Oregon St. Holds Steady At #6

Andrew Moore was part of a great weekend effort by the Oregon St. pitching staff, which has the Beavers off to an 8-0 start for the first time since 1962. - (Twitpic photo)

Oregon St. held steady at #6 in the Baseball America Top 25 poll this week after their 4 game sweep at San Diego St. There wasn't any movement in the top 16, but then no one in the top 8 lost a game in the last week, and no one in the top 20 lost more than 1 game, much less a series. Unbeaten North Carolina remains #1.

Collegiate Baseball has the Beavers at #5, and Perfect Game places them at #7. There has been some progress, as Oregon St. has moved up from #14 in the preseason to #5 in the USA Today Coaches Associate Sports Information Directors Poll.

UCLA remains at #12, and the Bruins are the highest ranked team with 2 losses, after dropping 1 of 3 at unranked Baylor. Oregon remained at #14, after they dropped their home opening series opener to Loyola-Marymount.

Stanford stayed at #15, after beating California and sweeping Fresno St., a good rebound after losing 2 of 3 at #13 Rice on opening weekend.

Arizona moved up from #23 to #20 despite splitting a mid-week series with unranked Long Beach St., before sweeping San Jose St. over the weekend.

The only other ranked western teams are unbeaten Cal-St. Fullerton, who moved up from #20 to #17 after beating Pepperdine and sweeping a 3 game series at TCU, and UC Irvine, who moved from #25 to #21 after taking 3 of 4 from California.

It was mostly a good weekend for the Pac-12.

Washington St. rebounded from an 0-2 start to improve to 5-2, with 4 wins over Eastern Michigan. Arizona St. took 2 of 3 at Tennessee, and Utah took 3 at UC-Davis to improve to 4-2, with a final game in that series scheduled for today.

USC beat Loyola-Marymount before the Lions headed north to take on Oregon, and then took 2 of 3 from Cal-St. Northridge.

Besides California, who had to be disappointed in a 1-4 week that left the Bears 4-4 after sweeping Michigan on opening weekend, only Washington had a bad weekend. After losing 3 of 4 to UC-Davis on opening weekend, the Huskies again lost 3 of 4 against Lamar in Texas. It was an odd situation, where Washington and Lamar were supposed to split games up against each other and Creighton, but the bad weather late last week in the mid-west prevented the Blue Jays from making their air connections.

Oregon St. will now play their next 10 games in Oregon, with 9 at Goss Stadium, beginning with this weekend's 4 game series against the Bryant Bulldogs. The Beavers will visit Portland next week, and then return to Goss for a 3 game series with Texas St., and then 2 midweek games against San Francisco.

Bryant didn't get their season started until this past weekend, when they lost 2 1 run decisions at Houston Baptist, before settling for a 4-4 tie in the third game.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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