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Pirates ignored by Collegiate Baseball News

It's enough to make one wonder if the voters in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll have full access to scores from games played east of I-95?

East Carolina, which after a productive week advanced in the rankings put out by both of the venerable publication's counterparts, again failed to crack the Top 30 in the Collegiate Baseball poll.

ECU pulled out a 2-1 cliffhanger last Wednesday over then No. 12 North Carolina before a record home crowd of 3,890, before closing out the week with two wins in three chances over a solid South Florida club.

The Pirates climbed two rungs to 18th in the Baseball America rankings and moved up from 23rd to 22nd in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.

UNC-CH — benefiting from a three-game weekend sweep of ACC rival N.C. State on the heels of its Wednesday loss to ECU — hopped up three spots to 9th in the Collegiate Baseball list, moved up to 19th from 21st in the Baseball America rankings and from 25th to 23rd in the USA Today/ESPN poll.

Two of the ACC's more dominant teams are firmly entrenched in the higher reaches of the rankings. Clemson held on to the top spot for the fourth week in a row, despite a stretch during which four wins were somewhat dulled by a loss to SEC neighbor South Carolina. Wake Forest reeled off five victories and advanced to 3rd from 5th in the BaseballAmerica poll and to 3rd from 6th in the USA Today/ESPN poll, while holding steady at 5th in the Collegiate Baseball poll.

The win over the Tigers helped South Carolina in all three polls. The Gamecocks were elevated three places to No. 5 by Baseball America and one spot to 6th by both USA Today/ESPN and Collegiate Baseball.

ECU's fellow C-USA member, Houston, which was in the Top Ten on all three lists last week, slipped a bit after losing a heartbreaker to cross-town rival and 2nd-ranked Rice and dropping one of three games to league foe Cincinnati. The Cougars were downgraded from 7th to 10th by Baseball America, from 10th to 11th by USA Today/ESPN and from 10th to 12th by Collegiate Baseball.

Meanwhile, C-USA member Louisville gained the attention of the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper during a week in which the Pirates couldn't. The Cardinals defeated Xavier and swept three games from league challenger Charlotte and were rewarded with an entrance into the paper's rankings at No. 29.

Louisville picked up seven votes in the USA Today/ESPN poll — not nearly enough to approach the Top 25 — and a Carolinas team, CAA member UNC-Wilmington, received six votes.

The new rankings were released Monday and are based on results of games through Sunday, April 21.

Rankings Composite   <<< Top of Page >>>

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

School BaseballAmerica USA Today/ESPN Baseball News
Clemson 1 (1) 1 (1) 1 (1)
Wake Forest 3 (5) 3 (6) 5 (5)
South Carolina 5 (8) 6 (7) 6 (7)
Houston 10 (7) 11 (10) 12 (10)
East Carolina 18 (20) 22 (23) NR (NR)
North Carolina 19 (21) 23 (25) 9 (12)
Louisville NR NR 29 (NR)

C-USA Baseball Standings   <<< Top of Page >>>

Through 04/21:    Conference        Overall
                --------------  ---------------
Team             W  L  T   Pct   W   L  T   Pct
Houston         13  5  0  .722  29  12  0  .707
Louisville      13  5  0  .722  25  10  0  .714
Southern Miss   11  6  0  .647  26  15  0  .634
Texas Christian 11  7  0  .611  20  21  0  .488
East Carolina   10  7  1  .583  29  10  1  .738
Tulane          10  8  0  .556  24  18  0  .571
South Florida    9  9  0  .500  23  17  0  .575
Charlotte        7 11  0  .389  17  22  0  .436
Memphis          7 11  0  .389  14  22  0  .389
Cincinnati       5 12  1  .306  17  21  1  .449
Saint Louis      5 12  0  .294  15  21  0  .417
UAB              5 13  0  .278  13  26  0  .333

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02/23/2007 11:21:00 AM

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