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College  | Rankings  | 4/2/2018

College Top 25: April 2

Patrick Ebert      Mike Rooney     
Photo: Courtney Culbreath

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Thursday Recap: Bilous fans 10 as Chants win
Friday Recap: Talented Harris solidifies stock
Saturday Recap: Huge potential for Shockers duo

Florida keeps on rolling and are coming off arguably their most impressive week to date, taking their second mid-week contest against Florida State, 1-0, before sweeping previously 10th-ranked Vanderbilt at home. The Gators opened the 2018 season as the No. 1 team and have yet to lose that position. The starting trio of Brady Singer, Jackson Kowar and Tyler Dyson has been as-advertised, closer Michael Byrne set the school record for saves and third baseman Jonathan India is a legitimate Golden Spikes candidate as he leads an offense that has been clicking on all cylinders as of late. In addition, the return of shortstop Deacon Liput, who has served as the team's leadoff hitter the past couple of weeks, has been a huge boost on both sides of the ball for the top-ranked Gators.

In fact, Florida is the only team that stayed put from last week to this week.

As for Oregon State, they fall to No. 4 after opening the season, and spending the previous six weeks, in that same position. We still view the Beavers as one of the very best programs in college baseball and feel they deserve somewhat of a pass considering their loss to Utah was their first series loss since mid-May in 2016, an impressive feat in and of itself.

With Oregon State's drop in the rankings both Stanford and Ole Miss move up a spot to Nos. 2 and 3 in the Top 25, just behind Florida. Stanford won their series against Oregon while Ole Miss handed another series defeat to Arkansas. The carousel of winning and losing among ranked teams continues in the SEC as Kentucky lost to Alabama, Auburn lost to Mizzou and Texas A&M lost to Georgia. Georgia is one of the hottest teams in the nation and as a result force their way into the rankings at No. 25.

Falling out of the Top 25 is Wichita State, who have enjoyed a strong season thus far yet lost their American Athletic Conference series debut to East Carolina despite winning the first game on Thursday in Greenville in impressive fashion. The Shockers, like UCF who the Pirates defeated the week before, will both remain just on the outside of the Top 25 waiting for another opportunity to enter.

Perfect Game was at several locations over the weekend with reports submitted to the College Payer Database, as linked above, from Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, East Carolina, Wichita State, Michigan State, Rutgers and Liberty. Please note that Perfect Game College Baseball on ESPNU Radio SiriusXM channel 84 will take a one-week break with the NCAA basketball championship being played on Monday night.

Also considered:
 Coastal Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Stetson, Missouri State.

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

14-10 0-3
24 25
 Sam Houston State

20-7 3-0
25 NR

21-7 3-1

Dropped Out: Wichita State (23).