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d1baseball.com | March 6, 2017

TCU stays atop D1baseball.com rankings

  TCU retained the No. 1 spot in the D1Baseball Top 25 Rankings for the third straight week.

TCU retained the No. 1 spot in the D1Baseball Top 25 Rankings for the third straight week after going 3-0 in the loaded Shriners College Classic. The Horned Frogs followed up a midweek win against Rice with three victories against ranked opponents in Houston: LSU, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.

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Florida and Florida State held steady at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, after notching four wins on the week. Oregon State moved up three spots to No. 4 and Louisville jumped four places to No. 5. The Beavers and Cardinals are a combined 22-1 after three weeks.

Texas Tech also jumped four spots to No. 6 after a 3-1 week that included wins against Ole Miss and LSU in Houston. The Tigers fell three spots to No. 7 after their 1-2 showing at Minute Maid Park, while the Rebels slid five spots to No. 16 after going 0-4 on the week.

Two new teams entered the top 10: No. 9 Arizona and No. 10 Virginia. Stanford vaulted seven spots to No. 12 after taking three out of four from then-No. 21 Texas, which fell out of the rankings. Clemson also made a sizable jump after winning a thrilling series against rival South Carolina. The Tigers climbed six spots to No. 14, while the Gamecocks fell three spots to No. 8.

Two preseason top 10 teams tumbled in the rankings. NC State fell 14 spots to No. 20 after losing to Charlotte, Rhode Island and Maryland at the USA Baseball-Irish Classic. And Vanderbilt dropped eight more spots to No. 25 after losing its second straight home series to an unranked opponent — Cal State Northridge.

Two teams entered the rankings: No. 22 Baylor and No. 24 Michigan. The Bears might be the nation’s biggest surprise after three weeks of play, getting off to an 11-1 start that includes a sweep of talented South Alabama and wins against Ole Miss and Texas A&M this weekend in Houston. The Wolverines, meanwhile, improved to 9-3 with wins over Southern California and San Diego in the Dodgertown Classic. Texas and Arkansas dropped out of the rankings.