Posted by: bhyman | May 12, 2008

West Coast Dominance: Six of top ten from California, Arizona

In pro sports, it’s the Red Sox and Yankees or the New England Patriots.  It appears that East coast bias is coming to college baseball, too.  Other rankings continue to put ACC and SEC teams at the top.  While Miami, Florida State and UNC are having impressive years, it’s clear that the best baseball is being played in the Pac-10, Big West and West Coast Conference.  Arizona State continued its winning ways with convincing victories against Loyola Marymount and a road mid-week victory against No. 25 Wichita State.  Cal boosted its stock and moved to No. 2 by taking two of three at No. 9 Stanford and beating No. 14 UC Davis at home.  In Lincoln, No. 4 Nebraska took two of three over No. 12 Texas A&M.  Here are the full Boyd Nation top 25 ISR rankings:

  1. Arizona State (39-9)
  2. California (32-15)
  3. Miami, FL (41-6)
  4. Nebraska (36-9)
  5. Florida State (42-8 )
  6. UC Irvine (32-13)
  7. San Diego (39-14)
  8. Cal State Fullerton (31-17)
  9. Texas A&M (42-8 )
  10. Arizona (33-15)
  11. North Carolina (42-8 )
  12. Oklahoma State (37-13)
  13. Rice (38-11)
  14. Long Beach State (30-17)
  15. Stanford (28-18 )
  16. Pepperdine (31-16)
  17. UC Davis (30-18 )
  18. Oregon State (23-19)
  19. Santa Clara (31-18 )
  20. Southern Miss (36-15)
  21. Washington State (27-21)
  22. UCLA (25-22)
  23. Georgia Tech (36-14)
  24. Georgia (32-17)
  25. Washington (30-17)

New additions: No. 23 Georgia Tech, No. 25 Washington
Dropped out: UC Santa Barbara, Wichita State

Keep your eye on these big matchups this week:

No. 11 North Carolina @ No. 3 Miami (FL): Two ACC powerhouses battle in final conference series.

No. 25 Washington @ No. 1 Arizona State: Welcome Huskies to the top 25.  Your reward? Playing the red hot Trojans in Tempe.

No. 22 UCLA @ No. 2 California: Cal wraps up the regular season with four games against ranked opponents.

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