USC drops to No. 11 in baseball poll

nwhite@thestate.comApril 14, 2014 

South Carolina Gamecocks pitcher Vince Fiori (23) pitches in the 8th inning of the game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Florida Gators. The Gamecocks lost the game 6-5 and the series 2-1.

JEFF BLAKE — jblake@thestate.com

After losing its weekend series to Florida, the South Carolina baseball team fell six spots to No. 11 in the Baseball America Top 25.

The Gamecocks (28-7) let late-inning leads slip away in their Saturday and Sunday losses, which dropped them to their lowest spot in the rankings this season. Florida (23-13) jumped six spots to No. 9 after defeating Florida State and winning the USC series.

Preseason No. 1 Virginia, which won its weekend series against Clemson, moved back into the top spot, while last week’s top team, Florida State, dropped to No. 4.

Clemson fell eight spots to No. 22. Seven SEC teams remain in the rankings.

The Gamecocks, who have now lost consecutive weekend series, have a busy week ahead. They face Charleston Southern Tuesday at home and travel to Charleston Wednesday to meet The Citadel. They head to Auburn for a weekend series that begins Friday.

Here is the complete Baseball America Top 25.

TeamW-LLast WeekPrevious Ranking
1. Virginia30-61-Mar2
2. Louisiana-Lafayette34-41-Apr3
3. Cal Poly30-5Apr-003
4. Florida State27-83-Jan1
5. Oregon State27-71-Feb6
6. Texas29-81-Mar7
7. Washington24-71-Feb9
8. Alabama24-112-Feb10
9. Florida23-131-Mar15
10. Louisville27-8Apr-0013
11. South Carolina28-72-Feb5
12. Louisiana State27-91-Mar16
13. Mississippi29-91-Apr19
14. Houston26-93-Jan8
15. Miami25-12Apr-0024
16. Rice26-12Apr-0021
17. UC Santa Barbara22-81-Feb22
18. Vanderbilt27-102-Feb11
19. Kentucky23-133-Jan12
20. UNLV25-112-Mar20
21. Indiana21-111-Apr23
22. Clemson21-143-Jan14
23. Oregon27-10May-0025
24. Mississippi State22-152-Feb17
25. Georgia Tech23-141-AprNR

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