College | Rankings | 4/18/2016

College Top 25: April 18

Patrick Ebert         Mike Rooney         Jheremy Brown        
Photo: Texas A&M

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After the season started somewhat quiet, with several weeks in which there was a relative lack of activity, this week sees four new teams introduced to the rankings, one week after three new teams were welcomed. All four come in order, from No. 21 to No. 24. Michigan re-joins the Top 25 after sweeping Nebraska in Ann Arbor while Michigan State, Rice and Dallas Baptist join the rankings for the first time this season.

Those four teams replace the teams previously ranked 22nd through 25th. Southern Miss, Clemson, Missouri State and Houston all lost their respective weekend series. As did No. 21 Kentucky, who went 1-3 this week, but they were spared as a handful of factors played in their favor. First of all, they were a handful of outs away from a series win over Vanderbilt on Saturday before the Commodores scored a pair of runs late to win that game 3-2. Second, they swapped 3-0 games with Vanderbilt on Friday and Sunday. Third, even though they lost their midweek game it was against Louisville, now ranked seventh, in Louisville where the Cardinals are nearly flawless. Finally, they're 9-6 in the SEC and have played a stiff schedule admirably.

In a similar sense it was decided not to penalize Mississippi State too much despite the fact that they were swept at home by Texas A&M given how well they had played leading up to this weekend. Speaking of the Aggies, they went 4-0 on the week scoring 10 runs in every game they played. Nick Banks was particularly locked in, going 10-for-19 in the last week raising his batting average by nearly 40 points. As a result, Texas A&M re-claims the third spot in the rankings, which is where they debuted to open the 2016 season.

Miami and Florida stay in the top two spots for the second straight week.

Don't forget to tune in to Perfect Game College Baseball this evening on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 84, with hosts Daron Sutton and Patrick Ebert, as they recap an exciting weekend of baseball while looking ahead to what's next.

Also considered:
Bryant, Cal State Fullerton, East Carolina, Oklahoma State, UNC Wilmington.

Rk Prev Team Overall record Weekly record
1 1
29-5 4-1
2 2
33-5 4-0
3 4
Texas A&M
29-7 4-0
4 5
Texas Christian
27-8 3-1
5 3
Mississippi State
24-12-1 1-3
6 7
28-8 3-1
7 10
29-7 5-0
8 6
Florida State
23-11 1-3
9 12
NC State
26-10 5-1
10 14
Texas Tech
29-9 5-0
11 8
South Carolina
29-8 1-3
12 9
Oregon State
23-9 1-2
13 17
Louisiana State
25-11 4-1
14 11
26-10 1-3
15 13
North Carolina
25-11 2-2
16 19
Coastal Carolina
27-10 4-0
17 20
UC Santa Barbara
24-7-1 3-0
18 15
21-11 2-2
19 18
Florida Atlantic
25-8 2-2
20 16
27-7 1-2
21 NR
Michigan State
25-7 4-1
22 NR
25-9 4-1
23 NR
24-11 4-0
24 NR
Dallas Baptist
23-11 3-1
25 21
23-12 1-3

Dropped Out: Southern Miss (22), Clemson (23), Missouri State (24), Houston (25).

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