DURHAM, N.C.—The top seven teams, including No. 1 Florida State, remained in place in Baseball America’s Top 25 rankings following winning weeks for all. But the remainder of the rankings roiled as 13 of the other 18 ranked teams had losing weeks, including then-No. 8 LSU, which was swept by Florida for the third time in five years and fell to No. 20.
Florida State stayed on top after sweeping Boston College on Rhode Island’s campus. South Carolina stayed No. 2 with a 5-0 week, including a sweep of Tennessee, which was knocked out of the rankings. Virginia went 5-0 to stay No. 3, with Louisiana-Lafayette, Cal Poly, Oregon State and Vanderbilt all keeping their spots in the top seven.
That’s where things get interesting. Texas, following a series win at Texas Tech, moves four spots to No. 8. The Longhorns haven’t reached that high in BA’s top 25 since finishing sixth in 2011.
Mississippi State moves seven spots to No. 9 after taking two of three from Arkansas, the third straight SEC series win for the Bulldogs. Houston jumps seven spots to No. 10, the first time the Cougars have been ranked that high since the end of 2002 season.
Among the new entrants, Washington made the highest debut at No. 14. The Huskies have not been ranked since May 1, 2006, and haven’t been ranked this high since reaching No. 12 on Feb. 14, 2005. Other teams returning to the rankings or entering for the first time this season include preseason No. 3 Indiana (24); Alabama (No. 15), Florida (No. 13) and UNLV (No. 25).
Those schools with large drops in addition to LSU were Cal State Fullerton (from No. 9 to No. 18), Oregon (from No. 11 to No. 19) and Mississippi (from No. 13 to No. 23).
In addition to the Vols, other teams knocked out of the rankings were Auburn, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and North Carolina State.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of March 30 and do not include ties.
|Team||W-L||Last Week||Previous Ranking|
|1. Florida State||22-5||3-1||1|
|2. South Carolina||24-3||5-0||2|
|5. Cal Poly||22-4||3-0||5|
|6. Oregon State||21-6||2-1||6|
|9. Mississippi State||20-10||3-1||16|
|17. UC Santa Barbara||19-5||2-2||15|
|18. Cal State Fullerton||14-10||1-2||9|
|20. Louisiana State||20-8||0-4||8|
|Dropped out: Auburn (21), Tennessee (22), Georgia Tech (23), North Carolina (24), North Carolina State (25).|