Tigers ranked in top 25 in final baseball polls


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TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of South Carolina (55-14) is ranked No. 1 in
the final 2011 "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper NCAA Division I baseball
poll.


The Gamecocks won their second consecutive national championship in baseball
at the College World Series last Tuesday with a 5-2 win over Florida to
sweep the championship series two games to none over the Gators.


South Carolina broke two NCAA records in the process of winning back-to-back
titles as the Gamecocks have now won 11 consecutive College World Series
games dating back to last season and 16 straight games in NCAA tournament
action (Regionals, Super Regionals, College World Series).


South Carolina finished with a team ERA of 0.88 in five College World Series
games, the fourth-lowest team ERA in CWS history and the lowest since 1972
(Arizona State, 0.68).


The Gamecocks microscopic team ERA is the lowest by a CWS champion since
California in 1957 (0.60).


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 June 30, 2011)  
Rank School (Record)  Points Previous
1. South Carolina (55-14) 	497  4
2. Florida (53-19)  		492  1
3. Virginia (56-12)  		491  2
4. Vanderbilt (54-12)  		490  3
5. North Carolina (51-16) 	488  7
6. California (38-23)  		485  8
7. Texas (49-19)   		483  5
8. Texas A&M (47-22)  		479  6
9. Florida St. (46-19)  	477  9
10. Oregon St. (41-19)  	474  10

11. Arizona St. (43-18)  	472  11
12. U.C. Irvine (43-18)  	471  12
13. Connecticut (45-20-1) 	467  13
14. Stanford (35-22)  		464  14
15. Mississippi St. (38-25) 	461  15
16. Dallas Baptist (42-20) 	457  16
17. Texas Christian (43-19) 	455  17
18. Ca. St. Fullerton (41-17) 	453  18
19. Georgia Tech. (42-21) 	450  19
20. UCLA (35-24)   		449  20

21. Clemson (43-20)  		447  21
22. Miami, Fla. (38-23)  	444  22
23. Oral Roberts (39-22) 	442  23
24. Rice (42-21)   		439  24
25. Arizona (39-21)  		437  25
26. Kent St. (45-17)  		434  26
27. Coastal Carolina (42-20) 	432  27
28. Creighton (45-16)  		429  28
29. Arkansas (40-22)  		426  29
30. Stetson (43-20)  		424  30


Baseball America


DURHAM, N.C.—South Carolina won its second straight national championship to finish atop Baseball America's final Top 25 rankings for the second year in a row. The Gamecocks were also ranked No. 1 on May 23 before going 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference to fall to No. 4 in the final regular-season rankings, but they bounced back with a 10-0 romp through the NCAA tournament.



Florida, which began and ended the regular season ranked No. 1, reached the CWS Finals and finished second in the postseason rankings. Fellow SEC East juggernaut Vanderbilt ends the season ranked fourth, while Atlantic Coast Conference powers Virginia and North Carolina round out the top five at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.


Four teams won regionals to vault into final rankings, led by California, which leapt up to No. 11 by reaching the College World Series and winning a game in Omaha. The Golden Bears were ranked 17th in the preseason and spent most of the season in the rankings before dropping out on May 9.


Super regional teams UC Irvine, Mississippi State and Dallas Baptist—all No. 3 seeds in regionals—entered the rankings at Nos. 16, 17 and 18, respectively. The Anteaters were ranked 24th on May 23 before dropping back out of the rankings when they lost two of three to Long Beach State. But they rebounded to win a strong regional over UCLA and Fresno State. The Bulldogs and Patriots each make their first appearances in the Top 25 after winning regionals at Georgia Tech and Texas Christian, respectively.


The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of June 28 and do not include ties.

Rk.	Team			W-L	Prev.
1.	South Carolina		55-14	4
2.	Florida			53-19	1
3.	Virginia		56-12	2
4.	Vanderbilt		54-12	3
5.	North Carolina		51-16	13
6.	Texas			49-19	5
7.	Texas A&M		47-22	7
8.	Florida State		46-19	6
9.	Arizona State		43-18	10
10.	Oregon State		41-19	15
11.	California		38-23	NR
12.	Connecticut		45-20	18
13.	Stanford		35-22	24
14.	Cal State Fullerton	41-17	8
15.	Rice			42-21	9
16.	UC Irvine		43-18	NR
17.	Mississippi State	38-25	NR
18.	Dallas Baptist		42-20	NR
19.	Texas Christian		43-19	11
20.	Georgia Tech		42-21	12
21.	Clemson			43-20	14
22.	UCLA			35-24	17
23.	Miami			38-23	16
24.	Arkansas		40-22	19
25.	East Carolina		41-21	23

Dropped Out: Florida International (20), Troy (21), 
Oklahoma (22), Southern Mississippi (25).

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