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d1baseball.com staff | March 26, 2018

Four newcomers in D1baseball.com Top 25; top three stay put

  Wichita State makes its season debut in the D1baseball.com Top 25 at No. 22.

The top three teams remained the same in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings, presented by Easton Baseball. Oregon State retained the top spot after winning a series against Washington, though its 15-game Pac-12 winning streak was snapped Sunday. Florida held firm at No. 2 after winning a showdown series against Arkansas, which dropped one spot from No. 4 to No. 5. And Stanford maintained the No. 3 spot after returning from its exam break to outscore Southern California 34-2 in a three-game sweep.

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Ole Miss moved up one place to No. 4 after taking two of three on the road from Texas A&M, which fell five places to No. 17 after its second straight series loss against a ranked SEC foe. Louisville also dropped five spots (to No. 20) after its second straight series loss, this time at home against Clemson, which moved back up two spots to No. 12.

Auburn fell four places to No. 13 after a 1-3 week that included a tough series loss on the road against No. 6 Kentucky. The Wildcats, No. 7 Florida State and No. 8 Vanderbilt all held steady after winning quality series, as the teams near the top of the rankings continue to take care of business.

NC State jumped three spots to No. 10 after winning its third straight ACC series, at home against Georgia Tech. The Wolfpack sits alone atop the conference standings at 7-2. Other climbers this week include No. 15 UCLA, No. 16 East Carolina and No. 21 Duke, each of whom moved up two spots after winning conference series.

Four teams entered the Top 25, replacing the bottom four teams in last week’s rankings (Virginia, UCF, UNLV and Sam Houston State). Wichita State made its season debut in the rankings at No. 22 after running its winning streak to five games and improving to 17-4 overall. San Diego State entered at No. 23 after winning a road series against then-No. 24 UNLV. Coastal Carolina returned to the rankings at No. 24 after extending its winning streak to seven games. And Illinois made its first appearance in the rankings at No. 25 after opening Big Ten play with a road sweep of Northwestern.

D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers determine the Top 25 rankings. Records are through games of March 25.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Oregon State 20-2 1
2 Florida 21-5 2
3 Stanford 17-2 3
4 Ole Miss 22-3 5
5 Arkansas 17-7 4
6 Kentucky 17-7 6
7 Florida State 20-5 7
8 Vanderbilt 17-7 8
9 Texas Tech 21-5 10
10 NC State 20-4 13
11 Indiana 16-5 11
12 Clemson 18-6 14
13 Auburn 20-5 9
14 Southern Miss 17-5 16
15 UCLA 15-5 17
16 East Carolina 18-5 18
17 Texas A&M 19-6 12
18 TCU 14-7 20
19 Duke 20-5 21
20 Louisville 18-6 15
21 LSU 16-9 19
22 Wichita State 17-4 NR
23 San Diego State 16-7 NR
24 Coastal Carolina 19-7 NR
25 Illinois 15-5 NR

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