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Apr 23, 2013 12:01 AM by Bill Halter

Mustangs don't drop far in major polls

After a 2-2 week the Cal Poly baseball team dropped in all five major polls but because the two losses were against 3rd ranked Cal State Fullerton the drop wasn't dramatic.

The Mustangs are still ranked in three of the five major polls for Division-1 baseball. Cal Poly dropped two positions to 18th in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. The Mustangs went back one spot to 23rd in the USA Today Coaches Poll and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll.

Last week the Mustangs were ranked 23rd in the Baseball America and Perfect Game polls but they failed to make the top 25 in both publications this week.

Last weeks number 16 ranking by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper was Cal Poly's highest of the season. The Mustangs highest national ranking in their 19-year Division I baseball history is 12th by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America after getting off to a 17-4 start in 2009.

Cal Poly opened last week with a 7-2 non-conference win over Santa Clara and defeated Cal State Fullerton 2-1 in the Big West series opener Friday night. The Titans bounced back with 10-5 and 6-4 wins.

Cal Poly is 26-11 overall and 7-5 in Big West play, tied for third place with Long Beach State and UC Irvine. Cal State Northridge is second at 8-4, two games behind Cal State Fullerton (10-2), which has won the last three Big West titles, 10 of the last 14 and 26 overall.

The Mustangs drew 6,483 fans for the Cal State Fullerton series in Baggett Stadium, second-best total for a three-game series in the 13-year history of the facility. Saturday's crowd of 2,352 is the fifth-largest for a single game at Baggett Stadium.

Cal Poly is averaging 1,336 fans for 22 home dates this season, 49th among 298 Division-1 baseball teams. The Cal Poly average is second in the Big West behind Cal State Fullerton.

North Carolina (39-2) is ranked number 1 in all major polls while Louisiana State (37-4) is second. Cal State Fullerton is ranked 3rd by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, USA Today and the NCBWA while Vanderbilt is number 3 in the other two major polls.

Cal Poly its next five games on the road, starting Tuesday at Cal (18-21). The Mustangs resume Big West play at Long Beach State on Friday through Sunday before visiting Pepperdine on Wednesday, May 1.

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