College Baseball Central Top 25: 5/14/2018

For most of the second half of the season, Florida and Stanford have been the foremost dominant forces in all of college baseball.

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This past weekend, Florida kept trucking along with a series win over Georgia, while Stanford took a step back by dropping two of three to Oregon State. The new rankings reflect that, as the Gators remain the number one team and the Cardinal fall four places, down to number five. The latter was joined in the ranks of top-five teams losing series by North Carolina, who dropped their rivalry series with Duke. They fall five places, down to number ten.

Filling in the vacuum inside the top five are Oregon State, up one spot after the big series win, Mississippi, also up one spot after they swept Auburn, and NC State, up two spots after a 5-0 week that included a sweep of Wake Forest.

There are a couple of other big jumpers inside the top ten. Arkansas is up six spots, to number six, after sweeping Texas A&M. Duke sits two spots behind them, at number eight. The Blue Devils are up seven spots after their big series win over UNC.

Further down the rankings, Kentucky is another big jumper. They’re up four spots, to 18, after a 3-1 week that included a quality road midweek win over Indiana and a series win over Mississippi State. Speaking of Indiana, they come in one spot behind Kentucky, at 19, two spots better than last week, after a series win over Nebraska. Tennessee Tech also made a two-spot jump, from 24 to 22, after a 4-0 week that included a midweek win over Vanderbilt and a sweep of Eastern Kentucky.

Other fallers this week include Southern Miss, down five spots, to 14, after a series loss to Louisiana Tech, and UCLA, also down five spots, to 15, after they went 1-3 on the week, including a series loss at the hands of Washington. Georgia suffered a bit of a fall as well. They drop from 18 to 21 after they lost their series with Florida. USF also drops this week. They go from 23 to 25, after a 1-2-1 week.

Falling completely out of the rankings this time around are Connecticut, after a series loss to Houston, and Auburn, after they were swept by Mississippi. To replace them, Stetson and Houston jump into the rankings. The Hatters enter at number 20, as they continue to roll through their schedule and get ever closer to hosting a regional. The Cougars come in at 23 after winning their road series against UConn and clinching at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular season title.

1. Florida Gators (41-12)

Last week: 1
Results: South Florida W 11-8, Georgia W 7-6, Georgia W 9-3, Georgia L 4-1

2. Oregon State Beavers (38-8-1)

Last week: 3
Results: Oregon W 10-0, Stanford W 6-2, Stanford W 10-0, Stanford L 9-6

3. Mississippi Rebels (39-13)

Last week: 4
Results: Auburn W 5-4, Auburn W 8-3, Auburn W 10-3

4. NC State Wolfpack (39-12)

Last week: 6
Results: James Madison W 6-4, James Madison W 15-2, Wake Forest W 8-5, Wake Forest W 7-5, Wake Forest W 10-6

5. Stanford Cardinal (39-8)

Last week: 2
Results: Santa Clara W 9-0, Oregon State L 6-2, Oregon State L 10-0, Oregon State W 9-6

6. Arkansas Razorbacks (36-15)

Last week: 12
Results: Texas A&M W 9-3, Texas A&M W 3-1, Texas A&M W 6-3

7. Clemson Tigers (39-13)

Last week: 7
Results: Florida State W 5-4, Western Carolina W 10-8, Austin Peay L 6-3, Austin Peay W 10-1, Austin Peay W 3-2

8. Duke Blue Devils (38-12)

Last week: 15
Results: Liberty W 5-2, North Carolina W 7-3, North Carolina W 5-2, North Carolina L 8-6

9. Texas Tech Red Raiders (35-15)

Last week: 8
Results: Dallas Baptist L 10-4

10. North Carolina Tar Heels (34-16)

Last week: 5
Results: Richmond W 6-2, Coastal Carolina L 5-2, Duke L 7-3, Duke L 5-2, Duke W 8-6

11. Florida State Seminoles (37-16)

Last week: 11
Results: Clemson L 5-4, Jacksonville W 10-4, Mount St. Mary’s W 12-2, Mount St. Mary’s W 10-0, Mount St. Mary’s W 8-2, Mount St. Mary’s W 22-0

12. East Carolina Pirates (37-13)

Last week: 13
Results: Norfolk State W 9-1, UNC-Wilmington W 5-4, Cincinnati L 4-3, Cincinnati W 13-6, Cincinnati W 6-5

13. Minnesota Golden Gophers (34-13)

Last week: 14
Results: Michigan State L 6-5, Michigan State W 10-5, Michigan State W 3-1

14. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (36-14)

Last week: 9
Results: Louisiana Tech L 10-6, Louisiana Tech W 16-1, Louisiana Tech L 8-3

15. UCLA Bruins (31-16)

Last week: 10
Results: Long Beach State L 5-1, Washington W 7-3, Washington L 13-6, Washington L 6-4

16. Dallas Baptist Patriots (35-15)

Last week: 16
Results: Texas Tech W 10-4, Bradley W 13-2, Bradley W 7-3, Bradley W 11-4

17. Texas Longhorns (33-18)

Last week: 17
Results: Idle

18. Kentucky Wildcats (33-18)

Last week: 22
Results: Indiana W 7-6, Mississippi State W 9-6, Mississippi State W 4-1, Mississippi State L 18-8

19. Indiana Hoosiers (33-15)

Last week: 21
Results: Kentucky L 7-6, Nebraska L 5-2, Nebraska W 6-3, Nebraska W 8-6

20. Stetson Hatters (40-11)

Last week: NR
Results: Florida Gulf Coast W 4-2, Florida Gulf Coast W 3-1, Florida Gulf Coast W 9-4

21. Georgia Bulldogs (35-16)

Last week: 18
Results: Georgia Tech W 3-1, Florida L 7-6, Florida L 9-3, Florida W 4-1

22. Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (44-6)

Last week: 24
Results: Vanderbilt W 6-4, Eastern Kentucky W 12-6, Eastern Kentucky W 5-4, Eastern Kentucky W 8-5

23. Houston Cougars (31-20)

Last week: NR
Results: Connecticut W 6-5, Connecticut W 10-1, Connecticut L 6-4

24. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (36-16)

Last week: 25
Results: North Carolina W 5-2, Little Rock W 4-0, Little Rock W 6-4, Little Rock W 1-0

25. USF Bulls (30-17-1)

Last week: 23
Results: Florida L 11-8, Wichita State L 17-2, Wichita State W 9-6, Wichita State T 9-9

Out: Connecticut (19), Auburn (20)

Others Considered: South Carolina, Missouri State, LSU, Ohio State, Louisville, Baylor

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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.