With three of the five polls reporting, FIU baseball made it to No. 23 in one poll and got an almost-not-quite in two others after taking two of three from Tennessee.
Baseball America put FIU at No. 23. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 30 dropped Tennessee from No. 29 to out and lists FIU in an alphabetical listing of others receiving votes. D1Baseball.com, which ranked Tennessee at No. 25 in its Top 25 poll, dropped the Volunteers and put FIU under "Also Receiving Consideration."
("Some I consider my girlfriends. Some I just consider." -- John Bender, The Breakfast Club)
Collegiate Baseball's rankings didn't include FIU and doesn't list any schools outside its Top 30. I'll update later as the USA Today Coaches poll gets released.
Meanwhile, FIU's sand volleyball team got ranked ninth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll released Monday. Pepperdine's No. 1 with USC No. 2. Florida State breaks the West Coast dominance at No. 3, but between Tallahassee at No. 3 and Miami at No. 9, it's all Pacific Coast -- Hawaii, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, UCLA, Saint Mary's.
FIU opens its season Mar. 7 at the Stetson Spring Break Tournament.
UPCOMING HOME GAMES/MATCHES
Men's basketball, vs. Rice, Thursday, 8 p.m.
Softball, vs. Villanova, Friday, 11 a.m.
Softball, vs. Wichita State, Friday, 4 p.m.
Softball, vs. Columbia, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Softball, vs. Texas State, Saturday, 4 p.m.
Men's basketball, vs. North Texas, Saturday, 6 p.m.