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College Baseball 2016 Week 5 (March 14 – 20) Top-25

March 14, 2016
Gators sophomore RHP Alex Faedo improved to 4-0 and a 1.36 ERA as he pitched top-ranked Florida past Harvard 3-1 to cap a 5-0 week. (photo courtesy of the University of Florida and floridagators.com)

Gators sophomore RHP Alex Faedo improved to 4-0 and a 1.36 ERA as he pitched top-ranked Florida past Harvard 3-1 to cap a 5-0 week. (photo courtesy of the University of Florida and floridagators.com)

Kevin O’Sullivan’s Florida Gators remain atop the top-25 for the fifth consecutive week, following a mid-week home-and-home sweep of North Florida and an easy trifecta of wins over Harvard that extended the nation’s top team’s winning streak to 11 games. Texas A&M and Vanderbilt move up one spot, each, to second and third to give the SEC the top three teams in the country – one week away from the beginning of conference play.

Louisville advances two places to fourth while Oregon State stays, firm, in fifth. Despite a 4-1 week, Miami-FL drops four places to sixth, as the Hurricanes had a slim advantage for the number two slot over powerful teams nipping at their heels. TCU, North Carolina, LSU and Mississippi round out the top ten, giving the SEC half of the top-ten rankings.

Georgia Tech entered Week 4 undefeated and ranked 17th, but a three-game sweep at the hands of Florida State moves the Yellow Jackets out of the rankings. Joining Tech on the outside, looking in, after being ranked are Alabama, Cal Poly and East Carolina.

Mississippi State makes its 2016 debut at #16 following a three-game bashing of then-#9 ranked Oregon at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville. Also debuting in the rankings this week are Boston College, who took two of three games at N.C. State, and a pair of one-loss teams: Michigan State and BYU.

 

1. Florida (17-1, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. #13 Florida State (13-3, 3-0 ACC-A) 3/15; vs. Missouri (13-5, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/18-20
(LW – 1) Last week (5-0): at/vs. North Florida (9-8, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) W 6-2, W 5-4; vs. Harvard (2-5, 0-0 Ivy-Rolfe) W 16-5, W 9-2, W 3-0

2. Texas A&M (15-1, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Texas (7-9, 0-0 Big 12) 3/15; at Auburn (8-8, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/18-20
(LW – 3) Last week (4-0): vs. Northwestern State (8-7, 2-1 Southland) W 7-6, CCD; vs. Fresno State (11-5, 2-1 MWC) W 3-2, W 4-3 (10), W 12-1

3. Vanderbilt (15-1, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Northern Illinois (2-12, 0-0 MAC-W) 3/15; vs. #16 Mississippi State (12-3, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/18-20
(LW – 4) Last week (5-0): vs. Radford (2-14, 0-0 Big South) W 13-4, W 12-0; vs. Xavier (3-11, 0-0 Big East) W 7-0, W 14-3, W 5-2

4. Louisville (13-2, 3-0 ACC-A) This week (5): vs. Xavier (3-11, 0-0 Big East) 3/15; vs. Wright State (10-6, 0-0 Horizon) 3/16; at #6 Miami-FL (13-3, 2-1 ACC-C) 3/18-20
(LW – 6) Last week (4-0): vs. Longwood (10-6, 0-0 Big South) W 10-1; vs. Notre Dame (6-8, 0-3 ACC-A) W 4-3 (11), W 8-2, W 1-0

5. Oregon State (12-2, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (3): vs. Arizona State (13-3, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/18-20
(LW – 5) Last week (2-1): vs. San Francisco (3-14, 0-0 WCC) W 8-5, W 4-0, L 5-0

6. Miami-FL (13-3, 2-1 ACC-C) This week (4): at Central Florida (10-7, 0-0 AAC) 3/16; vs. #4 Louisville (13-2, 3-0 ACC-A) 3/18-20
(LW – 2) Last week (4-1): vs. Maine (4-11, 0-0 American East) W 6-2; vs. Stetson (10-7, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) W 4-2; at Virginia Tech (10-7, 1-2 ACC-C) L 14-3, W 11-6, W 7-2

7. Texas Christian (12-3, 0-0 Big 12) This week (4): at Rice (8-7, 0-0 C-USA) 3/15; vs. West Virginia (9-4, 0-0 Big 12) 3/18-20
(LW – 7) Last week (3-1): vs. UT Arlington (10-7, 2-1 Sun Belt) W 5-1; vs. Southern California (7-7, 0-0 PAC-12) W 8-3, W 12-11 (10), L 16-6

8. North Carolina (12-2, 2-1 ACC-C) This week (5): at East Carolina (11-5, 0-0 AAC) 3/15; vs. Elon (8-8, 0-0 Colonial) 3/16; at Duke (9-7, 1-2 ACC-C) 3/18-20
(LW – 8) Last week (3-1): vs. Gardner-Webb (17-1, 0-0 Big South) W 11-5; vs. Pittsburgh (7-6, 1-2 ACC-C) W 4-2, W 4-0, L 5-0

9. Louisiana State (12-3, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. New Orleans (13-3, 2-1 Southland) 3/16; vs. Alabama (11-4, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/18-20
(LW – 10) Last week (3-1): vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4, 0-0 C-USA) W 6-3; vs. McNeese State (7-1, 1-2 Southland) PPD; vs. Ball State (8-9, 0-0 MAC-W) L 7-1, W 9-3, W 10-6

10. Mississippi (15-1, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): at Alabama-Birmingham (6-9, 0-0 C-USA) 3/15-16; at Tennessee (10-5, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/18-20
(LW – 12) Last week (5-0): vs. Southeast Missouri State (9-7, 3-0 OVC) W 10-2, W 6-4; vs. Grambling State (4-9, 2-1 SWAC-W) W 15-2, W 7-3 (7), W 6-1 (7)

11. Clemson (11-3, 2-1 ACC-A) This week (5): at The Citadel (7-8, 0-0 Southern) 3/15-16; vs. #21 Boston College (12-3, 2-1 ACC-A) 3/18-20
(LW – 13) Last week (3-1): vs. Winthrop (9-7, 0-0 Big South) W 4-3; at Wake Forest (11-6, 1-2 ACC-A) L 6-4, W 6-5, W 13-8

12. South Carolina (15-2, 0-0 SEC-E) This week (5): vs. South Carolina-Upstate (8-9, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 3/15; vs. Davidson (7-8, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 3/16; vs. #15 Arkansas (13-3, 0-0 SEC-W) 3/18-20
(LW – 15) Last week (5-0): vs. Wofford (11-6, 0-0 Southern) W 7-1; vs. Furman (7-8, 0-0 Southern) W 5-4; vs. Charleston Southern (8-8, 0-0 Big South) W 9-0, W 5-4, W 2-0

13. Florida State (13-3, 3-0 ACC-A) This week (4): at #1 Florida (17-1, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/15; at Pittsburgh (7-6, 1-2 ACC-C) 3/18-20
(LW -19) Last week (5-0): at South Florida (9-7, 0-0 AAC) W 12-4; vs. Toledo (2-13, 0-0 MAC-W) W 3-2; vs. #17 Georgia Tech (12-3, 0-3 ACC-C) W 8-2, W 14-9, W 8-3

14. Virginia (11-5, 2-1 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. Towson (3-10, 0-0 Colonial) 3/15-16; vs. Wake Forest (11-6, 1-2 ACC-A) 3/18-20
(LW – 16) Last week (4-1): vs. Wagner (3-7, 0-0 Northeast) W 6-2, W 20-7; at Duke (9-7, 1-2 ACC-C) W 6-0, W 7-6, L 3-0

15. Arkansas (13-3, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Grambling State (4-9, 2-1 SWAC-W) 3/15-16; at #12 South Carolina (15-2, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/18-20
(LW – 14) Last week (3-1): vs. Gonzaga (9-6, 0-0 WCC) CCD, L 15-10; vs. Western Illinois (2-11, 0-0 Summit) W 3-2 (10), W 9-3, W 3-0

16. Mississippi State (12-3, 0-0 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Eastern Kentucky (7-8, 0-3 OVC) 3/15; vs. Oral Roberts (7-7, 0-0 Summit) 3/16; at #3 Vanderbilt (15-1, 0-0 SEC-E) 3/18-20
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. South Alabama (12-4, 3-0 Sun Belt) W 7-3; vs. #9 Oregon (8-5, 0-0 PAC-12) W 10-4, W 9-3, W 5-2

17. College of Charleston (11-4, 0-0 Colonial) This week (5): at Furman (7-8, 0-0 Southern) 3/15; vs. Charleston Southern (8-8, 0-0 Big South) 3/16; vs. Virginia Commonwealth (9-5, 0-0 Atlantic 10) 3/18-20
(LW – 20) Last week (4-0): vs. Richmond (11-5, 0-0 Atlantic 10) W 5-3; vs. Mercer (9-7, 0-0 Southern) W 6-2, W 5-4, W 17-13

18. California (10-4, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (3): at Southern California (7-7, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/17-19
(LW – 18) Last week (1-1): vs. Texas Tech (9-6, 0-0 Big 12) W 9-2, L 11-8, CCD

19. UC Santa Barbara (12-3, 0-0 Big West) This week (3): vs. Connecticut (8-6, 0-0 AAC) 3/18-20
(LW – 21) Last week (3-0): vs. Hartford (6-4, 0-0 American East) W 2-1, W 7-4, W 7-6

20. Oregon (8-5, 0-0 PAC-12) This week (3): vs. Utah (3-10, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/18-20
(LW – 9) Last week (0-3): at #22 Alabama (11-4, 0-0 SEC-W) CCD; at Mississippi State (12-3, 0-0 SEC-W) L 10-4, L 9-3, L 5-2

21. Boston College (12-3, 2-1 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Holy Cross (3-11, 0-0 Patriot) 3/15; at #11 Clemson (11-3, 2-1 ACC-A) 3/18-20
(LW – NR) Last week (3-2): *at Port Charlotte, FL* vs. Butler (4-10, 0-0 Big East) L 12-10; vs. Central Michigan (3-12, 0-0 MAC-W) W 9-3; at #11 North Carolina State (13-4, 1-2 ACC-A) W 7-0, L 3-2, W 1-0

22. North Carolina State (13-4, 1-2 ACC-A) This week (5): vs. Indiana State (10-5, 0-0 MVC) 3/15-16; vs. Notre Dame (6-8, 0-3 ACC-A) 3/18-20
(LW – 11) Last week (3-2): vs. Fairfield (4-7, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) W 4-2, W 4-0; vs. Boston College (12-3, 2-1 ACC-A) L 7-0, W 3-2, L 1-0

23. Florida Atlantic (13-2, 0-0 C-USA) This week (3): at Middle Tennessee State (10-6, 0-0 C-USA) 3/18-20
(LW – 24) Last week (4-1): vs. St. Joseph’s (6-6, 0-0 Atlantic 10) W 1-0, W 4-1; vs. Rutgers (6-8, 0-0 Big Ten) W 9-8, L 5-4, W 3-2

24. Michigan State (13-1, 0-0 Big Ten) This week (3): at South Florida (9-7, 0-0 AAC) 3/18-20
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): *at Port Charlotte, FL* vs. Illinois State (7-8, 0-0 MVC) W 15-0; vs. Florida Gulf Coast (7-9, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) W 7-6; vs. Butler (4-10, 0-0 Big East) W 9-2; vs. St. Joseph’s (6-6, 0-0 Atlantic 10) W 8-7; vs. North Dakota State (9-5, 0-0 Summit) W 9-5

25. BYU (15-1, 0-0 WCC) This week (4): vs. Utah (3-10, 0-0 PAC-12) 3/15; vs. Pacific (6-10, 0-0 WCC) 3/17-19
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): vs. Utah Valley (9-9, 0-0 WAC) W 6-1; vs. Niagara (2-15, 0-0 Metro Atlantic) W 14-1, W 14-10, W 14-2, W 15-3

Dropped From Rankings: #17 Georgia Tech, #22 Alabama, #23 Cal Poly, #25 East Carolina

Also Receiving Consideration:

East Carolina (11-5, 0-0 AAC), Tulane (11-5, 0-0 AAC), Richmond (11-5, 0-0 Atlantic 10), St. Bonaventure (9-2, 0-0 Atlantic 10), Georgia Tech (12-3, 0-3 ACC-C), Wake Forest (11-6, 1-2 ACC-A), Jacksonville (10-4, 0-0 Atlantic Sun), Michigan (11-3, 0-0 Big Ten), Kansas State (10-5, 0-0 Big 12), Oklahoma State (9-6, 0-0 Big 12), Creighton (9-4, 0-0 Big East), West Virginia (9-4, 0-0 Big 12), Coastal Carolina (10-7, 0-0 Big South), Gardner-Webb (17-1, 0-0 Big South), Liberty (11-6, 0-0 Big South), Cal Poly (11-5, 0-0 Big West), Cal State Fullerton (9-6, 0-0 Big West), Cal State Northridge (14-3, 0-0 Big West), Long Beach State (10-5, 0-0 Big West), Delaware (11-4, 0-0 Colonial), Louisiana Tech (8-4, 0-0 C-USA), Old Dominion (11-4, 0-0 C-USA), Southern Mississippi (13-4, 0-0 C-USA), Western Kentucky (10-5, 0-0 C-USA), Kent State (10-3, 0-0 MAC-E), Dallas Baptist (11-4, 0-0 MVC), Indiana State (10-5, 0-0 MVC), Missouri State (12-2, 0-0 MVC), Air Force (9-4, 3-1 MWC), Fresno State (11-5, 2-1 MWC), Bryant (9-4, 0-0 Northeast), Morehead State (12-3, 3-0 OVC), Arizona (11-4, 0-0 PAC-12), Arizona State (13-3, 0-0 PAC-12), Stanford (7-5, 0-0 PAC-12), Navy (10-4, 0-0 Patriot), Alabama (11-4, 0-0 SEC-W), Georgia (12-5, 0-0 SEC-E), Kentucky (12-3, 0-0 SEC-E), Missouri (13-5, 0-0 SEC-E), Tennessee (10-5, 0-0 SEC-E), UNC Greensboro (11-5, 0-0 Southern), Central Arkansas (9-6, 3-0 Southland), New Orleans (13-3, 2-1 Southland), Georgia Southern (11-5, 3-0 Sun Belt), Louisiana-Lafayette (10-6, 2-1 Sun Belt), South Alabama (12-4, 3-0 Sun Belt), Texas State (12-4, 3-0 Sun Belt), Seattle (10-4, 0-0 WAC)

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