Red-hot Clemson soars to 12th in latest Collegiate Baseball poll

Tigers ranked 20th by Baseball America, 24th in coaches' poll

Clemson's Shane Kennedy hits a ball during the second inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

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Clemson's Shane Kennedy hits a ball during the second inning at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in Clemson.

North Carolina (34-2) is ranked No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s NCAA Division I baseball poll after winning nine consecutive games, while Clemson - the last team to beat the Tar Heels - climbed five places to 12th after winning its 10th straight game.

The Tar Heels have been ranked at the top of the poll eight of the last nine weeks. Louisiana St. (34-3), ranked No. 1 last week, slipped to second after winning two of three at Arkansas. The Tigers have won 16 of their last 17 games.

No. 3 Vanderbilt (33-4) has won 14 straight and leads the Southeastern Conference with a 14-1 record.

Florida State is ranked sixth, Virginia is ninth, Georgia Tech is 14th and N.C. State 16th.

Clemson is also ranked 20th by Baseball America, up two spots from last week, and 24th in the USA Today coaches poll, which includes the Tigers for the first time this season.

Poll Notes: Several other teams have also been hot. Florida, with an extremely young team, started the season 11-16. But the Gators have won 8 of their last 10 which includes an impressive win against at Florida St. last week and three straight wins against South Carolina as Florida sits at 19-18 overall and 8-7 in the SEC and tied for fourth. Clemson has won 10 straight, as has N.C. State. Bryant has the longest winning streak in the nation at 18 in a row. Coastal Carolina has won 9 straight while South Florida has won 8 consecutive.

Six teams fell out of the top 30 this week, including Indiana (1-3), Notre Dame (5 straight losses), Alabama (2-3), Texas A&M (1-3), Florida Gulf Coast (0-4) and Creighton (0-3). New to the poll is Florida, Mississippi (swept a 3-game series from Alabama), Pittsburgh (swept three from Notre Dame), Coastal Carolina (won nine in a row), South Florida (won 8 straight), and Bryant (won 18 in a row).

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