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College  | Rankings  | 3/18/2019

College Top 25: March 18

Patrick Ebert      Mike Rooney     
Photo: Chase Strumpf (Don Liebig)

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Five weeks into the 2019 season and we have our third team take over the No. 1 ranking in the weekly Perfect Game College Top 25. UCLA moves to the top spot this week by taking their series against Oregon State at home in Los Angeles, the Beavers first series loss since early last April. UCLA took two of the three games in a closely contested three-game series against their Pac-12 rivals, as Chase Strumpf hit a two-run home run that put the Bruins ahead for good, Ryan Garcia picked up his first win after striking out eight in 4 2/3 inning of relief and Holden Powell recorded his sixth save of the year.

Oregon State doesn't fall too far given how closely this series was played, dropping from first to fourth.

No. 2 Vanderbilt also suffered their first series loss of the year as SEC play opened. The Commodores had a tough assignment of their own, traveling to College Station where also-ranked Texas A&M got the best of them. Christian Roa and Bryce Miller combined to deliver a shutout on Sunday in the Aggies' 7-0 series-clinching win. Similar to Oregon State, Vanderbilt doesn't fall too far as a result, going from second to sixth.

Mississippi State, one of the hottest teams in the nation, takes over at No. 2 as a result by beating Florida in Gainesville two games out of three.

Auburn and NC State both vaulted into the Top 10 as they continue to win big, although NC State finally suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday after winning in dramatic come-from-behind fashion on Saturday against visiting Florida State. Georgia also enjoyed nearly a 10-spot jump with a road sweep of South Carolina.

New to the rankings this week is Oklahoma, a team out to an impressive 16-4 record coming off of a series win over Missouri State. Some big arms, literally, stand out on the OU staff and lefthander Levi Prater is coming off of a 15-strikeout performance on Sunday. The Sooners have a 2.38 cumulative team ERA and are hitting .294 as a team as sophomore infielder Tyler Hardman is enjoying a big, breakout year.

Be sure to tune in to Perfect Game College Baseball on SiriusXM channel 84 ESPNU Radio on Monday nights from 9-11 p.m. ET as co-hosts Dani Wexelman and Mike Rooney recap the week while looking ahead to what's next. Immediately following the show stay tuned for Perfect Game College Softball, a one-hour program hosted by Wexelman and Amanda Freed. Learn more about both programs here.


Also considered: Michigan, , UC Santa Barbara, Indiana State.

Rk Prev Team Record Week
1 3 UCLA 14-4 3-1
2 5 Mississippi State 18-2 3-1
3 4 Stanford 12-3 0-0
4 1 Oregon State 14-3-1 2-2
5 8 Louisville 16-4 5-0
6 2 Vanderbilt 15-5 2-2
7 15 Auburn 18-2 4-0
8 17 NC State 19-1 4-1
9 10 North Carolina 16-5 4-1
10 11 Arkansas 17-2 5-0
11 13 Texas 15-7 3-1
12 21 Georgia 18-2 4-0
13 6 Florida 15-7 2-2
14 14 Louisiana State 15-5 4-1
15 7 Mississippi 14-6 2-3
16 16 East Carolina 15-6 3-1
17 18 Texas A&M 17-5 2-2
18 9 Texas Tech 12-5 1-2
19 19 Coastal Carolina 16-4-1 3-1
20 20 Texas Christian 12-6 3-1
21 22 Arizona State 19-0 4-0
22 12 Florida State 14-4 1-3
23 23 UC Irvine 12-4 3-0
24 25 Connecticut 11-6 4-0
25 NR Oklahoma 16-4 3-1

Dropped out: Clemson (24).