College Baseball Central Top 25: 3/12/2018

For the first time this season, there is a new number one team in the College Baseball Central Top 25.

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After pushing their overall record to 15-1 with a 3-1 week that included a series win over Cal State Fullerton, Oregon State is the new top team. Florida fell because they dropped a pair of midweek games to UCF, but because they swept their weekend series with Rhode Island and because we weight the rankings toward weekend results, Florida ends up just flipping spots with OSU and falling to number two.

Arkansas stayed at number three, but we have new teams at four and five. Stanford, after winning three of four against Texas, moves up two spots to four, while Kentucky also moved up two spots, to number five, after winning a marquee series with Texas Tech.

The other jumper in the top ten is Louisville. They’re up three spots, to number seven, after kicking off their ACC slate with a series win over North Carolina. The last piece of movement in the top ten was Florida State falling five spots, to ten, after losing their ACC-opening series with Wake Forest.

Other jumpers throughout the rankings include Texas A&M up one spot, to 11, after a 5-0 week that featured a sweep of Long Beach State, Clemson moving from 15 to 12 after a 5-0 week that included a sweep of Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt going from 18 to 15 after winning their pair of games in the Dodgertown tournament in Los Angeles, and modest moves at the back of the rankings from NC State, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, and LSU.

Fallers outside of the top ten were UCLA falling two spots, to 13, after they lost both of their games in the Dodgertown tournament, and Virginia falling from 16 to 24 after they lost their ACC series with Duke.

New teams into the rankings are the aforementioned Duke Blue Devils, in at 21 after the series win over the Cavaliers, and UCF, in at 25, after a 5-0 week that included that pair of midweek wins over Florida.

Falling out of the rankings this week are Dallas Baptist, after a 2-2 week, and Coastal Carolina, after they went 2-3 on the week.

1. Oregon State Beavers (15-1)

Last week: 2
Results: Portland W 6-3, Cal State Fullerton L 5-3, Cal State Fullerton W 6-4, Cal State Fullerton W 5-4

2. Florida Gators (15-3)

Last week: 1
Results: UCF L 9-7, UCF L 4-2, Rhode Island W 9-0, Rhode Island W 9-2, Rhode Island W 3-2

3. Arkansas Razorbacks (11-4)

Last week: 3
Results: Kent State W 7-2, Kent State L 10-4, Kent State W 11-4

4. Stanford Cardinal (14-2)

Last week: 6
Results: Texas L 8-6, Texas W 7-1, Texas W 9-3, Texas W 11-1

5. Kentucky Wildcats (14-3)

Last week: 7
Results: Eastern Kentucky W 16-5, Northern Kentucky L 8-6, Texas Tech W 10-7, Texas Tech W 11-6, Texas Tech L 5-3

6. Texas Tech Red Raiders (15-2)

Last week: 4
Results: New Mexico W 7-2, Kentucky L 10-7, Kentucky L 11-6, Kentucky W 5-3

7. Louisville Cardinals (14-1)

Last week: 10
Results: Morehead State W 16-10, North Carolina W 5-4, North Carolina W 6-4, North Carolina L 10-3

8. TCU Horned Frogs (9-4)

Last week: 8
Results: UT-Rio Grande Valley W 7-2, USC W 10-1, Vanderbilt L 7-4

9. Mississippi Rebels (15-1)

Last week: 9
Results: Austin Peay W 11-4, Little Rock W 10-2, Eastern Illinois W 7-2, Eastern Illinois W 4-0, Eastern Illinois W 7-3

10. Florida State Seminoles (14-2)

Last week: 5
Results: Kansas W 10-5, Kansas W 12-7, Wake Forest W 7-3, Wake Forest L 4-3, Wake Forest L 8-1

11. Texas A&M Aggies (16-1)

Last week: 12
Results: Northwestern State W 6-1, Northwestern State W 7-6, Long Beach State W 3-1, Long Beach State W 19-1, Long Beach State W 5-1

12. Clemson Tigers (15-1)

Last week: 15
Results: Wofford W 6-3, Michigan State W 9-7, Georgia Tech W 3-2, Georgia Tech W 7-3, Georgia Tech W 13-2

13. UCLA Bruins (10-4)

Last week: 11
Results: Loyola Marymount W 12-1, Vanderbilt L 6-3, USC L 3-2

14. Indiana Hoosiers (11-4)

Last week: 14
Results: Cincinnati L 8-3, Pacific L 2-1, Pacific W 3-1, Pacific W 4-2

15. Vanderbilt Commodores (12-4)

Last week: 18
Results: Long Beach State L 4-3, UCLA W 6-3, TCU W 7-4

16. NC State Wolfpack (13-3)

Last week: 17
Results: Campbell W 4-1, Boston College W 2-1, Boston College W 13-7, Boston College L 11-3

17. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (11-4)

Last week: 19
Results: Alabama L 3-0, Georgia Southern W 4-3, Georgia Southern W 3-2, Georgia Southern W 8-2

18. North Carolina Tar Heels (8-7)

Last week: 13
Results: Louisville L 5-4, Louisville L 6-4, Louisville W 10-3

19. Mississippi State Bulldogs (10-6)

Last week: 20
Results: New Mexico State W 9-1, New Mexico State W 6-0, Utah Valley L 2-1, Utah Valley W 4-2, Utah Valley W 5-3

20. LSU Tigers (11-6)

Last week: 21
Results: Southern W 8-2, Louisiana L 4-3, Hawaii L 4-2, Hawaii W 5-1, Hawaii W 14-1

21. Duke Blue Devils (12-3)

Last week: NR
Results: Longwood W 9-3, Virginia W 6-3, Virginia L 3-0, Virginia W 3-2

22. Auburn Tigers (15-1)

Last week: 22
Results: UAB W 11-8, Northeastern W 6-0, Northeastern W 14-8, Northeastern L 2-1

23. Sam Houston State Bearkats (12-4)

Last week: 23
Results: Prairie View A&M W 12-1, Prairie View A&M W 10-0, Lamar W 3-1, Lamar W 5-2, Lamar W 8-1

24. Virginia Cavaliers (10-6)

Last week: 16
Results: Davidson W 12-1, Duke L 6-3, Duke W 3-0, Duke L 3-2

25. UCF Knights (13-3)

Last week: NR
Results: Florida W 9-7, Florida W 4-2, Siena W 1-0, Siena W 2-0, Siena W 10-8

Out: Dallas Baptist (24), Coastal Carolina (25)

Others Considered: Wichita State, Stetson, East Carolina



About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.