DURHAM, N.C.—There’s been a change at the top in the Baseball America College Top 25 for the first time in 2013, as Vanderbilt claimed the No. 1 ranking after sweeping Kentucky while North Carolina dropped a series to Georgia Tech.
The Commodores assume the No. 1 ranking for the fourth time in program history, having previously held it in 2007 (two separate stints) and 2011. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels’ run at No. 1 ends after 13 weeks, one week shy of matching the record held by the 1998 Stanford squad for most consecutive weeks at No. 1. The Tar Heels fell to No. 3 in the new rankings, with Louisiana State bumping up to No. 2.
After the top three, the rankings mostly held firm through No. 16, with the only other movement being South Carolina and Indiana flip-flopping at Nos. 14 and 15. Clemson and South Alabama both claimed their highest rankings of the season by climbing two places to Nos. 17 and 18, respectively. Pittsburgh, which is in the top 25 for just the second time ever, moved up three spots to No. 21.
Big 12 Conference leader Kansas State entered the rankings for the first time since 2009, coming in at No. 19 following a weekend sweep of Kansas. Oklahoma State also makes its 2013 rankings debut at No. 20 after taking a series from Oklahoma, while Mississippi returns to the Top 25 at No. 23 thanks to a series win against Mississippi State. Meanwhile, Rice was one of the teams to drop out of the Top 25 following a home series loss to Memphis, ending a streak of 38 straight appearances in the rankings for the Owls. The Owls’ streak had been the fourth-longest active Top 25 streak, dating back to April 2011.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of May 12 and do not include ties.
|4.||Cal State Fullerton||41-8||2-1||4|
|5.||North Carolina State||39-12||2-1||5|
|Dropped out: Rice (17), South Florida (23), Stanford (25).|