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It's A Start

Base On my personal national holiday today -- Opening Day -- but checked the old e-mail in the morning and got this from FIU photographer Sam Lewis:

Sam writes: Did you happen to catch this?  FIU's baseball team received a vote in Bunt
the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.

The USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll#
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The USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll
(Records through April 5, 2009)
     TEAM                                   PTS   PVS
     ----                                   ---   ---
  1. ARIZONA ST (14) (23-5)                 737     3
  2. NORTH CAROLINA (3) (24-7)              685     6
  3. GEORGIA (7) (25-5)                     678     1
  4. LSU (5) (23-8)                         670     5
  5. MIAMI FL (23-8)                        614     7
  6. CS FULLERTON (2) (20-7)                586     2
  7. RICE (21-7)                            547     9
  8. GEORGIA TECH (19-6)                    538     4
  9. ARKANSAS (22-6)                        534     8
10. UC IRVINE (19-8)                       506    13
11. OKLAHOMA (25-7)                        495    10
12. TEXAS (20-8)                           397    14
13. BAYLOR (20-8)                          390    12
14. VIRGINIA (26-5)                        331    16
15. TEXAS A&M (20-11)                      311    11
16. EAST CAROLINA (25-5)                   267    18
17. OLE MISS (22-8)                        263    20
18. OKLAHOMA ST (21-10)                    260    15
19. COASTL CAROLINA (24-7)                 207    19
20. CLEMSON (20-10)                        171    17
21. SAN DIEGO (22-11)                      146    25
22. OREGON ST (18-6)                       115    NR
23. TCU (19-9)                             112    NR
24. CAL POLY (21-7)                        106    NR
25. FLORIDA ST (18-10)                      69    23
Dropped Out: No. 21 FLORIDA, No. 22 OHIO ST, No. 24 NEW
MEXICO


Others Receiving Votes: SAN DIEGO ST 52, FLORIDA 47, UC
RIVERSIDE 33, OHIO ST 32, KANSAS ST 19, GONZAGA 17, NEW
MEXICO ST 17, NEW MEXICO 16, GEORGE MASON 14, BYU 10, HAWAII
10, MISSOURI 9, MINNESOTA 9, SOUTH CAROLINA 9, WEST VIRGINIA
7, MIDDLE TENN 5, GA SOUTHERN 4, ILLINOIS 4, LIBERTY 4,
CENTENARY 3, ALABAMA 3, EASTRN ILLINOIS 3, WICHITA ST 3, UC
SNTA BARBARA 3, SAN JOSE ST 3, BOSTON COLLEGE 2, FLORIDA
INTL 1,
PEPPERDINE 1.

Considering the Panthers baseball program has been in the dark the last 7 years, this is a start. Now, I'm not saying let's start the parade from SW 8 Street and 112 Avenue all the way east to downtown Miami or book a flight to Omaha just yet, but it's been a long time since FIU baseball was 19-8 after 27 games -- which is 1 game shy of the halfway mark of the season -- and received recognition in the national poll.

We'll have a mid-season look at the Panthers on the next post.

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