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College Top 25: February 29

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Patrick Ebert         Mike Rooney         Jheremy Brown         Andrew Krause        
Published: Monday, February 29, 2016


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After the dust settled from a big weekend that included the biggest college tournament of the season and three series between Top 25 teams no team from last week's rankings fell out. However, Louisiana, Oklahoma State and Houston all dropped significantly after a very trying week.

Louisville slipped from the No. 2 spot after they lost their series against Ole Miss in Oxford, which also allowed the Rebels to move up nine spots in the rankings after making their Top 25 debut a week ago. Will Golsan was the hero on Sunday, hitting a solo home run and a sacrifice fly, both of which proved to be crucial in their 4-2 win over the Cardinals.

Arkansas also enjoyed a big bump after breaking in to the Top 25 despite not being there in the preseason. The Razorbacks, as well as Texas Christian, went 3-0 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston and moved up to the Nos. 8 and 16 spots respectively as a result. Arkansas out-scored their opponents 27-11 this past weekend while the Horned Frogs were a little better at preventing runs with a 27-2 ratio. TCU was named the event champion due to the run differential.

Vanderbilt leap-frogged Texas A&M to claim the vacated second spot thanks to an 8-0 start in which they have out-scored their opponents 93-31.

Florida holds onto the top spot taking their weekend series against Miami in dramatic fashion. On Sunday the Gators entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a combined no-hit shutout, but couldn't preserve the no-hit bid, nor the shutout, but still won 7-3. Alex Faedo was once again lights out, fanning 12 in 6 1/3 innings.

No team is off to a bigger start to the 2016 season than North Carolina, who have already moved up from the 22nd spot in the preseason rankings to ninth in the current one, sweeping Oklahoma State at home after taking two of three from UCLA last weekend. UNC won all three of their games in walkoff fashion.

Congratulations are in order to UC Santa Barbara for winning the inaugural Tony Gwynn Classic in San Diego. They out-scored their three opponents – Kentucky, Bryant and San Diego – 36-9 to go 3-0 on the weekend and move to 7-1 overall.

Don't forget to tune in to Perfect Game College Baseball tonight from 9-11 p.m. EST on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 84. Perfect Game's Daron Sutton and Mike Rooney will wrap up the weekend that was while taking a look ahead to what looks to be a very intriguing second week of the 2016 college baseball season.

Also considered:
East Carolina, Georgia Tech, South Carolina.

Rk Prev Team Overall record Weekly record
1  1
7-1 4-1
2 4
8-0 5-0
3 3
Texas A&M
7-1 4-1
4 6
Oregon State
7-1 5-0
5 2
5-2 2-2
6 5
Louisiana State
5-2 2-2
7 10
6-1 3-1
8 16
Texas Christian
6-1 4-0
9 18
North Carolina
5-1 3-0
10 12
NC State
5-2 3-1
11 13
5-2 4-0
12 9
5-2 2-2
13 7
4-3 2-2
14 17
Florida State
5-1 2-1
15 24
6-1 3-1
16 25
8-0 5-0
17 8
4-3 1-3
18 15
3-4 2-2
19 21
7-2 5-0
20 20
Coastal Carolina
4-2 2-1
21 14
4-3 1-3
22 22
Mississippi State
6-2 4-0
23 23
Texas Tech
6-2 3-1
24 11
Oklahoma State
2-5 0-3
25 19
5-2 1-2

Dropped Out: None.
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