DURHAM, N.C.—There’s a new team atop the Baseball America Top 25 rankings for the second week in a row after Texas went on the road and won a series against Stanford.
The top four teams in the rankings continued trading places amongst themselves after Louisiana State, last week’s No. 1 team, dropped a home series to Illinois, allowing Texas, North Carolina and Texas A&M, each of whom won their weekend series, to move up one spot apiece. The Tigers fell to No. 4. Baylor also cracked the top five after posting an undefeated week that included a win over then-No. 5 UC Irvine.
Several teams continued to steadily climb up the rankings. Georgia is 12-0 and off the best start in school history, and a sweep of Quinnipiac earned the Bulldogs a No. 8 ranking. Miami, unranked in the preseason, has vaulted all the way to No. 13 after sweeping a conference series against North Carolina State. Oklahoma State was the biggest mover of the week, jumping four places after going 3-1 at the Palm Springs Baseball Invitational, including a win over No. 23 Oregon State.
UC Santa Barbara was the lone new team to move into the rankings this week. The Gauchos swept four games from Loyola Marymount to check in at No. 25, their first appearance in the Top 25 since May 20, 2001.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 8 and do not include ties.
|6.||Cal State Fullerton||9-2||4-0||7|
|25.||UC Santa Barbara||9-2||4-0||NR|
|Dropped Out: Florida State (22).|