Tigers Remain in Top 10 in Baseball Polls


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Clemson University

Overall Season Record: 27-10

ACC Regular-Season Record: 10-5


Last Week: 3-2

Tue. W away vs. Western Carolina, 8-3

Wed. W home vs. #7 South Carolina, 10-5

Fri. W away vs. #10 Georgia Tech, 7-6

Sat. L away vs. #10 Georgia Tech, 12-3

Sun. L away vs. #10 Georgia Tech, 22-4


Next Week

Tue. Home vs. Winthrop, 7:15 PM

Wed. Home vs. Furman, 7:15 PM

Fri. Away vs. Boston College, 2:30 PM

Sat. Away vs. Boston College, 1:00 PM

Sun. Away vs. Boston College, 12:00 PM


Notes

Clemson went 3-2 last week in five games, four of which were on the road and four against top-10 teams. The Tigers won 8-3 at Western Carolina on Tuesday and defeated #7 South Carolina 10-5 at home on Wednesday. Clemson captured the season series 3-1 over the Gamecocks with the win. Over the weekend, Clemson lost two of three at #10 Georgia Tech.


On Friday, Adrian Casanova came up big with two clutch, run-scoring doubles, including the game-winner in the eighth inning, to lead the Tigers to a 7-6 win. Daniel Moskos pitched the final 2.0 innings to earn the save. On Saturday, Georgia Tech pulled away late to win 12-3, then on Sunday kept the bats hot in a 22-4 victory. Georgia Tech outscored the Tigers 40-14 in the series. Wes Hodges combined for 13 RBIs in the final two games of the series.

Perhaps the hottest Tiger at the plate is Casanova, the nine-hole-hitter. In five games last week, he went 5-for-11 (.455) with two doubles, a homer, and five RBIs. Travis Storrer was 6-for-14 (.429) with three doubles, two homers, six RBIs, five walks, and no strikeouts, while Brad Chalk was 8-for-20 (.400). Andy D'Alessio added two homers and six RBIs as well. Clemson hit .281 last week.

The Saturday loss at Georgia Tech snapped the Tigers' 10-game ACC winning streak and six-game road winning streak, five of which were against teams ranked in the top 11. Clemson's record is 27-10 overall and 10-5 in league play. The Tigers maintain a 13-5 record against top-25 ranked teams, and have played 13 (10-3 record) of its last 18 games against teams ranked in the top 20.

Overall in 2006, Clemson is hitting .292 with a .368 on-base percentage. Tyler Colvin leads the club with a .340 average, 14 doubles, three triples, seven homers, 32 RBIs, and 13 steals. Andy D'Alessio has 12 home runs and 52 RBIs, while Brad Chalk has raised his average to .333.

The pitching staff's ERA rose to 3.60 overall with a .252 opponents' batting average. Daniel Moskos has a team-high six saves, allowing 21 hits in 31.1 innings pitched.

The Tigers will play two midweek games at home (Tuesday vs. Winthrop and Wednesday vs. Furman) before hitting the road again to play at Boston College over the weekend. It will be the first time the two ACC schools have ever met on the diamond.


CAL. ST. FULLERTON NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER (www.baseballnews.com) POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Cal. St. Fullerton (26-8) has been ranked No. 1 for the first time this season in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s poll of NCAA Division I baseball.


The Titans, which won two of three at U.C. Irvine over the past weekend, moved from second to first this week after last week’s No. 1 ranked team South Carolina suffered three losses and dropped to ninth. The Gamecocks lost early in the week to Clemson and then lost two of three at home to Alabama.


Cal. St. Fullerton, which has a superb 2.54 team ERA, has won nine of its last 10 games and 17 of its last 19. Pitcher Wes Roemer continues to be absolutely sensational. He is 7-0 on the season and has only walked one
batter in 76 1/3 innings (269 batters). With 75 strikeouts on the season, his strikeout to walk ratio is an astounding 75:1. His ERA on the season is 1.53.


Poll Notes: Several teams have been red-hot. Rice has won 10 in a row and Notre Dame 12 straight with 22 wins in its last 23 games. The Fighting Irish are 8-1 in the Big East Conference. Defending national champion Texas has won 9 of its last 10 games. Southern California moved into the top 20 after sweeping a 3-game series against California. The Trojans sit in first place in the Pac-10 Conference with a 7-2 record. Four teams fell out of the poll this week in Wake Forest (1-4 record last week), Texas Tech. (1-3), Tennessee (1-3) and Winthrop (3-2).


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 April 10, 2006)

 
Rank School (Record) Points Previous 
 1. Cal. St. Fullerton (26-8) 	494  2 
 2. North Carolina (27-7) 	491  3 
 3. Florida St. (31-4) 		490  4 
 4. Nebraska (24-5) 		487  6 
 5. Rice (28-8) 		485  7 
 6. Texas (24-11) 		483  9 
 7. Clemson (24-8)  		482  8 
 8. Alabama (25-10) 		480 10 
 9. South Carolina (27-6) 	478  1 
10. Mississippi St. (25-6) 	477  5 
11. Georgia Tech. (25-8) 	475 11 
12. North Carolina St. (27-9) 	470 15 
13. Arizona St. (25-10) 	468 13 
14. Miami, Fla. (24-12) 	465 14 
15. Arkansas (25-8) 		463 17 
16. Vanderbilt (21-11) 		462 12 
17. Old Dominion (31-4) 	460 18 
18. Southern California (20-14) 459 — 
19. Oregon St. (21-9) 		458 16 
20. Virginia (27-9) 		455 20 
21. Notre Dame (22-8) 		449 — 
22. Coll. of Charleston (27-6) 	446 22 
23. Fresno St. (26-10) 		444 21 
24. Ohio St. (19-7) 		443 24 
25. Kentucky (25-8) 		441 25 
26. Baylor (22-11) 		439 — 
27. Creighton (20-8) 		436 23 
28. Georgia (21-10) 		434 — 
29. Oklahoma (24-10) 		433 28 
30. Louisiana St. (23-11) 	430 29 


Baseball America Top 25


DURHAM, N.C. -- Cal State Fullerton won its ninth series in 10 weeks to maintain the No. 1 spot in Baseball America's weekly college baseball rankings. The Titans have won 19 of their last 22 games.


No. 2 Rice reeled off another 4-0 week and has won 10 straight games. Nebraska also has won 10 games in a row and moves up to No. 4.


Notre Dame has won 17 straight games, the longest active winning streak in the county, and 11 in a row in Big East Conference play. The Fighting Irish enter the rankings at No. 18.


Miami joins the rankings for a second time this year at No. 24 following a series win at Florida State. The Seminoles fell to No. 8.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of April 16 and do not include ties.

Team W-L
1. Cal State Fullerton 	28-9
2. Rice 		32-8
3. North Carolina 	31-7
4. Nebraska 		28-5
5. Texas 		27-12
6. Clemson 		27-10
7. South Carolina 	29-8
8. Florida State 	33-6
9. Oregon State 	25-9
10. Arizona State 	27-11
11. Alabama 		27-12
12. Arkansas 		27-10
13. Georgia Tech 	28-9
14. North Carolina St	30-10
15. Oklahoma 		28-10
16. Vanderbilt 		25-12
17. Mississippi State 	26-9
18. Notre Dame 		27-8
19. College of Char	30-7
20. Old Dominion 	33-6
21. Kentucky 		26-10
22. Southern California 22-16
23. Winthrop 		29-10
24. Miami 		26-13
25. San Diego 		23-14

Dropped Out: Creighton (22), Baylor (24).

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