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2015 Week 16 College Baseball Top-25 Rankings (May 25 – June 1)

May 25, 2015
Missouri State will host an NCAA Regional for the first time in the Bears' 33-year D-1 history at Hammons Field. (photo courtesy of NCAA Baseball and Missouri State Athletics)

Missouri State will host an NCAA Regional for the first time in the Bears’ 33-year D-1 history at Hammons Field as the #8 National Seed. (photo courtesy of NCAA Baseball and Missouri State Athletics)

The regular season and conference tournaments have come and gone and, as we head into regional play, and beyond, the best of the best have risen to the top with familiar programs leading the way.

Despite losing to Florida in the SEC semifinals, LSU leads the top-25, again, representing the conference’s dominance in the top quarter of the rankings and will host a regional as the #2 national seed at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge. Paul Mainieri’s Tigers will be making the program’s 28th appearance at the NCAA Tournament as they aim for their seventh College World Series title.

Speaking of the Gators, Kevin O’Sullivan’s squad captured the SEC Tournament title and rises four spots to #2. Florida, who will host a regional at McKethan Stadium as the #4 national seed, has earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament in each of O’Sullivan’s eight seasons at the helm and 31 times in the program’s history.

Miami-Florida advances four notches to third after a 2-1 record in the ACC Tournament’s pool play. The #5 national seed Hurricanes, by hosting a regional at Mark Light Field, will make their 43rd consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including the past 22 seasons under skipper Jim Morris. While the Hurricanes have won four CWS championships, Miami hasn’t reached Omaha since 2008.

UCLA remains in fourth, despite a 2-2 week to close the regular season. While the Bruins dropped a pair of extra-inning games at Oregon to lose their only conference series of the season, John Savage’s club won their 11th conference title and will host the Los Angeles Regional at Jackie Robinson Stadium as the top national seed. UCLA will make their 20th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, including 13 of the last 20 tourneys, which includes the 2013 College World Series championship.

Texas A&M rounds out the top-five, moving up three spots following Rob Childress’ squad reaching the SEC Tournament semi-finals. The Aggies will host a regional at Olsen Field and have reached the NCAA Tournament for the ninth consecutive year and 32nd overall.

Vanderbilt gives the SEC four of the top-six teams in the nation, moving up three spots after reaching the finals of the SEC Tournament. The Commodores, after appearing in, only, three NCAA tournaments in the 20th century (1973, 1074 and 1980), have made the Field of 64 in ten consecutive years and 11 of the past 12 seasons. Tim Corbin’s club will host the Nashville Regional at Hawkins Field as the ‘Dores attempt to defend their 2014 College World Series title.

The biggest surprise of the 2015 season, Missouri State, advances four spots to seventh following their Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship. The #8 national seeded Bears, who reached the CWS in 2003, will host their first regional at Hammons Field, as head coach Keith Guttin leads his club to the Field of 64 for the ninth time in the program’s 33-year Division-I history.

Illinois drops five spots to eighth after a 2-2 effort at the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis. The Fighting Illini arrived at the tourney with a 26-game winning streak but, after a victory over Nebraska, lost two of their next three to tournament finalists Maryland and Michigan. While Illinois, the #6 national seed, will host a regional at Illinois Field to open their 30th NCAA Tournament, 2015 is, only, the second appearance in the Dan Hartleb era (2006-2015) and the sixth for the program since 1989.

Texas Christian plunges seven spots to ninth after dropping their only two games at the Big 12 Tournament. Despite the “Two and Q” following losses to Baylor and Texas Tech, Jim Schlossnagle’s club is the #7 national seed and will host a regional at Lupton Stadium as the team embarks on the 13th NCAA Tournament in program history and attempts to return to Omaha for the second consecutive year.

Florida State won the ACC Tournament title and caps the top-ten after rising three places in the rankings. The Seminoles will host a regional at Dick Howser Stadium and have reached the NCAA Tournament for the 53rd time, including 38 consecutive seasons with the past 36 under current head coach Mike Martin. Martin has led FSU to 15 of the program’s 21 College World Series appearances, but the Seminoles have yet to win the CWS title.

Louisville, the #3 national seed, drops six spots to 11th, Radford, after winning the Big South Tournament and clinching its first NCAA Tournament berth, moves up three to 12th, Houston moves from 16th to 13th after winning the AAC, Oklahoma State rises three places to 14th, despite losing to Texas for the Big 12 Championship, and Dallas Baptist slips three positions to 15th.

Oregon State rises two places to 16th, College of Charleston, after losing the Colonial title to UNC Wilmington, drops three notches to 17th, Florida Atlantic moves from 19th to 18th after going 2-2 in the AAC Tournament, UC Santa Barbara falls nine spots to 19th after, inexplicably, losing two of three to Big West cellar-dweller UC Riverside, and Cal State Fullerton enters the rankings at #20 after sweeping Long Beach State en route to winning the Big West title and being awarded a regional host nod.

Also entering the rankings this week are Coastal Carolina, Bradley, North Carolina State, UNC Wilmington and East Carolina. The Chanticleers, Braves and Wolfpack, all, reached the finals of their conference tournaments while the Seahawks and Pirates won the Colonial and AAC, respectively.

Dropping out of the pre-regionals rankings are Iowa, Rice, North Florida, Virginia, Arizona State and Southern California

1. Louisiana State (48-10, 21-8 SEC-W) This week: #2 National Seed; Baton Rouge Regional – vs. Lehigh (25-29, 12-8 Patriot) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 1) Last week (2-1): vs. Auburn (35-24, 13-17 SEC-W) W 9-8; vs. Arkansas (35-22, 17-12 SEC-W) W 10-5; vs. #6 Florida (44-16, 19-11 SEC-E) L 2-1; SEC Tournament – Hoover, AL

2. Florida (44-16, 19-11 SEC-E) This week: #4 National Seed; Gainesville Regional – vs. Florida A&M (23-23, 15-9 MEAC-S) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 6) Last week (4-1): vs. Arkansas (35-22, 17-12 SEC-W) L 7-6; vs. Auburn (35-24, 13-17 SEC-W) W 11-2; vs. Arkansas (35-22, 17-12 SEC-W) W 10-0 (F/7); vs. #1 Louisiana State (48-10, 21-8 SEC-W) W 2-1; vs. #9 Vanderbilt (42-19, 20-10 SEC-E) W 7-3; Won SEC Tournament – Hoover, AL

3. Miami-FL (44-14, 22-8 ACC-C) This week: #5 National Seed; Coral Gables Regional – vs. Florida International (29-29, 13-17 C-USA) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 7) Last week (2-1): vs. #23 Virginia (34-22, 15-15 ACC-C) W 9-5; vs. North Carolina State (34-21, 15-14 ACC-A) L 5-4 (12); vs. Notre Dame (36-21, 17-13 ACC-A) W 6-5; ACC Tournament – Durham, NC

4. UCLA (42-14, 22-8 PAC-12) This week: #1 National Seed; Los Angeles Regional – vs. Cal State Bakersfield (36-22, 17-9 WAC) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 4) Last week (2-2): at UC Irvine (33-23, 15-9 Big West) W 13-2; at Oregon (37-23, 16-14 PAC-12) W 4-3, L 5-4 (11), L 4-3 (11)

5. Texas A&M (45-11, 18-10 SEC-W) This week: College Station Regional – vs. Texas Southern (31-17, 16-7 SWAC-W) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 8) Last week (2-1): vs. Alabama (32-28, 12-18 SEC-W) W 4-3; vs. #9 Vanderbilt (42-19, 20-10 SEC-E) W 6-1, L 12-3; SEC Tournament – Hoover, AL

6. Vanderbilt (42-19, 20-10 SEC-E) This week: Nashville Regional – vs. Lipscomb (39-18, 13-8 Atlantic Sun) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 9) Last week (3-2): vs. Missouri (30-28, 15-15 SEC-E) W 7-6 (10); vs. #8 Texas A&M (45-11, 18-10 SEC-W) L 6-1; vs. Alabama (32-28, 12-18 SEC-W) W 16-1 (F/7); vs. #8 Texas A&M (45-11, 18-10 SEC-W) W 12-3; vs. #6 Florida (44-16, 19-11 SEC-E) L 7-3; SEC Tournament – Hoover, AL

7. Missouri State (45-10, 18-3 MVC) This week: #8 National Seed; Springfield Regional – vs. Canisius (34-28, 16-8 Metro Atlantic) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 11) Last week (4-0): vs. Southern Illinois (12-46, 6-15 MVC) W 7-0; vs. Wichita State (26-33, 10-11 MVC) W 8-1, W 6-4; vs. Bradley (35-19, 10-11 MVC) W 5-2; Won MVC Tournament – Wichita, KS

8. Illinois (47-8, 21-1 Big Ten) This week: #6 National Seed; Champaign Regional – vs. Ohio (36-19, 17-10 MAC-E) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 3) Last week (2-2): vs. Nebraska (34-23, 9-14 Big Ten) W 3-2; vs. Maryland (39-21, 14-10 Big Ten) L 2-1; vs. Michigan State (34-23, 14-10) W 2-0; vs. Michigan (37-23, 14-10 Big Ten) L 5-3; Big Ten Tournament – Minneapolis, MN

9. Texas Christian (43-11, 18-5 Big 12) This week: #7 National Seed; Fort Worth Regional – vs. Sacred Heart (23-30, 13-11 Northeast) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 2) Last week (0-2): vs. Baylor (23-32, 9-15 Big 12) L 6-5; vs. Texas Tech (31-24, 13-11 Big 12) L 8-1; Big 12 Tournament – Tulsa, OK

10. Florida State (41-19, 17-13 ACC-A) This week: Tallahassee Regional – vs. Mercer (35-21, 16-7 Southern) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 13) Last week (4-0): vs. Clemson (32-27, 16-13 ACC-A) W 3-1; vs. North Carolina (34-24, 13-16 ACC-C) W 8-4; vs. #5 Louisville (43-16, 25-5 ACC-A) W 6-0; vs. North Carolina State (34-21, 15-14 ACC-A) W 6-2; Won ACC Tournament – Durham, NC

11. Louisville (43-16, 25-5 ACC-A) This week: #3 National Seed; Louisville Regional – vs. Morehead State (38-20, 20-10 OVC) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 5) Last week (1-2): vs. North Carolina (33-23, 13-16 ACC-C) W 7-4; vs. Clemson (32-27, 16-13 ACC-A) L 7-2; vs. #13 Florida State (41-19, 17-13 ACC-A) L 6-0; ACC Tournament – Durham, NC

12. Radford (43-14, 20-4 Big South) This week: Nashville Regional – vs. Indiana (34-22, 12-10 Big Ten) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 15) Last week (4-0): vs. Longwood (22-34, 9-15 Big South) W 5-3; vs. High Point (29-26, 14-10 Big South) W 4-0; vs. Winthrop (40-19, 16-8 Big South) W 4-2; vs. Coastal Carolina (38-19, 17-7 Big South) W 5-4; Won Big South Tournament – Boiling Springs, NC

13. Houston (42-18, 16-8 AAC) This week: Houston Regional – vs. Houston Baptist (28-25, 14-13 Southland) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 16) Last week (3-1): vs. Cincinnati (15-41, 6-18 AAC) W 8-4; vs. South Florida (33-23, 13-11 AAC) W 7-3; vs. Memphis (37-21, 12-12 AAC) W 17-3 (F/8); vs. East Carolina (40-20, 15-9 AAC) L 9-1; AAC Tournament – Clearwater, FL

14. Oklahoma State (37-18, 14-8 Big 12)
This week: Stillwater Regional – vs. St. John’s (39-14, 14-3 Big East) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 17) Last week (3-1): vs. West Virginia (27-27, 9-13 Big 12) W 3-0; vs. Kansas State (27-30, 10-14 Big 12) W 10-1; vs. Oklahoma (34-27, 13-11 Big 12) W 5-1; vs. Texas (30-25, 11-13 Big 12) L 6-3; Big 12 Tournament – Tulsa, OK

15. Dallas Baptist (43-13, 15-6 MVC) This week: Dallas Regional – vs. Virginia Commonwealth (37-22, 14-10 Atlantic 10) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 12) Last week (2-2): vs. Indiana State (28-26, 8-13 MVC) L 2-0; vs. Evansville (29-24, 8-13 MVC) W 3-0; vs. Indiana State (28-26, 8-13 MVC) W 12-5; vs. Bradley (35-19, 10-11 MVC) L 3-1; MVC Tournament – Wichita, KS

16. Oregon State (38-16, 19-10 PAC-12) This week: Dallas Regional – vs. Texas (30-25, 11-13 Big 12) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 18) Last week (2-2): vs. Oregon (37-23, 15-14 PAC-12) L 3-2 (11); vs. California (34-19, 18-12 PAC-12) W 4-0, W 9-0, L 7-3

17. College of Charleston (42-13, 21-3 Colonial) This week: Tallahassee Regional – vs. Auburn (35-24, 13-17 SEC-W) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 14) Last week (2-2): vs. Elon (25-29, 13-11 Colonial) W 9-0; vs. UNC-Wilmington (39-16, 18-6 Colonial) L 4-3 (10); vs. Delaware (26-24, 11-13 Colonial) W 4-1; vs. UNC-Wilmington (39-16, 18-6 Colonial) L 7-6; Colonial Tournament – Mt. Pleasant, SC

18. Florida Atlantic (40-17, 19-10 C-USA) This week: Gainesville Regional – vs. South Florida (33-24, 13-11 AAC) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 19) Last week (2-2): vs. Old Dominion (27-29, 13-17 C-USA) W 6-4; vs. Alabama-Birmingham (33-25, 15-15 C-USA) L 2-1; vs. Southern Mississippi (36-18, 19-10 C-USA) W 5-4; vs. Alabama-Birmingham (33-25, 15-15 C-USA) L 10-0 (F/8); C-USA Tournament – Hattiesburg, MS

19. UC Santa Barbara (40-15, 16-8 Big West) This week: Lake Elsinore Regional – vs. San Diego State (40-21, 19-10 MWC) 5/29; TBD
(LW – 10) Last week (1-2): at UC Riverside (15-40, 4-20 Big West) W 20-2, L 3-2, L 3-2

20. Cal State Fullerton (34-22, 19-5 Big West) This week: Fullerton Regional – vs. Pepperdine (30-27, 17-10 WCC) 5/29; TBD
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): vs. Long Beach State (28-26, 11-13 Big West) W 4-2; W 4-0, W 5-3

21. Coastal Carolina (38-19, 17-7 Big South) This week: College Station Regional – vs. California (34-19, 18-12 PAC-12) 5/29; TBD
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): vs. Charleston Southern (23-30, 10-14 Big South) W 10-0; vs. Winthrop (40-19, 16-8 Big South) W 8-0; vs. High Point (29-26, 14-10 Big South) W 9-3; vs. #15 Radford (43-14, 20-4 Big South) L 5-4; Big South Tournament – Boiling Springs, NC

22. Bradley (35-19, 10-11 MVC) This week: Louisville Regional – vs. Michigan (37-23, 14-10 Big Ten) 5/29; TBD
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): vs. Evansville (29-24, 8-13 MVC) W 9-2; vs. Indiana State (28-26, 8-13 MVC) W 5-4; vs. #12 Dallas Baptist (43-13, 15-6 MVC) W 3-1; vs. #11 Missouri State (45-10, 18-3 MVC) L 5-2; MVC Tournament – Wichita, KS

23. North Carolina State (34-21, 15-14 ACC-A) This week: Fort Worth Regional – vs. Stony Brook (34-14, 18-4 America East) 5/29; TBD
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): vs. Notre Dame (36-21, 17-13 ACC-A) W 3-0; vs. #7 Miami-FL (44-14, 22-8 ACC-C) W 5-4 (12); vs. #23 Virginia (34-22, 15-15 ACC-C) W 10-2; vs. #13 Florida State (41-19, 17-13 ACC-A) L 6-2; ACC Tournament – Durham, NC

24. UNC-Wilmington (39-16, 18-6 Colonial) This week: Baton Rouge Regional – vs. Tulane (34-23, 13-11 AAC) 5/29; TBD
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): vs. Northeastern (25-30, 14-10 Colonial) W 18-7; vs. #14 College of Charleston (43-13, 21-3 Colonial) W 4-3, W 7-6; Won Colonial Tournament – Mt. Pleasant, SC

25. East Carolina (40-20, 15-9 AAC) This week: Coral Gables Regional – vs. Columbia (31-15, 16-4 Ivy/Gehrig) 5/29; TBD
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. Central Florida (31-27, 10-14 AAC) W 4-3; vs. vs. Tulane (34-23, 13-11 AAC) W 3-1; vs. Connecticut (35-25, 11-13 AAC) W 4-2; vs. #16 Houston (42-18, 16-8 AAC) W 9-1; Won AAC Tournament – Clearwater, FL

Dropped out: #20 Iowa, #21 Rice, #22 North Florida, #23 Virginia, #24 Arizona State, #25 Southern California

Also Receiving Consideration:

Virginia (34-22, 15-15 ACC-C), Southern California (37-19, 18-12 PAC-12), Auburn (35-24, 13-17 SEC-W), Arizona State (34-21, 18-12 PAC-12), California (34-19, 17-12 PAC-12), Arkansas (35-22, 17-12 SEC-W), South Florida (33-24, 13-11 AAC), Indiana (34-22, 12-10 Big Ten), Oral Roberts (41-14, 25-5 Summit), Mississippi (30-26, 15-14 SEC-W)

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