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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)

2017 Week 4 College Baseball Top-25

Top-ranked TCU had much to celebrate as the Horned Frogs swept through the field at the Shriners College Classic in Houston. (photo courtesy of TCU Athletics and gofrogs.com)

Top-ranked TCU had much to celebrate as the Horned Frogs swept through the field at the Shriners College Classic in Houston. (photo courtesy of TCU Athletics and gofrogs.com)

Week 3 of the 2017 college baseball season wrapped up with the top eight teams holding their positions for another seven days. The jewel of the weekend took place at Minute Maid Park in Houston at the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic as a trifecta of teams from the Big 12 faced off with three squads from the SEC.

Top-ranked TCU rolled through the week at 4-0 to stay atop the rankings. The Horned Frogs dispatched Rice with ease on Tuesday before sweeping through the tourney in Houston. After knocking off #5 LSU on Friday, TCU gave up five runs in the top half of the first inning to #10 Texas A&M and had to play catch-up throughout the regulation nine innings. Trailing 10-5 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Frogs plated five runs to force free baseball and won in the 15th on Ryan Merrill’s RBI double. TCU secured another week at #1 with a 5-3 win over #9 Mississippi, who stumbled to an 0-4 week, including 0-3 in Houston.

#2 Florida split a mid-week home-and-home with #17 Central Florida and handled Columbia with ease for a 4-1 week. The Week 3 star for the Gators was junior RHP Alex Faedo, who blanked the Lions on three hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts to pick up his second win of the season on Friday night.

Oregon State stayed firm in third with an easy three-game sweep of UC Davis at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, OR. Luke Heimlich allowed three hits and fanned ten Aggies hitters in eight shutout innings on Friday. 2B Cadyn Grenier hit .400 (6-for-10) with a pair of triples and drove in six while 3B Michael Gretler, also, hit .400 while driving in three runs in the series.

#4 Louisville remained undefeated, hammering Morehead State 20-2 and opening their three game series with Eastern Michigan by blanking the Eagles 13-0. However, the Cardinals, barely, slipped by the visitors from Ypsilanti to wrap up the weekend, needing 13 innings to beat EMU 3-2 on Saturday and scoring the eventual winning run in the 7th inning for an 8-7 victory. CF Logan Taylor was one of a handful of Cardinals with a huge offensive weekend, hitting .385 (5-for-13) with three RBI and eight runs scored. Nick Bennett picked up the Friday night victory, as he combined with Sam Bordner and Shay Smiddy to blank the Eagles on one hit.

Despite a 2-2 week and only one victory in Houston, #5 LSU stands pat on the strength of competition. The Tigers nipped improved Nicholls State, 3-2, and sandwiched a 4-0 victory over #16 Baylor around losses to #1 TCU and #18 Texas Tech. Greg Deichmann’s 7th inning RBI single plated the eventual winning run for the Tuesday night win over the Colonels and Jared Poche’ continued his strong start to 2017 with seven innings of sterling pitching in the Saturday night win over the Bears. Deichmann finished the week hitting .353 (6-for-17) with his 5th home run of the season and four RBI.

#6 Arizona finished the week 2-1, facing competition from the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten at the Frisco College Baseball Classic in Frisco, TX. The Wildcats blanked Arkansas 3-0 on Friday night as J.C. Cloney and Cameron Ming combined on a three-hit shutout. Cal Stevenson’s walk-off RBI double to center scored Matt Fraizer to lift Arizona past Oklahoma State, 10-9, on Saturday and Rio Gomez allowed one run over seven innings on Sunday, but took the loss in a 1-0 decision to Nebraska, snapping the Cats’ season-opening winning streak at ten.

Florida State improved to 9-2 after a 4-0 week that saw a one-run victory over Jacksonville and an offensive explosion in a three-game sweep of Oakland. The Noles scored three times in the top of the 8th to rally past the Dolphins 6-5 on Tuesday and mauled the visiting Grizzlies for 44 runs. 1B Quincy Nieporte went 4-for-7 in limited action with two homers and eight RBI for the series and Tyler Holton ran his record to 3-0 after his two-hit, 13-strikeout effort in Saturday’s 12-1 victory.

A 4-1 record couldn’t move Virginia past last week’s #8 ranking, but the gap between the top eight teams is squeezing tighter and tighter. The Wahoos dispatched William & Mary in an easy Tuesday effort before squaring off against Niagara and LaSalle at the Virginia Tournament in Charlottesville, VA. UVa split a pair with the Purple Eagles and crushed the Explorers by a combined score of 30-6. CF/P/DH Adam Haseley raked to the tune of .400 (8-for-20) for the week with two homers, two doubles, four RBI and eight runs scored and allowed, only, a pair of unearned runs over 6.1 innings to improve to 2-0 on the season in Sunday’s 18-3 win over winless LaSalle.

Baylor, unranked by most national publications, moves up seven spots to ninth after a strong 3-1 week, including a pair of wins over SEC clubs in Houston. The Bears bludgeoned Arkansas-Pine Bluff 17-3 on Tuesday before heading to Minute Maid Park where Nick Lewis pitched seven innings of shutout ball in Friday’s 4-0 win over Ole Miss. Following a 4-0 loss to LSU, Baylor looked like they would head home with two straight losses as Texas A&M led 3-1 heading to the home half of the ninth. However, it was deja vu all over again for the Aggies, as the bullpen was tagged for five ninth inning runs for the second time in less than 24 hours, this time, capped by SS Tucker Cascadden’s walk-off grand slam and a 6-3 Bears win.

Central Florida, also, advances seven places to round out Week 4’s top-ten. The Knights lost their first game of the season on Tuesday, 4-3, in the first half of a home-and-home with #2 Florida, but exacted revenge, blistering the Gators, 11-2, on the following evening. The Knights, then, swept Stony Brook at the UCF Baseball Complex, including a walk-off win on Sunday. SS Kam Gellinger hit .471 (8-for-17) over the five-games and capped his week with a bases-loaded, walk-off single to beat the Seawolves on Sunday. LF Kyle Marsh was a beast all week, hitting .500 (9-for-18) with two doubles, two homers and ten RBI.

Oklahoma vaults eight places to 11th following a 5-0 week, Clemson moves from 20th to 12th on the heels of their series win over South Carolina, Texas A&M drops three spots, despite their bullpen implosion, to 13th, Texas Tech jumps four notches to 14th on the strength of their showing in Houston and South Carolina retreats a pair of positions to 15th.

East Carolina, riding an eight-game winning streak, returns to the rankings at 16th, Michigan State, after a 3-0 week, climbs four spots to 17th, Saint Louis’ undefeated week advances the Billikens four places to 18th, Wright State, boasting one of the nation’s toughest schedules cracks the top-20 at #19, up four from last week, and South Florida swept Toledo to move from 24th to 20th.

Despite an 0-4 week, Mississippi sits at #21, down 12 from last week, St. John’s moves up three to #22, Louisiana-Lafayette rejoins the fray at #23, North Carolina plummets 13 places to 24th and, barely hanging on, is Southern Mississippi at #25, a slip of 11 positions.

Dropping out of the rankings this week are North Carolina State (#12) and Vanderbilt (#15).

1. TCU (10-1, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Dallas Baptist (8-3, 0-0 MVC) 3/7; vs. UC Irvine (6-4, 0-0 Big West) 3/10-12
(LW – 1) Last week (4-0): vs. Rice (4-8, 0-0 C-USA) W 13-5; **Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Houston, TX** vs. #5 LSU (9-3, 0-0 SEC-W) W 9-6; vs. #10 Texas A&M (9-3, 0-0 SEC-W) W 11-10 (15); vs. #9 Mississippi (7-4, 0-0 SEC-W) W 5-3

2. Florida (10-2, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (5): at/vs. Florida Gulf Coast (10-2, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 3/7-8; vs. Seton Hall (4-6, 0-0 Big East) 3/10-12
(LW – 2) Last week (4-1): vs./at #17 Central Florida (11-1, 0-0 AAC) W 4-3, L 11-2; vs. Columbia (0-3, 0-0 Ivy-Gehrig) W 7-0, W 7-2, W 8-4

3. Oregon State (10-1, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (5): vs. Portland (1-9, 0-0 WCC) 3/7; vs. Ball State (7-4, 0-0 MAC-W) 3/9-11
(LW – 3) Last week (3-0): vs. UC Davis (3-6, 0-0 Big West) W 4-0, W 14-2, W 4-1

4. Louisville (11-0, 0-0 ACC-A) This week (5): at Eastern Kentucky (6-6, 0-0 OVC) 3/7; vs. Fort Wayne (3-9, 0-0 Summit) 3/8; vs. Pittsburgh (7-4, 0-0 ACC-C) 3/10-12
(LW – 4) Last week (4-0): vs. Morehead State (7-5, 0-0 OVC) W 20-2; vs. Eastern Michigan (2-11, 0-0 MAC-W) W 13-0, W 3-2 (13), W 8-7

5. LSU (9-3, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. San Diego (6-3, 0-0 WCC) 3/7; at McNeese State (8-4, 0-0 Southland) 3/8; vs. Wichita State (7-3, 0-0 MVC) 3/10-12
(LW – 5) Last week (2-2): vs. Nicholls State (7-5, 0-0 Southland) W 3-2; **Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic at Houston, TX** vs. #1 TCU (10-1, 0-0 Big 12) L 9-6; vs. #16 Baylor (11-1, 0-0 Big 12) W 4-0; vs. #18 Texas Tech (11-2, 0-0 Big 12) L 5-4

6. Arizona (10-1, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (4): at #14 Texas Tech (11-2, 0-0 Big 12) 3/7; vs. Hartford (1-5, 0-0 America East) 3/10-12
(LW – 6) Last week (2-1): **Frisco College Baseball Classic at Frisco, TX** vs. Arkansas (8-3, 0-0 SEC-W) W 3-0; vs. Oklahoma State (6-5, 0-0 Big 12) W 10-9; vs. Nebraska (3-6, 0-0 Big Ten) L 1-0

7. Florida State (9-2, 0-0 ACC-A) This week (5): at #10 Central Florida (11-1, 0-0 AAC) 3/7-8; vs. Boston College (4-5, 0-0 ACC-A) 3/10-12
(LW – 7) Last week (4-0): at Jacksonville (6-6, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) W 6-5; vs. Oakland (1-10, 0-0 Horizon) W 18-10, W 12-1, W 14-6

8. Virginia (11-1, 0-0 ACC-C) This week (4): at George Washington (3-9, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 3/7; at #24 North Carolina (9-3, 0-0 ACC-C) 3/10-12
(LW – 8) Last week (4-1): vs. William & Mary (6-4, 0-0 CAA) W 11-3; **Virginia Tournament at Charlottesville, VA** vs. Niagara (6-4, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) W 5-3, L 8-5; vs. LaSalle (0-11, 0-0 Atlantic 10) W 12-3, W 18-3

9. Baylor (11-1, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): at Sam Houston State (8-4, 0-0 Southland) 3/7; vs. Houston (7-3, 0-0 AAC) 3/10-12
(LW – 16) Last week (3-1): vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-8, 2-1 SWAC-W) W 17-3; **Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Houston, TX** vs. #9 Mississippi (7-4, 0-0 SEC-W) W 4-0; vs. #5 LSU (9-3, 0-0 SEC-W) L 4-0; vs. #10 Texas A&M (9-3, 0-0 SEC-W) L 6-3

10. Central Florida (11-1, 0-0 AAC) This week (5): vs. #7 Florida State (9-2, 0-0 ACC-A) 3/7-8; vs. Central Michigan (3-7, 0-0 MAC-W) 3/10-12
(LW – 17) This week (4-1): at/vs. #2 Florida (10-2, 0-0 SEC-E) L 4-3, W 11-2; vs. Stony Brook (1-8, 0-0 America East) W 7-3, W 8-4, W 3-2

11. Oklahoma (13-1, 0-0 Big 12) This week (5): vs. Wichita State (7-3, 0-0 MVC) 3/7; vs. Buffalo (4-5, 0-0 MAC-E) 3/9-11
(LW – 19) Last week (5-0): vs. Arkansas-Little Rock (6-6, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 10-5; vs. Central Connecticut State (4-5, 0-0 Northeast) W 3-0, W 13-2, W 6-1, W 11-2

12. Clemson (8-3, 0-0 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. #17 Michigan State (9-1, 0-0 Big Ten) 3/8 **at Fluor Field – Greenville, SC**; vs. Notre Dame (3-8, 0-0 ACC-A) 3/10-12
(LW – 20) Last week (3-1): vs. Wofford (3-8, 0-0 Southern) W 9-2; vs./** at Fluor Field – Greenville, SC**/at #13 South Carolina (7-5, 0-0 SEC-E) L 2-0, W 8-7, W 5-3 (11)

13. Texas A&M (9-3, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. UT Rio Grande Valley (10-2, 0-0 WAC) 3/7-8; vs. Brown (0-3, 0-0 Ivy-Rolfe) 3/10-12
(LW – 10) Last week (3-2): vs. Prairie View A&M (1-12, 0-0 SWAC-W) W 9-2; vs. Incarnate Word (8-5, 0-0 Southland) W 12-5; **Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Houston, TX** vs. #18 Texas Tech (11-2, 0-0 Big 12) W 9-0; vs. #1 TCU (10-1, 0-0 Big 12) L 11-10 (15); vs. #16 Baylor (11-1, 0-0 Big 12) L 6-3

14. Texas Tech (11-2, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): vs. #6 Arizona (10-1, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/7; vs. UTSA (6-5, 0-0 C-USA) 3/10-12
(LW – 18) Last week (3-1): vs. New Mexico (7-3, 3-0 MWC) W 7-2; **Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Houston, TX** vs. #10 Texas A&M (9-3, 0-0 SEC-W) L 9-0; vs. #9 Mississippi (7-4, 0-0 SEC-W) W 5-1; vs. #5 LSU (9-3, 0-0 SEC-W) W 5-4

15. South Carolina (7-5, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (5): vs. The Citadel (3-7, 0-0 Southern) 3/7; vs. Winthrop (5-6, 0-0 Big South) 3/8; vs. #17 Michigan State (9-1, 0-0 Big Ten) 3/10-12
(LW – 13) Last week (2-2): vs. Appalachian State (5-6, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 8-4; at/vs.**Fluor Field – Greenville, SC**/vs. #20 Clemson (8-3, 0-0 ACC-A) W 2-0, L 8-7, L 5-3 (11)

16. East Carolina (8-3, 0-0 AAC) This week (5): at College of Charleston (7-4, 0-0 CAA) 3/7-8; vs. Charlotte (9-3, 0-0 C-USA) 3/10-12
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. Elon (6-6, 0-0 CAA) W 7-2; **LeClair Classic at Greenville, NC** vs. Western Carolina (4-6, 0-0 Southern) W 5-4; vs. #25 St. John’s (10-1, 0-0 Big East) W 7-4; vs. Appalachian State (5-6, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 4-0

17. Michigan State (9-1, 0-0 Big Ten) This week (4): vs. #12 Clemson (8-3, 0-0 ACC-A) 3/8 **at Fluor Field, Greenville, SC**; at #15 South Carolina (7-5, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/10-12
(LW – 21) Last week (3-0): **First Pitch Invitational at Greenville, SC** at Furman (8-3, 0-0 Southern) W 3-2; vs. Presbyterian (6-7, 0-0 Big South) W 10-2; vs. Tennessee-Martin (5-4, 0-0 OVC) W 6-1

18. Saint Louis (10-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10) This week (4): at SIU Edwardsville (8-4, 0-0 OVC) 3/8; vs. Northern Illinois (2-9, 0-0 MAC-W) 3/10-12
(LW – 22) Last week (4-0): at Oklahoma State (6-5, 0-0 Big 12) W 10-7; vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (0-9, 0-0 Northeast) W 5-2, W 8-0, W 7-5

19. Wright State (7-4, 0-0 Horizon) This week (5): at Kentucky (7-5, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/7; **Dayton/Wright State Tournament at Dayton, OH** vs. Western Illinois (0-10, 0-0 Summit) 3/10; vs. Ohio (7-5, 0-0 MAC-E) 3/11; vs. Dayton (3-6, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 3/12
(LW – 23) Last week (4-1): at Gardner-Webb (5-8, 0-0 Big South) L 9-8, W 8-6; **Upstate/Wofford Tournament at Spartanburg, SC** at USC Upstate (5-8, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) W 5-1; at Wofford (3-8, 0-0 Southern) W 3-0; vs. Pittsburgh (7-4, 0-0 ACC-C) W 3-1

20. South Florida (10-1, 0-0 AAC) This week (5): vs. Jacksonville (6-6, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 3/7; vs. Villanova (1-9, 0-0 Big East) 3/8; vs. Valparaiso (4-5, 0-0 Horizon) 3/10-12
(LW – 24) Last week (3-0): vs. Toledo (1-10, 0-0 MAC-W) W 4-3 (13), W 12-3, W 6-3

21. Mississippi (7-4, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Georgia State (6-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) 3/7-8; vs. Furman (8-3, 0-0 Southern) 3/10-12
(LW – 9) Last week (0-4): vs. Memphis (7-3, 0-0 AAC) L 9-6; **Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Houston, TX** vs. #16 Baylor (11-1, 0-0 Big 12) L 4-0; vs. #18 Texas Tech (11-2, 0-0 Big 12) L 5-1; vs. #1 TCU (10-1, 0-0 Big 12) L 5-3

22. St. John’s (10-1, 0-0 Big East) This week (4): at Iona (3-3, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) 3/7; at Liberty (7-4, 0-0 Big South) 3/10-12
(LW – 25) Last week (3-1): at #11 North Carolina (9-3, 0-0 ACC-C) W 5-4; **LeClair Classic at Greenville, NC** vs. Appalachian State (5-6, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 7-3; at East Carolina (8-3, 0-0 AAC) L 7-4; vs. Western Carolina (4-5, 0-0 Southern) W 9-1

23. Louisiana-Lafayette (6-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) This week (4): at Tulane (3-8, 0-0 AAC) 3/7; vs. St. Peter’s (0-0, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) 3/10-12
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): at Northwestern State (4-6, 0-0 Southland) W 8-6; vs. #14 Southern Mississippi (8-3, 0-0 C-USA) W 3-1, W 5-4, L 15-11 (11)

24. North Carolina (9-3, 0-0 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. VCU (6-5, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 3/7; vs. #8 Virginia (11-1, 0-0 ACC-C) 3/10-12
(LW – 11) Last week (2-3): vs. Winthrop (5-6, 0-0 Big South) W 11-0; vs. #25 St. John’s (10-1, 0-0 Big East) L 5-4; vs. Long Beach State (6-5, 0-0 Big West) L 5-2, L 4-1, W 8-5

25. Southern Mississippi (8-3, 0-0 C-USA) This week (4): at New Orleans (9-3, 0-0 Southland) 3/7; vs. Xavier (5-6, 0-0 Big East) 3/10-12
(LW – 14) Last week (2-2): vs. Tulane (3-8, 0-0 AAC) W 2-1; at Louisiana-Lafayette (6-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) L 3-1, L 5-4, W 15-11 (11)

Dropped Out: #12 North Carolina State, #15 Vanderbilt

Also Receiving Consideration:

Arkansas (8-3, 0-0 SEC-W), Auburn (9-3, 0-0 SEC-W), Charlotte (9-3, 0-0 C-USA), Coastal Carolina (9-5, 0-0 Sun Belt), Dallas Baptist (8-3, 0-0 MVC), Florida Gulf Coast (10-2, 0-0 Atlantic Sun), Georgia Tech (9-2, 0-0 ACC-C), Houston (7-3, 0-0 AAC), James Madison (8-2, 0-0 CAA), Kansas State (9-2, 0-0 Big 12), Louisiana Tech (11-1, 0-0 C-USA), Michigan (9-3, 0-0 Big Ten), Missouri (10-1, 0-0 SEC-E), Missouri State (10-1, 0-0 MVC), North Carolina State (6-5, 0-0 ACC-A), Saint Mary’s (7-3, 0-0 WCC), Sam Houston State (8-4, 0-0 Southland), Stanford (9-3, 0-0 PAC-12), Tennessee (9-1, 0-0 SEC-E), Vanderbilt (7-5, 0-0 SEC-E)

2017 Week 3 College Baseball Top-25

Top-ranked TCU leads six ranked teams into Minute Maid Park in Houston for this weekend's Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic

Top-ranked TCU leads six ranked teams into Minute Maid Park in Houston for this weekend’s Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic

TCU hangs on to the top spot in this week’s rankings, despite losing a 13-9 slugfest to then 18th-ranked Arizona State in the lid-lifter of the teams’ weekend opener at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, TX. During a 3-1 week which began with a 7-2 road win over UT Arlington at Clay Gould Ballpark, Luken Baker slugged a pair of home runs and drove in six for the Horned Frogs, who overcame eight errors against the Sun Devils to take the final two games of the series.

After a one-run loss to Jacksonville in their first mid-week contest of 2017, #2 Florida swept #17 Miami-Florida at McKethan Stadium, allowing, only, two runs in the series. While the Gators’ bats were stymied for most of the three-game set, Florida’s starting pitching carried the load, posting a 0.41 ERA in 22 innings, allowing 11 hits and striking out 26 Hurricanes batters. In the 1-0 win on Friday night, Gators’ skipper Kevin O’Sullivan notched his 400th career victory in Gainesville.

Oregon State notched a 4-1 week in Surprise, AZ to remain third in the rankings. The Beavers beat Indiana to wrap up the Sanderson Ford Classic on Monday and, then, took three of four at the Big Ten/PAC-12 Challenge over the weekend. The two-time College World Series champs swept a pair from Nebraska and split two games with Ohio State. Jake Thompson won twice for Oregon State, beating Indiana on Monday and Ohio State on Sunday. Thompson gave up five hits and two runs over 13.1 innings while striking out 15.

Fourth-ranked Louisville remained undefeated with a 4-0 campaign after blasting Eastern Kentucky and sweeping Omaha with ease. 1B/DH Brendan McKay hit .692 (9-for-13) with a homer and five RBI while pitching five innings for the win on Friday over the Mavericks. The Cardinals blanked Omaha over the final two games, allowing six hits and fanning 26.

LSU rounds out the top-five for the second consecutive week following a 4-1 record. The Tigers fell to in-state rival New Orleans 11-8 on Tuesday, but rebounded with an easy win over Hofstra and by crushing Maryland in a three-game sweep. RF Greg Deichmann hit .333 during the week with two home runs, eight RBI and four runs scored. Jared Poche’ was LSU’s pitching star of the week, allowing one hit over eight innings in the Tigers’ 14-0 win on Saturday.

2016 College World Series runner-up Arizona slugged their way to a 5-0 week, nipping Eastern Kentucky 9-8 in a mid-week tilt and battering McNeese State in a four game sweep over the weekend to move up three spots to sixth. CF Jared Oliva went 10-for-21 (.476) at the dish with a pair of homers and nine RBI to lead the Wildcats’ offense while Michael Flynn was a beast out of the bullpen in long relief, allowing four hits and fanning nine in 9.1 scoreless innings, including one hit over six innings to pick up the victory on Friday in a 8-3 win over the Cowboys.

Florida State holds steady in seventh after winning three of their Week 2 contests. The Seminoles fell to South Florida 4-2 on Tuesday, after the bullpen allowed four runs in the top of the ninth to blow a 2-0 lead. Mike Martin’s club rebounded by bludgeoning Samford in a three-game sweep, outscoring the Bulldogs 37-7. Tyler Holton twirled seven innings of two-hit ball and struck out 11 in Saturday’s 8-0 win and RF Rhett Applin posted a .455 mark at the plate (5-for-11) with a homer, five RBI and drawing four walks.

Virginia moves up five spots to 8th after remaining undefeated with a 4-0 campaign. In a 9-7 win over VMI on Tuesday, skipper Brian O’Connor picked up his 600th career victory after his Cavaliers rallied for four runs in the home half of the eighth inning to erase a 7-5 deficit. CF Adam Haseley hit .571 (8-for-14) with two homers and seven RBI for the week while allowing two runs and three hits over seven innings to earn the victory in the Wahoos’ 18-2 win over Rutgers on Sunday, capping a three-game sweep.

Mississippi stayed among the ranks of the undefeated after blasting Arkansas State and sweeping UNC Wilmington at Swayze Field. OF Will Golsan went 4-for-5 with three doubles, two RBI and four runs scored in the Rebels’ 16-4 win over the Red Wolves while David Parkinson, James McArthur and Brady Feigl, each, tossed solid starts to sweep the Seahawks over the weekend. The trio of starters allowed eight hits and three earned runs over 17 innings with 23 strikeouts to vault the Rebels six spots into ninth.

Moving up four spots to round out the top-ten is Texas A&M, who battled to a 3-1 week, which started with a 12-inning, 6-5 win over Stephen F. Austin at Blue Bell Park and finished with a series win over Pepperdine. After staking the Lumberjacks to a 5-0 lead after three innings, the Aggies crawled back to force extra frames and won in the 12th inning as Braden Schumake scored on a wild pitch by Josh Ponder. Despite an 0-for-4 day at the plate in the Aggies’ 2-1 loss on Saturday, Schumake was the Week 2 offensive star for Texas A&M, hitting .474 (9-for-19) with two doubles, a triple, one homer and four RBI. Brig Hill tossed 7.2 innings of shutout ball on Friday, striking out ten for the Aggies’ top individual pitching performance.

Elsewhere:

North Carolina moved to 7-0 and rises five places to 11th, North Carolina State took two of three from Austin Peay to remain 12th, South Carolina drops seven spots to 13th after struggling to a 3-2 week, Southern Mississippi rises six to 14th after a 3-1 week and Vanderbilt falls from 8th to 15th after losing two of three at home to Illinois-Chicago to end a 2-2 week.

Undefeated Baylor makes its 2017 debut at #16, Central Florida, also undefeated, moves from 23rd to 17th, Texas Tech and Oklahoma, both 8-1, debut at #18 and #19, respectively, and Clemson returns to the rankings at #20.

Michigan State rises two spots to 21st, Saint Louis moves up three places to 22nd, Wright State falls from 21st to 23rd, South Florida, at 7-1, debuts at #24 and undefeated St. John’s rounds out the top-25.

Dropping out of the rankings, this week, are #10 Cal State Fullerton, #11 Sam Houston State, #17 Miami-FL, #18 Arizona State, #19 Washington and #24 Louisiana-Lafayette.

A huge event in college baseball takes place at Minute Maid Park in Houston this weekend: the annual Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic will feature six teams, all ranked in this week’s top-25, from the Big 12 and SEC. Representing the Big 12 are #1 TCU, #16 Baylor and #18 Texas Tech while #5 LSU, #9 Mississippi and #10 Texas A&M will carry the SEC flag into what could be a preview of 75% of the 2017 College World Series.

1. TCU (6-1, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Rice (3-5, 0-0 C-USA) 2/28; **Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Houston, TX** vs. #5 LSU (7-1, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/3; vs. #10 Texas A&M (6-1, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/4; vs. #9 Mississippi (7-0, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/5
(LW – 1) Last week (3-1): vs. UT Arlington (2-6, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 7-2; vs. #18 Arizona State (4-2, 0-0 PAC-12) L 13-9, W 8-4, W 5-2

2. Florida (6-1, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (5): vs./at #17 Central Florida (7-0, 0-0 AAC) 2/28-3/1; vs. Columbia (0-0, 0-0 Ivy-Gehrig) 3/3-5
(LW – 2) Last week (3-1): vs. Jacksonville (5-2, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) L 3-2, PPD; vs. #17 Miami-FL (2-4, 0-0 ACC-C) W 1-0, W 2-0, W 6-2

3. Oregon State (7-1, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (3): vs. UC Davis (3-2, 0-0 Big West) 3/3-5
(LW – 3) Last week (4-1): **Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic at Surprise, AZ** vs. Indiana (3-3-1, 0-0 Big Ten) W 4-1; **Big Ten/PAC-12 Challenge – Surprise, AZ** vs. Nebraska (2-4, 0-0 Big Ten) W 10-1, W 5-2; vs. Ohio State (3-5, 0-0 Big Ten) L 6-1, W 5-1

4. Louisville (7-0, 0-0 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Morehead State (5-3, 0-0 OVC) 3/1; vs. Eastern Michigan (2-5, 0-0 MAC-W) 3/3-5
(LW – 4) Last week (4-0): vs. Eastern Kentucky (2-7, 0-0 OVC) W 19-3; vs. Omaha (1-7, 0-0 Summit) W 7-2, W 10-0, W 6-0

5. LSU (7-1, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Nicholls State (4-3, 0-0 Southland) 2/28; **Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic at Houston, TX** vs. #1 TCU (6-1, 0-0 Big 12) 3/3; vs. #16 Baylor (8-0, 0-0 Big 12) 3/4; vs. #18 Texas Tech (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) 3/5
(LW – 5) Last week (4-1): vs. New Orleans (6-2, 0-0 Southland) L 11-8; vs. Hofstra (2-5, 0-0 CAA) W 8-1; vs. Maryland (1-5, 0-0 Big Ten) W 6-1, W 14-0, W 9-5

6. Arizona (8-0, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (3): **Frisco College Baseball Classic at Frisco, TX** vs. Arkansas (6-0, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/3; vs. Oklahoma State (4-3, 0-0 Big 12) 3/4; vs. Nebraska (2-4, 0-0 Big Ten) 3/5
(LW – 9) Last week (5-0): vs. Eastern Kentucky (3-5, 0-0 OVC) W 9-8; vs. McNeese State (4-4, 0-0 Southland) W 10-3, W 8-3, W 12-3, W 12-5

7. Florida State (5-2, 0-0 ACC-A)
This week (4): at Jacksonville (5-2, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 2/28; vs. Oakland (1-7, 0-0 Horizon) 3/3-5
(LW – 7) Last week (3-1): vs. South Florida (7-1, 0-0 AAC) L 4-2; vs. Samford (2-4, 0-0 Southern) W 16-3, W 8-0, W 13-4

8. Virginia (7-0, 0-0 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. William & Mary (3-3, 0-0 CAA) 2/28; **Virginia Tournament at Charlottesville, VA** vs. Niagara (3-3, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) 3/3-4; vs. LaSalle (0-7, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 3/4-5
(LW – 13) Last week (4-0): vs. VMI (3-5, 0-0 Southern) W 9-7; vs. Rutgers (1-5, 0-0 Big Ten) W 7-3, W 12-4, W 18-2

9. Mississippi (7-0, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Memphis (4-2, 0-0 AAC) 2/28; **Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Houston, TX** vs. #16 Baylor (8-0, 0-0 Big 12) 3/3; vs. #18 Texas Tech (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) 3/4; vs. #1 TCU (6-1, 0-0 Big 12) 3/5
(LW – 15) Last week (4-0): vs. Arkansas State (6-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 16-4; vs. UNC Wilmington (3-3, 0-0 CAA) W 7-2, W 8-4, W 8-6

10. Texas A&M (6-1, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Prairie View A&M (1-8, 0-0 SWAC-W) 2/28; vs. Incarnate Word (5-4, 0-0 Southland) 3/1; **Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Houston, TX** vs. #18 Texas Tech (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) 3/3; vs. #1 TCU (6-1, 0-0 Big 12) 3/4; vs. #16 Baylor (8-0, 0-0 Big 12) 3/5
(LW – 14) Last week (3-1): vs. Stephen F. Austin (2-6, 0-0 Southland) W 6-5 (12); vs. Pepperdine (4-2, 0-0 WCC) W 3-0, L 2-1, W 10-6

11. North Carolina (7-0, 0-0 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. Winthrop (4-2, 0-0 Big South) 2/28; vs. #25 St. John’s (7-0, 0-0 Big East) 3/1; vs. Long Beach State (4-3, 0-0 Big West) 3/3-5
(LW – 16) Last week (4-0): vs. Gardner-Webb (2-6, 0-0 Big South) W 11-1; vs. Radford (1-6, 0-0 Big South) W 2-0, W 9-3, W 7-5

12. North Carolina State (4-2, 0-0 ACC-A) This week (5): at UNC Greensboro (2-5, 0-0 Southern) 2/28; vs. Charlotte (6-2, 0-0 C-USA) 3/1; **USA Baseball-Irish Classic at Raleigh, NC** vs. Rhode Island (3-4, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 3/3; vs. Maryland (1-5, 0-0 Big Ten) 3/4; vs. UMass Lowell (3-4, 0-0 America East) 3/5
(LW – 12) Last week (2-1): vs. Austin Peay (4-3, 0-0 OVC) W 9-3, W 6-3, L 7-3

13. South Carolina (5-3, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Appalachian State (4-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) 2/28; at/vs.**Fluor Field – Greenville, SC**/vs. #20 Clemson (5-2, 0-0 ACC-A) 3/3-5
(LW – 6) Last week (3-2): vs. Charlotte (6-2, 0-0 C-USA) W 5-4; vs. Kansas State (6-2, 0-0 Big 12) L 6-5; vs. #21 Wright State (3-3, 0-0 Horizon) W 4-3, W 10-5, L 5-1

14. Southern Mississippi (6-1, 0-0 C-USA) This week (4): vs. Tulane (1-6, 0-0 AAC) 3/1; at Louisiana-Lafayette (3-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) 3/3-5
(LW – 20) Last week (3-1): at Alabama (3-4, 0-0 SEC-W) L 12-5; vs. Evansville (1-6, 0-0 MVC) W 14-10, W 9-2, W 18-2

15. Vanderbilt (4-3, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (5): vs. Southeastern Louisiana (4-2, 0-0 Southland) 2/28-3/1; vs. Cal State Northridge (3-4, 0-0 Big West) 3/3-5
(LW – 8) Last week (2-2): vs. Evansville (1-6, 0-0 MVC) W 7-4; vs. Illinois-Chicago (4-3, 0-0 Horizon) L 5-3 (10), W 6-2, L 5-2 (11)

16. Baylor (8-0, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-6, 0-0 SWAC-W) 2/28; **Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Houston, TX** vs. #9 Mississippi (7-0, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/3; vs. #5 LSU (7-1, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/4; vs. #10 Texas A&M (6-1, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/5
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): vs. Nevada (2-6, 0-0 MWC) W 6-0; vs. Texas State (3-5, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 4-0; vs. South Alabama (4-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 3-2, W 10-9, W 9-7

17. UCF (7-0, 0-0 AAC) This week (5): at/vs. #2 Florida (6-1, 0-0 SEC-E) 2/28-3/1; vs. Stony Brook (1-5, 0-0 America East) 3/3-5
(LW – 23) This week (4-0) vs. North Florida (4-4, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) W 3-2; vs. Manhattan (0-3, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) W 13-3, W 10-1, W 7-2

18. Texas Tech (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): vs. New Mexico (4-2, 0-0 MWC) 2/28; **Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic at Houston, TX** vs. #10 Texas A&M (6-1, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/3; vs. #9 Mississippi (7-0, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/4; vs. #5 LSU (7-1, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/5
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): vs. New Mexico State (6-3, 0-0 WAC) W 16-1; vs. California (2-5, 0-0 PAC-12) W 4-2, W 5-1, W 3-2 (11), W 11-2

19. Oklahoma (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) This week (5): vs. Arkansas-Little Rock (2-5, 0-0 Sun Belt) 2/28; vs. Central Connecticut State (4-1, 0-0 Northeast) 3/3-5
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): vs. Grambling (3-5, 0-0 SWAC-W) W 11-2, W 10-2; **19 Ways Invitational at Norman, OK** vs. Villanova (0-7, 0-0 Big East) W 9-2, W 17-1; vs. Northern Illinois (2-5, 0-0 MAC-W) W 10-3; vs. Boston College (2-4, 0-0 ACC-A) W 5-4

20. Clemson (5-2, 0-0 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Wofford (2-5, 0-0 Southern) 2/28; vs./vs.**Fluor Field – Greenville, SC**/at #13 South Carolina (5-3, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/3-5
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. Western Carolina (4-3, 0-0 Southern) W 11-5; vs. Elon (3-4, 0-0 CAA) W 1-0, W 13-5, W 3-0

21. Michigan State (6-1, 0-0 Big Ten) This week (3): **First Pitch Invitational at Greenville, SC** at Furman (5-2, 0-0 Southern) 3/3; vs. Presbyterian (4-4, 0-0 Big South) 3/4; vs. Tennessee-Martin (5-1, 0-0 OVC) 3/5
(LW – 22) Last week (2-1): at UNC Greensboro (2-5, 0-0 Southern) W 5-4, W 22-16, L 4-1

22. Saint Louis (6-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10) This week (4): at Oklahoma State (4-3, 0-0 Big 12) 3/1; vs. Fairleigh Dickinson (0-6, 0-0 Northeast) 3/3-5
(LW – 25) Last week (2-1): **Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament at Santa Clara, CA** vs. Michigan (5-2, 0-0 Big Ten) L 6-1; at Santa Clara (1-5, 0-0 WCC) W 5-3; vs. Creighton (1-5, 0-0 Big East) W 7-3

23. Wright State (3-3, 0-0 Horizon) This week (5): at Gardner-Webb (2-6, 0-0 Big South) 2/28-3/1; **Upstate/Wofford Tournament at Spartanburg, SC** at USC Upstate (3-4, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 3/3; at Wofford (2-5, 0-0 Southern) 3/4; vs. Pittsburgh (6-1, 0-0 ACC-C) 3/5
(LW – 21) Last week (1-2): at #6 South Carolina (5-3, 0-0 SEC-E) L 4-3, L 10-5, W 5-1

24. South Florida (7-1, 0-0 AAC) This week (3): vs. Toledo (1-7, 0-0 MAC-W) 3/3-5
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): at #7 Florida State (5-2, 0-0 ACC-A) W 4-2; vs. Miami-OH (0-7, 0-0 MAC-E) W 5-1, W 7-2, W 3-2, W 11-2

25. St. John’s (7-0, 0-0 Big East) This week (4): at #11 North Carolina (7-0, 0-0 ACC-C) 3/1; **LeClair Classic at Greenville, NC** vs. Appalachian State (4-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) 3/3; at East Carolina (4-3, 0-0 AAC) 3/4; vs. Western Carolina (4-3, 0-0 Southern) 3/5
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): **Caravelle Resort Baseball at the Beach at Myrtle Beach, SC** at Coastal Carolina (4-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 7-4; **Lexington County vs. Cancer at Lexington, SC** vs. Kansas State (6-2, 0-0 Big 12) W 9-2; vs. UMBC (0-3, 0-0 America East) W 15-3, W 8-0

Dropped Out: #10 Cal State Fullerton, #11 Sam Houston State, #17 Miami-FL, #18 Arizona State, #19 Washington, #24 Louisiana-Lafayette

Also Receiving Consideration:

Arkansas (6-0, 0-0 SEC-W), Auburn (7-1, 0-0 SEC-W), Central Arkansas (5-2, 0-0 Southland), East Carolina (4-3, 0-0 AAC), Florida Atlantic (4-1-1, 0-0 C-USA), Georgia Tech (6-1, 0-0 ACC-C), Houston (5-2, 0-0 AAC), Jacksonville (5-2, 0-0 Atlantic Sun), James Madison (6-1, 0-0 CAA), Kansas State (6-2, 0-0 Big 12), Louisiana-Lafayette (3-3, 0-0 Sun Belt), Louisiana Tech (7-0, 0-0 C-USA), Mercer (7-0, 0-0 Southern), Miami-FL (2-4, 0-0 ACC-C), Michigan (5-2, 0-0 Big Ten), Mississippi State (6-3, 0-0 SEC-W), Missouri State (6-1, 0-0 MVC), New Mexico (4-2, 0-0 MWC), Oral Roberts (6-1, 0-0 Summit), Stanford (5-2, 0-0 PAC-12), Tennessee (6-1, 0-0 SEC-E), UAB (5-2, 0-0 C-USA), UCLA (4-2, 0-0 PAC-12), Virginia Tech (7-1, 0-0 ACC-C), Wichita State (6-0, 0-0 MVC)

Arkansas State (6-3, 0-0 Sun Belt), Ball State (4-3, 0-0 MAC-W), Butler (5-3, 0-0 Big East), CSU Bakersfield (6-2, 0-0 WAC), Cal State Fullerton (4-3, 0-0 Big West), Coastal Carolina (4-4, 0-0 Sun Belt), College of Charleston (4-3, 0-0 CAA), Connecticut (4-3, 0-0 AAC), Dallas Baptist (5-2, 0-0 MVC), Davidson (5-2, 0-0 Atlantic 10), East Tennessee State (6-2, 0-0 Southern), Florida Gulf Coast (6-2, 0-0 Atlantic Sun), Furman (5-2, 0-0 Southern), High Point (4-3, 0-0 Big South), Houston Baptist (5-3, 0-0 Southland), Indiana (3-3-1, 0-0 Big Ten), Iowa (4-3, 0-0 Big Ten), Jacksonville State (4-2, 0-0 OVC), Kennesaw State (4-3, 0-0 Atlantic Sun), Kent State (6-1, 0-0 MAC-E), Lamar (6-2, 0-0 Southland), Liberty (4-3, 0-0 Big South), Lipscomb (5-2, 0-0 Atlantic Sun), Long Beach State (4-3, 0-0 WCC), Memphis (4-2, 0-0 AAC), Minnesota (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten), Missouri (7-1, 0-0 SEC-E), Morehead State (5-3, 0-0 OVC), Murray State (5-2, 0-0 OVC), New Orleans (6-2, 0-0 Southland), North Dakota State (4-3, 0-0 Summit), Ohio (5-3, 0-0 MAC-E), Oklahoma State (4-3, 0-0 Big 12), Old Dominion (4-2, 0-0 C-USA), Oregon (4-2, 0-0 PAC-12), Pepperdine (4-2, 0-0 WCC), Pittsburgh (6-1, 0-0 ACC-C), St. Mary’s (4-2, 0-0 WCC), Sacramento State (6-1, 0-0 WAC), Sam Houston State (3-4, 0-0 Southland), San Diego (4-2, 0-0 WCC), San Francisco (5-3, 0-0 WCC), South Alabama (4-3, 0-0 Sun Belt), Southeastern Louisiana (4-2, 0-0 Southland), Southeastern Missouri State (5-2, 0-0 OVC), Southern California (5-2, 0-0 PAC-12), Southern Illinois (4-3, 0-0 MVC), Tennessee Tech (6-1, 0-0 OVC), Tennessee-Martin (5-1, 0-0 OVC), Texas (5-3, 0-0 Big 12), UC Riverside (4-2, 0-0 Big West), UC Santa Barbara (4-3, 0-0 Big West), UNC Wilmington (3-3, 0-0 CAA), UT Rio Grande Valley (8-0, 0-0 WAC), Utah (5-2, 0-0 PAC-12), Washington (4-3, 0-0 PAC-12), West Virginia (4-2, 0-0 Big 12), Western Carolina (4-3, 0-0 Southern), Winthrop (4-2, 0-0 Big South)

2017 College Baseball Pre-Season Top-25

Expectations are high for Jim Schlossnagle's squad as TCU is the consensus #1 team in the nation. (photo courtesy of Texas Christian University Athletics & gofrogs.com)

Expectations are high for Jim Schlossnagle’s squad as TCU is the consensus #1 college baseball team in the nation. (photo courtesy of Texas Christian University Athletics & gofrogs.com)

 

1. TCU (49-18, 15-9 Big 12) 2016 – College World Series
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. Penn State (28-27, 12-12 Big Ten) 2/17-19

2. Florida (52-16, 19-10 SEC-E) 2016 – College World Series
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. William & Mary (31-31, 14-9 CAA) 2/17-19

3. Oregon State (35-19, 16-14 PAC-12) 2016 – missed post-season
2017 Opening Week: (3) **Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic – Surprise, AZ** vs. Duke (33-24, 14-15 ACC-C) 2/17, 2/19; vs. Gonzaga (36-21, 18-9 WCC) 2/18

4. South Carolina (46-18, 20-9 SEC-E) 2016 – Columbia Super Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. UNC Greensboro (38-21, 15-9 Southern) 2/17-19

5. Florida State (41-22, 16-10 ACC-A) 2016 – Gainesville Super Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. VCU (38-19, 15-7 Atlantic 10) 2/17-19

6. Louisville (50-14, 22-8 ACC-A) 2016 – Louisville Super Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) **Clearwater Tournament – Clearwater, FL** vs. Alabama State (38-17, 24-0 SWAC-E) 2/17; vs. Maryland (30-27, 13-11 Big Ten) 2/18; vs. Ball State (32-26, 15-9 MAC-W) 2/19

7. LSU (45-21, 19-11 SEC-W) 2016 – Baton Rouge Super Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) **LSU Tournament – Baton Rouge, LA** vs. Air Force (30-27, 12-18 MWC) 2/17, 2/19; vs. Army (16-32, 6-13 Patriot) 2/18

8. Clemson (44-20, 16-14 ACC-A) 2016 – Clemson Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. Wright State (46-17, 23-6 Horizon) 2/17-19

9. Vanderbilt (43-19, 18-12 SEC-E) 2016 – Nashville Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) at San Diego (27-29, 13-14 WCC) 2/17-19

10. Cal State Fullerton (36-23, 17-7 Big West) 2016 – Starkville Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. Stanford (31-23, 15-15 PAC-12) 2/17-19

11. Sam Houston State (42-22, 24-6 Southland) 2016 – Lafayette Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. Nevada (37-24, 20-10 MWC) 2/17-19

12. East Carolina (38-23-1, 15-8-1 AAC) 2016 – Lubbock Super Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) at #22 Mississippi (43-19, 18-12 SEC-W) 2/17-19

13. Coastal Carolina (55-18, 21-3 Big South) 2016 – College World Series Champion
2017 Opening Week: (3) **Caravelle Resort Baseball at the Beach – Conway, SC** vs. Richmond (28-24, 11-13 Atlantic 10) 2/17; vs. Western Carolina (31-31, 15-9 Southern) 2/18; vs. James Madison (24-31, 13-11 CAA) 2/19

14. North Carolina State (38-22, 15-13 ACC-A) 2016 – Raleigh Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) at Hawai’i (23-30, 12-12 Big West) 2/17-19

15. Arizona (49-24, 16-14 PAC-12) 2016 – College World Series Runner-up
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. Eastern Kentucky (24-31, 13-17 OVC) 2/17-19

16. Louisiana-Lafayette (43-21, 21-9 Sun Belt) 2016 – Lafayette Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) **Southeastern Louisiana Tournament – Hammond, LA** at Southeastern Louisiana (40-21, 22-8 Southland) 2/17; vs. Murray State (27-29, 15-15 OVC) 2/18; vs. Hofstra (15-37, 5-18 CAA) 2/19

17. Virginia (38-22, 19-11 ACC-C) 2016 – Charlottesville Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) **The Citadel Tournament – Charleston, SC** vs. Liberty (31-28, 12-12 Big South) 2/17; at The Citadel (17-42, 6-18 Southern) 2/18; vs. Kansas (20-35-1, 6-17 Big 12) 2/19

18. Long Beach State (38-22, 16-9 Big West) 2016 – Coral Gables Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. Oklahoma (30-27-1, 11-13 Big 12) 2/17-19

19. Miami-FL (50-14, 21-7 ACC-C) 2016 – College World Series
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. Rutgers (27-28, 9-15 Big Ten) 2/17-19

20. Texas A&M (49-16, 20-10 SEC-W) 2016 – College Station Super Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. Bowling Green (17-37, 7-17 MAC-E) 2/17-19

21. UC Santa Barbara (43-20-1, 13-11 Big West) 2016 – College World Series
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. Loyola Marymount (26-27, 13-14 WCC) 2/17-19

22. Mississippi (43-19, 18-12 SEC-W) 2016 – Oxford Regional
2017 Opening Week (3) vs. #12 East Carolina (38-23-1, 15-8-1 AAC) 2/17-19

23. North Carolina (34-21, 13-17 ACC-C) 2016 – missed post-season
2017 Opening Week: (3) vs. Kentucky (32-25, 15-15 SEC-E) 2/17-19

24. Washington (33-23, 17-13 PAC-12) 2016 – Nashville Regional
2017 Opening Week: (3) at Santa Clara (23-29, 10-17 WCC) 2/17-19

25. Oklahoma State (43-22, 16-8 Big 12) 2016 – College World Series
2017 Opening Week: (3) at Grand Canyon (25-28-1, 13-14 WAC) 2/17-19

Also Receiving Consideration:

Arizona State (36-23, 16-14 PAC-12), Bryant (47-12, 26-4 NEC), California (32-21, 14-16 PAC-12), College of Charleston (31-26-1, 12-12 CAA), Creighton (38-17, 13-5 Big East), Dallas Baptist (44-19, 15-5 MVC), Florida Atlantic (39-19, 21-8 C-USA), Georgia Tech (38-25, 13-16 ACC-C), Gonzaga (36-21, 18-9 WCC), Houston (36-23, 11-12 AAC), Indiana (32-24, 15-9 Big Ten), Kent State (44-14, 20-4 MAC-E), Michigan (36-21, 13-10 Big Ten), Mississippi State (44-18-1, 21-9 SEC-W), Nebraska (37-22, 16-8 Big Ten), Ohio State (44-20-1, 15-9 Big Ten), Rice (38-24, 19-10 C-USA), Southeastern Louisiana (40-21, 22-8 Southland), Southern Mississippi (41-20, 20-10 C-USA), Stanford (31-23, 15-15 PAC-12), Texas (25-32, 10-14 Big 12), Texas Tech (47-20, 19-5 Big 12), Tulane (41-21, 15-7 AAC), UCLA (25-31, 12-18 PAC-12), UNC Wilmington (41-19, 16-6 CAA)

Top-50 Country Songs of 2016

While 2016 wasn’t a banner year for country music, I consider it “above average”. If there was a major knock on one of the top radio formats in the country, it was that newer artists’ music tended to be passed over for more established acts. This criticism is borne out in most airplay publications, where the vast majority of spins were given to well-known artists while up-and-comers fought for the leftover scraps (mostly on late night/overnight where nationally syndicated shows rule the roost).

1. Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man”

2. Dierks Bentley – “Somewhere On A Beach”

3. Old Dominion – “Snapback”

4. Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – “Think Of You”

5. Jon Pardi – “Head Over Boots”

6. Chris Lane – “Fix”

7. Eric Church – “Record Year”

8. Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind”

9. Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”

10. Thomas Rhett – “T-Shirt”

11. Dustin Lynch – “Mind Reader”

12. Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On”

13. Cole Swindell – “You Should Be Here”

14. Tucker Beathard – “Rock On”

15. Maren Morris – “My Church”

16. Florida Georgia Line – “Confession”

17. Justin Moore – “You Look Like I Need A Drink”

18. RaeLynn – “Love Triangle”

19. Chris Stapleton – “Parachute”


20. Rascal Flatts – “I Like The Sound Of That”


21. Jake Owen – “American Country Love Song”


22. Granger Smith – “Backroad Song”


23. Sam Hunt – “Make You Miss Me”


24. Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”


25. Keith Urban – “Wasted Time”


26. Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”


27. Randy Houser – “We Went”


28. Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.”


29. LoCash – “I Love This Life”


30. Runaway June – “Lipstick”


31. Brett Young – “Sleep Without You”


32. Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget”


33. Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”


34. Trent Harmon – “There’s A Girl”


35. William Michael Morgan – “I Met A Girl”


36. Chase Bryant – “Little Bit Of You”


37. Dan + Shay – “From The Ground Up”


38. Billy Currington – “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To”


39. Stephanie Quayle – “Drinking With Dolly”


40. Cole Swindell – “Middle Of A Memory”


41. LoCash – “I Know Somebody”


42. Carrie Underwood – “Heartbeat”


43. Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”


44. Brett Eldredge – “Drunk On Your Love”


45. Farewell Angelina – “Hillbilly 401K”


46. Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time”


47. Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs”


48. Granger Smith – “If The Boot Fits”


49. Thomas Rhett – “Star Of The Show”


50. Dustin Sonnier – “Whiskey Makes Her Miss Me”

My Top-50 Rock Songs of 2016

Finally, 2016 has come to an end. While it was a horrible year for celebrity deaths and the political system in the U.S., rock music had a great year. While it will take some time to determine if any of this year’s releases will, eventually, become staples in the classic rock format (15-20 years down the line), these 50 selections will stand as my top choices for 2016.

 

1. Volbeat – “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown”


2. The Pretty Reckless – “Take Me Down”


3. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”


4. Shinedown – “State of My Head”


5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”


6. Bring Me The Horizon – “Happy Song”


7. Chevelle – “Joyride (Omen)”


8. Red Sun Rising – “Emotionless”


9. Halestorm – “Mayhem”


10. Foo Fighters – “Saint Cecilia”


11. Muse – “Reapers”


12. 3 Doors Down – “In The Dark”


13. Five Finger Death Punch – “Wash It All Away”


14. Shinedown – “Asking For It”


15. Pop Evil – “Take It All”


16. Breaking Benjamin – “Angels Fall”


17. Five Finger Death Punch – “My Nemesis”


18. Adelitas Way – “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)”


19. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”


20. Blink-182 – “Bored To Death”


21. Pop Evil – “Footsteps”


22. Disturbed – “The Light”


23. Sixx:AM – “Rise”


24. Ghost – “From The Pinnacle To The Pit”


25. Breaking Benjamin – “Failure”


26. Pop Evil – “Ways To Get High”


27. Zac Brown Band (featuring Chris Cornell) – “Heavy Is The Head”


28. Korn – “Rotting In Vain”


29. Disturbed – “Open Your Eyes”


30. Papa Roach – “Falling Apart”


31. Five Finger Death Punch – “I Apologize”


32. Green Day – “Bang Bang”


33. A Day To Remember – “Paranoia”


34. Nothing More – “Here’s To The Heartache”


35. Metallica – “Hardwired”


36. Deftones – “Phantom Bride”


37. Thrice – “Black Honey”


38. Shinedown – “Cut The Cord”


39. HELLYEAH – “I Don’t Care Anymore”


40. Highly Suspect – “Lydia”


41. 3 Doors Down – “Still Alive”


42. Volbeat – “Seal The Deal”


43. Ghost – “Square Hammer”


44. Trivium – “Until The World Goes Cold”


45. Prophets of Rage – “Prophets of Rage”


46. From Ashes to New – “Through It All”


47. Bring Me The Horizon – “Throne”


48. Disturbed – “The Vengeful One”


49. Highly Suspect – “My Name Is Human”


50. Deftones – “Prayers/Triangles”