DURHAM, N.C—North Carolina stayed perfect by sweeping through the Astros Foundation College Classic in Houston and remained No. 1 in the Baseball America College Top 25 rankings.
While the Tar Heels and Vanderbilt held serve at Nos. 1 and 2, this week saw the season's first movement in the top five. Previously third-ranked Arkansas took a hard fall following an 0-4 showing at the Coca-Cola Classic in Arizona, including a pair of losses to Arizona State, as the Razorbacks dropped all the way to No. 16. Mississippi State moved up to No. 3, followed by Oregon State and Louisville rounding out the new top five.
Cal State Fullerton continued its rapid early-season ascent. The Titans, ranked No. 22 in the preseason, have earned their way to the No. 10 spot this week with a 10-1 start that includes two series wins against ranked foes, the latest being a series win against Oregon this past weekend.
Two teams joined the rankings this week. Arizona State, usually a staple of the rankings, makes its first appearance of 2013 at No. 23 as a reward for its pair of wins against Arkansas. Virginia also joins for the first time this year at No. 25 after getting out to a 12-0 start. The Cavaliers outscored their competition—George Washington, Bucknell and Harvard—last week by a combined score of 46-10.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 3 and do not include ties.
|9.||North Carolina State||10-1||5-0||10|
|10.||Cal State Fullerton||10-1||2-1||17|
|Dropped out: Florida Gulf Coast (23), Southern Mississippi (24).|