Back on top: Gamecocks No. 1

May 23, 2011 

South Carolina finally grabbed the top spot in Baseball America’s Top 25 at the conclusion of the regular season.

After winning their weekend series at Alabama to clinch a share of the SEC regular-season championship, the Gamecocks (44-12) became the fourth team to hold the No. 1 position this season, joining Florida, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

Virginia (45-9), which shared the ACC title with Georgia Tech, fell out of the top spot after five weeks to No. 5 when it was swept by North Carolina over the weekend. No. 3 Florida (41-15) and No. 4 Vanderbilt (44-9) both moved back into the top five after winning their final weekend series to tie USC for the SEC title.

USC, the defending national champions, began the season at No. 7 in the poll before steadily ascending over the course of the season. The Gamecocks were ranked No. 4, No. 3 or No. 2 over the previous 12 weeks. Texas (40-13) moved to No. 2 in the poll, up three spots.

USC also is No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball and PerfectGameUSA rankings.

The Gamecocks open SEC tournament play at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday vs. Auburn.

- Neil White

Baseball America Top 25

Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. South Carolina 44-12 3-1 3
2. Texas 40-13 2-1 5
3. Florida 41-15 2-2 6
4. Vanderbilt 44-9 2-1 7
5. Virginia 45-9 0-3 1
6. Oregon State 38-14 1-2 2
7. Florida State 40-15 1-2 4
8. Arizona State 38-14 2-1 8
9. Cal State Fullerton 37-14 1-0 9
10. Texas Christian 40-15 4-0 10
11. Georgia Tech 39-17 2-2 12
12. North Carolina 44-12 4-0 17
13. Texas A&M 38-18 2-2 11
14. Clemson 39-17 3-1 18
15. Connecticut 39-15 3-1 15
16. Rice 38-18 3-1 19
17. Miami 34-20 2-2 16
18. Oklahoma 40-15 1-2 13
19. Southern Mississippi 38-15 1-2 14
20. Arkansas 36-18 3-1 23
21. Troy 40-16 3-1 NR
22. Florida International 37-17 2-1 24
23. UCLA 31-20 2-1 NR
24. UC Irvine 37-14 3-1 NR
25. East Carolina 37-18 3-1 NR

Collegiate Baseball rankings

Rank School (Record) Points Previous
1. South Carolina (44-12) 494 3
2. Florida (41-15) 493 4
3. Vanderbilt (44-9) 492 5
4. Texas (40-13) 489 6
5. Virginia (45-9) 487 1
6. Oregon St. (38-14) 485 2
7. Texas Christian (40-15) 484 7
8. Georgia Tech. (39-17) 480 8
9. North Carolina (44-12) 478 16
10. Cal. St. Fullerton (37-14) 477 10
11. Arizona St. (38-14) 475 13
12. Florida St. (40-15) 473 9
13. Texas A&M (38-18) 472 11
14. Oklahoma (40-15) 469 12
15. Connecticut (39-15-1) 467 14
16. Miami, Fla. (34-20) 463 15
17. UCLA (31-20) 461 17
18. Clemson (39-17) 459 18
19. U.C. Irvine (37-14) 456 19
20. Rice (38-18) 452 24
21. Southern Miss. (38-15) 448 21
22. Arkansas (36-18) 445 30
23. California (30-18) 442 25
24. Coastal Carolina (37-18) 439 26
25. Kent St. (39-14) 436 28
26. Stanford (30-19) 435
27. Fresno St. (37-14) 433 20
28. St. John's (32-18) 430
29. Troy (40-16) 428
30. James Madison (37-17) 425

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