College Baseball Top 25: 4.11.11

There was some shakeup in the top 25 this weekend but the top 4 teams have established themselves. The biggest surprise of the weekend was Oregon State sweeping Arizona State. We’ve rewarded the Beavers with a spot in our top 10.

Next weekend will give us the biggest matchup of the year as #1 Vanderbilt will go on the road to face the National Champion #2 Gamecocks.

Next weekend’s Top 25 v. Top 25 action:

#1 Vanderbilt @ #2 South Carolina

#14 Oklahoma @ #20 Oklahoma St.

#15 Arizona @ #17 UCLA

#9 Oregon St. @ #16 Stanford

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1.

Vanderbilt

30-3

1-0 v. Middle Tennessee State 3-0 v. Alabama

1

As if the sweep over #22 isn’t impressive enough, the ‘Dores outscored Alabama 29-9.

2.

South Carolina

26-5

1-0 v. South Carolina-Upstate, 3-0 @ Tennessee

2

Though the Gamecocks scored just 8 runs on the weekend, they allowed just one as Matt Price closed all three games.

3.

Virginia

31-3

1-0 v. Radford, 2-1 v. Georgia Tech

3

Sunday’s loss to Georgia Tech snapped Virginia’s 12 game winning streak, but they took the series with wins against both Mark Pope and Jed Bradley.

4.

Florida

26-7

0-1 v. UCF, 2-1 v. Mississippi State

4

After losing on friday, the Gators took out their aggression with an 18-0 win on Saturday.

5.

Texas A&M

24-8

0-1 v. Houston, 2-1 @ Texas Tech

6

Now if they could just give John Stilson some run support during his starts, the Aggies could jump to the level of the 4 teams ahead of them.

6.

Texas

24-8

1-0 v. Texas A&M CC, 2-1 v. Baylor

9

But for Hoby Milner’s hiccup on Saturday, Texas would have made their seemingly 15th return to the top 5.

7.

Cal State Fullerton

23-9

1-0 v. Pepperdine, 2-1 v. UC Irvine

8

I don’t yet know why Noe Ramirez threw on Saturday instead of Friday but the Titans lost 15-3 that night.

8.

North Carolina

29-5

1-0 v. Winthrop, 2-1 @ Florida State

12

Tar Heels now 12-3 in conference play.

9.

Oregon State

24-7

1-0 v. Portland, 3-0 v. Arizona State

18

When you sweep the #5 team in the nation, you jump 9 spots.

10.

Florida State

23-9

1-0 v. Valdosta State, 1-2 v. North Carolina

7

The difference between the series and ultimately being ranked 5th or 10th came down to the 1 run the Noles lost by on Sunday.

11.

Arizona State

22-9

1-0 v. Arizona, 0-3 v. Oregon State

5

I want to drop them more, but so many teams sucked this weekend.

12.

Georgia Tech

24-9

0-1 v. Kennesaw St., 1-2 v. Virginia

11

Virginia is just so damn good that losing a series to them will only cause you to lose one spot.

13.

Fresno St.

22-5

2-2 v. San Jose St.

14

San Jose St. has a series win over UCLA under their belt so they are no slouch.

14.

Oklahoma

24-8

1-0 v. Oklahoma St, 1-2 @ Kansas St.

10

Kansas St. gave Michael Rocha his first loss on Friday.

15.

Arizona

21-11

0-1 v. Arizona State, 2-1 v. California

21

After the dust has settled, the Wildcats are a combined 3-3 against Oregon State and California over the past two weekends.

16.

Stanford

15-9

1-0 v. San Jose St, 1-2 v. Southern California

13

I’m still a believer in this team, but Oregon State next weekend will be a measuring stick.

17.

UCLA

16-11

0-1 v. UC Riverside, 2-1 v. Washington St.

17

Trevor Bauer racked up another 15 Ks on Saturday to give him 97 on the year in just over 60 IP.

18.

TCU

22-10

2-0 v. UT Pan American, 2-1 v. New Mexico

16

Senior Steven Maxwell was great on Sunday (9IP 9H 2ER 0BB 8K – W, 5-0).

19.

Arkansas

23-8

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

NR

A week after dropping 2 of 3 to Alabama, the Razorbacks sweep LSU. Tough to figure out the SEC West

20.

Oklahoma St.

24-8

0-1 v. Oklahoma, 3-0 v. Missouri

24

Will face off against rival Oklahoma next weekend.

21.

California

20-9

0-1 v. Pacific, 1-2 v. Arizona

15

Erik Anderson was sharp but Justin Jones and Dixon Anderson struggled.

22.

Rice

23-13

0-1 v. Louisiana Lafayette, 2-1 v. East Carolina

23

Freshman Austin Kubitza is the next great Rice pitcher (5.2IP 2H 0ER 3BB 11K on Friday)

23.

Troy

25-6

1-0 v. Auburn, 2-1 v. Florida International

NR

I haven’t been this excited about Troy since DeMarcus Ware played there.

24.

Stetson

25-7

3-0 v. Kennesaw St.

NR

Though already 11-3 in conference play, Stetson could be an at large candidate if they fail to win the Atlantic Sun.

25.

Louisville

20-11

0-1 v. Western KY, 2-1 v. Cincinnati

25

Busy weekend for closer Tony Zych who recorded saves 8 and 9.

Dropped Out: LSU (19), Southern Mississippi (20), Alabama (22),

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