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College Top 25: April 10

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Patrick Ebert         Mike Rooney         Jheremy Brown        
Published: Monday, April 10, 2017

 


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After the eighth weekend of the 2017 college baseball season we're starting to get a better overall look and feel on which teams truly belong in the rankings as programs continue to separate themselves from one another. The top five teams remain exactly the same this week and looking at their overall body of work it's not too surprising. All five teams opened the season with high expectations and so far those expectations have been met, if not exceeded.

The SEC resembles more of the Wild Wild West as it seems that every team that has a good week takes a step back the following week. South Carolina, who lost their weekend series at home to Vanderbilt, is the highest ranked team in the conference at No. 8, although there are eight SEC teams ranked within 13 places of one another. When you also consider Texas A&M and Ole Miss, both of whom enjoyed successful weeks yet remain unranked, Missouri, who were ranked up until a week ago, and Tennessee, who are coming off of a series win over Florida, and you have the possibility of 12 (of 14 teams) from the SEC in the postseason picture.

And just to prove how quickly fortunes can change, on Saturday night LSU was three outs away from having Arkansas wrap up the weekend series only to score five runs (on a series of errors by the Razorbacks) and even the series. That win gave the Tigers new life, and they made the most of it by winning the series thanks to a complete game effort by Eric Walker on Sunday and a 6-for-13 performance at the plate by Greg Deichmann.

Mississippi State enters the Top 25 this week as they had a statement series win over Kentucky in Starkville. Brent Rooker went off, again, especially on Saturday with a three home run game and overall hit six bombs on the week.

Virginia re-enters the Top 25 at No. 17 coming off of a weekend sweep of Pitt and an impressive 26-8 overall record. While their RPI is high they lost their three weekend series against the ACC's best in Louisville, Clemson and North Carolina. Regardless, the sheer volume of victories is still impressive in the nation's toughest conference this year.

Long Beach State also makes their 2017 Top 25 debut as they continue to take care of business on the West Coast.

Be sure to check out the Perfect Game College Player Database for scouting updates from North Carolina/Boston College, Louisiana/Coastal Carolina and Fresno State/Michigan State among others.

After a one-week break Perfect Game College Baseball returns to the airwaves as Daron Sutton and Mike Rooney will recap all of the week's action from 9-11 p.m. ET on SiriusXM College Sports Nation channel 84.


Also considered:
 Mercer, Oregon.


 Rk  Prev Team Record Week
1 1
 Oregon State
28-1 4-0
2 2
 Louisville
27-4 3-1
3 3
 Texas Christian
26-5 4-0
4 4
 Clemson
28-5 4-0
5 5
 North Carolina
26-6 4-0
6 7
 Texas Tech
28-7 3-1
7 9
 Arizona
23-8 3-1
8 6
 South Carolina
21-10 2-2
9 12
 Cal State Fullerton
21-10 4-0
10 8
 Florida
21-11 1-2
11 14
 Houston
23-8 3-1
12 18
  Louisiana State
22-11 3-1
13 10
 Arkansas
25-8 3-2
14 11
 Oklahoma
27-8 2-2
15 13
 Kentucky
22-11 1-3
16 19
 Stanford
17-10 3-1
17 NR
 Virginia 
26-8 5-0
18 17
 Auburn
24-10 2-2
19 21
 Vanderbilt
21-12 3-1
20 NR
 Mississippi State
22-12 3-2
21 25
 South Florida
27-5 3-0
22 24
 Southern Miss
26-7 2-2
23 NR
 Long Beach State
20-11 4-0
24 22
 Florida State
21-13 3-2
25 23
 Wake Forest
23-10 2-2

Dropped Out: St. John's (15), Florida Gulf Coast (16), Louisiana (20).


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