Clemson moves into top 15 in both baseball polls


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DURHAM, N.C. -- Virginia took two out of three on the road against East Carolina in the marquee series of college baseball's opening weekend and moved up to No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 rankings for the first time ever.

While Virginia, which ranked second in the preseason, was winning on the road in a tough environment at then-No. 18 East Carolina, its path to the top of the rankings was cleared when preseason No. 1 Texas was upset at home by New Mexico. The Longhorns won the opener but dropped the next two games and fell to No. 3 in the rankings, with Louisiana State moving to No. 2 after sweeping Centenary.

Texas wasn't the only top 10 team upset on opening weekend. Preseason No. 4 Cal State Fullerton lost its first two games to Oregon and Pepperdine before salvaging the finale with a win against rival Long Beach State. Meanwhile, Rice went on the road to Stanford and was swept in a three-game series, the first time that's happened to the Owls in five years. Fullerton and Rice fell to No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.

Since most of the preseason Top 25 teams opened the season with series wins against lesser opponents, there wasn't a lot of movement throughout the rankings. Stanford, thanks to sweeping Rice, was the only team to join the rankings this week, jumping in at No. 18. Georgia fell out of the rankings after a 2-2 weekend.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of February 21 and do not include ties.


Rk.   Team    		W-L    Last   Prev.

1. Virginia 2-1 2-1 2

2. Louisiana State 3-0 3-0 3

3. Texas 1-2 1-2 1

4. Georgia Tech 3-0 3-0 6

5. Florida 3-0 3-0 7

6. UC Irvine 3-0 3-0 8

7. Florida State 3-0 3-0 9

8. Cal St Fullerton 1-2 1-2 4

9. Rice 0-3 0-3 5

10. South Carolina 3-0 3-0 10

11. Texas Christian 3-0 3-0 11

12. Coastal Carolina 2-1 2-1 12

13. Louisville 3-0 3-0 13

14. Arizona State 3-0 3-0 14

15. Clemson 3-0 3-0 15

16. Miami 3-0 3-0 16

17. Arkansas 2-1 2-1 17

18. Stanford 3-0 3-0 NR

19. San Diego 3-1 3-1 19

20. North Carolina 3-0 3-0 20

21. Southern Miss 2-1 2-1 21

22. East Carolina 1-2 1-2 18

23. UCLA 3-0 3-0 23

24. Mississippi 2-1 2-1 24

25. Oregon State 2-1 2-1 25

Dropped Out: Georgia (22)

LOUISIANA ST. NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. - Defending national champion Louisiana St. is ranked

No. 1 in the first regular season "Collegiate Baseball" newspaper NCAA

Division I baseball poll after sweeping Centenary three straight over

the past weekend.

The Tigers (3-0) took over the top spot when No. 1 pre-season

selection Texas dropped two of three at home to start the season

against New Mexico.

LSU captured its 11th straight season-opening series dating back to

2000.

In game two of the series, Tiger Head Coach Paul Mainieri celebrated

the 1,000th win of his coaching career during a 25-8 win. His 28-year

career includes stops at St. Thomas University in Miami (1983-88), Air

Force (1989-94), Notre Dame (1995-2006) and LSU (2007-present).

Poll Notes: New Mexico stunned Texas by winning two of three in Austin

against the Longhorns to start the season. It marked the first time in

school history that the Lobos had beaten a No. 1 ranked team. Prior to

the historic victories, New Mexico was 0-9 all-time when playing the

No. 1 team in the nation. All nine games were against Arizona St. After Texas won

the opener, 6-2, the Lobos captured the final two contests, 6-5 and

3-1.

Another red-hot team to start the season was Oregon. The Ducks knocked

off highly regarded Cal. St. Fullerton to start the season in

Fullerton, Calif.

and followed that off with a win at Long Beach St. before losing at

Pepperdine. New to the poll this week are New Mexico and Oregon. Two

teams dropped out in Rice (0-3) and Minnesota (2-1).

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 Feb. 22, 2010)

Rank School (Record) Points Previous

1. Louisiana St. (3-0) 492 2

2. Arizona St. (3-0) 490 5

3. Georgia Tech. (3-0) 488 6

4. Texas (1-2) 487 1

5. Virginia (2-1) 486 3

6. Cal. St. Fullerton (1-2) 484 4

7. Florida St. (3-0) 483 7

8. U.C. Irvine (3-0) 482 8

9. Florida (3-0) 479 9

10. Oregon St. (2-1) 476 10

11. Miami, Fla. (3-0) 473 12

12. North Carolina (3-0) 471 13

13. Ohio St. (3-0) 469 14

14. Texas Christian (3-0) 465 15

15. Clemson (3-0) 464 16

16. Louisville (3-0) 461 19

17. UCLA (3-0) 459 20

18. Stanford (3-0) 457 26

19. New Mexico (2-1) 454 -

20. Oklahoma (4-0) 451 25

21. Coastal Carolina (2-1) 449 17

22. East Carolina (1-2) 447 18

23. South Carolina (3-0) 444 28

24. San Diego (3-1) 443 24

25. Oregon (2-1) 441 -

26. Southern Miss. (2-1) 435 21

27. Wichita St. (0-0) 430 27

28. Mississippi (2-1) 429 22

29. Texas A&M (3-0) 427 29

30. Arkansas (2-1) 425 23

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