Virginia took two out of three on the road against East Carolina in the marquee series of college baseball’s opening weekend and moved up to No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 rankings for the first time ever.
While Virginia, which ranked second in the preseason, was winning on the road in a tough environment at then-No. 18 East Carolina, its path to the top of the rankings was cleared when preseason No. 1 Texas was upset at home by New Mexico. The Longhorns won the opener but dropped the next two games and fell to No. 3 in the rankings, with Louisiana State moving to No. 2 after sweeping Centenary.
Texas wasn’t the only top 10 team upset on opening weekend. Preseason No. 4 Cal State Fullerton lost its first two games to Oregon and Pepperdine before salvaging the finale with a win against rival Long Beach State. Meanwhile, Rice went on the road to Stanford and was swept in a three-game series, the first time that’s happened to the Owls in five years. Fullerton and Rice fell to No. 8 and No. 9, respectively.
Since most of the preseason Top 25 teams opened the season with series wins against lesser opponents, there wasn’t a lot of movement throughout the rankings. Stanford, thanks to sweeping Rice, was the only team to join the rankings this week, jumping in at No. 18. Georgia fell out of the rankings after a 2-2 weekend.
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|Dropped Out: Georgia (22)|