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Pirates rewarded with return to rankings

Southern Miss leads C-USA race

What a difference a couple of weeks makes.

East Carolina, which plummeted out of the rankings in March after a bumpy seven-game stretch, has won nine of ten games since then to regain favor from the polls' voters.

The Pirates vaulted back into all three sets of rankings after closing out the week at home by snatching two games out of three from Conference USA foe and previously No. 5 Houston.

ECU (23-7-1, 6-5-1 C-USA) is ranked 20th by BaseballAmerica, 23rd in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll and is listed at No. 29 by Baseball News.

The Cougars (23-10, 8-4) fell slightly to 7th in the BaseballAmerica rankings but dropped out of the Top Ten in the other two polls (USA Today/ESPN Coaches, 12th; Baseball News, 11th).

Meanwhile, C-USA member Southern Mississippi (21-11, 9-3) moved into sole possession of first place in the league race and made its entrance into the Baseball News rankings at No. 28.

Tigers monopolize top spot   <<< Top of Page >>>

Clemson (27-2) is No. 1 in all three rankings for the second straight week after winning four of five games during the period.

South Carolina (24-8), which last week was 4th in all three polls, lost two of three games and slipped to 8th, 7th and 7th, respectively, in the BaseballAmerica, USA Today/ESPN and Baseball News lists.

Wake Forest (25-6) won three of four contests and solidified its foothold in the Top Ten. The Deacons moved up to 5th (from 7th), 6th (from 7th) and 6th (from 8th) in the BaseballAmerica, USA Today/ESPN and Baseball News rankings, respectively.

North Carolina (22-11) was 3-2 during the week and maintained its position in the BaseballAmerica rankings at No. 21 while slipping slightly in the other two lists. The Tar Heels fell three spots to 24th in the USA Today/ESPN poll and were dropped a notch to 13th by Baseball News.

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

Rankings Composite   <<< Top of Page >>>

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

School Baseball News BaseballAmerica USA Today/ESPN
Clemson 1 (1) 1 (1) 1 (1)
Wake Forest 6 (8) 5 (7) 6 (7)
South Carolina 7 (4) 8 (4) 7 (4)
Houston 11 (9) 7 (5) 12 (8)
North Carolina 13 (12) 21 (21) 24 (21)
Southern Miss 28 (NR) NR NR

Tulane vs. LSU: Attendance record at stake   <<< Top of Page >>>

A pair of longtime rival teams from Cajun Country engaged in a thrilling Super Regional battle last season. Now, they will meet again with a chance to prove that the national pastime is bigger than ever down around the bayou.

C-USA member Tulane and SEC power LSU will collide with each other 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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