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College Baseball 2016 Week 10 (April 18 – April 24) Top-25

April 18, 2016
Junior LHP Danny Garcia tossed seven innings of shutout ball on Sunday to lead #1 Miami over Duke 9-0 in Durham, NC. (photo courtesy of hurricanesports.com)

Junior LHP Danny Garcia tossed seven innings of shutout ball on Sunday to lead #1 Miami over Duke 9-0 in Durham, NC. (photo courtesy of hurricanesports.com)

Miami-Florida remains atop the college baseball world as conference tournaments approach in, just, over a month. The Hurricanes notched a 4-1 week, with the only blemish being a 12-5 loss at Duke on Saturday that snapped their 12-game winning streak. Florida advances a pair of spots to the bridesmaid’s position after sweeping Arkansas and handling #5 Florida State with ease in a mid-week contest. Texas A&M moves up three spots to third after a 4-0 week, capped by a sweep of #3 Mississippi State in Starkville. Vanderbilt rejoins the top five with a three-spot climb to fourth, following winning their weekend series vs. #22 Kentucky and a win over Middle Tennessee State. Rounding out the top five is Louisville, who defeated Western Kentucky and #22 Kentucky in mid-week games before humiliating #17 Clemson in an easy three-game sweep.

Mississippi State, who took two of three at Florida last weekend, who swept Texas A&M 15 days ago, were swept by the Aggies in Starkville to drop to 6th, proving, once again, that it’s, nearly, impossible to accurately predict how the top half of the SEC will shake out on a weekly basis. Following a 7-0 mid-week loss to McNeese State, LSU won four in a row, including a sweep of Missouri in Columbia, to rise three notches to 7th. Texas Tech remains the hottest team in the nation after a 5-0 week to vault seven spots to 8th, North Carolina State’s 4-1 week moves the Wolfpack from 13th to 9th and UC Santa Barbara cracks the top-ten, once again, after sweeping a tight series with Big West cellar dweller Cal State Northridge.

East Carolina and Louisiana-Lafayette return to the rankings this week, respectively, in 19th & 20th, while Minnesota (#21) and Creighton (#25) make their 2016 debuts. Falling out of the top-25 this week are Oregon State (#16), Florida Atlantic (#21), BYU (#23) and College of Charleston (#24).

1. Miami-FL (29-5, 13-3 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Florida Atlantic (25-8, 11-4 C-USA) 4/20; vs. Virginia (23-15, 9-9 ACC-C) 4/22-24
(LW – 1) Last week (4-1): vs. Nova Southeastern (28-12, 14-4 SSC-D2) W 8-3; vs. Central Florida (20-18, 5-4 AAC) W 8-4; at Duke (20-17, 7-11 ACC-C) W 14-2, L 12-5, W 9-0

2. Florida (33-5, 11-4 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Jacksonville (22-13, 4-2 Atlantic Sun) 4/19; vs. Georgia (20-17, 6-9 SEC-E) 4/21-23
(LW – 4) Last week (4-0): at #5 Florida State (23-11, 10-4 ACC-A) W 8-2; at Arkansas (21-15, 4-10 SEC-W) W 12-8, W 9-2, W 8-2

3. Texas A&M (29-7, 10-5 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Texas State (21-16, 9-6 Sun Belt) 4/19; vs. Alabama (22-14, 8-7 SEC-W) 4/22-24
(LW – 6) Last week (4-0): vs. Abilene Christian (13-21, 5-10 Southland) W 10-4; at #3 Mississippi State (24-12, 8-7 SEC-W) W 10-3, W 10-6, W 10-5

4. Vanderbilt (28-8, 9-6 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Central Arkansas (15-19, 6-9 Southland) 4/19; at Tennessee (20-16, 4-11 SEC-E) 4/22-24
(LW – 7) Last week (3-1): vs. Middle Tennessee State (16-20, 4-11 C-USA) W 7-4; vs. #22 Kentucky (23-12, 9-6 SEC-E) W 3-0, W 3-2, L 3-0

5. Louisville (29-7, 13-5 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. #23 Kentucky (23-12, 9-6 SEC-E) 4/19; at Boston College (18-14, 5-11 ACC-A) 4/22-24
(LW – 8) Last week (5-0): vs. Western Kentucky (18-17, 6-9 C-USA) W 14-2; at #22 Kentucky (23-12, 9-6 SEC-E) W 9-6; vs. #17 Clemson (24-12, 8-10 ACC-A) W 15-2, W 7-2, W 9-8

6. Mississippi State (24-12, 8-7 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Louisiana-Monroe (15-21, 6-9 Sun Belt) *at Biloxi, MS* 4/20; at #7 LSU (25-11, 9-6 SEC-W) 4/22-24
(LW – 3) Last week (1-3): vs. Memphis (13-23, 4-5 AAC) W 11-1; vs. #6 Texas A&M (29-7, 10-5 SEC-W) L 10-3, L 10-6, L 10-5

7. LSU (25-11, 9-6 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Southeastern Louisiana (26-11, 13-2 Southland) 4/20; vs. #6 Mississippi State (24-12, 8-7 SEC-W) 4/22-24
(LW – 10) Last week (4-1): vs. McNeese State (22-12, 12-6 Southland) L 7-0; vs. Grambling State (18-17, 11-4 SWAC-W) W 14-11; at Missouri (20-18, 4-11 SEC-E) W 7-5, W 9-5, W 15-2

8. Texas Tech (29-9, 11-1 Big 12) This week (5): at New Mexico (26-11, 14-4 MWC) 4/19-20; vs. Texas (16-20, 7-5 Big 12) 4/22-24
(LW – 15) Last week (5-0): vs. Sam Houston State (21-16, 14-4 Southland) W 20-3, W 8-6; vs. San Diego State (10-23, 4-8 MWC) W 3-1, W 10-0, W 7-2

9. North Carolina State (26-10, 10-6 ACC-A) This week (4): at #19 East Carolina (23-12, 5-4 AAC) 4/19; vs. North Carolina A&T (9-30, 3-12 MEAC-S) 4/22-24
(LW – 13) Last week (4-1): vs. Wake Forest (22-17, 6-11 ACC-A) W 6-1; at Elon (15-21, 7-7 Colonial) W 23-3; at Georgia Tech (24-11, 8-9 ACC-C) W 8-3, W 15-6, L 16-7

10. UC Santa Barbara (24-7, 5-1 Big West) This week (4): vs. Nevada (15-18, 6-7 MWC) 4/18; at Cal Poly (21-13, 4-2 Big West) 4/22-24
(LW – 12) Last week (3-0): vs. Cal State Northridge (22-13, 1-8 Big West) W 1-0, W 5-4, W 8-2

11. South Carolina (29-8, 11-4 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Furman (15-20, 4-5 Southern) *at Greenville, SC* 4/20; vs. Missouri (20-18, 4-11 SEC-E) 4/22-24
(LW – 2) Last week (1-3): vs. #14 North Carolina (25-11, 9-9 ACC-C) *at Charlotte, NC* L 15-0; at Georgia (20-17, 6-9 SEC-E) W 3-1, L 13-4, L 5-3

12. TCU (27-8, 9-3 Big 12) This week (4): at Abilene Christian (13-21, 5-10 Southland) 4/19; at Oklahoma State (22-13, 7-5 Big 12) 4/22-24
(LW – 18) Last week (3-1): vs. Dallas Baptist (23-11, 4-1 MVC) L 9-1; vs. Oklahoma (18-18, 4-8 Big 12) W 11-3, W 12-2 (7), W 2-0

13. Florida State (23-11, 10-4 ACC-A) This week (5): vs. Stetson (17-18, 1-5 Atlantic Sun) 4/19-20; vs. Notre Dame (21-12, 9-7 ACC-A) 4/22-24
(LW – 5) Last week (1-3): vs. #4 Florida (33-5, 11-4 SEC-E) L 8-2; at Wake Forest (22-17, 7-11 ACC-A) L 9-0, W 13-8, L 4-2

14. Rice (24-11, 12-3 C-USA) This week (3): at #24 Southern Mississippi (27-10, 12-3 C-USA) 4/22-24
(LW – 20) Last week (4-0): at Texas State (21-16, 9-6 Sun Belt) W 3-1; vs. Western Kentucky (18-17, 6-9 C-USA) W 9-3, W 5-2, W 3-2

15. Mississippi (26-10, 7-8 SEC-W) This week (5): at Memphis (13-23, 4-5 AAC) 4/19; vs. Murray State (17-20, 6-9 OVC) 4/20; vs. Auburn (17-19, 5-10 SEC-W) 4/22-24
(LW – 9) Last week (1-3): vs. #19 Southern Mississippi (27-10, 12-3 C-USA) L 5-1; at Alabama (22-14, 8-7 SEC-W) W 4-0, L 2-0, L 7-2

16. North Carolina (25-11, 9-9 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. #17 Coastal Carolina (27-10, 11-1 Big South) 4/19; vs. William & Mary (17-18, 6-5 Colonial) 4/20; at Wake Forest (22-17, 6-11 ACC-A) 4/22-24
(LW – 14) Last week (2-2): vs. #2 South Carolina (29-8, 11-4 SEC-E) *at Charlotte, NC* W 15-0; at Virginia (23-15, 9-9 ACC-C) L 7-4, W 8-1, L 15-9

17. Coastal Carolina (27-10, 11-1 Big South) This week (5): at #16 North Carolina (25-11, 9-9 ACC-C) 4/19; vs. College of Charleston (21-14, 5-4 Colonial) 4/20; vs. High Point (23-13, 8-4 Big South) 4/22-24
(LW – 25) Last week (4-0): vs. #24 College of Charleston (21-14, 5-4 Colonial) W 5-3; vs. Presbyterian (18-17, 5-7 Big South) W 5-2, W 4-2, W 12-3

18. South Alabama (27-10, 16-2 Sun Belt) This week (4): at Alabama (22-14, 8-7 SEC-W) 4/20; vs. Southern (11-21, 6-11 SWAC-W) 4/22-24
(LW – 11) Last week (2-2): vs. Southeastern Louisiana (26-11, 13-2 Southland) W 2-1; at Appalachian State (10-26, 5-13 Sun Belt) L 4-3, W 8-1, L 4-3

19. East Carolina (23-12, 5-4 AAC) This week (5): vs. #9 North Carolina State (26-10, 10-6 ACC-A) 4/19; at High Point (23-13, 8-4 Big South) 4/20; vs. Connecticut (19-15, 5-3 AAC) 4/22-24
(LW – NR) Last week (2-1): at UNC Wilmington (23-9, 5-2 Colonial) PPD; at Memphis (13-23, 4-5 AAC) W 8-1, W 8-2, L 5-4

20. Louisiana-Lafayette (24-12, 10-5 Sun Belt) This week (5): vs. Nicholls State (16-21, 7-11 Southland) 4/19; vs. McNeese State (22-12, 12-6 Southland) 4/20; vs. Texas State (21-16, 9-6 Sun Belt) 4/22-24
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): vs. Tulane (22-13, 4-4 AAC) W 9-2; at New Orleans (20-15, 6-9 Southland) PPD; vs./at/at Southeastern Louisiana (26-11, 13-2 Southland) W 4-1, L 16-5, W 5-4

21. Minnesota (21-11, 6-2 Big Ten) This week (4): vs. North Dakota State (17-16, 5-10 Summit) 4/19; at Northwestern (9-27, 2-10 Big Ten) 4/22-24
(LW – NR) Last week (3-1): vs. South Dakota State (13-22, 9-6 Summit) W 7-3; vs. Maryland (19-17, 5-4 Big Ten) W 9-5, L 4-2; W 6-4

22. Clemson (24-12, 8-10 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Georgia (20-17, 6-9 SEC-E) 4/19; vs. Georgia Tech (24-11, 8-9 ACC-C) 4/22-24
(LW – 17) Last week (1-3): vs. Western Carolina (19-15, 10-2 Southern) W 7-6 (10); at #8 Louisville (29-7, 13-5 ACC-C) L 15-2, L 7-2, L 9-8

23. Kentucky (23-12, 9-6 SEC-E) This week (4): at #5 Louisville (29-7, 13-5 ACC-A) 4/19; vs. Arkansas (21-15, 4-11 SEC-W) 4/21-23
(LW – 22) Last week (1-3): vs. Eastern Kentucky (17-19, 7-8 OVC) PPD; vs. #8 Louisville (29-7, 13-5 ACC-A) L 9-6; at #7 Vanderbilt (28-8, 9-6 SEC-E) L 3-0, L 3-2, W 3-0

24. Southern Mississippi (27-10, 12-3 C-USA) This week (4): at Tulane (22-13, 4-4 AAC) 4/19; vs. #14 Rice (24-11, 12-3 C-USA) 4/22-24
(LW – 19) Last week (2-2): at #9 Mississippi (26-10, 7-8 SEC-W) W 5-1; at UAB (14-22, 6-9 C-USA) L 5-3, L 8-7, W 11-0 (7)

25. Creighton (25-7, 5-1 Big East) This week (4): at Arkansas (21-15, 4-11 SEC-W) 4/19; at BYU (27-7, 10-5 WCC) 4/22-23
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): vs. Nebraska (22-14, 7-5 Big Ten) W 4-3; vs. South Dakota State (13-22, 9-6 Summit) W 6-5; vs. Butler (9-26, 1-5 Big East) W 2-1, W 6-4, W 4-3 (10)

Dropped From Rankings: #16 Oregon State, #21 Florida Atlantic, #23 BYU, #24 College of Charleston

Also Receiving Consideration:

Georgia Tech (24-11, 8-9 ACC-C), Virginia (23-15, 9-9 ACC-C), Michigan (25-9, 6-2 Big Ten), Michigan State (25-7, 7-2 Big Ten), Cal State Fullerton (21-13, 7-2 Big West), Florida Atlantic (25-8, 11-4 C-USA), Bryant (24-7, 13-1 Northeast), California (21-11, 9-6 PAC-12), Oregon State (23-9, 6-6 PAC-12), BYU (27-7, 10-5 WCC)

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