#1 South Carolina leaps overtop SEC East rival Florida for the top spot in this week’s Bassford Top 25 College Baseball Rankings. The Gamecocks hold a conference-leading record of 10-2 and the 2016 squad seems destined to tally the program’s seventh 50-win season. USC hasn’t been to Omaha in four years and hasn’t won it all since 2011 when the team won their second straight CWS Championship.
- After beating Coastal Carolina mid-week, South Carolina earned a home series sweep against Tennessee. The Gamecocks were 4-0 last weekend and have won five of their last six. They will next play Tuesday in a neutral matchup versus #22 North Carolina. After that, it’s off to Athens where the ‘Cocks will face the Georgia Bulldogs in a three-game conference set.
- Florida dropped their weekend series to SEC foe #11 Mississippi State, losing Saturday and Sunday by a combined 12-5. The Gators will next play #4 Florida State in Tallahassee on Tuesday before heading to Fayetteville to face an Arkansas team that was recently swept by #6 Ole Miss.
- Miami was unable to get much baseball in this weekend as half of their scheduled games last week were canceled due to weather. The ‘Canes were able to close out Florida Gulf Coast, 4-0, mid-week but once the weekend rolled around their Saturday doubleheader with Notre Dame was canceled outright. Even so, the Canes beat the Irish in the series “finale” on Sunday, 10-2, and closed out the week with a 2-0 record. Miami’s Zach Collins is currently ranked 3rd in the country with an OBP of .583.
- Florida State went 3-2 last week, winning two games and the series against ACC-foe #7 Louisville while splitting a mid-week tussle with #10 Texas Tech. In their three wins, the Seminoles scored runs of 10, 12 and 16. The ‘Noles will play at Wake Forest this coming weekend.
- TCU had a pedestrian baseball weekend as the Horned Frogs casually put away Kansas twice (while losing to the Jayhawks in the series opener) and losing midweek to Texas-Arlington. Elliott Barzilli, the nation’s fifth leading hitter by batting average (.443), will face Oklahoma this weekend at home after matching up with Dallas Baptist in a midweek game.
New to the Top 25
#10 Texas Tech – was 4-1 last weekend with series sweep over Oklahoma State and victory over #4 Florida State.
#11 Mississippi State – enjoyed a series win over #2 Florida in Gainesville.
#18 LSU – put together a surprising 2-1 weekend series win over Vanderbilt in Baton Rouge.
#19 Missouri State – Spencer Johnson and Jake Burger are tied for 2nd in Division 1 with 13 homers. The Bears went 3-1 last weekend.
#20 NC State – are winners of four straight and six of their last seven. Next, they head to Georgia Tech.
#21 Bryant – is 9-1 in Northeast Conference play while only playing three home games. Still, the team has won 11 of their last 13 games.
#23 Oregon State – has won six of their last seven—three of seven losses came against Collegiate Baseball’s 12th ranked team, California, in Berkeley.
Banished (for now)
– BYU, Michigan, Charleston, UNC Greensboro, Oklahoma State (also fell out in major polls), Cal, SE Mizzou State
– Clemson dropped 10 spots after losing their series against Duke in Durham, 2-1, they head to Louisville to take on Cardinals.
– North Carolina fell nine places after going 3-2 on the weekend with home losses to UNC Asheville and Virginia Tech
– Southern Miss sank seven places after losing a mid-week rivalry game against #6 Ole Miss. The Golden Eagles are 2-5 against Top 50 RPI teams.
– Lamar sprang upward 10 places and are riding 15-game win streak— the team bested LSU 12-11 earlier this February.
– Ole Miss has jumped up five places and won five straight including sweep of Arkansas in Oxford. The Rebels haven’t lost since being swept by South Carolina and losing the first two games of Miss State series—that accounts for five of seven losses.
|Team||Reasons not included in Bassford Top 25|
|#33||Kentucky||Ranked 76th in batt average (.292) and ERA (3.83) with a SOV of only 50%.|
|#35||UCSB||Ranked 73rd in ERA and 158th in BA (.267)|
|#55||California||Ranked 30th in ERA (3.24) and 70th in BA (.293) with a SOV of and an overall SOS of 49.7|
Ranked in Bassford Top 25…but nowhere else.
#13 Southeastern Louisiana is 25-8 on the year and has the nation’s leader in batting average (.491) and on-base-percentage (.597), Jameson Fisher. Their pitching ace, Kyle Cedotal, ranks 11th in the nation in ERA (1.17). Lions hitter Jacob Seward is the nation’s second hardest hitter to strikeout—he has only 3 strikeouts on the year in 130 ABs. The Lions are third in country in team ERA (2.32).
#16 Michigan State (21-6) and #21 Bryant (20-6)
Next 10: Creighton, Charleston, Gonzaga, Old Dominion, UNC Greensboro, SE Missouri State, Navy, Kentucky, La-Lafayette, UC Santa Barbara
|2||Miss. State||Miss. State||South Carolina||Florida||Florida|
|4||Texas A&M||Florida State||Florida State||Vanderbilt||Florida State|
|5||South Carolina||Vanderbilt||Miss. State||South Carolina||TCU|
|6||Florida State||Texas A&M||Louisville||Florida State||Ole Miss|
|8||Ole Miss||South Carolina||Texas A&M||Miss. State||Texas A&M|
|10||Oregon State||TCU||Texas Tech||Oregon State||Texas Tech|
|11||Louisville||LSU||TCU||Ole Miss||Miss State|
|13||UC Santa Barbara||Ole Miss||UC Santa Barbara||North Carolina||SE Louisiana|
|14||North Carolina||Texas Tech||Oregon State||NC State||Florida Atlantic|
|15||Texas Tech||North Carolina||Ole Miss||California||South Alabama|
|16||Kentucky||Clemson||Missouri State||Missouri State||Michigan State|
|17||California||California||NC State||Florida Atlantic||Coastal Carolina|
|18||Long Beach State||Kentucky||Southern Miss||Clemson||LSU|
|19||Rice||UC Santa Barbara||North Carolina||UC Santa Barbara||Missouri State|
|20||NC State||Long Beach State||LSU||Georgia Tech||NC State|
|21||Florida Atlantic||Rice||South Alabama||Texas Tech||Bryant|
|22||Michigan||Tulane||Coastal Carolina||BYU||North Carolina|
|23||South Alabama||East Carolina||Clemson||Kentucky||Oregon State|
|24||Tulane||Florida Atlantic||Florida Atlantic||South Alabama||Clemson|
|25||Southern Miss||South Alabama||Lamar||Virginia||Southern Miss|