Arizona State not Perfect, But Still Number One

Corey GautreauxSenior Analyst IMarch 24, 2008

This weekend marked the official end of perfection. The only two remaining undefeated teams, Arizona State and Kentucky, stumbled after making it one-third of the way through the college baseball season unscathed. The Sun Devils dropped their first game of the Bob Schaefer Memorial Tournament to Northern Colorado while the Wildcats dropped two of three against SEC opponent Auburn.

The Sun Devils were able to bounce back with three straight wins, including a victory over (then No. 9) UC-Irvine, allowing them to keep their number one spot for at least one more week. The Missouri Tigers moved into a close second after sweeping (then No. 14) Baylor over the weekend.

North Carolina remained at number three after sweeping ACC foe Maryland. Miami moved up two spots to No. 4 after sweeping Wake Forest, and Long Beach State followed suit against (then No. 11) UCLA.

Arizona dropped to No. 6 after losing its weekend series to USC. UC-Irvine moved up to No. 7, followed by Florida State at No. 8. Vanderbilt fell four spots to No. 9 after losing its weekend series against Alabama, while South Carolina moved up three spots after sweeping Mississippi State to round out the top 10.

Cal moved up one spot to No. 11, while Rice jumped three spots to No. 12 after sweeping Marshall. Texas and San Diego both made the biggest jump, moving up five spots to No. 13 and 14 respectively. Ole Miss dropped seven spots to No. 15 after losing its SEC series against (then unranked) Florida.

Wichita State moved up four spots to No. 16 after sweeping Illinois State. Stanford remained at No. 17 after splitting their pair of weekend games. Kentucky dropped two spots while Nebraska moved up two to No. 19. Baylor dropped six spots to No. 20.

Virginia dropped three spots despite sweeping Boston College, and Costal Carolina dropped one spot to No. 22. UCLA had the biggest fall, dropping 12 spots to No. 23, after debuting as the preseason No. 1.

Florida made its season debut in the top 25 at No. 24 after beating in-state rival Florida State in mid-week action, and winning the SEC weekend series against (then No. 8) Ole Miss. Michigan remained at No. 25.  Eastern Carolina dropped out of this week’s top 25, they were previously ranked 23.

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