College Baseball Central Top 25: April 13

courtesy Texas AM Athletics

courtesy Texas AM Athletics

Over the course of the college baseball season, there are generally at least a few weeks where chalk holds throughout most of the rankings, but it seems like that just hasn’t happened at all this season, and this week was no different. Fully, 12 of the 25 teams in last week’s College Baseball Central Top 25 lost series this past weekend.

Changes once again start right at the top, as we have yet another different number one team. This time, it’s the Texas A&M Aggies, who kept rolling with a midweek win over Rice and a series win against Mississippi State.

Thanks to a number of teams suffering series losses in the middle of the rankings, there were several jumpers. The Big Ten did particularly well. Illinois moved up three spots from no. 15 to no. 12 on the strength of a 4-0 week that included two weekend wins over Purdue, with the series finale coming Monday. Iowa, who just joined the rankings last week, is up five spots from no. 19 to no. 14 after their impressive series win over Maryland. Nebraska went 3-1 on the week with a midweek win over Kansas State and a series win over Minnesota, moving them from no. 23 to no. 17.

Missouri, who just continues to win, slides up to no. 18 from no. 25 after they took two of three from Tennessee on the road. New teams to the rankings included Dallas Baptist, at no. 23, Notre Dame, who returns at no. 24 after appearing in the rankings earlier this season, and Missouri State, who debuts at no. 25.

There were even more fallers in the rankings, but because so many teams struggled this past week, most of them didn’t fall as far as they would have otherwise.

Vanderbilt, for example, fell just one spot from no. 1 to no. 2, as their series loss at the hands of Mississippi doesn’t look so bad, relatively speaking. TCU fell just three spots, from no. 3 to no. 6, after their series loss to Kansas State. Florida State, who was swept by Notre Dame, fell just two spots, from no. 11 to no. 13.

The matchup of Iowa and Maryland meant that one team was almost inevitably going to drop, and it was Maryland who took it on the chin in the series, dropping them from no. 13 to no. 16.

Rice is our biggest faller this week, falling five spots from no. 14 to no. 19 after their series loss to UAB. The Virginia Cavaliers round out the big fallers who remained in the rankings, falling from no. 16 to no. 20 after losing their series with Georgia Tech.

Out of the rankings this week are UCF (series loss to UConn), South Carolina (series sweep to Florida), and Cal (series loss to Stanford).

1. Texas A&M Aggies (33-3)

Last week: 2
Results: Rice W 4-3, Mississippi State W 6-0, Mississippi State L 6-5, Mississippi State W 13-5

2. Vanderbilt Commodores (28-9)

Last week: 1
Results: Lipscomb L 3-1, Mississippi W 6-0, Mississippi L 6-5, Mississippi L 5-4

3. UCLA Bruins (25-7)

Last week: 4
Results: USC W 9-3, USC L 5-0, USC W 8-3

4. Louisville Cardinals (27-8)

Last week: 5
Results: Virginia W 4-0, Duke W 1-0, Duke L 2-1, Duke W 11-1

5. LSU Tigers (31-6)

Last week: 6
Results: New Orleans W 11-2, Northwestern State W 9-6, Auburn W 3-2, Auburn L 6-1, Auburn W 6-2

6. TCU Horned Frogs (26-8)

Last week: 3
Results: Abilene Christian W 4-3, Dallas Baptist W 6-2, Kansas State L 14-4, Kansas State W 9-0, Kansas State L 6-2

7. Arizona State Sun Devils (23-9)

Last week: 7
Results: UNLV L 7-6, Arizona W 5-4, Arizona W 13-7

8. Florida Gators (28-9)

Last week: 9
Results: Stetson W 22-2, South Carolina W 14-3, South Carolina W 12-5, South Carolina W 12-2

9. Miami Hurricanes (28-9)

Last week: 10
Results: Florida Atlantic W 4-3, Virginia Tech W 11-1, Virginia Tech W 14-4, Virginia Tech W 9-1

10. UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (26-8)

Last week: 12
Results: USC W 2-1, Cal State Northridge W 7-4, Cal State Northridge W 3-2, Cal State Northridge L 3-2

11. USC Trojans (26-9)

Last week: 8
Results: UC-Santa Barbara L 2-1, UCLA L 9-3, UCLA W 5-0, UCLA L 8-3

12. Illinois Fighting Illini (28-6-1)

Last week: 15
Results: Eastern Illinois W 14-10, Saint Louis W 7-2, Purdue W 10-5, Purdue W 5-1

13. Florida State Seminoles (26-12)

Last week: 11
Results: Florida Gulf Coast W 5-0, Florida Gulf Coast L 5-0, Notre Dame L 5-2, Notre Dame L 4-1, Notre Dame L 2-1

14. Iowa Hawkeyes (23-9)

Last week: 19
Results: Milwaukee L 4-3, Maryland L 10-1, Maryland W 3-1, Maryland W 2-1

15. Oklahoma State Cowboys (24-11)

Last week: 17
Results: Oklahoma W 24-2, Kansas W 7-2, Kansas L 3-2, Kansas L 4-2

16. Maryland Terrapins (24-10)

Last week: 13
Results: West Virginia W 12-7, George Washington L 12-1, Iowa W 10-1, Iowa L 3-1, Iowa L 2-1

17. Nebraska Cornhuskers (26-11)

Last week: 23
Results: Kansas State W 5-4, Minnesota L 3-0, Minnesota W 7-4, Minnesota W 12-3

18. Missouri Tigers (24-12)

Last week: 25
Results: Tennessee L 5-2, Tennessee W 8-3, Tennessee W 10-1

19. Rice Owls (23-15)

Last week: 14
Results: Texas A&M L 4-3, UAB L 4-0, UAB L 14-4, UAB W 13-5

20. Virginia Cavaliers (21-14)

Last week: 16
Results: Louisville L 4-0, James Madison W 14-1, Georgia Tech W 14-4, Georgia Tech L 11-4, Georgia Tech L 4-3

21. Florida Atlantic Owls (28-8)

Last week: 22
Results: Miami L 4-3, FIU L 6-5, FIU W 8-3, FIU W 5-4

22. Nevada Wolfpack (27-9)

Last week: 21
Results: San Francisco L 8-3, Fresno State W 5-4, Fresno State L 14-10, Fresno State L 3-1

23. Dallas Baptist Patriots (26-7)

Last week: NR
Results: TCU L 6-2, Bradley W 10-3, Bradley W 16-7, Bradley L 11-6

24. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (24-10)

Last week: NR
Results: Valparaiso W 6-0, Florida State W 5-2, Florida State W 4-1, Florida State W 2-1

25. Missouri State Bears (24-8)

Last week: NR
Results: Southeast Missouri State W 2-1, Evansville W 13-2, Evansville W 7-5, Evansville W 2-0

Out: UCF (18), South Carolina (20), Cal (24)

Others Considered: UNC-Wilmington, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, USF

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.