Thanks to David Berg's yeoman effort with 4 scoreless innings yesterday, and the Bruins' ability to finally push over the winning run in the 11th inning for the series win, the Bruins remained at #12. Losing the opening series to an unranked Portland at home would certainly have knocked UCLA down a few spots.
Oregon State remained #2, after opening the season 3-0, with wins over 3 different opponents in Arizona.
Cal State Fullerton moved up from #6 to #3, after taking their opening series at home 2-1 over Washington State. That is a lot of love for the Cougars. After whomping Washington State on Friday 12-0, Fullerton lost in 11 innings 9-7 on Saturday, and then beat the Cougars 5-4 in the bottom of the 9th yesterday. So 1 wipeout, 1 loss, and 1 nailbiter, and Fullerton jumps 3 spots. The love didn't translate to a top 25 spot for Washington State- go figure.
North Carolina State, who UCLA plays in March for a single game, dropped from 5 to 6, after losing their season opener yesterday to Canisius.
Oregon remained at #11, after a series sweep on the road against Hawaii.
In Hoosier loser news, Indiana dropped from #3 to #10, after winning only 1 out of 4 games on the road to Texas Tech. I bet that TIARA would know how to fix that program too. Just bat Bryce cleanup and let him pitch whenever he wants.
Rice remained at #15, despite winning 2 of 3 at Stanford. So a series win on the road against a Pac-12 team (or against this particular Pac-12 team for sure) apparently did not register with the pollsters.
Texas remained at #18, despite splitting their 4 game series at Cal. So some love for the Bears.
Cal Poly came into the polls at #22, after sweeping the previous #22 team, Kansas State, in San Luis Obispo. Cal Poly is the opponent in the Bruins' next 3 game series, starting this Friday at 6 pm at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Cal Poly won the 3 games over Kansas State by the scores of 3-0 (Friday), 5-2 (Saturday), and 10-1 (Sunday). Giving up 3 runs in 3 games does not bode well for the UCLA hitters. Let's hope the Bruins can come through with the clutch hits this weekend.
The East Coast bias is rampant in this poll. There are 6 ACC teams in the top 25 (including top ranked Virginia), and there are 7 SEC teams in the top 25. So more than half the spots in the top 25 go to these 2 conferences. The Pac-12 meanwhile has 3 spots. Let's see who is standing in Omaha.
Go Bruins !!