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College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: Monday (March 20, 2000)

CLEMSON NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER (www.baseballnews.com) POLL

TUCSON, Ariz. — Clemson has been ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I baseball poll after a shakeup took place in the top 10. Florida St., which had been ranked No. 1 the previous five weeks, slipped to third after losing two of three against Wake Forest. North Carolina, which was 21-0 entering an Atlantic Coast Conference series at Georgia Tech. this past weekend, lost all three and slipped from second to seventh this week.

Clemson (19-3 overall and 3-0 in the ACC), swept Maryland three straight over the past weekend and has won 8 of its last 9 games. The key to the Tigers' success this season has been the pitching rotation of Scott Berney, Ryan Mottl and Jarrod Schmidt, all righthanders. They have a combined record of 13-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 111 2/3 innings. The trio has held opponents to a cumulative batting average below .200.

POLL NOTES: Four teams fell out of the Collegiate Baseball poll this week. Florida Atlantic posted a 3-2 record since the last polling period while Illinois was 2-4, Loyola Marymount 1-3 and Oral Roberts 1-1. Louisiana-Lafayette continues to play exceptional baseball with a 21-1 overall record and 16 consecutive wins.Over the past weekend, the Cajuns swept a 3-game series against South Alabama for the first time in school history. It marked the first time in six years that USA had been swept in a conference series. The winning streak by UL-Lafayette is one off the school record. Georgia is another red-hot team. The Bulldogs swept a 3-game series against previously 7th ranked Alabama. It marked the first time in Alabama Coach Jim Wells' six years at Alabama that one of his teams was swept by an SEC team.

  The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.

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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's

NCAA Div. I Poll (As of March 20, 2000)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Clemson (19-3) 487   4
  2. South Carolina (22-1) 484   5
  3. Florida St. (25-4) 482   1
  4. Stanford (16-6) 480   3
  5. Texas (22-5) 475   6
  6. Houston (19-7) 472   9
  7. North Carolina (21-3) 470   2
  8. Louisiana-Lafayette (21-1) 469 10
  9. Arizona St. (24-6) 465 11
10. Auburn (23-6) 460 13
11. Long Beach St. (16-6) 455   8
12. Georgia (15-6) 450 22
13. Southern Calif. (14-9) 440 12
14. Cal. St. Fullerton (13-7) 439 14
15. Alabama (16-9) 437   7
16. Georgia Tech. (15-6) 433 24
17. Miami, Fla. (19-8-1) 430 15
18. Creighton (18-2) 426 21
19. Mississippi St. (18-2) 423 26
20. Wichita St. (9-4) 421 19
21. Baylor (18-8) 419 16
22. East Carolina (20-5) 418 17
23. Louisiana St. (15-8) 417 23
24. Notre Dame (12-3) 415 27
25. Wake Forest (17-7) 412
26. Fresno St. (20-7) 409 18
27. Stetson (21-4) 408
28. Kentucky (18-4) 406 20
29. Nevada (18-8) 402
30. New Orleans (13-5) 398

 

"LOUISVILLE SLUGGER'S" NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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RHP Chad Coward, Guilford College: Coward pitched a 7-inning no-hitter against Eastern Mennonite in a 1-0 win. He struck out 11 batters and walked only one in the contest.

bulletCF Jeff Duncan, Arizona St.: Duncan tied the school record with 9 consecutive hits and reached base safely 11 out of 12 times at one point last week over five games. The Sun Devil, who was 13-for-20 at the plate, scored 9 runs, knocked in 8 runs and collected 2 doubles, 2 triples and cracked an inside-the-park home run. In addition, he was 6-for-6 in stolen base opportunities.

 

 

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