Gamecocks climb in Top 25

May 16, 2011 

Arkansas vs S Carolina Baseball

South Carolina's Steven Neff (9) watches his two run homer leave the park as they defeat Arkansas 7-1 in their NCAA college baseball game May 15 in Columbia, S.C.

MARY ANN CHASTAIN — Special to The State

After winning a pair of midweek games and coming back to take its SEC weekend series, the South Carolina baseball team jumped up one spot to No. 3 in the Baseball America Top 25 poll released Monday.

The Gamecocks (41-11), who won the final two games of the Arkansas series to give them 12 series wins over 13 weekends this season, trail only No. 1 Virginia (45-6) and No. 2 Oregon State (37-12). USC moved back into a tie for first in the SEC with No. 6 Florida (39-13) and No. 8 Vanderbilt (42-8). All three have 20-7 conference marks with one weekend remaining.

South Carolina travels to Alabama, while Vanderbilt heads to Georgia and Florida plays host to Kentucky.

If two or more teams remain tied at the end of weekend play, which runs Thursday through Saturday, they would be declared co-champions. Because the Gamecocks hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Gators and the Commodores, they would receive the No. 1 seed in next week’s SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala., if they finish tied with either of the other two teams.

The Gamecocks host UNC Asheville on Tuesday. Steven Neff will be the starting pitcher in a predetermined split.

- Neil White

Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. Virginia 45-6 2-1 1
2. Oregon State 37-12 3-1 2
3. South Carolina 41-11 4-1 4
4. Florida State 39-13 3-1 7
5. Texas 38-12 2-0 5
6. Florida 39-13 3-1 8
7. Vanderbilt 42-8 2-2 3
8. Arizona State 36-13 1-2 6
9. Cal State Fullerton 36-14 3-1 9
10. Texas Christian 36-15 3-1 10
11. Texas A&M 35-16 3-0 11
12. Georgia Tech 37-15 4-1 13
13. Oklahoma 39-13 4-0 14
14. Southern Mississippi 37-13 1-2 12
15. Connecticut 36-14 3-1 18
16. Miami 32-18 1-2 16
17. North Carolina 40-12 3-2 17
18. Clemson 36-16 4-1 20
19. Rice 35-17 3-1 21
20. Fresno State 36-11 4-0 22
21. Stetson 39-13 2-3 15
22. Oklahoma State 33-18 2-3 19
23. Arkansas 33-17 1-2 23
24. Florida International 35-16 3-0 NR
25. Texas State 34-17 3-1 25

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