Vanderbilt Baseball Earns national Ranking

Vanderbilt now ranked as one of the top 30 baseball teams in America in two national polls.

    Fresh off its series win over No. 7 LSU this past weekend in
Baton Rouge, the Vanderbilt baseball team has garnered recognition in
two national polls this week. The Commodores ranked 29th in the
Collegiate Baseball poll and 30th in the National Collegiate Baseball
Writers Association poll released March 18.
    Vanderbilt 13-4 overall and 2-1 in the Southeastern
Conference, is off to its best start since 1998. The Commodores won
two of three games in their SEC series opener this weekend at LSU
(0-6, 9-7, 8-7). It marked Vanderbilt's first win in the series since
1988 and its first series win in Baton Rouge since 1957.
    "We have to keep everything in perspective," Head Coach Roy
Mewbourne said. "It's nice to be recognized, but it's still early in
the season. It's not how you start, but how you finish. If we're
ranked this high at the end of the regular season it will be
something pretty special."
    The ranking is Vanderbilt's first since 1998 when the
Commodores started 10-0 and were ranked No. 25 in the March 4
Baseball America magazine poll.
    The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll ranks the nation's top
30 collegiate baseball teams. Voting is done by its writers. The
NCBWA poll, conducted by a panel of college baseball experts, ranks
the country's top 35 teams.
    The Commodores also received nine votes in this week's
Baseball Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll to be listed in the others
receiving votes section. Vanderbilt was not ranked in this week's
Baseball America ranking.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's NCAA Div. I Poll
(As of March 18, 2002)

Rank    School (Record)    Points Previous
1.  Florida St. (24-5)   494   1
2.  Clemson (14-1)   493   2
3.  Stanford (14-5) 492 3
4.  South Carolina (18-3)   489   4
5.  Rice (18-4) 487 5
6.  Florida (18-3)   483   6
7.  Wichita St. (10-2)  479  7
8.  Wake Forest (16-2)  475  11
9.  Houston (15-5)  470  12
10. Baylor (17-6)   466   14
11. Alabama (19-2)  463  17
12. Georgia Tech. (14-3)    460    9
13. Nebraska (11-5) 457 21
14. Louisiana St. (14-8)    454    8
15. Texas (20-6)    451    19
16. Mississippi (13-6)  447  10
17. Texas A&M (17-9)    443    13
18. Oklahoma (15-5) 439 -
19. Cal. St. Fullerton (13-9)   437   20
20. Arizona St. (16-8)  435  15
21. East Carolina (14-3-1)  433  18
22. Texas Tech. (20-10) 432 30
23. Ohio St. (8-2-1)    430    22
24. Oklahoma St. (12-5) 427 16
25. San Diego (21-5)    425    27
26. Rutgers (8-4)   423   -
27. Auburn (17-5)   421   28
28. Long Beach St. (13-6)   419   29
29. Vanderbilt (13-4)   416   -
30. Stetson (19-4)  413  25


National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division I Baseball Poll
(As of March 18, 2002)

   1. Florida State (24-5)
   2. Clemson (14-1)
   3. Stanford (14-5)
   4. Rice (18-4)
   5. South Carolina (18-3)
   6. Wichita State (10-2)
   7. Florida (18-3)
   8. Georgia Tech (14-3)
   9. Wake Forest (16-2)
10. Baylor (17-6)
11. Alabama (19-2)
12. Nebraska (11-5)
13. Houston (15-5)
14. Texas (20-6)
15. LSU (14-8)
16. Arizona State (16-8)
17. Cal State Fullerton (13-9)
18. Auburn (17-5)
19. Florida International (20-4)
20. Oklahoma (15-5)
21. Rutgers (8-4)
22. Texas A&M (17-9)
23. Northwestern State (17-2)
24. East Carolina (14-3)
25. San Diego (21-5)
26. Long Beach State (13-6)
27. Texas Tech (20-10)
28. Oklahoma State (12-5)
29. Ohio State (8-2)
30. Vanderbilt (13-4)
31. Southern Mississippi (14-5)
32. College of Charleston (16-5)
33. Stetson (19-4)
34. Richmond (15-2)
35. Tulane (13-8)

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