College Baseball Central Top 25: 3/23/15

Paul Mainieri

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new team at no. 1 on this weeks College Baseball Central Top 25. With Florida’s series loss to Mississippi, they have fallen from their perch at the top. That spot now belongs to LSU, who is coming off of a series win over Arkansas on the road.

The Gators didn’t fall far, though. We have them at no. 2, in part because Mississippi is no slouch and in part because TCU also lost a series, softening their fall. UF’s emphatic midweek win over FSU played a role as well.

Big jumpers this week include Louisville and Arizona State, who both moved five places to no. 7 and no. 8, respectively. The Cardinals swept Notre Dame and the Sun Devils won two of three from Oregon on the road. A little bit further down the rankings, Maryland moved up seven spots, from no. 22 to no. 15. Part of that was their 5-0 week, but they were also the beneficiary of much of the carnage that enveloped the middle of our rankings this week.

The first faller in the rankings was South Carolina, who fell three spots from no. 8 to no. 11. That was a small fall compared to the dips taken by Rice and Virginia, teams that both dropped eight spots. The Owls fell to no. 14 from no. 6 after their series loss to Old Dominion and the Cavaliers now find themselves at no. 19, down from no. 11 after a series loss to Florida State. Virginia has now fallen 18 spots in two weeks. Texas Tech is our last faller, as they fell from no. 17 to no. 23 after losing two of three to Oklahoma.

New entrants to the rankings are Houston, at no. 24 after a series sweep of New Mexico, and Illinois, at no. 25 after winning two of three from USF. Oregon is out of the rankings after losing two of three to Arizona State, as is Notre Dame, after their sweep at the hands of Louisville.

1. LSU Tigers (21-3)

Last week: 2
Results: Southern W 4-2, Arkansas L 5-1, Arkansas W 16-3, Arkansas W 7-4

2. Florida Gators (20-5)

Last week: 1
Results: Florida State W 14-8, Mississippi L 4-1, Mississippi L 5-2, Mississippi W 8-4

3. TCU Horned Frogs (17-4)

Last week: 3
Results: UT-Pan American W 5-0, UT-Pan American W 11-5, Oklahoma State L 7-6, Oklahoma State W 7-4, Oklahoma State L 7-2

4. Vanderbilt Commodores (19-5)

Last week: 4
Results: Tennessee Tech W 9-1, Auburn L 6-4, Auburn W 10-5, Auburn W 7-6

5. Texas A&M Aggies (24-1)

Last week: 5
Results: Prairie View A&M W 11-2, Alabama W 4-2, Alabama W 10-5, Alabama L 6-2

6. UCLA Bruins (17-5)

Last week: 7
Results: Utah W 14-2, Utah W 3-0, Utah W 11-2

7. Louisville Cardinals (17-6)

Last week: 12
Results: Purdue W 5-3, Notre Dame W 2-0, Notre Dame W 6-4, Notre Dame W 3-0

8. Arizona State Sun Devils (15-7)

Last week: 13
Results: New Mexico W 4-3, Oregon W 7-6, Oregon W 2-1, Oregon L 5-1

9. Texas Longhorns (16-8)

Last week: 9
Results: UT-Arlington L 6-5, Kansas State W 5-3, Kansas State W 3-1, Kansas State W 6-1

10. USC Trojans (19-5)

Last week: 10
Results: Fresno State L 14-7, Cal Poly L 5-4, Cal Poly W 13-0, Cal Poly W 9-2

11. South Carolina Gamecocks (18-6)

Last week: 8
Results: Winthrop L 7-5, Missouri L 3-2, Missouri L 4-3, Missouri W 7-5

12. Florida State Seminoles (19-6)

Last week: 15
Results: Florida L 14-8, Virginia L 8-4, Virginia W 12-10, Virginia W 13-1

13. Miami Hurricanes (18-7)

Last week: 14
Results: Army W 9-1, Wake Forest W 15-2, Wake Forest W 12-7, Wake Forest L 10-4

14. Rice Owls (16-9)

Last week: 6
Results: Houston L 8-3, Old Dominion L 12-4, Old Dominion L 9-8, Old Dominion W 5-4

15. Maryland Terrapins (17-4)

Last week: 22
Results: Elon W 15-5, Elon W 7-3, Minnesota W 5-1, Minnesota W 12-9, Minnesota W 8-3

16. UCF Knights (20-5)

Last week: 16
Results: Bethune-Cookman W 18-13, Presbyterian W 6-5, Presbyterian L 8-6, Presbyterian W 18-4

17. UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (16-6)

Last week: 18
Results: UT-Arlington L 7-5, UT-Arlington w 2-1, Dartmouth W 17-2, Dartmouth W 10-1

18. North Carolina Tar Heels (14-9)

Last week: 19
Results: Davidson L 12-11, Georgia Tech W 5-3, Georgia Tech L 6-5, Georgia Tech W 5-1

19. Virginia Cavaliers (14-7)

Last week: 11
Results: Towson W 8-0, Florida State W 8-4, Florida State L 12-10, Florida State L 13-1

20. Cal Bears (18-5)

Last week: 21
Results: San Francisco L 3-1, Washington W 3-2, Washington W 3-2, Washington W 12-2

21. Nevada Wolfpack (20-4)

Last week: 23
Results: Sacramento State W 6-2, Cincinnati W 5-3, Cincinnati W 11-10, Cincinnati W 7-4, Cincinnati W 17-6

22. Florida Atlantic Owls (20-5)

Last week: 20
Results: Bethune-Cookman W 15-0, Middle Tennessee State W 4-2, Middle Tennessee State L 5-3, Middle Tennessee State L 7-6

23. Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-8)

Last week: 17
Results: Oral Roberts L 9-7, Oral Roberts W 7-4, Oklahoma W 6-1, Oklahoma L 5-2, Oklahoma L 3-2

24. Houston Cougars (17-7)

Last week: NR
Results: Rice W 8-3, New Mexico W 6-5, New Mexico W 6-5, New Mexico W 8-7

25. Illinois Fighting Illini (17-5)

Last week: NR
Results: Lindenwood-Belleville W 7-1, USF W 13-1, USF W 5-2, USF L 8-5

Dropped out: Oregon (24), Notre Dame (25)

Others Considered: Oregon State, Indiana, Oklahoma State, Dallas Baptist

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.