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2015 Week 14 College Baseball Top-25 Rankings (May 11 – May 17)

May 11, 2015
Freshman RHP Alex Lange improved to 9-0 on Saturday, part of top-ranked LSU sweep of Missouri. (Photo courtesy of RaeLynn Roussel and LSU Athletics.)

Freshman RHP Alex Lange improved to 9-0 on Saturday, part of top-ranked LSU’s sweep of Missouri. (Photo courtesy of RaeLynn Roussel and LSU Athletics.)

LSU reclaims the top spot in this week’s rankings after a, fairly, easy time with Missouri. Paul Mainieri’s club who has, virtually, wrapped up a national seed for the upcoming Division-I tournament, finishes the regular season on the road as they visit New Orleans for a mid-week game before taking on South Carolina in Columbia. To clinch the SEC regular season title and the top-seed at the SEC Championship in Hoover, AL, LSU’s magic number was reduced to two following the weekend sweep at Alex Box Stadium.

Louisville moves up a spot to second after a 3-1 week, which included a series win over Florida State. Following a mid-week victory at Kentucky, he Cardinals bounced back from a 13-4 Friday shellacking by the Seminoles with a pair of victories to clinch the top seed at the upcoming ACC Tournament in Durham, NC.

TCU climbs one spot to third after an abbreviated home series vs. Kansas. The Horned Frogs gutted out a pair of pitchers’ duels for wins before Sunday’s game was cancelled, due to inclement weather and poor field conditions.

Illinois jumps two spots to fourth following their series sweep over Rutgers. The Fighting Illini were tested by the visiting Scarlet Knights in the first two games of the weekend before a football-like score of 28-13 in Sunday’s finale. With Sunday’s win, Dan Hartleb’s squad increased their winning streak to 24, tying the longest run of season, set by Texas A&M to open their season.

Speaking of the Aggies, last week’s top-ranked team suffered their third SEC series loss in four weekends at the hands of South Carolina and drops to fifth. The Gamecocks rocked Texas A&M pitching for 31 runs and, if not for a three-run ninth inning on Saturday, capped by a walk-off, two-RBI double by Blake Allemand, South Carolina would have swept the Aggies.

Florida and UCLA, each, move up one spot to sixth and seventh, respectively, Dallas Baptist advances three spots to eighth, Miami-Florida, also, moves up three rungs to ninth and Florida State, following a series loss to Louisville, drops a spot to tenth.

Meanwhile, UC Santa Barbara suffered a horrendous week, going 1-3, with a mid-week loss to Bakersfield and dropping two of three at Cal State Fullerton and drops seven spots to 12th. The losses, effectively, remove the Gauchos from national seed consideration and, with an RPI hovering around 20, a regional hosting nod is in jeopardy.

Florida Atlantic, ranked tenth last week, plummets ten spots to 20th after being swept at home by Conference USA foe Rice, who was unranked at the time. The road for the Owls doesn’t get ay easier for the final week of the regular season as they travel to Miami-Florida for a mid-week contest and to Western Kentucky for a series with the Hilltoppers. As with UC Santa Barbara, Florida Atlantic’s post-season itinerary has, likely, changed and not for the good.

On the positive side for teams hoping to host a regional series, Iowa, Missouri State, College of Charleston, Radford, Houston and Rice bolstered their resumés.

Three teams fall out of the rankings this week: Auburn, North Carolina and Ohio State. The Tigers were swept at home by Alabama, the Tar Heels suffered a series sweep at Notre Dame and the Buckeyes lost two of three at home to Maryland. To fill the absences, Rice and Oregon State return, at 18th and 22nd, respectively, and North Florida makes its 2015 debut in 23rd.

The first ticket to NCAA Baseball’s “Field of 64” was punched on Sunday as Columbia defeated Dartmouth 10-7 for the Ivy League Championship. The teams split a pair of games Saturday at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium, necessitating the one game “winner-take-all” tilt on Sunday. Designated hitter Joe Falcone and catcher Logan Boyher paced the home-standing Lions by combining for a 6-for-10 day at the plate, four runs, nine RBI and three home runs.

Numerous teams sitting at or near the “bubble” will try to build their NCAA Tournament resumé this weekend at the hands of ranked teams. South Carolina hosts top-ranked LSU, North Carolina State welcomes Louisville, Mississippi plays host to Texas A&M, Connecticut travels to Houston and California hosts Southern California.

While this week is the regular season finale for most teams, two conferences have two weeks to go, with the NCAA auto-bid awarded to the regular season champion.

In the PAC-12, UCLA has a three-game lead over Southern California, California and Arizona State with Oregon State, still, mathematically alive with all teams sporting six conference games remaining on the schedule.

Meanwhile, in the Big West, UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton sit atop the conference standings at 13-5 with UC Santa Barbara a game behind at 12-6. Also in the mix, albeit needing “perfect storm” scenarios, are Hawai’i at 12-9 and Cal Poly at 10-8.

1. Louisiana State (43-8, 19-7 SEC-W) This week (4): at New Orleans (14-36, 3-24 Southland) 5/12; at South Carolina (30-22, 12-15 SEC-E) 5/14-16
(LW – 2) Last week (3-0): vs. Missouri (28-24, 14-13 SEC-E) W 8-3, W 8-2, W 6-5 (10)

2. Louisville (40-12, 23-4 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. #13 Vanderbilt (36-16, 18-9 SEC-E) 5/12; at North Carolina State (29-18, 13-12 ACC-A) 5/14-16
(LW – 3) Last week (4-1): at Clemson (27-25, 13-13 ACC-A) W 9-5; at Kentucky (27-23, 12-14 SEC-E) W 5-2; vs. #9 Florida State (37-16, 17-10 ACC-A) L 13-4, W 7-0, W 6-5

3. Texas Christian (39-9, 15-5 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Abilene Christian (13-34, 11-16 Southland) 5/12; at Oklahoma (32-22, 13-8 Big 12) 5/14-16
(LW – 4) Last week (2-0): vs. Kansas (22-30, 7-13 Big 12) W 4-2, W 2-1 (10), CCD

4. Illinois (43-6, 19-1 Big Ten) This week (3): vs. Nebraska (34-18, 9-11 Big Ten) 5/14-16
(LW – 6) Last week (3-0): vs. Rutgers (17-34, 5-16 Big Ten) W 5-4, W 6-2, W 28-13

5. Texas A&M (42-9, 17-9 SEC-W) This week (4): at Sam Houston State (27-25, 16-11 Southland) 5/12; at Mississippi (28-24, 14-13 SEC-W) 5/14-16
(LW – 1) Last week (1-2): vs. South Carolina (30-22, 12-15 SEC-E) L 9-7, W 15-14, L 8-7

6. Florida (38-14, 17-10 SEC-E) This week (3): at Auburn (32-20, 12-15 SEC-W) 5/14-16
(LW – 7) Last week (3-1): vs. South Florida (30-21, 11-10 AAC) W 5-1; at #13 Vanderbilt (36-16, 18-9 SEC-E) L 2-0, W 7-3, W 9-7 (10)

7. UCLA (36-12, 18-6 PAC-12) This week (4): at Cal State Fullerton (28-21, 13-5 Big West) 5/12; vs. Arizona (28-20, 12-15 PAC-12) 5/15-17
(LW – 8) Last week (3-1): vs. Pepperdine (25-24, 15-9 WCC) W 10-2; at #17 Arizona State (30-17, 15-9 PAC-12) W 9-0, W 11-5 (17), L 2-1

8. Dallas Baptist (39-9, 13-5 MVC) This week (4): vs. #21 Oklahoma State (31-16, 14-8 Big 12) 5/12; vs. Wichita State (22-29, 9-9 MVC) 5/14-16
(LW – 11) Last week (3-0): vs. UT Arlington (22-28, 13-14 Sun Belt) W 12-6; vs. San Francisco (23-27, 15-9 WCC) W 8-0, W 1-0, CCD

9. Miami-FL (38-13, 19-8 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. #20 Florida Atlantic (36-14, 17-10 C-USA) 5/12; vs. Georgia Tech (32-18, 13-14 ACC-C) 5/14-16
(LW – 12) Last week (4-0): vs. Bethune-Cookman (16-38, 14-10 MEAC-S) W 14-0; vs. New York Tech (14-30, IND) W 26-0, W 13-1, W 19-1

10. Florida State (37-16, 17-10 ACC-A) This week (3): vs. Clemson (27-25, 13-13 ACC-A) 5/14-16
(LW – 9) Last week (2-2): at Stetson (26-27, 10-8 Atlantic Sun) W 3-1; at #3 Louisville (40-12, 23-4 ACC-A) W 13-4, L 7-0, L 6-5

11. Iowa (37-12, 18-3 Big Ten) This week (3): at Rutgers (17-34, 5-16 Big Ten) 5/14-16
(LW – 14) Last week (4-0): vs. Western Illinois (17-30, 8-17 Summit) W 7-5; vs. Minnesota (19-29, 7-14 Big Ten) W 7-3, W 10-2, W 7-1

12. UC Santa Barbara (35-13, 12-6 Big West) This week (4): at Bakersfield (30-19, 15-8 WAC) 5/12; vs. UC Irvine (31-17, 13-5 Big West) 5/15-17
(LW – 5) Last week (1-3): vs. Bakersfield (30-19, 15-8 WAC) L 5-3; at Cal State Fullerton (28-21, 13-5 Big West) L 3-0, L 10-1, W 3-2

13. Vanderbilt (36-16, 18-9 SEC-E) This week (4): at #2 Louisville (40-12, 23-4 ACC-A) 5/12;
(LW – 13) Last week (1-2): vs. #7 Florida (38-14, 17-10 SEC-E) W 2-0, L 7-3, L 9-7 (10)

14. Missouri State (38-10, 15-3 MVC) This week (3): vs. Bradley (32-15, 10-8 MVC) 5/14-16
(LW – 16) Last week (4-0): at St. Louis (33-18, 14-7 Atlantic 10) W 8-2; at Southern Illinois (11-41, 6-15 MVC) W 1-0, W 5-0, W 5-3

15. College of Charleston (38-10, 19-2 Colonial) This week (4): vs. Charleston Southern (22-25, 9-12 Big South) 5/12; at Northeastern (23-26, 13-8 Colonial) 5/14-16
(LW – 15) Last week (3-1): at Clemson (27-25, 13-13 ACC-A) L 6-3; vs. UNC Wilmington (33-15, 15-6 Colonial) W 13-4, W 5-4, W 11-7

16. Radford (36-14, 17-4 Big South) This week (3): at UNC Asheville (21-30, 5-16 Big South) 5/14-16
(LW – 19) Last week (3-0): vs. Charleston Southern (22-25, 9-12 Big South) W 7-2, W 5-4 (11), W 6-2

17. Houston (35-17, 13-8 AAC) This week (4): vs. #18 Rice (33-16, 20-7 C-USA) 5/12; vs. Connecticut (32-20, 11-10 AAC) 5/14-16
(LW – 20) Last week (3-1): vs. McNeese State (31-21, 17-10 Southland) W 9-2; vs. East Carolina (32-20, 12-9 AAC) W 10-1, L 4-1, W 11-1

18. Rice (33-16, 20-7 C-USA) This week (4): vs. #17 Houston (35-17, 13-8 AAC) 5/12; vs. Florida International (24-27, 12-15 C-USA) 5/14-16
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (23-25, 13-14 Southland) W 2-0; at #10 Florida Atlantic (36-14, 17-10 C-USA) W 6-0, W 5-1, W 5-2

19. Arizona State (30-17, 15-9 PAC-12) This week (4): at New Mexico (27-23, 16-11 MWC) 5/12; vs. Washington State (26-23, 9-15 PAC-12) 5/14-16
(LW – 17) Last week (1-2): vs. #8 UCLA (36-12, 18-6 PAC-12) L 9-0, L 11-5 (17), W 2-1

20. Florida Atlantic (36-14, 17-10 C-USA) This week (4): at #9 Miami-FL (38-13, 19-8 ACC-C) 5/12; at Western Kentucky (24-26, 10-17 C-USA) 5/14-16
(LW – 10) Last week (1-3): vs. Bethune-Cookman (16-38, 14-10 MEAC-S) CCD; vs. Central Florida (30-22, 9-12 AAC) W 10-2;  vs. Rice (33-16, 20-7 C-USA) L 6-0, L 5-1, L 5-2

21. Oklahoma State (31-16, 14-8 Big 12) This week (4): at #8 Dallas Baptist (39-9, 13-5 MVC) 5/12; at Michigan (31-21, 14-10 Big Ten) 5/14-16
(LW – 18) Last week (0-1): vs. West Virginia (25-23, 7-12 Big 12) L 5-4, CCD, CCD

22. Oregon State (32-14, 14-9 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. Portland (10-39, 5-19 WCC) 5/13; at Stanford (21-28, 7-17 PAC-12) 5/15-17
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): vs. Oregon (29-22, 11-13) W 10-2; vs. Utah (16-29, 7-16 PAC-12) W 3-0, W 2-0, T 2-2 (15)

23. North Florida (39-13, 14-4 Atlantic Sun) This week (4): vs. Central Florida (30-22, 9-12 AAC) 5/12; vs. Kennesaw State (26-24, 9-8 Atlantic Sun) 5/14-16
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): at Savannah State (20-31, 12-12 MEAC-S) W 11-0; at South Carolina-Upstate (15-34, 4-14 Atlantic Sun) W 8-2, W 12-6, W 8-2

24. Southern California (34-16, 15-9 PAC-12) This week (2): at California (31-16, 15-9 PAC-12) 5/16-17
(LW – 22) Last week (2-2): vs. UC Irvine (31-17, 13-5 Big West) L 8-5 (10); vs. Stanford (21-28, 7-17 PAC-12) W 1-0, L 3-2, W 2-0

25. Coastal Carolina (33-16, 15-5 Big South) This week (4): vs. Wake Forest (26-23, 11-15 ACC-A) 5/12; at Campbell (29-22, 10-11 Big South) 5/14-16
(LW – 25) Last week (1-1): vs. Liberty (31-18, 15-5 Big South) L 7-5, W 7-4, CCD

Dropped out: #21 Auburn, #23 North Carolina, #24 Ohio State

Also Receiving Consideration:

Ohio State (34-15, 13-8 Big Ten), California (31-16, 15-9 PAC-12), Nevada (40-12, 21-6 MWC), Arkansas (30-19, 15-11 SEC-W), Bradley (32-15, 10-8 MVC), North Carolina (31-19, 13-13 ACC-C), Oral Roberts (35-13, 22-5 Summit), Nebraska (34-18, 9-11 Big Ten), Southeastern Louisiana (38-15, 22-5 Southland), Auburn (32-20, 12-15 SEC-W), UNC-Wilmington (33-15, 15-6 Colonial), Maryland (35-17, 13-8 Big Ten), Georgia Tech (32-18, 13-14 ACC-C), Virginia (29-19, 12-15 ACC-C), UC Irvine (31-17, 13-5 Big West), East Carolina (32-20, 12-9 AAC), Notre Dame (33-18, 15-12 ACC-A), Tulane (31-19, 11-10 AAC), Cal State Fullerton (28-21, 13-5 Big West), Liberty (31-18, 15-5 Big South)

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