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NCAA Baseball Tournament Projection – 17 April 2017

The eyes of the college baseball world will turn to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha – home of the 2017 College World Series

Two weeks after my first projection, numerous changes have taken place, as expected. The only guarantee this projection will provide is that there will be more changes.

Corvallis Regional
(1) Oregon State (PAC-12 champion)
Indiana (Big Ten at-large)
Texas A&M (SEC at-large)
Navy (Patriot champion)

Long Beach Regional
Long Beach State (Big West champion)
Oklahoma (Big 12 at-large)
San Diego (WCC champion)
Missouri (SEC at-large)

Morgantown Regional
(8) West Virginia (Big 12 champion)
St. John’s (Big East champion)
FSU (ACC at-large)
Yale (Ivy champion)

Charlottesville Regional
Virginia (ACC at-large)
Vanderbilt (SEC at-large)
Binghamton (America East champion)
Rhode Island (Atlantic 10 champion)

Clemson Regional
(4) Clemson (ACC at-large)
Mercer (Southern champion)
Mississippi (SEC at-large)
Bryant (Northeast champion)

Starkville Regional
Mississippi State (SEC at-large)
Baylor (Big 12 at-large)
Connecticut (AAC at-large)
Old Dominion (C-USA at-large)

Louisville Regional
(5) Louisville (ACC at-large)
Missouri State (MVC champion)
New Mexico (MWC champion)
Northeastern (CAA champion)

Houston Regional
Houston (AAC champion)
Arkansas (SEC at-large)
Nebraska (Big Ten at-large)
Jackson State (SWAC champion)

Chapel Hill Regional
(3) North Carolina (ACC champion)
South Florida (AAC at-large)
Oregon (PAC-12 at-large)
Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt champion)

Gainesville Regional
Florida (SEC champion)
Central Florida (AAC at-large)
Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun champion)
Bethune-Cookman (MEAC champion)

Lubbock Regional
(6) Texas Tech (Big 12 at-large)
Auburn (SEC at-large)
North Carolina State (ACC at-large)
Marist (Metro Atlantic champion)

Lake Charles Regional
McNeese State (Southland champion)
LSU (SEC at-large)
Wright State (Horizon champion)
Tennessee Tech (OVC champion)

Tucson Regional
(2) Arizona (PAC-12 at-large)
Cal State Fullerton (Big West at-large)
Maryland (Big Ten champion)
Grand Canyon (WAC champion)

Fort Worth Regional
TCU (Big 12 at-large)
Southern Mississippi (C-USA champion)
Minnesota (Big Ten at-large)
Oral Roberts (Summit champion)


Lexington Regional

(7) Kentucky (SEC at-large)
Michigan (Big Ten champion)
Texas (Big 12 at-large)
Kent State (MAC champion)

Winston-Salem Regional
Wake Forest (ACC at-large)
South Carolina (SEC at-large)
Washington (PAC-12 at-large)
Liberty (Big South champion)

Last five teams in:

Old Dominion
Missouri
Connecticut
Nebraska
Minnesota

First five teams out:

Stanford
Louisiana Tech
Tennessee
Charlotte
Southeastern Louisiana

Next five teams out:

Utah
Florida A&M
Georgia Tech
Gonzaga
Southern California

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2017 Week 10 College Baseball Top-25

Redshirt junior RHP Jake Thompson improved to 8-0 with a 1.03 ERA as top-ranked Oregon State improved to 30-2 (14-1 PAC-12) with a 3-0 win at Washington. (photo courtesy of osubeavers.com)

Despite losing their first game since February 24, Oregon State remains atop the NCAA Baseball Top-25 rankings for a sixth consecutive week. Tuesday’s mid-week matchup with Gonzaga was cancelled by rain and, 24 hours later, the Beavers’ school-record 23-game winning streak was washed away with a 3-2 loss to Washington at Husky Stadium. Undeterred, Pat Casey’s squad rode the stellar starting pitching of Bryce Fehmel and Jake Thompson to capture the final two games in Seattle and secure a fifth straight series victory while ballooning their PAC-12 lead to five games over Arizona and UCLA.

Louisville leapfrogs from fourth to second following a 4-0 week, extending their current winning streak to six games. The Cardinals hammered Purdue 13-2 and played rude guests at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta, sweeping Georgia Tech and taking the top spot in the ACC by a half-game over Clemson, who concludes their series with Florida State on Monday. Brendan McKay was the star of the week for Dan McDonnell’s Cards, hitting .538 (7-for-13) with a double, two home runs, six RBI and six runs scored while spinning a 1-hitter over eight innings in Friday’s 3-0 victory.

TCU slips one spot to third after losing their second series of the season, both away from Lupton Stadium, en route to a 2-2 week. The Horned Frogs defeated crosstown rival Dallas Baptist, 9-3, before losing two of three in a nail-biting series at West Virginia. In the series opener, TCU rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the Mountaineers, 4-4, only to see the hosts walk off a winner a half-inning later. Jim Schlossnagle’s club erased a 6-1 deficit to tie the series with an 8-6 Saturday triumph, but a pair of bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the ninth, on Sunday, gave West Virginia a second 5-4 walk-off win and the series victory.

Clemson retreats a position to fourth, despite a 2-1 campaign. Monte Lee’s club needed 11 innings to dispatch Charleston Southern 6-5 on Tuesday and split a pair of contests at Florida State in a series that concludes on Monday. In the opener at Dick Howser Stadium, the Tigers built an early 9-0 lead, trailed 10-9 after seven innings, and cashed in on a pair of ninth-inning FSU errors with a 2-RBI single from Seth Beer for a 12-10 victory. Sunday’s contest wasn’t, nearly, as dramatic as the Seminoles scored early and often for a 7-3 win.

The ACC-Coastal leader, North Carolina, holds firm in fifth following a 3-1 week. The Tar Heels manhandled South Carolina, 20-5, at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte and took two of three from Tobacco Road rival North Carolina State at Boshamer Stadium. Following the demolition of the Gamecocks, J.B. Bukauskas and Luca Dalatri, each, tossed stellar starts in a pair of UNC wins, but couldn’t overcome an early 4-run deficit in a 4-2 loss on Sunday.

Arizona and Texas Tech, each, posted 3-1 weeks to remain in sixth and seventh, respectively, Virginia and Mississippi State registered impressive 3-1 campaigns to move up one place to eighth and ninth, respectively, and Wake Forest rolled to a 5-0 week to make its debut in the top ten.

LSU leads the best of the rest, moving up one notch to 11th, Long Beach State rises a spot to 12th, West Virginia, off its series win over TCU, advances two places to 13th, Kentucky ascends three to 14th and Florida jumps four positions to 15th.

Michigan, fresh off their three-game sweep of Oklahoma, returns to the rankings at #16, Wright State moves ahead three spots to 17th, McNeese State cracks the top-20, up four to 18th, Vanderbilt retreats five places to 19th and Houston slips two notches to 20th.

Rounding out the rankings, Cal State Fullerton moves up four spots to 21st, South Carolina falls six to 22nd, Oklahoma plunges from 8th to 23rd, Mercer makes its 2017 debut at #24 and Southern Mississippi drops four positions to claim the 25th spot.

Dropping out of the rankings, this week, are #23 Missouri State and #24 South Florida.

1. Oregon State (30-2, 14-1 PAC-12) This week (3): at UCLA (16-16, 9-6 PAC-12) 4/21-23
(LW – 1) Last week (2-1): vs. Gonzaga (20-14, 11-4 WCC) CCD; at Washington (20-14, 7-5 PAC-12) L 3-2, W 5-2, W 3-0

2. Louisville (31-4, 15-3 ACC-A) This week (4): at #14 Kentucky (25-12, 10-5 SEC-E) 4/18; vs. Duke (19-19, 7-11 ACC-C) 4/21-23
(LW – 4) Last week (4-0): vs. Purdue (18-17, 6-6 Big Ten) W 13-2; at Georgia Tech (16-18, 4-14 ACC-C) W 3-0, W 10-1, W 5-4

3. TCU (28-7, 9-3 Big 12) This week (3): vs. Baylor (22-14, 5-7 Big 12) 4/21-23
(LW – 2) Last week (2-2): at Dallas Baptist (20-15, 3-3 MVC) W 9-3; at #15 West Virginia (21-13, 8-4 Big 12) L 5-4, W 8-6, L 5-4

4. Clemson (30-6, 14-3 ACC-A) This week (5): at Florida State (22-15, 8-9 ACC-A) 4/17; vs. Georgia (15-22, 4-11 SEC-E) 4/19; vs. #10 Wake Forest (28-10, 12-6 ACC-A) 4/21-23
(LW – 3) Last week (2-1): vs. Charleston Southern (17-18, 6-9 Big South) W 6-5 (11); at Florida State (22-15, 8-9 ACC-A) W 12-10, L 7-3

5. North Carolina (29-7, 14-4 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Liberty (20-14, 7-5 Big South) 4/18; at Pittsburgh (15-17, 7-11 ACC-C) 4/21-23
(LW – 5) Last week (3-1): at #16 South Carolina (22-13, 8-7 SEC-E) W 20-5 **at Charlotte, NC**; vs. North Carolina State (20-17, 8-10 ACC-A) W 7-2, W 7-1, L 4-2

6. Arizona (26-9, 9-6 PAC-12) This week (3): vs. Utah (14-17, 5-10 PAC-12) 4/20-22
(LW – 6) Last week (3-1): at Grand Canyon (16-19, 10-2 WAC) W 7-3; vs. Oregon (23-10, 6-6 PAC-12) L 8-4, W 5-4, W 18-4

7. Texas Tech (31-8, 8-4 Big 12) This week (4): vs. New Mexico State (23-14, 8-1 WAC) 4/18 **at Midland, TX**; vs. Oklahoma State (20-15, 4-8 Big 12) 4/21-23
(LW – 7) Last week (3-1): vs. New Mexico (20-14, 11-2 MWC) W 12-4; at Kansas State (17-18, 2-10 Big 12) L 5-3, W 7-4, W 12-8

8. Virginia (29-9, 10-8 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. Longwood (12-22, 4-8 Big South) 4/18; vs. James Madison (18-17, 3-9 CAA) 4/19; vs. Notre Dame (15-20, 7-11 ACC-A) 4/21-23
(LW – 9) Last week (3-1): vs. VCU (21-15, 10-2 Atlantic 10) W 9-4; at Virginia Tech (19-19, 7-11 ACC-C) W 10-9, W 3-2 (10), L 7-5

9. Mississippi State (25-13, 10-5 SEC-W) This week (4): at South Alabama (21-15, 10-5 Sun Belt) 4/18; vs. Alabama (14-22, 2-13 SEC-W) 4/20-22
(LW – 10) Last week (3-1): vs. Mississippi Valley State (5-24, 4-14 SWAC-E) W 5-0; at #16 South Carolina (22-13, 8-7 SEC-E) W 7-4, W 5-4, L 6-1

10. Wake Forest (28-10, 12-6 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Charlotte (20-16, 9-6 C-USA) 4/18; at #4 Clemson (30-6, 14-3 ACC-A) 4/21-23
(LW – 11) Last week (5-0): vs. Coastal Carolina (22-13, 10-4 Sun Belt) W 19-9; at Elon (18-19, 8-4 CAA) W 13-1 (7); vs. Notre Dame (15-20, 7-11 ACC-A) W 4-3, W 13-7, W 5-1

11. LSU (25-12, 9-6 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Lamar (22-15, 9-9 Southland) 4/18; at #14 Kentucky (25-12, 10-5 SEC-E) 4/21-23
(LW – 12) Last week (3-1): vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (21-14, 10-4 Sun Belt) W 3-2 **at Metairie, LA**; vs. Mississippi (22-14, 7-8 SEC-W) W 15-2, L 4-1, W 3-2

12. Long Beach State (22-12, 7-2 Big West) This week (4): at UCLA (16-16, 9-6 PAC-12) 4/18; at UC Irvine (13-19, 2-4 Big West) 4/21-23
(LW – 13) Last week (2-1): vs. Cal State Northridge (17-20, 4-5 Big West) W 6-2, W 4-0, L 8-5

13. West Virginia (21-13, 8-4 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Marshall (18-17, 7-8 C-USA) 4/18 **at Charleston, WV**; at Kansas State (17-18, 2-10 Big 12) 4/21-23
(LW – 15) Last week (2-2): at Maryland (24-11, 9-3 Big Ten) L 7-6; vs. #2 TCU (28-7, 9-3 Big 12) W 5-4, L 8-6, W 5-4

14. Kentucky (25-12, 10-5 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. #2 Louisville (31-4, 15-3 ACC-A) 4/18; vs. #11 LSU (25-12, 9-6 SEC-W) 4/21-23
(LW – 17) Last week (3-1): vs. Tennessee-Martin (12-20, 4-11 OVC) W 8-0; at Missouri (26-11, 7-8 SEC-E) W 5-2, L 9-8, W 6-1

15. Florida (24-12, 8-7 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. North Florida (26-13, 7-2 Atlantic Sun) 4/18; vs. #22 South Carolina (22-13, 8-7 SEC-E) 4/20-22
(LW – 19) Last week (3-1): at Florida State (22-15, 8-9 ACC-A) W 10-7; at #14 Vanderbilt (22-15, 7-8 SEC-E) W 10-6, L 2-0, W 20-8

16. Michigan (29-7, 6-3 Big Ten) This week (4): vs. Michigan State (20-12, 5-4 Big Ten) 4/18; vs. Indiana (19-14, 6-5 Big Ten) 4/21-23
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. Eastern Michigan (16-20, 7-2 MAC-W) W 2-1; vs. #8 Oklahoma (27-12, 5-4 Big 12) W 5-2, W 14-4, W 6-2

17. Wright State (25-8, 11-1 Horizon) This week (6): vs. Miami-OH (13-23, 2-7 MAC-E) 4/18, vs. TBA 4/19 **Joe Nuxhall Classic at Cincinnati, OH**; DH vs. Oakland (6-26, 4-8 Horizon) 4/22; DH at Valparaiso (13-20, 4-8 Horizon) 4/23
(LW – 20) Last week (4-0): vs. Xavier (20-16, 3-3 Big East) W 8-7; vs. Tennessee-Martin (12-20, 4-11 OVC) W 14-0, W 4-3 (11), W 12-5

18. McNeese State (26-9, 16-2 Southland) This week (4): at Louisiana Tech (23-13, 6-9 C-USA) 4/18; at Northwestern State (11-23, 4-11 Southland) 4/21-23
(LW – 22) Last week (3-0): vs. Alcorn State (9-22, 5-10 SWAC-E) CCD; vs. New Orleans (19-18, 8-10 Southland) W 5-0, W 5-3, W 9-7

19. Vanderbilt (22-15, 7-8 SEC-E) This week (4): at Middle Tennessee State (19-17, 7-8 C-USA) 4/18; at Georgia (15-22, 4-11 SEC-E) 4/21-23
(LW – 14) Last week (1-3): vs. Tennessee Tech (29-9, 16-2 OVC) L 5-2; vs. #19 Florida (24-12, 8-7 SEC-E) L 10-6, W 2-0, L 20-8

20. Houston (25-10, 6-3 AAC) This week (4): vs. Sam Houston State (25-11, 13-2 Southland) 4/18 **at Sugar Land, TX**; vs. Tulane (18-18, 7-2 AAC) 4/21-23
(LW – 18) This week (2-2): at Rice (13-25, 4-11 C-USA) L 4-3; at Memphis (21-15, 3-6 AAC) W 13-3, L 10-8, W 9-8

21. Cal State Fullerton (23-11, 5-1 Big West) This week (4): vs. San Diego (25-9, 12-3 WCC) 4/18; at Cal Poly (15-19, 6-3 Big West) 4/21-23
(LW – 25) Last week (2-1): at/vs./vs. Southern California (17-16, 5-7 PAC-12) L 13-9, W 13-5, W 2-1

22. South Carolina (22-13, 8-7 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Davidson (18-15, 8-7 Atlantic 10) 4/18; at #15 Florida (24-12, 8-7 SEC-E) 4/21-23
(LW – 16) Last week (1-3): vs. #5 North Carolina (29-7, 14-4 ACC-C) L 20-5 * at Charlotte, NC*; vs. #10 Mississippi State (25-13, 10-5 SEC-W) L 7-4, L 5-4, W 6-1

23. Oklahoma (27-12, 5-4 Big 12) This week (4): at Dallas Baptist (20-15, 3-3 MVC) 4/18; vs. Kansas (17-18, 6-6 Big 12) 4/21-23
(LW – 8) Last week (0-4): at Oral Roberts (26-9, 14-1 Summit) L 3-2; at Michigan (29-7, 6-3 Big Ten) L 5-2, L 14-4, L 6-2

24. Mercer (32-6, 11-1 Southern) This week (4): at Georgia Tech (16-18, 4-14 ACC-C) 4/18; at The Citadel (11-22, 3-6 Southern) 4/21-23
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. Georgia State (13-22, 3-12 Sun Belt) W 11-4; vs. VMI (17-19, 4-8 Southern) W 10-6, W 9-6, W 17-5

25. Southern Mississippi (28-9, 12-3 C-USA) This week (4): at Tulane (18-18, 7-2 AAC) 4/19; vs. Old Dominion (26-11, 10-5 C-USA) 4/21-23
(LW – 21) Last week (2-2): vs. Mississippi (22-14, 7-8 SEC-W) L 6-2; at Rice (13-25, 4-11 C-USA) W 15-4, L 11-4, W 17-5

Dropped Out: #23 Missouri State, #24 South Florida

Also Receiving Consideration:

Arkansas (29-8, 11-4 SEC-W), Auburn (27-11, 10-5 SEC-W), Baylor (22-14, 5-7 Big 12), Central Florida (26-11, 5-4 AAC), Florida Gulf Coast (28-10, 4-5 Atlantic Sun), Florida State (22-15, 8-9 ACC-A), Indiana (19-14, 6-5 Big Ten), Maryland (24-11, 9-3 Big Ten), Mississippi (22-14, 7-8 SEC-W), Missouri (26-11, 7-8 SEC-E), Missouri State (22-13, 6-0 MVC), New Mexico (20-14, 11-2 MWC), North Carolina State (20-17, 8-10 ACC-A), Oregon (23-10, 6-6 PAC-12), St. John’s (26-5, 4-2 Big East), San Diego (25-9, 12-3 WCC), South Florida (29-7, 5-4 AAC), Texas (24-15, 7-8 Big 12), Texas A&M (26-11, 8-7 SEC-W), Washington (20-14, 7-5 PAC-12)

2017 Week 9 College Baseball Top-25

RHP Jake Thompson ran his record to 7-0 with a 1.18 ERA for top-ranked Oregon State in Sunday’s 5-1 win over Utah – the Beavers’ school-record 23rd consecutive victory, which tied the PAC-12’s all-time mark. (photo courtesy of Billy Gates/Oregon Live)

Week 8 of the Division-1 College Baseball season became the most turbulent of 2017, as some of the top teams in the Power Five conferences continued, what has been, a roller-coaster schedule of results. While last week’s top-six teams hold the same positions and two top-ten clubs swapped places, the rest of the rankings, barely, resembles last week’s top-25.

Despite being tested by inferior competition to the tune of three one-run games, including a 16-inning affair on Saturday, top-ranked Oregon State extended their school-record winning streak to 23 games with a 4-0 record that was capped by a sweep of Utah. Up next for Pat Casey’s squad: a pesky Gonzaga lineup and a trip to Washington, currently second in the PAC-12.

TCU, holding down the second spot in the rankings, ran their winning streak to 12 with a mid-week win at UT Arlington and a non-conference series sweep of Murray State. The Horned Frogs continue to hold a two game lead over Texas Tech and West Virginia as the mid-point of the Big 12 schedule commences this weekend.

Clemson begins another week at #3 following a shutout win at Georgia and a three-game sweep of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. At 13-2, Monte Lee’s Tigers own the best conference record in the ACC and own a one-game lead over Louisville in the Atlantic Division and host Charleston Southern before heading south to Dick Howser Stadium for a Saturday/Sunday/Monday series against Florida State.

Louisville remains in fourth after a 3-1 week. The Cardinals defeated Kentucky in a mid-week tilt before taking two of three from Wake Forest in a hotly contested series at Patterson Stadium. Fighting for a national seed in, arguably, the toughest conference in the nation, Louisville hosts improved Purdue before traveling to Russ Chandler Stadium to face ACC Coastal cellar dweller Georgia Tech.

North Carolina gives the ACC three teams in the top-five, as a 4-0 week pushed the Tar Heels’ winning streak to eight. Mike Fox’ squad, leading the ACC Coastal Division at 12-3, nipped East Carolina before bludgeoning Boston College in a three-game sweep in Chestnut Hill, MA. Rarely getting a week off from top competition, North Carolina visits South Carolina on Tuesday before hosting Tobacco Road rival North Carolina State.

Sixth-ranked Arizona posted a 3-1 week with an overwhelming win against Arizona State in a mid-week non-conference matchup and winning two of three at Washington State. Despite a 7-5 record in the PAC-12, the 2016 National Runners-Up trail, only, Oregon State in RPI and look to hold that spot this week with a road game at Grand Canyon and a home series vs. Oregon.

Texas Tech moves up one spot to seventh after roughing up WAC leader New Mexico State and fell one run short of sweeping Baylor at Rip Griffin Park. The Red Raiders host Mountain West leader New Mexico this week before trying to hold on to, at least, second place in the Big 12 with a weekend series at conference basement occupant Kansas State.

Oklahoma drops to eighth, switching places with Texas Tech. The Big 12’s third entry into the top-10 opened the week with a win over Summit leader Oral Roberts, but dropped two of three against resurgent Texas on the road. A trip to Tulsa for the back half of a home-and-home with Oral Roberts opens the week and concludes with an inter-sectional matchup at Big Ten RPI leader Michigan.

Virginia makes the biggest leap this week, up ten places, to ninth on the heels of a 5-0 run that pushed the 2015 College World Series champs into second place in the ACC Coastal. Mid-week wins over Old Dominion and George Washington paved the way to the perfect week, which ended with a sweep of Pittsburgh. The Hoos remain in the Commonwealth this week, hosting VCU before taking a bus ride to visit Virginia Tech this weekend.

Rounding out the top-ten is SEC-West co-leader Mississippi State after an up-and-down week. The Bulldogs split a pair with Florida International and lost their series opener with Kentucky before posting identical 10-6 wins to take the series from the Wildcats. 1B Brent Rooker was the story of the weekend, launching three home runs and driving in six in Saturday’s win. The red-shirt junior, in 34 games, is hitting .448 with 15 homers, 56 RBI, slugging 1.008 and has amassed a 1.556 OPS.

Despite dropping two of three at Louisville, Wake Forest surges five spots to 11th, LSU jumps six places to 12th, Long Beach State debuts in 13th, Vanderbilt rejoins the rankings in 14th and West Virginia joins the rankings for the first time in 2017, grabbing 15th place.

South Carolina retreats six notches to 16th, Kentucky falls four to 17th, Houston becomes the second AAC team to enter the 2017 rankings, checking in at #18, Florida drops four places to 19th and, despite a falling RPI based on their conference schedule, Wright State rises one spot to 20th.

Southern Miss falls seven to 21st, McNeese makes their season debut at #22, Missouri State and South Florida, each, move up a notch to 23rd and 24th, respectively, and Cal State Fullerton returns to the top-25 in the final spot.

Dropping out of this weeks rankings are #9 Auburn, #11 St. John’s, #20 Florida Gulf Coast, #22 Arkansas and #23 Morehead State.

1. Oregon State (28-1, 12-0 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. Gonzaga (17-14, 8-4 WCC) 4/11; at Washington (18-12, 6-3 PAC-12) 4/13-15
(LW – 1) Last week (4-0): at Portland (7-24, 3-9 WCC) W 4-3; vs. Utah (12-16, 3-9 PAC-12) W 5-4, W 5-4 (16), W 5-1

2. TCU (26-5, 8-1 Big 12) This week (4): at Dallas Baptist (18-13, 3-3 MVC) 4/11; at #15 West Virginia (19-11, 6-3 Big 12) 4/14-16
(LW – 2) Last week (4-0): at UT Arlington (17-16, 8-4 Sun Belt) W 5-4; vs. Murray State (15-16, 6-6 OVC) W 9-2, W 15-6, W 13-2 (7)

3. Clemson (28-5, 13-2 ACC-A) This week (3): vs. Charleston Southern (16-14, 5-7 Big South) 4/11; at Florida State (21-13, 7-8 ACC-A) 4/15-16
(LW – 3) Last week (4-0): at Georgia (14-19, 4-8 SEC-E) W 4-0; vs. Virginia Tech (17-17, 6-9 ACC-C) W 12-1, W 6-3, W 8-3

4. Louisville (27-4, 12-3 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Purdue (17-14, 5-4 Big Ten) 4/11; at Georgia Tech (16-14, 4-11 ACC-C) 4/13-15
(LW – 4) Last week (3-1): vs. #13 Kentucky (22-11, 8-4 SEC-E) W 5-3; vs. #16 Wake Forest (23-10, 9-6 ACC-A) L 2-1, W 7-6, W 7-5

5. North Carolina (26-6, 12-3 ACC-C) This week (4): at #16 South Carolina (21-10, 7-5 SEC-E) 4/11; vs. North Carolina State (18-15, 7-8 ACC-A) 4/14-16
(LW – 5) Last week (4-0): vs. East Carolina (18-15, 0-6 AAC) W 3-2; at Boston College (9-20, 1-14 ACC-A) W 17-7, W 16-4, W 15-3 (8)

6. Arizona (23-8, 7-5 PAC-12) This week (4): at Grand Canyon (14-17, 8-1 WAC) 4/11; vs. Oregon (21-8, 5-4 PAC-12) 4/13-15
(LW – 6) Last week (3-1): vs. Arizona State (12-18, 2-10 PAC-12) W 11-2; at Washington State (15-14, 2-7 PAC-12) W 19-5, L 9-3, W 6-5

7. Texas Tech (28-7, 6-3 Big 12) This week (4): vs. New Mexico (18-12, 11-2 MWC) 4/11; at Kansas State (16-15, 1-8 Big 12) 4/13-15
(LW – 8) Last week (3-1): at New Mexico State (20-13, 6-0 WAC) W 15-4; vs. Baylor (20-12, 3-6 Big 12) W 13-2, W 5-3, L 10-9

8. Oklahoma (27-8, 5-4 Big 12) This week (4): at Oral Roberts (22-9, 11-1 Summit) 4/11; at Michigan (25-7, 6-3 Big Ten) 4/13-15
(LW – 7) Last week (2-2): vs. Oral Roberts (22-9, 11-1 Summit) W 6-2; at Texas (22-13, 6-6 Big 12) L 5-3, L 9-3, W 2-1

9. Virginia (26-8, 8-7 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. VCU (19-13, 8-1 Atlantic 10) 4/11; at Virginia Tech (17-17, 6-9 ACC-C) 4/13-15
(LW – 19) Last week (5-0): vs. Old Dominion (24-9, 9-3 C-USA) W 18-5; vs. George Washington (15-17, 4-5 Atlantic 10) W 11-1; vs. Pittsburgh (14-15, 6-9 ACC-C) W 12-1, W 5-2, W 4-3

10. Mississippi State (22-12, 8-4 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Mississippi Valley State (4-21, 3-12 SWAC-E) 4/11; at #16 South Carolina (21-10, 7-5 SEC-E) 4/14-16
(LW – 17) Last week (3-2): vs. Florida International (18-14, 6-6 C-USA) L 8-3, W 9-7 (10); vs. #13 Kentucky (22-12, 8-4 SEC-W) L 5-2, W 10-6, W 10-6

11. Wake Forest (23-10, 9-6 ACC-A) This week (5): vs. Coastal Carolina (20-11, 8-3 Sun Belt) 4/11; at Elon (16-16, 6-3 CAA) 4/12; vs. Notre Dame (13-17, 7-8 ACC-A) 4/14-16
(LW – 16) Last week (2-2): vs./at Elon (16-16, 6-3 CAA) W 14-1, PPD; at #4 Louisville (27-4, 12-3 ACC-A) W 2-1, L 7-6, L 7-5

12. LSU (22-11, 7-5 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (18-13, 7-4 Sun Belt) 4/11 *at Metairie, LA*; vs. Mississippi (20-12, 6-6 SEC-W) 4/13-15
(LW – 18) Last week (3-1): vs. Grambling (11-20, 7-8 SWAC-W) W 13-2; at #22 Arkansas (25-8, 8-4 SEC-W) L 9-3, W 10-8, W 2-0

13. Long Beach State (20-11, 5-1 Big West) This week (3): vs. Cal State Northridge (16-17, 3-3 Big West) 4/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. Southern California (16-14, 5-7 PAC-12) W 6-0; vs. UC Riverside (12-15, 1-5 Big West) W 8-0, W 11-4, W 3-0

14. Vanderbilt (21-12, 6-6 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Tennessee Tech (25-9, 13-2 OVC) 4/11; vs. #19 Florida (21-11, 6-6 SEC-E) 4/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): vs. Tennessee-Martin (12-16, 4-11 OVC) W 11-0; at #10 South Carolina (21-10, 7-5 SEC-E) W 7-6, W 5-3 (13), L 6-1

15. West Virginia (19-11, 6-3 Big 12) This week (4): at Maryland (20-10, 6-3 Big Ten) 4/11; vs. #2 TCU (26-5, 8-1 Big 12) 4/14-16
(LW – NR) Last week (4-1): vs. Marshall (15-15, 6-6, 4-7 C-USA) W 14-7; vs. #23 Morehead State (22-10, 8-4 OVC) W 5-1; vs. Kansas (14-17, 4-5 Big 12) W 10-1, W 8-0, L 7-2

16. South Carolina (21-10, 7-5 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. #5 North Carolina (26-6, 12-3 ACC-C) 4/11; vs. #10 Mississippi State (22-12, 8-4 SEC-W) 4/14-16
(LW – 10) Last week (2-2): vs. Furman (11-19, 1-8 Southern) W 6-1; vs. Vanderbilt (21-12, 6-6 SEC-E) L 7-6, L 5-3 (13), W 6-1

17. Kentucky (22-11, 8-4 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Tennessee-Martin (12-16, 4-11 OVC) 4/12; at Missouri (23-9, 6-6 SEC-E) 4/14-16
(LW – 13) Last week (1-3): at #4 Louisville (27-4, 12-3 ACC-A) L 5-3; at #17 Mississippi State (22-12, 8-4 SEC-W) W 5-2, L 10-6, L 10-6

18. Houston (23-8, 4-2 AAC) This week (4): at Rice (11-23, 3-9 C-USA) 4/11; at Memphis (20-12, 2-4 AAC) 4/13-15
(LW – NR) This week (3-1): vs. Rice (11-23, 3-9 C-USA) L 9-0; vs. East Carolina (18-15, 0-6 AAC) W 17-3, W 8-1, W 9-6

19. Florida (21-11, 6-6 SEC-E) This week (4): at Florida State (21-13, 7-8 ACC-A) 4/11; at #14 Vanderbilt (21-12, 6-6 SEC-E) 4/13-15
(LW – 15) Last week (1-2): vs. Stetson (15-19, 5-1 Atlantic Sun) CCD; vs. Tennessee (17-12, 3-9 SEC-E) L 7-6 (10), L 3-2 (10), W 5-4

20. Wright State (21-8, 11-1 Horizon) This week (4): vs. Xavier (18-14, 1-2 Big East) 4/11; vs. Tennessee-Martin (12-16, 4-11 OVC) 4/13-15
(LW – 21) Last week (3-1): vs. Toledo (10-22, 4-5 MAC-W) W 4-2; at Youngstown State (8-20, 4-8 Horizon) W 11-8 (10), W 16-4, L 5-2

21. Southern Mississippi (26-7, 10-2 C-USA) This week (4): vs. Mississippi (20-12, 6-6 SEC-W) 4/11; at Rice (11-23, 3-9 C-USA) 4/14-16
(LW – 14) Last week (2-2): vs. Mississippi (20-12, 6-6 SEC-W) L 6-5 (12) **at Pearl, MS**; vs. Florida International (18-14, 6-6 C-USA) W 15-4, W 5-1, L 10-4

22. McNeese State (23-9, 13-2 Southland) This week (4): vs. Alcorn State (7-21, 3-9 SWAC-E) 4/11; vs. New Orleans (19-14, 8-7 Southland) 4/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. Louisiana Tech (21-12, 4-8 C-USA) W 5-3; at Abilene Christian (9-19, 1-14 Southland) W 7-4, W 18-5, W 8-5

23. Missouri State (21-10, 6-0 MVC) This week (4): vs. Arkansas (25-8, 8-4 SEC-W) 4/11; at New Mexico (18-12, 11-2 MWC) 4/13-15
(LW – 24) Last week (3-1): vs. Kansas (14-17, 4-5 Big 12) L 4-2; vs. Dallas Baptist (18-13, 3-3 MVC) W 5-1, W 11-8, W 7-3

24. South Florida (27-5, 4-2 AAC) This week (4): at Stetson (15-19, 5-1 Atlantic Sun) 4/11; vs. Cincinnati (15-16, 2-4 AAC) 4/13-15
(LW – 25) Last week (3-0): vs. #12 Central Florida (23-10, 2-4 AAC) W 5-4 (11), W 6-5, W 7-5

25. Cal State Fullerton (21-10, 5-1 Big West) This week (3): at/vs./vs. Southern California (16-14, 5-7 PAC-12) 4/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. San Diego (21-9, 9-3 WCC) W 13-2; vs. UC Davis (9-16, 2-4 Big West) W 6-0, W 9-8, W 8-5

Dropped Out: #9 Auburn, #11 St. John’s, #20 Florida Gulf Coast, #22 Arkansas, #23 Morehead State

Also Receiving Consideration:

Arkansas (25-8, 8-4 SEC-W), Auburn (24-10, 8-4 SEC-W), Baylor (20-12, 3-6 Big 12), Binghamton (12-6, 3-2 America East), Central Florida (23-10, 2-4 AAC), Connecticut (19-10, 6-0 AAC), Florida State (21-13, 7-8 ACC-A), Kent State (17-10, 5-1 MAC-E), Mercer (28-6, 8-1 Southern), Michigan (25-7, 6-3 Big Ten), Minnesota (19-8, 6-0 Big Ten), Mississippi (20-12, 6-6 SEC-W), Missouri (23-9, 6-6 SEC-E), New Mexico (18-12, 11-2 MWC), Oregon (21-8, 5-4 PAC-12), St. John’s (22-5, 1-2 Big East), San Diego (21-9, 9-3 WCC), Stanford (17-10, 4-5 PAC-12), Texas (22-13, 6-6 Big 12), Texas A&M (22-11, 5-7 SEC-W)

NCAA Baseball Tournament Projection – 05 April 2017

TD Ameritrade Park, the ultimate destination in Division-1 college baseball, will host the 2017 College World Series beginning on Saturday 17 June.

 

Nearly two months away from the 2017 NCAA Baseball tourney, I thought it would be fun to put together an early projection of who might go where when the field of 64 is announced in late May. Keep in mind, this projection is based upon current RPIs and records and future projections will fluctuate. This is for entertainment purposes and discussion as we get closer to conference tournaments and the revealing of the full Division-1 field.

Corvallis Regional

(1) Oregon State (PAC-12 champion)
Michigan (Big Ten champion)
UNC Charlotte (C-USA at-large)
Navy (Patriot champion)

Long Beach Regional

Long Beach State (Big West champion)
New Mexico (MWC champion)
Stanford (PAC-12 at-large)
San Diego (WCC champion)

Louisville Regional

(8) Louisville (ACC at-large)
Mississippi State (SEC at-large)
Wright State (Horizon champion)
Liberty (Big South champion)

Fort Worth Regional

TCU (Big 12 champion)
McNeese State (Southland champion)
Rhode Island (Atlantic 10 champion)
Oral Roberts (Summit champion)

Clemson Regional

(4) Clemson (ACC at-large)
Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun champion)
Auburn (SEC at-large)
Niagara (Metro Atlantic champion)

Lexington Regional

Kentucky (SEC at-large)
Southern Mississippi (C-USA champion)
Morehead State (OVC champion)
Maryland (Big Ten at-large)

Lubbock Regional

(5) Texas Tech (Big 12 at-large)
LSU (SEC at-large)
South Florida (AAC at-large)
Jackson State (SWAC champion)

Houston Regional

Houston (AAC at-large)
Oklahoma (Big 12 at-large)
Kent State (MAC champion)
Mississippi (SEC at-large)

Chapel Hill Regional

(3) North Carolina (ACC champion)
Connecticut (AAC at-large)
Missouri State (MVC champion)
Central Connecticut State (Northeast champion)

Morgantown Regional

West Virginia (Big 12 at-large)
St. John’s (Big East champion)
Bethune-Cookman (MEAC champion)
Dartmouth (Ivy champion)

Gainesville Regional

(6) Florida (SEC at-large)
Southeastern Louisiana (Southland at-large)
Central Florida (AAC champion)
William & Mary (CAA champion)

Winston-Salem Regional

Wake Forest (ACC at-large)
Vanderbilt (SEC at-large)
Old Dominion (C-USA at-large)
Oregon (PAC-12 at large)

Tucson Regional

(2) Arizona (PAC-12 at-large)
Cal State Fullerton (Big West at-large)
Texas A&M (SEC at-large)
Grand Canyon (WAC champion)

Waco Regional

Baylor (Big 12 at-large)
Arkansas (SEC at-large)
Florida State (ACC at-large)
Mercer (Southern champion)

Columbia Regional

(7) South Carolina (SEC champion)
Georgia Tech (ACC at-large)
Indiana (Big Ten at-large)
Coastal Carolina (Sun Belt champion)

Charlottesville Regional

Virginia (ACC at-large)
Binghamton (America East champion)
Oklahoma State (Big 12 at-large)
Minnesota (Big Ten at-large)

Last Five In:

Minnesota
Mississippi
Maryland
Oregon
UNC Charlotte

First Five Out:

Texas
Florida A&M
Missouri
Tennessee
Nebraska

Next Five Out:

Louisiana Tech
Jacksonville
Michigan State
Dallas Baptist
North Carolina State

2017 Week 8 College Baseball Top-25

Oregon State 2B Cadyn Grenier hit .462 (6-for-13) with a home run, four RBI, four runs scored and added flashy, flawless defense in top-ranked Oregon State’s sweep at Stanford. (photo courtesy of Pete Christopher/Oregon Live)

Oregon State continues to be the standard-bearer for the 2017 college baseball season after nipping Saint Mary’s in a mid-week tilt and sweeping Stanford on the road. After taking the top spot from TCU, nearly, a month ago, the Beavers, who won back-to-back College World Series titles in 2006 and 2007, look to be in top form as the team to beat in the PAC-12 and in the post-season and have carved out a school-record 19-game winning streak.

TCU remains in second following a 5-0 week that included a two-game mauling of UT Rio Grande Valley and a bizarre sweep of Kansas State that saw the Horned Frogs and Jayhawks go to extra innings in the first two games without scoring a run.

Clemson stands pat in third with a solid 4-1 effort in Week 7. The Tigers defeated Furman and Winthrop in mid-week contests before taking two of three on the road at Russ Chandler Stadium over Georgia Tech.

Louisville holds firm in fourth after an easy win over Western Kentucky and a series victory over ACC foe and 2015 College World Series champion Virginia.

North Carolina makes its debut in the top-five with an impressive 4-0 week, dispatching Sun Belt leader and 2016 College World Series champion Coastal Carolina and sweeping Florida State at Dick Howser Stadium.

2016 CWS runner-up Arizona posted a 4-0 week, nipping WAC leader Grand Canyon and sweeping Southern California at Hi Corbett Field to move over .500 in the PAC-12.

Oklahoma moves into the top-ten, in seventh, after a series victory over Texas Tech, keeping the Sooners in striking distance of TCU and the top spot in the Big 12.

Texas Tech falls three spots to eighth on the heels of a 3-2 week. The Red Raiders swept SWAC West leader Texas Southern in easy fashion before their series loss to Oklahoma.

Auburn vaults eight places into ninth, making their first appearance in the top-ten in over a decade. The Tigers edged Alabama in a mid-week, non-conference matchup in Montgomery, AL before taking two of three at home from South Carolina.

South Carolina rounds out the top-ten, as the two-time College World Series champions dropped three positions following a 2-2 week. The Gamecocks dismantled The Citadel before their series loss at Auburn,

Elsewhere, St. John’s and Central Florida moves up four places to 11th and 12th, respectively, Kentucky climbs five spots to 13th, Southern Mississippi, also, ascends five spots to 14th and Florida reenters the rankings at #15 after their road sweep of Missouri.

Wake Forest moves to 16th from 23rd, Mississippi State, fresh off a sweep of Ole Miss, debuts at #17, LSU plummets ten places to 18th and Virginia and Florida Gulf Coast drop nine spots to 19th and 20th, respectively.

Wright State and Arkansas remain in 21st and 22nd, Morehead State makes their 2017 debut at #23, Missouri State does the same at #24 and South Florida, barely, hangs on in the rankings, retreating 11 places to 25th.

Dropping out of the top-25 this week are #13 Florida State, #20 Mississippi, #24 Missouri and #25 Baylor.

1. Oregon State (24-1, 9-0 PAC-12) This week (4): at Portland (6-21, 2-7 WCC) 4/4; vs. Utah (12-13, 3-6 PAC-12) 4/7-9
(LW – 1) Last week (4-0): at Saint Mary’s (17-10, 3-3 WCC) W 4-3; at Stanford (14-9, 2-4 PAC-12) W 3-1, W 15-7, W 7-0

2. TCU (22-5, 8-1 Big 12) This week (4): at UT Arlington (14-15, 5-4 Sun Belt) 4/4; vs. Murray State (15-12, 6-6 OVC) 4/7-9
(LW – 2) Last week (5-0): vs. UT Rio Grande Valley (18-14, 2-4 WAC) W 10-2, W 18-2 (7); at Kansas State (15-13, 0-6 Big 12) W 5-0 (11), W 1-0 (10), W 12-4

3. Clemson (24-5, 10-2 ACC-A) This week (4): at Georgia (13-16, 3-7 SEC-E) 4/4; vs. Virginia Tech (17-13, 6-6 ACC-C) 4/7-9
(LW – 3) Last week (4-1): vs. Furman (11-15, 1-5 Southern) W 8-0; vs. Winthrop (15-13, 5-1 Big South) W 6-5 (11); at Georgia Tech (15-11, 4-8 ACC-C) W 11-6, L 5-1, W 13-6

4. Louisville (24-3, 10-2 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. #13 Kentucky (21-8, 7-2 SEC-E) 4/4; vs. #16 Wake Forest (21-8, 8-4 ACC-A) 4/7-9
(LW – 4) Last week (3-1): vs. Western Kentucky (9-20, 3-6 C-USA) W 11-1; at #10 Virginia (21-8, 5-7 ACC-C) W 5-2, L 11-2, W 4-3

5. North Carolina (22-6, 9-3 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. East Carolina (18-11, 0-3 AAC) 4/4; at Boston College (8-17, 1-11 ACC-A) 4/7-9
(LW – 6) Last week (4-0): vs. Coastal Carolina (19-10, 7-2 Sun Belt) W 7-6; at #13 Florida State (18-11, 6-6 ACC-A) W 3-1, W 5-2 (11), W 9-7

6. Arizona (20-7, 5-4 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. Arizona State (12-14, 2-7 PAC-12) 4/4; at Washington State (14-11, 1-5 PAC-12) 4/7-9
(LW – 9) Last week (4-0): vs. Grand Canyon (12-14, 6-0 WAC) W 3-2; vs. Southern California (15-11, 4-5 PAC-12) W 9-4, W 5-1, W 8-1

7. Oklahoma (25-6, 4-2 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Oral Roberts (19-8, 8-1 Summit) 4/4; at Texas (19-12, 4-5 Big 12) 4/7-9
(LW – 12) Last week (2-1): vs. #5 Texas Tech (25-6, 4-2 Big 12) W 6-2, L 9-4, W 5-4

8. Texas Tech (25-6, 4-2 Big 12) This week (4): at New Mexico State (17-12, 3-0 WAC) 4/4; vs. Baylor (19-9, 2-4 Big 12) 4/7-9
(LW – 5) Last week (3-2): vs Texas Southern (9-19, 8-3 SWAC-W) W 8-4, W 14-7; at #12 Oklahoma (25-6, 4-2 Big 12) L 6-2, W 9-4, L 5-4

9. Auburn (23-7, 7-2 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Georgia Tech (15-11, 4-8 ACC-C) 4/4; at Texas A&M (19-10, 3-6 SEC-W) 4/7-9
(LW – 17) This week (3-1): vs. Alabama (13-15, 2-7 SEC-W) W 4-3 **at Montgomery, AL**; vs. #7 South Carolina (19-8, 6-3 SEC-E) W 5-4, L 7-0, W 6-5

10. South Carolina (19-8, 6-3 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Furman (11-15, 1-5 Southern) 4/4; vs. Vanderbilt (18-11, 4-5 SEC-E) 4/6-8
(LW – 7) Last week (2-2): at The Citadel (9-19, 2-4 Southern) W 15-1; at #17 Auburn (23-7, 7-2 SEC-W) L 5-4, W 7-0, L 6-5

11. St. John’s (21-2, 0-0 Big East) This week (5): at St. Peter’s (0-9, 0-3 Metro Atlantic) 4/4; vs. Columbia (5-15, 2-2 Ivy-Gehrig) 4/5; at Creighton (8-14, 0-0 Big East) 4/7-9
(LW – 15) Last week (3-0): at Wagner (5-13, 1-2 Northeast) W 6-2; vs./at/vs. Hofstra (7-18, 1-2 CAA) CCD, W 4-1, W 14-3

12. Central Florida (22-7, 2-1 AAC) This week (4): vs. Stetson (13-7, 3-0 Atlantic Sun) 4/5; at #25 South Florida (24-5, 1-2 AAC) 4/7-9
(LW – 16) This week (3-1): vs. Jacksonville (14-16, 2-1 Atlantic Sun) W 10-1; vs. Houston (20-7, 1-2 AAC) W 5-2, L 3-1, W 6-1

13. Kentucky (21-8, 7-2 SEC-E) This week (4): at #4 Louisville (24-3, 10-2 ACC-A) 4/4; at #17 Mississippi State (19-10, 6-3 SEC-W) 4/7-9
(LW – 18) Last week (3-1): vs. Cincinnati (13-14, 1-2 AAC) W 13-7; vs. Vanderbilt (18-11, 4-5 SEC-E) W 10-3, W 7-4, L 6-4

14. Southern Mississippi (24-5, 8-1 C-USA) This week (4): vs. Mississippi (16-12, 3-6 SEC-W) 4/4 **at Pearl, MS**; vs. Florida International (16-11, 5-4 C-USA) 4/7-9
(LW – 19) Last week (5-0): vs. South Alabama (16-12, 6-3 Sun Belt) W 4-2; vs. New Orleans (16-13, 6-6 Southland) W 8-4; at Western Kentucky (9-20, 3-6 C-USA) W 6-1, W 5-0, W 13-1 (8)

15. Florida (20-9, 5-4 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Stetson (13-17, 3-0 Atlantic Sun) 4/4; vs. Tennessee (15-10, 1-8 SEC-E) 4/7-9
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): at #13 Florida State (18-11, 6-6 ACC-A) W 4-1 **at Jacksonville, FL**; at #24 Missouri (21-7, 4-5 SEC-E) W 4-3, W 2-1, W 2-1

16. Wake Forest (21-8, 8-4 ACC-A) This week (5): vs./at Elon (15-13, 5-1 CAA) 4/4-5; at #4 Louisville (24-3, 10-2 ACC-A) 4/7-9
(LW – 23) Last week (3-1): at Appalachian State (12-16, 3-6 Sun Belt) W 5-4; at Miami-Florida (12-16, 5-7 ACC-C) W 2-1, L 5-1, W 9-0

17. Mississippi State (19-10, 6-3 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Florida International (16-11, 5-4 C-USA) 4/4-5; vs. #13
Kentucky (21-8, 7-2 SEC-E) 4/7-9
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): at Memphis (17-9, 1-1 AAC) W 8-3; at #20 Mississippi (16-12, 3-6 SEC-W) W 4-3, W 5-3, W 2-1

18. LSU (19-10, 5-4 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Grambling (9-18, 5-7 SWAC-W) 4/4; at #22 Arkansas (22-6, 7-2 SEC-W) 4/7-9
(LW – 8) Last week (1-3): vs. Tulane (12-16, 2-1 AAC) L 7-6; vs. Texas A&M (19-10, 3-6 SEC-W) L 4-0, W 7-4, W 4-3

19. Virginia (21-8, 5-7 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. Old Dominion (22-6, 7-2 C-USA) 4/4; vs. George Washington (12-15, 2-4 Atlantic 10) 4/5; vs. Pittsburgh (13-12, 6-6 ACC-C) 4/7-9
(LW – 10) Last week (2-2): at VCU (16-12, 5-1 Atlantic 10) W 4-2; vs. #4 Louisville (24-3, 10-2 ACC-A) L 5-2, W 11-2, L 4-3

20. Florida Gulf Coast (24-5, 1-2 Atlantic Sun) This week (5): at Florida State (18-11, 6-6 ACC-A) 4/4-5; at Stetson (13-17, 3-0 Atlantic Sun) 4/7-9
(LW – 11) Last week (2-2): vs. Miami-Florida (12-16, 5-7 ACC-C) W 2-0; vs. Jacksonville (14-16, 2-1 Atlantic Sun) W 4-0, L 10-5, L 5-2 (11)

21. Wright State (18-7, 9-0 Horizon) This week (4): vs. Toledo (8-20, 2-4 MAC-W) 4/4; at Youngstown State (6-18, 3-6 Horizon) 4/7-9
(LW – 21) Last week (3-0): vs. Oakland (3-22, 1-5 Horizon) W 8-3, W 13-9 (10), W 7-0

22. Arkansas (22-6, 7-2 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Grand Canyon (12-14, 6-0 WAC) 4/4-5; vs. #18 LSU (19-10, 5-4 SEC-W) 4/7-9
(LW – 22) Last week (2-1): vs. Grambling (9-18, 5-7 SWAC-W) CCD; at Alabama (13-15, 2-7 SEC-W) W 7-1, L 7-1, W 8-5

23. Morehead State (22-6, 8-1 OVC) This week (4): at West Virginia (15-10, 4-2 Big 12) 4/5; at Tennessee-Martin (9-15, 1-11 OVC) 4/7-9
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): vs. Alabama A&M (8-24, 5-7 SWAC-E) W 13-6, W 12-2; vs. Massachusetts (6-13, 2-1 Atlantic 10) W 7-6, W 6-5 (10), W 22-0

24. Missouri State (18-9, 3-0 MVC) This week (4): vs. Kansas (12-15, 3-3 Big 12) 4/4; vs. Dallas Baptist (18-9, 3-0 MVC) 4/7-9
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): vs. Oral Roberts (19-8, 8-1 Summit) L 3-1; vs. Bradley (10-15, 0-3 MVC) W 5-3, W 13-3, W 9-2

25. South Florida (24-5, 1-2 AAC) This week (3): vs. #12 Central Florida (22-7, 2-1 AAC) 4/7-9
(LW – 14) Last week (2-2): vs. Stetson (13-17, 3-0 Atlantic Sun) W 9-4; at Tulane (12-16, 2-1 AAC) L 6-4, L 4-3, W 7-5

Dropped Out: #13 Florida State, #20 Mississippi, #24 Missouri, #25 Baylor

Also Receiving Consideration:

Baylor (19-9, 2-4 Big 12), Bethune-Cookman (19-11, 6-3 MEAC-S), Binghamton (9-5, 1-1 America East), Cal State Fullerton (17-10, 2-1 Big West), Connecticut (16-9, 3-0 AAC), Florida State (18-11, 6-6 ACC-A), Houston (20-7, 1-2 AAC), Kent State (17-8, 5-1 MAC-E), Long Beach State (16-11, 2-1 Big West), Maryland (18-8, 5-1 Big Ten), McNeese State (19-9, 10-2 Southland), Mercer (24-6, 5-1 Southern), Michigan (22-6, 4-2 Big Ten), Mississippi (16-12, 3-6 SEC-W), Missouri (21-7, 4-5 SEC-E), New Mexico (18-10, 11-1 MWC), Old Dominion (22-6, 7-2 C-USA), Oregon (17-8, 5-4 PAC-12), Rhode Island (14-10, 5-0 Atlantic 10), San Diego (19-6, 8-1 WCC), Stanford (14-9, 2-4 PAC-12), Tennessee Tech (23-7, 12-0 OVC), Texas A&M (19-10, 3-6 SEC-W), Vanderbilt (18-11, 4-5 SEC-E), West Virginia (15-10, 4-2 Big 12)

2017 Week 6 College Baseball Top-25

While Oregon State and Louisville remain 1-2 in this week’s rankings, Missouri has matched the Cardinals’ winning streak at 19 games, causing spontaneous celebrations in Mizzou Nation. (photo courtesy of University of Missouri Athletics/mutigers.com

With a third of the 2017 regular season in the books, it’s safe to say that a pair of teams have separated themselves from the rest of the nation while two of the premier conferences are shaking their collective heads in amazement after a trio of College World Series hopefuls took shocking sweeps over the weekend.

Oregon State paces the college baseball world for a second consecutive week after dispatching Arizona State with ease, 2-0, 10-1 and 4-0, on the road at Phoenix Muni Stadium. The Beavers’ starting trifecta of Luke Heimlich, Bryce Fehmel and Jake Thompson pitched as if they were Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz from the heyday of the 1990’s Atlanta Braves, allowing a total of eight hits and one run over 23.1 innings while fanning 20 Sun Devils hitters. SS Cadyn Grenier led the way at the plate, hitting .538 (7-for-13) with a double, a home run and two RBI.

Louisville, the lone undefeated team in the nation, sits right behind Oregon State after a 4-0 week. The Cardinals blasted Xavier, 13-4, before sweeping ACC foe Boston College at Patterson Stadium 6-0, 6-4 and 5-3. In the win over the Musketeers, SS Devin Hairston went 4-for-4 with a double, three RBI and three runs scored while freshman Jake Snyder had an interesting day at the dish. The PH/DH went 0-for-3, but scored a run and drove in two others. Brendan McKay opened the series against the Eagles in style, running his record to 5-0 with seven shutout innings and fanning 12. Kade McClure allowed a run on four hits over eight innings to get the Saturday decision and Colin Lyman drove in a pair to clinch the series sweep on Sunday.

LSU moves up to third after a 4-1 week that included a sweep of Georgia at Alex Box Stadium. The Tigers filled an open date on Tuesday with Division-3 Louisiana College and proceeded to blank the Wildcats 13-0. New Orleans wasn’t as gracious as guests the next evening, pinning a 7-4 loss on the hosts. The six-time College World Series champs righted the ship over the weekend against the visiting Bulldogs, taking the series 22-9, 5-1 and 7-6. Despite going 0-for-3 on Sunday, RF Antoine Duplantis had a monster weekend, hitting .615 (8-for-13) and driving in ten runs, including seven on Friday during his 6-for-6 night at the dish. Jared Poche’ offered the pitching highlight for LSU, moving to 5-0 after a seven-inning stint in which he allowed seven hits and a run in the Saturday victory.

Despite a 2-2 week, TCU slips, only, one spot to fourth. The Horned Frogs were blanked at Long Beach State, 7-0, and won their weekend series with Kansas, opening their 2017 Big 12 schedule with two straight wins, 3-1 and 5-1 before dropping the Sunday finale at Lupton Stadium. In the series opener, TCU rallied with single runs in the final three innings to make a winner of reliever Sean Wymer and Jared Janczak ran his record to 5-0 with a brilliant 2-hit, 14-strikeout outing to clinch the series on Saturday. The Jayhawks took the Sunday matchup on 1B Owen Taylor’s solo home run in the top half of the ninth for a 4-3 Kansas victory.

Clemson jumps three spots to fifth after a 4-1 week at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Tigers overcame shaky midweek pitching to sweep Yale, 10-6 and 10-8 and took two of three from Virginia over the weekend. In the mid-week opener, Monte Lee’s squad squandered an early 4-0 lead as the Bulldogs scored six in the top half of the fifth inning, but C Chris Williams’ 3-run blast in the seventh frame put the hosts ahead to stay. Williams was the offensive hero, again, on Wednesday, with a 2-run homer and a 2-run double that plated the eventual winning run. Virginia’s Daniel Lynch stymied the Tigers in the ACC opener for both clubs, allowing four hits over 7.2 innings in a 2-0 decision for the visitors, but the hosts rebounded in the final two games of the series. Clemson scored six runs in the bottom of the first and held off a furious rally to win 7-6 on Saturday and used 3-for-5 games with two RBI, each, from 2B Jordan Greene and SS Logan Davidson to back Pat Krall’s seven strong innings on the bump for a 12-1 series finale victory.

Texas Tech posted a 3-1 week to climb four spots to sixth. The Red Raiders managed, only, a run on two hits in a mid-week loss to UT Arlington at Globe Life Ballpark before heading south to Austin for the weekend, where their fortunes changed. On Friday, David Martin allowed one run and two hits over 6.1 innings and Michael Berglund laced an RBI double in a 2-1 win over Texas at UFCU DischFaulk Field. Steven Gingery allowed two hits and an unearned run in six innings of work and Berglund delivered the eventual game-winning RBI on Saturday as Tech won, again, 2-1, to pick up the series win. The visitors completed the sweep with an 8-5 victory that featured three RBI from Hunter Hargrove and three perfect innings of close-out relief by Dylan Dusek.

With a win over Maryland and a series win at Georgia Tech, North Carolina jumps five places to seventh, giving the ACC three teams in the top-seven. 1B Zack Gahagan launched a 2-run homer and DH Ashton McGee added a 3-run blast to lead the Heels to a 9-2 win over their former conference foe, the Terrapins, at Boshamer Stadium on Tuesday. In the weekend opener at venerable Russ Chandler Stadium, SS Logan Warmoth’s solo homer in the ninth gave UNC the insurance run they needed as the Yellow Jackets stranded the potential game-tying run at second in a 6-5 Heels victory. While 1B Kel Johnson tied the series for Georgia Tech with a walk-off 2-run homer in the 12th for a 4-2 decision on Saturday, the Heels secured the series win by rallying for four runs over the final two frames to take the finale 7-4.

2016 College World Series runner-up Arizona limped to a 2-2 road week and slides two notches to eighth. Four Cal State Fullerton pitchers blanked the Wildcats on three hits in a 4-0 final at Goodwin Field, the second straight mid-week loss for Arizona. In the series opener at Jackie Robinson Stadium that was suspended Friday night by fog one hour after the first pitch, the Wildcats pummeled UCLA 19-4 as 3B Nick Quintana, CF Jared Oliva and 1B/2B J.J. Matijevic combined to go 10-for-17 with a double, two triples, a home run, 11 RBI and eight runs scored. Later Saturday, Cameron Cannon scored on a ninth-inning throwing error to give the Wildcats a 4-3 win and the series victory. Arizona was poised for a series sweep, but blew a 7-5 lead in the ninth and lost 8-7 in ten innings as UCLA 2B Jake Hirabayaski scored on a wild pitch.

South Carolina ran its winning streak to seven games and moves from 14th to 9th with a series sweep over SEC foe Tennessee at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville. C Chris Cullen and RF Jacob Olson homered and Adam Hill pitched six strong innings for his first win of the season in a 7-1 Gamecock victory on Friday. Despite scratching out, only four hits on Saturday, South Carolina took the series 6-4 in ten innings as 3B Jonah Bride walked with the bases loaded in the extra frame, followed, immediately, by Olsen being hit by a Jon Lipinski pitch. The Gamecocks left no doubt in the series finale, scoring seven runs in the fifth in a 10-2 rout.

Oklahoma, which leads the nation in victories with 21, inches up one spot to round out the top ten. Making a swing through Georgia the Sooners opened their week with a 2-0 loss at Georgia Tech, followed by a 5-4 win at Georgia State. At Stillwell Stadium, Oklahoma swept Kennesaw State 5-2, 17-9 and 14-4. Jake Irvin improved to 5-0 in the opener vs. the Owls, allowing six hits and two runs, one earned, in the victory. OF Steele Walker homered and drive in five and RF Blake Brewster homered twice and drove in three to lead Oklahoma to the Saturday victory while Dominic DeRenzo homered, drove in three and scored three times to help his club to the series sweep on Sunday.

After falling seven spots last week, Central Florida takes advantage of the volatile week to reclaim six spots to 11th. South Florida took four games from Harvard to move from 18th to 12th, Virginia, despite losing two of four games, inches up two to 13th, Mississippi lands in 14th after a series win over Vanderbilt and Florida Gulf Coast vaults eight places as they improved to 18-3 with a win over Florida State and sweeping Rutgers.

Cal State Fullerton, unranked last week, returns to the rankings at #16 after a 5-0 week that included a win over Arizona and a three-game sweep of the MWC’s top dog, New Mexico. Florida State stumbled to a 1-4 week and drops 12 t0 17th and St. John’s battled the weather to win a pair of games and moves up to 18th. Auburn swept Florida as part of a 5-0 week to debut at #19 and Southern Mississippi moved up four to 20th after sweeping Columbia and winning three at Louisiana Tech.

Wright State swept Valparaiso to move from 25th to 21st, Kentucky’s 4-0 week included a road sweep of Texas A&M and a top-25 debut of #22 and Baylor dropped two of four games, including a series loss to West Virginia, and drops 16 places to 23rd. Riding a school record-tying 19 game winning streak. Missouri cracks the top-25 at #24 and Wake Forest makes its season debut, following a 3-1 week, at #25.

#9 Texas A&M and #13 Florida, both swept in their 2017 conference-opening series, dropped out of the rankings as did #16 East Carolina, #20 Saint Louis and #22 Louisiana-Lafayette.

1. Oregon State (17-1, 3-0 PAC-12) This week (3): vs. #8 Arizona (15-4, 2-1 PAC-12) 3/24-26
(LW – 1) Last week (3-0): at Arizona State (9-10, 0-2 PAC-12) W 2-0, W 10-1, W 4-0

2. Louisville (19-0, 6-0 ACC-A) This week (4): at Cincinnati (9-9, 0-0 AAC) 3/21; at North Carolina State (12-9, 3-3 ACC-A) 3/24-26
(LW – 2) Last week (4-0): vs. Xavier (10-10, 0-0 Big East) W 13-4; vs. Boston College (6-11, 1-5 ACC-A) W 4-0, W 6-4, W 5-3

3. LSU (16-5, 3-0 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Southeastern Louisiana (14-5, 5-1 Southland) 3/22; at Florida (13-8, 0-3 SEC-E) 3/24-26
(LW – 4) Last week (4-1): vs. Louisiana College (14-7, 5-4 ASC-D3) W 13-0; vs. New Orleans (13-7, 3-3 Southland) L 7-4; vs. Georgia (8-13, 0-3 SEC-E) W 22-9, W 5-1, W 7-6

4. TCU (14-5, 2-1 Big 12) This week (4): at Abilene Christian (9-10, 1-5 Southland) 3/21; vs. Oklahoma State (14-6, 0-0 Big 12) 3/24-26
(LW – 3) Last week (2-2): at Long Beach State (10-8, 0-0 Big West) L 7-0; vs. Kansas (9-10, 1-2 Big 12) W 3-1, W 5-1, L 4-3

5. Clemson (16-4, 5-1 ACC-A) This week (4): at College of Charleston (8-12, 0-0 CAA) 3/21; at Boston College (6-11, 1-5 ACC-A) 3/24-26
(LW – 8) Last week (4-1): vs. Yale (5-9, 0-0 Ivy-Rolfe) W 10-6, W 10-8; vs. #15 Virginia (15-5, 2-4 ACC-C) L 2-0, W 7-6, W 12-1

6. Texas Tech (17-4, 3-0 Big 12) This week (5): vs. UNLV (10-11, 5-4 MWC) 3/21-22; at Wichita State (11-8, 0-0 MVC) 3/24-26
(LW – 10) Last week (3-1): at UT Arlington (11-10, 2-1 Sun Belt) L 5-1 **Globe Life Ballpark – Arlington, TX**; at Texas (13-9, 0-3 Big 12) W 2-1, W 2-1, W 8-5

7. North Carolina (15-5, 4-2 ACC-C) This week (4): at East Carolina (13-7, 0-0 AAC) 3/22; vs. Miami-FL (9-11, 3-3 ACC-C) 3/24-26
(LW – 12) Last week (3-1): vs. Maryland (12-6, 0-0 Big Ten) W 9-2; at Georgia Tech (12-6, 2-4 ACC-C) W 6-5, L 4-2 (12), W 7-4

8. Arizona (15-4, 2-1 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. New Mexico State (11-8, 0-0 WAC) 3/21; at #1 Oregon State (17-1, 3-0 PAC-12) 3/24-26
(LW – 6) Last week (2-2): at Cal State Fullerton (14-5, 0-0 Big West) L 4-0; at UCLA (7-11, 1-2 PAC-12) W 19-4, W 4-3, L 8-7 (10)

9. South Carolina (14-5, 3-0 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Charleston Southern (11-6, 1-2 Big South) 3/22; vs. Alabama (10-10, 0-3 SEC-W) 3/24-26
(LW – 14) Last week (3-0): at Furman (10-8, 0-0 Southern) PPD; at Tennessee (12-5, 0-3 SEC-E) W 7-1, W 6-4 (10), W 10-2

10. Oklahoma (21-3, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): at Oklahoma State (14-6, 0-0 Big 12) 3/21; at #23 Baylor (16-4, 1-2 Big 12) 3/24-26
(LW – 11) Last week (4-1): at Georgia Tech (12-6, 2-4 ACC-C) L 2-0; at Georgia State (10-10, 1-2 Sun Belt) W 5-4; at Kennesaw State (8-11, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) W 5-2, W 17-9, W 14-4

11. Central Florida (17-4, 0-0 AAC) This week (4): at Bethune-Cookman (14-6, 4-2 MEAC) 3/21; vs. Dartmouth (6-4, 0-0 Ivy-Rolfe) 3/24-26
(LW – 17) This week (3-1): vs. Bradley (6-11, 0-0 MVC) W 12-9; vs. Jacksonville (11-11, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) W 4-0, W 10-3, L 7-1

12. South Florida (19-1, 0-0 AAC) This week (5): vs. North Florida (14-7, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 3/21; at #15 Florida Gulf Coast (18-3, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 3/22; vs. Florida A&M (14-5, 5-1 MEAC) 3/24-26
(LW – 18) Last week (4-0): vs. Harvard (7-7, 0-0 Ivy-Rolfe) W 8-2, W 4-1 (7), W 8-6, W 14-2

13. Virginia (15-5, 2-4 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. Towson (8-5, 0-0 CAA) 3/21-22; vs. Duke (11-11, 3-3 ACC-C) 3/24-26
(LW – 15) Last week (2-2): vs. Monmouth (3-13, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) W 10-0; at #8 Clemson (16-4, 5-1 ACC-A) W 2-0, L 7-6, L 12-1

14. Mississippi (14-6, 2-1 SEC-W) This week (4): at Memphis (12-7, 0-0 AAC) 3/21; at #22 Kentucky (15-6, 3-0 SEC-E) 3/23-25
(LW – 19) Last week (3-1): vs. Nicholls State (12-8, 5-1 Southland) W 5-0 **at Biloxi, MS**; vs. Vanderbilt (13-8, 1-2 SEC-E) W 1-0, L 6-2, W 10-8

15. Florida Gulf Coast (18-3, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) This week (4): vs. #12 South Florida (19-1, 0-0 AAC) 3/22; vs. Jackson State (15-8, 6-3 SWAC-E) 3/24-26
(LW – 23) Last week (4-0): vs. #5 Florida State (14-7, 3-2 ACC-A) W 5-2; vs. Rutgers (6-13, 0-0 Big Ten) W 5-2, W 13-4, W 8-3

16. Cal State Fullerton (14-5, 0-0 Big West) This week (4): at San Diego (13-4, 3-0 WCC) 3/21; at Long Beach State (10-8, 0-0 Big West) 3/24-26
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): vs. San Jose State (9-9, 5-4 MWC) W 6-1; vs. #6 Arizona (15-4, 2-1 PAC-12) W 4-0; vs. New Mexico (11-8, 6-0 MWC) W 2-1, 5-4, 1-0

17. Florida State (14-7, 3-3 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Jacksonville (11-11, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 3/21; at Notre Dame (6-12, 2-4 ACC-A) 3/24-26
(LW – 5) Last week (1-4): at #13 Florida (13-8, 0-3 SEC-E) L 1-0; at #23 Florida Gulf Coast (18-3, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) L 5-2; at Virginia Tech (13-9, 3-3 ACC-C) W 9-2, L 13-2, L 17-0

18. St. John’s (14-2, 0-0 Big East) This week (5): at Fairfield (5-10, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) 3/21; vs. St. Peter’s (0-4, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) 3/22; vs. Maine (6-10, 0-0 America East) 3/25-26
(LW – 21) Last week (2-0): at New York Tech (2-13, 0-0 IND) PPD; vs. Holy Cross (3-11, 0-0 Patriot) CCD, CCD, CCD; **at Norfolk, VA** vs. Iona (5-7, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) W 4-3, vs. UMass Lowell (9-7, 0-0 America East) W 6-3; vs. Towson (8-5, 0-0 CAA) CCD

19. Auburn (17-5, 3-0 SEC-W) This week (4): at Georgia Tech (12-6, 2-4 ACC-C) 3/21; at Georgia (8-13, 0-3 SEC-E) 3/24-26
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): vs. UAB (13-7, 2-1 C-USA) W 4-0; vs. Jacksonville State (10-9, 2-4 OVC) W 10-1; vs. #13 Florida (13-8, 0-3 SEC-E) W 14-3, W 2-1, W 6-5

20. Southern Mississippi (16-4, 3-0 C-USA) This week (4): vs. Mississippi State (12-9, 0-3 SEC-W) 3/21 **at Pearl, MS**; vs. Marshall (10-7, 2-1 C-USA) 3/24-26
(LW – 24) Last week (5-0): vs. Columbia (1-11, 0-0 Ivy-Gehrig) W 4-3, W 20-5; at Louisiana Tech (15-5, 0-3 C-USA) W 5-2, W 13-9, W 8-5

21. Wright State (12-6, 3-0 Horizon) This week (4): at Xavier (10-10, 0-0 Big East) 3/21; vs. Milwaukee (7-11, 0-3 Horizon) 3/24-26
(LW – 25) Last week (3-0): vs. Cincinnati (9-9, 0-0 AAC) PPD; vs. Valparaiso (6-11, 0-3 Horizon) W 2-1, W 6-1, W 7-0

22. Kentucky (15-6, 3-0 SEC-E) This week (4): at Western Kentucky (7-15, 1-2 C-USA) 3/21; vs. #14 Mississippi (14-6, 2-1 SEC-W) 3/23-25
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. Murray State (11-8, 3-3 OVC) W 9-7; at #9 Texas A&M (14-7, 0-3 SEC-W) W 6-0, W 7-6, W 11-7

23. Baylor (16-4, 1-2 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Dallas Baptist (13-6, 0-0 MVC) 3/21; vs. #10 Oklahoma (21-3, 0-0 Big 12) 3/24-26
(LW – 7) Last week (2-2): at Dallas Baptist (13-6, 0-0 MVC) W 4-1; vs. West Virginia (10-8, 2-1 Big 12) L 7-1, L 6-5, W 5-1

24. Missouri (19-1, 3-0 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Arkansas-Little Rock (8-12, 1-2 Sun Belt) 3/21; vs. Arkansas (17-4, 3-0 SEC-W 3/24-26
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. Chicago State (4-12, 0-0 WAC) W 7-6; at Alabama (10-10, 0-3 SEC-W) W 3-0, W 7-4, W 9-5

25. Wake Forest (15-6, 4-2 ACC-A) This week (4): at Charlotte (13-7, 2-1 C-USA) 3/21 **at BB&T Ballpark – Charlotte, NC**; vs. Georgia Tech (12-6, 2-4 ACC-C) 3/24-26
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): vs. High Point (9-9, 1-2 Big South) W 18-8; at Duke (11-11, 3-3 ACC-C) W 8-4, L 7-3, W 11-2

Dropped Out: #9 Texas A&M, #13 Florida, #16 East Carolina, #20 Saint Louis, #22 Louisiana-Lafayette

Next in line: McNeese State, San Diego, Mercer, Sam Houston State, Stanford

Also Receiving Consideration:

Arkansas (17-4, 3-0 SEC-W), East Carolina (13-7, 0-0 AAC), Florida (13-8, 0-3 SEC-E), Florida A&M (14-5, 5-1 MEAC-S), Houston (13-5, 0-0 AAC), James Madison (14-4, 0-0 CAA), Louisiana-Lafayette (11-6, 2-1 Sun Belt), Kansas State (14-6, 0-0 Big 12), McNeese State (15-5, 6-0 Southland), Mercer (17-4, 0-0 Southern), Michigan (15-4, 0-0 Big Ten), Oklahoma State (14-6, 0-0 Big 12), Saint Louis (15-4, 0-0 Atlantic 10), Sam Houston State (15-5, 6-0 Southland), San Diego (13-4, 3-0 WCC), Stanford (11-5, 0-0 PAC-12), Texas A&M (14-7, 0-3 SEC-W), UC Irvine (11-6, 0-0 Big West), Vanderbilt (13-8, 1-2 SEC-E), Washington (12-6, 3-0 PAC-12)

2017 Week 5 College Baseball Top-25

LHP Luke Heimlich improved to 3-0 with a 0.31 ERA as the Oregon State Beavers ascended to the top of the College Baseball Top-25. (photo courtesy of Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics)

While Mother Nature played a big part in Week 4 of the NCAA Division-1 baseball schedule, a trip out west took its toll on the top half of last week’s rankings, resulting in a new number one team in the nation.

Oregon State takes over the top spot after a 4-0 week. Following inclement weather forcing the cancellation of a mid-week tilt vs. Portland, the Beavers swept visiting Ball State in a four-game set at Goss Stadium. Bryce Fehmel opened the series by blanking the Cardinals on one hit over eight innings in a 2-0 victory that gave skipper Pat Casey his 800th career win. Luke Heimlich opened the Friday doubleheader by allowing only two hits over eight innings while striking out 11 in a 2-0 win while DH Trevor Lamach drove in three runs in the 5-1 nightcap victory. Jake Thompson capped the series by allowing one run and three hits over 7.1 innings in Saturday’s 8-4 triumph, the ninth straight for the 2006-2007 College World Series champions.

Louisville, the only undefeated team in Division-1 baseball, moves up two places to second after a 4-0 Week 4 campaign. After Tuesday’s one-game roadie at Eastern Kentucky was washed out, the Cards beat up Fort Wayne 12-2 as SS Devin Hairston tallied five RBI on a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Brendan McKay opened the team’s ACC schedule with a brilliant 15-strikeout performance over seven innings as Louisville blanked Pittsburgh 3-0. Hairston, CF Logan Taylor and C Colby Fitch, each, drove in two runs in Saturday’s 8-2 victory and Nick Bennett allowed, only, two hits over six innings in the 3-1 series finale.

TCU drops to third, following a 2-2 week. Cam Warner’s walk-off RBI single gave the Frogs a 3-2 win in ten innings on Tuesday before heading west. UC Irvine starting pitchers Louis Raymond and Cole Spear held the TCU offense in check to clinch the series win with 11-2 and 6-3 victories on Friday & Saturday before the former #1 team in the nation rode four RBI, each, from LF Josh Watson and CF Nolan Brown in a 16-7 Sunday win.

LSU swept Wichita State to cap a 3-1 week and inches up one spot to fourth. On Wednesday, 3B Josh Smith went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, but the Tigers lost a 5-4 nail-biter at McNeese State. Returning to Alex Box Stadium, the six-time College World Series champs beat the Shockers 6-1 as Alex Lange allowed two hits and struck out nine over eight innings. Greg Deichmann, Zach Watson and Michael Papierski, each, homered in Saturday’s 12-5 series-clinching win and Eric Walker blanked the visitors over six innings en route to a 9-2 Sunday victory.

Florida State returns to the top-five after an impressive two-game mid-week road sweep of #10 Central Florida and a series win over Boston College to open their ACC schedule. 1B Quincy Nieporte delivered three RBI in the Noles’ 5-2 win on Tuesday and four pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout for a 5-0 Wednesday victory. After taking an 8-5 loss to the Eagles to open the weekend, impending weather forced a Saturday doubleheader that saw FSU win easily, 11-1 and 13-0. Tyler Holton improved to 4-0 in the lid-lifter with six shutout innings while C Cal Raleigh and LF/SS Tyler Daughtry laced three hits and CF J.C. Flowers added a 3-run homer. Drew Parrish added another six-inning shutout starting performance and SS Taylor Walls went 3-for-6 with two runs and three RBI in the nightcap.

Arizona moves up a spot to fifth after a roller-coaster 3-1 week which included a double-digit loss and two 20+ run outbursts in a 63-run weekend. The four-time College World Series title holders were embarrassed, 13-1, at #14 Texas Tech on Tuesday before the offensive onslaught at home against Hartford. The Wildcats dismantled the Hawks 21-5 and 25-3 before edging the visitors 17-13 on Sunday. For the weekend, DH Alfonso Rivas hit .900 (9-for-10) with two doubles and a homer, scored eight runs and drove in eight while RF Cal Stevenson hit .700 (7-for-10) with a double and a triple while scoring 11 runs, driving in five and walking five times. CF Jared Oliva added two doubles and a homer with 11 RBI over the three games.

Baylor moves up two places into seventh on the strength of their weekend starting pitching which carried the squad to a 3-1 week, including a series win over Houston. The Bears started the week on a winning note as Kameron Esthay launched a 2-run homer in a 6-5 Tuesday win over Sam Houston State at Don Sanders Stadium in Huntsville, TX. Returning to Waco, Nick Lewis allowed a run and four hits over 6.2 innings to pace Baylor to a 2-1 Friday night victory. Montana Parsons blanked the Cougars on four hits over 7.1 innings in Saturday’s 2-0 shutout for the series win, but the offense sputtered in the finale as Houston’s John King out-dueled Cody Bradford by twirling a complete-game three-hitter to blank the hosts 2-0.

Clemson breaks into the top-ten, at #8, with a 4-0 week. Seth Beer launched a fifth-inning grand slam as Monte Lee’s troops walloped #17 Michigan State 9-2 at Fluor Field in Greenville, SC and the winning continued into the weekend. The Tigers swept Notre Dame 4-1, 6-5 and 4-0 to kick off their ACC schedule. Charlie Barnes earned his first win over the year by holding the Irish to four hits and an unearned run over 6.1 innings in the series opener while Brooks Crawford blanked the visitors over 4.2 innings of relief to give Clemson the series win on Saturday. Alex Eubanks scattered four hits over seven innings on Sunday to send the Doug Kingsmore Stadium faithful home with smiles on their faces.

Texas A&M used a 5-0 week to return to the top-ten, putting the specter of last weekend’s bullpen implosion behind them. Five players drove in two runs on Tuesday and the Aggies rallied from an early 3-0 deficit on Wednesday to sweep UT Rio Grand Valley 16-7 and 7-4. Brig Hill gave up four runs on eight hits on Friday, but improved to 4-0 on the season as a 5-run second inning was the difference in a 6-4 win. Following Saturday night’s game being suspended due to weather issues, Austin Homan’s walk-off bases-loaded walk gave the hosts a 3-2 victory early Sunday and Mitchell Kilkenny finished off the winless Bears with seven strong innings in a 5-1 triumph.

Texas Tech makes it two Big 12 teams in the top-ten, after blasting last years College World Series runner-up and edging out UTSA at Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock, TX. The Red Raiders pummeled #6 Arizona, 13-1, as four pitchers combined to allow an unearned run on eight hits while DH Cameron Warren doubled twice and drove in three runs. CF Tanner Gardner went 4-for-4 and added two RBI as Tech held off the visiting Roadrunners 7-6 on Friday. Mason George gave the visitors its only victory of the weekend with a bases-clearing double in the top of the ninth in a 3-2 decision and Orlando Garcia’s 2-RBI double proved to be the difference in Sunday’s 8-4 series-clinching victory.

Oklahoma holds steady in 11th, North Carolina vaults 12 places to 12th after a series win over Virginia, Florida tumbles 11 spots to 13th after a 2-3 week, South Carolina moves up one to 14th and Virginia drops seven positions to 15th.

East Carolina remains in 16th, Central Florida falls seven spots to 17th, South Florida and Mississippi, each, advance two positions to 18th and 19th, respectively, and Saint Louis retreats two places to 20th.

St. John’s and Louisiana-Lafayette, both, inch up one spot to 21st and 22nd, respectively, Florida Gulf Coast makes its 2017 debut at #23, Southern Mississippi gains one place to 24th and Wright State rounds out the rankings, falling six from #19.

Michigan State, ranked #17 last week, falls out of the top-25 after an 0-3 week at Clemson and South Carolina.

1. Oregon State (14-1, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (3): at Arizona State (9-7, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/16-18
(LW – 3) Last week (4-0): vs. Portland (2-11, 0-0 WCC) CCD; vs. Ball State (8-8, 0-0 MAC-W) W 2-0, W 5-0, W 5-1, W 8-4

2. Louisville (15-0, 3-0 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Xavier (7-9, 0-0 Big East) 3/15; vs. Boston College (6-8, 1-2 ACC-A) 3/17-19
(LW – 4) Last week (4-0): at Eastern Kentucky (8-8, 1-2 OVC) PPD; vs. Fort Wayne (3-12, 0-0 Summit) W 12-2; vs. Pittsburgh (7-7, 0-3 ACC-C) W 3-0, W 8-2, W 3-1

3. TCU (12-3, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): at Long Beach State (6-8, 0-0 Big West) 3/14; vs. Kansas (7-8, 0-0 Big 12) 3/17-19
(LW – 1) Last week (2-2): vs. Dallas Baptist (9-5, 0-0 MVC) W 3-2 (10); at UC Irvine (9-5, 0-0 Big West) L 11-2, L 6-3, W 16-7

4. LSU (12-4, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Louisiana College (13-4, 4-2 ASC-D3) 3/14; vs. New Orleans (9-7, 0-3 Southland) 3/15; vs. Georgia (7-9, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/17-19
(LW – 5) Last week (3-1): vs. San Diego (10-3, 0-0 WCC) CCD; at McNeese State (12-4, 3-0 Southland) L 5-4; vs. Wichita State (8-6, 0-0 MVC) W 6-1, W 12-5, W 9-2

5. Florida State (13-3, 2-1 ACC-A) This week (5): at #13 Florida (12-5, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/14; at #23 Florida Gulf Coast (14-3, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 3/15; at Virginia Tech (10-8, 1-2 ACC-C) 3/17-19
(LW – 7) Last week (4-1): at #10 Central Florida (14-3, 0-0 AAC) W 5-2, W 5-0; vs. Boston College (6-8, 1-2 ACC-A) L 8-5, W 11-1, W 13-0

6. Arizona (13-2, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (4): at Cal State Fullerton (9-5, 0-0 Big West) 3/15; at UCLA (6-8, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/17-19
(LW – 6) Last week (3-1): at #14 Texas Tech (14-3, 0-0 Big 12) L 13-1; vs. Hartford (1-9, 0-0 America East) W 21-5, W 25-3, W 17-13

7. Baylor (14-2, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): at Dallas Baptist (9-5, 0-0 MVC) 3/15; vs. West Virginia (8-7, 0-0 Big 12) 3/17-19
(LW – 9) Last week (3-1): at Sam Houston State (11-5, 3-0 Southland) W 6-5; vs. Houston (9-5, 0-0 AAC) W 2-1, W 5-0, L 2-0

8. Clemson (12-3, 3-0 ACC-A) This week (5): vs. Yale (3-5, 0-0 Ivy-Rolfe) 3/14-15; vs. #15 Virginia (13-3, 1-2 ACC-C) 3/17-19
(LW – 12) Last week (4-0): vs. #17 Michigan State (9-4, 0-0 Big Ten) W 9-2 **at Fluor Field – Greenville, SC**; vs. Notre Dame (3-11, 0-3 ACC-A) W 4-1, W 6-5, W 4-0

9. Texas A&M (14-3, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (4): at Texas (12-6, 0-0 Big 12) 3/14; vs. Kentucky (11-6, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/17-19
(LW – 13) Last week (5-0): vs. UT Rio Grande Valley (10-5, 0-0 WAC) W 16-7 W 7-4; vs. Brown (0-6, 0-0 Ivy-Rolfe) W 6-4, W 3-2, W 5-1

10. Texas Tech (14-3, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): at UT Arlington (8-8, 0-0 Sun Belt) 3/14 **Globe Life Ballpark – Arlington, TX**; at Texas (12-6, 0-0 Big 12) 3/17-19
(LW – 14) Last week (3-1): vs. #6 Arizona (13-2, 0-0 PAC-12) W 13-1; vs. UTSA (8-7, 0-0 C-USA) W 7-6, L 3-2, W 8-4

11. Oklahoma (17-2, 0-0 Big 12) This week (5): at Georgia Tech (10-4, 1-2 ACC-C) 3/14; at Georgia State (9-7, 0-0 Sun Belt) 3/15; at Kennesaw State (7-8, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 3/17-19
(LW – 11) Last week (4-1): vs. Wichita State (8-6, 0-0 MVC) L 4-2; vs. Buffalo (4-9, 0-0 MAC-E) W 16-10, W 1-0, W 11-0, W 5-1

12. North Carolina (12-4, 2-1 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Maryland (9-5, 0-0 Big Ten) 3/14; at Georgia Tech (10-4, 1-2 ACC-C) 3/17-19
(LW – 24) Last week (3-1): vs. VCU (10-6, 0-0 Atlantic 10) W 8-2; vs. #8 Virginia (13-3, 1-2 ACC-C) W 9-4, L 2-1, W 12-2

13. Florida (12-5, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. #5 Florida State (13-3, 2-1 ACC-A) 3/14; at Auburn (12-5, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/17-19
(LW – 2) Last week (2-3): at/vs. Florida Gulf Coast (14-3, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) L 7-3, L 3-2; vs. Seton Hall (7-8, 0-0 Big East) W 8-0, L 3-2 (13), W 4-3

14. South Carolina (11-5, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (4): at Furman (8-7, 0-0 Southern) 3/14; at Tennessee (11-2, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/17-19
(LW – 15) Last week (4-0): vs. The Citadel (4-10, 0-0 Southern) W 12-5; vs. Winthrop (7-8, 0-0 Big South) W 8-6; vs. #17 Michigan State (9-4, 0-0 Big Ten) W 3-2, W 5-2, CCD

15. Virginia (13-3, 1-2 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Monmouth (2-10, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) 3/14; at #8 Clemson (12-3, 3-0 ACC-A) 3/17-19
(LW – 8) Last week (2-2): at George Washington (6-10, 0-0 Atlantic 10) W 7-1; at #24 North Carolina (12-4, 2-1 ACC-C) L 9-4, W 2-1, L 12-2

16. East Carolina (12-4, 0-0 AAC) This week (4): at Duke (10-8, 2-1 ACC-C) 3/14; vs. Mercer (13-4, 0-0 Southern) 3/17-19
(LW – 16) Last week (4-1): at College of Charleston (8-8, 0-0 CAA) W 12-7, W 15-12; vs. Charlotte (10-6, 0-0 C-USA) L 2-0, W 10-7 (10), W 3-0

17. Central Florida (14-3, 0-0 AAC) This week (4): vs. Bradley (4-8, 0-0 MVC) 3/14; vs. Jacksonville (9-9, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 3/17-19
(LW – 10) This week (3-2): vs. #7 Florida State (13-3, 2-1 ACC-A) L 5-2, L 5-0; vs. Central Michigan (5-10, 0-0 MAC-W) W 21-1, W 7-3, W 5-4

18. South Florida (15-1, 0-0 AAC) This week (4): vs. Harvard (5-3, 0-0 Ivy-Rolfe) 3/17-19
(LW – 20) Last week (5-0): vs. Jacksonville (9-9, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) W 12-5; vs. Villanova (2-11, 0-0 Big East) W 8-1; vs. Valparaiso (6-8, 0-0 Horizon) W 11-2, W 8-1, W 6-5

19. Mississippi (11-5, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Nicholls State (9-6, 2-1 Southland) 3/14 **at Biloxi, MS**; vs. Vanderbilt (11-6, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/17-19
(LW – 21) Last week (4-1): vs. Georgia State (9-7, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 1-0, L 2-0 (11); vs. Furman (8-7, 0-0 Southern) W 2-0, W 5-0, W 1-0

20. Saint Louis (13-2, 0-0 Atlantic 10) This week (5): vs. Missouri State (12-3, 0-0 MVC) 3/14; vs. Western Illinois (1-12, 0-0 Summit) 3/15; at Butler (9-6, 0-0 Big East) 3/17-19
(LW – 18) Last week (3-1): vs. SIU Edwardsville (10-6, 2-1 OVC) W 12-3; vs. Northern Illinois (3-12, 0-0 MAC-W) W 8-1, W 10-5, L 2-0

21. St. John’s (12-2, 0-0 Big East) This week (4): at New York Tech (2-9, 0-0 IND) 3/14; vs. Holy Cross (2-10, 0-0 Patriot) 3/18-19
(LW – 22) Last week (2-1): at Iona (4-6, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) PPD; at Liberty (9-6, 0-0 Big South) W 5-4 (10), W 4-2, L 7-6

22. Louisiana-Lafayette (9-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) This week (4): at Louisiana Tech (13-2, 0-0 C-USA) 3/15; vs. Appalachian State (6-9, 0-0 Sun Belt) 3/17-19
(LW – 23) Last week (3-0): at Tulane (3-12, 0-0 AAC) CCD; vs. Saint Peter’s (0-4, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) W 10-0, W 6-1, W 4-0

23. Florida Gulf Coast (14-3, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) This week (4): vs. #5 Florida State (13-3, 2-1 ACC-A) 3/15; vs. Rutgers (6-9, Big Ten) 3/17-19
(LW – NR) Last week (4-1): vs. #2 Florida (12-5, 0-0 SEC-E) W 7-3, W 3-2; vs. Ohio State (6-8, 0-0 Big Ten) W 10-9, W 13-1, L 5-4

24. Southern Mississippi (11-4, 0-0 C-USA) This week (5): vs. Columbia (0-6, 0-0 Ivy-Gehrig) 3/14-15; at Louisiana Tech (13-2, 0-0 C-USA) 3/17-19
(LW – 25) Last week (3-1): at New Orleans (9-7, 0-3 Southland) W 6-0; vs. Xavier (7-9, 0-0 Big East) L 2-0, W 2-0, W 10-0

25. Wright State (9-6, 0-0 Horizon) This week (4): vs. Cincinnati (6-8, 0-0 AAC) 3/14; vs. Valparaiso (6-8, 0-0 Horizon) 3/17-19
(LW – 19) Last week (2-2): at Kentucky (11-6, 0-0 SEC-E) L 15-1;**Dayton/Wright State Tournament at Dayton, OH** vs. Ohio (8-6, 0-0 MAC-E) W 6-1, L 4-3 (11); vs. Dayton (5-8, 0-0 Atlantic 10) W 5-4 (12); vs. Western Illinois (1-12, 0-0 Summit) CCD

Dropped Out: #17 Michigan State

Also Receiving Consideration:

Arkansas (12-4, 0-0 SEC-W), Houston (9-5, 0-0 AAC), James Madison (11-3, 0-0 CAA), Kansas State (12-4, 0-0 Big 12), Louisiana Tech (13-2, 0-0 C-USA), McNeese State (12-4, 3-0 Southland), Mercer (13-4, 0-0 Southern), Michigan (12-3, 0-0 Big Ten), Michigan State (9-4, 0-0 Big Ten), Missouri (15-1, 0-0 SEC-E), Missouri State (12-3, 0-0 MVC), New Mexico (11-3, 6-0 MWC), Sam Houston State (11-5, 3-0 Southland), San Diego (10-3, 0-0 WCC), Stanford (11-5, 0-0 PAC-12), Tennessee (11-2, 0-0 SEC-E), Texas (12-6, 0-0 Big 12), UC Irvine (9-5, 0-0 Big West), Vanderbilt (11-6, 0-0 SEC-E), Wake Forest (12-5, 2-1 ACC-A)