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College  | Rankings  | 2/19/2018

College Top 25: February 19

Patrick Ebert      Mike Rooney     
Photo: Southern Miss Athletics

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Opening day heat from McClanahan | Baum, Tar Heels even series
Purdue, WMU square off in Georgia | UNC wins in extras to take series

There was no shortage of excitement across the country as games got underway this weekend, and in particular there were some huge performances by hitters. Trevor Larnach was on fire for Oregon State and Danny Reyes made three hits per game look way too easy in Miami. Jake Brodt enjoyed a three home run game with 10 RBI on Saturday for Santa Clara, doing most of his damage in one inning by hitting a pair of grand slams. Logan Kaletha hit a walkoff grand slam for Indiana and Carson Shaddy added a slam of his own as part of a ridiculously powerful Arkansas offense. J.J. Schwarz channeled his younger self and Kameron Misner quickly proved you can't pitch to him. Alec Bohm hit a bomb that might still be ascending and Chase Strumpf had a big weekend for UCLA.

Typically we don't like to overreact with the first Top 25 rankings update of the season, fully recognizing it's unwise to let the first round of games sway our opinion too much based on the amount of homework that was conducted leading up to the season. That said, there were two teams we knew we had to adjust for as they did exactly what we wanted to see from them: Southern Miss and Vanderbilt.

Southern Miss was extremely shrewd in moving their Preseason All-American closer to the Friday night starter, setting the tone early as part of their series sweep over Mississippi State. That caused a flip-flop between the two teams in the rankings, as the Bulldogs fell out with the Eagles moving in.

Vanderbilt's talent base isn't a secret, as they've had top recruiting class after top recruiting class arrive on campus for several years, if not over a decade. The sheer fact that this team won their opening series against a ranked opponent in Duke without their staff ace, Patrick Raby, serving in his usual role is a loud statement. In fact, Raby was saddled with Vanderbilt's loss on Saturday coming into the game late in relief. The team's incredible freshman class, led by Pat DeMarco on offense and Mason Hickman on the pitching side of things, was nothing short of spectacular.

Oklahoma and Duke nearly fell out, but ultimately it was decided they didn't deserve to fall out so quickly. Duke definitely has some big questions to answer, especially when it comes to their pitching staff, while Oklahoma suffered a pair of hard-luck walkoff losses in extra innings on Saturday.

Be sure to check out the Perfect Game College Player Database for scouting updates from North Carolina/South Florida, Purdue/Western Michigan in Georgia as well as select reports from TCU, Grand Canyon and Oregon State.

And don't forget to tune in to Perfect Game College Baseball on Monday nights as Daron Sutton and Mike Rooney will recap all of the week's action from 9-11 p.m. ET on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM channel 84.

Also considered:
 South Alabama, Auburn, Dallas Baptist.

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

Dropped Out: Cal State Fullerton (19), Mississippi State (25).