (6-1)		473		14

11. Texas Christian (5-1)	469		16
12. Cal. St. Fullerton (5-2)	466		17
13. Oklahoma St. (6-1)		465		11
14. Baylor (6-2)		462		13
15. U.C. Irvine (5-2)		459		15
16. Coastal Carolina (6-1)	455		18
17. Cal Poly SLO (6-1)		452		-
18. South Carolina (4-0)	449		-
19. Clemson (4-1)		448		25
20. Florida (5-3)		445		12

21. Mississippi (3-3)		437		22
22. Pepperdine (5-2)		435		23
23. Lamar (9-1)			432		-
24. East Carolina (5-1)		431		-
25. Ohio St. (7-0)		430		30
26. Mississippi St. (8-1)	428		-
27. Oklahoma (7-3)		427		20
28. Michigan (7-2)		426		28
29. Kentucky (4-2)		425		29
30. San Diego (6-3)		420		27


Basebnall America


DURHAM, N.C.-- There's a change atop the Baseball America Top 25 rankings for the first time this season as Louisiana State bludgeoned its way to a sweep of Central Florida and to the No. 1 ranking.


While LSU has dominated with offense, Texas has done it with pitching. The Longhorns gave up just seven runs over four games last week to vault up to the No. 2 ranking. After the Longhorns, the rest of the top 10 remained mostly unchanged. Previous No. 1 Texas A&M lost two games on the week to slip to No. 4, while Rice won three games against top 10 opponents at the Houston College Classic and moved up one spot.


The biggest mover of the week was easily Miami. The Hurricanes ended a rare absence from the rankings by going on the road and sweeping then-No. 24 Florida, earning their season debut in the rankings at No. 15. Pepperdine was another big mover as the Waves moved up five spots after winning a series on the road against UC Davis. UCLA suffered the most precipitous fall, dropping from No. 9 all the way out of the rankings after going 0-5 for the week, including an 0-3 showing at the Houston College Classic.


Three other teams moved into the rankings this week. Oregon State returned after a one-week hiatus by going 3-1 at the DeMarini Classic in Tempe, Ariz., including a win against then-No. 15 Missouri. Coastal Carolina and Cal Poly made their season debuts in the rankings. Both of their weeks were highlighted by midweek victories, as Coastal Carolina knocked off No. 3 North Carolina while Cal Poly, which owns a series victory against Rice, defeated defending national champion Fresno State.


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


Rk.    Team    		W-L    Last Week    Prev.
1.    Louisiana State   7-0    4-0    2
2.    Texas    		9-0    5-0    4
3.    North Carolina    7-1    4-1    3
4.    Texas A&M    	7-2    3-2    1
5.    UC Irvine    	5-2    2-1    5
6.    Baylor    	6-2    4-1    6
7.    Cal State Full    5-2    4-0    7
8.    Arizona State 	8-1    4-1    8
9.    Rice    		5-2    4-0    10
10.    Georgia    	8-0    5-0    12
11.    San Diego   	6-3    4-2    11
12.    Pepperdine    	5-2    3-1    17
13.    Texas Christian  5-1    3-0    23
14.    Mississippi    	3-3    2-1    13
15.    Miami    	6-1    3-0    NR
16.    Oklahoma    	7-3    3-3    16
17.    Kent State    	5-0    2-0    18
18.    Georgia Tech    	6-1    3-1    20
19.    Clemson    	4-1    1-1    19
20.    Coastal Carolina 6-1    3-0    NR
21.    Arkansas   	5-1    2-1    21
22.    Florida State    6-1    2-1    22
23.    Oklahoma State   6-1    2-1    25
24.    Oregon State    	4-2    3-1    NR
25.    Cal Poly   	6-1    4-0    NR

Dropped Out: UCLA (9), Stanford (14), Missouri (15), Florida (24).

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