Thanks to a seven-game winning streak, Clemson moved up in the latest college baseball poll on Monday, a seven-spot jump to No. 12 by Collegiate Baseball.
Clemson’s overall record of 16-3 (5-1 ACC) is its best through 19 games since 2010, when it started 17-2. The Tigers are led at the plate by freshman outfielder Seth Beer, who is hitting .453 with nine homers, six doubles, 25 RBIs, 20 runs, a .544 on-base percentage and a national-best .969 slugging percentage in 19 games. He is also riding a 17-game hitting streak.
This past weekend saw the Tigers sweep No. 22 Boston College in three games at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Beer’s walk-off home run in the 10th inning on Sunday completed the sweep. The Tiger pitching staff allowed just five runs in the series as well.
The Tigers play four games this week, beginning with a home game against Presbyterian College on Tuesday night. Clemson then travels to the Sunshine State to take on No. 5 Miami (Fla.) in a three-game series beginning Friday night on ESPN3.
Clemson is currently tied with No. 14 Florida State for first place in the ACC Atlantic Division.
The University of Florida (21-1) is ranked No.1 for the sixth straight Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I baseball poll.
The Gators, winners of 15 in a row, beat Florida St. at home and then swept a 3-game series from Missouri at home last week. Florida’s pitching staff has been superb with a 2.51 ERA, 245 strikeouts and just 51 walks (No. 3 in the USA with a 4.57 strikeout to walk ratio) over 22 games. The Gator defense has only committed 15 errors in 22 games (.982 fielding percentage).
POLL NOTES: Several teams have impressive winning streaks. Florida has won 15 in a row, South Carolina 10 straight, Missouri St. 8 consecutive, Clemson 7 in a row and U.C. Santa Barbara 6 straight.
In key series over the past weekend, Mississippi State took two of three at Vanderbilt, Miami (Fla.) won two of three at home against Louisville, Oregon State swept a 3-game series at home against Arizona State, Alabama took two of three at LSU, Southern California won two of three at home against California, South Carolina swept three at home from Arkansas, Utah beat Oregon two of three in Eugene, Ore., Clemson swept a 3-game series at home against Boston College and Tulane won two of three at Texas.
Three teams fell out of the top 30 in Arkansas (2-3 last week), Boston College (0-3) and Arizona State (0-3). New to the poll is Alabama (13-6, 2-1 SEC), Brigham Young (18-2, 2-1 West Coast) and Kentucky (14-5, 2-1 SEC).
The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1959 college baseball season.
Collegiate Baseball NCAA Div. I Poll
(As of March 21, 2016)
|Rank||Team (2016 Record)||Points||Pvs|
|2.||Oregon St. (15-2)||491||6|
|3.||North Carolina (17-2)||490||7|
|4.||Texas A&M (18-2)||488||3|
|5.||Miami, Fla. (16-4)||485||5|
|9.||Texas Christian (16-3)||479||11|
|10.||Missouri St. (17-2)||478||12|
|11.||Mississippi St. (14-6-1)||476||13|
|13.||South Carolina (20-2)||471||20|
|14.||Florida St. (15-5)||469||9|
|15.||Louisiana St. (14-5)||465||10|
|17.||U.C. Santa Barbara (15-3)||460||21|
|18.||Florida Atlantic (15-3)||459||15|
|19.||N.C. State (16-6)||456||23|
|21.||Georgia Tech. (15-4)||450||25|
|23.||Brigham Young (18-2)||448||—|
|24.||Long Beach St. (14-6)||446||29|
|29.||Dallas Baptist (13-6)||429||26|