College Top 25: May 25

UC Irvine ends the regular season No. 1




UC Irvine held fast at the top of the Baseball America Top 25 rankings, as the Anteaters took two out of three at UC Santa Barbara to remain perfect in weekend series and earn the No. 1 ranking for the sixth consecutive week.

UC Irvine, Louisiana State, Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton and Texas, the top five teams in the rankings, all stayed put after having winning weeks, but the back of the top 10 was rearranged. Virginia was the biggest mover, climbing nine spots to No. 7 after going 4-0 in the ACC tournament, with three of its wins coming against ranked teams. The Cavaliers are followed by North Carolina, Oklahoma and Florida State, which all fell in their respective conference tournaments but will still host regionals next weekend.

Louisville paired a Big East tournament title with its regular-season title and jumped up five spots in the rankings, reaching the No. 15 spot. Meanwhile, Kansas State went 2-1 in Big 12 tournament pool play and moved up to No. 14, as the Wildcats reached the 40-win plateau for the first time in school history.
Gonzaga slotted back into the rankings at No. 19 after a sweep of Loyola Marymount in the West Coast Conference championship series. Coastal Carolina and Middle Tennessee State joined the Zags in the rankings, as the Chanticleers and Blue Raiders won the Big South and Sun Belt conference tournament titles, respectively.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of May 24 and do not include ties.

Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. UC Irvine 43-13 3-1 1
2. Louisiana State 46-16 5-1 2
3. Arizona State 44-12 3-1 3
4. Cal State Fullerton 42-14 4-0 4
5. Texas 41-13 3-1 5
6. Rice 39-15 4-0 11
7. Virginia 43-12 4-0 16
8. North Carolina 42-16 1-2 6
9. Oklahoma 41-18 1-2 8
10. Florida State 42-16 2-2 12
11. Florida 39-20 1-2 9
12. Mississippi 40-17 0-2 7
13. Texas Christian 36-16 1-2 10
14. Kansas State 41-16 2-1 17
15. Louisville 44-15 4-1 20
16. Clemson 40-19 1-2 13
17. Georgia Tech 35-17 1-2 14
18. East Carolina 42-17 1-2 15
19. Gonzaga 35-16 4-0 NR
20. Alabama 37-19 0-2 18
21. Minnesota 38-17 3-2 21
22. Elon 40-16 3-2 22
23. Missouri 34-24 2-2 24
24. Coastal Carolina 46-14 4-1 NR
25. Middle Tennessee State 43-16 5-1 NR
Dropped Out: Cal Poly (19), Miami (23), South Carolina (25)