Monday February 18, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. – Despite sweeping Shepherd this past weekend, the University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team dropped one spot to sixth in the third 2013 regular-season Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II Poll.
USC Aiken was ranked 10th in the 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 have now been ranked in 20 straight national polls. The Pacers were ranked inside the top-30 in the final 16 national polls of the 2012 season.
USC Aiken is the highest ranked Peach Belt Conference team in the latest national tally.
Three Peach Belt Conference teams are ranked in the top-30 in total with Lander (eighth) and UNC Pembroke (16th) also nationally ranked.
Mount Olive is presently the No. 1 team. Delta State is second in the latest national poll, while Tampa is third. Catawba is fourth, while Cal State Chico is currently just ahead of the Pacers in fifth.
The three-game series sweep by USC Aiken (8-1) over Shepherd saw the Pacers outscore the Rams, 21-3.
USC Aiken has now swept two of its three-game series this season (Lincoln Memorial and Shepherd). The Pacers have claimed all three of their series in the young 2013 season as they also took two of three from Carson-Newman.
USC Aiken's eight wins in the 2013 season thus far allow 14th-year head coach Kenny Thomas to sit just five victories away from 1,000 in his career.
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