DURHAM, N.C—North Carolina stayed perfect with a dominating sweep of Wake Forest in its Atlantic Coast Conference series opener and remained No. 1 in the Baseball America College Top 25 rankings.
The unbeaten Tar Heels outscored the host Demon Deacons 30-8 en route to the sweep, retaining the top spot for the fourth consecutive week. Vanderbilt remained No. 2 with a road series win at ranked Oregon, and most of the rest of the Top 10 moved up a spot. The biggest changes involved Mississippi State, which dropped 10 spots to No. 13 after losing a home series to unranked Central Arkansas, and Georgia Tech, which moved up five spots with a road series victory at then-No. 24 Virginia Tech.
The rest of the rankings required plenty of shuffling. Arizona State moved up nine places to No. 14 with a sweep of Long Beach State in which the Sun Devils yielded just two runs. Stanford fell all the way out of the rankings with its second series loss on the young season, a home sweep at the hands of Nevada-Las Vegas. The Rebels, who haven’t reached regionals since 2005, entered the rankings at No. 21. UNLV’s last appearance in the BA rankings came at the end of the 2003 season. Indiana and Florida Gulf Coast entered the rankings; both have series wins at Florida. Indiana is making its first-ever appearance in the Baseball America Top 25.
The Southeastern Conference has five teams in the Top 10 and seven in the Top 25 overall. The ACC and Pacific-12 (five apiece) are next, with the Big East (Louisville and Notre Dame) the other league with multiple ranked teams.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 10 and do not include ties.
|8||Cal State Fullerton||13-3||3-2||10|
|18||North Carolina State||12-4||2-3||9|
|25||Florida Gulf Coast||13-3||5-0||NR|
|Dropped out: Stanford (13), UC Irvine (21), Virginia Tech (24)|