DURHAM, N.C.—There has been plenty of movement throughout the Baseball America College Top 25 rankings over the first seven weeks of the season except for one spot: No. 1. North Carolina remains atop the poll after victories last week over Virginia Commonwealth, Winthrop and Clemson.
After dipping to No. 3 last week, Vanderbilt returns to No. 2 after a midweek victory over Lipscomb and a weekend-series sweep of Tennessee, while Louisiana State (No. 3) and Cal State Fullerton (No. 4) each move up a spot. Virginia continues its rise up the Top 25 after joining the rankings on March 4 and reaches No. 5 after taking of two-of-three from Miami last weekend. A reshuffling of the top 10 drops Oregon State from No. 2 to No. 6 after the Beavers dropped their first series of the year against San Diego, followed by Kentucky, Florida State, Louisville and UCLA.
Other teams on the move include Mississippi falling to No. 17 after being shut out in the final two games of its series at Florida, and Notre Dame tumbling to No. 20 after being swept by Big East-rival Louisville.
Four teams join the rankings, as Virginia Tech (No. 22) and Arizona State (No. 24) each return after one-week absences, while San Diego (No. 23) and Florida Atlantic (No. 25) enter the rankings for the first time this season.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 31 and do not include ties.
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|Dropped out: Gonzaga (21), Georgia Southern (22), South Alabama (24), Mississippi State (25).|