Monday, March 24, 2008


DURHAM, NORTH, CAROLINA (March 24, 2008) Baylor baseball dropped six spots to No. 20 in this week's Baseball America Top 25, released Monday by the publication. The Bears (14-6, 2-4) were one of eight teams to drop at least one spot in this week's ranking. Baylor was 0-3 last week, dropping all three games in a weekend series at Missouri, which moved up two spots to No. 2 nationally as the highest ranked Big 12 Conference team.

Arizona State was ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive week, followed by Missouri, North Carolina, Miami, Fla., and Long Beach State, which swept preseason No. 1 UCLA over the weekend. Former No. 1 Arizona dropped two spots to No. 6; UC Irvine, Florida State, Vanderbilt and South Carolina rounded out the top 10. Texas (13th) and Nebraska (19th) joined Baylor and Missouri to give the Big 12 four teams in the Top 25.

The Bears also dropped out of the of the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll after being ranked No. 13 last week. Baylor was the leader among teams also receiving votes for the poll and just one point out of the ranking. The Bears dropped five spots to No. 20 in this week's Collegiate Baseball Top 30.

Baylor returns to action Tuesday, hosting Houston Baptist for a 6:30 p.m. CDT first pitch at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears also host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Baylor hits the road again on the weekend, traveling to Norman, Okla., for a three-game series at Oklahoma.

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