College baseball rankings: TCU maintains grip on No. 1
TCU maintained its grip upon the No. 1 spot in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings by winning a home series against Arizona State. Florida remained No. 2 after sweeping rival Miami, and Florida State stayed at No. 3 after a 3-1 week.
LSU moved up a spot to No. 4 after sweeping Maryland, a preseason Top 25 club. Texas Tech joined the top 10 for the first time this season after sweeping a four-game series against California. Ole Miss continued its rapid rise from just outside the preseason Top 25 rankings to No. 17 last week to No. 11 this week. The undefeated Rebels have started the season with back-to-back home series sweeps of Top 25 opponents — East Carolina and UNC Wilmington.
Vanderbilt tumbled 10 spots from No. 7 to No. 17 after dropping two of three at home to Illinois-Chicago. Reigning national champion Coastal Carolina also fell four spots to No. 19 after losing a pair of games to St. John’s and West Virginia — the latter by a score of 22-9.
Commodores drop the opener against UIC 5-3 in 10 innings. Back at it tomorrow at noon. pic.twitter.com/cgXXP4BL11— Vanderbilt Baseball (@VandyBaseball) February 25, 2017
The Red Storm was one of three teams to enter the rankings this week. Undefeated St. John’s has outscored its opponents 73-16 through seven games and joins the rankings at No. 22. Texas entered the rankings at No. 21 after a 3-1 week that included a quality midweek win at Sam Houston State and a series win against Connecticut. And 6-0 Arkansas joined the rankings at No. 24 after sweeping Northeast Conference favorite Bryant.
Miami, Rice and UNC Wilmington fell out of the Top 25 after posting losing weekends.