DURHAM, N.C.—Florida’s third straight series sweep kept the Gators atop the Baseball America Top 25 for the fourth week in a row despite their first loss of the season in midweek action.
The top five was largely unchanged, though then-No. 5 UCLA’s second straight series loss dropped the Bruins to No. 13. Texas moved into the top five for the first time this year with a home series win against then-No. 9 Stanford.
ACC favorites Florida State and Clemson each used victories against Southeastern Conference rivals to move into the top 10. The Seminoles and Tigers were the only new entries to the top 10.
The middle of the poll saw some large movements. Then-No. 15 Oregon fell out of the poll completely after a disappointing 1-3 week that left the 5-6 Ducks below the .500 mark. North Carolina replaced the Ducks at No. 15, jumping eight spots after a 5-0 week and 11-1 start.
After a rough start to the season, Connecticut righted the ship with a 2-0 week, including a win against then-No. 14 California in the University of San Diego Tournament. The Huskies were one of six teams that moved up at least three spots in this week’s poll.
Tulane and Georgia Tech are the rankings’ two new teams. Behind strong pitching performances the Green Wave went on the road to beat Mississippi in a weekend series, their third straight weekend series victory. Georgia Tech also is undefeated in weekend series after sweeping Rutgers.
The Pac 10 and ACC are tied for the most teams ranked in the Top 25 with five each.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 6 and do not include ties.
|COLLEGE TOP 25|
|6.||Cal State Fullerton||8-3||4-0||7|
|21.||College of Charleston||10-2||3-2||18|
|Dropped Out: Oregon (15), UC Irvine (25).|