DURHAM, N.C—The status quo ruled the second week of college baseball season, starting with No. 1 North Carolina, which swept Stony Brook to extend its run atop the Baseball America College Top 25 rankings.
The country’s top teams all took care of business, meaning there was no room for movement through most of the rankings. Nine of the top 10 teams went undefeated on the week, and the rankings stayed unchanged through the top 16. The first team on the move is No. 17 Cal State Fullerton, which climbed three spots after an impressive road sweep of then-No. 22 Texas Christian, extending the Titans’ perfect record to 8-0.
Two teams entered the rankings this week: Notre Dame at No. 22 and Florida Gulf Coast at No. 23. The Fighting Irish have opened the season 5-1 and earned their ranking by sweeping Tulane on the road. It is Notre Dame’s first appearance in the rankings since May of 2006. Meanwhile, FGCU went into Gainesville and swept then-No. 17 Florida, knocking the Gators out of the rankings in the process.
It’s a historic moment for the Eagles. Florida Gulf Coast, which began playing Division I baseball in 2008, is making its first ever appearance in the Top 25. On the flip side, Florida drops out of the rankings for the first time since April 23, 2009.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of Feb. 24 and do not include ties.
|10.||North Carolina State||5-1||5-0||10|
|17.||Cal State Fullerton||8-0||4-0||20|
|23.||Florida Gulf Coast||5-1||3-0||NR|
|Dropped out: Florida (17), Texas Christian (22).|