Oregon St. Baseball Up To #3

Tyler Smith kept his hitting streak going this weekend, including hitting his first home run of the season. It helped Oregon St. sweep the weekend from Texas St., and move up a notch in this week's Top 25 poll. - (Photo by Andy Wooldridge)

Oregon St.'s sweep of Texas St. coupled with former #3 Mississippi St. losing 2 of 3 to Central Arkansas this past weekend has allowed the Beavers to edge up 1 spot to the third slot in this week's Baseball America Top 25 Poll.

The Beavs are all the way up to #2 in the Collegiate Baseball Writers poll, and gained a slot up to #5 in the Perfect Game poll as well. The USA Today Coaches' Assistant Sports Information Directors has Oregon St. at #4, with 2 first place votes.

Unbeaten North Carolina remains the unanimous #1.

Vanderbilt remained at #2 in the Baseball America poll despite suffering their first loss, because the Commodores took 2 of 3 on the road at PK Park over Oregon. The Ducks dropped only 1 spot, from #15 to #16, despite their 2 losses, as they also took 2 games for Cal St. Northridge.

Cal St. Fullerton is the second highest western school, and moved up from #10 to #8 despite a 3-2 week. The Titans lost to upcoming Oregon St. opponent San Diego, but beat USC, and then took 2 of 3 from Texas A&M.

UCLA edged up from #12 to #11 with wins over Long Beach St., and then former #22 (now #17) Notre Dame, and USC, against a loss to then #17 Oklahoma, with the last 3 games coming in the Dodger Town Classic.

Arizona St. jumped all the way up from #23 to #14 after a sweep of Long Beach St. immediately after the 49ers had upset UCLA.

Arizona, who will host Oregon St. this weekend in the Pac-12 season opening series, held steady at #20, after splitting a pair of games with Texas Tech, and then taking 2 of 3 from Columbia.

Stanford, formerly ranked #13, dropped completely out of the top 25, after the Cardinal got swept by UNLV, which also propelled the Rebels into the rankings, at #21.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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