College Baseball Poll - Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
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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