Baseball America: Beavers ranked 6th, Oregon 16th

Baseball America: Beavers ranked 6th, Oregon 16th

DURHAM, N.C.—North Carolina swept Maryland to extend its run at No. 1 in the Baseball America College Top 25 rankings to nine straight weeks, dating back to the preseason.

The top six teams all held their ground from last week, with No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 3 Louisiana State registering loud weeks of their own. The Commodores, who have stayed at No. 2 every week except one, swept then-No. 17 Mississippi on the road, while the Tigers swept then-No. 7 Kentucky in a matchup top-10 teams. For being on the wrong end of those sweeps, Kentucky dropped to No. 13 and Mississippi to No. 23.

The back end of the rankings have been a revolving door much of the season, and that continued this week with four more teams joining the rankings. North Carolina State (No. 19) and Mississippi State (No. 21) both returned to the rankings after falling out previously, while Clemson (No. 22) and Campbell (No. 25) make their first Top 25 appearances of the season. For Campbell, it’s the school’s first Top 25 appearance in history as the Camels are off to a 28-5 start.

The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with seven ranked teams this week, including four of the top 11. The Atlantic Coast Conference is next with six ranked teams, followed by the Pacific-12 with four. The Big East and Conference USA (two apiece) are the only other conferences with multiple ranked teams.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of April 7 and do not include ties.

Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. North Carolina 29-2 5-1 1
2. Vanderbilt 29-4 4-0 2
3. Louisiana State 30-2 4-0 3
4. Cal State Fullerton 28-4 4-0 4
5. Virginia 29-3 4-0 5
6. Oregon State 25-5 3-1 6
7. Florida State 27-5 3-1 8
8. Louisville 25-6 3-1 9
9. Oklahoma 27-6 2-1 13
10. Arkansas 23-9 2-1 14
11. South Carolina 26-7 4-1 15
12. Indiana 25-4 3-1 16
13. Kentucky 22-9 1-3 7
14. Rice 23-11 3-1 18
15. Arizona State 19-9 4-1 24
16. Oregon 23-8 1-2 11
17. UCLA 19-9 1-3 10
18. Notre Dame 19-10 4-1 20
19. North Carolina State 24-10 5-0 NR
20. Georgia Tech 23-9 2-3 12
21. Mississippi State 26-9 3-1 NR
22. Clemson 21-11 5-1 NR
23. Mississippi 23-9 0-3 17
24. Houston 24-9 1-3 19
25. Campbell 28-5 5-0 NR
 
Dropped out: Cal Poly (21), Virginia Tech (22), San Diego (23), Florida Atlantic (25).