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College: Vanderbilt Keeps Top Spot with Sweep of South Carolina

College: Vanderbilt Keeps Top Spot with Sweep of South Carolina

Vanderbilt University held onto the #1 spot in the NCBWA Div. I Poll after sweeping a weekend series over then #9 South Carolina. The series was cut short due to bad weather giving Vandy the sweep in Columbia, SC.

Game 1 between Vanderbilt and South Carolina was dominated by Vandy starter Kevin Ziomek who tossed eight innings of one-run ball improving his record to 9-2. Brian Miller came on to pick up the save even though he gave up a ninth inning run.

Spencer Navin hit his third home run of the year to lead Vanderbilt. The two-run shot gave Vandy an early lead that they would not relinquish.

Tyler Beede led Vandy to the Game 2 victory tossing 6.1 innings giving up two runs on just two hits. He improved his record to 12-0 on the year. Carson Fulmer pitched the final 2.2 innings to earn his fourth save.

The only change in the Top 10 was #9 South Carolina dropping down to #12 after losing two straight to #1 Vanderbilt.

The big droppers were Oklahoma (dropping five spots to #18), Arizona (dropping five spots to #27), and Georgia Tech (dropped seven spots to #30). Both Kentucky and Notre Dame dropped out of the Top 30. Replacing them are Kansas State at #28 and Pittsburgh at #28.

The biggest series this weekend comes to us from the Atlantic Coast Conference where #8 Florida State and #9 NC State will play one another in Raleigh. Both teams are fighting for position in the Atlantic Division of the ACC with Florida State (16-8) just ahead of NC State (15-8) in conference play.

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MAY 6)

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Vanderbilt Southeastern 41-6 2-0 1
2. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 42-4 1-0 2
3. Cal State Fullerton Big West 39-7 3-0 3
4. LSU Southeastern 43-6 4-0 4
5. Oregon State Pac-12 37-8 3-0 5
6. Oregon Pac-12 37-11 4-1 6
7. Virginia Atlantic Coast 39-8 1-0 7
8. Florida State Atlantic Coast 38-9 3-0 8
9. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 37-11 3-0 10
10. Louisville Big East 37-10 4-0 11
11. UCLA Pac-12 31-13 4-0 12
12. South Carolina Southeastern 33-14 0-2 9
13. Mississippi State Southeastern 36-13 3-0 15
14. Arkansas Southeastern 32-16 3-1 16
15. Arizona State Pac-12 30-14-1 2-2 14
16. Indiana Big Ten 35-9 1-1 17
17. Rice Conference USA 31-15 3-1 18
18. Oklahoma Big 12 34-14 1-3 13
19. Oklahoma State Big 12 34-12 2-1 20
20. Ole Miss Southeastern 33-16 2-2 21
21. Stanford Pac-12 26-16 3-1 27
22. Cal Poly Big West 31-14 3-1 28
23. UC Irvine Big West 29-15 1-3 19
24. Mercer Atlantic Sun 36-12 0-0 24
25. Clemson Atlantic Coast 30-15 0-1 25
26. South Alabama Sun Belt 36-13 2-1 30
27. Arizona Pac-12 29-17 1-3 22
28. Kansas State Big 12 34-15 3-1
29. Pittsburgh Big East 36-11 4-1
30. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 29-18 1-2 23
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Austin Peay (35-13), Bryant (33-14-1), CSU Bakersfield (31-18), Campbell (39-9), Central Arkansas (32-13), Coastal Carolina (29-18), Columbia (26-19), Florida (25-23), Florida Gulf Coast (30-16), Gonzaga (31-14-1), Illinois State (31-17), Kansas (30-18), Kentucky (27-19), Louisiana (34-15), Miami (32-18), Michigan State (26-14), New Mexico (30-17), North Florida (34-14), Notre Dame (28-19), Ohio State (31-14), Sam Houston State (31-17), Seton Hall (30-16), South Florida (31-16), Tennessee Tech (33-14), Troy (35-12), UNC Wilmington (34-14), Virginia Tech (30-19), West Virginia (29-20).
Dropped out: Kentucky (26), Notre Dame (29).
By conference: Atlantic Coast 6, Pac-12 6, Southeastern 6, Big 12 3, Big West 3, Big East 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Sun Belt 1.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors the Pro-Line Athletic Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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