College Baseball Rankings Favorable For ASU Sun Devils

ASU hovers around the 7th spot in the nation while the UA Wildcats have dropped out of the top 25.

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College Baseball Rankings: Arizona State Still In, Arizona Still Out

The Arizona State Sun Devils essentially maintained their standing in the latest NCAA baseball rankings, moving from eighth to seventh in Baseball America’s poll, but dropping from seventh to eighth in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Sun Devils won three of four last week, including a non-conference matchup against the Arizona Wildcats, to boost their record to 31-10, which does not reflect Monday’s victoy over Brigham Young. The Sun Devils have won 10 of their last 11 games.

Arizona dropped out of both polls last week and has yet to return, but may have righted their sinking ship with a three-game sweep against Southern California, which included a 20-4 victory. Prior to that winning streak, the Wildcats had lost six of their last eight contests.

ASU wraps its two-game set with Brigham Young on Tuesday at Packard Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 6:30. It’ll take on Long Beach State in a three-game set at Packard Stadium Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Arizona next takes the diamond Friday against Alcorn State.

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College Baseball Rankings: Arizona Drops Out, But Arizona State Rises Before Head-To-Head Matchup

The latest NCAA baseball rankings from Baseball America and the USA Today’ Coaches’ Poll were released Monday, and the results were unkind to the Arizona Wildcats. Following a week in which it dropped two of three contests to Oregon, Arizona fell from 23 in both polls to out of the rankings entirely. The Wildcats now stand with a 24-15 record and have lost five of their last seven games overall. They last won a series the weekend of April 8-11, when they took two of three from California.

On the other hand, the Arizona State Sun Devils continue to ascend the rankings, moving up one spot in each. Baseball America now has Arizona State, 28-9, in the eighth position, while the USA Today Coaches’ Poll ranked it seventh. Last week, Arizona State swept a three-game series with California with a combined score of 17-4. Since March 26, Arizona State is 12-3, with the only losses coming in one series against Oregon State.

Tuesday night, the Sun Devils visit the Wildcats at Sancet Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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College Baseball Rankings: Arizona State And Arizona Both In Top 25

The boys from Arizona continue to do well on the diamond as both the Wildcats and ASU Sun Devils are ranked in the in this week's Baseball America's Top 25. Conference play has begun around the country and is about to kickoff in the Pac-10. So far, so good for the two desert teams.

ASU is ranked six in the nation and sports a 15-4 record while the U of A is 15th in the country with a 16-5 tally.

SB Nation's College Baseball Writer, Jeff Asher, has this to say about the two schools:

6. Arizona State - The Sun Devils had a terrific week, sweeping Oklahoma in a mini midweek series before taking two of three games against always pesky Oral Roberts. The schedule stays tough this week as ASU travels to Cal State Fullerton for another mini midweek series before returning home to face PAC-10 foe Arizona next weekend.

15. Arizona - The Bearcats got swept in a midweek series at Wichita State then took the first two games of a Sat-Mon series against way over matched San Francisco (14-0, 7-0). Zona will need more than a suspiciously quick five second count to beat conference foe and in-state rival Arizona State next weekend at ASU.

Here's the full Top 25 ranking from Baseball America:

Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. Florida 18-2 4-0 1
2. Vanderbilt 19-2 3-1
2
3. Virginia 19-2 3-1 7
4. South Carolina 14-4 3-2 4
5. Texas 15-5 4-0 5
6. Arizona State 15-4 4-1
9
7. Florida State
16-4 1-3
6
8. Texas A&M
15-5 3-1
21
9. Oklahoma
17-5 1-4
3
10. Fresno State
14-2
3-0 17
11. Louisiana State
16-4 1-3
8
12. Stanford 6-5 0-0 12
13. Cal State Fullerton 11-7
3-1
13
14. TCU
12-7 2-2
10
15. Arizona 15-5 2-2
11
16. California 12-5
2-1
15
17. Georgia Tech
17-4 5-0
23
18. North Carolina 18-3 4-0
18
19. Clemson 10-7
3-1 16
20. Tulane 16-4 5-0
22
21. Baylor 13-7 2-2
14
22. Auburn 14-6 3-1 NR
23. Oregon State
15-4 2-1
NR
24. UCLA 8-6 0-0 24
25. Rice 13-9 3-1
25

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