College Top 25: March 28

DURHAM, N.C.—After spending much of the season ranked No. 2, Vanderbilt ascends to the top of the Baseball America Top 25 after its weekend series victory at Arkansas.

The path to the top spot was cleared by South Carolina’s series win at then-No. 1 Florida, which had been atop the rankings since the preseason. The Gamecocks moved up to No. 3 after becoming the first team to beat the Gators in a series in Gainesville, Fla., since 2009.

A second top-five upset—Oklahoma State’s series victory against then-No. 5 Texas—allowed Arizona State to climb into the top five for the first time this season.

Georgia Tech extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 16 games with a midweek win at Georgia and a sweep at Miami. The Yellow Jackets and California were the biggest upward movers in this week’s rankings, each moving up three spots into the top 15.

Four new teams entered the Top 25. Stetson led the charge of new teams, entering at No. 20 after a 4-1 week that included a win at No. 7 Florida State. Troy jumped to No. 21 after sweeping Arkansas-Little Rock to remain undefeated in weekend series. Southern Mississippi’s weekend series victory at then-No. 20 Tulane vaulted the Golden Eagles into the rankings at No. 22. Alabama extended its winning streak to seven games with a 5-0 week, capped by a sweep of SEC foe Kentucky, and got the final spot in this week’s rankings.

The Pac-10 continues to have six teams ranked in the Baseball America Top 25, the most of any conference.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 27 and do not include ties.

Rk. Team W-L Last
Week
Prev.
1. Vanderbilt 22-3 3-1

2

2. Virginia 24-2 5-0

3

3. South Carolina

18-5 4-1 4

4. Florida

21-4 3-2 1

5. Arizona State

18-6

3-2

6

6. Texas A&M

19-5

4-0

8

7. Florida State

18-6 2-2

7

8. Texas

17-7

2-2

5

9. Fresno State

18-2

4-0

10

10. Oklahoma

18-6

2-1

9

11. Stanford

10-6

4-1

12

12. Cal State Fullerton

16-8 5-1

13
13. California 16-5

4-0

16

14. Georgia Tech

21-4

4-0

17

15. Texas Christian

15-8 3-1

14

16. North Carolina

23-3

5-0

18
17. Louisiana State

17-7 1-3

11

18. Arizona 17-7

2-2

15
19. Baylor 16-8

3-1 21

20. Stetson 20-5

4-1

NR

21. Troy 19-4 3-0

NR

22. Southern Mississippi

18-5 3-2 NR

23. Oregon State

18-6 3-2

23

24. UCLA 11-8 3-2

24

25. Alabama 18-7 5-0

NR

Dropped Out: Clemson (19), Tulane (20), Auburn(22), Rice (25)

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