DURHAM, N.C.—Vanderbilt set a Southeastern Conference record with 26 league wins after winning a series against Alabama, and the Commodores remain No. 1 in the Baseball America College Top 25 rankings for the second straight week.
After seven straight weeks at No. 4, Cal State Fullerton moved up to No. 3 thanks to a sweep of UC Irvine that clinched the Big West Conference title. Oregon State and Virginia also moved into the top five for winning series on the road against Oregon and North Carolina, respectively. The Tar Heels, who had been No. 1 all season until last week, did clinch the Atlantic Coast Conference’s regular-season title but fell to No. 6 in the rankings after losing their second straight series.
Mississippi State made the biggest move of the week, climbing eight spots to No. 16 after winning a series against South Carolina, making the Bulldogs the third SEC team to reach the 40-win mark. Just in front of Mississippi State, Kansas State made a four-spot climb to No. 15 for taking two of three from Oklahoma, earning the Wildcats the Big 12 Conference’s regular-season crown.
Three teams make their season debuts in the rankings this week. Seton Hall finished in second place in the Big East Conference and checks in at No. 22. Troy took a series from South Alabama to earn a split of the Sun Belt Conference title and enter the rankings at No. 23, while Mercer won the Atlantic Sun Conference and debuts at No. 25. Mercer is in the Top 25 for the first time ever.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of May 19 and do not include ties.
|3.||Cal State Fullerton||45-8||4-0||4|
|9.||North Carolina State||42-13||3-1||5|
|Dropped out: Pittsburgh (21), Mississippi (23), Oklahoma (25).|