USC Aiken Vaults Into Top-5 in Latest National Poll

AIKEN, S.C. – The University of South Carolina Aiken baseball team is tied for fourth in the latest Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Division II Poll. 

USC Aiken is tied with St. Cloud State for the fourth spot.

The ranking of fourth marks USC Aiken’s highest ranking since being ranked second in the May 4, 2009 poll. The Pacers’ highest ranking ever was No. 1. USC Aiken reached the top spot in the national poll twice during the 1993 campaign.

It marks the seventh time in the 2012 season that USC Aiken has been ranked in the top-30. The Pacers were ranked 28th in the Feb. 7 poll. Five weeks ago, USC Aiken checked in at No. 29. USC Aiken was No. 22 four weeks ago. Three weeks ago, USC Aiken was tied for 17th.

Two weeks ago, USC Aiken checked in at No. 14. The Pacers moved into the top-10 for the first time in the 2012 season last week at No. 10.

USC Aiken is the highest ranked Peach Belt Conference school. Five PBC schools are ranked in total with Lander (ninth), Armstrong (17th), Francis Marion (23rd) and Columbus State (26th) all among the top-30.

St. Mary’s of Texas is presently the nation’s No. 1 team. West Chester and North Alabama are tied for second just above the Pacers and St. Cloud State. Defending national champion West Florida is sixth.

USC Aiken closed out last week with an impressive Peach Belt Conference series victory over then national No. 2 Lander.

USC Aiken (22-8, 12-6 PBC) picked up a 10-6 win in the first game of the three-game set between the two Peach Belt Conference East Division rivals on Friday, Mar. 23.

The Pacers fell 8-7 in game one on Saturday, Mar. 24. They then rolled to a 10-2 win in game two to acquire the series victory.

USC Aiken will next travel to Augusta, Ga. on Wednesday, Mar. 28 for the first game of the Fourth Annual Outback Cup against rival Augusta State.

First pitch at Lake Olmstead Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The Pacers will hit the road after the first game of the Outback Cup for a three-game league set with Flagler in St. Augustine, Fla.

The Peach Belt Conference East Division series will begin with a doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 31. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

The three-game conference series will close with a 1 p.m. game on Sunday, Apr. 1.

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