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College Baseball 2016 Week 9 (April 11 – April 17) Top-25

April 11, 2016
After battling Mother Nature for three days, Miami-Florida takes the top spot after sophomore LHP Michael Mediavilla's brilliant outing in a 10-2 win at Notre Dame. (photo courtesy of hurricanesports.com)

Sophomore LHP Michael Mediavilla’s brilliant outing led Miami-Florida to a 10-2 win at Notre Dame on Sunday and into the top spot in this week’s College Baseball Top-25 rankings. (photo courtesy of hurricanesports.com)

For the first time in 2016, there is a new team atop the top-25 rankings, after a turbulent week in college baseball. Miami takes the reins following a battle with Mother Nature that forced the cancellation of two of their three games at Notre Dame. When the inclement weather allowed baseball to be played in South Bend, the Hurricanes hammered the hosts 10-2 to finish the week 2-0, as Jim Morris’ squad opened their week with a 4-0 shutout of Florida Gulf Coast 4-0 on Wednesday. South Carolina swept their way to a 4-0 week to move up four spots to second. The Gamecocks edged Coastal Carolina 4-2 before sweeping Tennessee at Founders Park in Columbia. Mississippi State vaults six spots to third after taking two of three contests against top-ranked Florida at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville to cap a 3-1 week. Meanwhile, the Gators dropped three positions to fourth after their 2-2 week. Rounding out the top-five is Florida State, who inches up a spot to fifth. The Seminoles split a mid-week series with Texas Tech, arguably, the hottest team in the nation and won their weekend series against Louisville, ranked third last week.

Despite a mid-week loss to in-state rival Rice, Texas A&M takes sixth with an easy sweep of SEC foe Georgia, Vanderbilt slides back three spots to seventh with a 2-2 week, which included a series loss at LSU, and Louisville retreats five positions to eighth after a 2-2 campaign. Mississippi appears to be back on track, logging a 4-0 week with a mid-week victory over #22 Southern Mississippi and a three-game sweep of Arkansas at Swayze Field to propel the Rebels to ninth and LSU returns to the top ten with a 3-1 week, bolstered by the series win over Vanderbilt.

Entering the top-25 this week are Texas Tech, Kentucky and Coastal Carolina. The Red Raiders, after splitting a pair of games at Florida State, demolished Oklahoma State, sweeping the Cowboys by a combined score of 28-8 at Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater to enter the rankings at #15. The Wildcats debut at #22 after winning their weekend series over Alabama and Coastal Carolina re-enters the top-25 in the final spot with an easy three-game sweep at Radford on the heels of a tough loss at South Carolina.

Dropping out of the top-25 this week are #17 California, #24 Oklahoma State and #25 Missouri State.

1. Miami-FL (25-4, 11-2 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. Nova Southeastern (25-11, 11-4 SSC-D2) 4/12; vs. Central Florida (18-16, 3-3 AAC) 4/13; at Duke (17-15, 6-9 ACC-C) 4/15-17
(LW – 2) Last week (2-0): at Florida Gulf Coast (15-17, 2-1 Atlantic Sun) W 4-0; at Notre Dame (16-12, 6-7 ACC-A) CCD, CCD, W 10-2

2. South Carolina (28-5, 10-2 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. #14 North Carolina (23-9, 8-7 ACC-C) *at Charlotte, NC* 4/12; at Georgia (17-16, 4-8 SEC-E) 4/15-17
(LW – 6) Last week (4-0): vs. Coastal Carolina (23-10, 8-1 Big South) W 4-2; vs. Tennessee (18-14, 3-9 SEC-E) W 7-6, W 7-4, W 4-3

3. Mississippi State (23-9, 8-4 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Memphis (12-19, 3-3 AAC) 4/13; vs. #6 Texas A&M (25-7, 7-5 SEC-W) 4/15-17
(LW – 9) Last week (3-1): vs. Tennessee-Martin (8-24, 3-12 OVC) W 14-0; at #1 Florida (29-5, 8-4 SEC-E) L 8-2, W 10-4, W 2-1

4. Florida (29-5, 8-4 SEC-E) This week (4): at #5 Florida State (22-8, 9-2 ACC-A) 4/12; at Arkansas (20-12, 4-8 SEC-W) 4/14-16
(LW – 1) Last week (2-2): vs. Jacksonville (19-12, 2-1 Atlantic Sun) W 7-2; vs. #9 Mississippi State (23-9, 8-4 SEC-W) W 8-2, L 10-4, L 2-1

5. Florida State (22-8, 9-2 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. #4 Florida (29-5, 8-4 SEC-E) 4/12; at Wake Forest (19-14, 5-9 ACC-A) 4/15-17
(LW – 5) Last week (3-2): vs. Texas Tech (24-9, 11-1 Big 12) W 10-1, L 8-4; vs. #3 Louisville (24-7, 10-5 ACC-A) W 12-7, L 7-1 W 16-5

6. Texas A&M (25-7, 7-5 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Abilene Christian (11-19, 3-9 Southland) 4/12; at #9 Mississippi State (23-9, 8-4 SEC-W) 4/15-17
(LW – 7) Last week (3-1): at #23 Rice (20-11, 9-3 C-USA) L 4-3; vs. Georgia (17-16, 4-8 SEC-E) W 5-0, W 15-1, W 10-2

7. Vanderbilt (25-7, 7-5 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Middle Tennessee State (14-18, 2-10 C-USA) 4/12; vs. #22 Kentucky (22-9, 8-4 SEC-E) 4/15-17
(LW – 4) Last week (2-2): vs. Lipscomb (18-14, 2-1 Atlantic Sun) W 4-3; at #16 LSU (21-10, 6-6 SEC-W) L 13-4, L 3-2, W 9-7

8. Louisville (24-7, 10-5 ACC-A) This week (5): vs. Western Kentucky (18-13, 6-6 C-USA) 4/12; at #22 Kentucky (22-9, 8-4 SEC-E) 4/13; vs. #17 Clemson (23-9, 8-7 ACC-A) 4/15-17
(LW – 3) Last week (2-2): vs. Virginia Tech (11-22, 2-13 ACC-C) W 9-3; at Kentucky (22-9, 8-4 SEC-E) PPD; at #5 Florida State (22-8, 9-2 ACC-A) L 12-7, W 7-1, L 16-5

9. Mississippi (25-7, 6-6 SEC-W) This week (4): vs #19 Southern Mississippi (25-8, 11-1 C-USA) 4/13; at Alabama (19-13, 6-6 SEC-W) 4/15-17
(LW – 14) Last week (4-0): vs. #22 Southern Mississippi (25-8, 11-1 C-USA) W 6-2 *at Pearl, MS*; vs. Arkansas (20-12, 4-8 SEC-W) W 7-3, W 14-9, W 8-7

10. LSU (21-10, 6-6 SEC-W) This week (5): vs. McNeese State (18-11, 10-5 Southland) 4/12; vs. Grambling State (15-16, 11-4 SWAC-W) 4/13; at Missouri (20-14, 4-8 SEC-E) 4/15-17
(LW – 16) Last week (3-1): vs. Southern (8-21, 3-11 SWAC-W) W 11-1; vs. #4 Vanderbilt (25-7, 7-5 SEC-E) W 13-4, W 3-2, L 9-7

11. South Alabama (25-8, 15-0 Sun Belt) This week (4): vs. Southeastern Louisiana (25-8, 13-2 Southland) 4/12; at Appalachian State (8-23, 3-11 Sun Belt) 4/15-17
(LW – 15) Last week (4-1): at Alabama State (23-12, 15-0 SWAC-E) L 12-7; vs. New Orleans (18-14, 4-8 Southland) W 12-3; vs. Arkansas State (13-18, 4-11 Sun Belt) W 8-2, W 12-7, W 3-2

12. UC Santa Barbara (21-7, 2-1 Big West) This week (3): vs. Cal State Northridge (21-10, 0-5 Big West) 4/15-17
(LW – 12) Last week (1-1): at #20 College of Charleston (21-10, 5-1 Colonial) W 7-4, L 10-3, T 6-6

13. North Carolina State (22-9, 7-5 ACC-A) This week (5): vs. Wake Forest (19-14, 5-9 ACC-A) 4/11; at Elon (12-20, 4-7 Colonial) 4/12; at Georgia Tech (23-8, 7-7 ACC-C) 4/15-17
(LW – 21) Last week (3-0): vs. Charlotte (15-18, 5-7 C-USA) W 7-3; vs. Wake Forest (19-14, 5-9 ACC-A) W 11-7, W 3-2 (10)

14. North Carolina (23-9, 8-7 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. #2 South Carolina (28-5, 10-2 SEC-E) *at Charlotte, NC* 4/12; at Virginia (20-14, 7-8 ACC-C) 4/15-17
(LW – 10) Last week (3-2): vs. High Point (22-10, 7-2 Big South) W 8-1; vs. UNC Asheville (9-24, 2-7 Big South) L 3-2; vs. Virginia Tech (11-22, 2-13 ACC-C) W 6-0, W 4-1, L 4-3

15. Texas Tech (24-9, 11-1 Big 12) This week (5): vs. Sam Houston State (18-14. 11-4 Southland) 4/12-13; vs. San Diego State (9-20, 4-8 MWC) 4/15-17
(LW – NR) Last week (4-1): at #5 Florida State (22-8, 9-2 ACC-A) L 10-1, W 8-4; at #24 Oklahoma State (19-12, 4-5 Big 12) W 5-1, W 8-2, W 15-5 (7)

16. Oregon State (22-7, 5-4 PAC-12) This week (4): vs. Portland (13-19, 1-8 WCC) 4/12; at Washington State (10-19, 3-9 PAC-12) 4/14-16
(LW – 19) Last week (3-0): vs. Central Arkansas (13-17, 5-7 Southland) W 6-2, W 6-2, W 7-1

17. Clemson (23-9, 8-7 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Western Carolina (17-13, 8-1 Southern) 4/12; at #8 Louisville (24-7, 10-5 ACC-C) 4/15-17
(LW – 13) Last week (2-2): at Georgia (17-16, 4-8 SEC-E) W 11-6; at Duke (17-15, 6-9 ACC-C) L 5-3, W 3-2, L 2-1

18. TCU (24-7, 6-3 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Dallas Baptist (20-10, 2-0 MVC) 4/12; vs. Oklahoma (17-15, 4-5 Big 12) 4/15-17
(LW – 8) Last week (2-2): vs. UT Arlington (18-15, 5-7 Sun Belt) L 4-3; at Kansas (12-18, 2-6 Big 12) L 4-3, W 8-0, W 14-6

19. Southern Mississippi (25-8, 11-1 C-USA) This week (4): at #9 Mississippi (25-7, 6-6 SEC-W) 4/13; at UAB (12-20, 4-8 C-USA) 4/15-17
(LW – 22) Last week (3-1): vs. #14 Mississippi (25-7, 6-6 SEC-W) L 6-2 *at Pearl, MS*; vs. Middle Tennessee State (14-18, 2-10 C-USA) W 6-4, W 9-5, W 12-11

20. Rice (20-11, 9-3 C-USA) This week (4): at Texas State (21-12, 9-3 Sun Belt) 4/12; vs. Western Kentucky (18-13, 6-6 C-USA) 4/15-17
(LW – 23) Last week (3-1): vs. #7 Texas A&M (25-7, 7-5 SEC-W) W 4-3; vs. UAB (12-20, 4-8 C-USA) W 7-3, L 6-2, W 3-0

21. Florida Atlantic (23-6, 9-3 C-USA) This week (4): at Florida Gulf Coast (15-17, 2-1 Atlantic Sun) 4/12; at Marshall (17-13, 7-5 C-USA) 4/15-17
(LW – 11) Last week (2-2): at Central Florida (18-16, 3-3 AAC) W 5-0 (11); vs. Charlotte (15-18, 5-7 C-USA) L 12-7, W 17-8, L 7-6 (13)

22. Kentucky (22-9, 8-4 SEC-E) This week (5): vs. Eastern Kentucky (15-17, 5-7 OVC) 4/12; vs. #8 Louisville (24-7, 10-5 ACC-A) 4/13; at #7 Vanderbilt (25-7, 7-5 SEC-E) 4/15-17
(LW – NR) Last week (2-1): vs. #3 Louisville (24-7, 10-5 ACC-A) PPD; vs. Alabama (19-13, 6-6 SEC-W) W 3-2, W 6-2, L 2-1

23. BYU (25-5, 9-3 WCC) This week (4): vs. Utah (11-17, 8-4 PAC-12) 4/12; at St. Mary’s (18-11, 8-4 WCC) 4/14-16
(LW – 18) Last week (2-2): vs. Arizona (20-12, 5-7 PAC-12) L 11-5; vs. San Diego (17-17, 5-7 WCC) W 12-2, W 13-1, L 13-7

24. College of Charleston (21-10, 5-1 Colonial) This week (4): at #25 Coastal Carolina (23-10, 8-1 Big South) 4/12; at Hofstra (8-24, 1-7 Colonial) 4/15-17
(LW – 20) Last week (1-2): vs. Georgia Southern (18-14, 7-8 Sun Belt) L 13-10; vs. #12 UC Santa Barbara (21-7, 2-1 Big West) L 7-4, W 10-3, T 6-6

25. Coastal Carolina (23-10, 8-1 Big South) This week (4): vs. #24 College of Charleston (21-10, 5-1 Colonial) 4/12; vs. Presbyterian (18-13, 5-4 Big South) 4/15-17
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): at #6 South Carolina (28-5, 10-2 SEC-E) L 4-2; at Radford (8-24, 3-6 Big South) W 13-6, W 7-4, W 7-2

Dropped From Rankings: #17 California, #24 Oklahoma State, #25 Missouri State

Also Receiving Consideration:

East Carolina (21-11, 3-3 AAC), Georgia Tech (23-8, 7-7 ACC-C), Michigan State (21-6, 5-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (18-10, 4-1 Big Ten), Oklahoma State (19-12, 4-5 Big 12), Creighton (20-7, 2-1 Big East), Old Dominion (23-10, 6-6 C-USA), Bryant (20-6, 9-1 Northeast), California (19-9, 8-4 PAC-12), Louisiana-Lafayette (21-11, 10-5 Sun Belt)

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