College Baseball Rankings Top 25 Updated For April 23, 2018
Florida remains atop Baseball America’s Top 25, powered by Louisville Slugger, after it won its sixth straight Southeastern Conference series to begin the season.
The Gators won their series at Kentucky in a showdown of top-10 teams to strengthen its hold on first place in the SEC. Florida has now been ranked No. 1 for eight weeks this season.
North Carolina State, Stanford, Texas Tech and Mississippi follow Florida in the top five. Beyond them, the Top 25 underwent some significant changes this week. UCLA and North Carolina both made large jumps into the top 10 after sweeps that keep them near the top of their conferences.
Four new teams this week enter the rankings for the first time this season. South Florida leads the newcomers at No. 20. Tennessee Tech follows at No. 21, Minnesota at No. 23 and Jacksonville rounds out the rankings at No. 25.
Tennessee Tech is riding a 25-game winning streak, the longest in the nation this season, and is tied for Florida for the most wins in the country. This is its first-ever appearance in the Top 25. Jacksonville moves into the rankings for the first time since March 10, 1997, after a 4-0 week that included a win at Florida.
Dropping out of the Top 25 are Dallas Baptist, Illinois, Louisiana State and Texas A&M.
The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with six 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 22 and do not include ties.
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