College Baseball Top 25: 3.28.11

Florida has been my unwavering #1 team in the nation since the preseason, but a close 2-1 series loss to the defending National Champion South Carolina Gamecocks drops them to #4. If these rankings voted on by a committee rather than a ruthless all-ruling dictator like myself, each of the top 4 teams would have received first place votes. Ultimately I’m going with the Commodores thanks to their road win over Arkansas, who was a top 25 team in their own right until last week.

Next Weekend’s Key Matchups:

#20 Clemson @ #16 North Carolina

#24 Oregon @ #5 Arizona State

#22 Oregon State @ #18 Arizona

Rank

Team

W-L

Last Week

Previous

Comments

1.

Vanderbilt

22-3

1-0 v. Tennessee Tech, 2-1 @ Arkansas

2

Dores went into Arkansas and took 2 of 3 against a fringe top 25 team.

2.

South Carolina

18-5

1-0 v. College of Charleston, 1-0 v. Rhode Island, 2-1 @ Florida

6

Admittedly, I was slow to get on the South Carolina bandwagon, but the impressive road win against Florida was too much to ignore.

3.

Virigina

24-2

2-0 v. Towson, 3-0 v. Maryland

3

Virginia continues to role and Maryland falls to 1-8 in conference play.

4.

Florida

21-4

2-0 v. Winthrop, 1-2 v. South Carolina

1

The single run that separated pivotal game three of this series is what separates Florida from #1 to #4.

5.

Arizona State

17-7

1-1 @ Cal State Fullerton, 2-1 v. Arizona

4

A combined 3-2 week against Cal State Fullerton and Arizona would go along way for the selection committee if ASU weren’t banned from post season play.

6.

Georgia Tech

21-4

1-0 @ Georgia, 3-0 @ Miami

10

Mark Pope, Jed Bradley and Buck Farmer have led Georgia Tech to 16 straight victories during which time they’ve climbed our rankings from #20 to #15 to #10 and now #6.

7.

Texas A&M

19-5

1-0 v. Stephen F. Austin, 3-0 v. Kansas

8

Aggies move to 5-1 in conference play as they hold Kansas to 3 runs in 3 games.

8.

Cal State Fullerton

16-8

1-1 v. Arizona State, 4-0 @ Hawaii.

11

Titans get a big jump after sweeping Hawaii. Hawaii plays a lot of home games. I suppose I wouldn’t want to leave the island either.

9.

Oklahoma

19-6

1-1 v. Missouri, 1-0 v. St. Gregory’s

9

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

10.

Texas

17-7

1-0 v. Houston Baptist, 1-2 v. Oklahoma State

5

Texas had a rough time scoring runs against Oklahoma and would have been swept but for a 1-0 15 inning win Friday where the lone run was scored on a steal of home.

11.

Florida State

18-6

0-1 v. Stetson, 2-1 v. Wake Forest

7

This team is too good to lose a game to Wake Forest.

12.

Stanford

10-6

1-0 v. US Davis, 1-0 v. Santa Clara, 2-1 v. Long Beach State

12

Stanford gets back in the swing of things with a productive week following two weeks off.

13.

Fresno St.

18-2

1-0 v. Ohio State, 3-0 v. San Diego

18

Seems like every week someone on this list just swept San Diego.

14.

TCU

15-8

1-0 v. Texas State, 2-1 v. Houston Baptist

13

Horned Frogs still struggling to find their identity.

15.

California

16-6

1-0 v. Nevada, 3-0 v. Washington St.

21

4-0 week included three straight shut outs prior to Sunday’s 4-3 win.

16.

North Carolina

23-3

1-0 v. UNC Wilmington, 1-0 v. High Point, 3-0 v. Duke

20

Tar Heels have been impressive but Clemson next weekend will be their toughest test of the year.

17.

UCLA

11-8

1-1 v. Cal Poly, 2-1 v. USC

16

Trevor Bauer posted a 9IP 1H 0ER 2BB 14K line on Saturday.

18.

Arizona

17-7

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

15

Sophomore ace Kurt Heyer continues to impress with win over Arizona State on Friday.

19.

LSU

17-7

0-1 v. Louisiana-Lafayette, 1-2 v. Georgia

14

LSU falls to 1-5 in the SEC.

20.

Clemson

13-9

2-0 v. Elon, 1-2 v. NC State

19

The midweek sweep of Elon, a perennial regional team, cannot be ignored dispute weekend series loss to NC State.

21.

Southern Mississippi

18-5

0-1 v. Louisiana Monroe, 2-1 v. Tulane

NR

B.A. Vollmuth and company vault into the top 25 after a strong series win against #22 Tulane.

22.

Oregon State

18-6

1-1 v. Seattle, 2-1 v. UC Santa Barbara

NR

Sam Gaviglio and Josh Osich will make the Beavers a tough weekend opponent all season long.

23.

Baylor

16-8

1-0 v. UT Arlington, 2-1 v. Kansas State

NR

Baylor took a week off from this list following their series loss to Texas Tech last weekend but they’re back now.

24.

Oregon

14-9

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

24

LHP Tyler Anderson continues to impress. Now 4-0 with 1.02 ERA and 59 K in 44.1 IP.

25.

Oklahoma State

18-6

1-0 v. Arkansas Pine Bluff, 1-0 v. Washington, 2-1 v. Texas

NR

Oklahoma State looked better in all facets of the game than Texas this weekend.

Dropped out: UC Irvine (17), Tulane (22), Rice (23), Auburn (25)

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