D1Baseball Top 25 Rankings: Feb. 16
The top 11 teams remained the same in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings after the opening weekend of the college baseball season. Top-ranked Vanderbilt took two of three in a hard-fought series against Santa Clara and retained its perch atop the rankings.
Each of the first nine teams in the rankings had winning weekends; the only team in the top nine other than Vandy that failed to go 3-0 was No. 5 South Carolina, which rebounded from an Opening Day loss to win its series against dangerous College of Charleston. No. 10 Texas went on the road and split a four-game set at rival Rice to maintain its ranking, while the Owls moved up a spot to No. 12.
The biggest mover in the Top 25 was Arizona State, which vaulted seven spots to No. 17 after opening the Tracy Smith/Phoenix Municipal Stadium era with a series win against Oklahoma State, which fell seven spots to No. 19. That steep drop was a product of the fact that 21 of the teams in the Top 25 had winning weekends, and the Cowboys needed to fall behind the Sun Devils after losing the head-to-head series.
Nebraska and Tennessee both went on the road and dropped two out of three to fall out of the rankings. They were replaced by UC Santa Barbara and Mississippi State, which entered the rankings at No. 23 and No. 24, respectively.The D1Baseball Top 25 rankings are released every Monday morning during the season. The D1Baseball staff determines the Top 25.
|23.||UC Santa Barbara||3-0||NR|
|25.||Cal State Fullerton||1-2||19|
|Dropped out: No. 23 Nebraska, No. 25 Tennessee.
Others considered: Arkansas, Florida International, Illinois, Indiana, Loyola Marymount, UNLV.