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College Baseball 2016 Week 13 (May 9 – May 15) Top-25

May 9, 2016
Texas A&M senior RHP Kyle Simonds celebrates after tossing a no-hitter vs. #8 Vanderbilt on Saturday at Blue Bell Park in College Station, TX. (photo courtesy of Thomas Campbell/Texas A&M Athletics)

Texas A&M senior RHP Kyle Simonds celebrates after tossing a no-hitter vs. #8 Vanderbilt on Saturday at Blue Bell Park in College Station, TX. (photo courtesy of Thomas Campbell/Texas A&M Athletics)

We’re three weeks away from Selection Monday and Florida leads the pack, once again, in this week’s college baseball top-25 rankings. The Gators took a Saturday loss at Tennessee, but remains ahead of the field after a 3-1 week. Texas A&M took two of three from Vanderbilt to remain in second and had a little bit of history on the field Saturday, as senior RHP Kyle Simonds tossed the 11th no-hitter in Aggies history to cap the series win over last season’s national runners-up. Miami-Florida defeated Florida Atlantic before splitting the first two games of a Saturday/Sunday/Monday series at Georgia Tech to remain third, and is the top-ranked ACC team. Mississippi State breezed past Missouri for a three-game sweep in Starkville to retain fourth and Louisville moves into the top-five, advancing two spots, after a 3-1 week that included a mid-week victory over Cincinnati and a series win at Boshamer Stadium over host North Carolina.

Florida State leapfrogs three places to sixth, despite a Monday loss to resurgent Clemson, after wiping out non-conference opponent Bowling Green State, South Carolina falls two spots to seventh following a heart-breaking series loss at Kentucky, North Carolina State slips a pair of notches to eighth following their series loss at Clemson, Texas Tech swept Kansas to move up two places to ninth and Mississippi, again, rounds out the top-ten after a 3-1 week.

Clemson returns to the rankings after a long absence, vaulting to 18th, Tulane makes their 2016 debut in 20th while Michigan and Southern Mississippi re-enter the top-25, at 23rd and 24th, respectively. These four teams replace South Alabama, Wake Forest, Creighton and Bryant who, despite decent weeks, succumbed to a numbers game, as teams 19 through 30 are, closely, bunched together.

Series to watch this week include #1 Florida at #11 Vanderbilt, #2 Texas A&M at #7 South Carolina, #5 Louisville hosting #8 North Carolina State and #22 Louisiana-Lafayette at South Alabama. Also, #21 UC Santa Barbara hosts Cal State Fullerton in a pivotal Big West matchup. The Gauchos, who have been in consideration for a national seed, trail the Titans by three games in the conference standings as the Big West, along with the PAC-12 and Ivy League, do not host a conference tournament. Speaking of the PAC-12, while Washington holds a slim lead over Arizona, nine teams are 3.5 or less games behind the Huskies with most of the squads, still, looking at three conference series on the upcoming schedule.

1. Florida (40-8, 16-7 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. South Florida (21-26, 6-12 AAC) 5/10; vs #11 Vanderbilt (36-12, 14-10 SEC-E) 5/13-15
(LW – 1) Last week (3-1): vs. Bethune-Cookman (23-23, 15-6 MEAC-S) W 7-1; at Tennessee (25-23, 7-17 SEC-E) W 7-2, L 5-2, W 9-3

2. Texas A&M (37-10, 16-8 SEC-W) This week (3): at #7 South Carolina (36-11, 16-7 SEC-E) 5/13-15
(LW – 2) Last week (2-1): vs. Incarnate Word (12-35, 5-19 Southland) CCD; vs. #8 Vanderbilt (36-12, 14-10 SEC-E) W 1-0, L 6-1, W 3-0

3. Miami-FL (35-9, 15-6 ACC-C) This week (5): at #17 Georgia Tech (31-15, 11-11 ACC-C) 5/9; vs. Bethune-Cookman (23-23, 15-6 MEAC-S) 5/10; vs. Pittsburgh (24-19, 10-13 ACC-C) 5/13-15
(LW – 3) Last week (2-1): vs. Florida Atlantic (33-13, 17-7 C-USA) W 5-2; at #19 Georgia Tech (31-15, 11-11 ACC-C) L 12-1, W 12-2

4. Mississippi State (33-14, 15-9 SEC-W) This week (4): at Troy (27-21, 12-12 Sun Belt) 5/11; at Auburn (21-26, 8-16 SEC-W) 5/13-15
(LW – 4) Last week (3-0): vs. Missouri (24-25, 7-17, SEC-E) W 8-2, W 4-3, W 3-1

5. Louisville (38-10, 16-8 ACC-A) This week (4): at #11 Vanderbilt (36-12, 14-10 SEC-E) 5/10; vs. #8 North Carolina State (32-14, 13-9 ACC-A) 5/13-15
(LW – 7) Last week (3-1): vs. Cincinnati (22-25, 10-7 AAC) W 7-1; at North Carolina (30-17, 10-14 ACC-C) W 6-0, L 3-2 (10), W 10-6

6. Florida State (32-13, 14-6 ACC-A) This week (5): at Jacksonville (28-17, 10-5 Atlantic Sun) 5/10; vs. Florida Gulf Coast (21-25, 7-8 Atlantic Sun) 5/11; at Duke (27-20, 10-14 ACC-C) 5/13-15
(LW – 9) Last week (3-1): at Clemson (31-16, 13-14 ACC-A) L 7-3; at Stetson (24-23, 8-7 Atlantic Sun) PPD; vs. Bowling Green State (16-31, 6-12 MAC-E) W 6-1, W 10-0, W 6-1

7. South Carolina (36-11, 16-7 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Presbyterian (24-23, 10-11 Big South) 5/10; vs. #2 Texas A&M (37-10, 16-8 SEC-W) 5/13-15
(LW – 5) Last week (2-2): vs. South Carolina-Upstate (20-25, 3-11 Atlantic Sun) W 4-1; at Kentucky (29-19, 13-11 SEC-E) W 10-5, L 6-0, L 5-4 (12)

8. North Carolina State (32-14, 13-9 ACC-A) This week (3): at #5 Louisville (38-10, 16-8 ACC-A) 5/13-15
(LW – 6) Last week (1-2): at Clemson (31-16, 13-14 ACC-A) L 10-5, W 20-9, L 2-1

9. Texas Tech (37-13, 17-4 Big 12) This week (1): at Abilene Christian (14-30, 6-18 Southland) 5/10
(LW – 11) Last week (3-0): at Kansas (19-29, 5-12 Big 12) W 10-3, W 9-2, W 6-3

10. Mississippi (36-13, 14-10 SEC-W) This week (3): vs. Kentucky (29-19, 13-11 SEC-E) 5/12-14
(LW – 10) Last week (3-1): vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (20-22, 16-5 SWAC-W) W 12-1; at Georgia (23-25, 8-16 SEC-E) W 6-4, W 7-3, L 13-2

11. Vanderbilt (36-12, 14-10 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. #5 Louisville (38-10, 16-8 ACC-A) 5/10; at #1 Florida (40-8, 16-7 SEC-E) 5/13-15
(LW – 8) Last week (2-2): vs. Western Kentucky (24-24, 10-14 C-USA) W 6-1; at #2 Texas A&M (37-10, 16-8 SEC-W) L 1-0, W 6-1, L 3-0

12. LSU (31-16, 14-10 SEC-W) This week (5): at Notre Dame (26-20, 10-12 ACC-A) 5/10-11; at Tennessee (25-23, 7-17 SEC-E) 5/13-15
(LW – 12) Last week (3-0): vs. Arkansas (26-22, 7-17 SEC-W) W 5-4, W 10-9 (10) W 7-1

13. TCU (33-12, 11-7 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Stephen F. Austin (26-22, 14-13 Southland) 5/10; at Baylor (20-24, 6-12 Big 12) 5/13-15
(LW – 13) Last week (3-0): at Penn State (25-23, 10-8 Big Ten) W 6-2, W 5-4, W 9-5

14. Rice (31-14, 18-6 C-USA) This week (4): vs. Houston (27-19, 8-9 AAC) 5/10; vs. Florida Atlantic (33-13, 17-7 C-USA) 5/13-15
(LW – 15) Last week (4-0): vs. Lamar (31-15, 16-8 Southland) W 7-2; at Florida International (22-27, 9-15 C-USA) W 2-0, W 3-0, W 12-1 (7)

15. Oklahoma State (30-15, 12-6 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Dallas Baptist (32-14, 11-3 MVC) 5/10; vs. Oklahoma (24-23, 9-12 Big 12) 5/13-15
(LW – 17) Last week (2-0): vs. Prairie View A&M (10-32, 5-18 SWAC-W) W 9-0, W 12-0, CCD

16. Virginia (31-17, 14-10 ACC-C) This week (3): vs. #17 Georgia Tech (31-15, 11-11 ACC-C) 5/13-15
(LW – 18) Last week (1-0): at Liberty (22-26, 7-11 Big South) W 7-3

17. Georgia Tech (31-15, 11-11 ACC-C) This week (5): vs. #3 Miami-FL (35-9, 15-6 ACC-C) 5/9; vs. Savannah State (11-37, 6-15 MEAC-S) 5/10; at #16 Virginia (31-17, 14-10 ACC-C) 5/13-15
(LW – 19) Last week (1-1): vs. #3 Miami-FL (35-9, 15-6 ACC-C) W 12-1, L 12-2

18. Clemson (31-16, 13-14 ACC-A) This week (5):  vs. College of Charleston (24-21, 8-10 Colonial) 5/10-11; at Georgia Southern (29-19, 14-13 Sun Belt) 5/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (4-1): vs. #9 Florida State (32-13, 14-6 ACC-A) W 7-3; vs. Furman (22-26, 10-8 Southern) W 7-6; vs. #6 North Carolina State (32-14, 13-9 ACC-A) W 10-5, L 20-9, W 2-1

19. Coastal Carolina (34-14, 16-2 Big South) This week (3): at Charleston Southern (16-29, 4-14 Big South) 5/13-15
(LW – 21) Last week (3-0): at Liberty (22-26, 7-11 Big South) W 14-6, W 12-3, W 17-3

20. Tulane (31-14, 11-5 AAC) This week (5): vs. New Orleans (28-18, 12-12 Southland) 5/10; vs. Southern (12-28, 6-14 SWAC-W) 5/11; vs. Memphis (16-32, 7-11 AAC) 5/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): at South Florida (21-26, 6-12 AAC) W 9-4, W 7-1, W 4-0

21. UC Santa Barbara (31-12, 9-6 Big West) This week (4): vs. Bakersfield (11-34, 6-14 WAC) 5/10; vs. Cal State Fullerton (30-16, 12-3 Big West) 5/13-15
(LW – 14) Last week (2-2): vs. Pepperdine (22-20, 12-9 WCC) W 4-3; at UC Davis (15-26, 4-11 Big West) L 6-2, W 7-3, L 13-3

22. Louisiana-Lafayette (31-17, 16-8 Sun Belt) This week (4): vs. Houston (27-19, 8-9 AAC) 5/11; at South Alabama (36-14, 19-5 Sun Belt) 5/13-15
(LW – 20) Last week (2-1): vs. Appalachian State (15-33, 9-18 Sun Belt) W 7-0, L 6-1, W 4-1

23. Michigan (34-12, 12-5 Big Ten) This week (4): at Central Michigan (14-33, 8-10 MAC-W) 5/11; at Ohio State (31-16, 10-8 Big Ten) 5/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (5-0): vs./at Eastern Michigan (18-27, 9-9 MAC-W) W 12-4, W 12-0; vs. Rutgers (23-25, 6-12 Big Ten) W 14-1, W 13-1, W 12-5

24. Southern Mississippi (34-14, 18-6 C-USA) This week (3): vs. Louisiana Tech (31-14, 15-9 C-USA) 5/13-15
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): vs. Western Kentucky (24-24, 10-14 C-USA) W 12-5, W 3-0, W 13-4

25. UNC Wilmington (33-11, 13-3 Colonial) This week (4): vs. North Carolina (30-17, 10-14 ACC-C) 5/11; at James Madison (18-26, 8-10 Colonial) 5/13-15
(LW – 22) Last week (2-1): vs. College of Charleston (24-21, 8-10 Colonial) W 8-3, W 9-5, L 8-5 (10)

Dropped From Rankings: #16 South Alabama, #23 Wake Forest, #24 Creighton, #25 Bryant

Also Receiving Consideration:

East Carolina (30-16, 11-6 AAC), North Carolina (30-17, 10-14 ACC-C), Wake Forest (28-19, 11-13 ACC-A), Creighton (32-10, 10-2 Big East), Florida Atlantic (33-13, 17-7 C-USA), Dallas Baptist (32-14, 11-3 MVC), Bryant (36-9, 19-3 Northeast), Arizona (31-16, 14-10 PAC-12), Southeastern Louisiana (35-13, 21-3 Southland), South Alabama (36-14, 19-5 Sun Belt)

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