College Baseball Central Top 25: April 20

 Photo by Jeff Reinking courtesy Louisville Athletics

Photo by Jeff Reinking courtesy Louisville Athletics

Last week in this space, it was noted that we’ve had very few weeks where chalk seemed to hold. Every week, it seemed, the rankings were turned completely upside down, with many of the changes coming right at the top.

Lo and behold, just one week later, we¬†do have a week where most everyone is hanging tight where they were before. In fact, this week’s College Baseball Central Top 25 contains the same 25 teams from last week, with only a few changes throughout. Of course, that makes it even tougher to put the rankings together, as there are so many teams deserving of moving forward that at least a few just won’t be able to.

Texas A&M hangs onto the top spot in our rankings, even after a surprising series loss to Arkansas. Even with one blemish, they have still been far and away the most dominant team in the nation, and we wanted to continue to reward them for that.

Vanderbilt, last week’s no. 2, was our first faller, dropping five places to no. 7. Arizona State fell three places, from no. 7 down to no. 10, even after winning two of three from Washington. That’s a tough fate for the Sun Devils, but with the likes of Illinois and Florida pushing forward well into the top ten after series wins, they were bumped. Miami fell four places from no. 9 to no. 13 after their series loss to Virginia. Nebraska rounds out the fallers, moving down five places, from no. 17 to no. 22.

Louisville is our first jumper, going from no. 4 to no. 2 after a dominating sweep over Wake Forest. The aforementioned Florida Gators and Illinois Fighting Illini are our next jumpers. The Gators are up two spots from no. 8 to no. 6 after a sweep of Mississippi State. The Illini are up four spots from no. 12 to no. 8 after a 4-0 week that included a completion of their sweep of Purdue from last weekend and a two-game sweep of Indiana after Sunday’s finale was washed out. Virginia, who got off the mat this weekend and won a series at home against Miami, is up four spots, from no. 20 to no. 16 to round out our jumpers.

1. Texas A&M Aggies (35-5)

Last week: 1
Results: Abilene Christian W 4-3, Arkansas W 13-6, Arkansas L 9-8, Arkansas L 8-2

2. Louisville Cardinals (30-9)

Last week: 4
Results: Ohio State L 2-0, Wake Forest W 6-5, Wake Forest W 10-1, Wake Forest W 6-5

3. UCLA Bruins (28-8)

Last week: 3
Results: Cal State Fullerton W 7-2, Cal L 2-0, Cal W 7-1, Cal W 2-1

4. LSU Tigers (34-6)

Last week: 5
Results: Lamar W 11-2, Georgia W 4-1, Georgia W 9-1

5. TCU Horned Frogs (30-8)

Last week: 6
Results: UT-Arlington W 7-1, Santa Clara W 1-0, Santa Clara W 6-1, Santa Clara W 9-2

6. Florida Gators (31-10)

Last week: 8
Results: Florida State L 4-3, Mississippi State W 6-3, Mississippi State W 2-1, Mississippi State W 10-5

7. Vanderbilt Commodores (29-12)

Last week: 2
Results: Belmont L 3-2, South Carolina W 12-0, South Carolina L 5-2, South Carolina L 3-2

8. Illinois Fighting Illini (32-6-1)

Last week: 12
Results: Purdue W 2-1, Illinois State W 7-3, Indiana W 5-1, Indiana W 6-3

9. UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (28-9)

Last week: 10
Results: Cal Poly W 8-7, Cal Poly L 4-3, Cal Poly W 7-3

10. Arizona State Sun Devils (25-11)

Last week: 7
Results: Washington L 9-7, Washington W 4-3, Washington W 6-5

11. Florida State Seminoles (30-12)

Last week: 13
Results: Florida W 4-3, Pittsburgh W 15-2, Pittsburgh W 6-5, Pittsburgh W 10-6

12. USC Trojans (29-10)

Last week: 11
Results: Pepperdine W 2-0, Oregon W 13-5, Oregon L 13-4, Oregon W 7-3

13. Miami Hurricanes (30-11)

Last week: 9
Results: UCF W 4-2, Virginia L 5-4, Virginia L 5-2, Virginia W 8-6

14. Iowa Hawkeyes (26-11)

Last week: 14
Results: Bradley L 5-4, Cornell (IA) W 9-1, Northwestern W 4-3, Northwestern W 13-4, Northwestern L 4-1

15. Maryland Terrapins (27-11)

Last week: 16
Results: Liberty W 6-4, Cal State Fullerton W 2-1, Cal State Fullerton W 9-5, Cal State Fullerton L 1-0

16. Virginia Cavaliers (24-15)

Last week: 20
Results: William & Mary W 3-2, Miami W 5-4, Miami W 5-2, Miami L 8-6

17. Oklahoma State Cowboys (25-12)

Last week: 15
Results: Oral Roberts L 15-5, Baylor W 10-4

18. Missouri Tigers (26-14)

Last week: 18
Results: Arkansas-Little Rock L 4-3, Alabama W 4-3, Alabama L 6-0, Alabama W 5-3

19. Rice Owls (26-16)

Last week: 19
Results: Houston W 11-0, UT-San Antonio W 9-8, UT-San Antonio W 8-2, UT-San Antonio L 7-1

20. Nevada Wolfpack (32-9)

Last week: 22
Results: San Francisco W 16-4, San Diego State W 14-3, San Diego State W 8-5, San Diego State W 16-4

21. Florida Atlantic Owls (31-9)

Last week: 21
Results: Florida Gulf Coast W 10-6, Southern Miss W 8-4, Southern Miss L 6-1, Southern Miss W 10-5

22. Nebraska Cornhuskers (29-13)

Last week: 17
Results: Creighton W 7-6, Nebraska-Omaha W 8-6, Ohio State W 5-2, Ohio State L 2-1, Ohio State L 5-2

23. Dallas Baptist Patriots (29-8)

Last week: 23
Results: Oklahoma W 7-5, Indiana State L 6-5, Indiana State W 4-2, Indiana State W 2-1

24. Missouri State Bears (27-9)

Last week: 25
Results: Kansas W 3-0, Tennessee-Martin L 6-2, Tennessee-Martin W 6-3, Tennessee-Martin W 5-4

25. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (26-12)

Last week: 24
Results: Toledo L 5-0, North Carolina State W 2-0, North Carolina State L 4-2, North Carolina State W 7-2

Dropped Out: None

Others Considered: UNC-Wilmington, Radford, College of Charleston, Ohio State




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.