For the eighth week in a row, the University of North Carolina has topped the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Poll. The Tar Heels went 5-1 this past week. The only loss came in an 11 inning affair against Clemson in the second half of a double header. In other action, the Heels rolled through its mid-week game against UNC-Wilmington and then swept a weekend series with Maryland.
The top four teams stayed in the same spot with only #5 Oregon and #10 Kentucky dropping to mix up the Top 10 a bit. The biggest movers were Arizona State, up five spots to #17, and NC State, up five spots to #20. The team with the biggest fall was Oklahoma Sate who fell seven spots to #26 after a 1-2 week.
Campbell, from the Big South Conference, makes it into the Top 30 this week coming in at #29 after going 5-0 in the past week. Virginia Tech was the only team to fall out of the poll after spending the previous week at #30.
Once again the SEC leads with the number of teams in the poll with seven followed by the Pac-12 with six.
The week ahead:
One of the best series this weekend will be #2 LSU visiting Fayetteville, Arkansas and the #9 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. Arkansas.
Arkansas started the year ranked #1 in the preseason polls, but quickly fell a few weeks into the season with an 0-4 week. After plummeting to #16, they have steadily risen in the polls and now sit in the top 10 as a hot LSU team comes to town.
LSU is off to the best start in school history at 30-2. They have won 12 straight games including nine SEC games and are atop the standings with Vanderbilt.
2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (APRIL 8)
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors the Pro-Line Athletic Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests
|1.||North Carolina||Atlantic Coast||29-2||5-1||1|
|4.||Cal State Fullerton||Big West||28-4||4-0||4|
|6.||Florida State||Atlantic Coast||27-5||3-1||7|
|19.||Georgia Tech||Atlantic Coast||23-9||2-3||15|
|20.||N.C. State||Atlantic Coast||24-10||5-0||25|
|22.||Notre Dame||Big East||19-10||4-1||24|
|23.||UC Irvine||Big West||20-8||4-0||27|
|24.||Cal Poly||Big West||21-8||1-2||20|
|26.||Oklahoma State||Big 12||22-8||1-2||19|
|30.||Florida Gulf Coast||Atlantic Sun||20-8||2-2||28|
|Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (20-13), Austin Peay State (25-7), Belmont (23-7), Bryant (18-9-1), CSU Bakersfield (21-11), Central Arkansas (23-8), Clemson (21-11), Coastal Carolina (19-12), Creighton (18-6), Gonzaga (19-10-1), Kansas State (23-10), Lamar (24-9), Louisiana-Lafayette (22-9), Mercer (25-10), Ohio (6-24), San Diego (19-12), South Alabama (24-9), UNC Wilmington (23-10), UNLV (22-9), Virginia Tech (21-12).|
|Dropped out: Virginia Tech (30).|
|By conference: Southeastern 7, Pacific-12 6, Atlantic Coast 5, Big West 3, Big 12 2, Big East 2, Conference USA 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1.|
Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors the Pro-Line Athletic Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.