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College Baseball 2016 Week 14 (May 16 – May 22) Top-25

May 16, 2016
Duke freshman OF Jimmy Herron hit .545 (12-for-22) with seven doubles, four RBI, four runs and four stolen bases as the Blue Devils notched a 4-1 week and their 2016 debut in the top-25 rankings. (photo courtesy of Art Calabretta and goduke.com)

Duke freshman OF Jimmy Herron hit .545 (12-for-22) with seven doubles, four RBI, four runs and four stolen bases as the Blue Devils notched a 4-1 week and their 2016 debut in the top-25 rankings. (photo courtesy of Art Calabretta and goduke.com)

As the NCAA Baseball post-season approaches, the strong stay strong while the pretenders are beginning to slide into relative mediocrity. The SEC leads the way this week, again, with five of the top seven teams and seven of the top 12 in the new rankings. The top-five remain unchanged with Florida atop the pack after a 3-1 week. Texas A&M took two of three at South Carolina, Miami waltzed to a 5-0 campaign, Mississippi State had an easy 4-0 campaign and Louisville handled Vanderbilt in a mid-week contest and swept North Carolina State, with ease, for another undefeated week.

Despite losing two of three at Founders Park to Texas A&M, South Carolina inched up a sixth, Mississippi used a Saturday walk-off win to sweep Kentucky and rise three places to seventh, Texas Tech won their only game, a mid-week matchup with Abilene Christian, to move up a spot to eighth, North Carolina State, despite being swept at Louisville, retreats one position to ninth and Virginia climbs six places, to tenth, after their series win over Georgia Tech.

While LSU and Vanderbilt check in 11th and 12th, TCU remains in 13th, Oklahoma State takes advantage of a mid-ranking vacuum to move up to 14th and Southern Mississippi makes the biggest move of the week, from 24th to 15th.

Clemson climbs two spots to 6th, Florida State plummets 11 places to 17th after a dreadful 1-4 effort, Rice falls four positions to 18th, Louisiana-Lafayette rebounded from an 0-2 start to win a pair of weekend games at South Alabama and move into 19th and Tulane stands pat at 20th.

Joining the rankings this week are North Carolina, Cal State Fullerton and Duke. Following Georgia Tech and Coastal Carolina, 21st and 22nd, respectively, the Tar Heels reenter the rankings in 23rd, the Titans make their 2016 debut in 24th and the Blue Devils, following a series win over Florida State, round out the rankings in 25th. Dropping out of the top-25 this week are UC Santa Barbara (21st), Michigan (23rd) and UNC Wilmington (25th).

1. Florida (43-9, 18-8 SEC-E) This week (3): at #11 LSU (36-16, 17-10 SEC-W) 5/19-21
(LW – 1) Last week (3-1): vs. South Florida (23-28, 8-13 AAC) W 11-4; vs. #11 Vanderbilt (37-15, 15-12 SEC-E) W 4-2, L 5-0, W 10-6

2. Texas A&M (39-11, 18-9 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Sam Houston State (33-19, 21-6 Southland) 5/17; vs. #7 Mississippi (39-13, 17-10 SEC-W) 5/19-21
(LW – 2) Last week (2-1): at #7 South Carolina (38-13, 17-9 SEC-E) W 3-0, W 5-2, L 10-7

3. Miami-FL (40-9, 19-6 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Florida Gulf Coast (24-26, 9-9 Atlantic Sun) 5/17; at #17 Florida State (33-17, 15-8 ACC-A) 5/19-21
(LW – 3) Last week (5-0): at #17 Georgia Tech (33-18, 12-14 ACC-C) W 17-6; vs. Bethune-Cookman (25-25, 17-7 MEAC-S) W 14-7; vs. Pittsburgh (25-23, 10-16 ACC-C) W 7-6, W 4-3 (11), W 8-4

4. Mississippi State (37-14, 18-9 SEC-W) This week (3): vs. Arkansas (26-25, 7-20 SEC-E) 5/19-21
(LW – 4) Last week (4-0): at Troy (30-23, 15-12 Sun Belt) W 7-3; at Auburn (22-30, 8-19 SEC-W) W 4-0, W 16-6, W 10-3

5. Louisville (42-10, 19-8 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Indiana (31-18, 15-6 Big Ten) 5/17; at Wake Forest (31-20, 13-14 ACC-A) 5/19-21
(LW – 5) Last week (4-0): at #11 Vanderbilt (37-15, 15-12 SEC-E) W 8-5; vs. #8 North Carolina State (32-17, 13-12 ACC-A) W 2-0, W 4-2, W 6-1

6. South Carolina (38-13, 17-9 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. The Citadel (16-36, 6-15 Southern) 5/17; at Alabama (30-21, 15-12 SEC-W) 5/19-21
(LW – 7) Last week (2-2): vs. Presbyterian (24-27, 10-11 Big South) W 3-1; vs. #2 Texas A&M (39-11, 18-9 SEC-W) L 3-0, L 5-2, W 10-7

7. Mississippi (39-13, 17-10 SEC-W) This week (4): at Arkansas State (24-26, 11-16 Sun Belt) 5/17; at #2 Texas A&M (39-11, 18-9 SEC-W) 5/19-21
(LW – 10) Last week (3-0): vs. Kentucky (29-23, 13-14 SEC-E) W 3-1, W 14-2, W 7-5

8. Texas Tech (38-13, 17-4 Big 12) This week (3): vs. West Virginia (31-19, 11-9 Big 12) 5/19-21
(LW – 9) Last week (1-0): at Abilene Christian (16-31, 8-18 Southland) W 7-2

9. North Carolina State (32-17, 13-12 ACC-A) This week (3): vs. #23 North Carolina (32-19, 11-15 ACC-C) 5/19-21
(LW – 8) Last week (0-3): at #5 Louisville (42-10, 19-8 ACC-A) L 2-0, L 4-2, L 6-1

10. Virginia (33-18, 16-11 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Richmond (26-24, 11-13 Atlantic 10) 5/17; vs. Virginia Tech (19-33, 6-21 ACC-C) 5/19-21
(LW – 16) Last week (2-1): vs. #17 Georgia Tech (33-18, 12-14 ACC-C) W 6-3, W 9-4, L 5-4

11. LSU (36-16, 17-10 SEC-W) This week (4): vs. Northwestern State (30-21, 17-10 Southland) 5/17; vs. #1 Florida (43-9, 18-8 SEC-E) 5/19-21
(LW – 12) Last week (5-0): at Notre Dame (27-23, 11-13 ACC-A) W 1-0 (11), W 3-2 (7); at Tennessee (26-26, 7-20 SEC-E) W 2-1, W 11-3, W 10-7

12. Vanderbilt (37-15, 15-12 SEC-E) This week (4): vs. Morehead State (30-22, 16-11 OVC) 5/17; vs. Auburn (22-30, 8-19 SEC-W) 5/19-21
(LW – 11) Last week (1-3): vs. #5 Louisville (42-10, 19-8 ACC-A) L 8-5; at #1 Florida (43-9, 18-8 SEC-E) L 4-2, W 5-0, L 10-6

13. TCU (34-14, 12-9 Big 12) This week (4): vs. Stephen F. Austin (27-24, 14-13 Southland) 5/17; vs. Kansas State (26-26, 8-13 Big 12) 5/19-21
(LW – 13) Last week (1-2): vs. Stephen F. Austin (27-24, 14-13 Southland) PPD; at Baylor (22-26, 8-13 Big 12) L 4-3, L 8-5, W 7-3

14. Oklahoma State (32-17, 13-8 Big 12) This week (4): at Oral Roberts (32-16, 21-6 Summit) 5/17; vs. Kansas (20-31, 6-14 Big 12) 5/19-21
(LW – 15) Last week (2-2): vs. Dallas Baptist (34-16, 13-4 MVC) W 8-7 (11); vs. Oklahoma (26-24, 11-13 Big 12) *at Oklahoma City, OK/Tulsa, OK* L 9-1, W 10-9, L 3-1

15. Southern Mississippi (36-15, 20-7 C-USA) This week (4): vs. Louisiana-Monroe (20-32, 10-17 Sun Belt) 5/17; at Florida International (25-27, 12-15 C-USA) 5/19-21
(LW – 24) Last week (2-1): vs. Louisiana Tech (34-16, 16-11 C-USA) L 7-5, W 7-3, W 2-0

16. Clemson (34-18, 13-14 ACC-A) This week (4): vs. Charleston Southern (18-31, 5-16 Big South) 5/17; at Notre Dame (27-23, 11-13 ACC-A) 5/19-21
(LW – 18) Last week (3-2): vs. College of Charleston (27-23, 10-11 Colonial) W 13-4, L 11-4; at Georgia Southern (31-22, 14-13 Sun Belt) W 12-1, L 7-6, W 17-4

17. Florida State (33-17, 15-8 ACC-A) This week (4): at Stetson (25-26, 9-9 Atlantic Sun) 5/17; vs. #3 Miami-FL (40-9, 19-6 ACC-C) 5/19-21
(LW – 6) Last week (1-4): at Jacksonville (32-18, 13-5 Atlantic Sun) L 6-2; vs. Florida Gulf Coast (24-26, 9-9 Atlantic Sun) L 11-8 (10); at Duke (31-21, 12-15 ACC-C) L 5-4, L 3-1, W 4-3

18. Rice (32-16, 19-7 C-USA) This week (4): vs. Houston (31-20, 10-10 AAC) *at Sugar Land, TX* 5/17; at Louisiana Tech (34-16, 16-11 C-USA) 5/19-21
(LW – 14) Last week (1-2): vs. Houston (31-20, 10-10 AAC) L 10-0; vs. Florida Atlantic (34-15, 18-8 C-USA) W 9-1, L 10-3, CCD

19. Louisiana-Lafayette (33-19, 18-9 Sun Belt) This week (4): at New Orleans (30-20, 14-13 Southland) 5/17; vs. Louisiana-Monroe (20-32, 10-17 Sun Belt) 5/19-21
(LW – 22) Last week (2-2): vs. Houston (31-20, 10-10 AAC) L 3-2; at South Alabama (37-16, 20-7 Sun Belt) L 3-2, W 5-4 (11), W 6-3

20. Tulane (35-15, 13-6 AAC) This week (4): vs. Nicholls State (22-30, 11-16 Southland) 5/17; at Houston (31-20, 10-10 AAC) 5/19-21
(LW – 20) Last week (4-1): vs. New Orleans (30-20, 14-13 Southland) W 5-2; vs. Southern (12-30, 6-14 SWAC-W) W 14-2; vs. Memphis (17-35, 8-13 AAC) W 1-0, L 8-1, W 9-5

21. Georgia Tech (33-18, 12-14 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Georgia (26-26, 10-17 SEC-E) *at Atlanta, GA* 5/17; vs. Boston College (29-18, 11-14 ACC-A) 5/19-21
(LW – 17) Last week (2-3): vs. #3 Miami-FL (40-9, 19-6 ACC-C) L 17-6; vs. Savannah State (12-40, 7-17 MEAC-S) W 21-3; at #16 Virginia (33-18, 16-11 ACC-C) L 6-3, L 9-4, W 5-4

22. Coastal Carolina (36-15, 18-3 Big South) This week (4): vs. UNC Wilmington (35-13, 14-5 Colonial) 5/17; vs. Campbell (26-24, 13-8 Big South) 5/19-21
(LW – 19) Last week (2-1): at Charleston Southern (18-31, 5-16 Big South) L 6-4, W 9-3, W 6-0

23. North Carolina (32-19, 11-15 ACC-C) This week (4): vs. Notre Dame (27-23, 11-13 ACC-A) 5/16; at #9 North Carolina State (32-17, 13-12 ACC-A) 5/19-21
(LW – NR) Last week (2-2): vs. East Carolina (31-19, 12-8 AAC) W 9-1; at #25 UNC Wilmington (35-13, 14-5 Colonial) L 6-2; vs. Notre Dame (27-23, 11-13 ACC-A) W 3-0, L 3-1

24. Cal State Fullerton (32-17, 14-4 Big West) This week (3): vs. Hawai’i (21-26, 10-11 Big West) 5/20-22
(LW – NR) Last week (3-0): at UC Santa Barbara (32-15, 10-8 Big West) L 3-2, W 18-2, W 6-3

25. Duke (31-21, 12-15 ACC-C) This week (3): at Pittsburgh (25-23, 10-16 ACC-C) 5/19-21
(LW – NR) Last week (4-1): vs. Longwood (30-22, 14-10 Big South) W 11-5; vs. Norfolk State (27-19, 19-5 MEAC-N) W 4-3; vs. #6 Florida State (33-17, 15-8 ACC-A) W 5-4, W 3-1, L 4-3

Dropped From Rankings: #21 UC Santa Barbara, #23 Michigan, #25 UNC Wilmington

Also Receiving Consideration:

East Carolina (31-19, 12-8 AAC), Wake Forest (31-20, 13-14 ACC-A), Minnesota (33-15, 15-5 Big Ten), UC Santa Barbara (32-15, 10-8 Big West), Florida Atlantic (34-15, 18-8 C-USA), Dallas Baptist (34-16, 13-4 MVC), Bryant (39-10, 22-4 Northeast), Arizona (32-18, 15-12 PAC-12), Georgia (26-26, 10-17 SEC-E), South Alabama (37-16, 20-7 Sun Belt)

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