College Baseball Top 25 Rankings

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Wake Forest remains No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 after a perfect opening weekend.

Wake went 3-0 in a tournament it hosted, defeating Fordham, Illinois and Akron. The Demon Deacons, who last year led the nation in team ERA, held their opponents to eight runs on the weekend.

LSU and Arkansas remain Nos. 2 and 3 in the Top 25. Oregon State rises to No. 4 and Florida rounds out the top five.

Three new teams enter the rankings this week, led by Indiana at No. 22. The Hoosiers went 2-1 in the Baseball at the Beach Tournament, including a victory against host Coastal Carolina. UCLA and Dallas Baptist also join the rankings at No. 24 and 25 following home series sweeps of Gonzaga and Southeast Missouri State, respectively. 

Stanford, Oklahoma State and Northeastern fall out of the Top 25. All three teams lost ppening weekend series.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through Feb. 18.

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. Wake Forest

Previous ranking: No. 1
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16: Fordham: W 9-3
Feb. 17: Illinois: W 5-2
Feb. 18: Akron: W 14-3 (7)

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Feb. 20: @ UNC Greensboro
Feb. 23-25: Dayton

The Demon Deacons swept through the weekend and outscored their respective opponents by a combined margin of 28-8. After totaling just nine hits in the first two games, the lineup came alive on Sunday against Akron and sprayed 13 hits, including six extra-base hits, en route to a run-rule win. A couple of transfers led the way for the offense, as Adam Tellier (4-for-9) and Austin Hawke (3-for-10) combined for nine RBIs. On the mound, Chase Burns spun six scoreless innings and notched 10 strikeouts while showcasing his triple-digits fastball and power slider. This week, Wake takes on in-state foe UNC Greensboro before hosting Dayton.


2. LSU

Previous ranking: No. 2
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16: VMI: W 11-8
Feb. 17: Central Arkansas: W 2-0
Feb. 18: VMI: W 27-5

Upcoming

Feb. 19: Central Arkansas
Feb. 22: Northern Illinois
Feb. 23: Stony Brook
Feb. 24: Northern Illinois
Feb. 25: Stony Brook

LSU opened its title defense with a perfect weekend, sandwiching two wins against VMI around a shutout of Central Arkansas. The first two games of the weekend were tightthe Tigers on Friday trailed 6-5 after five innings and were held to two runs Saturdaybefore breaking out for an easy win Sunday. LSU’s opening weekend extends into Monday with a rematch against Central Arkansas before another four-game home weekend to come.


3. Arkansas

Previous ranking: No. 3
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: James Madison: W 6-4, W 15-5 (8), L 7-3

Upcoming

Feb. 19: James Madison
Arlington, Texas
Feb. 23: vs. (4) Oregon State
Feb. 24 vs. Oklahoma State
Feb. 25: vs. Michigan

Opening Day got off to a strange start for Arkansas as Preseason All-American lefthander Hagen Smith gave up a three-run home run and was chased after just one inning in which he threw 42 pitches. Will McEntire came on in relief and allowed one run across 5.2 innings, while the offense scored a pair of runs in the second, third, and fourth innings. Saturday was more straightforward with a run-rule win, but the Dukes bounced back for a win of their own Sunday. It was a productive weekend for the Hogs on offense, and as a team they hit .337 with 14 extra-base hits. Following one more game today with James Madison, Arkansas this week travels down to Globe Life Field. The biggest tilt of the weekend is undoubtedly a top-five showdown Friday with Oregon State.


4. Oregon State

Previous ranking: No. 5
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

College Baseball Classic (Surprise, Ariz.)
Feb. 16: New Mexico: W 15-6
Feb. 17: Minnesota: W 6-4
Feb. 18: Cal State Bakersfield: W 15-2

Upcoming

Feb. 19: Minnesota in Surprise, Ariz.
Arlington, Texas
Feb. 21: vs. (17) Texas Tech
Feb. 23: vs. (3) Arkansas
Feb. 24: vs. Michigan
Feb. 25: vs. Oklahoma State

The Beavers rolled through their tournament in Surprise, Ariz., exploding for 36 runs. They hit 14 home runs in three games, led by Travis Bazzana (7-for-13, 3 HR) and freshman Trent Caraway (6-for-12, 2 HR). It wasn’t all offense, however. Oregon State never trailed on the weekend and got a trio of strong starts from Aidan May, Jacob Kmatz and Eric Segura. Things get tougher this week, as Oregon State travels to Arlington, Texas, for a difficult slate.


5. Florida

Previous ranking: No. 4
Last week: 0-1
Overall: 0-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 0-1

Results

Feb. 16: St. John’s: L 9-5

Upcoming

Feb. 20-21: at/vs. North Florida
Feb. 23-25: Columbia

Florida had a strange, abbreviated weekend and lost its only game to St. John’s before the rest of the series was canceled due to rain. The Red Storm chased lefthander Cade Fisher after just two innings and built a 7-0 lead through three. The Gators scored the next five runs, but a two-run eighth inning by St. John’s sealed their fate. It’s hard to take anything away from one game and while Friday’s result was surprising, there is no real reason for concern. One bright spot was the offense; four different Florida hitters had multi-hit games, including Alabama transfer Colby Shelton, who hit a double and a home run. Florida this week has a home-and-home series with North Florida and a weekend series against Columbia.



6. TCU

Previous ranking: No. 6
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: Florida Gulf Coast: W 10-9, W 13-10, W 11-6 (8)

Upcoming

Feb. 20: Texas State
Feb. 23-25: (24) UCLA

TCU swept its opening weekend series against FGCU, but it was anything but easy. The Horned Frogs needed late comebacks in all three games, none more dramatic than Friday. Trailing, 9-3, after six innings, TCU pulled even in the eighth inning and then walked off with a win when a dropped third strike led to an errant throw, allowing Peyton Chatagnier to score from second base. On the next two days, TCU used big innings to erase deficits, as it scored seven runs in the eighth on Saturday and six runs in the sixth on Sunday. TCU faces a difficult week ahead, as it hosts Texas State and UCLA.


7. Vanderbilt

Previous ranking: No. 7
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: FAU: W 12-11, L 5-4, W 11-1

Upcoming

Feb. 20: Dayton
Feb. 21: Eastern Kentucky
Feb. 23-25: Gonzaga

Vanderbilt this weekend picked up a hard-fought series win against FAU. Friday was a rollercoaster of a game, as FAU stormed back from a 6-0 deficit and took an 11-9 lead into the bottom of the ninth. The Commodores trailed 11-10 and were down to their final out, but Jonathan Vastine muscled a walk-off, two-run double into shallow left field. They clinched a series victory on Sunday with an 11-1 drubbing in which eight different hitters drove in at least one run. After a pair of midweek games, Vanderbilt this weekend welcomes Gonzaga to Nashville.


8. Tennessee

Previous ranking: No. 8
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in SEC (1-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Shriners Hospitals for Children College Showdown (Arlington, Texas)
Feb. 16: vs. (18) Texas Tech: W 6-2
Feb. 17: vs. Oklahoma: L 5-1 (10)
Feb. 18: vs. Baylor: W 11-5

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Feb. 20: UNC Asheville
Feb. 21: East Tennessee State
Feb. 23-25: Albany

Tennessee went 2-1 against Big 12 competition at Globe Life Field, sandwiching solid wins against Texas Tech and Baylor around an extra-innings loss to Oklahoma. The Volunteers got strong pitching all weekend, perhaps no performance as encouraging as Friday’s piggyback of AJ Russell (4.1 IP, 2 R, 10 K) and AJ Causey (4.2 IP, 0 R, 7 K) against a potent Texas Tech lineup. Tennessee now returns home for a five-game week.


9. Clemson

Previous ranking: No. 9
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: Xavier: W 14-3, W 8-3, W 11-7

Upcoming

Feb. 20: Presbyterian
Feb. 23-25: Kennesaw State

The Tigers this weekend cruised to a series sweep of Xavier. They scored double-digit runs twice and received contributions from nearly everyone in the lineup. Most notably, 2023 ACC freshman of the year Cam Cannarella went 7-for-13 and infielder Blake Wright went 6-for-14. On the bump, Billy Barlow (5 IP, 0 ER) and Tristan Smith (4 IP, 1 ER) each turned in strong starts and a handful of bullpen arms had spotless appearances. Clemson this week faces off against Presbyterian prior to a series with Kennesaw State.


10. Virginia

Previous ranking: No. 10
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: Hofstra: W 10-8, W 21-3, W 11-9

Upcoming

Feb. 20: Old Dominion
Jax College Baseball Classic (Jacksonville)
Feb. 23: vs. Wichita State
Feb. 24: vs. (18) Iowa
Feb. 25: vs. (20) Auburn

Virginia swept Hofstra and broke out its big bats to do so. The Cavaliers on the weekend scored 42 runs and collected 39 hits and 22 walks. Henry Ford (7-for-13, 2 HR) and Griff O’Ferrall (6-for-12, 2 HR) led the way. As good as the offense was, Virginia will need to clean some things up on the mound after giving up 20 runs and needing a late comeback Friday. This weekend they face a challenging slate in the Jax College Baseball Classic, including a pair of top-20 opponents.


11. Texas A&M

Previous ranking: No. 11
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: McNeese State: W 15-0, W 6-1, W 10-0

Upcoming

Feb. 20: Incarnate Word
Feb. 23-25: Wagner

The Aggies had quite the weekend and outscored McNeese by a combined margin of 31-1 en route to a comfortable series sweep. They hit .351 as a team and wallopped 14 extra-base hits, including three home runs off the bat of star sophomore Jace LaViolette. The pitching staff collected 36 strikeouts, and southpaw Ryan Prager fired five shutout innings and notched a career-high nine strikeouts. It was about as good of an opening weekend that you can have as a team, and this week A&M will look to keep the momentum going against Incarnate Word and Wagner. 


12. South Carolina

Previous ranking: No. 12
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: Miami (Ohio): W 5-1, W 11-4, W 14-0 (7)

Upcoming

Feb. 20: Winthrop
Feb. 21: Queens
Feb. 23-25: Belmont

The Gamecocks rolled past the RedHawks, outscoring them 30-5 on the weekend. South Carolina finished the sweep in style, as five pitchers combined for a seven-inning no-hitter Sunday. The opposition will get tougher as the season continues, but it was an encouraging weekend for the Gamecocks’ new-look pitching staff.


13. Duke

Previous ranking: No. 16
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC (1-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Baseball at the Beach (Conway, S.C.)
Feb. 16: vs. Indiana: W 6-3
Feb. 17: vs. George Mason: W 23-5
Feb. 18: @ (19) Coastal Carolina: W 5-3

Upcoming

Feb. 21: Liberty
Feb. 23-25: Northwestern

Duke this weekend had arguably the best showing of any team in the Top 25, going a perfect 3-0 at Baseball at the Beach and notched key wins over Indiana and Coastal Carolina. The Blue Devils offense on Saturday exploded to the tune of 23 runs on 23 hits and belted a program-record 11 home runs. Across their three games, they laced a whopping 25-extra base hits and 16 home runs. Duke also got a quality start from lefthander Jonathan Santucci, while reliever Charlie Beilenson hurled five scoreless innings across two appearances. The Blue Devils have a formidable midweek opponent in Liberty before hosting Northwestern.


14. Texas

Previous ranking: No. 13
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Big 12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: San Diego: W 7-3, L 6-5 (11), W 9-4

Upcoming

Feb. 20: Houston Christian
Feb. 23-25: Cal Poly

Texas won a tight series against San Diego. After falling behind early on Opening Day, the Longhorns scored six unanswered runs to claim the win. After a tough extra-innings loss Saturday, they claimed the series win with a victory in the finale. Jared Thomas went 6-for-11 and scored seven runs to lead the Longhorns. This weekend, they welcome in Cal Poly, which is coming off a series win against Missouri.


15. East Carolina

Previous ranking: No. 14
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in American (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: Rider: W 16-2, W 7-0, W 7-0

Upcoming

Feb. 20: @ Campbell
Feb. 23-25: vs./@ (16) North Carolina

It was a dominant weekend showing for the Pirates who soundly swept Rider and spun back-to-back shutouts to close out the series. Junior outfielder Jacob Jenkins-Cowart went 6-for-12 with five extra-base hits, including two home runs, while veteran Carter Cunningham went 6-for-13 with four RBIs. ECU’s rotation also had a strong showing, and the trio of Trey Yesavage, Zach Root and Jake Hunter allowed just one total run in their 13.2 combined innings. This week provides an early season test for the Pirates, as they square off with a pair of in-state rivals in Campbell and No. 16 North Carolina.


16. North Carolina

Previous ranking: No. 17
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: Wagner: W 10-3, W 16-5, W 20-6

Upcoming

Feb. 20: Elon
Feb. 23-25: @/vs. (15) ECU

North Carolina coasted to a series sweep of Wagner, scoring double-digit runs in each of its three games including a 20-run outburst Sunday. Casey Cook and slugger Alberto Osuna led the charge offensively with seven RBIs apiece and Vance Honeycutt belted two home runs. Freshman lefthander Folger Boaz had a strong first collegiate start and allowed just one run across five innings with five strikeouts. After a matchup with Elon, the Tar Heels this weekend have a big series against ECU.


17. Texas Tech

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

Results

Shriners Hospitals for Children College Showdown (Arlington, Texas)
Feb. 16: vs. (8) Tennessee: L 6-2
Feb. 17: vs. Nebraska: W 6-3
Feb. 18: vs. Oregon: W 11-7

Upcoming

Feb. 20: vs. Texas-Arlington (Arlington, Texas)
Feb. 21: vs. (4) Oregon State (Arlington, Texas)
Feb. 23-25: Texas Southern

After a tough Opening Day loss to Tennessee, Texas Tech bounced back for two solid wins to close out its weekend at Globe Life Field. The Red Raiders scored three runs in the ninth inning Saturday to beat Nebraska and then jumped on Oregon early in the weekend finale. After missing most of last season due to injury, Owen Washburn made a strong return to the lineup and went 6-for-12 to lead the Red Raiders. A midweek game against Oregon State in Arlington highlights Texas Tech’s week ahead.


18. Iowa

Previous ranking: No. 20
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Big Ten (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Swig and Swine College Classic (Charleston, S.C.)
Feb. 16: Seton Hall: W 5-2
Feb. 17: Ball State: W 5-0
Feb. 18: Lehigh: L 8-4

Upcoming

Feb. 20: Loras (Iowa)
Jax College Baseball Classic (Jacksonville)
Feb. 23: vs. (20) Auburn
Feb. 24: vs. (10) Virginia
Feb. 25: vs. Wichita State

The Hawkeyes opened the season with a pair of quality wins against Seton Hall and Ball State. The dynamic duo of Brody Brecht (4.1 IP, 1 R, 11 K) and Marcus Morgan (5.2 IP, 0 H, 9 K) led the way for Iowa. After a home opener Tuesday, Iowa will hit the road again for a tough tournament slate in Jacksonville.


19. NC State

Previous ranking: No. 21
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in ACC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16: VCU: W 6-1, L 9-6, W 5-3

Upcoming

Feb. 23-25: @ Hawaii

The Wolfpack notched a gritty series win over VCU. They opened the season with a sound 6-1 victory in which blue-chip backstop Jacob Cozart belted a home run and transfer righthander Shane Van Dam slammed the door with four scoreless relief innings and five strikeouts. After a loss in the middle game, NC State on Sunday clinched a series victory thanks to some timely hitting and great pitching from a pair of freshmen in Ryan Marohn and Jacob Dudan, who spun combined for 6.1 scoreless innings, respectively. NC State this weekend travels to Hawaii.


20. Auburn

Previous ranking: No. 23
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in SEC (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: Eastern Kentucky: W 17-6 (7), W 6-1, W 9-1

Upcoming

Feb. 20: UAB
Jax College Baseball Classic (Jacksonville)
Feb. 23: vs. (18) Iowa
Feb. 24: vs. Wichita State
Feb. 25: vs. (10) Virginia

It was a nice weekend for the Tigers who comfortably swept Eastern Kentucky. Cooper Weiss (5-for-10), Chris Stanfield (4-for-9) and Ike Irish (5-for-13) combined to drive in 14 of the team’s 29 runs, while on the mound junior lefthander Carson Myers twirled six scoreless innings and notched eight strikeouts. The story of the weekend for Auburn was the return of starter Joseph Gonzalez, who missed almost the entirety of the 2023 season with an injury. Gonzalez was fantastic in his return to the mound and tossed five scoreless innings with two hits allowed. Auburn has a tough week ahead that includes a matchup with No. 18 Iowa and No. 10 Virginia.


21. UC Irvine

Previous ranking: No. 25
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Big West (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: North Dakota State: W 14-2, W 7-2, W 10-4

Upcoming

Feb. 20: San Diego
Feb. 23-25: @ Tulane

The Anteaters rolled to an opening weekend sweep, outscoring the Bison, 31-8. UCI’s powerful, veteran offense posted a combined 1.069 OPS, but the bigger development was on the mound, where it is breaking in a new-look staff. Newcomers David Utagawa, Ricky Tibbett and Tim Grack combined for six scoreless innings out of the bullpen. UCI this weekend travels to Tulane for a tricky series.


22. Indiana

Previous ranking: NR
Last week: 2-1
Overall: 2-1, 0-0 in Big Ten (1-1 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Baseball at the Beach (Conway, S.C.)
Feb. 16: vs. (16) Duke: L 6-3
Feb. 17: @ (19) Coastal Carolina: W 7-2
Feb. 18: vs. George Mason: W 9-3

Upcoming

Feb. 20: Miami (Ohio)
Feb. 23-25: @ Baylor

After an Opening Day loss to Duke, Indiana bounced back to win its next two games at Baseball at the Beach. The Hoosiers took down host Coastal Carolina on Saturday, scoring five runs in the final two innings to grab the key victory. Indiana this weekend hits the road to take on Baylor.


23. Coastal Carolina

Previous ranking: No. 19
Last week: 1-2
Overall: 1-2, 0-0 in Sun Belt (0-1 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 0-1

Results

Baseball at the Beach (Conway, S.C.)
Feb. 16: George Mason: W 26-0
Feb. 17: Indiana: L 7-2
Feb. 18: (16) Duke: L 5-3

Upcoming

Feb. 20: UNC Wilmington
Feb. 23: Illinois
Feb. 24: Ball State
Feb. 25: Cincinnati

The Chanticleers started their season in jaw-dropping fashion and obliterated George Mason,  26-0. However, there were less fireworks Saturday and Sunday as their lineup could muster only five total runs in two games against Indiana and Duke. In what would be an encouraging bright spot going forward, Coastal’s pitching—outside of a couple of appearances—this weekend showed well. While the bats were silenced for the last two games, this lineup going forward is a deep one that figures to produce runs at an impressive clip.


24. UCLA

Previous ranking: NR
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in Pac-12 (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: Gonzaga: W 8-7, W 10-3, W 6-0

Upcoming

Feb. 20: Loyola Marymount
Feb. 23-25: @ (6) TCU

UCLA won a back-and-forth affair on Opening Day before cruising to wins Saturday and Sunday to complete the sweep of Gonzaga. The Bruins on Friday scored three runs in the eighth for a comeback victory, but did not trail the rest of the weekend. Shortstop Cody Schrier went 7-for-12 with a home run and two stolen bases to lead the way. UCLA this weekend hits the road for a big series at TCU.


25. Dallas Baptist

Previous ranking: NR
Last week: 3-0
Overall: 3-0, 0-0 in C-USA (0-0 vs. Top 25)
Weekend record: 1-0

Results

Feb. 16-18: Southeast Missouri State: W 9-5, W 8-6, W 6-5 (11)

Upcoming

Feb. 20: Oklahoma
Feb. 23-25: Central Michigan

Dallas Baptist joins the top 25 after a sweep of Southeast Missouri. It was far from easy, as the Patriots notched come-from-behind wins in each of their first two games before a walk-off, 11-inning win Sunday. Grant Jay (7-for-14) paced the offense with three home runs, while on the mound Nick Wilson, Conner Mackay and Charlie Atkinson all had quality appearances. The starting pitching was a bit inconsistent, but there is no doubt DBU has serious firepower in its rotation between Ryan Johnson, James Ellwanger and Jaron DeBerry. It has this week a quality midweek matchup with Oklahoma before hosting Central Michigan.

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