DURHAM, N.C.—North Carolina held onto No. 1 in the Baseball America College Top 25 rankings, but there was plenty of shuffling up and down the Top 25 after a wild weekend, as 10 ranked teams lost series.
The movement started with a new team at No. 2 for the first time this season, as Oregon State’s series win against then-No. 20 Arizona State earned the Beavers a move up from No. 3, displacing Vanderbilt, which won a home series but went 2-2 on the week. With Louisville and South Carolina each losing series at home, the latter getting swept by Arkansas, the door was open for more jockeying as Louisiana State and Cal State Fullerton joined the new-look top five.
Arkansas was rewarded for its sweep of South Carolina with a six-spot move from No. 21 to No. 15, matching the biggest jump of the week with Florida State, which reached No. 6 for its series win against Georgia Tech. Other teams on the move included Oklahoma reaching No. 14 after a sweep of Texas Christian to open Big 12 Conference play, while Indiana moved up to No. 19 thanks to a sweep of Penn State.
Five new teams joined the rankings this week, all of them ending some lengthy Top 25 droughts. Houston leads the way at No. 20, appearing in the Top 25 for the first time since the final rankings of the 2006 season. Three others teams ending absences are No. 21 Gonzaga (not ranked since May 2011), No. 23 Cal Poly (May 2009) and No. 24 South Alabama (May 2003). But those droughts pale in comparison to No. 22 Georgia Southern, which is in the Top 25 for the first time since the 1996 season.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 24 and do not include ties.
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|Dropped out: North Carolina State (16), Arizona State (20), Central Arkansas (23), Virginia Tech (24), San Diego (25).|