College Top 25: April 20

UC Irvine vaults to No. 1




UC Irvine swept a road series at Big West foe UC Riverside to move up to the No. 1 spot in the Baseball America Top 25 rankings for the first time in program history.

The Anteaters improved to 11-1 in Big West play and haven't lost a weekend series all season. They are the sixth different team to hold the top spot this season. After Irvine, the two biggest movers at the top of the rankings were Texas and Georgia Tech, both of whom posted 5-0 weeks. The Longhorns swept rival Oklahoma to jump up four spots to No. 5, while the Yellow Jackets won a midweek game over in-state rival Georgia and swept a series at Wake Forest over the weekend to move up five spots to No. 7.

There was plenty of movement throughout the rankings. Mississippi vaulted six spots in the rankings to No. 11 thanks to a series win on the road against Florida. Cal Poly and Virginia each jumped four places to Nos. 14 and 15, respectively. The Mustangs swept UC Davis while the Cavaliers won a series on the road against Boston College.

The bottom of the rankings saw plenty of turnover as five teams returned to the rankings. Hawaii jumped in at No. 20 after taking three of four against Sacramento State, while Florida State, Alabama and Texas A&M each swept their conference series to move back into the rankings.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of April 19 and do not include ties.

Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. UC Irvine 26-10 4-1 3
2. Rice 27-10 2-2 2
3. Arizona State 28-8 3-0 4
4. North Carolina 31-10 4-1 5
5. Texas 29-8 5-0 9
6. Louisiana State 28-11 2-3 1
7. Georgia Tech 26-8 5-0 12
8. Georgia 31-8 2-2 8
9. Baylor 25-12 2-2 7
10. Cal State Fullerton 24-11 2-2 6
11. Mississippi 28-11 3-1 17
12. Arkansas 26-11 2-3 11
13. Oklahoma 29-11 1-3 10
14. Cal Poly 27-9 3-1 18
15. Virginia 30-8 2-1 19
16. Texas Christian 23-11 1-1 16
17. Oregon State 23-9 3-2 14
18. Miami 26-13 1-3 13
19. San Diego State 26-15 1-3 15
20. Hawaii 24-13 3-1 NR
21. Florida State 25-12 4-1 NR
22. Alabama 27-13 5-1 NR
23. Kansas State 29-11 3-2 21
24. Texas A&M 25-14 4-0 NR
25. Kent State 28-8 4-1 NR
Dropped Out: Coastal Carolina (20), Gonzaga (22), East Carolina (23), Kansas (24), Minnesota (25)