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Mississippi State lost its first game of the season but remained atop Baseball America's weekly college baseball rankings. The 19-1 Bulldogs have held the No. 1 spot for two weeks.

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Mississippi State won four games last week to remain the nation's only undefeated team while extending its record to 15-0. That's a better start than the 1985 Bulldogs club that featured future major league all-stars Jeff Brantley, Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro and Bobby Thigpen. Mississippi State has relied on one of the deepest and most effective pitching staffs in the nation, one that has delivered a 2.07 ERA and held opponents to a .222 average.

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It was a big weekend for the Missouri Valley Conference. It earned four bids (three at-large) in the men's basketball tournament, a happening that engendered plenty of coverage for the league. While it's not likely to earn that many NCAA bids in baseball, the MVC boasts two clubs on double-digit winning streaks. Wichita State (17-2) has reeled off wins in its last 13 games and broke into the rankings at No. 23 this week. The Shockers boast the nation's most versatile middle infield, with second baseman Damon Sublett and shortstop Noah Krol batting .408-4-16 and .326-1-5 while combining to allow only one run in 15 innings of relief. Sublett has earned a win and three saves while recording 12 strikeouts, while Krol has notched 11 strikeouts and two saves.

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At 13-0, Georgia Tech holds the nation's longest winning steak and is off to its best start since going 17-0 in 2003. And to no one's surprise, the Yellow Jackets are doing it with offense. GT batted .404 and scored 48 runs in a three-game sweep of Rutgers. The hitters make it easy for those of us who aren't enrolled in Tech's engineering school, scoring 130 times in 13 games for a tidy 10 runs per game average.

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College Weekend Preview: March 3-5

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There's a lot of familiarity for Jack Leggett this year. His Clemson Tigers are ranked No. 1, a spot in which they spent seven weeks during the 2002 season—the last time they advanced to the College World Series. The batting order features eight of the same names it did a year ago, when Clemson went 43-23 and fell one game shy of the CWS, and most of the pitching staff returns as well.

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A week after Florida's pitching staff looked strong against Miami, it gets destroyed by Missouri during a 1-2 weekend at home in the Pepsi Baseball Classic. The Tigers rang up 14 runs on 22 hits and five Gators errors Friday night in a 14-5 win, while junior righthander Max Scherzer shredded the lineup, striking out eight batters while allowing a run over seven innings and showing off a plus changeup to go with his mid-90s fastball and slider.

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College Weekend Preview: Feb. 24-26

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After his team's spirited ninth-inning comeback attempt against Nebraska fell short, North Carolina State coach Elliott Avent wanted to speak to one player immediately. Getting up from his stance in the third-base coaching box, Avent looked over the Nebraska players coming out of their dugout and walked right up to Joba Chamberlain.

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Arkansas sophomore lefthander Nick Schmidt held Texas Christian hitless for six innings Friday night in 1 5-2 win. Schmidt struck out seven batters and walked one before leaving the game after 91 pitches. He threw six hitless innings in his first start as well, notching six strikeouts and three walks against Oklahoma State.

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