D1Baseball Top 25 Rankings: March 12Rankings
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Four weeks into the season, there’s a new No. 1 in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings. Oregon State took over the top spot after winning a weekend series against Cal State Fullerton to improve to 15-1 on the season. The Beavers supplanted defending national champion Florida, which spent the first three weeks atop the rankings but dropped two midweek games to UCF before rebounding with a sweep of Rhode Island.
That wasn’t the only shakeup in the top five. Stanford jumped four spots to No. 3 after winning three of four at Texas, improving the Cardinal to 14-2 with other series wins against Fullerton, Rice and Michigan. Kentucky also moved into the top five, climbing two spots to No. 4 after taking two of three from then-No. 3 Texas Tech. Arkansas stayed put at No. 5 after winning a series from Kent State.
The Red Raiders dropped three spots to No. 6, and Florida State fell three places to No. 7 after losing a weekend series at Wake Forest, after sweeping two midweek games against Big 12 upstart Kansas. Ole Miss and Texas A&M climbed one spot apiece to No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, after sweeping their weekend series, and Clemson jumped two spots to round out the top 10 after sweeping Georgia Tech.
TCU fell four places to No. 11 after a 1-1 showing at the Dodgertown Classic. Louisville moved up one place to No. 12 after opening ACC play with a series win against then-No. 20 North Carolina; the Cardinals were the last unbeaten team standing in Division I until dropping Sunday’s series finale. Vanderbilt moved up two places to No. 13 after a 2-0 showing at Dodgertown, and Auburn climbed three spots to No. 15 after improving to 15-1 on the season.
Four teams joined the rankings this week. Duke — which began the year in the preseason Top 25 but dropped out after losing two of three on the road against Vanderbilt during opening weekend — jumped back into the rankings at No. 21 after winning two of three from Virginia. UCF entered the rankings at No. 23 on the strength of its two midweek wins against Florida. NC State made its season debut in the rankings at No. 24, and UNLV entered at No. 25 after sweeping Big Ten contender Iowa, one week after sweeping Fresno State. The upstart Rebels are 15-2.
D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers determine the Top 25 rankings. Records are through games of March 11.
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