Virginia holds steady at No. 1

DURHAM, N.C. -- Virginia bounced back from an upset loss Friday to Wright State to win its last three games over the weekend and remain at No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 rankings for the third straight week.

The top four teams in the rankings all stood pat as Virginia and Louisiana State both dominated home tournaments while No. 3 Texas won a tight contest with No. 9 Rice at the Houston College Classic on Friday, part of a 2-1 weekend for the Longhorns. Florida State was the lone team to move up in the top 10, as the Seminoles knocked off Florida in midweek action and swept then-No. 25 Georgia over the weekend. Florida State and Florida flip-flopped the Nos. 5 and 6 rankings.

The Florida State-Georgia series was one of three ACC-SEC matchups over the weekend. The Gators recovered from their midweek loss to go on the road and take two of three at Miami, which fell to No. 20 in the rankings, while Clemson moved up to No. 12 after winning two-of-three from rival South Carolina, which dropped to No. 19. Elsewhere, UCLA continued its hot start by sweeping Nebraska, vaulting the Bruins up four spots in the rankings to No. 15.

Vanderbilt and Oklahoma both made their season debuts in the rankings this week, at Nos. 24 and 25, respectively, after both posted perfect weekends. The Commodores and Sooners replace Cal State Fullerton and Georgia in the rankings. The Titans, No. 4 in the preseason, fell all the way out of the rankings after dropping two-of-three at Arizona last weekend, their third straight losing weekend.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 7 and do not include ties.

Dropped Out: Cal State Fullerton (18), Georgia (25).

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