College Baseball Central Top 25 – April 6

College Baseball Top 25

Photo by Steve Green Courtesy Vanderbilt University Athletics

Chaos reigns once again in the College Baseball Central Top 25, as there are a number of changes at the top, including a new top team in the Vanderbilt Commodores, coming off of a road sweep of Georgia.

Big jumpers this week include Maryland, who is up 10 spots from no. 23 to no. 13, largely on the strength of a sweep against Nebraska over the weekend.

Illinois moves from no. 24 to no. 15 on the strength of a 5-0 week that included a series-ending win on Monday against a Michigan State team that just took a road series from Oregon, a midweek win against a quality Missouri team, and a sweep of Northwestern.

Oklahoma State jumps back into the rankings at no. 17 with another impressive series win, this time a sweep over the Texas Longhorns. Iowa enters at no. 19 after their impressive play continued with a series sweep against Purdue over the weekend. Missouri, after a series win at home against Florida, is our last new entrant to the rankings. They enter at no. 25.

Fallers this week start with TCU, who is down two spots from no. 1 to no. 3 after a 2-2 week that included a strange 8-1 loss in the midweek against UT-Arlington. Florida, after the aforementioned series loss against Missouri, drops six spots, from no. 3 to no. 9. UCF is down six spots, from no. 12 to no. 18 after they went 1-3 on the week, including losing two of three to Cincinnati.

South Carolina is down four spots, at no. 20, after they suffered another series loss, this time at the hands of Mississippi State. After being swept by Maryland, Nebraska falls four spots as well, from no. 19 to no. 23. Finally, Cal fell six places, down to no. 24, after losing two of three against Washington State.

1. Vanderbilt Commodores (27-6)

Last week: 2
Results: Wofford W 6-0, Wofford W 5-3, Georgia W 9-7, Georgia W 11-7, Georgia W 4-2

2. Texas A&M Aggies (30-2)

Last week: 5
Results: Sam Houston State W 19-4, Kentucky W 5-2, Kentucky W 6-3

3. TCU Horned Frogs (23-6)

Last week: 1
Results: UT-Arlington L 8-1, Texas Tech W 8-0, Texas Tech L 5-1, Texas Tech W 4-1

4. UCLA Bruins (23-6)

Last week: 4
Results: Oregon State L 3-2, Oregon State W 4-1, Oregon State W 10-5

5. Louisville Cardinals (24-7)

Last week: 6
Results: Miami (OH) W 16-5, Virginia W 8-1, Virginia W 11-4

6. LSU Tigers (27-5)

Last week: Louisiana-Lafayette W 8-6, Alabama W 8-5, Alabama W 6-2, Alabama W 6-4

7. Arizona State Sun Devils (21-8)

Last week: 8
Results: New Mexico State W 7-3, Utah W 5-3, Utah L 6-5, Utah W 6-5

8. USC Trojans (25-6)

Last week: 9
Results: Arizona W 4-1, Arizona W 13-6, Arizona W 10-9

9. Florida Gators (24-9)

Last week: 3
Results: Florida State L 8-3, Missouri W 5-1, Missouri L 10-1, Missouri L 5-3

10. Miami Hurricanes (24-9)

Last week: 10
Results: Bethune-Cookman W 13-3, Duke W 4-3, Duke W 3-2, Duke W 10-0

11. Florida State Seminoles (25-8)

Last week: 11
Results: Florida W 8-3, NC State W 3-2, NC State W 1-0, NC State L 11-7

12. UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos (23-7)

Last week: 14
Results: Fresno State W 6-5, Fresno State W 2-1, Fresno State W 7-2, Fresno State W 9-3

13. Maryland Terrapins (22-7)

Last week: 23
Results: James Madison W 3-0, Nebraska W 8-3, Nebraska W 8-2, Nebraska W 6-5

14. Rice Owls (22-12)

Last week: 13
Results: Lamar W 4-3, Middle Tennessee State W 7-2, Middle Tennessee State L 7-4, Middle Tennessee State W 10-0

15. Illinois Fighting Illini (24-6)

Last week: 24
Results: Michigan State W 13-9, Missouri W 4-3, Northwestern W 3-1, Northwestern W 11-4, Northwestern W 17-2

16. Virginia Cavaliers (19-11)

Last week: 15
Results: VCU W 5-3, VMI L 7-6, Louisville L 8-1, Louisville L 11-4

17. Oklahoma State Cowboys (22-9)

Last week: NR
Results: Oral Roberts L 4-2, Texas W 6-3, Texas W 3-1, Texas W 8-3

18. UCF Knights (23-10)

Last week: 12
Results: Florida Atlantic L 11-5, Cincinnati L 4-1, Cincinnati L 5-3, Cincinnati W 2-1

19. Iowa Hawkeyes (21-7)

Last week: NR
Results: Grand View W 9-2, Western Illinois L 16-5, Purdue W 9-1, Purdue W 10-5, Purdue W 4-1

20. South Carolina Gamecocks (21-11)

Last week: 16
Results: The Citadel W 2-0, Mississippi State L 13-2, Mississippi State L 7-5, Mississippi State W 13-7

21. Nevada Wolfpack (26-6)

Last week: 20
Results: Santa Clara L 3-0, UNLV W 10-9, UNLV W 12-1, UNLV W 6-2

22. Florida Atlantic Owls (26-6)

Last week: 21
Results: UCF W 11-5, Marshall W 9-4, Marshall W 10-3, Marshall W 6-1

23. Nebraska Cornhuskers (23-10)

Last week: 19
Results: Creighton W 5-1, Nebraska-Omaha W 3-2, Maryland L 8-3, Maryland L 8-2, Maryland L 6-5

24. Cal Bears (21-9)

Last week: 18
Results: Washington State L 4-2, Washington State L 4-0, Washington State W 6-2

25. Missouri Tigers (22-11)

Last week: NR
Results: Illinois L 4-3, Florida L 5-1, Florida W 10-1, Florida W 5-3

Out: Texas (17), Texas Tech (22), Arizona (25)

Others Considered: Memphis, Dallas Baptist, Missouri State, San Diego 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.