College Top 25: March 17

Arizona State takes over top spot




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
Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. Arizona State 17-0 5-0 2
2. Arizona 12-2 2-1 1
3. North Carolina 14-3 4-1 3
4. Missouri 13-2 4-0 4
5. Vanderbilt 12-4 4-1 6
6. Miami 13-2 4-1 7
7. Long Beach State 12-3 3-1 9
8. Mississippi 13-5 3-2 5
9. UC Irvine 14-1 4-0 13
10. Florida State 16-1 4-1 14
11. UCLA 10-5 3-1 11
12. California 13-2 4-1 12
13. South Carolina 11-5 3-3 8
14. Baylor 13-4 3-3 10
15. Rice 12-6 4-1 15
16. Kentucky 18-0 7-0 17
17. Stanford 8-4 0-0 18
18. Texas 12-5 3-1 19
19. San Diego 12-7 5-0 21
20. Wichita State 11-3 4-0 24
21. Coastal Carolina 15-2 3-1 NR
22. Nebraska 14-2 4-0 NR
23. East Carolina 13-4 5-0 NR
24. Virginia 14-4 3-2 16
25. Michigan 8-6 3-1 25
Dropped Out: Cal State Fullerton (20), Oregon State (22), Oklahoma State (23).