College Baseball Top 25 Rankings

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Tennessee remains No. 1 in the Baseball America College Baseball Top 25 after sweeping South Carolina to win the SEC regular season title, its second in three years. 

The Volunteers won their final nine SEC series of the season, including a series win against co-champion Kentucky that gave them the crucial tiebreaker in the conference standings. This is Tennessee’s third straight week at No. 1.

Kentucky remains No. 2 after winning a series against Vanderbilt, while North Carolina rises to No. 3, its highest ranking since 2019. Texas A&M and Arkansas round out the top five.

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No teams dropped out of the Top 25 this week.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through May 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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1. Tennessee

Previous ranking: No. 1
Last week: 4-0
Overall: 46-10, 22-8 in SEC (8-5 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 13-1

Results

SEC Tournament (Hoover, Ala.)
May 22: vs. TBD

Upcoming

May 14: Belmont
May 16-18: South Carolina

Tennessee cruised to a perfect 4-0 week—headlined by a sweep of South Carolina—to secure its second SEC regular season title in the last three seasons. It was a well-rounded effort from the Vols, who got a pair of quality starts from Drew Beam (6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) and Zander Sechrist (6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) and saw six different hitters drive in at least one run. Tennessee won its last nine SEC series of the season, and on Wednesday will take on either Florida or Vanderbilt.


2. Kentucky

Previous ranking: No. 2
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 39-12, 22-8 in SEC (10-5 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 11-3

Results

May 16-18: Vanderbilt: W 10-5, W 17-7 (7), L 12-4

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SEC Tournament (Hoover, Ala.)
May 22: vs. TBD

Kentucky took two of three from Vanderbilt to clinch a share of the SEC regular season title, just its second conference title in program history. The Wildcats’ offense was the story of the weekend, led by Ryan Waldschmidt and Nolan McCarthy who drove in five runs apiece. While a win on Saturday would have propelled Kentucky to just its first-ever outright conference championship, it heads to Hoover as the No. 3 seed where it will await the winner of Georgia vs. LSU.


3. North Carolina

Previous ranking: No. 4
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 41-12, 22-8 in ACC (9-9 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 9-4

Results

May 16-18: @ (13) Duke: L 5-3, W 6-4, W 14-6

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ACC Tournament (Charlotte, N.C.)
May 23: vs. Pittsburgh
May 24: vs. (9) Wake Forest

After dropping the first game of the series, North Carolina won consecutive games over rival Duke en route to its first ACC regular season title since 2018. The middle game was deadlocked at four in the ninth inning, but the Tar Heels scraped across two runs thanks to a Parks Harber sacrifice fly and an Anthony Donofrio RBI double. In the finale, Carolina scored seven runs in the third and never looked back. North Carolina in pool play will take on Pittsburgh before a clash against Wake Forest.


4. Texas A&M

Previous ranking: No. 5
Last week: 3-1
Overall: 45-11, 19-11 in SEC (13-6 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 11-3

Results

May 7: Rice: W 16-3 (7)
May 16-18: (3) Arkansas: W 1-0 (11), L 6-3, W 14-4 (7)

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SEC Tournament (Hoover, Ala.)
May 22: vs. TBD

Texas A&M ended its regular season on a high note as it notched a top-five series win against Arkansas. On Thursday, the Aggies weathered a stellar start by Hagen Smith and outlasted the Razorbacks in 11 innings. They clinched the series in emphatic fashion with a run-rule victory in which seven different hitters drove in at least one run. In its two wins, A&M’s bullpen combined to throw eight scoreless innings. The Aggies head into the SEC Tournament as the No. 4 seed and on Wednesday will play the winner of Mississippi State vs. Mississippi.


5. Arkansas

Previous ranking: No. 3
Last week: 1-2
Overall:  43-12, 20-10 in SEC (11-8 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 11-3

Results

May 16-18: @ (5) Texas A&M: L 1-0 (11), W 6-3, L 14-4 (7)

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SEC Tournament (Hoover, Ala.)
May 22: vs. TBD

The Razorbacks lost their final series of the regular season, though the theme of this weekend was lining up their pitching for the postseason. Thursday’s series opener was a thriller in which Hagen Smith spun six shutout innings and notched double-digit strikeouts for the 11th time this season. Runs were at a premium for the Razorbacks, but Wehiwa Aloy and Hudson White led the charge with two home runs and four RBIs apiece. Arkansas earned the No. 2 seed in the SEC Tournament and on Wednesday will take on either Alabama or South Carolina.



6. Oregon State

Previous ranking: No. 8
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 41-13, 19-10 in Pac-12 (5-4 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 12-2

Results

May 16-18: @ (21) Arizona: W 9-2, W 16-1, L 4-3

Upcoming

Pac-12 Tournament (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
May 22: vs. Stanford
May 23: vs. Arizona State

Oregon State entered the weekend needing a sweep to secure the Pac-12 title. It took the first two games in emphatic fashion and was three outs away from a sweep, but the Wildcats scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to take the finale and regular season title. While Saturday’s loss was tough to swallow, there were plenty of positives to take away from the weekend. The Beavers got a trio of quality starts on the mound and every lineup regular notched at least one hit and one RBI. Oregon State is the No. 2 seed this week in Scottsdale.


7. NC State

Previous ranking: No. 9
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 32-19, 17-12 in ACC (13-6 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 11-2-1

Results

May 16-18: (7) Wake Forest: W 14-3 (8), W 2-1, W 9-6

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ACC Tournament (Charlotte)
May 22: vs. Virginia Tech
May 23: vs. (16) Duke

NC State capped off the regular season with a statement sweep of Wake Forest. The Pack on Thursday won via the run-rule, but it was their win on Friday that was arguably the most impressive. Starter Dominic Fritton allowed one run across 4.2 innings, while Andrew Shaffner (1.2 IP) and Jacob Dudan (2.2 IP) combined to throw 4.1 scoreless, hitless innings in relief. With the series already in hand, NC State in the finale stormed back from a 5-1 deficit thanks to a pair of big innings. The Wolfpack are playing arguably the best baseball right now of anyone in the conference and head to Charlotte as the No. 3 seed.


8. Georgia

Previous ranking: No. 6
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 40-13, 17-13 in SEC (13-6 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 9-5

Results

May 16-18: Florida: W 9-4, L 7-4 (10), L 19-11

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SEC Tournament (Hoover, Ala.)
May 21: vs. LSU

Georgia won the series opener against Florida to extend its winning streak to nine games, but squandered a pair of multi-run leads on Friday and Saturday, respectively, to drop the series. The Bulldogs got quality starts from Kolten Smith (8 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 12 K) and Leighton Finley (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 8 K), but its bullpen struggled mightily and allowed a whopping 23 earned runs across 10.2 innings. Georgia will look to flush the weekend that was and get back on track Tuesday in a tricky matchup against LSU.


9. Wake Forest

Previous ranking: No. 7
Last week: 0-3
Overall: 36-19, 15-15 in ACC (10-12 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 9-5

Results

May 16-18: @ (9) NC State: L 14-3 (8), L 2-1, L 9-6

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ACC Tournament (Charlotte)
May 22: vs. Pittsburgh
May 24: vs. (3) North Carolina

It was a weekend to forget for Wake Forest, as it was swept at NC State. Following a run-rule defeat on Thursday, the Demon Deacons’ offense was able to muster just three hits en route to a walk-off loss. In the finale, Wake jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning before the Wolfpack scored three runs in the eight to take the lead for good. Outside of Chase Burns (7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K), the pitching staff struggled. The Deacs head to the ACC Tournament as the No. 8 seed and will open up pool play on Wednesday against Pittsburgh.


10. Clemson

Previous ranking: No. 10
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 40-13, 20-10 in ACC (4-4 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 12-2

Results

May 16-18: Boston College: W 12-10, W 11-6, W 10-0 (8)

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ACC Tournament (Charlotte)
May 23: vs. Miami
May 24: vs. Louisville

Clemson swept Boston College to win the ACC Atlantic Division. The Tigers needed a late comeback in Thursday’s opener, as they scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead for good. The next two games were more straightforward and they finished the regular season with a shutout, their first since March 30. Clemson goes to the ACC Tournament in Charlotte as the No. 2 seed.


11. Florida State

Previous ranking: No. 11
Last week: 2-2
Overall:  39-14, 16-13 in ACC (6-7 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 10-3-1

Results

May 14: @ Stetson: L 10-5
May 16-18: Georgia Tech: W 8-3, W 11-3, L 11-10

Upcoming

ACC Tournament (Charlotte)
May 21: vs. Georgia Tech
May 24: vs. (13) Virginia

Florida State bounced back from its midweek loss at Stetson and closed out the regular season with a series win against Georgia Tech. On top of two strong starts from southpaws Jamie Arnold (6.1 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K) and Carson Dorsey (6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K), six lineup regulars enjoyed multi-RBI weekends. The Seminoles earned the No. 5 seed in the ACC Tournament and this week will take on Georgia Tech and Virginia.


12. East Carolina

Previous ranking: No. 12
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 40-13, 19-8 in American (4-1 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 12-2

Results

May 16-17: Rice: W 8-2, W 15-5 (8), W 6-4

Upcoming

American Athletic Conference Tournament (Clearwater, Fla.)
May 21: vs. Rice

East Carolina swept Rice to clinch the American Athletic Conference title, its fifth straight. Jacob Jenkins-Cowart went 7-for-14 with three home runs in the series to lead the lineup, while the bullpen held the Owls to four runs (three earned) in 16.2 innings in the series. ECU heads to the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed.


13. Virginia

Previous ranking: No. 14
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 39-14, 18-12 in ACC (8-6 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 9-4

Results

May 16-18: Virginia Tech: W 7-3, W 13-3 (7), W 10-9 (13)

Upcoming

ACC Tournament (Charlotte)
May 22: vs. Georgia Tech
May 24: vs. (11) Florida State

Virginia got back on track after last weekend’s series loss with a sweep of rival Virginia Tech. The Cavaliers cruised to wins in each of the first two games before overcoming an early 7-0 deficit in their 13-inning win in the series finale. Harrison Didawick homered in each of the three games—including a walk-off, two-run home run on Saturday—and the ‘Hoos as a team walloped 13 home runs. After a difficult matchup on Wednesday against Georgia Tech, Virginia will square off with Florida State.


14. Mississippi State

Previous ranking: No. 15
Last week: 3-1
Overall: 36-19, 17-13 in SEC (9-9 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 10-4

Results

May 14: North Alabama: W 8-4
May 16-18: Missouri: W 4-3, W 8-2, L 4-3

Upcoming

SEC Tournament (Hoover, Ala.)
May 21: vs. Mississippi 

Mississippi State closed out the regular season with a solid 3-1 week. Khal Stephen (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 8 K) and Jurrangelo Cijntje (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 9 K) both delivered quality starts in wins against Missouri, but the biggest development of the week may have come on Tuesday, in the return of righthander Nate Dohm. Mississippi State’s Opening Day starter made his first appearance in more than a month, throwing two scoreless innings. Getting him back in time for the postseason could be a big deal. Mississippi State now heads to the SEC Tournament for a rivalry game against Ole Miss.


15. Oklahoma

Previous ranking: No. 16
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 34-18, 23-7 in Big 12 (4-2 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 9-5

Results

May 16-17: @ Cincinnati: W 14-6, W 12-8, L 10-6

Upcoming

Big 12 Tournament (Arlington, Texas)
May 22: vs. TBD

Oklahoma last week clinched the Big 12 title, its first conference championship since 1995. The Sooners didn’t let off the gas in Cincinnati, however, as they won their final series of the season. Freshman shortstop Jaxon Willits went 6-for-13 with two doubles and a homer in the series and lefthander Braden Davis turned in his fourth quality start in the last five weeks. Oklahoma now heads to Globe Life Field in Arlington as the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament.


16. Duke

Previous ranking: No. 13
Last week: 1-2
Overall: 35-18, 16-14 in ACC (9-8 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 9-5

Results

May 16-18: (4) North Carolina: W 5-3, L 6-4, L 14-6

Upcoming

ACC Tournament (Charlotte)
May 21: vs. Virginia Tech
May 23: vs. (7) NC State

Following a series-opening win against rival North Carolina, the Blue Devils lost consecutive games to drop the series. The result of Saturday’s finale was never in doubt, but Duke in the second game allowed a pair of unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning. In its two losses, Duke’s bullpen allowed 13 runs in 12 innings. The Blue Devils have lost three-straight ACC series and have a tricky week ahead in Charlotte with matchups against Virginia Tech and NC State.


17. UC Irvine

Previous ranking: No. 17
Last week: 3-1
Overall: 41-11, 20-7 in Big West (2-1 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 12-2

Results

May 14: Loyola Marymount: W 7-2
May 17-19: @ Cal State Fullerton: W 10-6 (12), L 9-2, W 18-4

Upcoming

May 23-25: Cal State Northridge

It was business as usual this week for UC Irvine, who, after a midweek win against Loyola Marymount, took two of three from Cal State Fullerton. After winning in 12 innings on Friday, the Anteaters dropped the second game before lacing 25 hits in Sunday’s 18-4 drubbing. UCI’s bullpen was excellent, as across 14.1 innings it allowed just two earned runs. It closes out the regular season this weekend at home against Cal State Northridge.


18. UC Santa Barbara

Previous ranking: No. 18
Last week: 4-0
Overall: 39-12, 23-4 in Big West (1-2 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 11-3

Results

May 14: Saint Mary’s: W 4-3
May 17-19: @ Cal State Northridge: W 14-2, W 4-2, W 6-4

Upcoming

May 23-25: UC Riverside

UC Santa Barbara extended its winning streak to 11 games, matching Portland for the longest active streak in the nation with a 4-0 week. The Gauchos also are now on the cusp of clinching the Big West title and the conference’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid, as they go into the final series of the regular season with a three-game lead in the standings on UC Irvine. Because UCSB does not own the tiebreaker, its magic number is one and can clinch the outright title as soon as Thursday, with a win against UC Riverside.


19. Oklahoma State

Previous ranking: No. 19
Last week: 2-0
Overall: 36-16, 19-9 in Big 12 (3-4 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 10-4

Results

May 17-18: @ Houston: W 20-3, W 9-2

Upcoming

Big 12 Tournament (Arlington, Texas)
May 22: vs. TBD

Oklahoma State rolled to an abbreviated sweep of Houston to conclude the regular season and secure the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Tournament. The Cowboys have won five straight games by a combined score of 61-14. As good as the offense was this week at Houston, Oklahoma State’s starting pitching was even better, as Sam Garcia (7 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 7K) and Bryan Holiday (8.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 14 K) were both excellent. 


20. Oregon

Previous ranking: No. 20
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 37-16, 19-11 in Pac-12 (2-3 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 11-3

Results

May 16-18: Washington State: W 9-2, W 8-4, W 10-4

Upcoming

Pac-12 Tournament (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
May 22: vs. Utah
May 23: vs. Southern California

Oregon wrapped up the regular season with a needed home sweep of Washington State, securing third place in the Pac-12 standings. Outfielder Mason Neville led the way against the Cougars, going 5-for-10 with four home runs and three walks. Oregon got a tricky draw for the Pac-12 Tournament, as it first faces a reeling Utah, which has lost eight of its last 11 games, before taking on surging USC, which is on a six-game winning streak.


21. Arizona

Previous ranking: No. 21
Last week: 1-2
Overall: 33-20, 20-10 in Pac-12 (4-6 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 8-6

Results

May 16-18: (8) Oregon State: L 9-2, L 16-1, W 4-3

Upcoming

Pac-12 Tournament (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
May 22: vs. Washington
May 23: vs. California

Arizona was routed in the first two games of its series against Oregon State and was on the brink of being swept at home. But it rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning in Saturday’s finale, as Braden Summerhill hit a walk-off, two-run double. That victory won the Wildcats the Pac-12 title, their ninth and second in four seasons. Arizona goes to the Pac-12 Tournament as the top seed and will take on Washington and Cal in pool play.


22. Louisiana

Previous ranking: No. 22
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 40-16, 23-7 in Sun Belt (1-4 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 10-4

Results

May 16-18: South Alabama: W 6-5, L 10-0 (7), W 13-3 (7)

Upcoming

Sun Belt Tournament (Montgomery, Al.)
May 22: vs. TBD

The Ragin’ Cajuns last weekend clinched the Sun Belt title, making this weekend’s series against South Alabama mostly academic. They took care of business, clinching the series with a 13-3, run-rule shortened victory in the finale. That victory also was their 40th of the season, securing back-to-back 40-win seasons for the program for the first time since 2013-16. Louisiana heads to the Sun Belt Tournament as the No. 1 seed.


23. Indiana State

Previous ranking: No. 23
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 39-11, 22-5 in Missouri Valley (0-1 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 13-1

Results

May 16-18: @ Valparaiso: W 13-4, W 11-9, W 15-4 (7)

Upcoming

Missouri Valley Conference Tournament (Evansville, Ind.)
May 22: vs. TBD

Indiana State had already clinched the Missouri Valley Conference title, but had no problems finishing the regular season on a high note with a sweep of Valparaiso. The series win was the Sycamores’ 19th straight in conference play. The highlight of the weekend came Saturday, as coach Mitch Hannahs was able to celebrate Valpo’s senior day with his son Kaleb Hannahs, who was a four-year starter for the Beacons. Indiana State now turns its attention to the MVC Tournament, where it is the top seed.


24. Texas

Previous ranking: No. 24
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 35-20, 20-10 in Big 12 (6-6 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 11-3

Results

May 16-18: Kansas: W 5-4, W 3-2, W 9-7

Upcoming

Big 12 Tournament (Arlington, Texas)
May 21: vs. Texas Tech

Texas stayed hot with a sweep of Kansas and has now won 13 of its last 16 games. Jalin Flores delivered walk-off winners in each of the first two games of the series, first with an RBI double on Thursday and then with a sacrifice fly on Friday. The sophomore went 5-for-12 with two doubles on the weekend. Texas goes to the Big 12 Tournament as the No. 3 seed and opens play in Arlington with a rivalry game against Texas Tech.


25. Southern Miss

Previous ranking: No. 25
Last week: 3-1
Overall: 37-18, 20-10 in Sun Belt (2-2 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 11-3

Results

May 14: Mississippi: W 7-4
May 16-18: Texas State: L 7-5 (10), W 6-3, W 5-3

Upcoming

Sun Belt Tournament (Montgomery, Ala.)
May 22: vs. TBD

Southern Miss had a solid 3-1 week that started with a big win on Tuesday against Ole Miss. The Golden Eagles have won 10 of their last 11 games, a streak that includes three straight Sun Belt series wins to close out the season. That push in May helped Southern Miss to finish second in the conference standings and earn a crucial bye in the Sun Belt Tournament.

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