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2015 Week 13 College Baseball Top-25 Rankings (May 4 – May 10)

May 4, 2015
Senior LHP Rob McDonnell tossed four shutout innings of relief on Sunday as Illinois rallied to win their 21st straight game 6-2 at Ohio State. (photo courtesy of the University of Illinois Athletic Department)

Senior LHP Rob McDonnell tossed four shutout innings of relief on Sunday as Illinois rallied to win their 21st straight game, 6-2 at Ohio State. (photo courtesy of the University of Illinois Athletic Department)

Texas A&M reclaims the top spot in this week’s rankings following an undefeated week that included a mid-week victory over Texas State and a three-game sweep of Tennessee at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, TN. The Aggies jumped, barely, ahead of LSU, whose only loss of the week was a series-ending 12-inning loss at Mississippi State. Louisville moves up to third after knocking off resurgent Kentucky and splitting a pair of contests vs. Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The Cardinals and Tigers will play their series finale on Monday. TCU advances to fourth after a sweep of West Virginia and a hard-luck mid-week loss at Dallas Baptist. Rounding out the top-five is UC Santa Barbara, who swept a three-game set vs. UC Davis at Caesar Uyesaka Stadium and tied Loyola Marymount in a mid-week game.

Illinois, riding high with a 21-game winning streak following a three-game sweep of Ohio State at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, rises three spots to sixth. Florida took two of three at Georgia and dropped one spot to seventh, despite the 2-1 week. UCLA, barely, won their series at Jackie Robinson Stadium vs. Gonzaga and suffered an extra-inning loss at Long Beach State to drop five spots to eighth. Florida State took two of three from visiting Coastal Carolina and Florida Atlantic won their road series vs. UAB at Young Memorial Field to round out the top-ten at ninth and tenth, respectively.

In other action, Arizona State stumbled to a 1-3 week and falls nine spots to 17th and put their hopes of hosting a NCAA Regional in serious jeopardy. Radford swept through the week at 5-0 and jumps five spots to 19th while Ohio State drops six spots to 24th after being swept at home by Illinois. Maryland fell out of the rankings from 17th following a 2-3 week, which included being swept at home by Indiana. Auburn debuts in the 2015 rankings this week at 21st.

Series to watch this week include #3 Louisville hosting #9 Florida State at Patterson Stadium in the Bluegrass State and  #5 UC Santa Barbara hosts Cal State Fullerton at Goodwin Field with the Gauchos and Titans, along with UC Irvine, boasting 11-4 Big West Conference records with two weeks remaining in the regular season. #7 Florida and #13 Vanderbilt meet at Hawkins Field in Nashville, TN with both teams entertaining national seed aspirations for the upcoming Division-One tournament. #8 UCLA and #17 Arizona State, the top two teams in the PAC-12 and, both, coming off sub-par weeks, collide at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. #15 College of Charleston hosts UNC Wilmington in a battle of Colonial titans at The Ballpark at Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant, SC and #20 Houston welcomes AAC foe East Carolina to Cougar Field.

One spot will be secured for the field of 64 this week as Dartmouth and Columbia will square off in a best-of-three series for the Ivy League automatic bid. The series, to be played at Columbia’s Robertson Field at Satow Stadium, will feature a Saturday doubleheader and, if necessary, a winner-take-all matchup on Sunday.

1. Texas A&M (41-7, 16-7 SEC-W) This week (3): vs. South Carolina (27-21, 10-14 SEC-E) 5/8-10
(LW – 2) Last week (4-0): vs. Texas State (20-26, 12-12 Sun Belt) W 8-7 (11); at Tennessee (18-24 7-17 SEC-E) W 6-5, W 6-1, W 8-7

2. Louisiana State (40-8, 16-7 SEC-W) This week (3): vs. Missouri (28-20, 14-10 SEC-E) 5/8-10
(LW – 1) Last week (3-1): vs. Alcorn State (14-37, 7-17 SWAC-E) W 6-1; at Mississippi State (24-24, 8-16 SEC-W) W 5-3 (14), W 11-4, L 8-7 (12)

3. Louisville (36-11, 20-3 ACC-A) This week (5): at Clemson (24-22, 13-12 ACC-A) 5/4; at Kentucky (26-20, 11-12 SEC-E) 5/6; vs. #9 Florida State (35-14, 16-8 ACC-A) 5/8-10
(LW – 4) Last week (2-1): vs. Kentucky (26-20, 11-12 SEC-E) W 2-1 (10); at Clemson (24-22, 13-12 ACC-A) L 9-1, W 5-3

4. Texas Christian (37-9, 13-5 Big 12) This week (3): vs. Kansas (20-28, 7-11 Big 12) 5/8-10
(LW – 5) Last week (3-1): at #13 Dallas Baptist (36-9, 13-5 MVC) L 6-4; at West Virginia (24-22, 6-12 Big 12) W 9-4, W 6-2, W 5-0

5. UC Santa Barbara (34-10, 11-4 Big West) This week (4): vs. Bakersfield (28-17, 14-6 WAC) 5/5; at Cal State Fullerton (27-19, 11-4 Big West) 5/8-10
(LW – 7) Last week (3-0): vs. Loyola Marymount (27-20, 13-11 WCC) T 6-6; vs. UC Davis (26-19, 5-10 Big West) W 3-2, W 4-1, W 4-3

6. Illinois (40-6, 16-1 Big Ten) This week (3): vs. Rutgers (15-31, 5-13 Big Ten) 5/8-10
(LW – 9) Last week (4-0): at Southern Illinois (11-38, 6-12 MVC) W 7-6; at #18 Ohio State (31-13, 12-6 Big Ten) W 8-1, W 6-5, W 6-2

7. Florida (35-13, 15-9 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. South Florida (29-18, 10-8 AAC) 5/5; at #13 Vanderbilt (35-14, 17-7 SEC-E) 5/7-9
(LW – 6) Last week (2-1): at Georgia (22-25, 7-16 SEC-E) L 11-1, W 3-2, W 7-4

8. UCLA (33-11, 16-5 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. Pepperdine (24-21, 14-7 WCC) 5/5; at #17 Arizona State (29-15, 14-7 PAC-12) 5/8-10
(LW – 3) Last week (2-2): at Long Beach State (23-20, 8-10 Big West) L 2-1 (13); vs. Gonzaga (21-23, 10-11 WCC) W 3-0, L 6-1, W 6-5

9. Florida State (35-14, 16-8 ACC-A) This week (4): at Stetson (24-25, 8-7 Atlantic Sun) 5/5; at #3 Louisville (36-11, 20-3 ACC-A) 5/8-10
(LW – 11) Last week (2-1): vs. #24 Coastal Carolina (32-15, 14-4 Big South) W 16-2, W 8-3, L 4-2

10. Florida Atlantic (35-11, 17-7 C-USA) This week (5): vs. Bethune-Cookman (16-37, 14-10 MEAC-S) 5/5; vs. Central Florida (28-20, 7-11 AAC) 5/6;  vs. Rice (29-16, 17-7 C-USA) 5/8-10
(LW – 12) Last week (2-1): vs. Florida Gulf Coast (24-22, 7-7 Atlantic Sun) CCD; at Alabama-Birmingham (24-21, 11-13 C-USA) L 6-0, W 18-4, W 5-2

11. Dallas Baptist (36-9, 13-5 MVC) This week (4): vs. UT Arlington (20-26, 11-13 Sun Belt) 5/5; vs. San Francisco (23-29, 15-9 WCC) 5/8-10
(LW – 13) Last week (4-0): vs. #5 Texas Christian (37-9, 13-5 Big 12) W 6-4; at Charlotte (17-24, 10-14 C-USA) W 6-3, W 12-4, W 6-5

12. Miami-FL (34-13, 19-8 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Bethune-Cookman (16-37, 14-10 MEAC-S) 5/6; vs. New York Tech (14-25, IND) 5/8-10
(LW – 14) Last week (3-0): at Pittsburgh (16-29, 6-18 ACC-C) W 9-5, W 12-0, W 9-3

13. Vanderbilt (35-14, 17-7 SEC-E) This week (3): vs. #7 Florida (35-13, 15-9 SEC-E) 5/7-9
(LW – 10) Last week (2-2): at Belmont (25-21, 13-10 OVC) L 4-1; at Kentucky (26-20, 11-12 SEC-E) W 13-3, L 11-5, W 7-3

14. Iowa (33-12, 15-3 Big Ten) This week (4): vs. Western Illinois (15-28, 8-16 Summit) 5/5; vs. Minnesota (19-25, 7-11 Big Ten) 5/8-10
(LW – 15) Last week (3-1): vs. Sacramento State (25-23, 12-9 WAC) W 4-3 (10); at Michigan (28-19, 12-9 Big Ten) W 13-7, L 11-5, W 2-0

15. College of Charleston (35-9, 16-2 Colonial) This week (4): at Clemson (24-22, 13-12 ACC-A) 5/6; vs. UNC Wilmington (33-12, 14-3 Colonial) 5/8-10
(LW – 16) Last week (3-0): at William & Mary (19-25, 9-12 Colonial) W 15-2, W 3-1, W 10-6

16. Missouri State (34-10, 12-3 MVC) This week (4): at St. Louis (31-16, 12-6 Atlantic 10) 5/5; at Southern Illinois (11-38, 6-12 MVC) 5/8-10
(LW – 19) Last week (4-0): vs. Missouri (28-20, 14-10 SEC-E) W 13-8; vs. Wichita State (18-29, 6-9 MVC) W 8-3, W 9-1, W 3-2 (10)

17. Arizona State (29-15, 14-7 PAC-12) This week (3): vs. #8 UCLA (33-11, 16-5 PAC-12) 5/8-10
(LW – 8) Last week (1-3): at Arizona (27-18, 11-13 PAC-12) L 17-6; at California (29-15, 15-9 PAC-12) W 5-3, L 5-4, L 8-6

18. Oklahoma State (31-15, 14-7 Big 12) This week (3): vs. West Virginia (24-22, 6-12 Big 12) 5/8-10
(LW – 20) Last week (2-1): vs. Arkansas-Little Rock (14-28, 10-13 Sun Belt) PPD; vs. Oklahoma (30-21, 11-7 Big 12) W 9-6, W 8-1, L 5-3

19. Radford (33-14, 14-4 Big South) This week (3): vs. Charleston Southern (21-22, 9-9 Big South) 5/8-10
(LW – 23) Last week (5-0): vs. Virginia Military Institute (15-26, 8-10 Southern) W 6-3; vs. North Carolina A&T (9-36, 6-17 MEAC-S) W 9-4; vs./vs./at James Madison (16-28, 4-14 Colonial) W 22-1, W 11-3, W 25-9

20. Houston (32-16, 11-7 AAC) This week (4): vs. McNeese State (28-20, 17-10 Southland) 5/5; vs. East Carolina (31-18, 11-7 AAC) 5/8-10
(LW – 25) Last week (3-1): vs. Sam Houston State (26-23, 15-9 Southland) W 3-0; at Tulane (29-18, 9-9 AAC) L 3-1, W 3-0, W 7-1

21. Auburn (32-17, 12-12 SEC-W)
This week (3): vs. Alabama (23-24, 8-16 SEC-W) 5/8-10
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): vs. Kennesaw State (25-21, 8-6 Atlantic Sun) W 6-0; at South Carolina (27-21, 10-14 SEC-E) L 10-1, W 6-2, W 3-0

22. Southern California (32-14, 13-8 PAC-12) This week (4): vs, UC Irvine (28-16, 11-4 Big West) 5/5; vs. Stanford (20-25, 6-15 PAC-12) 5/8-10
(LW – 21) Last week (2-2): vs. Cal State Fullerton (26-20, 11-4 Big West) L 5-3 (12); at Utah (15-27, 7-14 PAC-12) W 12-7, W 8-5, L 8-5 (10)

23. North Carolina (29-16, 13-10 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. UNC Asheville (20-26, 4-14 Big South) 5/5; vs. Elon (23-23, 12-9 Colonial) 5/6; at Notre Dame (30-18, 12-12 ACC-A) 5/8-10
(LW – 22) Last week (0-1):  vs. UNC Greensboro (21-22, 10-10 Southern) L 5-3

24. Ohio State (31-13, 12-6 Big Ten) This week (5): at Miami-OH (11-34, 9-12 MAC-E) 5/5; at Cincinnati (15-31, 6-12 AAC) 5/6; vs. Maryland (32-16, 11-7 Big Ten) 5/8-10
(LW – 18) Last week (0-3): vs. #9 Illinois (40-6, 16-1 Big Ten) L 8-1, L 6-5, L 6-2

25. Coastal Carolina (32-15, 14-4 Big South) This week (3): vs. Liberty (29-17, 14-4 Big South) 5/8-10
(LW – 24) Last week (2-2): at UNC Wilmington (33-12, 14-3 Colonial) W 5-2; at #11 Florida State (35-14, 16-8 ACC-A) L 16-2, L 8-3, W 4-2

Dropped out: #17 Maryland

Also Receiving Consideration:

Arkansas (29-18, 14-10 SEC-W), Rice (29-16, 17-7 C-USA), North Florida (35-13, 11-4 Atlantic Sun), UNC-Wilmington (33-12, 14-3 Colonial), Nevada (38-11, 21-6 MWC), Southeastern Louisiana (36-13, 20-4 Southland), Oregon State (29-14, 12-9 PAC-12), Bradley (31-13, 9-6 MVC), Maryland (32-16, 11-7 Big Ten), Kentucky (26-20, 11-12 SEC-E), Michigan State (29-18, 11-7 Big Ten), East Carolina (31-18, 11-7 AAC), Georgia Tech (29-17, 11-13 ACC-C), Tulane (29-18, 9-9 AAC), Texas Tech (29-20, 12-9 Big 12), Nebraska (33-17, 8-10 Big Ten), South Florida (29-18, 10-8 AAC), Connecticut (29-20, 8-10 AAC), UC Irvine (28-16, 11-4 Big West), Oral Roberts (32-13, 19-5 Summit)

PAC-12), Bradley (31-13, 9-6 MVC), Maryland (32-16, 11-7 Big Ten), Kentucky (26-20, 11-12 SEC-E), Michigan State (29-18, 11-7 Big Ten), East Carolina (31-18, 11-7 AAC), Georgia Tech (29-17, 11-13 ACC-C), Tulane (29-18, 9-9 AAC), Texas Tech (29-20, 12-9 Big 12), Nebraska (33-17, 8-10 Big Ten), South Florida (29-18, 10-8 AAC), Connecticut (29-20, 8-10 AAC), UC Irvine (28-16, 11-4 Big West), Oral Roberts (32-13, 19-5 Summit)

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