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2015 Week 5 College Baseball Top-25 Rankings (March 9-15)

March 9, 2015

Texas A&M skipper Rob Childress has led his squad to a 16-0 start as the team gets ready for SEC play this weekend

Despite suffering their first loss of the season, Virginia leads the college baseball top-25 rankings for the fourth consecutive week. For the third straight weekend, Brian O’Connor’s team was forced to move a home series away from Charlottesville, setting the scene for their opening series against a conference opponent,

After Friday’s game was rescheduled as part of a Saturday doubleheader, the Cavaliers were ready to get back to work. Pittsburgh proved to be a formidable foe, winning the lid-lifter, 1-0, but lost the nightcap 2-1. The top-raked Cavaliers found their offensive swagger on Sunday in a 10-3 rout to win the series and stay atop the rankings.

Second-ranked Florida split a mid-week pair of games with #20 Central Florida and swept Maine to stay in Virginia’s rear-view mirror. Third-ranked Texas Christian went 3-1, including a 2-1 record at the Dodgertown Classic, to remain in place. Louisiana State moves up to fourth on the strength of a 5-0 week which included a 3-0 mark at the Houston College Classic.

Texas A&M, who also posted a 3-0 record in Houston as part of a 5-0 Week 4, rounds out the top-five as the only undefeated team in Division-One college baseball. The Aggies’ 16-0 start is the second best in program history, trailing, only, the 1989 squad’s 26-game winning streak that paced then-skipper Mark Johnson’s club to a 58-7 record and a season-ending ranking of #2 despite being upset at the College Station Regional by LSU.

UCLA and Vanderbilt, previously ranked fourth and fifth, recorded 0-3 and 1-2 records at the Dodgertown Classic, respectively, fall out of the top-five while the lone team to leave Chavez Ravine unscathed, Southern California, vaults from #16 to #11.

Five teams drop out of the rankings this week: #17 Houston, #18 Texas, #21 Miami-FL, #23 Mississippi and #25 San Diego State while Oregon State, Florida Atlantic, Dallas Baptist, Arizona and Campbell make their 2015 rankings debut.

1. Virginia (12-1, 2-1 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Old Dominion (4-5, 0-0 C-USA) 3/11; at Virginia Tech (7-8, 1-2 ACC-C) 3/13-15
(LW – 1) Last week (2-1): vs. VMI (3-2, 0-0 Southern) PPD; vs. Pittsburgh (4-8, 1-2 ACC-C) L 1-0, W 2-1, W 10-3

2. Florida (14-2, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (5): vs. Fairfield (0-3, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) 3/10-11; vs. Tennessee (6-5, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/13-15
(LW – 2) Last week (4-1): at/vs. #20 Central Florida (14-2, 0-0 AAC) L 4-3, W 10-2; vs. Maine (4-12, 0-0 American East) W 5-0, W 6-1, W 5-3

3. Texas Christian (10-2, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): at Loyola Marymount (9-6, 0-0 WCC) 3/10; at Baylor (6-8, 0-0 Big 12) 3/13-15
(LW – 3) Last week (3-1): vs. #12 Rice (11-6, 3-0 C-USA) W 3-1; (Los Angeles, CA) at #16 Southern California (15-1, 0-0 PAC-12) L 7-6 (12); at #4 UCLA (11-4, 0-0 PAC-12) W 3-1; vs. #5 Vanderbilt (11-4, 0-0 SEC-E) W 4-2

4. Louisiana State (15-1, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. McNeese State (11-5, 2-1 Southland) 3/11; vs. Mississippi (8-6, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/13-15
(LW – 6) Last week (5-0): vs. Stephen F. Austin (4-12, 0-3 Southland) W 8-1; vs. Grambling State (2-12, 0-3 SWAC-W) W 7-1; (Houston, TX) vs. #17 Houston (9-7, 0-0 AAC) W 4-2; vs. Baylor (6-8, 0-0 Big 12) W 2-0; vs. Nebraska (7-6, 0-0 Big Ten) W 4-2

5. Texas A&M (16-0, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. UT Pan American (8-3, 0-0 WAC) 3/10-11; vs. Auburn (13-3, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/13-15
(LW – 8) Last week (4-0): vs. Dallas Baptist (10-2, 0-0 MVC) W 7-5; (Houston, TX) vs. Nebraska (7-6, 0-0 Big Ten) W 2-1; vs. #17 Houston (9-7, 0-0 AAC) W 6-0; vs. Baylor (6-8, 0-0 Big 12) W 3-2

6. Vanderbilt (11-4, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (5): vs. Quinnipiac (2-6, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) 3/10-11; vs. Arkansas (9-3, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/13-15
(LW – 5) Last week (2-2): vs. Evansville (6-5, 0-0 MWC) W 9-8 (12); (Los Angeles, CA) at #4 UCLA (11-4, 0-0 PAC-12) W 6-0; vs. #3 Texas Christian (10-2, 0-0 Big 12) L 3-1; vs. #16 Southern California (15-1, 0-0 PAC-12) L 8-4

7. South Carolina (12-3, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (5): vs. Penn State (1-8, 0-0 Big Ten) 3/10-11; vs. Kentucky (12-3, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/13-15
(LW – 10) Last week (5-1): vs. Clemson (8-6, 1-2 ACC-A) L 7-0; vs, Charleston Southern (7-5, 0-0 Big South) W 10-4; vs. High Point (4-9, 0-0 Big South) W 11-3; vs. Miami-OH (2-8, 0-0 MAC-E) W 2-0, W 7-0, W 5-3

8. North Carolina (10-4, 2-1 ACC-C) This week (5): at Coastal Carolina (9-6, 0-0 Big South) 3/10; vs. Gardner-Webb (10-5, 0-0 Big South) 3/11; at Pittsburgh (4-8, 1-2 ACC-C) 3/13-15
(LW – 11) Last week (4-1): vs. Liberty (8-6, 0-0 Big South) W 6-4; vs. Virginia Commonwealth (5-7, 0-0 Atlantic 10) W 6-5; vs. Duke (11-3, 1-2 ACC-C) W 8-1, W 6-2. L 9-2

9. UCLA (11-4, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (4): at Pepperdine (8-8, 0-0 WCC) 3/10; vs. Washington (11-5, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/13-15
(LW – 4) Last week (1-3): vs. Cal State Northridge (11-4, 0-0 Big West) W 5-1; (Los Angeles, CA) vs. #5 Vanderbilt (11-4, 0-0 SEC-E) L 6-0; vs. #3 Texas Christian (10-2, 0-0 Big 12) L 3-1; vs. #16 Southern California (15-1, 0-0 PAC-12) L 8-4

10. Oregon (13-2, 0-0 Big 12) This week (5): vs. San Francisco (3-12, 0-0 WCC) 3/10-11; at California (12-3, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/13-15
(LW – 14) Last week (3-0): vs. St. John’s (5-7, 0-0 Big East) W 4-3 (12), W 7-2, W 8-6

11. Southern California (15-1, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (4): at UC Irvine (5-9, 0-0 Big West) 3/10; vs. Washington State (11-5, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/13-15
(LW – 16) Last week (3-1): at #19 UC Santa Barbara (11-4, 0-0 Big West) L 3-2; (Los Angeles, CA) vs. #3 Texas Christian (10-2, 0-0 Big 12) W 7-6 (12); vs. #5 Vanderbilt (11-4, 0-0 SEC-E) W 6-5; vs. #4 UCLA (11-4, 0-0 PAC-12) W 8-4

12. Rice (11-6, 3-0 C-USA) This week (5): vs. Lamar (7-8, 0-3 Southland) 3/10; vs. Texas State (5-9, 2-1 Sun Belt) 3/11; vs. Louisiana Tech (7-6, 0-0 C-USA) 3/13-15
(LW – 12) Last week (3-1): at #3 Texas Christian (10-2, 0-0 Big 12) L 3-1; at Charlotte (4-5, 0-3 C-USA) W 4-2, W 10-3, W 6-3

13. Arizona State (9-5, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. UNLV (7-7, 1-5 MWC) 3/11; vs. #19 Oregon State (13-3, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/13-15
(LW – 13) Last week (2-1): vs. Long Beach State (9-6, 0-0 Big West) W 6-4, L 4-2, W 9-3

14. Central Florida (14-2, 0-0 AAC) This week (5): at #18 Florida State (13-3, 3-0 ACC-A) 3/10-11; vs. Fairfield (0-3, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) 3/13-15
(LW – 20) Last week (4-1): vs./at #2 Florida (14-2, 0-0 SEC-E) W 4-3. L 10-2; vs. Columbia (2-5, 0-0 Ivy-Gehrig) W 9-1, W 5-1, W 9-3

15. Texas Tech (10-4, 0-0 Big 12) This week (5): vs. New Mexico State (1-12, 0-0 WAC) 3/10-11; at San Diego State (13-3, 4-2 MWC) 3/13-15
(LW – 7) Last week (1-3): vs. Northern Colorado (2-6, 0-0 WAC) CCD; vs. Abilene Christian (1-9, 1-2 Southland) W 6-5 (16); at Cal State Fullerton (9-5, 0-0 Big West) L 4-0, L 3-2, L 6-5

16. Mississippi State (14-3, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Western Kentucky (6-6, 0-0 C-USA) 3/10-11; vs. Alabama (9-6, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/13-15
(LW – 9) Last week (1-3): vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5-7, 3-2 SWAC-W) L 3-2; vs. San Diego (6-7, 0-0 WCC) L 2-1, W 4-2, L 9-6

17. UC Santa Barbara (11-4, 0-0 Big West) This week (3): at Wichita State (4-9, 0-0 MVC) 3/13-15
(LW – 19) Last week (3-1): vs. #16 Southern California (15-1, 0-0 PAC-12) W 3-2; at Sacramento State (7-6, 0-0 WAC) W 2-0, L 5-4, W 8-6 (11)

18. Florida State (13-3, 3-0 ACC-A) This week (5): vs. #14 Central Florida (14-2, 0-0 AAC) 3/10-11; vs. Wake Forest (11-5, 2-1 ACC-A) 3/13-15
(LW – 22) Last week (5-0): vs. South Florida (9-6, 0-0 AAC) W 24-1, W 7-3; vs. Boston College (5-9, 0-3 ACC-A) W 7-0, W 3-2, W 8-4

19. Oregon State (13-3, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. Portland (4-15, 0-0 WCC) 3/10; at #13 Arizona State (9-5, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): at Portland (4-15, 0-0 WCC) W 14-2; vs. Fresno State (7-9, 3-3 MWC) W 2-1, W 5-2, W 12-2, W 2-1

20. Florida Atlantic (14-2, 0-0 C-USA) This week (5): vs. Illinois State (6-6, 0-0 MVC) 3/10; vs. North Carolina State (9-4, 2-1 ACC-A) 3/11; at Charlotte (4-5, 0-3 C-USA) 3/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): vs. North Florida (9-8, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) W 8-7, W 3-2; vs. Rutgers (1-9, 0-0 Big Ten) W 18-5, W 10-3, W 12-4

21. Dallas Baptist (10-2, 0-0 MVC) This week (4): vs. Baylor (6-8, 0-0 Big 12) 3/10; vs. Texas Southern (8-7, 4-2 SWAC-W) 3/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (4-1): at #8 Texas A&M (16-0, 0-0 SEC-W) L 7-5; at Oral Roberts (6-7, 0-0 Summit) W 16-0, W 6-1, W 9-8, W 4-2

22. Arizona (15-4, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (3): vs. Utah (4-11, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): vs. New Mexico State (1-12, 0-0 WAC) W 6-2, W 10-0; vs. Portland (4-15, 0-0 WCC) W 9-4, W 8-4, W 9-6

23. Maryland (8-4, 0-0 Big Ten) This week (4): vs. Richmond (6-5, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 3/11; vs. Princeton (1-6, 0-0 Ivy-Gehrig) 3/13-15
(LW – 15) Last week (1-2): at Delaware (2-3, 0-0 Colonial) PPD; at UNC-Wilmington (9-4, 0-0 Colonial) L 8-6, L 11-7, W 11-9

24. College of Charleston (8-4, 0-0 Colonial) This week (4): vs. South Carolina-Upstate (7-6, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 3/11; vs. High Point (4-9, 0-0 Big South) 3/13-15
(LW – 24) Last week (3-1): at Virginia Tech (7-8, 1-2 ACC-C) CCD, W 8-3; at Radford (6-7, 0-0 Big South) W 3-1, W 10-4 (7), L 11-7

25. Campbell (13-2, 0-0 Big South) This week (4): at East Carolina (9-5, 0-0 AAC) 3/10; vs. Longwood (5-8, 0-0 Big South) 3/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): vs. William & Mary (6-4, 0-0 Colonial) W 10-6, W 8-5; vs. Bowling Green State (3-6, 0-0 MAC-E) W 4-2, W 9-5, W 4-2

Dropped out: #17 Houston, #18 Texas, #21 Miami-FL, #23 Mississippi, #25 San Diego State

Also Receiving Consideration:

Kentucky (12-3, 0-0 SEC-E), UNC-Wilmington (9-4, 0-0 Colonial), Auburn (13-3, 0-0 SEC-W), Georgia Tech (11-4, 2-1 ACC-C), Nevada (13-2, 5-1 MWC), Illinois (11-3, 0-0 Big Ten), San Diego State (13-3, 4-2 MWC), California (12-3, 0-0 PAC-12), Arkansas (9-3, 0-0 SEC-W), Tulane (12-4, 0-0 AAC), Wofford (12-4, 0-0 Southern), Iowa (9-2, 0-0 Big Ten), Georgia (10-5, 0-0 SEC-E), Louisville (10-5, 2-1 ACC-A), Notre Dame (11-3, 1-2 ACC-A), Texas (10-6, 0-0 Big 12), Miami-FL (10-6, 1-2 ACC-C), New Mexico (9-3, 4-2 MWC), Cal State Northridge (11-4, 0-0 Big West), Washington (11-5, 0-0 PAC-12), McNeese State (11-5, 2-1 Southland), Houston (9-7, 0-0 AAC), Missouri (10-4, 0-0 SEC-E), Southeastern Louisiana (12-5, 2-1 Southland), Cal State Fullerton (9-5, 0-0 Big West), Duke (11-3, 1-2 ACC-C), Oklahoma State (8-6, 0-0 Big 12), Presbyterian (12-4, 0-0 Big South), Bradley (11-2, 0-0 MVC), Georgia Southern (11-5, 3-0 Sun Belt)

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