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Top 25 (March 20)

Louisiana State remains No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 after a winning week. This is the sixth consecutive week the Tigers have topped the rankings.

LSU saw its winning streak snapped at 13 games but still won its series at Texas A&M to open SEC play. The Tigers are off to their best start to the season since 2013.

Florida, Louisville, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt follow LSU in the top five. UCLA and East Carolina enter the top 10 for the first time this season.

In the biggest shakeup to the Top 25 so far this season, five new teams this week joined the rankings. Missouri is the highest debutant, entering at No. 18 after sweeping Tennessee to start SEC play. Campbell (21), Iowa (23), UC Santa Barbara (24) and Kentucky (25) all join as well.

Of the newcomers, only UCSB has been ranked in recent seasons (this is the fourth straight full season that the Gauchos have been in the Top 25). Missouri is ranked for the first time since 2019, Kentucky is ranked for the first time since 2018, Iowa was last in the Top 25 in the final rankings of 2015 and Campbell is ranked for the first time since 2013.

Falling out of the Top 25 are North Carolina State, Oregon State, Southern Mississippi, Texas Christian and Virginia Tech.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through March 19.

Weekend Record reflects a team’s weekend results as a collective unit in an effort to incorporate tournament results and not just reflect a team’s record in weekend series.

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    Louisiana State

    SEC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 1
    Last Week: 3-1
    Overall: 18-2, 2-1 in SEC (2-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 14: New Orleans: W 16-0
    March 17-19: @ (11) Texas A&M: W 9-0, W 12-7, L 8-6
    Upcoming
    March 21: Central Arkansas
    March 24-26: (6) Arkansas

    The Tigers made the trip west to College Station for their biggest test of the season against Texas A&M. Although they did lose the third game of the series, they still won the series in impressive fashion with their 9-0 victory Friday being their best showing. Paul Skenes tossed 6.1 scoreless innings while walking none and collecting 11 strikeouts. Tommy White led the way for the Tigers offense, going 7-for-14 with seven RBIs. This weekend the Tigers welcome Arkansas to Alex Box Stadium in what is sure to be another fantastic series.

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    Florida

    SEC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 2
    Last Week: 3-1
    Overall: 18-4, 2-1 in SEC (2-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 14: North Florida: W 7-2
    March 16-17: Alabama: W 3-0, W 8-7, L 6-3
    Upcoming
    March 21: @ Florida State
    March 24-26: @ (15) Mississippi

    Florida opened SEC play with a solid series win against Alabama. Righthander Brandon Sproat was outstanding in the opener, throwing a one-hit shutout, and the Gators clinched the series with a walk-off win in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader. Now, Florida faces a difficult week on the road starting with a rivalry game at Florida State before visiting Ole Miss.

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    Louisville

    ACC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 3
    Last Week: 3-1
    Overall: 17-2, 2-1 in ACC (2-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 15: Miami (Ohio): W 6-4
    March 17-19: Georgia Tech: W 8-7, L 10-4, W 9-3
    Upcoming
    March 21: Western Kentucky
    March 24-26: @ Notre Dame

    The Cardinals continued their outstanding start to the 2023 season with a 3-1 week that included a series win against Georgia Tech. Jack Payton had a big 7-for-15 weekend, including a walkoff single in the first game of the series. Carson Liggett helped seal the deal for the Cardinals on Sunday, spinning a quality start. Louisville continues ACC play this week with a trip to Notre Dame.

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    Wake Forest

    ACC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 5
    Last Week: 3-1
    Overall: 18-3, 4-2 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 14: @ Liberty: W 12-5
    March 18-19: Notre Dame: W 4-1, W 12-3, L 3-1
    Upcoming
    March 21: Elon
    March 24-26: (13) Miami

    The Demon Deacons enjoyed another strong week, with their only blemish being a loss Sunday in a pitchers’ duel between Jack Findlay and Josh Hartle. Nick Kurtz homered twice on the weekend, while Sean Sullivan turned in another impressive start that included six innings of one-run baseball with 11 strikeouts to one walk. This weekend will be a big test for Wake Forest as it welcomes red-hot Miami to Winston-Salem.

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    Vanderbilt

    SEC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 8
    Last Week: 4-0
    Overall: 16-5, 3-0 in SEC (7-2 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 14: vs. Belmont (First Horizon Park): W 15-6
    March 16-18: (6) Mississippi: W 12-2 (8), W 8-0, W 7-2
    Upcoming
    March 21: Lipscomb (First Horizon Park)
    March 24-26: @ Mississippi State

    Vanderbilt delivered a resounding sweep against Ole Miss, outscoring the Rebels, 27-4, on the weekend. Lefthander Hunter Owen threw a two-hit shutout and struck out 11 in Friday’s victory, leading the charge for an impressive series on the mound. Vanderbilt this weekend will head to Starkville looking to build on a strong start to SEC play.

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    Arkansas

    SEC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 7
    Last Week: 5-0
    Overall: 18-2, 3-0 in SEC (1-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 14-15: Nevada-Las Vegas: W 13-7, W 5-2
    March 17-19: Auburn: W 7-2, W 9-3, W 5-0
    Upcoming
    March 21: Southeast Missouri State
    March 24-26: @ (1) Louisiana State

    Arkansas has won 13 straight after a perfect week that included a sweep of Auburn to open SEC play. Hagen Smith was lights out in two appearances out of the bullpen, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings with six strikeouts. Cory Adcock was outstanding on Sunday, throwing six shutout innings and allowing just one hit. The Razorbacks travel this weekend to take on top-ranked LSU in a blockbuster series.

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    Virginia

    ACC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 9
    Last Week: 3-1
    Overall: 17-2, 4-2 in ACC (4-2 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 14: George Washington: W 20-5
    March 16-18: @ (24) North Carolina State: W 2-1, W 7-0, L 5-4
    Upcoming
    March 21: High Point
    March 22: Georgetown
    March 24-26: Florida State

    Virginia continued its hot start to the season with a second straight road series to open conference play. The Cavaliers shut down the Wolfpack offense, holding them to six runs in the series, led by Brian Edgington’s 6.1 scoreless innings Friday. Virginia returns home this weekend to face Florida State.

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    Stanford

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 10
    Last Week: 3-0
    Overall: 13-5, 4-2 in Pac-12 (3-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 4-1
    Results
    March 17-19: (22) Oregon State: W 9-8, W 8-5, W 5-4
    Upcoming
    March 25-27: Utah

    In what was an important series for a Stanford team that was searching for a spark, the Cardinal swept Oregon State by winning a pair of one-run ball games. Eddie Park’s grand slam Friday night and Matt Scott’s quality start Saturday (6 IP, 1 ER, 6 K) were the difference-makers for the Cardinal. Stanford will look to build off its impressive sweep this weekend as it takes on Utah.

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    UCLA

    Pac-12
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 12
    Last Week: 3-0
    Overall: 15-3, 5-1 in Pac-12 (1-2 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 4-1
    Results
    March 17-19: Arizona: W 5-1, W 7-5, W 6-4
    Upcoming
    March 24-26: Washington

    UCLA had a strong week thanks to a sweep of Arizona. Jake Brooks threw 5.2 innings on the mound, allowing just one earned run and striking out seven in the process. First baseman Jack Holman went 6-for-9 and Cody Schrier went 5-for-10 to pace the Bruins offense. UCLA will look to stay hot as Washington comes to town.

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    East Carolina

    AAC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 14
    Last Week: 4-1
    Overall: 16-4, 0-0 in American (2-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 14: @ UNC Wilmington: L 8-5
    March 15: William & Mary: W 6-5
    March 17-19: Missouri State: W 3-0, W 4-3, W 10-1
    Upcoming
    March 22: vs. (21) Campbell (Fayetteville, N.C.)
    March 24-26: George Mason

    East Carolina enters the top 10 after a strong 4-1 week, which included a sweep of Missouri State. Trey Yesavage set the tone on the mound with a spectacular Friday night start in which he threw 7.1 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts. Josh Moylan (.348), who is enjoying a bounceback season, went 4-for-4 on Sunday with two doubles and four RBIs. The Pirates this week take on No. 21 Campbell in a fantastic midweek matchup before their weekend series with George Mason.

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    Tennessee

    SEC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 4
    Last Week: 1-3
    Overall: 15-6, 0-3 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 3-2
    Results
    March 14: Lipscomb: W 10-0
    March 17-19: @ Missouri: L 9-1, L 7-4 (7), L 7-1 (7)
    Upcoming
    March 21: Western Carolina
    March 24-26: (12) Texas A&M

    It was a tough week for Tennessee, who after beating Lipscomb, got swept at Missouri in the first series of SEC play. The Volunteers offense was able to produce just six runs in their three-game series, including being held to just one hit in the finale. It doesn’t get any easier for the Volunteers as they welcome Texas A&M to Knoxville this weekend.

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    Texas A&M

    SEC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 11
    Last Week: 2-2
    Overall: 14-6, 1-2 in SEC (2-3 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 3-2
    Results
    March 14: @ Houston: W 5-1
    March 17-19: (1) Louisiana State: L 9-0, L 12-7, W 8-6
    Upcoming
    March 21: Rice
    March 24-26: @ (11) Tennessee

    Although the Aggies lost their series to top-ranked LSU, they were competitive throughout the weekend. A win in Sunday’s finale gave Texas A&M a 2-2 mark on the week and some momentum to take with it into this weekend’s series at Tennessee. Hunter Haas was outstanding on the weekend, going 8-for-13 with three doubles and four RBIs across three games played.

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    Miami

    ACC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 16
    Last Week: 4-0
    Overall: 14-6, 5-1 in ACC (6-3 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 4-1
    Results
    March 15: @ Florida International: W 7-3
    March 17-18: (15) Virginia Tech: W 4-3, W 21-6, W 12-9
    Upcoming
    March 22: Florida Atlantic
    March 24-26: @ (4) Wake Forest

    Miami has heated up over the last two weeks and over the weekend swept Virginia Tech. First baseman CJ Kayfus led the offensive surge for the Hurricanes, going 10-for-13 with three home runs on the weekend. Miami has a big test ahead of it this weekend with a trip to Wake Forest on tap.

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    South Carolina

    SEC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 19
    Last Week: 4-0
    Overall: 20-1, 3-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 14: Presbyterian: W 5-0
    March 18-19: @ Georgia: W 5-4, W 12-2 (7), W 12-1 (7)
    Upcoming
    March 21: @ Charlotte
    March 24-26: (18) Missouri

    South Carolina pushed its winning streak to 11 games with another strong week. The Gamecocks scored twice in the ninth inning to come back for a win in the series opener at Georgia and then broke out their big bats, outscoring the Bulldogs 24-3 over the next two games. A suddenly very interesting series against Missouri is up next.

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    Mississippi

    SEC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 6
    Last Week: 0-4
    Overall: 14-6, 0-3 in SEC (3-4 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 4-1
    Results
    March 14: @ Jacksonville State: L 10-6
    March 16-18: @ (8) Vanderbilt: L 12-2 (8), L 8-0, L 7-2
    Upcoming
    March 21: Arkansas-Pine Bluff
    March 24-26: (2) Florida

    Ole Miss endured a rough week on the road and was swept on opening weekend of SEC play for the first time since 2002. The Rebels’ offense was stymied by the Commodores, who held them to four runs on 13 hits for the weekend. Ole Miss returns home this week to take on Florida.

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    Texas Tech

    Big 12
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 20
    Last Week: 4-1
    Overall: 18-4, 2-1 in Big 12 (2-2 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 4-1
    Results
    March 14-15: Texas-Arlington: W 10-1, W 14-7
    March 17-19: (17) Oklahoma State: W 8-7, L 9-4, W 12-1 (7)
    Upcoming
    March 24-26: @ Texas

    Texas Tech opened Big 12 play with a massive series win against Oklahoma State. After splitting the first two games, the Red Raiders cruised in Sunday’s finale to win their sixth straight series against the Cowboys. Texas Tech will continue Big 12 play with a trip to Texas.

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    Boston College

    ACC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 18
    Last Week: 2-1
    Overall: 14-3, 4-2 in ACC (3-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 17-19: @ Florida State: L 19-8, W 4-2, W 8-2
    Upcoming
    March 21: @ Northeastern
    March 22: Sacred Heart
    March 24-26: North Carolina State

    In what has been the theme of the season for BC, quality pitching and timely hitting were the keys to its series victory. Righthander Chris Flynn went seven strong innings Saturday, allowing just one earned run, surrendering one walk and striking out nine. Travis Honeyman had a nice weekend, going 5-for-11 with a double and an RBI. The Eagles will welcome North Carolina State to Chestnut Hill for their first weekend series of the 2023 season.

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    Missouri

    SEC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: NR
    Last Week: 4-0
    Overall: 16-3, 3-0 in SEC (4-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 15: Lamar: W 10-8
    March 17-19: (4) Tennessee: W 9-1, W 7-4 (7), W 7-1 (7)
    Upcoming
    March 22: vs. Kansas (Kansas City)
    March 24-26: @ (14) South Carolina

    Mizzou made a loud statement to open SEC play with a sweep of Tennessee. The Tigers quieted the Volunteers’ offense, holding them to six runs on the weekend and throwing a one-hitter in Sunday’s finale. Mizzou had been flying under the radar before SEC play began but isn’t any more and faces another tough series this weekend at South Carolina.

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    North Carolina

    ACC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 21
    Last Week: 3-0
    Overall: 15-5, 2-2 in ACC (1-4 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 3-2
    Results
    March 14: @ Charlotte: W 16-3
    March 15: High Point: W 16-2
    March 18: @ Pittsburgh: W 17-7
    Upcoming
    March 21: North Carolina A&T
    March 23-25: Duke

    North Carolina’s offense exploded last week, scoring 49 runs across three games. Mac Horvath (5-for-14, 3 HR, 7 RBI) and Vance Honeycutt (5-for-12, 2 HR, 8 RBI) led the charge, while Connor Bovair tossed five hitless innings in relief and collected eight strikeouts against Pittsburgh. This weekend the Tar Heels take on archrival Duke.

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    Oklahoma State

    Big 12
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 17
    Last Week: 2-2
    Overall: 16-5, 1-2 in Big 12 (1-4 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 3-2
    Results
    March 14: Dallas Baptist: W 20-4 (7)
    March 17-19: (20) @ Texas Tech: L 8-7, W 9-4, L 12-1 (7)
    Upcoming
    March 22: @ Wichita State
    March 24-26: Baylor

    The Cowboys’ week could not have gotten off to a better start thanks to a 20-4 drubbing of Dallas Baptist. However, it ended on a sour note with a series loss at Texas Tech. There’s no real concern for the Cowboys, who have gone 13-2 since Feb. 25 and played the Red Raiders tough in Lubbock before things got away from them late Sunday. This week features a midweek matchup at Wichita State and a weekend series against Baylor.

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    Campbell

    Big South
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: NR
    Last Week: 3-1
    Overall: 15-3, 3-0 in Big South (1-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 14: @ Coastal Carolina: L 12-9
    March 17-19: Winthrop: W 12-2, W 12-3, W 9-1
    Upcoming
    March 22: vs. (10) East Carolina (Fayetteville, N.C.)
    March 24-26: @ Radford

    Campbell enters the Top 25 after another strong week. The Camels rolled past Winthrop to open Big South play, outscoring the Eagles, 33-6, on the weekend. Campbell faces ECU for the second time this season on Wednesday before continuing conference play at Radford.

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    Florida Gulf Coast

    ASUN
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: No. 23
    Last Week: 2-1
    Overall: 16-4, 2-1 in ASUN (2-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 17-19: Liberty: L 9-7, W 11-8, W 7-2
    Upcoming
    March 21: South Florida
    March 22: @ Florida International
    March 24-26: @ North Alabama

    FGCU bounced back after Friday’s 9-7 loss to win its series against Liberty. Alejandro Figueredo continued to mash, going 7-for-13 with two home runs and seven RBIs on the weekend, highlighted by a 4-for-4, two-home run performance Saturday. Brian Ellis went 8-for-11 with three RBIs and a home run of his own, while reliever L.J. McDonough totaled 4.1 scoreless innings on the weekend with six strikeouts. The Eagles take on two in-state rivals this week in South Florida and Florida International before a weekend series at North Alabama.

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    Iowa

    Big Ten
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: NR
    Last Week: 4-0
    Overall: 15-3, 0-0 in Big Ten (2-2 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 4-1
    Results
    March 15: St. Thomas: W 10-1
    March 17-19: South Dakota State: W 5-4, W 12-2 (7), W 5-3 (7)
    Upcoming
    March 21: Grand View
    March 24-26: Western Michigan

    Iowa took care of business with a sweep of South Dakota State. The Hawkeyes this season own wins against top-ranked LSU and Texas Tech and look like the Big Ten favorites. They’ll look to extend their winning streak this week against Grand View (Iowa) and Western Michigan.

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    UC Santa Barbara

    Big West
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: NR
    Last Week: 4-0
    Overall: 15-3, 3-0 in Big West (3-1 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 4-0-1
    Results
    March 13: @ Loyola Marymount: W 13-6
    March 17-19: Cal State Bakersfield: W 5-0, W 4-2, W 5-4
    Upcoming
    March 24-26: Cal State Northridge

    UCSB took care of business with a sweep of Cal State Bakersfield to start Big West play. Mike Guttierez on Friday threw seven scoreless innings, holding the Roadrunners to three hits and no walks to set the tone for the weekend. The Gauchos continue conference play with a series against CSUN.

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    Kentucky

    SEC
    Notes:

    Previous ranking: NR
    Last Week: 4-0
    Overall: 18-2, 3-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
    Weekend Record: 5-0
    Results
    March 14: Indiana: W 12-2 (7)
    March 17-19: Mississippi State: W 6-5 (10), W 12-3, W 17-3 (7)
    Upcoming
    March 21: Eastern Kentucky
    March 24-26: @ Alabama

    Kentucky took care of business with a sweep of Mississippi State to open SEC play. After a comeback win in 10 innings on Friday, the Wildcats rolled past the Bulldogs in the final two games of the series to extend their winning streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in the country. Kentucky will look to keep that going this week against Eastern Kentucky and Alabama.

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