For the first time this season, there’s a change atop the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings. Florida State moved up two spots to No. 1 after a 4-1 week that included a two-game midweek sweep over upstart UCF and a series win against Boston College in the first weekend of ACC play.
No better way to spend spring break than being ranked No. 1 by @d1baseball! #GoNoles pic.twitter.com/RlGG3Qn8zb— FSU Baseball (@FSUBaseball) March 13, 2017
Preseason No. 1 TCU relinquished the top spot for the first time this season after dropping a road series at UC Irvine, but the Frogs did not fall far, landing at No. 3. Oregon State (14-1) climbed two spots to No. 2, while preseason No. 2 Florida fell three spots to No. 5 after a 2-3 week. Louisville, which has run out to a 15-0 start against a soft schedule, moved up one spot to No. 4.
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After the shuffling int he top five, the next four teams remained the same. Cal State Fullerton moved up a spot to No. 10 after sweeping a two-game midweek series against Arizona State and winning a hard-fought series against Gonzaga. North Carolina rebounded from a series loss to Long Beach State by taking two of three from then-No. 10 Virginia to open ACC play. The Tar Heels climbed two spots to No. 11, while the Cavs fell four spots to No. 14.
The rest of the top 20 was mostly static, although surprising Baylor moved up two more spots to No. 20 after winning two of three from Houston, which fell out of the rankings. Preseason No. 6 NC State also tumbled out of the Top 25 after losing a series to Wake Forest and falling to 8-8 on the season.
The Cougars and Wolfpack were replaced in the rankings by No. 22 Florida Gulf Coast and No. 25 San Diego. The Eagles improved to 14-3 with a loud 4-1 week that included two wins against Florida and two against Ohio State. The Toreros, who have played quality name-brand opponents in four straight weekends, followed up a 2-1 showing at the Dodgertown Classic with a four-game sweep of struggling Tulane on the road.