B.A. Top 25: Beavers still 3rd, Ducks now 13th

B.A. Top 25: Beavers still 3rd, Ducks now 13th

DURHAM, N.C.—Preseason No. 1 North Carolina continued its run atop the Baseball America College Top 25 rankings with an ACC series win against Miami.

The top half of the rankings stood pat as the top 12 teams from last week all won their weekend series. Southeastern Conference play opened last week and was highlighted by a pair of series between ranked teams. No. 6 Mississippi went on the road and knocked off Arkansas, which fell from No. 15 to No. 21, while No. 7 Louisiana State won a series at Mississippi State, dropping the Bulldogs six spots to No. 19.

Oregon leads the ranks of teams that moved up this week, as the Ducks climbed to No. 13 thanks to a 4-1 week that included a series win at Southern California to open Pacific-12 Conference play. Slotting in one spot behind the Ducks, Virginia has moved up the rankings quickly, reaching No. 14 this week after taking two of three at Clemson. The Cavaliers made the week's biggest jump, coming up from No. 22. Oklahoma also made a big move, jumping six spots to No. 17 after a dominant 5-0 week.

Three teams joined the rankings this week, led by the first-ever top 25 appearance for Central Arkansas at No. 23. The Bears, out of the Southland Conference, are off to a 17-3 start and have notched series wins at Mississippi State and this past weekend at Southern Mississippi. Virginia Tech and San Diego both returned to the rankings this week at Nos. 24 and 25, respectively.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 17 and do not include ties.

  Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. North Carolina 18-1 5-1 1
2. Vanderbilt 19-2 4-0 2
3. Oregon State 19-1 4-1 3
4. Louisville 16-2 4-0 4
5. South Carolina 17-3 4-1 5
6. Mississippi 20-2 4-1 6
7. Louisiana State 18-2 3-1 7
8. Cal State Fullerton 16-3 3-0 8
9. Georgia Tech 17-2 3-0 9
10. Kentucky 16-3 3-1 10
11. UCLA 15-3 4-0 11
12. Florida State 18-1 3-1 12
13. Oregon 15-6 4-1 16
14. Virginia 17-2 3-1 22
15. Notre Dame 12-5 2-2 17
16. North Carolina State 16-5 4-1 18
17. Oklahoma 17-4 5-0 23
18. Rice 14-7 5-0 19
19. Mississippi State 19-4 2-2 13
20. Arizona State 12-4 2-2 14
21. Arkansas 14-7 3-2 15
22. Indiana 13-3 5-0 24
23. Central Arkansas 17-3 3-1 NR
24. Virginia Tech 16-5 4-1 NR
25. San Diego 14-6 3-0 NR
Dropped out: Arizona (20), Nevada-Las Vegas (21), Florida Gulf Coast (25).