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ECU Still Perched in All Three Baseball Polls

East Carolina stumbled a bit last week but still got enough respect from the voters to maintain a place in all three of the major weekly collegiate baseball rankings.

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The Pirates, 14-3-1 after a week in which they had one win, two losses and a tie, slipped from 18th to 21st in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll, from 18th to 20th in the BaseballAmerica Rankings and from 22nd to 25th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.

ECU suffered a 9-6 home loss to Old Dominion last Tuesday and picked up just one victory in three contests during a weekend road series at Conference USA foe Cincinnati. The Pirates fell to UC 8-5 on Friday, rebounded to shut out the Bearcats 7-0 on Saturday, then battled to a 5-5 tie with the 'Cats on Sunday in a game that was stopped after 10 innings in accordance with a mutual agreement between the teams not to start a new inning after 4 PM because of travel schedules.

Conference USA member Houston moved up in all three sets of rankings. The Cougars (15-5) advanced to No. 9 (from 12th) in the Collegiate Baseball poll, to 7th (from 8th) in the BaseballAmerica rankings and to No 12 (from 13th) in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll. Tulane (13-8), another league member, tumbled out of all three polls after going 2-2 during the week, including a weekend series in which the Green Wave (13-8) dropped two out of three games to conference foe Charlotte.

Other Carolinas teams in the rankings are Clemson (14-1 record; 2nd, 2nd and 2nd in the Collegiate Baseball News, BaseballAmerica and USA Today/ESPN poll, respectively), South Carolina (18-3; 4th, 5th and 5th) and Wake Forest (16-2; 8th, 11th and 8th).

The new rankings were released Monday and were based on results of games through Sunday, March 17.

This week, ECU takes a short road trip for a Wednesday game at Old Dominion and hosts a three-game C-USA series against Texas Christian on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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