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2015 Week 2 College Baseball Top-25 Rankings (Feb 16-22)

February 16, 2015
Virginia LHP Nathan Kirby (photo courtesy of UVa Athletics)

Virginia LHP Nathan Kirby (photo courtesy of University of Virginia Athletics)

Virginia takes over the top spot in this week’s College Baseball Top-25 Rankings. Starting pitchers Nathan Kirby and Connor Jones combined to allow six hits, three walks and an unearned run over 13 innings and Jack Johnson hurled four shutout innings for a victory as the Cavaliers made easy work of host East Carolina at Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, NC. Sophomore catcher Matt Thaiss led skipper Brian O’Connor’s offense, going 5-for-10 with a pair of home runs, a double, four RBI and four runs scored.

Meanwhile, defending College World Series champion Vanderbilt took two of three vs. Santa Clara but, after an opening day 4-0 shutout, lost a one-run game and needed extra innings to defeat the Broncos on a double-header Saturday.

Florida, Texas Christian and UCLA joined Virginia in moving past the Commodores following weekend series sweeps. Cal Poly, ranked 10th, suffered a three-game sweep at Baylor and dropped out of the rankings, as the Bears jumped to 24th. 21st-ranked Oregon took two of three at Hawai’i and slipped just out of the top 25 while number-25 Stanford lost two of three at home to Indiana and will have work to do to rejoin the rankings in the near future.

Alabama, with a series sweep of Maryland-Eastern Shore and Maryland, undefeated at the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Conway, SC, entered the rankings at 20 and 21, respectively.

1. Virginia (3-0, 0-0 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Virginia Commonwealth (1-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 2/17; vs. Marist (0-0, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) 2/20-22
(LW – 2) Last week (3-0): at East Carolina (0-3, 0-0 AAC) W 3-1, W 9-2, W 4-2

2. Florida (3-0, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (5): vs. Florida A&M (1-2, 0-0 MEAC) 2/17; at South Florida (2-1, 0-0 AAC) 2/18; vs. #14 Miami-FL (4-0, 0-0 ACC-C) 2/20-22
(LW – 3) Last week (3-0): vs. Rhode Island (0-3, 0-0 A-10) W 9-1, W 22-3, W 6-1

3. Texas Christian (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): vs. UT Arlington (1-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) 2/17; at #17 Arizona State (2-1, 0-0 PAC-12) 2/20-22
(LW – 4) Last week (3-0): vs. Southern Illinois (0-3, 0-0 MVC) W 5-0, W 16-4, W 11-0

4. UCLA (3-0, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (4): at Cal State Northridge (4-0, 0-0 Big West) 2/17; at #8 North Carolina (3-0, 0-0 ACC-C) 2/20-22
(LW – 7) Last week (3-0): vs. Hofstra (0-3, 0-0 CAA) W 14-2, W 18-1, W 11-7

5. Vanderbilt (2-1, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (4): at Belmont (1-1, 0-0 OVC) 2/18; vs. Illinois-Chicago (2-1, 0-0 Horizon) 2/20-22
(LW – 1) Last week (2-1): vs. Santa Clara (1-2, 0-0 WCC) W 4-0, L 7-6, W 6-5 (10)

6. Louisiana State (3-0, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Nicholls State (2-1, 0-0 Southland) 2/18; vs. Boston College (2-2, 0-0 ACC-A) 2/20-22
(LW – 9) Last week (3-0): vs. Kansas (0-3, 0-0 Big 12) W 4-1, W 8-5, W 7-4

7. South Carolina (2-1, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Furman (1-2, 0-0 Southern) 2/17; vs. Northeastern (2-1, 0-0 CAA) 2/20-22
(LW – 5) Last week (2-1): vs. #19 College of Charleston (1-2, 0-0 CAA) L 6-3, W 7-1, W 8-3

8. North Carolina (3-0, 0-0 ACC-C) This week (3): vs. #4 UCLA (3-0, 0-0 PAC-12) 2/20-22
(LW -12) Last week: (3-0): vs. Seton Hall (0-3, 0-0 Big East) W 7-1, W 10-4, W 9-5

9. Rice (2-2, 0-0 C-USA) This week (4): vs. Houston Baptist (3-0, 0-0 Southland) 2/17; at Arizona (3-0, 0-0 PAC-12) 2/20-22
(LW – 11) Last week (2-2): vs. #6 Texas (2-2, 0-0 Big 12) L 3-1, W 10-9, W 5-2, L 4-3 (10)

10. Houston (3-0, 0-0 AAC) This week (4): vs. Texas Southern (2-2, 0-0 SWAC) 2/17; vs. #20 Alabama (3-0, 0-0 SEC-W) 2/20-22
(LW – 13) Last week (3-0): vs. Minnesota (0-3, 0-0 Big Ten) W 9-1, W 5-0, W 5-4

11. Texas (2-2, 0-0 Big 12) This week (5): vs. UTSA (2-1, 0-0 C-USA) 2/17; vs. Minnesota (0-3, 0-0 Big Ten) 2/20-22
(LW – 6) Last week (2-2): at #11 Rice (2-2, 0-0 C-USA) W 3-1, L 10-9, L 5-2, W 4-3 (10)

12. Texas Tech (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) This week (5): vs. Nevada (3-0, 0-0 MWC) 2/17; vs. Northern Illinois (3-0, 0-0 MAC-W) 2/20-2/22
(LW – 14) Last week (4-0): vs. San Francisco (0-4, 0-0 WCC) W 9-7, W 15-6, W 13-5, W 9-7

13. Florida State (3-0, 0-0 ACC-A) This week (4): at Jacksonville (1-2, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 2/17; at Georgia (3-0, 0-0 SEC-E) 2/20-22
(LW – 16) Last week (3-0): vs. Oakland (0-3, 0-0 Horizon) W 7-3, W 15-2, W 5-1

14. Miami-FL (4-0, 0-0 ACC-C) This week (4): at Florida Atlantic (3-0, 0-0 C-USA) 2/18; at #2 Florida (3-0, 0-0 SEC-E) 2/20-22
(LW – 17) Last week (4-0): vs. Rutgers (0-4, 0-0 Big Ten) W 5-2, W 9-5, W 9-3, W 25-4

15. Texas A&M (3-0, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Stephen F. Austin (1-2, 0-0 Southland) 2/17; vs. Penn State (0-3, 0-0 Big Ten) 2/20-22
(LW – 18) Last week (3-0): vs. Holy Cross (0-3, 0-0 Patriot) W 19-2, W 16-11, W 6-1

16. Louisville (2-1, 0-0 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Eastern Kentucky (0-2, 0-0 OVC) 2/18; vs. Milwaukee (3-1, 0-0 Horizon) 2/20-22
(LW – 15) Last week (2-1): vs. Alabama State (1-2, 0-0 SWAC-E) W 5-1; vs. South Florida (2-1, 0-0 AAC) W 7-3; vs. Cal State Fullerton (1-2, 0-0 Big West) L 8-6

17. Arizona State (2-1, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. Oklahoma (3-2, 0-0 Big 12) 2/18; vs. #3 Texas Christian (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) 2/20-22
(LW – 22) Last week (2-1): vs. #8 Oklahoma State (1-2, 0-0 Big 12) W 5-4 (10); W 5-3, L 9-8

18. UC Santa Barbara (3-0, 0-0 Big West) This week (4): vs. BYU (0-3, 0-0 WCC) 2/16; vs. Kentucky (2-0, 0-0 SEC-E) 2/20-22
(LW – 23) Last week (3-0): vs. BYU (0-3, 0-0 WCC) W 8-1, W 6-0, W 3-1

19. Mississippi State (4-0, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Mississippi Valley State (1-2, 0-0 SWAC-E) 2/17; vs. Marshall (2-1, 0-0 C-USA) 2/20-21; vs. Alabama A&M (1-3, 0-0 SWAC-E) 2/21-22
(LW – 24) Last week (4-0): vs. Cincinnati (1-3, 0-0 AAC) W 6-2, W 19-5, W 16-7; vs. Miami-OH (0-2, 0-0 MAC-E) W 7-1

20. Alabama (3-0, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (3): at #10 Houston (3-0, 0-0 AAC) 2/20-22
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-3, 0-0 MEAC) W 6-0, W 11-0, W 19-0

21. Maryland (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) This week (3): (Mobile, AL) at South Alabama (3-0, 0-0 Sun Belt) 2/20; vs. Central Florida (3-0, 0-0 AAC) 2/21; vs. Arkansas (3-0, 0-0 SEC-W) 2/22
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): (Conway, SC) vs. Western Kentucky (1-1, 0-0 C-USA) W 5-2; vs. Canisius (1-1, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) W 8-4; vs. Old Dominion (0-3, 0-0 C-USA) W 5-2

22. Mississippi (2-1, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Arkansas State (2-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) 2/17; vs. Wright State (3-0, 0-0 Horizon) 2/20-22
(LW – 20) Last week (2-1): vs. William & Mary (1-2, 0-0 CAA) W 9-4, L 8-1, W 16-2

23. Oklahoma State (1-2, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): (Surprise/Mesa/Peoria, AZ) vs. Oregon State (2-1, 0-0 PAC-12) 2/19; vs. Washington State (1-2, 0-0 PAC-12) 2/20; vs. Utah (1-2, 0-0 PAC-12) 2/21; vs. Washington (3-0, 0-0 PAC-12) 2/22
(LW – 8) Last week (1-2): at #22 Arizona State (2-1, 0-0 PAC-12) L 5-4 (10), L 5-3, W 9-8

24. Baylor (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Dallas Baptist (3-0, 0-0 MVC) 2/17; vs. Kent State (1-2, 0-0 MAC-E) 2/20-22
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): vs. #10 Cal Poly (0-3, 0-0 Big West) W 8-6, W 8-6, W 6-0

25. College of Charleston (1-2, 0-0 CAA) This week (3): vs./at/vs. The Citadel (3-0, 0-0 Southern) 2/20-22
(LW – 19) Last week (1-2): at #5 South Carolina (2-1, 0-0 SEC-E) W 6-3, L 7-1, L 8-3

Dropped out: #10 Cal Poly, #21 Oregon, #25 Stanford

Also Receiving Consideration:

North Carolina State (2-0, 0-0 ACC-A), Arkansas (3-0, 0-0 SEC-W), Illinois (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten), Missouri (4-0, 0-0 SEC-E), Oregon (2-1, 0-0 PAC-12), Georgia Tech (2-1, 0-0 ACC-C), Cal State Northridge (4-0, 0-0 Big West), Dallas Baptist (3-0, 0-0 MVC), The Citadel (3-0, 0-0 Southern), Indiana (2-1, 0-0 Big Ten), Washington (3-0, 0-0 PAC-12), Ohio State (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten), Elon (3-0, 0-0 CAA), Loyola Marymount (3-0, 0-0 WCC), Central Florida (3-0, 0-0 AAC), Bryant (0-0, 0-0 Northeast), Oregon State (2-1, 0-0 PAC-12), Liberty (2-1, 0-0 Big South), Grand Canyon (3-0, 0-0 WAC), Arizona (3-0, 0-0 PAC-12), Missouri State (3-0, 0-0 MVC), Campbell (2-1, 0-0 Big South), Alabama-Birmingham (3-0, 0-0 C-USA), Georgia (3-0, 0-0 SEC-E), Kennesaw State (2-1, 0-0 Atlantic Sun)

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