Oregon St. Edges Up In Polls

Oregon St. edged up a spot in the baseball polls this week, after taking 5 wins, all decisive in one way or another, in the past week.

Baseball America moved South Carolina to the top, after the Gamecocks also won 5 games, 2 over Stetson and 3 over Brown, up from #3. Virginia took only 2 of 3 against Duke, and dropped from the top to the #3 spot, behind Florida St. The Seminoles seem perpetually locked into the #2 spot, and not just week after week, but across the several polls. Florida St. did take a pair from South Florida, and 2 of 3 from Maryland.

The Beavers moved up from #5 to #4, replacing Fullerton St. The Titans lost 2 of 3 to Baylor, and dropped to #9.

Oregon, after taking a pair from Portland and 2 of 3 against Ohio St., who will stop by Goss Tuesday for a game against the Beavers before heading home, moved up from#14 to #12.

UCLA reamins the other Pac-12 team to be ranked (barely). The Formerly #13 Bruins lost to Loyola-Marymount, and then their first 2 games in the Dodgertown Classic, to Pepperdine and Houston. The only thing that kept UCLA ranked, at #25, and above .500 for the season, was a win over USC yesterday. UCLA is only 8-7 in their defense of their National Title.

The other ranked western team, Cal-Poly stayed at #11, after the Mustangs beat Santa Clara and took 2 of 3 from Seattle. It will be worth noting what happens with the Mustangs this week for reference, as Northern Illinois, whom Oregon St. swept over the weekend, is continuing their spring tour of the west with a 3 game series at Cal-Poly Tuesday through Thursday.

Collegiate Baseball also has South Carolina at #1 in their poll, though they had the Gamecocks there last week too, and moved Oregon St. up from #8 to #7, again mostly because of Fullerton St. falling, to #8 in this case.

Oregon remained #9 on their list, and Cal-Poly edged up from #13 to #12, while UCLA slid from #16 to #24.

Collegiate Baseball did move 10-2 UC Santa Barbara into their rankings, putting the Gauchos at #20.

They also named Oregon St.'s Jace Fry one of their national players of the week after Fry threw only the 5th no-hitter in Beaver history, coming within 2 walks of a perfect game, in shutting out Northern Illinois 2-0 in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader.

Fry's no-hitter also earned him the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor.

Kendall Rogers' Perfect Game Top 25 still has Virginia at #1, but did move Oregon St. from #6 to #5 as a result of dropping Fullerton St. from #3 to #7.

Rogers has Cal-Poly in his top 10, moving the Mustangs up from #9 to #8, and Oregon too, moving the Ducks up from #12 to #10.

UCLA only dropped to #21 on the PG list, down from #10, and Pepperdine, who is 12-3 after the Waves swept the Dodgertown Classic, moved into the #25 slot.

And the Coaches Assistant Sports Information Directors who vote in the USA Today poll also moved Oregon St. up, from #6 last week to #4, past not only Fullerton St. but also Virginia.

They kept South Carolina at #1, dropped Fullerton St. from #5 to #8, elevated Cal-Poly from #16 to #14, dropped UCLA from #11 to #22, and moved San Diego into their #25 slot.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com

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