College Baseball Top 25 Rankings 4.18.16

Florida takes back the top spot from South Carolina as the Gamecocks lose three out of four this past weekend while the Gators go undefeated in four games including a weekend sweep of Arkansas.

Rank
Team
LW
Record
LW
Current
Rating
Overall
Record
SOS
SOV
Pythagorean
Prediction
Elo-
Prediction
Average
1
Florida
2
4-0
1918.67
33-5
59.3%
57.8%
43-13
51-5
9.09
2
Louisville
7
5-0
1877.08
29-7
56.3%
52.3%
47-9
49-7
8.93
3
Miami
3
4-1
1942.08
29-5
52.9%
50.2%
41-15
51-5
8.85
4
Texas A&M
8
4-0
1919.75
29-7
54.0%
49.8%
46-10
49-7
8.84
5
Texas Tech
10
5-0
1886.15
29-9
53.2%
52.1%
41-15
46-11
8.46
6
TCU
5
3-1
1762.43
27-8
50.3%
50.2%
46-10
44-11
8.43
7
Vanderbilt
9
3-1
1755.97
28-8
52.9%
49.5%
43-13
41-15
8.37
8
LSU
18
4-1
1816.97
25-11
59.7%
56.6%
39-17
42-14
8.33
9
Coastal Carolina
17
4-0
1797.13
27-10
55.6%
52.5%
40-16
45-11
8.33
10
South Carolina
1
1-3
1661.10
29-8
56.6%
54.1%
40-16
36-20
8.31
11
NC State
20
4-1
1723.46
26-10
59.9%
58.2%
38-18
37-19
8.27
12
Florida State
4
1-3
1690.44
23-11
61.1%
57.1%
41-15
37-20
8.21
13
North Carolina
22
2-2
1699.16
25-11
56.6%
54.3%
43-13
36-19
8.20
14
SE Louisiana
13
1-3
1763.04
26-11
49.7%
45.6%
44-12
36-18
8.19
15
Michigan State
16
4-1
1677.78
25-7
45.5%
44.9%
43-13
46-9
8.15
16
Southern Miss
25
2-2
1747.32
27-10
51.1%
47.6%
39-17
43-13
8.13
17
Creighton
26
5-0
1716.52
25-7
48.2%
44.5%
39-17
47-7
8.11
18
Ole Miss
6
1-3
1643.29
26-10
59.5%
55.6%
39-17
34-23
8.09
19
Mississippi State
11
1-3
1680.37
24-12
59.8%
55.1%
39-17
37-19
8.09
20
UC Santa Barbara
35
3-0
1679.46
24-7
53.7%
52.6%
37-19
44-11
8.08
21
UNC Greensboro
30
3-2
1693.25
28-10
47.9%
46.1%
41-15
43-13
8.08
22
UNC Wilmington
40
4-0
1728.94
23-9
53.4%
49.2%
41-15
44-12
8.08
23
La-Lafayette
34
3-1
1742.96
24-12
57.2%
54.8%
36-20
43-13
8.08
24
SE Mo. State
31
4-0
1758.55
26-10
44.1%
36.5%
42-14
45-10
8.07
25
BYU
36
3-1
1637.76
27-7
46.0%
43.7%
43-13
39-13
8.07

Top Five

  1. Florida (33-5, 11-4 SEC), with the country’s best K-to-BB ratio (4.35) and the third best fielding percentage (.983) swept the Arkansas Razorbacks—maintaining their lead in the SEC East. During the week, the Gators beat #12 Florida State, 8-2. They will face Georgia (20-17, 6-9 SEC) at home this weekend. Their series win over the Razorbacks is a huge rebound from a series loss to #19 Mississippi State just a week ago.

  1. Louisville—second in Division 1 in batting average (.335), second in slugging percentage (.508) and third in on-base-percentage (.423)—swept Clemson over the weekend and beat Kentucky and West Kentucky midweek. This was yet another big turnaround from a prior series loss on the road at Florida State last weekend. The Cardinals will face Boston College (18-14, 5-11 ACC) in Massachusetts this weekend.
  1. Miami beat Duke in their weekend series two games to one and beat Central Florida, 8-4, as well as (sub-Division 1) Nova Southeastern 8-3 in midweek matchups. They will play Virginia (23-15, 9-9 ACC) at home this weekend.
  1. Texas A&M swept Mississippi State in Starkville, scoring 10 runs each game and not allowing more than 6 in any one game. A&M also beat Abilene Christian midweek, 10-4. The Aggies have scored exactly 10 runs in five consecutive games and scored 10 or more runs in six straight. They will go head-up with Alabama (22-14, 8-7 SEC) at home this weekend.

    1. Texas Tech (leading their conference with an 11-1 record in the Big 12) has won nine straight games—including their second straight weekend sweep this past weekend against Mountain West conference member San Diego State. They play Texas at home this coming weekend in a Big 12 matchup.

 

Rising

      • LSU (4-1 last week, moved up 10 spots) – After being shut out at home by in-state rival McNeese State, 7-0, the Tigers went on a four game win streak, outscoring their opponents 45-23. That run included a weekend series sweep of SEC-foe Mizzou—LSU’s first conference sweep of 2016.

      • NC State (4-1 last week, moved up 9 spots) – The Wolfpack spent this past week away from the wolf’s den visiting non-conference-foe Elon, winning 23-3, while also taking two of three from Georgia Tech in Atlanta. NC State will next play the American Athletic Conference’s East Carolina Pirates on the road before returning to the wolf’s den for a non-conference three game set with North Carolina A&T (9-30).
      • North Carolina (2-2 last week, moved up 9 spots) – The Tarheels crept up the rankings this week almost entirely on the shoulders of a 15-0 drubbing of slumping South Carolina. UNC was only able to squeeze one victory out of their road weekend series against Virginia. The Tarheels will be in for a doozy this coming weekend as they will travel to face Wake Forest who is coming off of a series victory over ACC-rival #12 Florida State.
      • Southern Miss (2-2 last week, moved up 9 spots) – Another team receiving a boost from a huge midweek victory is Southern Miss. They beat Ole Miss last Wednesday 5-1 then dropped an away series with UAB two games to one. The Golden Eagles return home this weekend to face Rice (24-11) in a matchup that will leave one team at the top of the Conference USA standings, as both teams are currently tied for the lead with identical 12-3 records.
      • Coastal Carolina (4-0 last week, moved up 8 spots) – Coast Carolina has only been able to do one thing well the last month: win baseball games. And luckily that’s all they’ve needed to do. The Chanticleers have won 14 of their last 15 games with their lone defeat during that stretch coming on the road against South Carolina, 4-2. On Tuesday, Coastal Carolina will face UNC in a midweek/in-state/rivalry game in Durham.

Falling

      • Florida State (1-3 last week, falling 8 spots) – Albeit coming against some pretty stiff competition, the Seminoles have had a rough go of things lately—going 1-3 this past week and losing five of their last eight. FSU lost to Wake Forest in their weekend conference series scoring a combined two runs in their two losses and 13 runs in their lone victory. After facing Stetson this coming week—in back-to-back non-conference matchups—the Seminoles will face Notre Dame (21-12) in Tallahassee for a three game set.
      • Mississippi State (1-3 last week, falling 8 spots) – Another victim of rigid competition this weekend were the Bulldogs from Starkville, MS. Mississippi State was swept this past weekend at home against Texas A&M but did manage a midweek victory against Memphis (13-23), beating the Tigers 11-1. Hoping to continue their Tiger victory tour, the Bulldogs will head to Baton Rouge this coming weekend for three games against LSU. The ‘Dawgs have already forged two road series victories against top SEC foes Florida and Vanderbilt—winning each series two games to one.
      • South Carolina (1-3 last week, falling 9 spots) – After USC’s surprising loss to the Tarheels last week, the Gamecocks were shockingly not-so-game against the Georgia Bulldogs, losing on the road in the conference weekender two games to one. South Carolina should get a needed boost as they return home this coming weekend to face SEC-cellar dweller Mizzou.
      • Ole Miss (1-3 last week, falling 12 spots) – Ole Miss lost three of their four games last week: a weekend series loss to Alabama two games to one and a midweek loss to in-state rival Southern Miss, 5-1. A matchup with Auburn (17-19, 5-10 SEC) will be exactly what the doctor ordered to try and revive the bats in Oxford.

New This Week

      • As luck would have it, Wilmington has now forged a path into the Bassford CB Top 25 Rankings. #22 UNC Wilmington has won eight straight games and are catapulted themselves into the natonal spotlight after a series sweep of East Tennessee State plus a midweek win over High Point. The Seahawks have split their season home-and-away with instate rival NC State—the win, counting as the team’s best showing on the season.

      • #25 BYU is 26-5 against teams outside the top 50 in RPI and are ranked seventh in WarrenNolan.com’s NPI.
      • #20 UC Santa Barbara is ranked eleventh in the Warren Nolan NPI. The Gauchos swept Cal State Northridge this past weekend.
      • #23 Louisiana-Lafayette took two of three against #14 Southeastern Louisiana this weekend and also beat in-state Tulane, 9-2, midweek. The Cajuns have a high 57.2 SOS along with a similarly high 54.8 SOV.
      • #24 Southeast Missouri State holds the lowest SOS and SOV of any ranked team but have won 20 of their last 23 contests and this weekend swept Eastern Illinois by a combined 47-19 in three games while also beating Arkansas State, 13-8.
      • #21 UNC Greensboro is the nation’s leader in batting average (.363), slugging percentage (.551) and OBP (.443). They are also the nation’s leader in scoring at 9.4 runs per game, though, their 47.1% SOS is one of the lowest in current rankings. The Spartans, who, at one point last month won 12 of 13, were again victorious this past weekend in a series against Furman. They also split a pair with Wake Forest—the same wake team that took care of FSU this weekend–, winning 18-3 while falling 6-4. Greensboro shouldn’t have too much competition between now and tournament time and should make a very difficult out when it comes regional pairing weekend.
      • #17 Creighton holds the Division 1 lead in team ERA (2.23) and have a 19-2 home record. The Blue Jays took care of Butler last weekend—sweeping the bulldogs in three games—while also winning a pair of non-conference midweek games against South Dakota State and in-state rival Nebraska. They face Arkansas this coming week.

Out from last Week

      • Last Week’s #21 Bryant – Though they went 4-1 last weekend, Bryant’s fate this week is due mostly to the success of other teams who occupied lower rankings in the past week. Bryant dropped to 26th in the Bassford rankings just falling short of the top 25. Bryant swept Wagner in a four game set this weekend though they lost to American Athletic Conference’s UCOnn midweek, 6-3.

      • Last week’s #14 Florida Atlantic – They beat Marshall on the road two games to one but lost midweek to Florida Gulf Coast.
      • Last week’s #12 Lamar – Lost at home to McNeese State over the weekend, two games to one, and lost to Baylor midweek, 6-3.
      • Last week’s #15 South Alabama – Lost their weekend series with Appalachian State on the road but bested #14 Southeastern Louisiana, 2-1.
      • Last week’s #24 Clemson – The Tigers have lost five of their last seven including getting swept this past weekend on the road against Louisville. That, coming a week after the team lost another away series to Duke.

      • Last week’s #19 Missouri State – MSU lost their weekend set with Wichita State but muscled up on Mizzou, 16-1. The bears are ranked 40th this week in the Bassford rankings.
      • Last week’s #23 Oregon State – OSU lost to Washington State even after the Beavers beat the Cougars 12-3 on Friday night. They head to Utah this coming weekend.
Biggest Gainers
Northeastern 70.00 Rank
IUPU-Fort Wayne 198.74 Elo Rating
Louisville 0.43 Average Rating
Biggest Losers
Air Force -87.00 Rank
South Carolina -222.98 Elo Rating
South Carolina -0.64 Average Rating

 

RANK Baseball America D1 Baseball Collegiate Baseball Coaches Poll Bassford
1 Miami, Florida Miami, Florida Miami, Florida Miami, Florida Florida
2 Florida Florida Florida Florida Louisville
3 Texas A&M Texas A&M Louisville Texas A&M Miami, Florida
4 TCU Vanderbilt South Carolina Vanderbilt Texas A&M
5 LSU Louisville Texas A&M Louisville Texas Tech
6 Louisville Mississippi State Vanderbilt TCU TCU
7 Mississippi State Florida State Texas Tech South Carolina Vanderbilt
8 Vanderbilt NC State TCU LSU LSU
9 UC Santa Barbara TCU Florida State NC State Coastal Carolina
10 Texas Tech LSU Mississippi State Mississippi State South Carolina
11 Florida State Texas Tech UC Santa Barbara Florida State NC State
12 South Carolina South Carolina Kentucky Oregon State Florida State
13 Rice UC Santa Barbara NC State Texas Tech North Carolina
14 NC State Oregon State California North Carolina Southeastern Louisiana
15 Ole Miss Rice LSU UC Santa Barbara Michigan State
16 North Carolina Ole Miss Missouri State Ole Miss Southern Miss
17 Long Beach State North Carolina Oregon State Florida Atlantic Creighton
18 Michigan Long Beach State Coastal Carolina Missouri State Ole Miss
19 Kentucky Kentucky Southern Miss California Mississippi State
20 California East Carolina Virginia BYU UC Santa Barbara
21 Florida Atlantic Coastal Carolina North Carolina Virginia UNC Greensboro
22 Oregon State Clemson Minnesota Rice UNC Wilmington
23 Michigan State California South Alabama Michigan Louisiana-Lafayette
24 Louisiana-Lafayette Louisiana-Lafayette Rice Louisiana-Lafayette Southeast Missouri State
25 Coastal Carolina Minnesota Creighton Clemson BYU
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