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Bears Crack Baseball America Top 10

RHP Shawn Tolleson earned his first career victory in Sunday's doubleheader nightcap, moving the Bears to 10-1.

RHP Shawn Tolleson earned his first career victory in Sunday's doubleheader nightcap, moving the Bears to 10-1.

March 10, 2008

DURHAM, N.C. -- Baylor baseball climbed one spot to No. 10 in this week's Baseball America Top 25, the publication announced Monday. It marked the third consecutive week the Bears (10-1) have moved up in the weekly national ranking. Baylor was 3-1 on the week, including a doubleheader sweep Sunday at Mississippi State; the series finale at MSU is Monday.

 

The Bears have enjoyed their best 11-game start since the 1984 team opened the season with 13 straight wins. Sunday's 16-11 victory in the nightcap of the Mississippi State doubleheader was the 500th career win for head coach Steve Smith, who was an assistant at Mississippi State prior to returning to his alma mater as head coach.


 

 

 

Arizona remained the nation's top-ranked team for the third consecutive week. Arizona State moved up two spots to second, followed by North Carolina, Missouri and Mississippi. Vanderbilt, Miami, Fla., South Carolina, Long Beach State and Baylor rounded out the top 10. Texas (19th) and Oklahoma State (23rd) joined Baylor and Missouri to give the Big 12 Conference four teams in the Top 25.

 

 

BASEBALL AMERICA TOP 25

1. Arizona (10-1)

2. Arizona State (12-0)

3. North Carolina (10-2)

4. Missouri (9-2)

5. Mississippi (10-3)

6. Vanderbilt (8-3)

7. Miami, Fla. (9-1)

8. South Carolina (8-2)

9. Long Beach State (9-2)

10. BAYLOR (10-1)

11. UCLA (7-4)

12. California (9-1)

13. UC Irvine (10-1)

14. Florida State (12-0)

15. Rice (8-5)

16. Virginia (11-2)

17. Kentucky (11-0)

18. Stanford (8-4)

19. Texas (9-4)

20. Cal State Fullerton (8-4)

21. San Diego (7-7)

22. Oregon State (5-5)

23. Oklahoma State (9-3)

24. Wichita State (7-3)

25. Michigan (5-5)

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