South Carolina rose two spots to No. 3 in this week's Baseball America Top 25 weekly college baseball rankings. Texas also enjoyed a perfect week to rise two spots to second in the poll. Stanford remained at the top of the heap.
Clemson (4-5), even with their losing record, fell only to number 25 in the poll and Florida State, after dropping out last week, gained entry back into the B.A. poll out of Durham at No. 24.
The three ACC teams in this week's B.A. poll have something in common. They all sport five losses and are the only teams in the entire poll with five losses this early in the season. Georgia Tech is 8-5, FSU 11-5 and Clemson 4-5. North Carolina State was bounced from the poll this week. North Carolina fell out of the poll last week along with FSU.
The SEC's Ole Miss rose two spots to No. 10 while Mississippi State checks in at No. 22 with a perfect 7-0 mark. LSU fell to No. 5, Auburn jumped to No. 7 from No. 9, and Florida rose to No. 16 from No. 22.
The SEC leads all conferences with six members in the poll, four of which are in the Top 10.
Collegiate Baseball has LSU at No. 1 followed by Stanford, Texas and then the Gamecocks at No. 4, up one spot from last week.
RHP Billy Buckner, South Carolina, was named the Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week: Buckner improved to 3-0 when he struck out a career-high 16 batters in 7 2/3 innings in leading the Gamecocks to a 5-2 win over Clemson. Buckner, who allowed only one walk and three hits, was one strikeout short of the school record.
Also of note from Collegiate Baseball was their 'red hot' mention: South Carolina is 12-0 on the season. The Gamecocks have hit a home run in all 12 games (29 on the season) and are hitting .374 as a team. The South Carolina pitching staff features a staff ERA of 1.85 with 147 strikeouts and only 16 walks in 107 innings.
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