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2015 Week 3 College Baseball Top-25 Rankings (Feb 23-Mar 1)

February 23, 2015
Virginia Head Coach Brian O'Connor

Virginia Head Coach Brian O’Connor

For the second consecutive week, Brian O’Connor’s Virginia Cavaliers sit atop college baseball’s rankings. Projected inclement weather forced the Cavaliers to hold their weekend series at four different sites in Charleston, SC, but the top-ranked squad in the nation swept a four-game series against Marist and LaSalle, including an 18-inning marathon against the Red Foxes on Sunday.

Weather was an issue for other top-ten teams, as the UCLA/North Carolina series was moved to Orlando, FL from Chapel Hill, NC and Vanderbilt’s series with Illinois-Chicago was canceled and replaced by Indiana State facing the Commodores in Port Charlotte, FL.

South Carolina was the only other top-ten team, along with Virginia, to escape Week 2 undefeated with a mid-week victory over in-state rival Furman and a three-game sweep of Northeastern, yet last week’s top-ten remains unchanged.

Three teams exit the rankings this week: #16 Louisville, #23 Oklahoma State and #24 Baylor, while Oregon returns to the top-25 at #19 as Central Florida (7-0) and Southern California (8-0) debut at #22 and #23, respectively.

1. Virginia (7-0, 0-0 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. George Washington (1-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 2/24; vs. Hartford (2-1, 0-0 American East) 2/27-28; vs. Seton Hall (0-3, 0-0 Big East) 2/28-3/1
(LW – 1) Last week (4-0): vs. Virginia Commonwealth (1-4, 0-0 Atlantic 10) PPD; vs. Marist (0-3, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) W 9-1, W 7-2, W 5-4 (18); vs. LaSalle (3-4, 0-0 Atlantic 10) W 8-3 – Charleston, SC

2. Florida (6-1, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Florida Atlantic (6-1. 0-0 C-USA) 2/24 – Jupiter, FL; vs. Stony Brook (2-4, 0-0 American East) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 2) Last week (3-1): vs. Florida A&M (1-4, 0-0 MEAC) PPD; at South Florida (4-2, 0-0 AAC) W 13-3; vs. #14 Miami-FL (5-3, 0-0 ACC-C) W 4-3, L 7-2, W 2-1

3. Texas Christian (6-1, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Texas Southern (4-4, 0-0 SWAC-W) 2/24; vs. Cal Poly (1-6, 0-0 Big West) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 3) Last week (3-1): vs. UT Arlington (3-4, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 4-1; at #17 Arizona State (4-3, 0-0 PAC-12) W 3-0, L 8-7, W 3-2

4. UCLA (6-1, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. Long Beach State (5-2, 0-0 Big West) 2/24; vs. Michigan State (3-3, 0-0 Big Ten) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 4) Last week (3-1): at Cal State Northridge (8-1, 0-0 Big West) W 7-3; vs. #8 North Carolina (4-2, 0-0 ACC-C) W 8-5, L 9-6, W 12-4 – Orlando, FL

5. Vanderbilt (4-2, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (5): vs. Tennessee-Martin (1-6, 0-0 OVC) 2/24; vs. Western Kentucky (2-3, 0-0 C-USA) 2.25; vs, Illinois State (4-2, 0-0 MVC) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 5) Last week (2-1): This week (2-1): at Belmont (1-1, 0-0 OVC) PPD; vs. Illinois-Chicago (2-1, 0-0 Horizon) CCD; vs. Indiana State (3-3, 0-0 MVC) W 3-2, L 8-1, W 6-0 – Port Charlotte, FL

6. Louisiana State (6-1, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Southeastern Louisiana (5-3, 0-0 Southland) 2/25; vs. Princeton (0-0. 0-0 Ivy-Gehrig) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 6) Last week (3-1): vs. Nicholls State (4-2, 0-0 Southland) L 6-3; vs. Boston College (2-5, 0-0 ACC-A) W 8-3, W 7-4, W 16-2

7. South Carolina (6-1, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Davidson (3-2, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 2/24; at/vs. (Greenville, SC)/vs. Clemson (4-2, 0-0 ACC-A) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 7) Last week (4-0): vs. Furman (3-4, 0-0 Southern) W 5-2; vs. Northeastern (2-4, 0-0 CAA) W 10-1, W 6-0, W 6-4

8. North Carolina (4-2, 0-0 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. St. John’s (3-3, 0-0 Big East) 2/24; vs. Winthrop (3-3, 0-0 Big South) 2/25; vs. Rhode Island (0-3, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 2/27-3/1
(LW -8) Last week (1-2): vs. #4 UCLA (6-1, 0-0 PAC-12) L 8-5, W 9-6, L 12-4 – Orlando, FL

9. Rice (5-3, 0-0 C-USA) This week (5): vs. Stephen F. Austin (2-6, 0-0 Southland) 2/25; vs. Stanford (3-4, 0-0 PAC-12) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 9) Last week (3-1): vs. Houston Baptist (5-2, 0-0 Southland) W 5-2; at Arizona (6-2, 0-0 PAC-12) W 8-5, L 7-6, W 6-4 (10)

10. Houston (6-1, 0-0 AAC) This week (5): at Texas State (1-5, 0-0 Sun Belt) 2/24; vs. Columbia (0-0, 0-0 Ivy-Gehrig) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 10) Last week (3-1): vs. Texas Southern (4-4, 0-0 SWAC-W) W 11-5; vs. #20 Alabama (4-2, 0-0 SEC-W) W 3-1, W 14-9, L 8-3

11. Texas (7-2, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): vs. UT Pan American (5-2, 0-0 WAC) 2/24; vs. San Diego (2-5, 0-0 WCC) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 11) Last week (5-0): vs. UTSA (5-2, 0-0 C-USA) W 14-2; vs. Minnesota (0-7, 0-0 Big Ten) W 13-2, W 5-0, W 5-0, W 8-0

12. Texas Tech (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) This week (5): at Abilene Christian (0-6, 0-0 Southland) 2/24; vs. Sacramento State (6-2, 0-0 WAC) 2/26-3/1
(LW – 12) Last week (4-1): vs. Nevada (7-0, 3-0 MWC) L 8-4; vs. Northern Illinois (3-4, 0-0 MAC-W) W 8-0, W 5-0, W 6-4, W 6-0

13. Texas A&M (7-0, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Houston Baptist (5-2, 0-0 Southland) 2/24; vs. Incarnate Word (4-4, 0-0 Southland) 2/25; vs. Dartmouth (0-0, 0-0 Ivy-Rolfe) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 15) Last week (4-0): vs. Stephen F. Austin (2-6, 0-0 Southland) W 6-0; vs. Penn State (0-6, 0-0 Big Ten) W 9-3, W 15-2, W 5-2

14. Mississippi State (8-0, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Alcorn State (2-4, 0-0 SWAC-E) 2/24; vs. Arizona (6-2, 0-0 PAC-12) 2/27-28; vs. Samford (3-3, 0-0 Southern) 2/28-3/1
(LW – 19) Last week (4-0): vs. Mississippi Valley State (2-2, 0-0 SWAC-E) CCD; vs. Marshall (2-5, 0-0 C-USA) W 6-2, W 7-4; vs. Alabama A&M (3-5, 0-0 SWAC-E) W 18-2, W 2-1

15. Arizona State (4-3, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (4): (Phoenix, AZ) vs. Bakersfield (3-4, 0-0 WAC) 2/26, 2/28; vs. Purdue (3-4, 0-0 Big Ten) 2/27; vs. Gonzaga (4-4, 0-0 WCC) 3/1
(LW – 17) Last week (2-2): vs. Oklahoma (6-4, 0-0 Big 12) W 7-4; vs. #3 Texas Christian (6-1, 0-0 Big 12) L 3-0, W 8-7, L 3-2

16. UC Santa Barbara (6-1, 0-0 Big West) This week (4): at Pepperdine (4-3, 0-0 WCC) 2/24; vs. #19 Oregon (7-1, 0-0 PAC-12) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 18) Last week (3-1): vs. BYU (1-7, 0-0 WCC) W 5-4; vs. Kentucky (3-3, 0-0 SEC-E) W 10-3, W 11-0, L 12-7

17. Maryland (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten) This week (4): vs. Virginia Commonwealth (1-4, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 2/24; vs. Appalachian State (2-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 21) Last week (2-1): (Mobile, AL) at South Alabama (4-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 8-0; vs. Central Florida (7-0, 0-0 AAC) L 7-6; vs. Arkansas (4-2, 0-0 SEC-W) W 13-6

18. Mississippi (4-2, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Arkansas State (4-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) 2/24; vs. Central Arkansas (3-1. 0-0 Southland) 2/25; at #22 Central Florida (7-0, 0-0 AAC) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 22) Last week (2-1): vs. Arkansas State (4-2, 0-0 Sun Belt) PPD; vs. Wright State (4-2, 0-0 Horizon) W 10-3, L 3-1, W 3-2 (7)

19. Oregon (7-1, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4-0): vs/ Portland (2-7, 0-0 WCC) 2/24; at #16 UC Santa Barbara (6-1, 0-0 Big West) 2/27-3/1
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): at Hawai’i (4-5, 0-0 Big West) W 3-2; vs. New Mexico State (0-8, 0-0 WAC) W 3-1, W 11-3, W 22-7, W 6-3

20. College of Charleston (4-2, 0-0 CAA) This week (4): at Charlotte (1-2, 0-0 C-USA) 2/25; vs. Indiana (3-3, 0-0 Big Ten) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 25) Last week (3-0): vs./at/vs. The Citadel (3-4, 0-0 Southern) W 8-7 (11), W 6-4, W 4-3

21. Miami-FL (5-3, 0-0 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Barry (6-5, 0-0 SSC D-2) 2/25; vs. Wright State (4-2, 0-0 Horizon) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 14) Last week (1-3): at Florida Atlantic (6-1, 0-0 C-USA) L 5-3; at #2 Florida (6-1, 0-0 SEC-E) L 4-3, W 7-2, L 2-1

22. Central Florida (7-0, 0-0 AAC) This week (4): at Bethune-Cookman (0-7 0-0 MEAC-S) 2/25; vs. #18 Mississippi (4-2, 0-0 SEC-W) 2/27-3/1
(LW – NR)  Last week (4-0): vs. Bethune-Cookman (0-7, 0-0 MEAC-S) W 10-2; (Mobile, AL) vs. Arkansas (4-2, 0-0 SEC-W) W 9-5; vs. #21 Maryland (5-1, 0-0 Big Ten); at South Alabama (4-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) W 7-5

23. Southern California (8-0, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (4): at Fresno State (3-4, 0-0 MWC) 2/24; vs. Fordham (1-5, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 2/27-3/1
(LW – NR)  Last week (5-0): at Cal State Fullerton (2-5, 0-0 Big West) W 6-4; vs. Kentucky (3-3, 0-0 SEC-E) W 5-2; vs. Oakland (0-6, 0-0 Horizon) W 8-6, W 11-1, W 7-3

24. Alabama (4-2, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Savannah State (3-4, 0-0 MEAC) 2/24-DH; vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (4-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 20) Last week (1-2): at #10 Houston (6-1, 0-0 AAC) L 3-2, L 14-9, W 8-3

25. Florida State (4-3, 0-0 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Jacksonville (5-2, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 2/24; vs. UNC-Wilmington (6-0, 0-0 CAA) 2/27-3/1
(LW – 13) Last week (1-3): at Jacksonville (5-2, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) L 5-3; at Georgia (5-1, 0-0 SEC-E) W 7-5, L 4-1, L 10-5

Dropped out: #16 Louisville, #23 Oklahoma State, #24 Baylor

Also Receiving Consideration:

Cal State Northridge (8-1, 0-0 Big West), Grand Canyon (7-0, 0-0 WAC), Dallas Baptist (6-1, 0-0 MVC), Illinois (6-0, 0-0 Big Ten), Georgia (5-1, 0-0 SEC-E), Missouri (7-1, 0-0 SEC-E), Florida Atlantic (6-1, 0-0 C-USA), Notre Dame (7-1, 0-0 ACC-A), Nevada (7-0, 3-0 MWC), Alabama-Birmingham (6-0, 0-0 C-USA), UNC-Wilmington (6-0, 0-0 CAA), Wofford (7-0, 0-0 Southern), San Diego State (7-1, 0-0 MWC), Baylor (5-2, 0-0 Big 12), Arizona (6-2, 0-0 PAC-12), Louisville (3-3, 0-0 ACC-A), Georgia Tech (5-2, 0-0 ACC-C), Arkansas (4-2, 0-0 SEC-W), Ohio State (4-2, 0-0 Big Ten), Kennesaw State (5-2, 0-0 Atlantic Sun), Elon (4-2, 0-0 CAA), North Carolina State (3-2, 0-0 ACC-A), Oregon State (5-3, 0-0 PAC-12), Oklahoma State (4-3, 0-0 Big 12), Washington (5-3, 0-0 PAC-12)

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