College Top 25: March 10

DURHAM, N.C.—South Carolina, which has thrown shutouts in more than half of its games during a 15-0 start, vaulted ahead of preseason No. 1 Virginia and Florida State into the top spot of Baseball America’s Top 25, the first time the Gamecocks have been top-ranked since their 2011 title.

The Gamecocks have eight shutouts this season, including three straight in a home sweep of Brown this weekend. Florida State remained No. 2 after going 4-1, including a series win against Maryland. Virginia fell to No. 3 despite a winning a conference road series against Duke. The Cavs scored just seven runs all weekend, as their vaunted offense has yet to find its stride.

Oregon State and N.C. State round out the top five, followed by Louisiana-Lafayette, Vanderbilt, LSU, Cal State Fullerton—which fell from No. 4—and Texas.

In addition to Fullerton’s drop, other big sliders were Mississippi State, which fell to 24th after a 2-3 week; UCLA, which is No. 25 after going 1-3; and TCU and Fresno State, which dropped out after 2-2 weeks.

Teams entering the rankings are Tennessee, which comes in at No. 22 after winning a road series at Arizona State, and UC Santa Barbara, which knocked off Mississippi State twice and Arizona once in Tucson. The Volunteers are ranked for the first time since February of 2007, while the Gauchos last appeared in the Top 25 in March of 2009.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Last year’s records do not include ties.

Team W-L Last Week Previous Ranking
1. South Carolina 15-0 5-0 3
2. Florida State 12-2 4-1 2
3. Virginia 11-3 2-1 1
4. Oregon State 14-3 5-0 5
5. North Carolina State 13-2 4-0 6
6. Louisiana-Lafayette 13-2 3-0 7
7. Vanderbilt 15-2 5-0 8
8. Louisiana State 14-2 5-0 9
9. Cal State Fullerton 8-5 1-2 4
10. Texas 13-4 4-1 10
11. Cal Poly 11-3 3-1 11
12. Oregon 12-4 4-1 14
13. Miami 10-5 5-0 16
14. Clemson 9-5 3-1 15
15. Rice 10-6 3-1 18
16. Indiana 7-6 3-1 17
17. Louisville 10-4 2-1 19
18. Sam Houston State 13-3 3-1 20
19. North Carolina 10-4 3-1 21
20. Kentucky 13-3 4-1 23
21. Mississippi 14-2 3-1 25
22. Tennessee 14-1 4-1 NR
23. UC Santa Barbara 10-2 3-1 NR
24. Mississippi State 12-7 2-3 12
25. UCLA 8-7 1-3 13
Dropped out: Texas Christian (22), Fresno State (24).

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