DURHAM, N.C.—North Carolina’s run atop the Baseball America Top 25 rankings continued for another week after the Tar Heels swept Virginia Tech to improve to 34-2 on the year.
The Tar Heels and No. 2 Vanderbilt own nine and 14-game winning streaks, respectively, and the top four teams in the rankings have stayed constant for three straight weeks. No. 3 Louisiana State had an impressive week of its own, winning a series at then-No. 10 Arkansas. Meanwhile, Virginia’s series loss to Georgia Tech allowed Oregon State, which swept Utah, to move back into the top five.
Arizona State was unranked as recently as March 25, but the Sun Devils have won three straight series and that, combined with the teams ranked 9-14 all losing their series last weekend, vaulted them all the way to No. 9 this week. The Sun Devils were one of three teams to move up six spots this week, along with No. 10 Oregon, which beat Oregon State in a midweek game and swept California, and No. 14 Georgia Tech, which was rewarded for winning its series with Virginia.
The turnover at the back of the rankings continued with Cal Poly (No. 23) and Gonzaga (No. 24) returning to the Top 25 after short absences. UNC Wilmington makes its 2013 rankings debut at No. 25, the Seahawks’ first appearance since April 2008. The Seahawks lead the Colonial Athletic Association and haven’t lost a weekend series all season.
The staff of Baseball America determines the College Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of April 14 and do not include ties.
|4.||Cal State Fullerton||31-5||3-1||4|
|15.||North Carolina State||28-10||4-0||19|
|Dropped out: Notre Dame (18), Houston (24), Campbell (25).|