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College  | Story  | 3/18/2013

College Top 25: High on the Hoos

Kendall Rogers     

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Consistency is always welcomed when it comes to formulating rankings.

Though some teams around the country suffered setbacks last week, most of the Perfect Game College Top 25 reaped the benefits of impressive play.

North Carolina had another successful weekend, taking two of three from Miami at home. The Tar Heels remain the nation's top-ranked team, while the top five remains the same with Vanderbilt, LSU, UCLA and Oregon State as headliners.

There were no changes in the top 12 of this week's rankings, while Arizona State dropped from No. 13 to No. 18 following a disappointing home series against Washington State, and Arkansas dropped from No. 16 to No. 22 following a tough home series loss to Mississippi.

Virginia was the big mover this week. There had been questions about the Cavaliers because of their rather weak non-conference schedule. However, they hit the road to Clemson over the weekend and captured an impressive ACC series win. With the victory, the Cavaliers vaulted from No. 22 to No. 14.

Also worth noting, Notre Dame moved from No. 17 to No. 15 after earning a solid series win over Cal Poly over the weekend, while Oregon had a successful trip down to USC and gained some ground, going from No. 19 to No. 16.

Arizona and UNLV dropped out of this week's rankings following tough series losses to Oregon State and New Mexico, respectively, while Indiana and Virginia Tech are the beneficiaries.

The Hoosiers are off to a hot start this season and have some nice wins under their belt, while despite a tough series loss to Georgia Tech two weekends ago, the Hokies responded in impressive fashion over the weekend with a road series sweep over Duke with starting pitcher Joe Mantiply returning to the rotation.

Conference breakdown

SEC: 7

ACC: 6

Pacific 12: 5

Big 12: 1

Big East: 2

Big West: 1

Big Ten: 1

Conference USA: 1

Southland: 1

The Perfect Game Top 25 will be released each Monday morning throughout the college baseball season.

ALSO SEE: Sunday's roundup/Weekend in review

Rank Team W-L Conference Previous rank
1. North Carolina      
18-1 Atlantic Coast 1
2. Vanderbilt
19-2 Southeastern
3. Louisiana State 18-2 Southeastern
15-3 Pacific 12 4
5. Oregon State
19-1 Pacific 12 5
6. Georgia Tech
17-2 Atlantic Coast 6
7. South Carolina
Southeastern      7
8. Mississippi
20-2 Southeastern 8
9. Cal State Fullerton 16-3
Big West 9
10. Louisville 16-2
Big East 10
11. Florida State 18-1 Atlantic Coast 11
12. Kentucky
16-3 Southeastern
13. North Carolina State
Atlantic Coast 15
14. Virginia
17-2 Atlantic Coast 22
15. Notre Dame 12-5 Big East
16. Oregon
15-6 Pacific 12 19
17. Mississippi State 19-4 Southeastern
18. Stanford
10-5 Pacific 12 18
19. Arizona State 12-4 Pacific 12 13
20. Rice
14-7 Conference USA 20
21. Oklahoma 17-4 Big 12
22. Arkansas
14-7 Southeastern 16
23. Central Arkansas 17-3 Southland
24. Indiana
13-3 Big Ten NR
25. Virginia Tech 16-5 Atlantic Coast NR

Dropped out: Arizona (23), UNLV (24)

Entered: Indiana, Virginia Tech

Others to watch: Mercer, Florida Gulf Coast, Cal Poly, San Diego, Louisiana-Lafayette, Lamar, UC Irvine, South Alabama, Arizona, UNLV, Oklahoma State, Houston.