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PG Top 25: Gamecocks are the one
Kendall Rogers        
Published: Monday, April 18, 2011

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South Carolina garnered much attention earlier this season when it took two of three on the road from then top-ranked Florida. Now, the Gamecocks are back in the headlines after again taking two of three from a top-ranked team, this time Vanderbilt. As a result of that series win and a fantastic overall resume, the Gamecocks vaulted to No. 1 in the Perfect Game Top 25 rankings.

While the Gamecocks headline the rankings, they're followed in the top five by Virginia, Vanderbilt, Florida and Texas A&M.

Cal State Fullerton, Texas, Fresno State, Oregon State and North Carolina round out the top 10. The Tar Heels were No. 5 in last week's rankings, but dropped five spots after getting swept by struggling rival N.C. State over the weekend.

Elsewhere around the rankings, Oklahoma State, Stetson, Southern Mississippi and UCLA entered the top 20. The Cowboys took two of three from rival Oklahoma and moved from No. 20 to No. 15, Stetson had another perfect week and vaulted from No. 21 to No. 18, Southern Miss had a perfect week and moved from No. 22 to No. 19 and UCLA moved from No. 24 to No. 20 after earning a series win over Arizona.

Stanford, which is 16-12 after getting swept by Oregon State, dropped out of the rankings. It's joined by Alabama, which dropped out after losing a bad home series to Tennessee.

Rice and Miami entered the rankings. The Owls had a great week that included a midweek win over Texas A&M and weekend series win over Tulane. They moved in at No. 22. Miami entered the rankings for the first time since the beginning of the season after another ACC series win that improved its conference record to 13-4.

The conference breakdowns are as follows: Pac-10 5, ACC 5, SEC 4, Big 12 4, Conference USA 2, MWC, Big West, Sun Belt, Atlantic Sun and WAC all with one representative.

The Perfect Game Top 25 is released each Monday during the season, and always will include an additional listing of 25 teams to watch and a live chat with college baseball managing editor Kendall Rogers.

1. South Carolina (28-7)
Previous ranking: 3, Weekly record: 2-2
The Gamecocks began the week with a midweek setback to The Citadel but more than made up for it with a series win over previously top-ranked Vanderbilt. That's two series wins over top-ranked teams this season.

2. Virginia (36-3)
Previous ranking: 2, Weekly record: 5-0
The Cavaliers had another fantastic week that included midweek wins over Coastal Carolina and Georgetown, and included a weekend ACC series win over Duke.

3. Vanderbilt (32-5)
Previous ranking: 1, Weekly record: 2-2
The Commodores captured a midweek bout against Middle Tennessee State before hitting the road and dropping two of three to South Carolina in a very hard-fought series.

4. Florida (28-9)
Previous ranking: 4, Weekly record: 2-2
The Gators dropped yet another midweek bout to rival Florida State in midweek action but bounced back over the weekend with a road series win over Georgia.

5. Texas A&M (26-10)
Previous ranking: 6, Weekly record: 2-2
The Aggies dropped a well-pitched midweek bout to in-state rival Rice before taking two of three from Big 12 rival Baylor over the weekend. A&M remains tied with Texas for top honors in the Big 12.

6. Cal State Fullerton (27-9)
Previous ranking: 7, Weekly record: 4-0
The Titans recorded a midweek win over Loyola Marymount before sweeping UC Santa Barbara at home over the weekend. The Titans have won 19 of their last 21 games.

7. Texas (27-9)
Previous ranking: 8, Weekly record: 3-1
The Longhorns captured a midweek win over Dallas Baptist before taking two of three from in-state foe Texas Tech over the weekend behind more strong pitching.

8. Fresno State (25-5)
Previous ranking: 9, Weekly record: 3-0
The Bulldogs continued their successful ways in WAC action over the weekend by taking the first three games of their series with Nevada before the finale was cancelled.

9. Oregon State (27-7)
Previous ranking: 10, Weekly record: 3-0
The Beavers have been an amazing story so far this season. OSU had another fabulous weekend in the Pac-10, hitting the road and sweeping a solid Stanford club.

10. North Carolina (30-8)
Previous ranking: 5, Weekly record: 1-3
The Tar Heels had a rather strange week on the diamond. They took a midweek game from in-state foe East Carolina before hitting the short road and getting swept by struggling N.C. State.

11. Florida State (26-10)
Previous ranking: 11, Weekly record: 3-1
The Seminoles began the week with a solid midweek win over rival Florida before hitting the road and taking two of three from Virginia Tech in an ugly series.

12. Georgia Tech (27-10)
Previous ranking: 12, Weekly record: 3-1
The Yellow Jackets bounced back beautifully from their series loss to Virginia. They beat rival Georgia in midweek action before hitting the road and taking two of three from Wake Forest.

13. Arizona State (25-9)
Previous ranking: 13, Weekly record: 3-0
The Sun Devils didn't compete in midweek action, but had a perfect 3-0 record over the weekend with a Pac-10 series win over struggling Washington State.

14. TCU (25-11)
Previous ranking: 14, Weekly record: 3-1
The Horned Frogs began the week with a tough loss to Oklahoma before hitting the road over the weekend and doing a clean sweep of struggling San Diego State.

15. Oklahoma State (27-9)
Previous ranking: 20, Weekly record: 3-1
The Cowboys continue to be one of the nation's biggest surprises. They beat Arkansas-Little Rock in midweek action before taking two of three from rival Oklahoma over the weekend.

16. California (23-9)
Previous ranking: 18, Weekly record: 3-0
The Golden Bears suffered a tough series loss to Arizona last weekend, but bounced back over the weekend with a Pac-10 road series sweep over Washington.

17. Oklahoma (26-10)
Previous ranking: 15, Weekly record: 2-2
The Sooners recorded an impressive midweek win over TCU before dropping two of three to heated rival Oklahoma State over the weekend.

18. Stetson (29-7)
Previous ranking: 21, Weekly record: 4-0
The Hatters had yet another solid week. They dominated South Florida in midweek action before sweeping Savannah State with relative ease over the weekend. Now comes a huge series at Jacksonville.

19. Southern Mississippi (27-8)
Previous ranking: 22, Weekly record: 4-0
The Golden Eagles bounced back from their series loss at Memphis in a big way, beating Ole Miss in midweek action before sweeping New Orleans at home over the weekend.

20. UCLA (19-12)
Previous ranking: 24, Weekly record: 3-1
The Bruins had a very solid week, beating Long Beach State in midweek action before taking two of three from Arizona over the weekend.

21. Arkansas (26-9)
Previous ranking: 25, Weekly record: 3-1
The Razorbacks had another solid week on the diamond. They defeated Missouri State in midweek action before taking two of three at home from Mississippi State in SEC action.

22. Rice (26-14)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 3-1
The Owls finally are establishing some consistency again. They defeated in-state rival Texas A&M in midweek action before taking two of three from Tulane over the weekend.

23. Arizona (23-13)
Previous ranking: 17, Weekly record: 1-2
The Wildcats seemed to have things under control after a series win over Cal two weekends ago, but now are back to having a losing conference record after a series loss to UCLA.

24. Troy (26-9)
Previous ranking: 19, Weekly record: 1-3
The Trojans had a week to forget. They dropped a midweek bout to Jacksonville State before losing two of three to struggling Middle Tennessee State over the weekend.

25. Miami (24-12)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 4-0
Say what you want about the Hurricanes, but they're 13-4 in the ACC after hitting the road and taking two of three from Maryland over the weekend. That's an impressive record to say the least.

Kendall Rogers is the managing editor of college baseball for Perfect Game USA and has covered the sport for over 10 seasons. He can be reached at kendall@perfectgame.org



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