Florida takes over for South Carolina as the new #1 in this week’s edition of the Bassford College Baseball Top 25 Rankings. The Gators swept Texas A&M over the weekend (7-4, 7-2 and 10-7) and leapfrogged the Gamecocks who dropped their series on the road against Vanderbilt two games to one.
Top Five – #1 Florida is now 7-2 in SEC play with their only struggles this year in conference play being a series loss against #28 Kentucky in Lexington two weeks ago. The Gators will play #27 Mississippi State in Gainesville this coming weekend.
#2 South Carolina lost not only their first contests in-conference but also dropped their first SEC series this year losing two out of three to Vanderbilt in Nashville. This weekend’s series ended a six game road trip in conference play as the Gamecocks swept Ole Miss on the road last weekend, outscoring the Rebels 18-6. This week South Carolina will face the Volunteers of Tennessee in Columbia for a three-game set.
#3 Miami moved up three spots this weekend after outdueling North Carolina at home, winning the series three games to none. The series loss was the first of the year for the Tarheels and was the Hurricanes seventh win in a row. The Canes are now 7-1 in ACC action and will travel to South Bend this weekend to take on Notre Dame.
#4 Louisville stayed pat this week in the rankings as the team took two games from a 10-18 Virginia Tech team that was outscored 21-4 in those contests. Louisville will take on in-state rival Kentucky in a mid-week matchup before heading to Tallahassee for a huge matchup with #7 Florida State.
#5 TCU swept Wichita State this past weekend, outscoring the Shockers 32-11 in three games. The Horned Frogs are now 4-2 in Big 12 matchups after losing a series to Texas last week. TCU will play forty five innings (five games) between now and next week with two mid-week games (Texas-Arlington and Louisiana-Monroe) and a three game set with 9-15 Kansas.
Up – #8 BYU jumped up seven spots in the rankings after winning their fourth straight game on Sunday while sweeping Portland on the road. The Cougars have a 23-3 record currently and are projected to win anywhere between 45-49 games this season based on their strength of schedule.
#9 Florida Atlantic has won eight of their last ten games including a sweep of Old Dominion this past weekend to up their conference record to 8-1. The Owls are the first of two Conference USA teams ranked in the Top 25 with Southern Miss as the other team. Conference USA is currently rated as the fourth best conference in Division 1 baseball.
#17 Michigan has won nine of their last ten games including their second straight weekend series sweep—this weekend on the road over Northwestern. In all, the Wolverines outpaced the Wildcats 33-16 and averaged a weekend scoring margin of nearly plus 6 per game.
Down – #10 Texas A&M, after hosting and defeating LSU last weekend, were swept in Gainesville by the #1 Gators three games to none. The Aggies look to regroup against a struggling Georgia baseball team at home in College Station this coming weekend.
#13 North Carolina was swept by #3 Miami as the team was unable to score more than four runs or allow fewer than seven in a single game during the series. The Tarheels have now lost five of their last seven contests.
#19 Michigan State dropped seven places in the polls this weekend after two of their games against Oregon were cancelled due to weather. The Spartans beat the Ducks last Friday night in the series opener but were stunned mid-week against Oakland University, losing 3-1 at home.
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Next 10 – Bryant, Mississippi State, Kentucky, UC Santa Barbara, NC State, Tulane, Missouri State, Fresno State, Hartford, Texas Tech
Dropped Out: #28 Kentucky, #29 UC Santa Barbara, #38 Rice, #43 Georgia Tech
|25||SE Missouri State||N/R||N/R||N/R||N/R|
Not included in these rankings but ranked predominantly elsewhere: Mississippi State (5th, 8th, 10th, 5th); Oregon State (10th, 14th, 9th, 7th); UC Santa Barbara (12th, 12th, 20th, 19th); LSU (15th, 25th, 14th, 15th)