College Top 25: (April 29) Vanderbilt Moves Up But North Carolina Hangs On To No. 1

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Vanderbilt’s Tony Kemp (Photo by Danny Parker)

DURHAM, N.C.—North Carolina split two games with North Carolina State, which was enough to keep the Tar Heels at No. 1 in the Baseball America College Top 25 rankings.

The third game of the much-anticipated series between the Tar Heels and Wolfpack was rained out, but the split was also enough for N.C. State to move into the top five, coinciding with Virginia’s series loss to Virginia Tech. Meanwhile, Vanderbilt returned to the No. 2 ranking after winning four games against ranked opponents, including a weekend sweep of Mississippi State. Louisiana State fell to No. 3, dropping a series at home to South Carolina.

Four teams joined the rankings this week, led by South Alabama at No. 20. The Jaguars have won seven straight games and lead the Sun Belt Conference. Florida also returns to the rankings for the first time since Feb. 18 after winning its third straight Southeastern Conference series. Kentucky returns after a one-week absence at No. 24, and Virginia Tech rejoins the rankings after a three-week absence.

The SEC leads all conferences with eight ranked teams this week. The Atlantic Coast Conference follows with six teams, though four of them are in the top 10. The Pacific-12 (four ranked teams) is the only other league with multiple teams in the Top 25.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of April 28 and do not include ties.

Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. North Carolina 41-4 2-2 1
2. Vanderbilt 39-6 4-0 3
3. Louisiana State 39-6 2-2 2
4. Cal State Fullerton 36-7 2-1 4
5. North Carolina State 34-11 2-1 6
6. Oregon State 34-8 4-0 7
7. Virginia 38-8 3-2 5
8. Arizona State 28-12 4-0 8
9. UCLA 27-13 2-2 9
10. Florida State 35-9 4-0 10
11. Oregon 33-10 4-0 13
12. Oklahoma 33-11 2-1 11
13. Louisville 33-10 3-1 12
14. Arkansas 29-15 2-0 14
15. South Carolina 33-12 2-2 15
16. Indiana 34-8 5-0 17
17. New Mexico 27-16 3-0 24
18. Clemson 30-14 3-1 25
19. Rice 28-14 0-0 19
20. South Alabama 34-12 5-0 NR
21. Florida 25-20 3-1 NR
22. Mississippi State 33-13 1-3 16
23. Kentucky 26-17 2-2 NR
24. Mississippi 31-14 2-2 18
25. Virginia Tech 27-18 3-1 NR
Dropped out: Georgia Tech (20), Stanford (21), Gonzaga (22), UNC Wilmington (23).