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Roundup: Pirates edge back towards Top 25


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East Carolina is not back in the rankings, but the Pirates set the stage to have a chance to break into the polls again as soon as next Monday.

After tumbling out of all three polls last week at the tail end of a miserable seven-game skid during which the Pirates won only one game, ECU  reeled off five straight victories to regain some positive momentum.

In the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll — the only set of rankings which publishes vote totals for unranked teams — the Pirates picked up 37 votes after receiving only 7 last week. The tabulation placed ECU 31st in the pecking order, 77 votes behind No. 25 Long Beach State.

The Pirates' reversal in fortunes during the week could not have come at a more critical time. ECU (19-6-1, 4-4-1 Conference USA) hosts Elon tonight to initiate another busy week that includes a Wednesday trip to Campbell and will climax with a three-game weekend home series against Top Ten foe Houston — a team which also happens to be a C-USA powerhouse.

The Cougars (21-8, 7-2) will arrive in Greenville for games Friday, Saturday and Sunday ranked 9th by Baseball News, 5th by BaseballAmerica and 8th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.

Sunday's ECU-Houston game, scheduled for noon, will be televised in Eastern North Carolina by WITN-TV 7.

Carolinas schools prominent in rankings   <<< Top of Page >>>

While Houston, C-USA's only ranked team, firmed up its presence in the Top Ten, four of the NC/SC region's teams solidified their status in the polls.

Clemson (23-1) is No. 1 in all three rankings after moving up from 2nd in the BaseballAmerica list. The Tigers maintained their grip on the top spot in the Baseball News and USA Today/ESPN polls.

South Carolina (23-6) is ranked 4th by all three publications and Wake Forest (22-5) is also planted firmly in the Top Ten in all three polls. The Demon Deacons are ranked 8th by Baseball News and 7th by BaseballAmerica and USA Today/ESPN.

North Carolina, which vaulted into the rankings last week, continued its upwards climb. The Tar Heels (19-9) jumped all the way to No. 12 (from 20th) in the Baseball News rankings and are slotted at 21st by both BaseballAmerica and USA Today/ESPN.

The new rankings were released Monday and were based on results of games through Sunday, March 31.

Carolinas/C-USA teams' rankings summary (last week's ranking in parentheses):

School Baseball News BaseballAmerica USA Today/ESPN
Clemson 1 (1) 1 (2) 1 (1)
South Carolina 4 (3) 4 (4) 4 (4)
Wake Forest 8 (8) 7 (11) 7 (9)
Houston 9 (9) 5 (5) 8 (10)
North Carolina 12 (20) 21 (24) 21 (25)

Tulane and LSU go for record   <<< Top of Page >>>

Longtime rivals Tulane and LSU engaged in a thrilling Super Regional battle last season. Next week, they will meet again with a chance to prove that the national pastime is bigger than ever down around the bayou.

The Green Wave will collide with the Tigers on Wednesday, April 10, at the Louisiana Superdome with an eye on breaking the all-time single-game college baseball attendance record.

The national collegiate baseball attendance record for a regular season contest is 21,043, set March 4, 1996, by a pair of former Southwest Conference rivals — Texas Christian (now a C-USA member) and Texas (now a Big 12 member). The big game was played in the Lone Star State at the Ballpark at Arlington.

A two-game session involving Miami-Alabama and Rice-Oklahoma State at the 1999 College World Series in Omaha saw the largest overall crowd (regular season or postseason) for a college baseball game. A gathering of 24,859 fans packed into Rosenblatt Stadium for the double-header.

Last June's Super Regional between LSU and Tulane drew 35,268 fans to Zephyr Field in Metairie, LA, for three games.

— From Staff and Conference USA reports. —

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02/23/2007 11:20:58 AM

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