DURHAM, N.C.—There’s a new No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 rankings for the second week in a row, as UCLA won a series at Oregon State to take over the top spot.
Since starting the season 22-0, the Bruins have kept up their winning ways in Pacific-10 Conference play, defeating a pair of ranked opponents in Stanford and Oregon State. Last week’s No. 1, Arizona State, dropped a weekend series for the first time all year, losing two of three at Washington State to fall to No. 3. Meanwhile, the hottest team in the country might be Texas, the preseason No. 1 team, which has won eight in a row and swept its second straight conference series last weekend against Kansas. The Longhorns moved up to No. 4.
The rankings saw plenty of movement throughout thanks to a number of ranked teams dropping their weekend series, with five of them falling out of the rankings as a result. Virginia Tech notched a second straight impressive series win over a ranked foe, this time taking down Miami, to vault up five spots to No. 20. Ranked teams that fell to unranked opponents last week included Louisville (to Pittsburgh), Clemson (to Duke), Stanford (to Oregon), Texas A&M (to Baylor) and Alabama (to Kentucky).
Cal State Fullerton knocked off then-No. 18 UC Irvine to earn its way back into the rankings at No. 22 after a rare hiatus. The Titans were one of five teams to break into the rankings this week. Joining them were California, which swept Southern California on the road, Auburn, which upset Louisiana State, and Arizona, which won at Washington. Lastly, Connecticut joined the rankings at No. 25 after a 6-0 week that ended with a weekend sweep of Villanova. This marks the Huskies’ first ever appearance in the BA rankings.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of April 11 and do not include ties.
|22.||Cal State Fullerton||18-12||3-1||NR|
|Dropped Out: UC Irvine (18), Vanderbilt (20), Stanford (22), Texas A&M (23), Alabama (24)|