Baseball Moves Up Three Spots In Collegiate Baseball Poll, Garners First Rankings From Baseball America and ESPN

March 24, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team, fresh off its first series win over two-time defending Pac-10 champion USC in 10 years, moved up three spots from 20th to 17th in the latest edition of the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 poll.

The Wildcats (21-8, 2-1 Pac-10) also made their first appearance of the season in the Baseball America and ESPN/Sports Weekly top 25 rankings, debuting in the No. 21 and 25 slots, respectively. Arizona has not been ranked by Baseball America since Feb. 28, 2000 and Jan. 24, 2000 in the ESPN Coaches Poll.

The Wildcats will head out onto the road for their first Pac-10 road trip of the season this week. Arizona will travel to Los Angeles for a three-game series with UCLA at Jackie Robinson Stadium this Friday-Sunday. First pitch for the series opener onFriday is set for 7 p.m. Tucson time.






Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's
NCAA Div. I Poll, (As of March 24, 2003)
Rank School (Record) Points Previous
1. Rice (24-1) 495 4
2. Georgia Tech. (20-2) 492 3
3. Florida St. (25-4) 489 2
4. Arizona St. (32-4) 488 1
5. Cal. St. Fullerton (21-5) 486 5
6. Stanford (15-8) 484 7
7. Long Beach St. (16-7) 483 6
8. Baylor (21-6) 481 8
9. Mississippi St. (17-3-1) 477 9
10. Clemson (16-3) 474 14
11. Richmond (18-2) 470 12
12. Louisiana St. (16-7-1) 467 15
13. Miami, Fla. (19-4) 462 13
14. Auburn (22-5) 460 17
15. Texas (19-9) 459 10
16. North Carolina St. (21-5) 457 25
17. Arizona (21-8) 453 20
18. Florida (19-6-1) 450 22
19. Wake Forest (15-7) 446 16
20. Alabama (18-5) 443 18
21. South Carolina (16-8) 441 11
22. Nebraska (14-6) 437 24
23. North Carolina (16-7) 433 -
24. Southern Miss. (17-6) 430 -
25. Texas Tech. (19-9) 427 -
26. South Alabama (17-7) 424 -
27. Tennessee (14-8) 419 -
28. Kansas (20-9) 416 19
29. Mississippi (15-7) 413 -
30. Washington (16-7) 409 -

Baseball America Top 25 Poll
(As of March 24, 2003)
Overall Last Week Previous
1. Rice 24-1 5-0 1
2. Georgia Tech 20-2 3-1 2
3. Arizona State 32-4 2-2 3
4. Cal State Fullerton 21-5 3-1 6
5. Long Beach State 16-7 0-1 5
6. Florida State 25-4 1-2 4
7. Baylor 21-6 4-0 8
8. Stanford 15-8 1-1 7
9. Auburn 22-5 4-0 11
10. Richmond 18-2 5-0 10
11. Mississippi State 17-3 4-1 12
12. Texas 19-9 1-2 9
13. Louisiana State 17-7 3-0 16
14. Clemson 16-3 5-0 17
15. Miami 19-4 4-0 18
16. Nebraska 14-6 3-2 15
17. North Carolina State 21-5 3-1 NR
18. Florida Atlantic 23-7 4-1 24
19. Tulane 19-6 4-0 25
20. Wake Forest 15-7 2-2 13
21. Arizona 21-8 4-1 NR
22. Notre Dame 9-6 0-1 19
23. Alabama 18-5 2-2 21
24. Washington 16-7 2-1 NR
25. South Alabama 17-7 4-0 NR
Dropped Out: South Carolina (No. 14), Texas A&M (No. 20), Arkansas (No. 22), Kansas (No. 23).
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