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D1 baseball staff | April 16, 2018

Texas Tech cracks Top 5, Ole Miss plummets in latest poll

  Texas Tech returned to the top five after scoring 56 runs in a three-game sweep of Kansas State

The top four teams remained the same in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings, led by No. 1 Florida, which swept Missouri to win its ninth weekend series in nine tries this spring. Stanford, Arkansas and NC State held firm in the next three spots after winning their series.

RANK SCHOOL RECORD PREVIOUS RANK
1 Florida 32-6 1
2 Stanford 27-5 2
3 Arkansas 27-10 3
4 NC State 28-7 4
5 Texas Tech 29-8 6
6 Kentucky 25-11 8
7 Oregon State 26-6 9
8 Indiana 26-6 10
9 Duke 30-7 14
10 Vanderbilt 22-14 15
11 Ole Miss 29-8 5
12 East Carolina 26-9 7
13 UCLA 22-9 17
14 Southern Miss 24-11 13
15 North Carolina 24-12 21
16 Texas A&M 27-9 22
17 Clemson 26-10 11
18 Florida State 24-12 12
19 LSU 24-13 23
20 Coastal Carolina 26-12 24
21 Texas 24-14 NR
22 Oklahoma 26-13 16
23 Georgia 25-11 18
24 Connecticut 19-11-1 NR
25 Minnesota 23-10 NR

Texas Tech returned to the top five after scoring 56 runs in a three-game sweep of Kansas State. Kentucky and Oregon State moved up two spots apiece to Nos. 6 and 7 after winning road series against ranked foes Georgia and Missouri State. Indiana and Duke jumped into the top 10, as the Hoosiers moved up three spots to No. 8 with a 4-0 week, while the Blue Devils vaulted five spots to No. 9 after sweeping a rain-shortened two-game series at Florida State.

Vanderbilt also made a five-spot jump, to No. 10, after sweeping Sunday’s doubleheader from Ole Miss, which fell six spots to No. 11 after dropping its second straight series. East Carolina fell five spots to No. 12 after losing a home series to an unranked opponent. UCLA jumped four spots to No. 13 following a road sweep of Utah, and North Carolina leapt six spots to No. 15 after winning a road series at Virginia.

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Three teams joined the rankings this week. Texas jumped in at No. 21 after winning a road series at Oklahoma, which fell six spots to No. 22. Connecticut and Minnesota made their season debuts in the rankings at Nos. 24 and 25, respectively. The Huskies went on the road and won two of three from Wichita State, which fell out of the Top 25. The Gophers won their fifth straight weekend series, sweeping Purdue.

Missouri State, Wichita State and Louisiana Tech fell out of the rankings.

D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers determine the Top 25 rankings. Records are through games of April 15.

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