College Baseball Rankings Top 25 For April 2, 2018
Following its second straight top-10 series victory, Florida returns to the top of the Baseball America Top 25, powered by Louisville Slugger.
The Gators swept Vanderbilt a week after winning a series against Arkansas to improve to 25-5 and move into first place in the Southeastern Conference. Florida was the top-ranked team in the preseason and for the first three weeks of the season before spending the last three weeks at No. 2.
Oregon State,which had been No. 1 for the last three weeks, slipped to No. 5 after losing a series at Utah. Stanford, Mississippi and Florida State again round out the top five. Stanford climbs to No. 2, its highest ranking since 2012, and Ole Miss ascends to No. 3, its best ranking since the end of the 2014 season.
In a top-10 shakeup, North Carolina State climbs to No. 6, its highest ranking since 2014. Texas Tech and Clemson return to the top 10, followed by Arkansas. Duke moves up to No. 10, its highest ranking ever in the 37-year history of the Top 25.
Oklahoma, Georgia and Dallas Baptist all this week enter the Top 25. Oklahoma leads the newcomers at No. 19, with Georgia joining at No. 21 and DBU at No. 25. All three teams are ranked for the first time this season. For Georgia, it is the first appearance in the Top 25 since March 26, 2012, when it was No. 25.
Dropping out of the Top 25 this week are Texas Christian, Illinois and San Diego State. All three teams had losing weekends.
The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with nine teams in the Top 25. The Atlantic Coast Conference follows with five representatives.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through April 1 and do not include ties.
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