Rivals Top 25: Virginia takes control

Kendall Rogers
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It didn't take long to crown a new No. 1 team in the Rivals.com Top 25.

After earning the top spot in our preseason rankings, previously No. 1 Texas dropped five spots to No. 6 after losing a home series to New Mexico.

Virginia is the beneficiary of the upset, moving from No. 2 to the No. 1 spot this week for the first time in school history.

The Cavaliers hit the road to East Carolina over the weekend and captured a series victory in impressive fashion.

“I thought Virginia was one of the better clubs I’ve seen in my five seasons at East Carolina,” ECU coach Billy Godwin said. “From the top of that order to the bottom, Virginia has a fantastic lineup. That lineup is very good.”

Also in the top 10, Cal State Fullerton fell five spots from No. 4 to No. 9 after a 1-2 weekend that included setbacks against Oregon and Pepperdine. Rice, meanwhile, dropped four spots from No. 6 to No. 10 after a dismal weekend against Stanford.

There wasn't much movement elsewhere.

Stanford entered the rankings at No. 23 following its series win over the Owls. Georgia dropped from the rankings after having a 2-2 weekend at the Baylor tournament.

Here are the conference breakdowns: ACC (6), SEC (5), Pac-10 (3), Big 12 (2), C-USA (2), Big West (2), WCC (1), Big East (1), Big Ten (1), Big South (1), Mountain West (1).

Records in the rankings do not include ties.


1. Virginia – record: 2-1, previous rank: 2
The Cavaliers started the season on the right foot with an impressive road series win at East Carolina. They showed their balance against the Pirates.

2. LSU – record: 3-0, previous rank: 3
There were some tense moments over the weekend, but the Tigers still managed to do a clean sweep of a scrappy Centenary club.

3. UC Irvine – record: 3-0, previous rank: 5
It was much of the same against Loyola Marymount, as the Anteaters used balance to cruise past the Lions.

4. Florida State – record: 3-0, previous rank: 7
The Seminoles continued where they left off last season at the plate by scoring 37 runs in three games against a decent Georgia State club.

5. Florida – record: 3-0, previous rank: 8
The Gators looked fantastic in a series sweep over South Florida this past weekend. UF's pitching staff was even better than previously thought.

6. Texas – record: 1-2, previous rank: 1
The Longhorns entered the season with question marks at the plate. Well, after one series, those questions are looming larger than ever.

7. Arizona State – record: 3-0, previous rank: 9
New coach Tim Esmay couldn't have asked for a better first weekend. It will be interesting to see how long left-handed pitcher Josh Spence is out.

8. Georgia Tech – record: 3-0, previous rank: 10
Tech's pitching staff exceeded expectations the first weekend of the season. The unit allowed just three runs in three games against Missouri State.

9. Cal State Fullerton – record: 1-2, previous rank: 4
The Titans didn’t play Titan-like the first two games of the weekend against Oregon and Pepperdine. They showed up against rival Long Beach State, though.

10. Rice – record: 0-3, previous rank: 6
The Owls' worst fears about their bullpen came true against Stanford over the weekend. They headed home with a winless record.

11. Louisville – record: 3-0, previous rank: 12
The Cardinals couldn't have had a better start to the season. They swept a very solid Bowling Green club this past weekend.

12. South Carolina – record: 3-0, previous rank: 13
The Gamecocks did exactly what was expected of them in a perfect weekend against Atlantic 10 doormat Duquesne.

13. East Carolina – record: 1-2, previous rank: 11
The Pirates still have a very good team, but the way their pitching staff performed in the series finale against Virginia was troublesome.

14. Clemson – record: 3-0, previous rank: 14
The Tigers had a perfect weekend, and the pitching staff definitely was a bright spot against Furman, Michigan State and Miami (Ohio).

15. Arkansas – record: 2-1, previous rank: 15
The Razorbacks began the season with a series win over Ball State, but they suffered a huge setback with an injury to fiery infielder Bo Bigham.

16. Coastal Carolina – record: 2-1, previous rank: 16
The Chanticleers took care of business against West Virginia and Virginia Tech, but they couldn't get past Kentucky in the weekend finale.

17. Oregon State – record: 2-1, previous rank: 17
The Beavers still have one more game to go against Hawaii, but so far so good with a 2-1 record against the Warriors over the weekend.

18. San Diego – record: 3-1, previous rank: 18
The Toreros put their solid pitching staff on display in a nice series win over Indiana, which made a statement in the Big Ten last season.

19. TCU – record: 3-0, previous rank: 19
TCU lived up to expectations over the weekend. It had absolutely no trouble with a solid Sam Houston State club.

20. North Carolina – record: 3-0, previous rank: 20
It wasn't pretty at times, especially at the plate, but the Tar Heels still earned a series sweep over George Washington.

21. Miami (Fla.) – record: 3-0, previous rank: 21
The Hurricanes had a perfect weekend. They earned a series sweep over Rutgers and left-handed pitcher Eric Erickson returned to the weekend rotation.

22. Ohio State – record: 3-0, previous rank: 22
The Buckeyes didn't play incredibly difficult competition over the weekend, but they fared well with a perfect record against North Florida, Richmond and Florida A&M.

23. Stanford – record: 3-0, previous rank: NR
The Cardinal actually had a very surprising weekend at the plate against Rice. Now, we'll see if they can keep it up against embattled Texas.

24. Mississippi – record: 2-1, previous rank: 24
The Rebels didn't start the season on a positive note on Friday night, but they dominated Louisiana-Monroe the rest of the weekend.

25. Kansas – record: 0-0, previous rank: 25
The Jayhawks had a perfect weekend. Well, not really. That's because the Jayhawks were unable to play the entire weekend because of weather issues.

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