Baseball Tigers win their way into national polls for first time in 2013

Riding a 5-game winning streak into their midweek games vs. WCU, PC, Tigers ranked 17th, 22nd

Clemson's Joe Costigan hits a ball during the fifth inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Joe Costigan hits a ball during the fifth inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

It's easier to stay in than to break in. This year, the Tigers - unranked since the preseason - earned their national ranking the hard way.

Just past the midpoint in the 2013 season, Clemson made its debut in the national baseball polls on Monday.

Riding a five-game winning streak and coming off a weekend sweep of Boston College, the Tigers are ranked No. 17 in the Collegiate Baseball poll and No. 22 by Baseball America. Clemson (21-11) joined Campbell in making its first top-25 ranking of the season, while N.C. State and Mississippi State returned to the rankings.

The Tigers have now been ranked in the top-25 at some point in all 20 of Jack Leggett's seasons as head coach.

North Carolina (29-2) extended its run at the No. 1 spot to nine weeks in the Baseball America poll, but the Tar Heels were bumped out of the top position in the Collegiate Baseball poll by LSU (30-2).

The ACC hold three of the top seven spots in the Collegiate Baseball poll, with Virginia following LSU, UNC and Vanderbilt at No. 4 and Florida State ranked seventh.

Clemson is next among ACC teams at No. 17, followed immediately by Georgia Tech and N.C. State. Future ACC members Louisville and Notre Dame hold the No. 11 and 16 spots, respectively.

Baseball America ranks UNC and Vanderbilt 1-2, with LSU third, Cal State Fullerton fourth and Virginia fifth. FSU is seventh, N.C. State 19th, Georgia Tech 20th and Clemson 22nd, with Louisville eighth and Notre Dame 18th.

South Carolina is ranked 11th by Baseball America and 12th by Collegiate Baseball.

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