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Polls Have Mixed Opinions On Oregon St.

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Oregon St. celebrated a road series sweep at Stanford this past weekend, but didn't pass several teams ranked ahead of them who had losses.
Oregon St. celebrated a road series sweep at Stanford this past weekend, but didn't pass several teams ranked ahead of them who had losses.

The myriad of collegiate baseball polls hold mixed results this week for Oregon St., after the Beavers swept Stanford on the road this past weekend. One thing the polls aren't conflicted about though is who the new #1 is. Everyone has Vanderbilt #1 now, after North Carolina lost 2 of 3 games at Georgia Tech, and the Commodores completed a 4-0 week, with a victory over Presbyterian, and then a sweep of a 3 game series at Kentucky.

Oregon St. remains at #6 in the Baseball America Top 25, and stayed at #7 in the Perfect Game poll, but climbed from #5 to #4 in the Collegiate Baseball Top 25, and moved up from #5 to #4 in the USA Today Coaches' Assistant Sports Information Directors poll. The Beavers' biggest move came in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, which pushed them up from #5 to #3.

Fullerton St. either stayed where they were, and ahead of Oregon St., or slipped 1 spot to just behind the Beavers, depending on the poll, after winning only 2 of 3 games at UC-Riverside.

Oregon stayed at #10 in the Baseball America poll, #6 in the Collegiate Baseball and USA Today polls, but did move from #11 to #10 in the Perfect Game poll, after sweeping their 3 game series at Ohio St.

UCLA stayed in the same spot, which varies from 8 through 11 from poll to poll, after losing to Cal-St. Northridge, but then sweeping a series at Arizona.

A Tuesday game for the Bruins at Fullerton St. along with the weekend Civil War showdown when Oregon St. visits Oregon are likely to produce some movement next week.

Arizona St. stayed at #13 in the Baseball America poll after winning 2 of 3 at California, and New Mexico similarly stayed at #16, after winning only 2 of 3 at Fresno St., rounding out the other ranked western teams.

Stanford dropped out of the top 25 after the Oregon St. losses.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com