North Carolina held onto the top spot in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Top 30 Poll.
The Tar Heels improved to 10-0 on the year after winning the Astros Foundation College Classic in Houston. In doing so, Carolina defeated Rice (#22), Texas A&M, and California. The Heels have a great team ERA so far of just 2.05 while their offense is scoring 9.7 runs a game.
There are several hot teams right now with extended winning streaks. Mississippi State (#6) has won 15 in a row, while Oregon State (#4) and Virginia (#19) have both won 12 in a row.
A few teams didn’t fare as well this week including Texas, who went 0-4 and dropped out of the poll, and preseason #1 Arkansas who dropped 4 games this week falling to #16.
2013 NCBWA Division I Poll – March 4
|1.||North Carolina||Atlantic Coast||10-0||4-0||1|
|5.||Florida State||Atlantic Coast||10-0||3-0||7|
|12.||N.C. State||Atlantic Coast||10-1||5-0||16|
|13.||Cal State Fullerton||Big West||10-1||2-1||18|
|18.||Georgia Tech||Atlantic Coast||11-1||5-0||20|
|21.||UC Irvine||Big West||10-2||4-1||23|
|25.||Cal Poly||Big West||9-1||2-1||28|
|26.||Notre Dame||Big East||8-2||3-1||–|
|27.||Oklahoma State||Big 12||9-2||2-1||–|
|29.||Florida Gulf Coast||Atlantic Sun||8-3||3-2||27|
|30.||Virginia Tech||Atlantic Coast||11-2||5-1||–|
|Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (8-3), Appalachian State (7-2), Auburn (8-3), Campbell (10-1), Central Arkansas (11-1), Clemson (6-4), Connecticut (6-3), Dartmouth (3-0), Florida (5-7), Gonzaga (6-4-1), Houston (8-3), Lamar (11-2), Liberty (9-2), Louisiana (11-2), Missouri State (7-2), San Diego (7-4), San Diego State (7-5), South Alabama (10-2), South Carolina-Upstate (8-2), South Dakota State (6-3), Southeastern Louisiana (8-2), Texas (6-5), Texas A&M (8-5), Troy (8-3), UNLV (9-3), VCU (8-0).|
|Dropped out: Texas (25), Clemson (26), Florida (29), Texas A&M (30).|
|By conference: Atlantic Coast 7, Southeastern 7, Pac-12 6, Big West 3, Atlantic Sun 2, Big 12 2.|
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.