College Baseball Central Top 25: 4/16/2018

For the first time in several weeks, we had a relatively quiet week in the top 25. The top five remain exactly the same as last week, and the only changes in the top ten are modest ones.

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Mississippi and Oregon State swap places, as the Beavers move up to six after sweeping their abbreviated series with Missouri State and the Rebels dropped two of three to Vanderbilt, albeit with both losses coming in shortened games by one run each. That fact, combined with a nice midweek win over Southern Miss, kept them from falling any further. Kentucky and Indiana also each moved up a spot, to nine and ten, respectively, with the Hoosiers moving into the top ten for the first time all season.

Outside the top ten, there were a few more changes. Jumpers in the top 15 this week include USM, up two spots, to 11, after a series win over FIU, Vanderbilt, up three spots, to 12, after that series win over Mississippi, Duke, up three spots, to 13, after winning their series with Florida State, and Texas A&M, up four spots, to 14, after their 4-0 week that included a win over rival Texas and a sweep of Alabama.

The Blue Devils might have been ticketed for a bigger jump, but don’t forget that they also dropped a game on Monday to Wake Forest, which means they lost that series last weekend to the Demon Deacons. Since that series loss didn’t come until Monday, it wasn’t reflected in the last rankings, but it certainly mitigated their rise this week.

The other two jumps this week were modest. Dallas Baptist moves up two spots, to 17, after a 4-0 week that included a midweek win over Texas Tech and a sweep of Southern Illinois, and Coastal Carolina is up three spots, to 18, after a 3-1 week.

Fallers this week include Clemson, down six spots, to 15, after a 1-3 week that included a series loss to Miami, East Carolina, down four spots, to 16, after a series loss to South Florida, and Florida State, down five spots, to 19, after going winless on the week, including a sweep in a rain-shortened series against Duke. Further down the rankings, Oklahoma falls four spots, to 21, after a series loss to Texas, and Wichita State is down five spots, to 25, after they dropped their series with Connecticut. Sam Houston State also suffered a modest fall, from 23 to 24, after they went 2-3 on the week.

Three new teams joined the rankings this week. Texas, number 20, and North Carolina, number 22, are back after falling out for a few weeks, and Connecticut jumps in for the first time at 23 after their series win over Wichita State. The teams falling out are Georgia, Missouri, and Missouri State.

1. Florida Gators (32-6)

Last week: 1
Results: Florida State W 6-3, Missouri W 3-1, Missouri W 10-2, Missouri W 7-2

2. Texas Tech Red Raiders (29-8)

Last week: 2
Results: Dallas Baptist L 6-5, Kansas State W 21-4, Kansas State W 26-6, Kansas State W 9-6

3. NC State Wolfpack (28-7)

Last week: 3
Results: UNC-Wilmington W 8-3, Notre Dame L 12-8, Notre Dame W 12-2, Notre Dame W 13-5

4. Arkansas Razorbacks (27-10)

Last week: 4
Results: Grambling W 7-6, South Carolina L 3-2, South Carolina W 2-0, South Carolina W 3-0

5. Stanford Cardinal (27-5)

Last week: 5
Results: UC-Davis W 7-2, Arizona State W 3-1, Arizona State W 11-6, Arizona State W 10-3

6. Oregon State Beavers (26-6)

Last week: 7
Results: Missouri State W 17-6, Missouri State W 10-2

7. Mississippi Rebels (29-8)

Last week: 6
Results: Southern Mississippi W 11-3, Vanderbilt W 11-3, Vanderbilt L 8-7, Vanderbilt L 8-7

8. UCLA Bruins (22-9)

Last week: 8
Results: Long Beach State L 5-2, Utah W 16-3, Utah W 6-3, Utah W 12-4

9. Kentucky Wildcats (25-11)

Last week: 10
Results: Western Carolina W 7-5, Georgia W 6-4, Georgia L 9-7, Georgia W 1-0

10. Indiana Hoosiers (26-6)

Last week: 11
Results: Indiana State W 6-1, Northwestern W 12-0, Northwestern W 6-3, Northwestern W 22-1

11. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (24-11)

Last week: 13
Results: Mississippi L 11-3, Florida International W 5-0, Florida International L 5-4, Florida International W 13-1

12. Vanderbilt Commodores (22-14)

Last week: 15
Results: Western Kentucky W 3-2 Mississippi L 11-3, Mississippi W 8-7, Mississippi W 8-7

13. Duke Blue Devils (30-7)

Last week: 16
Results: Wake Forest L 6-3, Davidson W 5-0, Florida State W 7-1, Florida State W 6-5

14. Texas A&M Aggies (27-9)

Last week: 18
Results: Texas W 6-5, Alabama W 12-6, Alabama W 9-6, Alabama W 3-2

15. Clemson Tigers (26-10)

Last week: 9
Results: Georgia L 6-3, Miami L 12-11, Miami L 6-1, Miami W 8-3

16. East Carolina Pirates (26-9)

Last week: 12
Results: Elon W 3-0, South Florida W 15-2, South Florida L 13-1, South Florida L 5-4

17. Dallas Baptist Patriots (23-10)

Last week: 19
Results: Texas Tech W 6-5, Southern Illinois W 7-4, Southern Illinois W 9-8, Southern Illinois W 3-1

18. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (26-12)

Last week: 21
Results: Wake Forest W 9-2, Troy L 4-2, Troy W 3-2, Troy W 5-4

19. Florida State Seminoles (24-12)

Last week: 14
Results: Florida L 6-3, Duke L 7-1, Duke L 6-5

20. Texas Longhorns (24-14)

Last week: NR
Results: Texas A&M L 6-5, Oklahoma W 7-6, Oklahoma W 5-3, Oklahoma L 6-0

21. Oklahoma Sooners (26-13)

Last week: 17
Results: Little Rock W 13-0, Oral Roberts W 20-3, Texas L 7-6, Texas L 5-3, Texas W 6-0

22. North Carolina Tar Heels (24-12)

Last week: NR
Results: Appalachian State W 4-1, Virginia L 4-0, Virginia W 8-6, Virginia W 12-6

23. Connecticut Huskies (19-11-1)

Last week: NR
Results: Bryant T 9-9, Wichita State W 7-4, Wichita State W 9-4, Wichita State L 15-7

24. Sam Houston State Bearkats (25-11)

Last week: 23
Results: Baylor L 4-2, UT-Arlington L 4-3, Stephen F. Austin W 8-7, Stephen F. Austin W 5-2, Stephen F. Austin L 2-1

25. Wichita State Shockers (24-9)

Last week: 20
Results: Oklahoma State W 10-7, Connecticut L 7-4, Connecticut L 9-4, Connecticut W 15-7

Out: Georgia (22), Missouri (24), Missouri State (25)

Others Considered: Florida Atlantic, College of Charleston, Minnesota, Tennessee Tech

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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.