College Baseball Top 25: 3.21.11

Florida and Vanderbilt have been pillars of consistency this season but everyone behind them is still searching for their identity. Our new #3 Virginia will stake their claim as one of the nation’s top teams following their series win against then #4 Florida State. Arizona State joins the top 5 for the first time this season, though NCAA sanctions will keep them out of post season play. Texas has been in and out of the top 5 a few times as the Horns have fluctuated anywhere from 4-8 throughout the season.

Next Weekend’s Key Matchups:

#2 Vanderbilt @ Arkansas

#15 Arizona @ #4 Arizona State

#6 South Carolina @ #1 Florida

Rank

Team

W-L

Last Week

Previous

Comments

1.

Florida

18-2

1-0 v. Florida State, 3-0 v. LSU

1

Gators couldn’t have had a better week beating FSU midweek and sweeping LSU on the road.

2.

Vanderbilt

19-2

1-0 v. Purdue, 2-1 v. Mississippi St.

2

Rare blown save by Navery Moore on Sunday cost the Dores a perfect week.

3.

Virginia

19-2

1-0 v. James Madison, 2-1 v. Florida State

5

Sunday’s loss to Florida State snapped 13 game winning streak.

4.

Arizona State

15-4

2-0 v. Oklahoma, 2-1 v. Oral Roberts

7

Took 2 midweek games from then #3 Oklahoma, where Ace Jake Barrett had his best start of the year (6IP 6H 3ER 2BB 11K).

5.

Texas

15-5

1-0 v. Texas St., 3-0 v. Kansas St.

8

Texas has so much pitching depth that they posted a perfect week without LHP Sam Stafford.

6.

South Carolina

14-4

0-1 v. Furman, 1-0 v. Wofford, 2-1 v. Georgia

6

True test will come next weekend when they travel to Gainesville to take on #1 Florida.

7.

Florida State

16-4

0-1 at Florida, 1-2 at Virginia

4

A 1-3 week is never good but all games were against the #1 and #3 teams in the nation and all 4 games went into extra innings.

8.

Texas A&M

15-5

1-0 v. Cal State Fullerton, 2-1 @ Oklahoma

16

Friday’s loss was a 1-0 pitching duel between John Stilson and Michael Rocha.

9.

Oklahoma

17-5

0-2 at ASU, 1-2 v. Texas A&M

3

Like Florida State, the Sooners had a rough week against quality opponents.

10.

Georgia Tech

17-4

2-0 v. Georgia Southern, 3-0 v. NC State

15

Mark Pope is throwing as well as any starter in the nation and Jed Bradley will be a first round pick in June. Jackets have won 12 straight.

11.

Cal State Fullerton

11-7

0-1 @ Texas A&M, 3-0 v. Washington

14

Strong bounce back after being swept by LSU last weekend.

12.

Stanford

6-5

Did Not Play

13

After taking a week off for finals and rain ruined another, the Cardinal haven’t played since March 6th.

13.

TCU

12-7

0-1 v. UT Arlington, 2-1 at UNLV

9

Do the Horned Frogs miss Bryan Holoday that much?

14.

LSU

16-4

1-0 at Nicholls State, 0-3 v. Florida

10

Getting swept at home stinks but Florida would sweep most teams on the planet.

15.

Arizona

15-5

0-2 @ Wichita St., 2-0 v. San Francisco

11

Two midweek starts – followed by two weekend starts – two weeks in a row for ace Kurt Heyer. Give him a break!

16.

UCLA

8-6

Did Not Play

12

Is it fair for me to drop them 4 spots when they didn’t play? Yes. Had they played it might have ridded that ugly taste the Nebraska series left.

17.

UC Irvine

14-2

2-1 v. Loyola Marymount

17

Anteaters winning with strong pitching as they have a team ERA of 2.62.

18.

Fresno St.

14-2

3-0 v. Washington St.

NR

This is the best squad Fresno has had since their national championship team of 2008.

19.

Clemson

10-7

0-1 v. Presbyterian, 3-0 v. Duke

18

Clemson sweeps Duke after tough series losses to #6 South Carolina and #3 Virginia.

20.

North Carolina

18-3

1-0 v. Prinston, 3-0 at Virginia Tech

22

Surprising Tar Heels back on track after series loss to Wake Forest last weekend.

21.

California

12-5

0-1 v. San Francisco, 2-0 v. Ohio State

23

Justin Jones and Dixon Anderson were great against the Buckeyes.

22.

Tulane

16-4

1-0 v. SE Louisiana, 1-0 v. Alcorn St, 3-0 v. New Orleans.

NR

Green Wave hasn’t been this good since Shooter Hunt was taking the hill.

23.

Rice

13-9

0-1 v. Dallas Baptist, 3-0 v. Louisiana Tech

20

Freshman Austin Kubitza has become the ace the Owls have needed.

24.

Oregon

11-7

3-0 @ San Diego

19

San Diego falls to 4-14.

25.

Auburn

14-6

1-0 v. Alabama, 2-1 v. Arkansas

NR

After a series loss to Arizona State dropped Auburn out of the top 25, they rebound this week with a strong win against Arkanas.

Dropped out: Arkansas (21), Louisville (24), Connecticut (25)

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