College Baseball Top 25: 2.28.11

We’re just two weekends into the College Baseball season and each team is still working to develop their own identity. We observe as some teams seemingly effortlessly put it together while others are stumbling out of the gate. Omaha virgin Vanderbilt began the season with an aggressive #4 but they’ve more than proved that they belong with their strong start as they won a huge non-league series against Stanford over the weekend.

Florida has proven to be every good as we thought they were in all facets of the game thus far. UCLA and TCU had less than stellar weekends but it’s too early to lose faith in them, which is why I didn’t drop them too far this week.

Connecticut is loaded with talent which prompted their #10 preseason ranking, but they also didn’t practice outside until the day before their season opener and it has shown with their sloppy 2-4 start.

Next Weekend’s Key Matchups:

#9 Stanford @ #6 Texas

#12 Clemson @ #7 South Carolina

Rank

Team

W-L

Last Week

Previous

Comments

1.

Florida

7-0

4-0 (1-0 v. Florida Atlantic, 3-0 v. Boston College)

1

My preseason #1 has left little doubt as to whether they belong with 4 convincing wins last week.

2.

Vanderbilt

7-1

3-1 (1-0 v. Belmont, 2-1 v. Stanford)

3

The ‘Dores willed themselves to the #2 spot with back to back 1 run wins against visiting Stanford.

3.

UCLA

5-2

2-2 (1-0 v. Pepperdine, 1-2 v. San Jose)

2

Losing both games in which Cole and Bauer pitch isn’t good but they’re too stacked to let this skid continue against Nebraska next weekend.

4.

Oklahoma

9-0

5-0 (2-0 v. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 3-0 v. Oakland)

7

It’s becoming too tough for me to ignore the Sooners.

5.

TCU

4-3

2-2 (1-0 @ Baylor 1-2 v. Cal State Fullerton)

4

Losing 2 of 3 against a good Fullerton team without Matt Purke (Blisters) is nothing to be alarmed about.

6.

Texas

5-3

2-2 (0-1 Texas A&M CC, 2-1 @ Hawaii)

5

The midweek loss was bad, but the series win on the road against a good Hawaii team was a plus, as was the emergence of Sam Stafford (5.1IP 3H 0ER 10K) to complement Jungmann and Cole.

7.

South Carolina

6-0

3-0 v. Southern Illinois

9

The defending National Champions will get a true test against Clemson next weekend.

8.

Florida State

7-0

4-0 (1-0 v. Jacksonville, 3-0 v. Hofstra)

11

Seminoles were dominate enough all week to jump Clemson.

9.

Stanford

4-3

2-2 (1-0 v. California) 1-2 @ Vanderbilt

6

Not going to punish them too much for two 1-run losses against a better Vanderbilt team. And the midweek win against Cal should be noted.

10.

Arizona State

6-1

3-1 v. Delaware

8

Jake Barrett losing to Delaware shouldn’t happen.

11.

Cal State Fullerton

4-3

3-1 (1-0 @ Long Beach State, 2-1 @ TCU)

12

Handed TCU their first series loss in 2 years.

12.

Clemson

5-1

3-0 (1-0 v. Cincinnati, 1-0 v. Charleston Southern, 1-0 v. Michigan State)

10

Michigan State is a regional sleeper and Clemson handed them their first loss (8-0). The drop is a result of the performances of the teams behind them against quality opponents.

13.

Virginia

6-1

3-1 (1-0 v. VMI, 2-1 v. East Carolina)

13

Still amazed with Danny Hultzen’s 7IP 3H 1ER 0BB 15K performance.

14.

Texas A&M

6-1

3-1(1-0 v. Prarie View A&M, 2-1 v. Gonzaga)

14

Ace and future 1st rounder John Stilson went 9IP 4H 0ER 0BB 9K in a no decision and eventual 1-0 extra inning loss against Gonzaga and ace Ryan Carpenter.

15.

Oregon

4-3

3-1 (1-0 @ Hawaii, 2-1 v. St. Mary’s)

16

Only scored 9 runs in 3 games against St. Mary’s.

16.

Arizona

5-1

2-1 @ Long Beach St.

17

Only hiccup was 2-1 loss to Andrew Gagnon on Friday night.

17.

Rice

5-3

4-1 (0-1 v. Lamar, 1-0 v. Texas State, 3-0 v. Southern California)

18

Loss to Lamar is bad but sweeping USC more than makes up for it.

18.

LSU

7-0

4-0 (1-0 v. New Orleans, 3-0 v. Holy Cross)

20

I’ll be interested to see if LSU uses highly touted freshman Kevin Gausman again on Friday.

19.

California

5-1

3-1 (0-1 @ Stanford, 1-0 @ Coastal Carolina, 1-0 v. NC State, 1-0 v. Kansas State)

21

Great week against 4 quality opponents.

20.

Baylor

4-3

2-2 (0-1 v. TCU, 2-1 @ Georgia).

19

Georgia is down, but it’s still a series win on the road against an SEC team.

21.

College of Charleston

7-0

4-0 (1-0 v. UNC Wilmington, 3-0 v. Youngstown St.)

23

CoC has now scored 65 runs in 7 games, but they have Coastal Carolina and Auburn on deck next weekend.

22.

Georgia Tech

5-3

3-2 (1-1 @ Georgia Southern, 2-1 v. St. John’s)

24

St. John’s was a top 25 contender before last weekend and Jed Bradley is throwing as well as anyone in the nation. (7IP 0H 3BB 10K on Saturday).

23.

UC Irvine

7-0

4-0 (1-0 @ San Diego St., 1-0 v. Southern, 1-0 v. Bethune-Cookman, 1-0 v. Grambling St.)

NR

The Anteaters already have 3 games over 15 runs scored.

24.

North Carolina

6-1

2-1 v. Seton Hall

25

Tar Heel offense has been more potent than I expected dispute losing Brian Goodwin.

25.

Connecticut

2-4

1-2 (0-1 v. Oregon State, 0-1 v. Indiana, 1-0 v. Texas A&M CC)

15

#10 preseason ranking was aggressive, but I’m still not giving up. Huskies have too much talent to play this poorly.

Dropped out: Coastal Carolina

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