COLUMBIA - With a 15-0 start, including eight shutouts, South Carolina's baseball team finds itself in a familiar position - atop the college baseball world.
For the first time this season, the Gamecocks were ranked No. 1 in Baseball America's poll Monday. South Carolina rose from No. 3 in the poll, jumping Virginia and Florida State.
Virginia (11-3) fell to No. 3 in this week's poll, while Florida State (12-2) stayed at No. 2. Oregon State (14-3) and North Carolina State (13-2) round out the top five, while Clemson (9-5) rose one spot to No. 14.
Seven SEC teams were ranked in the top 25 this week, including No. 7 Vanderbilt (15-2) and No. 8 LSU (14-2). South Carolina opens SEC play this weekend with a three-game series against No. 21 Ole Miss, which begins 7 p.m. Friday at Carolina Stadium.
South Carolina is the only undefeated team remaining in college baseball. Only Vandy has as many wins.
The Gamecocks swept Brown last weekend, with all three games ending in shutouts. They outscored Brown 22-0 in the series.
Gamecocks fall out of top 5
A late-season slump caused South Carolina's women's basketball team to slip out of the top five Monday.
The Gamecocks were ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll Monday after losing in the SEC Tournament semifinals to No. 10 Kentucky. That loss followed a road defeat at No. 4 Tennessee.
South Carolina had climbed as high as No. 4 in the poll.
The Gamecocks are still the highest-ranked women's basketball team in the Carolinas, one spot ahead of No. 9 Duke.
Thornwell earns another SEC honor
For the third time this season, Sindarius Thornwell was named the SEC Freshman of the Week.
The Gamecocks guard scored 22 points and tied a career high with 11 rebounds in South Carolina's win at Mississippi State on Saturday. He also had seven points with four rebounds and four assists in a loss to No. 1 Florida last week.
No other SEC freshman has received as many weekly awards as Thornwell this season.
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