Rankings: Clemson moves up in polls going into ACC Tournament


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Clemson continued to position itself well for a national seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Clemson continued to position itself well for a national seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Clemson moved up as much as three spots in the polls going into this week’s ACC Baseball Championship in Durham.

Baseball America slotted Monte Lee’s Tigers up three spots and D1Basball.com, two, to No. 6 this week. Clemson clinched the Atlantic Division and a share of the ACC’s best record with a 4-0 week to earn a No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament.

In the hunt for a national seed, Clemson’s RPI held steady at No. 11 and they are tied with Stanford for the most wins for a Power 5 program (43).

The Tigers get back to action Wednesday at 3 p.m. (RSN/ACC Network Extra) versus Notre Dame (92 RPI), which closed its season getting swept at Louisville. They play Miami (63 RPI) then close pool-play on Thursday at 7 p.m. (RSN/ACC Network Extra).

Going into the week at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Clemson leads all Power 5 programs with 87 home runs with ACC rival NC State next with 80. They rank in the middle of the pack in the ACC with 6.3 runs per game.

Seth Beer leads the conference with 19 home runs and ranks fifth nationally (Arizona State’s Spencer Torkelson the leader with 25).

The Tigers’ pitching staff ranks second in the ACC with a 3.35 ERA (Louisville the leader, 3.28). Ryley Gilliam leads the ACC in saves (11) and boasts a 0.79 ERA.

Clemson baseball rankings:

Baseball America: 6 (+3)

D1Baseball: 6 (+2)

Collegiate Baseball: 4

Coaches Poll: 5 (+2)

Perfect Game: 4 (+1)

Other weekly ACC rankings

Baseball America: North Carolina (5), NC State (10), Duke (12), Florida State (13).

D1Baseball: North Carolina (5), Florida State (9), NC State (10), Duke (17).

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