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South Carolina has played incredibly consistent the entire spring, but it finally was tripped up last week on the road in a tough SEC series loss to Mississippi. As a result, the Gamecocks fell out of the top spot in the Perfect Game Top 25 rankings, and Virginia, which also has been very consistent, ascended to the top spot.
While the Cavaliers headline the latest rankings, the rest of the top five includes South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Texas and Oregon State in that order. Vandy earned a series win over Kentucky over the weekend, Texas won a series at Nebraska and Oregon State took care of business against California at home.
The top 10 also includes Florida State, Florida, Arizona State, Georgia Tech and Texas A&M. FSU climbed a spot after a fantastic week, Florida dropped three spots after a series loss at Arkansas, Arizona State remained the same after a solid week, Georgia Tech climbed a spot after a perfect week and Texas A&M dropped a spot after a 2-2 week.
California and Georgia are the only teams to leave the rankings. The Golden Bears dropped a series at Oregon State while the Bulldogs dropped a tough series to Auburn. Rice and Arkansas, as a result, entered the rankings. The Owls had a perfect week and dominated rival Houston, while the Razorbacks earned a huge home series win over Florida.
The conference breakdowns are as follows: ACC 6, Big 12 4, SEC 4, Conference USA 2, Pac-10 2 and Big East, Mid-American, 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. Virginia (43-5)
Previous ranking: 2, Weekly record: 1-0
The Cavaliers only played one game last week, and earned a midweek win over Virginia Commonwealth. But they ascend to the top spot with South Carolina losing a road series to Ole Miss.
2. South Carolina (37-10)
Previous ranking: 1, Weekly record: 2-2
The Gamecocks took care of business in midweek action against Wofford before hitting the road and dropping a surprisingly hard-fought series against Ole Miss.
3. Vanderbilt (40-6)
Previous ranking: 3, Weekly record: 2-1
The Commodores hit the road over the weekend and took two of three from Kentucky to take the lead in the SEC regular season title race.
4. Texas (36-12)
Previous ranking: 5, Weekly record: 3-1
The Longhorns put together yet another solid week. They defeated Prairie View A&M in midweek action before hitting the road and taking two of three from Nebraska.
5. Oregon State (34-11)
Previous ranking: 6, Weekly record: 2-2
The Beavers began the week with a tough midweek loss to rival Oregon, but bounced back over the weekend with a home series win over a solid California club.
6. Florida State (36-12)
Previous ranking: 7, Weekly record: 3-1
The Seminoles are starting to play a very good brand of baseball. The Seminoles defeated Jacksonville in midweek action before taking two of three from UCF over the weekend.
7. Florida (36-12)
Previous ranking: 4, Weekly record: 2-2
The Gators began the week with a dominant midweek win over Bethune-Cookman before stumbling on the road against Arkansas over the weekend.
8. Arizona State (35-11)
Previous ranking: 8, Weekly record: 4-1
The Sun Devils put together yet another solid week. They split a pair of midweek games with BYU before sweeping Long Beach State over the weekend.
9. Georgia Tech (33-14)
Previous ranking: 10, Weekly record: 2-0
The Yellow Jackets hit the road over the weekend to face Illinois-Chicago in a surprising road series. The Jackets won the first two games of the series with the finale coming.
10. Texas A&M (32-16)
Previous ranking: 9, Weekly record: 2-2
The Aggies' midweek struggles continued with a loss to UTSA, but they bounced back over the weekend with a series win over Dallas Baptist.
11. TCU (33-14)
Previous ranking: 11, Weekly record: 2-1
The Horned Frogs put together another solid week. They hit the road over the weekend and took two of three from Oklahoma State in a huge series with postseason implications.
12. Cal State Fullerton (33-13)
Previous ranking: 12, Weekly record: 3-0
The Titans may still be battling injuries this season, but they continue to rack up wins. The Titans hit the road over the weekend and did a clean sweep of UC Riverside.
13. Southern Mississippi (36-11)
Previous ranking: 13, Weekly record: 4-0
The Golden Eagles continue to put together an impressive resume. They defeated South Alabama in midweek action before sweeping UAB over the weekend.
14. Stetson (37-10)
Previous ranking: 14, Weekly record: 3-0
The Hatters are on cruise control heading down the stretch. They hit the road over the weekend and did a clean sweep of Florida Gulf Coast. They're looking good for an NCAA Regional host.
15. North Carolina (37-10)
Previous ranking: 15, Weekly record: 4-0
The Tar Heels defeated Gardner-Webb in midweek action before staying at home and sweeping Maryland at home. The Tar Heels are still in solid shape to earn a host spot.
16. Oklahoma (35-13)
Previous ranking: 18, Weekly record: 4-0
The Sooners put together a solid week on the diamond, beating Arkansas-Little Rock in midweek action before sweeping Kansas over the weekend in Big 12 action.
17. Fresno State (32-11)
Previous ranking: 16, Weekly record: 3-2
The Bulldogs are beginning to have some consistency issues. They defeated Hawaii to begin the week before splitting a road series in WAC action with Louisiana Tech.
18. Clemson (32-15)
Previous ranking: 20, Weekly record: 3-0
The Tigers didn't do anything in the past week that was unexpected. They did a clean sweep of Gardner-Webb and now have two huge ACC series coming up to end the regular season.
19. Miami (31-16)
Previous ranking: 19, Weekly record: 2-1
The Hurricanes stepped out of conference over the weekend to face Hofstra and took two of three from the pride. The 'Canes hope to finish the regular season in strong fashion.
20. Oklahoma State (31-15)
Previous ranking: 17, Weekly record: 1-2
The Cowboys had a chance to stay in the thick of the NCAA Regional hosting mix over the weekend, but dropped two of three at home to TCU in a hard-fought series.
21. Connecticut (33-13)
Previous ranking: 22, Weekly record: 2-0
The Huskies continue to play a solid brand of baseball. They won the first two games against South Florida and are in total control of the Big East conference title race.
22. Troy (34-14)
Previous ranking: 23, Weekly record: 3-1
The Trojans put together a solid week on the diamond. They defeated Jacksonville State in midweek action before taking two of three from Louisiana-Lafayette over the weekend.
23. Rice (32-16)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 4-0
The Owls had a fantastic week on the diamond. They defeated SFA in midweek action before sweeping rival Houston in impressive fashion over the weekend.
24. Arkansas (32-15)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 3-2
The Razorbacks split a pair of midweek games with Southeast Missouri State before earning a huge home series win over Florida this past weekend. The Hogs are in the NCAA Regional hosting mix.
25. Kent State (32-13)
Previous ranking: 24, Weekly record: 2-1
The Golden Flashes had another solid week that included a home series win over Miami (Ohio). They hope to finish the regular season on an incredibly strong note.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org