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College Baseball 2016 Week 8 (April 4 – April 10) Top-25

April 4, 2016
Buddy Reed and the Florida Gators are all smiles after sweeping then-#2 Texas A&M to remain atop the College Baseball Top-25 rankings for an eighth straight week. (photo courtesy of floridagators.com)

Buddy Reed and the Florida Gators are all smiles after sweeping then-#2 Texas A&M to remain atop the College Baseball Top-25 rankings for an eighth straight week. (photo courtesy of floridagators.com)

Florida continues to be the only team ranked #1 in the college baseball top-25 in 2016, after an undefeated week. The Gators defeated #6 Florida State, 3-2, in a midweek game in Jacksonville, FL before sweeping #2 Texas A&M at the friendly confines of McKethan Stadium in Gainesville. Miami-Florida, after a mid-week rain-out vs. #13 Florida Atlantic, swept #8 North Carolina to move up a spot to second. Louisville, moves up to third, after breezing to a 3-0 weekend with a win against in-state rival Western Kentucky and a pair of victories over Virginia Tech, who they will face Monday to wrap up their home series vs. the Hokies. 2015 College World Series runner-up Vanderbilt moves from 7th to 4th after a 3-1 week, including a pair of wins against South Carolina. Florida State rounds out the top-five, despite a loss to top-ranked Florida. The Seminoles defeated Boston College 3-0 on Friday, but had the final two games of the series at Pellagrini Diamond, in Chestnut Hill, MA, canceled, due to inclement weather.

South Carolina drops two spots to 6th, Texas A&M retreats five positions to 7th, TCU climbs a notch to 8th, Mississippi State moves up a pair of places to 9th and North Carolina drops two spots to 10th.

2015 College World Series champion Virginia, Arkansas and Alabama, all, drop out of the rankings and are replaced by North Carolina State, California and Rice, who, all, reenter the rankings for the second time in 2016.

1. Florida (27-3, 7-2 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Jacksonville (17-10, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 4/5; vs. #9 Mississippi State (20-8, 6-3 SEC-W) 4/8-10
(LW – 1) Last week (4-0): vs. #6 Florida State (19-6, 7-1 ACC-A) W 3-2 *at Jacksonville, FL*; vs. #2 Texas A&M (22-6, 4-5 SEC-W) W 7-4, W 7-2, W 10-7

2. Miami-FL (23-4, 10-2 ACC-C) This week (4): at Florida Gulf Coast (13-15, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 4/5; at Notre Dame (15-11, 6-6 ACC-A) 4/8-10
(LW – 3) Last week (3-0): at #13 Florida Atlantic (21-4, 8-1 C-USA) PPD; vs. #8 North Carolina (20-7, 6-6 ACC-C) W 10-4, W 7-3, W 7-4

3. Louisville (22-5, 8-3 ACC-A) This week (5): vs. Virginia Tech (10-18, 1-10 ACC-C) 4/4; at Kentucky (20-8, 6-3 SEC-E) 4/6; at #5 Florida State (19-6, 7-1 ACC-A) 4/8-10
(LW – 5) Last week (3-0): at Western Kentucky (16-11, 5-4 C-USA) W 17-0; vs. Virginia Tech (10-18, 1-10 ACC-C) W 8-4, W 13-0

4. Vanderbilt (23-5, 6-3 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Lipscomb (16-12, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) 4/5; at #16 LSU (18-9, 4-5 SEC-W) 4/7-9
(LW – 7) Last week (3-1): vs. Belmont (16-11, 6-3 OVC) W 8-2; vs. #4 South Carolina (24-5, 7-2 SEC-E) W 6-3, L 4-0, W 10-6

5. Florida State (19-6, 7-1 ACC-A) This week (5): vs. Texas Tech (20-8, 8-1 Big 12) 4/5-6; vs. #3 Louisville (22-5, 8-3 ACC-A) 4/8-10
(LW – 6) Last week (1-1): vs. #1 Florida (27-3, 7-2 SEC-E) L 3-2 *at Jacksonville, FL*; at Boston College (14-10, 3-7 ACC-A) W 3-0, CCD, CCD

6. South Carolina (24-5, 7-2 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Coastal Carolina (20-9, 5-1 Big South) 4/5; vs. Tennessee (17-11, 3-6 SEC-E) 4/8-10
(LW – 4) Last week (1-3): vs. #22 College of Charleston (20-8, 5-1 Colonial) L 6-5 (13); at #7 Vanderbilt (23-5, 6-3 SEC-E) L 6-3, W 4-0, L 10-6

7. Texas A&M (22-6, 4-5 SEC-W) This week (4): at #23 Rice (17-10, 7-2 C-USA) 4/5; vs. Georgia (17-12, 4-5 SEC-E) 4/8-10
(LW – 2) Last week (1-3): at Houston (17-10, 1-2 AAC) W 7-2; at #1 Florida (27-3, 7-2 SEC-E) L 7-4, L 7-2, L 10-7

8. TCU (22-5, 4-2 Big 12) This week (4): vs. UT Arlington (16-13, 4-5 Sun Belt) 4/6; at Kansas (10-15, 1-4 Big 12) 4/8-10
(LW – 9) Last week (4-0): at UT Arlington (16-13, 4-5 Sun Belt) W 17-4; at Wichita State (9-19, 0-0 MVC) W 3-0, W 17-6, W 12-5

9. Mississippi State (20-8, 6-3 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. Tennessee-Martin (7-21, 2-10 OVC) 4/5; at #1 Florida (27-3, 7-2 SEC-E) 4/8-10
(LW – 11) Last week (3-1): vs. #23 Southern Mississippi (22-7, 8-1 C-USA) W 13-5; vs. #14 Mississippi (21-7, 3-6 SEC-W) W 3-1, W 6-2, L 8-5

10. North Carolina (20-7, 6-6 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. High Point (20-8, 5-1 Big South) 4/5; vs. UNC Asheville (7-21, 2-7 Big South) 4/6; vs. Virginia Tech (10-18, 1-10 ACC-C) 4/8-10
(LW – 8) Last week (1-3): vs. Davidson (16-11, 4-1 Atlantic 10) W 10-2; at #3 Miami-FL (23-4, 10-2 ACC-C) L 10-4, L 7-3, L 7-4

11. Florida Atlantic (21-4, 8-1 C-USA) This week (4): at Central Florida (17-13, 2-1 AAC) 4/5; vs. Charlotte (12-16, 3-6 C-USA) 4/8-10
(LW – 13) Last week (3-0): at Florida Gulf Coast (13-15, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) PPD; vs. #3 Miami-FL (23-4, 10-2 ACC-C) PPD; at Old Dominion (19-10, 3-6 C-USA) W 10-7, W 3-1, W 11-0 (8)

12. UC Santa Barbara (20-6, 2-1 Big West) This week (3): at #20 College of Charleston (20-8, 5-1 Colonial) 4/8-10
(LW – 10) Last week (2-2): at Pepperdine (13-13, 4-5 WCC) L 6-2; at Long Beach State (17-10, 1-2 Big West) W 4-3, W 3-1, L 2-0

13. Clemson (21-7, 7-5 ACC-A) This week (4): at Georgia (17-12, 4-5 SEC-E) 4/5; at Duke (14-14, 4-8 ACC-C) 4/8-10
(LW – 15) Last week (4-1): vs. Furman (11-16, 3-3 Southern) W 9-7; at Western Carolina (14-13, 5-1 Southern) 10-8; vs. Pittsburgh (13-11, 5-7 ACC-C) W 14-6, L 15-5, W 4-3

14. Mississippi (21-7, 3-6 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. #22 Southern Mississippi (22-7, 8-1 C-USA) 4/5 *at Pearl, MS*; vs. Arkansas (19-9, 4-5 SEC-W) 4/8-10
(LW – 14) Last week (1-2): at Memphis (10-17, 1-12 AAC) PPD; at #11 Mississippi State (20-8, 6-3 SEC-W) L 3-1, L 6-2, W 8-5

15. South Alabama (21-7, 12-0 Sun Belt) This week (5): at Alabama State (19-12, 12-0 SWAC-E) 4/5; vs. New Orleans (18-10, 4-5 Southland) 4/6; vs. Arkansas State (13-14, 4-8 Sun Belt) 4/8-10
(LW – 18) Last week (3-1): vs. Nicholls State (12-17, 3-9 Southland) L 5-4; vs. Louisiana-Monroe (10-18, 2-7 Sun Belt) W 13-0, W 10-4, W 12-2 (8)

16. LSU (18-9, 4-5 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Southern (8-17, 3-8 SWAC-W) 4/5; vs. #4 Vanderbilt (23-5, 6-3 SEC-E) 4/7-9
(LW – 17) Last week (2-2): vs. Tulane (19-8, 1-1 AAC) L 7-1; at Auburn (13-15, 2-7 SEC-W) L 8-5, W 8-6, W 10-5

17. California (18-6, 7-2 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. Stanford (14-8, 4-2 PAC-12) 4/5; vs. Oregon (11-11, 2-4 PAC-12) 4/8-10
(LW – NR) Last week (4-0): vs. San Francisco (9-21, 4-5 WCC) W 7-5; vs. UCLA (12-13, 4-5 PAC-12) W 9-1, W 8-2, W 5-3

18. BYU (23-3, 7-2 WCC) This week (4): vs. Arizona (17-11, 3-6 PAC-12) 4/4; vs. San Diego (16-14, 4-5 WCC) 4/7-9
(LW – 21) Last week (3-0): at Portland (13-15, 1-5 WCC) W 8-2, W 4-1, W 5-3

19. Oregon State (19-7, 5-4 PAC-12) This week (3): vs. Central Arkansas (12-14, 5-7 Southland) 4/8-10
(LW – 12) Last week (3-2): vs. San Diego State (6-19, 2-7 MWC) L 6-5, W 9-6; vs. Washington (14-10, 5-4 PAC-12) W 10-1, W 5-4, L 3-2 (12)

20. College of Charleston (20-8, 5-1 Colonial) This week (4): vs. Georgia Southern (15-12, 6-6 Sun Belt) 4/5; vs. #12 UC Santa Barbara (20-6, 2-1 Big West) 4/8-10
(LW – 22) Last week (3-1): at #4 South Carolina (24-5, 7-2 SEC-E) W 6-5 (13); at Elon (10-17, 2-6 Colonial) L 9-6, W 6-2, W 11-6

21. North Carolina State (19-9, 5-5 ACC-A) This week (3): vs. Charlotte (12-16, 3-6 C-USA) 4/6; vs. Wake Forest (18-12, 5-7 ACC-A) 4/8-9
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): at Charlotte (12-16, 3-6 C-USA) W 7-1; at #16 Virginia (18-11, 6-6 ACC-C) W 8-7, L 5-3, W 5-2

22. Southern Mississippi (22-7, 8-1 C-USA) This week (4): vs. #14 Mississippi (21-7, 3-6 SEC-W) 4/5 *at Pearl, MS*; vs. Middle Tennessee State (13-15, 2-7 C-USA) 4/8-10
(LW – 23) Last week (3-1): vs. #11 Mississippi State (20-8, 6-3 SEC-W) L 13-5; at Charlotte (12-16, 3-6 C-USA) W 9-6, W 9-1, W 16-6

23. Rice (17-10, 7-2 C-USA) This week (4): vs. #7 Texas A&M (22-6, 4-5 SEC-W) 4/5; vs. UAB (11-16, 3-5 C-USA) 4/8-10
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): vs. Sam Houston State (16-13, 9-3 Southland) W 5-3; at Middle Tennessee State (13-15, 2-7 C-USA) L 3-0, W 1-0, W 6-2

24. Oklahoma State (19-9, 4-2 Big 12) This week (3): vs. Texas Tech (20-8, 8-1 Big 12) 4/8-10
(LW – 19) Last week (2-2): vs. #20 Arkansas (19-9, 4-5 SEC-W) W 5-4; at West Virginia (14-11, 4-4 Big 12) L 5-4, L 4-3, W 8-1

25. Missouri State (22-5, 0-0 MVC) This week (5): vs. St. Louis (15-13, 6-0 Atlantic 10) 4/5; vs. Kansas (10-15, 1-4 Big 12) 4/6; at Bradley (13-9, 0-0 MVC) 4/8-10
(LW – 24) Last week (3-1): at Kansas (10-15, 1-4 Big 12) L 2-1; vs. Central Michigan (5-23, 1-2 MAC-W) W 2-0, W 9-1, W 7-1

Dropped From Rankings: #16 Virginia, #20 Arkansas, #25 Alabama

Also Receiving Consideration:

East Carolina (19-9, 2-1 AAC), Georgia Tech (20-7, 6-6 ACC-C), Michigan (20-5, 3-0 Big Ten), Michigan State (19-4, 3-0 Big Ten), Coastal Carolina (20-9, 5-1 Big South), Southeast Missouri State (20-8, 12-0 OVC), Kentucky (20-8, 6-3 SEC-E), UNC Greensboro (23-6, 3-0 Southern), Lamar (20-7, 7-2 Southland), Gonzaga (16-10, 6-3 WCC)

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