DURHAM, N.C.—Arizona State, one of two unbeaten teams in the nation, leapfrogged Arizona to take the top spot in Baseball America’s college baseball rankings.
The Wildcats remain second after winning a series against Cal State Fullerton, but the Sun Devils have maintained a perfect record against a strong schedule, winning five games in the last week, and have shrugged off controversies that included losing their closer, Jason Jarvis, to academic ineligibility.
Two teams moved into the Top 10 for the first time this year in UC Irvine and Florida State. The Anteaters swept Hawaii this weekend, have won 14 of 15 to start the season and are a perfect 4-0 against Top 25 teams. Florida State moved to 16-1 and 6-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, sweeping Georgia Tech in impressive fashion over the weekend.
Three teams entered the rankings this week, two for the first time this season. Coastal Carolina, which won a mid-week game at North Carolina, debuted at No. 21. Nebraska, winner of 13 straight games since a season-opening series loss at Stanford, entered the rankings at No. 22. East Carolina, winner of 12 straight, climbed back into the rankings at No. 23.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 16 and do not include ties.
|COLLEGE TOP 25|
|7.||Long Beach State||12-3||3-1||9|
|Dropped Out: Cal State Fullerton (20), Oregon State (22), Oklahoma State (23).|