For the third week in a row the Vanderbilt Commodores are atop the NCBWA Division I Poll. The Commodores swept a weekend series from Kentucky over the weekend. They will face Alabama in the last weekend SEC series before the conference tournament begins.
The Top 5 was shaken up a bit after North Carolina fell to #4 after spending the past few weeks at #2. They faced off with #26 Georgia Tech dropping two-of-three over the weekend including an 11 inning loss in Game 3 of the series. UNC lost two game by just a single run, but they were not the only Top 5 team to fall over the weekend. Cal State Fullerton fell two spots to #5 after losing a game to UC Riverside over the weekend.
The big series of the weekend featured #8 Florida State traveling to #9 NC State. The hometown Wolfpack took the first game 3-1, but then dropped the next two to the Seminoles. Both teams remained in the same spots in the Top 10.
One big series this weekend will feature a pair of Top 20 SEC teams when #12 South Carolina travels to #17 Mississippi State this weekend.
2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MAY 13)
|4.||North Carolina||Atlantic Coast||45-6||3-2||2|
|5.||Cal State Fullerton||Big West||41-8||2-1||3|
|8.||Florida State||Atlantic Coast||41-10||3-1||8|
|9.||N.C. State||Atlantic Coast||39-12||2-1||9|
|16.||Oklahoma State||Big 12||36-13||2-1||19|
|22.||Kansas State||Big 12||37-15||3-0||28|
|24.||UC Irvine||Big West||31-16||2-1||23|
|25.||South Alabama||Sun Belt||39-14||3-1||26|
|26.||Georgia Tech||Atlantic Coast||32-20||3-2||30|
|27.||Cal Poly||Big West||33-16||2-2||22|
|30.||Austin Peay||Ohio Valley||38-13||3-0||–|
|Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona (29-20), Belmont (36-15), Bryant (36-15-1), CSU Bakersfield (34-18), Canisius (37-13), Coastal Carolina (32-18), Creighton (28-14), Dartmouth (32-9), Florida Gulf Coast (34-17), Gonzaga (32-16-1), llinois State (33-18), Kentucky (28-22), Louisiana (35-17), Miami (33-20), New Mexico (32-18), Sam Houston State (33-18), Seton Hall (33-16), Stanford (26-20), Troy (37-14), UNC Wilmington (36-16), UNLV (34-17), Virginia Tech (33-19).|
|Dropped out: Stanford (21), Arizona (27).|
|By conference: Atlantic Coast 6, Southeastern 6, Pac-12 4, Big 12 3, Big West 3, Big East 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Ohio Valley 1, Sun Belt 1.|
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