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2015 Week 9 College Baseball Top-25 Rankings (April 6 – 12)

April 6, 2015
Texas A&M Assistant Coach Will Bolt (6) gathers with C Mitchell Nau (30) and OF Nick Banks (4) (photo courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics)

Texas A&M Assistant Coach Will Bolt (6) gathers with C Mitchell Nau (30) and OF Nick Banks (4). (photo courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics)

Texas A&M rides the top of the top-25 for a third consecutive week after a 3-0 effort which included a 19-4 bludgeoning of Sam Houston State and a pair of seven-inning victories at Kentucky as Mother Nature made her presence felt in the Lexington area. While the pitching has been excellent over the 30-2 start for Rob Childress’ team, the bats, really, came alive over the week, as the Aggies launched ten home runs over the three-game span.

Vanderbilt moves up to the second spot after a blistering 5-0 week. The ‘Dores had no problem dispatching visiting Wofford during a two-game mid-week series and swept their three game road series at Foley Field vs. Georgia.

UCLA keeps the SEC from occupying the top-three spots after a 2-1 series win vs. Oregon State, LSU swept their three-game series at Alabama to cap a 4-0 week to move up three spots to fourth and Arizona State, despite a loss to Utah, had a 3-1 week to round out the top five.

Louisville moves up three spots to sixth, TCU drops five notches to seventh, FSU remains in eighth and UC Santa Barbara and Florida Atlantic make their debuts in the top ten at ninth and tenth, respectively.

Despite dropping two of three games at Missouri State, Dallas Baptist falls, only, three spots to 13th. Speaking of Missouri State, the Bears make their 2015 debut in the rankings at #25. Other teams joining the top-25 this week include Illinois (17th), Oklahoma State (18th), Iowa (22nd) and College of Charleston (24th). Those five teams replace California, South Carolina, Arizona, Nebraska and Oregon State.

Series to watch this weekend include #12 Southern California hosting #3 UCLA, #6 Louisville looking for the three-game sweep of #20 Virginia as that series wraps up on Monday and #15 Maryland welcoming #22 Iowa to Shipley Field in College Park, MD.

1. Texas A&M (30-2, 9-2 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. #19 Rice (22-12, 11-4 C-USA) 4/7; vs. Mississippi State (21-13, 5-7 SEC-W) 4/10-12
(LW – 1) Last week (3-0): vs. Sam Houston State (15-19, 8-7 Southland) W 19-4; at Kentucky (18-13, 4-7 SEC-E) CCD, W 5-2 (7), W 6-3 (7)

2. Vanderbilt (27-6, 10-2 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Lipscomb (18-11, 1-2 Atlantic Sun) 4/7; vs. Mississippi (16-16, 5-7 SEC-W) 4/9-11
(LW – 3) Last week (5-0): vs. Wofford (24-11, 3-3 Southern) W 6-0, W 5-3; at Georgia (18-15, 5-7 SEC-E) W 9-7, W 11-7, W 4-2

3. UCLA (23-6, 10-2 PAC-12) This week (3): at #12 Southern California (25-6, 7-2 PAC-12) 4/10-12
(LW – 5) Last week (2-1): vs. #25 Oregon State (22-9, 5-4 PAC-12) L 3-2, W 4-1, W 10-5

4. Louisiana State (27-5, 8-4 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. New Orleans (11-20, 2-10 Southland) 4/7; vs. Northwestern State (17-13, 9-5 Southland) 4/8; vs. Auburn (19-13, 4-8 SEC-W) 4/10-12
(LW – 7) Last week (4-0): vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (16-13, 8-6 Sun Belt) W 8-6; at Alabama (15-15, 4-8 SEC-W) W 8-5 (16), W 6-2, W 6-4 (13)

5. Arizona State (21-8, 9-3 PAC-12) This week (3): at UNLV (12-18, 2-13 MWC) 4/7; vs. Arizona (22-9, 7-5 PAC-12) 4/11-12
(LW – 6) Last week (3-1): vs. New Mexico State (4-24, 1-7 WAC) W 7-3; at Utah (10-19, 4-8 PAC-12) W 5-3 (12), L 6-5, W 6-5 (10)

6. Louisville (24-7, 13-1 ACC-A) This week (5): at #20 Virginia (19-11, 6-8 ACC-C) 4/6; vs. Kentucky (18-13, 4-7 SEC-E) 4/8; at Duke (19-13, 4-11 ACC-C) 4/10-12
(LW – 9) Last week (3-0): vs. Miami-OH (5-23, 3-6 MAC-E) W 16-5; at #14 Virginia (19-11, 6-8 ACC-C) W 8-1, W 11-4

7. Texas Christian (23-6, 6-3 Big 12) This week (5): at Abilene Christian (8-20, 6-6 Southland) 4/6; vs. #13 Dallas Baptist (24-5, 6-3 MVC) 4/7; at Kansas State (13-16, 2-7 Big 12) 4/10-12
(LW – 2) Last week (2-2): at UT Arlington (14-16, 5-7 Sun Belt) L 8-1; at Texas Tech (19-13, 4-5 Big 12) W 8-0, L 5-1, W 4-1

8. Florida State (25-8, 11-4 ACC-A) This week (5): vs. Florida Gulf Coast (16-15, 4-2 Atlantic Sun) 4/7-8; at Notre Dame (20-10, 6-9 ACC-A) 4/10-12
(LW – 8) Last week (3-1): vs. #4 Florida (24-9, 6-6 SEC-E) W 8-3; at North Carolina State (19-11, 7-7 ACC-A) W 3-2, W 1-0, L 11-7

9. UC Santa Barbara (23-7, 2-1 Big West) This week (4): at #12 Southern California (25-6, 7-2 PAC-12) 4/7; at Cal State Northridge (20-11, 1-5 Big West) 4/10-12
(LW – 11) Last week (4-0): vs. Fresno State (16-17, 7-5 MWC) W 6-5, W 2-1, W 7-2, W 9-3

10. Florida Atlantic (26-6, 9-3 C-USA) This week (4): at #14 Miami-FL (24-9, 11-4 ACC-C) 4/8; vs. Florida International (14-18, 6-6 C-USA) 4/10-12
(LW – 13) Last week (4-0): at #12 Central Florida (23-10, 3-3 AAC) W 11-5; vs. Marshall (9-21, 2-10 C-USA) W 9-4, W 10-3, W 6-1

11. Florida (24-9, 6-6 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Stetson (18-15, 3-0 Atlantic Sun) 4/7; vs. South Carolina (21-11, 6-6 SEC-E) 4/10-12
(LW – 4) Last week (1-3): vs. #8 Florida State (25-8, 11-4 ACC-A) L 8-3; at Missouri (22-11, 8-4 SEC-E) W 5-1, L 10-1, L 5-3

12. Southern California (25-6, 7-2 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. #9 UC Santa Barbara (23-7, 2-1 Big West) 4/7; vs. #3 UCLA (23-6, 10-2 PAC-12) 4/10-12
(LW – 15) Last week (3-0): at #22 Arizona (22-9, 7-5 PAC-12) W 4-1, W 13-6, W 10-9

13. Dallas Baptist (24-5, 6-3 MVC) This week (4): at #7 TCU (23-6, 6-3 Big 12) 4/7; vs. Bradley (21-7, 2-1 MVC) 4/10-12
(LW – 10) Last week (2-2): vs. Abilene Christian (8-20, 6-6 Southland) W 12-1 (7); at Missouri State (20-8, 4-2 MVC) L 5-4, L 4-3 (10), W 5-4 (13)

14. Miami-FL (24-9, 11-4 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. #10 Florida Atlantic (26-6, 9-3 C-USA) 4/8; vs. Virginia Tech (17-16, 7-8 ACC-C) 4/10-12
(LW – 19) Last week (4-0): vs. Bethune Cookman (13-23, 11-4 MEAC-S) W 13-3; vs. Duke (19-13, 4-11 ACC-C) W 4-3, W 3-2, W 10-0

15. Maryland (22-7, 7-2 Big Ten) This week (5): vs. West Virginia (18-11, 4-5 Big 12) 4/7; vs. George Washington (17-9, 6-2 Atlantic 10) 4/8; vs. #22 Iowa (21-7, 6-0) 4/10-12
(LW – 20) Last week (4-0): vs. James Madison (12-17, 2-7 Colonial) W 3-0; vs. #23 Nebraska (23-10, 3-3 Big Ten) W 8-3, W 8-2, W 6-5

16. Nevada (26-6, 12-3 MWC) This week (4): vs. San Francisco (14-18, 8-4 WCC) 4/6; at Fresno State (16-17, 7-5 MWC) 4/10-12
(LW – 16) Last week (3-1): at Santa Clara (14-16, 4-8 WCC) L 3-0; vs. UNLV (12-18, 2-13 MWC) W 10-9 (12), W 12-1, W 6-2

17. Illinois (24-6, 5-1 Big Ten) This week (4): at Eastern Illinois (1-23, 1-11 OVC) 4/7; vs. St. Louis (21-10, 4-2 Atlantic 10) 4/8; vs. Purdue (10-21, 1-5 Big Ten) 4/11-12
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. Missouri (22-11, 8-4 SEC-E) W 4-3; vs. Northwestern (8-22, 2-4 Big Ten) W 3-1, W 11-4, W 17-2

18. Oklahoma State (22-9, 7-2 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Oklahoma (22-12, 6-3 Big 12) 4/7; at Kansas (11-20, 1-5 Big 12) 4/10-12
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): at Oral Roberts (20-10, 10-2 Summit) L 4-2; vs. Texas (17-15, 5-4 Big 12) W 6-3 (18), W 3-1, W 8-3

19. Rice (22-12, 11-4 C-USA) This week (4): at #1 Texas A&M (30-2, 9-2 SEC-W) 4/7; at Alabama-Birmingham (18-12, 6-6 C-USA) 4/10-12
(LW – 24) Last week (3-1): at Lamar (15-16, 5-7 Southland) W 4-3; vs. Middle Tennessee State (17-13, 9-3 C-USA) W 7-2, L 7-4, W 10-0 (8)

20. Virginia (19-11, 6-8 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. #6 Louisville (24-7, 13-1 ACC-A) 4/6; vs. James Madison (12-17, 2-7 Colonial) 4/8; at Georgia Tech (21-11, 7-8 ACC-C) 4/10-12
(LW – 14) Last week (1-3): at Virginia Commonwealth (17-13, 4-2 Atlantic 10) W 5-3; vs. Virginia Military Institute (9-16, 4-5 Southern) L 7-6; vs. #9 Louisville (24-7, 13-1 ACC-A) L 8-1, L 11-4

21. Central Florida (23-10, 3-3 AAC) This week (4): vs. Jacksonville (15-16, 2-12 Atlantic Sun) 4/7; vs. Connecticut (19-11, 3-3 AAC) 4/10-12
(LW – 12) Last week (1-3): vs. #13 Florida Atlantic (26-6, 9-3 C-USA) L 11-5; at Cincinnati (8-21, 2-4 AAC) L 4-1, L 5-3, W 2-1

22. Iowa (21-7, 6-0 Big Ten) This week (4): vs. Milwaukee (14-9, 5-6 Horizon) 4/8; at #15 Maryland (22-7, 7-2 Big Ten) 4/10-12
(LW – NR) Last week (4-1): vs. Grand View (12-14, 10-2 MCC-NAIA) W 9-2; at Western Illinois (9-17, 5-7 Summit) L 16-5; at Purdue (10-21, 1-5 Big Ten) W 9-1, W 10-5, W 4-1

23. San Diego State (24-8, 12-3 MWC) This week (5): vs. Long Beach State (17-10, 4-2 Big West) 4/6; vs. UC Irvine (18-10, 6-0 Big West) 4/7; at San Jose State (8-23, 2-13 MWC) 4/10-12
(LW – 17) Last week (2-2): vs. BYU (14-17, 6-6 WCC) L 4-0; vs. New Mexico (16-13, 8-7 MWC) L 7-4, W 4-3 (10), W 4-3

24. College of Charleston (21-7, 9-0 Colonial) This week (4): vs. Georgia Southern (19-14, 9-6 Sun Belt) 4/7; vs. Elon (14-16, 6-3 Colonial) 4/10-12
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): at South Carolina-Upstate (10-22, 2-4 Atlantic Sun) W 10-0; vs. Hofstra (9-16, 2-7 Colonial) W 8-0, W 6-1, W 9-4

25. Missouri State (20-8, 4-2 MVC) This week (4): vs. Southeast Missouri State (19-12, 11-4 OVC) 4/7; at Evansville (15-12, 5-4 MVC) 4/10-12
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): at Arkansas (16-15, 5-7 SEC-W) W 2-0; vs. #10 Dallas Baptist (24-5, 6-3 MVC) W 5-4, W 4-3, L 5-4 (13)

Dropped out: #18 California, #21 South Carolina, #22 Arizona, #23 Nebraska, #25 Oregon State

Also Receiving Consideration:

Oregon State (22-9, 5-4 PAC-12), California (21-9, 8-4 PAC-12), Ohio State (21-7, 6-2 Big Ten), Missouri (22-11, 8-4 SEC-E), North Florida (23-11, 4-2 Atlantic Sun), Coastal Carolina (23-8, 7-2 Big South), UC Irvine (18-10, 6-0 Big West), Southeastern Louisiana (24-9, 11-4 Southland), Nebraska (23-10, 3-3 Big Ten), South Carolina (21-11, 6-6 SEC-E), Ball State (21-10, 7-2 MAC-W), Arizona (22-9, 7-5 PAC-12), UNC-Wilmington (21-8, 5-1 Colonial), Campbell (24-8, 7-5 Big South), Bradley (21-7, 2-1 MVC), Memphis (19-8, 4-2 AAC), Oklahoma (22-12, 6-3 Big 12), North Carolina State (19-11, 7-7 ACC-A), South Florida (22-10, 5-1 AAC), Houston (21-11, 2-4 AAC), Radford (19-11, 8-1 Big South), Georgia Tech (21-11, 7-8 ACC-C), St. Louis (21-10, 4-2 Atlantic 10), Long Beach State (17-10, 4-2 Big West), Liberty (21-10, 7-2 Big South)

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