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2015 Week 8 College Baseball Top-25 Rankings (March 30 – April 5)

March 30, 2015
Logan Taylor (#17) and Mitchell Nau (#30) celebrate with their teammates as Texas A&M beat Missouri 14-6 on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics)

Logan Taylor (#17) and Mitchell Nau (#30) celebrate with their teammates as Texas A&M beat Missouri 14-6 on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics)

Texas A&M remains atop the college baseball top-25 rankings for a second consecutive week following a solid 3-1 record which included a series victory over then-19th ranked Missouri at Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park. Rob Childress’ team handled Texas-San Antonio, easily in a mid-week contest and split the first two games of the series with Missouri before blasting the Tigers 14-6 on Sunday.

Texas Christian, Vanderbilt, Florida and UCLA all move up one spot to round out this week’s top-five. Arizona State advances a notch to sixth while LSU falls five rungs to seventh. The Tigers had a tough weekend at Alex Box Stadium as they lost two of three to visiting Kentucky and needed a late rally to win the middle game of the series.

Florida State inches up one spot to eighth, Louisville moves four spots to ninth and Dallas Baptist climbs six positions to round out the top-ten. Patriots skipper Dan Heefner has his club playing some of the best baseball in the nation at 22-3, 5-1 in the Missouri Valley, with all three losses coming on the road (San Diego, Texas A&M and MVC foe Evansville).

South Carolina, ranked eighth last week, barely remains in the top-25 after they salvaged a win on Sunday vs. Georgia to cap a 1-3 week.

Despite a hard-fought series against Texas A&M, Missouri falls out of the top-25, as they split a mid-week series with Arkansas-Pine Bluff en route to a 2-3 week. Houston lost their weekend series with #10 Central Florida and dips just outside the rankings.

Arizona, after a three-game sweep of Oregon, returns to the top-25 while Nebraska swept former conference mate Texas at Hawks Field in Lincoln, as part of a 4-1 week, to bring a smile to skipper Darin Erstad’s face and make their debut in the 2015 rankings.

1. Texas A&M (27-2, 7-2 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Sam Houston State (14-16, 7-5 Southland) 3/31; at Kentucky (18-10, 4-5 SEC-E) 4/2-4
(LW – 1) Last week (3-1): at Texas-San Antonio (15-13, 5-4 C-USA) W 11-1; at #19 Missouri (20-9, 6-3 SEC-E) W 7-4, L 3-2, W 14-6

2. Texas Christian (21-4, 4-2 Big 12) This week (4): at UT Arlington (12-14, 4-5 Sun Belt) 3/31; at Texas Tech (18-10, 3-3 Big 12) 4/2-4
(LW – 3) Last week (4-0): vs. Oklahoma (18-12, 3-3 Big 12) W 4-3 (10); vs. Wichita State (11-16, 3-0 MVC) W 14-1, W 8-4, W 11-2

3. Vanderbilt (22-6, 7-2 SEC-E) This week (5): vs. Wofford (23-7, 2-1 Southern) 3/31-4/1; at Georgia (18-11, 5-4 SEC-E) 4/3-5
(LW – 4) Last week (3-1): at Middle Tennessee State (16-10, 8-1 C-USA) W 12-7; vs. Tennessee (11-13, 2-7 SEC-E) W 9-0, L 9-5, W 14-3

4. Florida (23-6, 5-4 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. #8 Florida State (22-7, 9-3 ACC-A) 3/31; at Missouri (20-9, 6-3 SEC-E) 4/3-5
(LW – 5) Last week (3-1): at Stetson (14-15, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) W 9-6; vs. Alabama (14-12, 4-5 SEC-W) L 12-9 (10), W 8-1, W 7-4

5. UCLA (21-5, 8-1 PAC-12) This week (3): vs. #25 Oregon State (21-7, 4-2 PAC-12) 4/2-4
(LW – 6) Last week (4-0): at #25 San Diego State (22-6, 10-2 MWC) W 5-2 (13); at Washington State (12-14, 1-8 PAC-12) W 4-3, W 6-1, W 8-4

6. Arizona State (18-7, 7-2 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. New Mexico State (4-20, 1-4 WAC) 3/31; at Utah (9-17, 3-6 PAC-12) 4/2-4
(LW – 7) Last week (3-0): vs. Stanford (10-14, 0-6 PAC-12) W 7-6, W 6-3, W 14-6

7. Louisiana State (23-5, 5-4 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (15-10, 7-4 Sun Belt) 3/31; at Alabama (14-12, 4-5 SEC-W) 4/2-4
(LW – 2) Last week (2-2): at Tulane (18-10, 1-2 AAC) W 13-7; vs. Kentucky (18-10, 4-5 SEC-E) L 5-4 (12), W 7-3, L 12-10 (11)

8. Florida State (22-7, 9-3 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. #4 Florida (23-6, 5-4 SEC-E) 3/31; at North Carolina State (17-9, 6-5 ACC-A) 4/2-4
(LW – 9) Last week (3-1): vs. Alabama State (15-11, 9-3 SWAC-E) W 8-7; vs. Virginia Tech (15-14, 6-6 ACC-C) L 8-3, W 19-9, W 6-5

9. Louisville (21-7, 11-1 ACC-A) This week (3): vs. Miami-OH (4-19, 2-4 MAC-E) 3/31; at #14 Virginia (18-8, 6-6 ACC-C) 4/4-5
(LW – 13) Last week (3-1): at Indiana (16-8, 1-4 Big Ten) L 3-0; vs. Georgia Tech (17-10, 5-7 ACC-C) W 4-1, W 8-3, W 4-1

10. Dallas Baptist (22-3, 5-1 MVC) This week (4): vs. Abilene Christian (6-18, 5-7 Southland) 3/31; at Missouri State (17-7, 2-1 MVC) 4/2-4
(LW – 16) Last week (4-0): at Abilene Christian (6-18, 5-7 Southland) W 11-6; vs. Illinois State (11-13, 0-3 MVC) W 6-2, W 6-5, W 10-3

11. UC Santa Barbara (19-7, 2-1 Big West) This week (4): vs. Fresno State (16-13, 7-5 MWC) 4/1-4
(LW – 15) Last week (3-1): at Loyola Marymount (16-12, 6-3 WCC) W 18-4; vs. Long Beach State (13-10, 1-2 Big West) L 2-0, W 3-1, W 4-2

12. Central Florida (22-7, 2-1 AAC) This week (4): vs. #13 Florida Atlantic (22-6, 6-3 C-USA) 3/31; at Cincinnati (6-19, 0-3 AAC) 4/2-4
(LW – 10) Last week (2-2): at Jacksonville (12-15, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) L 13-9; vs. #21 Houston (19-9, 1-2 AAC) W 9-2, L 7-5, W 4-3

13. Florida Atlantic (22-6, 6-3 C-USA) This week (4): at #12 Central Florida (22-7, 2-1 AAC) 3/31; vs. Marshall (8-18, 2-7 C-USA) 4/3-5
(LW – 14) Last week (2-1): at Texas-San Antonio (15-13, 5-4 C-USA) W 10-4, L 14-3, W 9-5

14. Virginia (18-8, 6-6 ACC-C) This week (4): at Virginia Commonwealth (15-11, 2-1 Atlantic 10) 3/31; vs. Virginia Military Institute (6-14, 2-4 Southern) 4/1; vs. #9 Louisville (21-7, 11-1 ACC-A) 4/4-5
(LW – 20) Last week (4-1): vs. Georgetown (11-12, 0-0 Big East) L 1-0; at Liberty (17-10, 4-2 Big South) W 10-7; at Notre Dame (16-10, 3-9 ACC-A) W 9-1, W 4-2, W 5-4

15. Southern California (22-6, 4-2 PAC-12) This week (3): at #22 Arizona (22-6, 7-2 PAC-12) 4/2-4
(LW – 24) Last week (3-1): vs. Pepperdine (14-15, 5-4 WCC) W 5-2; at Washington (15-12, 2-7 PAC-12) L 5-1, W 3-2 (16), W 4-3 (10)

16. Nevada (23-5, 9-3 MWC) This week (4): at Santa Clara (13-13, 4-5 WCC) 3/30; vs. UNLV (12-14, 2-10 MWC) 4/2-4
(LW – 23) Last week (3-1): vs. Sacramento State (16-10, 6-0 WAC) W 5-0; at San Jose State (8-20, 2-10 MWC) L 5-4, W 22-1, W 4-2

17. San Diego State (22-6, 10-2 MWC) This week (4): vs. BYU (11-16, 4-5 WCC) 3/30; vs. New Mexico (14-11, 7-5 MWC) 4/2-4
(LW – 25) Last week (3-1): vs. #6 UCLA (21-5, 8-1 PAC-12) L 5-2 (13); at UNLV (12-14, 2-10 MWC) W 7-5, W 7-6, W 7-3

18. California (20-7, 7-2 PAC-12) This week (3): vs. Washington State (12-14, 1-8 PAC-12) 4/2-4
(LW – 12) Last week (2-2): at Fresno State (16-13, 7-5 MWC) L 7-2; at Utah (9-17, 3-6 PAC-12) W 14-6, W 11-6, L 3-2

19. Miami-FL (20-9, 8-4 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Bethune Cookman (10-21, 9-3 MEAC-S) 4/1; vs. Duke (19-9, 4-8 ACC-C) 4/3-5
(LW – 18) Last week (2-2): vs. Florida Gulf Coast (14-14, 2-1 Atlantic Sun) L 8-1; at North Carolina (16-11, 6-6 ACC-C) W 4-3, W 4-3 (11), L 10-3

20. Maryland (18-7, 4-2 Big Ten) This week (4): vs. James Madison (10-14, 0-6 Colonial) 4/1; vs. #23 Nebraska (21-7, 3-0 Big Ten) 4/3-5
(LW – 11) Last week (1-3): at James Madison (10-14, 0-6 Colonial) L 8-6; at Michigan (14-12, 2-4 Big Ten) W 3-1, L 10-1, L 5-2

21. South Carolina (19-9, 5-4 SEC-E) This week (4): at The Citadel (14-12, 0-3 Southern) 3/31; at Mississippi State (19-11, 3-6 SEC-W) 4/2-4
(LW – 8) Last week (1-3): at Coastal Carolina (20-7, 5-1 Big South) L 9-8 (11); vs. Georgia (18-11, 5-4 SEC-E) L 6-5 (11), L 4-3, W 8-5

22. Arizona (22-6, 7-2 PAC-12) This week (3): vs. #15 Southern California (22-6, 4-2 PAC-12) 4/2-4
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): vs. Oregon (17-11, 2-7 PAC-12) W 7-2, W 9-5, W 13-4

23. Nebraska (21-7, 3-0 Big Ten) This week (5): vs. Creighton (15-7, 0-0 Big East) 3/31; at Nebraska-Omaha (13-11, 6-3 Summit) 4/1; at #20 Maryland (18-7, 4-2 Big Ten) 4/3-5
(LW – NR) Last week (4-1): vs. Cal State Fullerton (14-13, 2-1 Big West) W 7-2, L 4-3; vs. Texas (17-11, 5-1 Big 12) W 3-1, W 1-0 (15), W 6-2

24. Rice (19-11, 9-3 C-USA) This week (4): at Lamar (13-14, 5-7 Southland) 3/31; vs. Middle Tennessee State (16-10, 8-1 C-USA) 4/3-5
(LW – 22) Last week (3-2): vs./at Sam Houston State (14-16, 7-5 Southland) W 4-0, L 11-4; vs. Southern Mississippi (15-10, 4-4 C-USA) W 6-3, W 11-4, L 5-1

25. Oregon State (21-7, 4-2 PAC-12) This week (3): at #5 UCLA (21-5, 8-1) 4/2-4
(LW – 17) Last week (3-2): vs. San Jose State (8-20, 2-10 MWC) W 6-1, W 8-2; vs. Cal Poly (9-15, 0-0 Big West) L 8-1, L 7-2, W 4-2

Dropped out: #19 Missouri, #21 Houston

Also Receiving Consideration:

Missouri (20-9, 6-3 SEC-E), Iowa (17-6, 3-0 Big Ten), Houston (19-9, 1-2 AAC), Oklahoma State (19-8, 4-2 Big 12), Wofford (23-7, 2-1 Southern), Coastal Carolina (20-7, 5-1 Big South), Illinois (19-6, 1-1 Big Ten), Ohio State (18-7, 4-2 Big Ten), College of Charleston (17-7, 6-0 Colonial), Texas (17-11, 5-1 Big 12), Memphis (17-6, 2-1 AAC), Bradley (19-6, 2-1 MVC), South Florida (20-8, 3-0 AAC), Southeastern Louisiana (22-8, 9-3 Southland), Ball State (18-8, 5-1 MAC-W), UNC-Wilmington (18-7, 5-1 Colonial), North Carolina State (17-9, 6-5 ACC-A), North Florida (20-11, 1-2 Atlantic Sun), North Carolina (16-11, 5-6 ACC-C), Cal State Northridge (20-8, 1-2 Big West), UC Davis (17-7, 3-0 Big West), Georgia (18-11, 5-4 SEC-E), Navy (20-9, 4-0 Patriot), Wright State (18-7, 7-1 Horizon), Missouri State (17-7, 2-1 MVC), Campbell (20-8, 4-5 Big South), Connecticut (17-9, 2-1 AAC), Kentucky (18-10, 4-5 SEC-E), Wake Forest (19-11, 6-6 ACC-A), San Diego (16-9, 8-1 WCC)

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