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It seems every team on the schedule is giving Kevin O’Sullivan’s Gators its best shot these days. But somehow, someway, Florida keeps finding a way to win.

Despite a strong performance from right-handed starter Jeff Walters, Georgia was unable to capitalize as Florida came away with a 4-3 victory on a home run by sophomore reserve catcher Ben McMahan in the bottom of the ninth inning in front of a Senior Day home crowd of 4,932 at McKethan Stadium.

The win assured No. 4 Florida (36-12, 19-7 SEC) its seventh straight series victory after a 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs (14-35, 3-21 SEC) on Friday night.

“Their guys did a nice job again,” O’Sullivan said of the Georgia pitching staff. “But it doesn’t surprise me. We knew that they had talented arms. It just so happens that they picked this weekend to throw their two best games.”

After junior closer Kevin Chapman surrendered a run to lose a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning, McMahan didn’t wait long to provide the game-winning heroics. Leading off the bottom of the ninth, McMahan sent the third pitch from senior right-hander Steve Esmonde over the fence in the left-center field. The play set off a wild celebration as the Gators celebrated their second straight 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs in as many days.

“I kind of got jammed a little bit on the pitch, but I guess I got it good enough,” McMahan said following the game, seemingly a bit still in shock from his game-winning blast. “I’ve worked hard this season, and just for that moment, to be able to come through is pretty awesome.”

That McMahan was even in the game wasn’t exactly planned. Starting catcher Mike Zunino went down with what was described as a dislocated thumb on a pitch from reliever Steven Rodriguez in the top of the seventh inning. Zunino remained in for the remainder of the frame, but would exit the game at the top of the eight inning.

“It’s awfully fun to see a guy like Ben McMahan do something like that,” O’Sullivan said. “He’s worked really hard, he deserves today, he deserves to be the guy in the spotlight.”

As for the freshman Zunino, who is hitting .281 on the season, O’Sullivan didn’t immediately know what his status would be, but didn’t expect him to be out for an extended period of time.

“I think he’s fine,” O’Sullivan said. “We’re going to be cautious with him. We’re just going to take it day-by-day.”

On the day the Florida senior class was recognized before the game, it would only figure that center fielder Matt den Dekker would get in on the parade. One of the great defensive outfielders in UF history made a spectacular catch while diving to his left to put an end to the Georgia offensive effort in the top of the third inning. He would then turn around and hit a rocket down the right-field line to lead off the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 2-2.

“At the time we were down (2-1), so it meant a lot to help the team out and get a little momentum on our side,” den Dekker said following the contest.

Putting things in perspective on Senior Day, O’Sullivan noted that the play of den Dekker over the last four years might have set the bar pretty high in center field when looking to future players to fill that position down the road..

“He means an awful lot to us on and off the field,” O’Sullivan said of den Dekker. “We’re probably going to unfairly compare future center fielders to Matt. He’s one of, if not the best players at his position in the country. I’m just happy to see him go out on a good note today.”

Florida got a solid performance from freshman right-hander Hudson Randall, a native of Atlanta, on the afternoon. Randall scattered nine hits over 5.2 innings and struck out five batters on the day in facing an SEC rival from his home state.

“(Randall) pitched good,” O’Sullivan said. “He’s from the state of Georgia. So he’s been looking forward to this start. We’re getting a lot of mileage out of a lot of young players. I don’t care who you’re playing, when you get five-plus (innings) and keep your team in the game in the game, you have to feel good about that.”

The Bulldogs tied the game in the top of the ninth inning on a two-out RBI single by Georgia sophomore center fielder Johnathan Taylor. Chapman retired the first two batters of the inning, but an error by defensive replacement Jerico Weitzel at third base extended the inning. A single off Chapman’s leg put two runners aboard, allowing Taylor to tie the game with a single into center field.

Despite the blown save by Chapman, the Florida coaching staff seems much more positive about the state of the bullpen this week after they woefully underperformed against Alabama in Tuscaloosa last weekend. O’Sullivan shook off that his closer Chapman relented to simply a bit of bad luck, more than anything.

“He gets a ground ball to third, and the ball game could have been over,” O’Sullivan noted. “It was a tough play. It was just one of those days. One ball hits off his heel, a few balls get through the infield on the ground. I think he threw the ball good. (Chapman) is one of the best closers in college baseball. I have total confidence in him when we flip him the ball.”

Chapman earned the win to improve to 3-0, but was relieved after the game that the frustration he felt as a result of his performance in the ninth inning didn’t last long due to McMahan’s home run.

“I was pretty heated in the dugout,” said McMahan of his feelings after he came off the field in the ninth. “(The home run) took a big load off of my shoulders.”

The Gators are expected to roll out freshman left-hander Brian Johnson (4-2, 3.74 ERA) as they go for the sweep against Georgia on Sunday at 1 p.m. at McKethan Stadium. But as den Dekker points out, nothing is going to come easy against the Bulldogs, despite what their record may indicate.

“I expect to see the same thing tomorrow,” he said of the strong play from Georgia to date in the series. “(We) expect to come out here and see a battle.”

The Gators remain tied for first place in the Southeastern Conference with South Carolina. The Gamecocks defeated Arkansas 5-0 in Fayetteville on Saturday.

BASEBALL

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Eastern Division Conference Overall

(Rank) Team W-L Pct. GB W-L Pct.


(10) South Carolina 19-7 .731 — 40-11 .784

(5) Florida 19-7 .731 — 36-12 .750

(19) Vanderbilt 14-10 .583 4 38-13 .745

Tennessee 12-14 .462 7 29-22 .569

Kentucky 11-15 .423 8 28-23 .549

Georgia 3-21 .125 15 14-35 .286

Western Division Conference Overall

(Rank) Team W-L Pct. GB W-L Pct.


(12) Arkansas 16-10 .615 — 38-13 .745

(16) Mississippi 16-10 .615 — 36-16 .692

(18) Auburn 16-10 .615 — 34-17 .667

(24) Louisiana State 12-14 .462 4 34-17 .667

Alabama 11-15 .423 5 30-21 .588

Mississippi State 5-21 .192 11 21-30 .412

(Rank) Ranking in the GatorCountry.com Top 30

RESULTS

SATURDAY / May 15


Florida 4, Georgia 3

South Carolina 5, Arkansas 0

Vanderbilt 13, Mississippi State 7 (10)

Alabama 4, Mississippi 1

Kentucky 9, Louisiana State 4

Auburn 18, Tennessee 0

FRIDAY / May 14

Florida 4, Georgia 3

South Carolina 3, Arkansas 2

Vanderbilt 13, Mississippi State 8

Kentucky 11, Louisiana State 9

Mississippi 5, Alabama 4

Tennessee 9, Auburn 3

SCHEDULE

SUNDAY / May 16


Louisiana State (Jr. RHP Austin Ross 3-4, 5.43 ERA) at Kentucky (So. RHP Alex Meyer 5-2, 6.23 ERA), 12 p.m.

Georgia (So. RHP Michael Palazzone 4-5, 8.77 ERA) at Florida (Fr. LHP Brian Johnson 4-2, 3.74 ERA), 1 p.m.

South Carolina (So. LHP Nolan Belcher 3-0, 2.19 ERA or Fr. LHP Tyler Webb 2-2, 3.82 ERA) at Arkansas (TBA), 2 p.m. (CST)

Tennessee (Jr. LHP Bryan Morgado 2-6, 7.03 ERA) at Auburn (Jr. LHP Grant Dayton 6-2, 5.00 ERA), 2 p.m.

Vanderbilt (So. RHP Jack Armstrong 6-1, 3.64 ERA) at Mississippi State (TBA), 2:30 p.m.

Mississippi (So. RHP David Goforth 1-3, 8.06 ERA) at Alabama (Jr. RHP Nathan Kilcrease 4-2, 2.52 ERA), 3 p.m.

TUESDAY / May 18

North Florida at Florida, 6:30 p.m.

Furman at South Carolina, 7 p.m.

UNC Asheville at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Kentucky at Murray State, 7 p.m.

Jacksonville State at Auburn, 7:30 p.m.

Louisiana State at Tulane, 7:30 p.m.

Arkansas at Oklahoma, 7:35 p.m.

Mississippi State at Southern Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY / May 20

Florida at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (SUN)

Kentucky at Georgia, 6:30 p.m.

Alabama at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.

Auburn at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

Mississippi State at Louisiana State, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY / May 21

Florida at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (SUN)

Kentucky at Georgia, 6:30 p.m.

Alabama at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.

Auburn at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

Mississippi State at Louisiana State, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY / May 22

Florida at South Carolina, 4 p.m. (SUN)

Kentucky at Georgia, 2 p.m.

Alabama at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 3 p.m.

Auburn at Mississippi, 5 p.m.

Mississippi State at Louisiana State, 4 p.m.

2010 SEC TOURNAMENT / Hoover Ala. / Regions Park

WEDNESDAY / May 26

Game 1: No. 7 seed vs. No. 2 seed, 10:30 a.m. (SUN)

Game 2: No. 6 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 1 p.m. (SUN)

Game 3: No. 8 seed vs. No. 1 seed, 5:30 p.m. (SUN)

Game 4: No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 8 p.m. (SUN)

THURSDAY / May 27

Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10:30 a.m. (SUN)

Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m. (SUN)

Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 5:30 p.m. (SUN)

Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8 p.m. (SUN)

FRIDAY / May 28

Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7, 4 p.m.

Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY / May 29

Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 10:30 a.m. (SUN)

Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 10, 1 p.m. (SUN)

Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11, 6 p.m. (if necessary) (CSS)

Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12, 9 p.m. (If necessary) (CSS)

SUNDAY, May 30

Game 15: Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP

SUNDAY / May 30

Announcement of 16 regional hosts

MONDAY / May 31

Baseball Selection Show, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)

FRIDAY-MONDAY / June 4-7

NCAA Regionals (16 sites)

FRIDAY-MONDAY / June 11-14

NCAA Super Regionals (8 sites)

SATURDAY-WEDNESDAY / June 19-30

College World Series, Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Neb.

RANKINGS

May 10, 2010


GATOR COUNTRY.com TOP 30 / How they fared Saturday

The Gator Country.com Top 30 ranking is determined by combining four polls of USA Today / ESPN Coaches, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association:

School (Record) Result / Next:

1. Texas (41-8) did not play. Next: Sunday vs. Louisiana Tech (2).

2. Virginia (42-9) beat No. 29 North Carolina, 3-2 and 5-1. Next: Sunday vs. No. 29 North Carolina, 1 p.m.

3. Arizona State (42-5) beat Arizona, 12-4. Next: Sunday at Arizona, 9 p.m.

4. Coastal Carolina (43-9) beat Liberty, 7-1. Next: Sunday at Liberty, 1 p.m.

5. Florida (35-12) beat Georgia, 4-3. Next: Sunday vs. Georgia, 1 p.m.

6. Texas Christian (39-11) lost to Air Force, 4-2. Next: Sunday vs. Air Force, 2 p.m.

7. Florida State (37-13) beat North Carolina State, 7-5. Next: Sunday vs. North Carolina State, 1 p.m.

8. Georgia Tech (40-10) lost to No. 11 Miami, Fla., 9-2. Next: Sunday vs. No. 11 Miami, Fla., 1 p.m.

9. Louisville (41-9) beat St. John’s, 10-6. Next: Sunday vs. St. John’s, 1 p.m.

10. South Carolina (38-11) beat No. 12 Arkansas, 5-0. Next: Sunday at No. 12 Arkansas, 2 p.m.

11. Miami, Fla. (37-12) beat No. 8 Georgia Tech, 9-2. Next: Sunday at No. 8 Georgia Tech, 1 p.m.

12. Arkansas (37-13) lost to No. 10 South Carolina, 5-0. Next: Sunday vs. No. 10 South Carolina, 2 p.m.

13. UCLA (36-11) beat Southern California, 15-2. Next: Sunday vs. Southern California, 4 p.m.

14. Cal State Fullerton (32-14) beat Long Beach State, 8-0. Next: Sunday at Long Beach State, 4 p.m.

15. Oklahoma (36-14) beat Memphis, 14-6. Next: Sunday vs. Memphis, 2 p.m.

16. Mississippi (35-16) lost to Alabama, 4-1. Next: Sunday at Alabama, 3 p.m.

17. Virginia Tech (36-15) beat Duke, 18-8. Next: Sunday vs. Duke, 1 p.m.

18. Auburn (34-16) beat Tennessee, 18-0. Next: Sunday vs. Tennessee, 2 p.m.

19. Vanderbilt (37-13) beat Mississippi State, 13-7 (10). Next: Sunday at Mississippi State, 2:30 p.m.

19. Connecticut (36-11) beat South Florida, 13-5. Next: Sunday at South Florida, 1 p.m.

21. Rice (31-19) split with Southern Mississippi, losing 11-10 and winning 10-2. Next: Sunday vs. Southern Mississippi, 2 p.m.

22. San Diego (31-17) did not play. Next: Friday, May 21 at Pepperdine.

23. Clemson (33-18) beat Wake Forest, 17-5. Next: Sunday at Wake Forest, 1 p.m.

24. Louisiana State (34-17) lost to Kentucky, 9-4. Next: Sunday at Kentucky, 12 p.m.

25. California (27-18) did not play. Next: Tuesday vs. San Francisco.

26. Pittsburgh (36-12) beat Cincinnati, 8-5. Next: Sunday at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

27. Oregon (33-18) beat East Tennessee State, 7-6. Next: Sunday vs. East Tennessee State, 4 p.m.

28. Kansas State (33-16) lost to Kansas, 7-3. Next: Sunday vs. Kansas, 3 p.m.

29. North Carolina (32-17) lost to No. 2 Virginia, 3-2 and 5-1. Next: Sunday at No. 2 Virginia, 1 p.m.

29. Stanford (36-19) lost to Washington State, 4-2. Next: Sunday vs. Washington State, 4 p.m.

USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES

1. Texas (41-8); 2. Arizona State (39-5); 3. Virginia (40-9); 4. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 5. Florida (33-12); 6. Georgia Tech (39-9); 7. Texas Christian (36-10); 8. Florida State (36-12); 9. Louisville (40-8); 10. Arkansas (37-11); 11. UCLA (34-10); 12. (tie) South Carolina (36-11) and Miami, Fla. (36-11); 14. Cal State-Fullerton (30-14); 15. Oklahoma (35-13); 16. Mississippi (34-15); 17. Vanderbilt (35-13); 18. Virginia Tech (34-15); 19. Connecticut (37-10); 20. Louisiana State (34-15); 21. Auburn (33-15); 22. Clemson (31-17); 23. Rice (30-17); 24. Kansas State (32-15); 25. San Diego (30-16).

BASEBALL AMERICA

1. Virginia (40-9); 2. Texas (41-8); 3. Arizona State (39-5); 4. Florida (33-12); 5. Florida State (36-12); 6. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 7. Texas Christian (36-10); 8. South Carolina (36-11); 9. Louisville (40-8); 10. Cal State Fullerton (30-14); 11. UCLA (34-10); 12. Arkansas (37-11); 13. Miami, Fla. (36-11); 14. Mississippi (34-15); 15. Virginia Tech (34-15); 16. Georgia Tech (39-9); 17. Oklahoma (35-13); 18. Auburn (33-15); 19. San Diego (30-16); 20. Connecticut (37-10); 21. Rice (30-17); 22. Oregon (30-18); 23. Vanderbilt (35-13); 24. Pittsburgh (34-12); 25. Stanford (35-18).

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL

1. Texas (41-8); 2. Arizona State (39-5); 3. Virginia (40-9); 4. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 5. Miami, Fla. (36-11); 6. Florida (33-12); 7. South Carolina (36-11); 8. Georgia Tech (39-9); 9. Cal State Fullerton (30-14); 10. Florida State (36-12); 11. Louisville (40-8); 12. Texas Christian (36-10); 13. UCLA (34-10); 14. Arkansas (37-11); 15. Mississippi (34-15); 16. Oklahoma (35-13); 17. San Diego (30-16); 18. Auburn (33-15); 19. California (27-17); 20. Connecticut (37-10); 21. Virginia Tech (34-15); 22. Pittsburgh (34-12); 23. Rice (30-17); 24. Vanderbilt (35-13); 25. Fresno State (30-20); 26. Clemson (31-17); 27. Southern Mississippi (29-17); 28. Kansas State (32-15); 29. Texas State (30-16); 30. UC Irvine (29-16).

NATIONAL COLLEGE BASEBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION

1. Texas (41-8); 2. Virginia (40-9); 3. Arizona State (39-5); 4. Texas Christian (36-10); 5. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 6. Florida (33-12); 7. Georgia Tech (39-9); 8. Florida State (36-12); 9. Louisville (40-8); 10. Arkansas (37-11); 11. Miami, Fla. (36-11); 12. UCLA (34-10); 13. South Carolina (36-11); 14. Oklahoma (35-13); 15. Cal State Fullerton (30-14); 16. Virginia Tech (34-15); 17. Vanderbilt (35-13); 18. Mississippi (34-15); 19. Clemson (31-17); 20. Louisiana State (34-15); 21. North Carolina (31-17); 22. Connecticut (37-10); 23. Auburn (33-15); 24. Rice (30-17); 25. Arizona (30-16); 26. Stanford (25-18); 27. UC Irvine (29-16); 28. Oregon (30-18); 29. Kansas State (32-15); 30. San Diego (30-16).

NCAA MEN’S BASEBALL RATINGS PERCENTAGE INDEX

May 11, 2010

1. Arizona State (Pac-10); 2. Florida (SEC); 3. Virginia (ACC); 4. Louisville (Big East); 5. Texas (Big 12); 6. Coastal Carolina (Big South); 7. Arkansas (SEC); 8. UCLA (Pac-10); 9. Miami, Fla. (ACC); 10. Cal State Fullerton (Big West); 11. Georgia Tech (ACC); 12. Florida State (ACC); 13. Clemson (ACC); 14. Texas Christian (MWC); 15. Louisiana State (SEC); 16. Vanderbilt (SEC);

17. Auburn (SEC); 18. Alabama (SEC); 19. South Carolina (SEC); 20. Mississippi (SEC); 21. San Diego (West Coast); 22. Kentucky (SEC); 23. Oklahoma (Big 12); 24. Connecticut (Big East); 25. Arizona (Pac-10); 26. Rice (C-USA); 27. Virginia Tech (ACC); 28. North Carolina (ACC); 29. Oregon (Pac-10); 30. California (Pac-10); 31. Oregon State (Pac-10); 32. New Mexico (MWC);

33. Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt); 34. College of Charleston (Southern); 35. Texas State (Southland); 36. Pittsburgh (Big East); 37. Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt); 38. Texas A&M (Big 12); 39. Stanford (Pac-10); 40. Western Kentucky (Sun Belt); 41. Citadel (Southern); 42. Liberty (Big South); 43. Kansas State (Big 12); 44. Texas Tech (Big 12); 45. Tennessee (SEC); 46. Elon (Southern); 47. Washington State (Pac-10); 48. Boston College (ACC);

49. Southeastern Louisiana (Southland); 50. Baylor (Big 12); 51. Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun); 52. UC Irvine (Big West); 53. Kansas (Big 12); 54. Georgia Southern (Southern); 55. Appalachian State (Southern); 56. Western Carolina (Southern); 57. Washington (Pac-10); 58. Southern Mississippi (C-USA); 59. South Alabama (Sun Belt); 60. Rutgers (Big East); 61. Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt); 62. Southern California (Pac-10); 63. Nebraska (Big 12); 64. Wichita State (Missouri Valley).

RPI BY CONFERENCE

Southeastern: 2. Florida; 7. Arkansas; 15. Louisiana State; 16. Vanderbilt; 17. Auburn; 18. Alabama; 19. South Carolina; 20. Mississippi; 22. Kentucky; 45. Tennessee; 71. Mississippi State; 117. Georgia.

America East: 195. Maine; 197. Binghamton; 228. Stony Brook; 279. Albany (N.Y.); 282. Hartford; 291. UMBC.

Atlantic 10: 100. Charlotte; 177. Rhode Island; 191. Massachusetts; 212. Xavier, Ohio; 223. St. Joseph’s; 224. George Washington; 225. Richmond; 229. Fordham; 235. Saint Louis; 251, St. Bonaventure; 255. Dayton; 264. Temple; 269. Duquesne; 275. La Salle.

Atlantic Coast: 3. Virginia; 9. Miami, Fla.; 11. Georgia Tech; 12. Florida State; 13. Clemson; 27. Virginia Tech; 28. North Carolina; 48. Boston College; 67. North Carolina State; 70. Duke; 140. Maryland; 141. Wake Forest.

Atlantic Sun: 51. Florida Gulf Coast; 99. North Florida; 106. Jacksonville; 115. East Tennessee State; 126. Kennesaw State; 150. Mercer; 154. Stetson; 181. Belmont; 196. Lipscomb; 216. Campbell; 226. South Carolina Upstate.

Big Ten: 69. Michigan; 91. Ohio State; 94. Michigan State; 108. Indiana; 138. Illinois; 149. Penn State; 155. Purdue; 169. Minnesota; 172. Iowa; 194. Northwestern.

Big 12: 5. Texas; 23. Oklahoma; 38. Texas A&M; 43. Kansas State; 44. Texas Tech; 50. Baylor; 53. Kansas; 63. Nebraska; 85. Oklahoma State; 98. Missouri.

Big East: 4. Louisville; 24. Connecticut; 36. Pittsburgh; 60. Rutgers; 84. St. John’s; 96. Villanova; 109. West Virginia; 114. South Florida; 125. Cincinnati; 146. Georgetown; 184. Seton Hall; 205. Notre Dame.

Big South: 6. Coastal Carolina; 42. Liberty; 68. Virginia Military Institute; 83. Radford; 102. High Point; 131. Charleston Southern; 142. Winthrop; 159. Gardner-Webb; 221. UNC Asheville; 261. Presbyterian.

Big West: 10. Cal State Fullerton; 52. UC Irvine; 75. UC Riverside; 79. Long Beach State; 82. Pacific; 123. Cal State Northridge; 161. UC Santa Barbara; 168. UC Davis; 170. Cal Poly.

Colonial: 74. James Madison; 113. George Mason; 122. UNC Wilmington; 139. William & Mary; 162. Georgia State; 164. Virginia Commonwealth; 189. Delaware; 198. Hofstra; 207. Towson; 236. Old Dominion; 243. Northeastern.

Conference USA: 26. Rice; 58. Southern Mississippi; 78. East Carolina; 80. Tulane; 88. Houston; 89. UCF; 103. Marshall; 112. Memphis; 129. UAB.

Horizon: 175. Wright State; 213. Illinois-Chicago; 232. Milwaukee; 267. Youngstown State; 268. Valparaiso; 277. Butler; 284. Cleveland State.

Ivy Group: 127. Dartmouth; 136. Columbia; 185. Cornell; 220. Pennsylvania; 230. Harvard; 237. Brown; 238. Yale; 248. Princeton.

Metro Atlantic: 87. Manhattan; 147. Marist; 152. Canisius; 160. Rider; 192. Siena; 239. Fairfield; 260. Niagara; 271. St. Peter’s; 289. Iona.

Mid-American: 101. Ball State; 128. Bowling Green; 130. Central Michigan; 143. Kent State; 145. Toledo; 163. Miami, Ohio; 193. Eastern Michigan; 208. Northern Illinois; 233. Akron; 234. Buffalo; 247. Ohio; 263. Western Michigan.

Mid-Eastern: 104. Bethune-Cookman; 240. North Carolina A&T; 283. Norfolk State; 290. Coppin State; 292. Delaware State; 294. Florida A&M; 295. Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Missouri Valley: 64. Wichita State; 95. Illinois State; 97. Evansville; 111. Indiana State; 156. Creighton; 176. Missouri Valley; 186. Missouri State; 250. Bradley.

Mountain West: 14. Texas Christian; 32. New Mexico; 93. San Diego State; 118. Brigham Young; 121. UNLV; 165. Utah; 265. Air Force.

Northeast: 201. Bryant; 214. Monmouth; 218. Sacred Heart; 219. Central Connecticut State; 252. Wagner; 266. Mount St. Mary’s; 273. Quinnipiac; 276. Long Island; 287. Fairleigh Dickinson.

Ohio Valley: 119. Jacksonville State; 133. Austin Peay; 153. Murray State; 166. Southeast Missouri State; 178. Eastern Kentucky; 200. Morehead State; 202. Tennessee Tech; 231. UT Martin; 241. Eastern Illinois.

Pacific-10: 1. Arizona State; 8. UCLA; 25. Arizona; 29. Oregon; 30. California; 31. Oregon State; 39. Stanford; 47. Washington State; 57. Washington; 62. Southern California.

Patriot: 137. Army; 209. Holy Cross; 215. Lehigh; 227. Bucknell; 253. Lafayette; 258. Navy.

Southern: 34. College of Charleston; 41. Citadel; 46. Elon; 54. Georgia Southern; 55. Appalachian State; 56. Western Carolina; 81. Samford; 187. UNC Greensboro; 190. Wofford; 199. Davidson; 249. Furman.

Southland: 35. Texas State; 49. Southeastern Louisiana; 66. Northwestern State; 90. McNeese State; 92. Stephen F. Austin; 120. Texas-Arlington; 148. Lamar; 151. USTA; 171. Nicholls State; 180. Sam Houston State; 182. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; 211. Central Arkansas.

Southwestern: 244. Southern; 245. Jackson State; 254. Texas Southern; 272. Alcorn State; 280. Grambling; 285. Mississippi Valley State; 296. Arkansas-Pine Bluff; 297. Prairie View A&M; 299. Alabama State; 301. Alabama A&M.

Summit: 144. South Dakota State; 158. Oral Roberts; 174. Centenary; 242. Southern Utah; 257. Oakland; 278. IPFW; 281. North Dakota State; 288. Western Illinois.

Sun Belt: 33. Florida Atlantic; 37. Louisiana-Lafayette; 40. Western Kentucky; 59. South Alabama; 61. Middle Tennessee; 73. Troy; 75. FIU; 86. Arkansas State; 135. UALR; 173. Louisiana-Monroe; 217. New Orleans.

West Coast: 20. San Diego; 76. Portland; 124. San Francisco; 134. Loyola Marymount; 167. Pepperdine; 188. St. Mary’s (Calif.); 203. Gonzaga; 204. Santa Clara.

Western Athletic: 65. Fresno State; 77. New Mexico State; 105. Hawaii; 116. Nevada; 157. Louisiana Tech; 210. Sacramento State; 222. San Jose State.

Great West: 183. Utah Valley; 206. Northern Colorado; 256. Houston Baptist; 259. New York Institute of Technology; 262. SIU Edwardsville; 270. North Dakota; 274. Texas-Pan American; 293. New Jersey Institute of Technology; 298. Chicago State; 300. North Carolina Central.

Independents: 107. Dallas Baptist; 110. Le Moyne; 132. Cal State Bakersfield; 179. Longwood; 246. Seattle; 286. Savannah State.

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It seems every team on the schedule is giving Kevin O’Sullivan’s Gators its best shot these days. But somehow, someway, Florida keeps finding a way to win.

Despite a strong performance from right-handed starter Jeff Walters, Georgia was unable to capitalize as Florida came away with a 4-3 victory on a home run by sophomore reserve catcher Ben McMahan in the bottom of the ninth inning in front of a Senior Day home crowd of 4,932 at McKethan Stadium.

The win assured No. 4 Florida (36-12, 19-7 SEC) its seventh straight series victory after a 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs (14-35, 3-21 SEC) on Friday night.

“Their guys did a nice job again,” O’Sullivan said of the Georgia pitching staff. “But it doesn’t surprise me. We knew that they had talented arms. It just so happens that they picked this weekend to throw their two best games.”

After junior closer Kevin Chapman surrendered a run to lose a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning, McMahan didn’t wait long to provide the game-winning heroics. Leading off the bottom of the ninth, McMahan sent the third pitch from senior right-hander Steve Esmonde over the fence in the left-center field. The play set off a wild celebration as the Gators celebrated their second straight 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs in as many days.

“I kind of got jammed a little bit on the pitch, but I guess I got it good enough,” McMahan said following the game, seemingly a bit still in shock from his game-winning blast. “I’ve worked hard this season, and just for that moment, to be able to come through is pretty awesome.”

That McMahan was even in the game wasn’t exactly planned. Starting catcher Mike Zunino went down with what was described as a dislocated thumb on a pitch from reliever Steven Rodriguez in the top of the seventh inning. Zunino remained in for the remainder of the frame, but would exit the game at the top of the eight inning.

“It’s awfully fun to see a guy like Ben McMahan do something like that,” O’Sullivan said. “He’s worked really hard, he deserves today, he deserves to be the guy in the spotlight.”

As for the freshman Zunino, who is hitting .281 on the season, O’Sullivan didn’t immediately know what his status would be, but didn’t expect him to be out for an extended period of time.

“I think he’s fine,” O’Sullivan said. “We’re going to be cautious with him. We’re just going to take it day-by-day.”

On the day the Florida senior class was recognized before the game, it would only figure that center fielder Matt den Dekker would get in on the parade. One of the great defensive outfielders in UF history made a spectacular catch while diving to his left to put an end to the Georgia offensive effort in the top of the third inning. He would then turn around and hit a rocket down the right-field line to lead off the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 2-2.

“At the time we were down (2-1), so it meant a lot to help the team out and get a little momentum on our side,” den Dekker said following the contest.

Putting things in perspective on Senior Day, O’Sullivan noted that the play of den Dekker over the last four years might have set the bar pretty high in center field when looking to future players to fill that position down the road..

“He means an awful lot to us on and off the field,” O’Sullivan said of den Dekker. “We’re probably going to unfairly compare future center fielders to Matt. He’s one of, if not the best players at his position in the country. I’m just happy to see him go out on a good note today.”

Florida got a solid performance from freshman right-hander Hudson Randall, a native of Atlanta, on the afternoon. Randall scattered nine hits over 5.2 innings and struck out five batters on the day in facing an SEC rival from his home state.

“(Randall) pitched good,” O’Sullivan said. “He’s from the state of Georgia. So he’s been looking forward to this start. We’re getting a lot of mileage out of a lot of young players. I don’t care who you’re playing, when you get five-plus (innings) and keep your team in the game in the game, you have to feel good about that.”

The Bulldogs tied the game in the top of the ninth inning on a two-out RBI single by Georgia sophomore center fielder Johnathan Taylor. Chapman retired the first two batters of the inning, but an error by defensive replacement Jerico Weitzel at third base extended the inning. A single off Chapman’s leg put two runners aboard, allowing Taylor to tie the game with a single into center field.

Despite the blown save by Chapman, the Florida coaching staff seems much more positive about the state of the bullpen this week after they woefully underperformed against Alabama in Tuscaloosa last weekend. O’Sullivan shook off that his closer Chapman relented to simply a bit of bad luck, more than anything.

“He gets a ground ball to third, and the ball game could have been over,” O’Sullivan noted. “It was a tough play. It was just one of those days. One ball hits off his heel, a few balls get through the infield on the ground. I think he threw the ball good. (Chapman) is one of the best closers in college baseball. I have total confidence in him when we flip him the ball.”

Chapman earned the win to improve to 3-0, but was relieved after the game that the frustration he felt as a result of his performance in the ninth inning didn’t last long due to McMahan’s home run.

“I was pretty heated in the dugout,” said McMahan of his feelings after he came off the field in the ninth. “(The home run) took a big load off of my shoulders.”

The Gators are expected to roll out freshman left-hander Brian Johnson (4-2, 3.74 ERA) as they go for the sweep against Georgia on Sunday at 1 p.m. at McKethan Stadium. But as den Dekker points out, nothing is going to come easy against the Bulldogs, despite what their record may indicate.

“I expect to see the same thing tomorrow,” he said of the strong play from Georgia to date in the series. “(We) expect to come out here and see a battle.”

The Gators remain tied for first place in the Southeastern Conference with South Carolina. The Gamecocks defeated Arkansas 5-0 in Fayetteville on Saturday.

BASEBALL

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE

Eastern Division Conference Overall

(Rank) Team W-L Pct. GB W-L Pct.


(10) South Carolina 19-7 .731 — 40-11 .784

(5) Florida 19-7 .731 — 36-12 .750

(19) Vanderbilt 14-10 .583 4 38-13 .745

Tennessee 12-14 .462 7 29-22 .569

Kentucky 11-15 .423 8 28-23 .549

Georgia 3-21 .125 15 14-35 .286

Western Division Conference Overall

(Rank) Team W-L Pct. GB W-L Pct.


(12) Arkansas 16-10 .615 — 38-13 .745

(16) Mississippi 16-10 .615 — 36-16 .692

(18) Auburn 16-10 .615 — 34-17 .667

(24) Louisiana State 12-14 .462 4 34-17 .667

Alabama 11-15 .423 5 30-21 .588

Mississippi State 5-21 .192 11 21-30 .412

(Rank) Ranking in the GatorCountry.com Top 30

RESULTS

SATURDAY / May 15


Florida 4, Georgia 3

South Carolina 5, Arkansas 0

Vanderbilt 13, Mississippi State 7 (10)

Alabama 4, Mississippi 1

Kentucky 9, Louisiana State 4

Auburn 18, Tennessee 0

FRIDAY / May 14

Florida 4, Georgia 3

South Carolina 3, Arkansas 2

Vanderbilt 13, Mississippi State 8

Kentucky 11, Louisiana State 9

Mississippi 5, Alabama 4

Tennessee 9, Auburn 3

SCHEDULE

SUNDAY / May 16


Louisiana State (Jr. RHP Austin Ross 3-4, 5.43 ERA) at Kentucky (So. RHP Alex Meyer 5-2, 6.23 ERA), 12 p.m.

Georgia (So. RHP Michael Palazzone 4-5, 8.77 ERA) at Florida (Fr. LHP Brian Johnson 4-2, 3.74 ERA), 1 p.m.

South Carolina (So. LHP Nolan Belcher 3-0, 2.19 ERA or Fr. LHP Tyler Webb 2-2, 3.82 ERA) at Arkansas (TBA), 2 p.m. (CST)

Tennessee (Jr. LHP Bryan Morgado 2-6, 7.03 ERA) at Auburn (Jr. LHP Grant Dayton 6-2, 5.00 ERA), 2 p.m.

Vanderbilt (So. RHP Jack Armstrong 6-1, 3.64 ERA) at Mississippi State (TBA), 2:30 p.m.

Mississippi (So. RHP David Goforth 1-3, 8.06 ERA) at Alabama (Jr. RHP Nathan Kilcrease 4-2, 2.52 ERA), 3 p.m.

TUESDAY / May 18

North Florida at Florida, 6:30 p.m.

Furman at South Carolina, 7 p.m.

UNC Asheville at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Kentucky at Murray State, 7 p.m.

Jacksonville State at Auburn, 7:30 p.m.

Louisiana State at Tulane, 7:30 p.m.

Arkansas at Oklahoma, 7:35 p.m.

Mississippi State at Southern Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY / May 20

Florida at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (SUN)

Kentucky at Georgia, 6:30 p.m.

Alabama at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.

Auburn at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

Mississippi State at Louisiana State, 8 p.m.

FRIDAY / May 21

Florida at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (SUN)

Kentucky at Georgia, 6:30 p.m.

Alabama at Tennessee, 7 p.m.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.

Auburn at Mississippi, 7:30 p.m.

Mississippi State at Louisiana State, 8 p.m.

SATURDAY / May 22

Florida at South Carolina, 4 p.m. (SUN)

Kentucky at Georgia, 2 p.m.

Alabama at Tennessee, 1 p.m.

Arkansas at Vanderbilt, 3 p.m.

Auburn at Mississippi, 5 p.m.

Mississippi State at Louisiana State, 4 p.m.

2010 SEC TOURNAMENT / Hoover Ala. / Regions Park

WEDNESDAY / May 26

Game 1: No. 7 seed vs. No. 2 seed, 10:30 a.m. (SUN)

Game 2: No. 6 seed vs. No. 3 seed, 1 p.m. (SUN)

Game 3: No. 8 seed vs. No. 1 seed, 5:30 p.m. (SUN)

Game 4: No. 5 seed vs. No. 4 seed, 8 p.m. (SUN)

THURSDAY / May 27

Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10:30 a.m. (SUN)

Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 1 p.m. (SUN)

Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 5:30 p.m. (SUN)

Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8 p.m. (SUN)

FRIDAY / May 28

Game 9: Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7, 4 p.m.

Game 10: Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY / May 29

Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 10:30 a.m. (SUN)

Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 10, 1 p.m. (SUN)

Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11, 6 p.m. (if necessary) (CSS)

Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12, 9 p.m. (If necessary) (CSS)

SUNDAY, May 30

Game 15: Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 2 p.m. (ESPN2)

NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP

SUNDAY / May 30

Announcement of 16 regional hosts

MONDAY / May 31

Baseball Selection Show, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)

FRIDAY-MONDAY / June 4-7

NCAA Regionals (16 sites)

FRIDAY-MONDAY / June 11-14

NCAA Super Regionals (8 sites)

SATURDAY-WEDNESDAY / June 19-30

College World Series, Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, Omaha, Neb.

RANKINGS

May 10, 2010


GATOR COUNTRY.com TOP 30 / How they fared Saturday

The Gator Country.com Top 30 ranking is determined by combining four polls of USA Today / ESPN Coaches, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association:

School (Record) Result / Next:

1. Texas (41-8) did not play. Next: Sunday vs. Louisiana Tech (2).

2. Virginia (42-9) beat No. 29 North Carolina, 3-2 and 5-1. Next: Sunday vs. No. 29 North Carolina, 1 p.m.

3. Arizona State (42-5) beat Arizona, 12-4. Next: Sunday at Arizona, 9 p.m.

4. Coastal Carolina (43-9) beat Liberty, 7-1. Next: Sunday at Liberty, 1 p.m.

5. Florida (35-12) beat Georgia, 4-3. Next: Sunday vs. Georgia, 1 p.m.

6. Texas Christian (39-11) lost to Air Force, 4-2. Next: Sunday vs. Air Force, 2 p.m.

7. Florida State (37-13) beat North Carolina State, 7-5. Next: Sunday vs. North Carolina State, 1 p.m.

8. Georgia Tech (40-10) lost to No. 11 Miami, Fla., 9-2. Next: Sunday vs. No. 11 Miami, Fla., 1 p.m.

9. Louisville (41-9) beat St. John’s, 10-6. Next: Sunday vs. St. John’s, 1 p.m.

10. South Carolina (38-11) beat No. 12 Arkansas, 5-0. Next: Sunday at No. 12 Arkansas, 2 p.m.

11. Miami, Fla. (37-12) beat No. 8 Georgia Tech, 9-2. Next: Sunday at No. 8 Georgia Tech, 1 p.m.

12. Arkansas (37-13) lost to No. 10 South Carolina, 5-0. Next: Sunday vs. No. 10 South Carolina, 2 p.m.

13. UCLA (36-11) beat Southern California, 15-2. Next: Sunday vs. Southern California, 4 p.m.

14. Cal State Fullerton (32-14) beat Long Beach State, 8-0. Next: Sunday at Long Beach State, 4 p.m.

15. Oklahoma (36-14) beat Memphis, 14-6. Next: Sunday vs. Memphis, 2 p.m.

16. Mississippi (35-16) lost to Alabama, 4-1. Next: Sunday at Alabama, 3 p.m.

17. Virginia Tech (36-15) beat Duke, 18-8. Next: Sunday vs. Duke, 1 p.m.

18. Auburn (34-16) beat Tennessee, 18-0. Next: Sunday vs. Tennessee, 2 p.m.

19. Vanderbilt (37-13) beat Mississippi State, 13-7 (10). Next: Sunday at Mississippi State, 2:30 p.m.

19. Connecticut (36-11) beat South Florida, 13-5. Next: Sunday at South Florida, 1 p.m.

21. Rice (31-19) split with Southern Mississippi, losing 11-10 and winning 10-2. Next: Sunday vs. Southern Mississippi, 2 p.m.

22. San Diego (31-17) did not play. Next: Friday, May 21 at Pepperdine.

23. Clemson (33-18) beat Wake Forest, 17-5. Next: Sunday at Wake Forest, 1 p.m.

24. Louisiana State (34-17) lost to Kentucky, 9-4. Next: Sunday at Kentucky, 12 p.m.

25. California (27-18) did not play. Next: Tuesday vs. San Francisco.

26. Pittsburgh (36-12) beat Cincinnati, 8-5. Next: Sunday at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.

27. Oregon (33-18) beat East Tennessee State, 7-6. Next: Sunday vs. East Tennessee State, 4 p.m.

28. Kansas State (33-16) lost to Kansas, 7-3. Next: Sunday vs. Kansas, 3 p.m.

29. North Carolina (32-17) lost to No. 2 Virginia, 3-2 and 5-1. Next: Sunday at No. 2 Virginia, 1 p.m.

29. Stanford (36-19) lost to Washington State, 4-2. Next: Sunday vs. Washington State, 4 p.m.

USA TODAY/ESPN COACHES

1. Texas (41-8); 2. Arizona State (39-5); 3. Virginia (40-9); 4. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 5. Florida (33-12); 6. Georgia Tech (39-9); 7. Texas Christian (36-10); 8. Florida State (36-12); 9. Louisville (40-8); 10. Arkansas (37-11); 11. UCLA (34-10); 12. (tie) South Carolina (36-11) and Miami, Fla. (36-11); 14. Cal State-Fullerton (30-14); 15. Oklahoma (35-13); 16. Mississippi (34-15); 17. Vanderbilt (35-13); 18. Virginia Tech (34-15); 19. Connecticut (37-10); 20. Louisiana State (34-15); 21. Auburn (33-15); 22. Clemson (31-17); 23. Rice (30-17); 24. Kansas State (32-15); 25. San Diego (30-16).

BASEBALL AMERICA

1. Virginia (40-9); 2. Texas (41-8); 3. Arizona State (39-5); 4. Florida (33-12); 5. Florida State (36-12); 6. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 7. Texas Christian (36-10); 8. South Carolina (36-11); 9. Louisville (40-8); 10. Cal State Fullerton (30-14); 11. UCLA (34-10); 12. Arkansas (37-11); 13. Miami, Fla. (36-11); 14. Mississippi (34-15); 15. Virginia Tech (34-15); 16. Georgia Tech (39-9); 17. Oklahoma (35-13); 18. Auburn (33-15); 19. San Diego (30-16); 20. Connecticut (37-10); 21. Rice (30-17); 22. Oregon (30-18); 23. Vanderbilt (35-13); 24. Pittsburgh (34-12); 25. Stanford (35-18).

COLLEGIATE BASEBALL

1. Texas (41-8); 2. Arizona State (39-5); 3. Virginia (40-9); 4. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 5. Miami, Fla. (36-11); 6. Florida (33-12); 7. South Carolina (36-11); 8. Georgia Tech (39-9); 9. Cal State Fullerton (30-14); 10. Florida State (36-12); 11. Louisville (40-8); 12. Texas Christian (36-10); 13. UCLA (34-10); 14. Arkansas (37-11); 15. Mississippi (34-15); 16. Oklahoma (35-13); 17. San Diego (30-16); 18. Auburn (33-15); 19. California (27-17); 20. Connecticut (37-10); 21. Virginia Tech (34-15); 22. Pittsburgh (34-12); 23. Rice (30-17); 24. Vanderbilt (35-13); 25. Fresno State (30-20); 26. Clemson (31-17); 27. Southern Mississippi (29-17); 28. Kansas State (32-15); 29. Texas State (30-16); 30. UC Irvine (29-16).

NATIONAL COLLEGE BASEBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION

1. Texas (41-8); 2. Virginia (40-9); 3. Arizona State (39-5); 4. Texas Christian (36-10); 5. Coastal Carolina (41-6); 6. Florida (33-12); 7. Georgia Tech (39-9); 8. Florida State (36-12); 9. Louisville (40-8); 10. Arkansas (37-11); 11. Miami, Fla. (36-11); 12. UCLA (34-10); 13. South Carolina (36-11); 14. Oklahoma (35-13); 15. Cal State Fullerton (30-14); 16. Virginia Tech (34-15); 17. Vanderbilt (35-13); 18. Mississippi (34-15); 19. Clemson (31-17); 20. Louisiana State (34-15); 21. North Carolina (31-17); 22. Connecticut (37-10); 23. Auburn (33-15); 24. Rice (30-17); 25. Arizona (30-16); 26. Stanford (25-18); 27. UC Irvine (29-16); 28. Oregon (30-18); 29. Kansas State (32-15); 30. San Diego (30-16).

NCAA MEN’S BASEBALL RATINGS PERCENTAGE INDEX

May 11, 2010

1. Arizona State (Pac-10); 2. Florida (SEC); 3. Virginia (ACC); 4. Louisville (Big East); 5. Texas (Big 12); 6. Coastal Carolina (Big South); 7. Arkansas (SEC); 8. UCLA (Pac-10); 9. Miami, Fla. (ACC); 10. Cal State Fullerton (Big West); 11. Georgia Tech (ACC); 12. Florida State (ACC); 13. Clemson (ACC); 14. Texas Christian (MWC); 15. Louisiana State (SEC); 16. Vanderbilt (SEC);

17. Auburn (SEC); 18. Alabama (SEC); 19. South Carolina (SEC); 20. Mississippi (SEC); 21. San Diego (West Coast); 22. Kentucky (SEC); 23. Oklahoma (Big 12); 24. Connecticut (Big East); 25. Arizona (Pac-10); 26. Rice (C-USA); 27. Virginia Tech (ACC); 28. North Carolina (ACC); 29. Oregon (Pac-10); 30. California (Pac-10); 31. Oregon State (Pac-10); 32. New Mexico (MWC);

33. Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt); 34. College of Charleston (Southern); 35. Texas State (Southland); 36. Pittsburgh (Big East); 37. Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt); 38. Texas A&M (Big 12); 39. Stanford (Pac-10); 40. Western Kentucky (Sun Belt); 41. Citadel (Southern); 42. Liberty (Big South); 43. Kansas State (Big 12); 44. Texas Tech (Big 12); 45. Tennessee (SEC); 46. Elon (Southern); 47. Washington State (Pac-10); 48. Boston College (ACC);

49. Southeastern Louisiana (Southland); 50. Baylor (Big 12); 51. Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun); 52. UC Irvine (Big West); 53. Kansas (Big 12); 54. Georgia Southern (Southern); 55. Appalachian State (Southern); 56. Western Carolina (Southern); 57. Washington (Pac-10); 58. Southern Mississippi (C-USA); 59. South Alabama (Sun Belt); 60. Rutgers (Big East); 61. Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt); 62. Southern California (Pac-10); 63. Nebraska (Big 12); 64. Wichita State (Missouri Valley).

RPI BY CONFERENCE

Southeastern: 2. Florida; 7. Arkansas; 15. Louisiana State; 16. Vanderbilt; 17. Auburn; 18. Alabama; 19. South Carolina; 20. Mississippi; 22. Kentucky; 45. Tennessee; 71. Mississippi State; 117. Georgia.

America East: 195. Maine; 197. Binghamton; 228. Stony Brook; 279. Albany (N.Y.); 282. Hartford; 291. UMBC.

Atlantic 10: 100. Charlotte; 177. Rhode Island; 191. Massachusetts; 212. Xavier, Ohio; 223. St. Joseph’s; 224. George Washington; 225. Richmond; 229. Fordham; 235. Saint Louis; 251, St. Bonaventure; 255. Dayton; 264. Temple; 269. Duquesne; 275. La Salle.

Atlantic Coast: 3. Virginia; 9. Miami, Fla.; 11. Georgia Tech; 12. Florida State; 13. Clemson; 27. Virginia Tech; 28. North Carolina; 48. Boston College; 67. North Carolina State; 70. Duke; 140. Maryland; 141. Wake Forest.

Atlantic Sun: 51. Florida Gulf Coast; 99. North Florida; 106. Jacksonville; 115. East Tennessee State; 126. Kennesaw State; 150. Mercer; 154. Stetson; 181. Belmont; 196. Lipscomb; 216. Campbell; 226. South Carolina Upstate.

Big Ten: 69. Michigan; 91. Ohio State; 94. Michigan State; 108. Indiana; 138. Illinois; 149. Penn State; 155. Purdue; 169. Minnesota; 172. Iowa; 194. Northwestern.

Big 12: 5. Texas; 23. Oklahoma; 38. Texas A&M; 43. Kansas State; 44. Texas Tech; 50. Baylor; 53. Kansas; 63. Nebraska; 85. Oklahoma State; 98. Missouri.

Big East: 4. Louisville; 24. Connecticut; 36. Pittsburgh; 60. Rutgers; 84. St. John’s; 96. Villanova; 109. West Virginia; 114. South Florida; 125. Cincinnati; 146. Georgetown; 184. Seton Hall; 205. Notre Dame.

Big South: 6. Coastal Carolina; 42. Liberty; 68. Virginia Military Institute; 83. Radford; 102. High Point; 131. Charleston Southern; 142. Winthrop; 159. Gardner-Webb; 221. UNC Asheville; 261. Presbyterian.

Big West: 10. Cal State Fullerton; 52. UC Irvine; 75. UC Riverside; 79. Long Beach State; 82. Pacific; 123. Cal State Northridge; 161. UC Santa Barbara; 168. UC Davis; 170. Cal Poly.

Colonial: 74. James Madison; 113. George Mason; 122. UNC Wilmington; 139. William & Mary; 162. Georgia State; 164. Virginia Commonwealth; 189. Delaware; 198. Hofstra; 207. Towson; 236. Old Dominion; 243. Northeastern.

Conference USA: 26. Rice; 58. Southern Mississippi; 78. East Carolina; 80. Tulane; 88. Houston; 89. UCF; 103. Marshall; 112. Memphis; 129. UAB.

Horizon: 175. Wright State; 213. Illinois-Chicago; 232. Milwaukee; 267. Youngstown State; 268. Valparaiso; 277. Butler; 284. Cleveland State.

Ivy Group: 127. Dartmouth; 136. Columbia; 185. Cornell; 220. Pennsylvania; 230. Harvard; 237. Brown; 238. Yale; 248. Princeton.

Metro Atlantic: 87. Manhattan; 147. Marist; 152. Canisius; 160. Rider; 192. Siena; 239. Fairfield; 260. Niagara; 271. St. Peter’s; 289. Iona.

Mid-American: 101. Ball State; 128. Bowling Green; 130. Central Michigan; 143. Kent State; 145. Toledo; 163. Miami, Ohio; 193. Eastern Michigan; 208. Northern Illinois; 233. Akron; 234. Buffalo; 247. Ohio; 263. Western Michigan.

Mid-Eastern: 104. Bethune-Cookman; 240. North Carolina A&T; 283. Norfolk State; 290. Coppin State; 292. Delaware State; 294. Florida A&M; 295. Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Missouri Valley: 64. Wichita State; 95. Illinois State; 97. Evansville; 111. Indiana State; 156. Creighton; 176. Missouri Valley; 186. Missouri State; 250. Bradley.

Mountain West: 14. Texas Christian; 32. New Mexico; 93. San Diego State; 118. Brigham Young; 121. UNLV; 165. Utah; 265. Air Force.

Northeast: 201. Bryant; 214. Monmouth; 218. Sacred Heart; 219. Central Connecticut State; 252. Wagner; 266. Mount St. Mary’s; 273. Quinnipiac; 276. Long Island; 287. Fairleigh Dickinson.

Ohio Valley: 119. Jacksonville State; 133. Austin Peay; 153. Murray State; 166. Southeast Missouri State; 178. Eastern Kentucky; 200. Morehead State; 202. Tennessee Tech; 231. UT Martin; 241. Eastern Illinois.

Pacific-10: 1. Arizona State; 8. UCLA; 25. Arizona; 29. Oregon; 30. California; 31. Oregon State; 39. Stanford; 47. Washington State; 57. Washington; 62. Southern California.

Patriot: 137. Army; 209. Holy Cross; 215. Lehigh; 227. Bucknell; 253. Lafayette; 258. Navy.

Southern: 34. College of Charleston; 41. Citadel; 46. Elon; 54. Georgia Southern; 55. Appalachian State; 56. Western Carolina; 81. Samford; 187. UNC Greensboro; 190. Wofford; 199. Davidson; 249. Furman.

Southland: 35. Texas State; 49. Southeastern Louisiana; 66. Northwestern State; 90. McNeese State; 92. Stephen F. Austin; 120. Texas-Arlington; 148. Lamar; 151. USTA; 171. Nicholls State; 180. Sam Houston State; 182. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; 211. Central Arkansas.

Southwestern: 244. Southern; 245. Jackson State; 254. Texas Southern; 272. Alcorn State; 280. Grambling; 285. Mississippi Valley State; 296. Arkansas-Pine Bluff; 297. Prairie View A&M; 299. Alabama State; 301. Alabama A&M.

Summit: 144. South Dakota State; 158. Oral Roberts; 174. Centenary; 242. Southern Utah; 257. Oakland; 278. IPFW; 281. North Dakota State; 288. Western Illinois.

Sun Belt: 33. Florida Atlantic; 37. Louisiana-Lafayette; 40. Western Kentucky; 59. South Alabama; 61. Middle Tennessee; 73. Troy; 75. FIU; 86. Arkansas State; 135. UALR; 173. Louisiana-Monroe; 217. New Orleans.

West Coast: 20. San Diego; 76. Portland; 124. San Francisco; 134. Loyola Marymount; 167. Pepperdine; 188. St. Mary’s (Calif.); 203. Gonzaga; 204. Santa Clara.

Western Athletic: 65. Fresno State; 77. New Mexico State; 105. Hawaii; 116. Nevada; 157. Louisiana Tech; 210. Sacramento State; 222. San Jose State.

Great West: 183. Utah Valley; 206. Northern Colorado; 256. Houston Baptist; 259. New York Institute of Technology; 262. SIU Edwardsville; 270. North Dakota; 274. Texas-Pan American; 293. New Jersey Institute of Technology; 298. Chicago State; 300. North Carolina Central.

Independents: 107. Dallas Baptist; 110. Le Moyne; 132. Cal State Bakersfield; 179. Longwood; 246. Seattle; 286. Savannah State.

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