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June 05, 2007

Eagles fourth in final poll

EVANSVILLE, Ind.A fourth-place ranking in final Collegiate Baseball Magazine NCAA II Poll is the result of the University of Southern Indiana baseball team's record-setting season.

The Screaming Eagles (43-23) finished the 2007 campaign with a school-record 43 wins and their first-ever showing in the NCAA II National Championship Series. USI, which was 2-2 in Montgomery, Alabama, en route to a final four appearance, appeared in the conference tournament for the first time since 2001 and made its first trip to the NCAA II North Central Region Tournament since 1994.

As a team, the Eagles set single-season records for hits (589), at-bats (2,078), and stolen bases (150). Defensively, the Eagles set single-season records for strikeouts (317), putouts (1,630), assists (726), and total fielding chances (2,458).

The University of Tampa, which defeated Columbus State University, 7-2, in the national championship game, was the top team in the rankings. Columbus State and California State University-Los Angeles were second and third, respectively, while Florida Southern College rounded out the top five.

USI was ranked 13th, nationally, heading into the NCAA II National Championship Series.

Collegiate Baseball Magazine NCAA II Poll
Pl. School (2007 Record)
1. Tampa (53-10)
2. Columbus State (51-19)
3. Cal State Los Angeles (45-17-1)
4. Southern Indiana (43-23)
5. Florida Southern (44-16)
6. Angelo State (51-20)
7. Mesa State (49-14)
8. Kutztown (49-7)
Mount Olive (49-13)
10. Franklin Pierce (49-11)
Nebraska Omaha (37-24)
12. Sonoma State (50-12)
13. Georgia College & State (46-17)
14. Montevallo (47-17)
15. Central Missouri State (51-13)
16. Cal State Chico (47-15)
Abilene Christian (47-13)
18. Tusculum (50-14)
19. Grand Valley State (45-9)
20. Ouachita Baptist (50-10)
21. Armstrong Atlantic State (39-23)
22. Minnesota State Mankato (45-10)
23. West Alabama (41-16)
24. West Florida (43-19)
25. Delta State (45-16)
26. UC San Diego (37-25)
27. St. Edward's (Texas) (43-15)
USC Aiken (39-24)
29. Francis Marion (36-18)
30. Florida Gulf Coast (40-17)
Slippery Rock (35-17)
SIU Edwardsville (37-17)
West Chester (33-17)

Dropped Out: None

Also Receiving Votes: California (Pa.) 6, Ashland 4, Emporia State 4, West Virginia State 4, Wayne State (Neb.) 2, Bryant 2, Shippensburg 2, USC-Upstate 2, Barry 1, Carson-Newman 1, Belmont Abbey 1, Adelphi 1, Caldwell 1, UMass-Lowell 1, Southern Arkansas 1, Drury 1, Saginaw Valley State 1.


Dan McDonnell,
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