College Baseball Central Top 25: 5/15/2017

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Another weekend of college baseball is gone, and for the second week in a row, the top 25 didn’t see that much change. The top six are all in the same place as they were last week, and there were only a couple of small changes in the rest of the top ten.

Stanford moves up two spots, to seven, after winning their series with rival Cal, with the finale of that series coming Monday. Kentucky stays right behind them, moving from ten to eight, after going 4-0 this week, with a nice midweek win over Indiana and a sweep of Tennessee. LSU is also up two spots, moving to nine, after sweeping Auburn. TCU moves down three spots, to number ten, after losing their series with Oklahoma.

Beyond the top ten, most teams stayed put or moved up a single spot, but there were a few other jumpers. Missouri State is up three spots, to 18, after sweeping Indiana State. The Bears clinched the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title on Saturday, and astonishingly, stayed undefeated in MVC play. UCF is up two spots, to 20, after a 3-1 week that included a midweek win over Miami and a series win over Cincinnati. Wake Forest is up three spots, to 21, after a series win over Florida State. Oklahoma is the only new team in the rankings this time around. After falling out of the top 25 a few weeks back, the Sooners return after winning their series with TCU at number 25.

Similarly, there were just a couple of fallers outside of the top ten. Clemson falls four spots, to 12, after they were swept by Louisville. They’ve had a rough of it of late against the top teams in the ACC, UNC and Louisville, as they were swept in both series.

Mississippi State falls from 13 to 16 after losing their series with Georgia. That’s the second week in a row Georgia has pulled off an upset series win against a ranked foe. Last week, they took down Kentucky. South Florida is down two spots, to 22, after a 2-2 week that included a series loss to Connecticut. A midweek win over Florida was enough to keep them from falling further, however.

Auburn drops all the way from 17 to 24 after an 0-4 week, including a sweep at the hands of LSU. If you go back to last weekend’s sweep against Alabama, the Tigers have now lost seven in a row. The only team to fall out of the rankings this week was Texas A&M, previously ranked 25. They lost their weekend series on the road against Mississippi.

1. Oregon State Beavers (41-4)

Last week: 1
Results: Oregon W 6-1, Oregon W 5-4, Oregon W 1-0

2. North Carolina Tar Heels (41-10)

Last week: 2
Results: Davidson W 7-6, UNC-Asheville W 16-4, Virginia Tech W 9-4, Virginia Tech L 8-4, Virginia Tech W 20-0

3. Louisville Cardinals (46-6)

Last week: 3
Results: Vanderbilt W 6-2, Clemson W 4-2, Clemson W 6-4, Clemson W 6-4

4. Texas Tech Red Raiders (39-13)

Last week: 4
Results: Idle

5. Florida Gators (38-14)

Last week: 5
Results: South Florida L 15-10, Alabama W 2-1, Alabama W 13-6, Alabama W 10-5

6. Virginia Cavaliers (38-12)

Last week: 6
Results: Liberty W 8-7, Miami L 5-1, Miami W 13-6, Miami W 7-4

7. Stanford Cardinal (33-13)

Last week: 9
Results: San Francisco W 4-0, Cal W 6-5, Cal W 8-5

8. Kentucky Wildcats (36-16)

Last week: 10
Results: Indiana W 5-2, Tennessee W 15-5, Tennessee W 8-3, Tennessee W 7-2

9. LSU Tigers (34-17)

Last week: 11
Results: South Alabama L 7-6, Auburn W 4-0, Auburn W 5-3, Auburn W 9-1

10. TCU Horned Frogs (36-13)

Last week: 7
Results: Oklahoma W 9-6, Oklahoma L 9-8, Oklahoma L 10-9

11. Long Beach State Dirtbags (32-16-1)

Last week: 12
Results: Minnesota W 3-2, Minnesota L 12-6, Minnesota W 9-1

12. Clemson Tigers (37-15)

Last week: 8
Results: Furman W 10-5, Louisville L 4-2, Louisville L 6-4, Louisville L 6-4

13. Cal State Fullerton Titans (31-17)

Last week: 14
Results: UCLA W 4-3, UC-Santa Barbara W 8-4, UC-Santa Barbara L 6-3, UC-Santa Barbara W 12-3

14. Michigan Wolverines (39-12)

Last week: 15
Results: Central Michigan W 4-2, Central Michigan L 4-3, Purdue W 2-0, Purdue W 9-4, Purdue W 5-1

15. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (40-12)

Last week: 16
Results: UAB W 5-2, UAB W 9-4, UAB W 8-0

16. Mississippi State Bulldogs (33-19)

Last week: 13
Results: Georgia W 9-3, Georgia L 4-1, Georgia L 4-1

17. St. John’s Red Storm (37-8)

Last week: 18
Results: Xavier W 7-3, Xavier W 4-3, Xavier W 15-3

18. Missouri State Bears (36-14)

Last week: 21
Results: Indiana State W 14-4, Indiana State W 4-1, Indiana State W 5-2

19. Arizona Wildcats (33-17)

Last week: 19
Results: Arizona State L 14-3, College of Charleston L 3-1, College of Charleston W 4-3, College of Charleston W 6-0

20. UCF Knights (36-16)

Last week: 22
Results: Miami W 5-2, Cincinnati W 16-2, Cincinnati W 3-1, Cincinnati L 8-5

21. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (35-16)

Last week: 24
Results: High Point L 5-3, Radford W 9-2, Florida State W 4-3, Florida State L 4-0, Florida State W 10-9

22. South Florida Bulls (39-12)

Last week: 20
Results: Florida W 15-10, Connecticut L 2-1, Connecticut L 6-2, Connecticut W 2-0

23. Old Dominion Monarchs (35-16)

Last week: 23
Results: Richmond L 5-1, VCU W 4-1, Florida International W 21-1, Florida International L 10-9, Florida International W 11-10

24. Auburn Tigers (32-21)

Last week: 17
Results: UAB L 8-2, LSU L 4-0, LSU L 5-3, LSU L 9-1

25. Oklahoma Sooners (34-18)

Last week: NR
Results: TCU L 9-6, TCU W 9-8, TCU W 10-9

Out: Texas A&M (25)

Others Considered: Houston, Nebraska, Indiana, Southeastern Louisiana

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.