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Bears Fall to #9 in Baseball America Top 25




March 16, 2009

DURHAM, N.C. — Baylor dropped four spots to No. 9 in this week’s Baseball America Top 25, the publication released Monday. The Bears remain the third-highest ranked team in the Big 12 behind top-ranked Texas and third-ranked Texas A&M.

With this week’s No. 9 ranking, Baylor has been ranked in the top 10 five consecutive weeks. That is the program’s longest such streak since a seven-week stay in 2000.

North Carolina remained at No. 2 for the second consecutive week, followed by Texas A&M, Cal State Fullerton, LSU, Arizona State, Rice, Georgia, Baylor and UC Irvine. Oklahoma climbed two spots to No. 13, while Oklahoma State remained 19th.

Elsewhere, Baylor dropped six spots to No. 17 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll. The Bears also dropped from 13th to 15th in both the Collegiate Baseball Top 30 and the NCBWA Top 30.

Baylor and Texas A&M conclude their three-game Big 12 series Monday at Baylor Ballpark with a 6:30 p.m. CDT first pitch. The Bears send right-hander Shawn Tolleson (0-0, 4.97 ERA) to the mound, while the Aggies counter with right-hander Barret Loux (0-0, 4.11 ERA).

BASEBALL AMERICA TOP 25
Monday, March 16
1. Texas (14-2)
2. North Carolina (14-2)
3. Texas A&M (13-4)
4. Cal State Fullerton (13-3)
5. LSU (13-4)
6. Arizona State (14-3)
7. Rice (10-5)
8. Georgia (15-2)
9. BAYLOR (10-4)
10. UC Irvine (10-5)
11. Miami-FL (14-3)
12. Mississippi (11-4)
13. Oklahoma (17-4)
14. Georgia Tech (12-1)
15. Coastal Carolina (15-1)
16. Arkansas (12-3)
17. Pepperdine (11-5)
18. TCU (10-4)
19. Oklahoma State (13-4)
20. Clemson (11-4)
21. Cal Poly (11-4)
22. UC Santa Barbara (12-4)
23. Virginia (15-0)
24. Alabama (11-5)
25. Minnesota (10-3)


 

 

2009 Baylor opponents in bold.

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