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Tusculum baseball ranked #2 heading to tourney

6:52 PM, May 14, 2012   |    comments
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For a second straight week, Tusculum College is the No. 2 ranked team in the country according to this week's Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II Coaches Poll.

Tusculum has been nationally-ranked for 13 consecutive weeks, including the last six in the top-five.  The No. 2 national ranking continues to be the best in program history, while TC's 46 win are the most in the country.

The Pioneers (46-8) are receiving 464 points, 16 behind top-ranked Tampa who continues to hold down the top spot.  The top six remains the same in this week's poll, including No. 3 St. Mary's (Texas), No. 4 Mount Olive, No. 5 Central Missouri and No. 6 Francis Marion.  Armstrong jumped four spots in this week's poll and is the No. 7 team in the country after winning last weekend's Peach Belt Conference Tournament title.  Minnesota State-Mankato is eighth followed by Delta State and St. Cloud State to comprise this week's top 10.

Of schools listed in this week's top 10, four will be competing at this week's NCAA II Southeast Regional in Mount Olive, N.C., including the Pioneers, host Mount Olive (44-8), Francis Marion (37-16) and Armstrong (40-14).  Rounding out the six-team, double-elimination regional includes 20th-ranked Lander (37-18) and No. 21 Catawba (39-14).

Western Oregon is 11th, followed by Lynn, West Chester, Angelo State, Indianapolis, USC Aiken, LeMoyne, Grand Valley State, Lander, Catawba, Southern New Hampshire, North Alabama, West Florida, Franklin Pierce, Colorado Mesa, UC San Diego, Nova Southeastern, Southern Arkansas and Kutztown.

Tusculum (No. 2 seed in region), who is making its sixth NCAA postseason appearance, will open regional play on Thursday when they face Catawba (No. 5 seed in region) at 3 p.m. from Scarborough Field on the Mount Olive campus.

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