Posted by: bhyman | May 5, 2008

FSU, Fullerton soar into top 10

With conference tournaments only weeks away, Florida State and Cal State Fullerton are peaking at the right time. Fullerton went 3-4 on the week, beating #9 San Diego on Tuesday and taking two of three from #19 UC Santa Barbara. The ‘Noles went 4-0 this past week, sweeping Stetson on the road and taking the first two in a series at Clemson (the series finale is at 4 pm ET Monday.) Meanwhile, the Arizona State Trojans continue to distance themselves from the pack. At #23 UCLA, Arizona State took two of three to improve its record to 37-8. Here’s the rest of the top 25, courtesy of Boyd Nation’s Iterative Strength Ratings:

  1. Arizona State (37-8 )
  2. Florida State (39-7)
  3. Miami, FL (39-5)
  4. Nebraska (36-8 )
  5. UC Irvine (30-12)
  6. Cal State Fullerton (29-16)
  7. San Diego (37-13)
  8. California (29-15)
  9. Stanford (27-15)
  10. Arizona (31-15)
  11. North Carolina (38-8 )
  12. Texas A&M (40-8 )
  13. Oklahoma State (35-12)
  14. UC Davis (29-16)
  15. Rice (34-11)
  16. Long Beach State (27-17)
  17. Pepperdine (28-15)
  18. Santa Clara (29-17)
  19. Oregon State (20-18 )
  20. UCLA (24-20)
  21. UC Santa Barbara (30-16)
  22. Southern Miss (34-15)
  23. Washington State (24-19)
  24. Georgia (31-15)
  25. Wichita State (36-11)

Dropped out: Texas Christian
New additions: No. 23 Washington State

Here are some games to watch in the coming week:

  • No. 12 Texas A&M @ No. 4 Nebraska. The top two teams in the Big XII square off in Lincoln for a three-game weekend series.
  • No. 17 Pepperdine @ No. 6 Cal State Fullerton. Tuesday’s non-conference contest will feature two of the best teams in the most underrated conferences in college baseball.
  • No. 7 San Diego @ No. 20 UCLA. Another Tuesday game to watch; will UCLA bounce back from its preseason hype?
  • No. 8 Cal @ No. 9 Stanford. Cal has a hard road to the postseason; all of its remaining games are against BN Top 25 teams.

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