TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the 13th 2013 regular-season Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II Poll.
The ranking of No. 1 marks the first time since 1993 that the Pacers have been the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II. USC Aiken achieved the honor twice during the 1993 season.
USC Aiken becomes the first Peach Belt Conference team to be ranked No. 1 in the poll since Georgia College on March 7, 2011.
The ranking of No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper is the second No. 1 national ranking of the day for the Pacers. USC Aiken was also tabbed No. 1 in the College Baseball Lineup national poll.
USC Aiken was ranked 10th in the 2013 preseason poll released on Dec. 21, 2012. The Pacers moved up five spots to fifth in the first regular-season national tally. The Pacers remained fifth in the second regular-season poll.
The Pacers were ranked sixth in the third, fourth and fifth regular-season polls. USC Aiken was ranked 13th in the sixth regular-season tally. USC Aiken had moved back up to eighth in the seventh regular-season poll. USC Aiken was ranked sixth in the eighth regular-season tally. USC Aiken was tabbed 10th in the ninth regular-season poll. USC Aiken was ranked ninth in the 10th regular-season poll. Two weeks ago, USC Aiken was fifth. Last week, the Pacers checked in at No. 3.
The Pacers have now been ranked in 30 straight national polls. The Pacers were ranked inside the top-30 in the final 16 national polls of the 2012 season.
Winners of 14 of its last 15, USC Aiken is just ahead of Delta State and Mount Olive in the latest national poll. Delta State and Mount Olive are both tied for second. Colorado Mesa and Missouri Western are both tied for fourth.
Four Peach Belt Conference teams in total are ranked in the latest poll with Armstrong 13th, Lander 15th and UNC Pembroke 19th.
The Peach Belt Conference regular-season champion Pacers closed out the regular-season with a 41-9 overall record. The Pacers were 24-6 in league play in the 2013 regular-season.
The 2013 Peach Belt Conference regular-season championship is the second for USC Aiken in the last five years. The Pacers also obtained the league regular-season title in 2009.
The Pacers have three regular-season championships in school history now as they also acquired the 1994 regular-season title. USC Aiken has two Peach Belt Conference Tournament championships (1992 and 1993) in its history.
USC Aiken's regular-season-closing three-game sweep of Georgia Southwestern leaves the Pacers having claimed 11 of its 13 three-game series in the 2013 regular-season (Lincoln Memorial, Carson-Newman, Shepherd, Francis Marion, Flagler, Young Harris, North Georgia, Augusta State, Lander, Columbus State and Georgia Southwestern).
The Pacers swept three-game series from Lincoln Memorial, Shepherd, Flagler, Young Harris, North Georgia, Augusta State, Lander and Georgia Southwestern.
The Peach Belt Conference regular-season champion Pacers will next enter the 2013 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
The 2013 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament will be contested May 8-12 at Dolny Stadium in Greenwood, S.C. The championship will be hosted by Lander.
The top eight teams in the Peach Belt Conference after the regular-season advance to the double-elimination Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament. Further information and seeding for the championship will be released by the Peach Belt Conference office after the conclusion of the league regular-season next weekend.
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II Poll (4/29/13): http://www.pacersports.com/sports/bsb/2012-13/files/NCAA_II_Poll_-_4-29-13_-.pdf
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