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D1Baseball Top 25 Rankings: All-SEC Top Five Holds Steady

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The all-SEC top five remained the same in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings. Arkansas held firm at No. 1 after winning a road series at Louisiana Tech, despite taking its first loss of the season on Sunday. Vanderbilt remained No. 2 after winning two of three on the road at then-No. 13 Oklahoma State, which dropped one spot to No. 14. Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Florida round out the top five.

East Carolina moved up five spots to No. 9, and Texas made the biggest move of the week, jumping nine spots to No. 10 after sweeping a three-game set against South Carolina. The Gamecocks, who entered the weekend undefeated, dropped from No. 12 to No. 16.

Two upstarts from the ACC’s northern wing also made big moves. Notre Dame vaulted eight spots to No. 17 after winning its third straight conference road series, sweeping Virginia. Pittsburgh made its debut in the rankings, jumping in at No. 18 after taking a road series from Georgia Tech, which fell from No. 7 to No. 12. The Pitt resumé also includes a road series sweep of Florida State and a quality series win against Indiana State.

Two other teams made their season debuts in the rankings. Oregon jumped in at No. 20 after winning a road series from rival Oregon State, which fell seven spots to No. 23. The Ducks also swept a four-game set at UC Santa Barbara a week ago. And Michigan checked into the rankings at No. 22 after sweeping a four-game series from Purdue to improve to 7-1 on the season.

Florida Atlantic, West Virginia and Arizona dropped out of the Top 25.

D1Baseball’s editors and national writers determine the Top 25 rankings. Records are through games of March 14.


Rank Team Overall Record Record Last Week Previous Rank
1 Arkansas 12-1 2-1 1
2 Vanderbilt 12-2 3-1 2
3 Mississippi State 13-3 5-0 3
4 Ole Miss 13-3 3-1 4
5 Florida 13-4 4-1 5
6 Miami 8-4 3-0 8
7 Texas Tech 13-3 5-0 9
8 Louisville 11-4 4-0 10
9 East Carolina 13-2 4-0 14
10 Texas 11-5 4-0 19
11 UCLA 10-5 2-2 6
12 Georgia Tech 9-5 1-2 7
13 Tennessee 14-3 3-1 15
14 Oklahoma State 11-2-1 2-2 13
15 TCU 10-6 2-3 11
16 South Carolina 11-3 1-3 12
17 Notre Dame 7-2 3-0 25
18 Pittsburgh 9-4 2-1 NR
19 LSU 14-3 5-0 21
20 Oregon 8-3 2-1 NR
21 UC Santa Barbara 9-5 3-0 22
22 Michigan 7-1 5-0 NR
23 Oregon State 11-3 1-2 16
24 Boston College 9-5 1-3 17
25 Virginia Tech 9-5 2-3 18
Dropped Out
  Florida Atlantic 9-5 1-3 20
  West Virginia 5-5 1-2 23
  Arizona 12-4 2-2 24
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Ryan
Ryan
4 months ago

Man, it’s almost impossible to drop out of the rankings if you start high. Teams losing series to unranked teams and barely moving. Hell, UCLA has dropped 2 such series and is still sitting at 11.

Devin McNeil
Devin McNeil
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

Couldn’t agree more

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

So there IS favoritism for PAC-12 teams too? There are many that claim it’s only for SEC and ACC teams. 😉

mosteed99
mosteed99
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

I’m just happy they finally got WVU out of there. Never deserved to be there.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

I always felt the Big 12 got hosed, not that they do exceedingly well in the tourney, but they do have several strong programs that always seem to struggle to break into the upper echelon despite posting great seasons.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago

Perhaps in past years if you have some examples…but this year you HAD 3 teams in the top 10 to start the season (Texas Tech #3, TCU #9, Texas #10. They played a 3-game set against 3 SEC teams and got torched. The BIG 12 teams dropped and the SEC teams surged to the top. Nothing unfair about that. Even after that, Texas for example, struggled at first just scoring runs. They seem to have woken up though, so yeah they are having to fight their way back to where they were.

WebTraveler
WebTraveler
4 months ago
Reply to  Ryan


I think we will see once teams get into conference play.  Until then it’s all speculation.   I do think in UCLA’s case – aside from the USF series – the first of the year, they lost games to consistently good opponents year in/ year out.  But we will see in a few weeks where this all starts to land.

Fred McGrath
Fred McGrath
4 months ago

No Georgia? They started out a bit rough but went 4-0 this week all against Top 100 ELO teams. Now that their top 2 arms back in Ryan Webb and Jonathan Cannon (still hasn’t given up a run over 18 career IP), it’s hard to believe they are not Top 25.

Last edited 4 months ago by Fred McGrath
Kendall Rogers
4 months ago
Reply to  Fred McGrath

Fred — We definitely have our eyes on Georgia. They are kind of like A&M in the sense it has pitched really well and played well, but want to see it against better opponents beginning this weekend. UGA could change things with a series win over UT this weekend.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Fred McGrath

All of their wins except one (Ga Southern) are against teams with losing records. Hard to tell until they play a series against a team like Tennessee, which is coming up this weekend.

JohnTawa
JohnTawa
4 months ago

Thanks for recognizing Oregon’s great start with a spot in the rankings. Shout out to Kenyon Yovan, who was a full grown man in HS and is turning into the most feared hitter in the Pac!

B Mac
B Mac
4 months ago

How many games does UCLA have to lose before stats supersede the teams potential, I’m just saying. Nobody has ever won a national championship on potential, they had one good week in 4, and nobody who is ranking this team is coming to the conclusion that pressure changes a players potential.

Steven
Steven
4 months ago

Is Stanford near top 25?

JohnTawa
JohnTawa
4 months ago
Reply to  Steven

I’ll take a crack at this one: Stanford was 5-11 a year ago and averaged about two runs per game. The team’s best pitcher last year is still on the shelf after Tommy John (but is expected back soon). The Card has a vaunted and supremely talented freshman class, but that class really isn’t the reason for the fast start. So, it’s essentially the same cast of characters as last year getting it done, without the benefit of fall practice. It’s not an illusion and is a remarkable story but top 25 worthy? Not just yet. This team is having fun, showing tremendous resilience and growing with every series. If Stanford continues on this arc, the top 25 is in its future. But I think most of us who follow the program enjoy what’s happening now: a taste of success without the need for national recognition.

Mark Lindon
Mark Lindon
4 months ago

Go Hogs Go!

Steven
Steven
4 months ago

I imagine Arizona State is approaching the top 25?

B Mac
B Mac
4 months ago

National Writers and D1 baseball are so bias to the power 5 player, I don’t think they believe the gap between mid majors and power 5 schools is narrowing. If that was the case there is not a scenario that should exist fora school like Oral Roberts to put up 22 on an LSU program. I get if a power 5 catches a mid major on a day where they lose 3-1 or 8-5, but but 3 touchdowns and a 2 point conversion.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  B Mac

Surely you aren’t using the one blowout game to suggest Oral Roberts is as good as most power 5 teams? That said, I did enjoy seeing LSU get the hell beaten out of them that one game.

Bruce
Bruce
4 months ago

No Indiana?

Kendall Rogers
4 months ago
Reply to  Bruce

Nope. Michigan has been more impressive, IMO.

MICHAEL PETERSEN
MICHAEL PETERSEN
4 months ago

H2P

Ozkary
4 months ago

@Kendal Canes and Gators resumes look very similar. Miami beat @Florida. 5 or 6 is the same to me in rankings, but it is interesting to see Gators at 5 after looking at their SOS. It would be nice to see the SOS ranking as another column in the rankings.

eric burch
eric burch
4 months ago
Reply to  Ozkary

They hate Miami

CharleeB
CharleeB
4 months ago

Excited to see how texas tech does against Oklahoma state this weekend. Uconn and Gonzaga are definitely no schlubs. Yeah tech had it rough that opening weekend but I feel like they are starting to get it together and find their identity

Last edited 4 months ago by CharleeB
Fred
Fred
4 months ago

You’re telling me that the team that leads the NCAA in home runs, has 2 elite starting pitchers and has won it all numerous times is #19—LOL

CharleeB
CharleeB
4 months ago
Reply to  Fred

Winning it all in the past has nothing to do with where they are polling today. You should know that

Fred
Fred
4 months ago
Reply to  CharleeB

Which quarterback won the Super Bowl this year Charlee?

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Fred

What CharleeB said plus:

ORU-LSU.GIF
Fred
Fred
4 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

We won our last 6 games. I guess that went un-noticed. But let’s see what happens against MSU this weekend.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Fred

It’s all about this weekend. As for the last 6 games, you aren’t going to rise in the rankings beating UTSA, Texas Southern, etc.

Jake
Jake
4 months ago

How is UCLA still ranked they have lost to 5 no name teams?

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
4 months ago
Reply to  Jake

“5 no name teams”? I wouldn’t call any of them no-name teams and certainly not Cal Poly.

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