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d1baseball.com staff | February 19, 2018

Southern Miss makes big leap in latest rankings

  Southern Miss started its season with a sweep of then-No. 12 Mississippi State.

The top 11 teams remained the same in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings after the first week of action, led by No. 1 Florida. Those 11 teams went a combined 33-2 during opening weekend; the only losses were taken by No. 6 North Carolina and No. 7 TCU, which both won road series against regional-caliber opponents.

Stanford, Vanderbilt and Louisville moved up one spot apiece to Nos. 12, 13 and 14, respectively. The Cardinal and Commodores were the only ranked teams to win Week One series against other Top 25 foes: Stanford swept rival Cal State Fullerton (which dropped from No. 17 to No. 22), and Vanderbilt took two of three from then-No. 25 Duke (which fell out of the rankings).

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Southern Miss vaulted into the Top 15 at No. 15 after an emphatic three-game sweep of then-No. 12 Mississippi State. The Golden Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 23-6 in the series. MSU plummeted nine spots to No. 21. LSU also took a tumble after losing two of three at home to Notre Dame, allowing 21 runs in the two losses. The Tigers fell seven spots to No. 23.

Along with Duke, West Virginia fell out of the rankings after losing two of three at Jacksonville. The other new entrant in the Top 25 is Clemson, which joins the rankings at No. 25 after sweeping William & Mary.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Florida 3-0 1
2 Oregon State 3-0 2
3 Texas Tech 4-0 3
4 Arkansas 3-0 4
5 Florida State 3-0 5
6 North Carolina 2-1 6
7 TCU 2-1 7
8 Kentucky 4-0 8
9 Ole Miss 3-0 9
10 Texas A&M 3-0 10
11 UCLA 3-0 11
12 Stanford 3-0 13
13 Vanderbilt 2-1 14
14 Louisville 3-0 15
15 Southern Miss 3-0 NR
16 Dallas Baptist 3-0 18
17 Virginia 2-1 19
18 South Alabama 3-1 20
19 Texas 2-1 21
20 Indiana 2-1 23
21 Mississippi State 0-3 12
22 Cal State Fullerton 0-3 17
23 LSU 1-2 16
24 Houston 2-1 24
25 Clemson 3-0 NR

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