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Monday, March 07, 2011

PG Top 25: Marked movement

Kendall Rogers        

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Florida began last week with a midweek loss to Florida State, but made up for the setback with a home series sweep over Miami this past weekend. For that and more, the Gators remain No. 1 in the Perfect Game Top 25 rankings.

Though the Gators didn't move this week, that isn't the case with other teams around the country.

UCLA dropped from No. 4 to No. 10 following a road series loss to Nebraska, Oregon dropped from No. 14 to No. 23 following a rough week and Miami dropped out of the rankings from No. 18 after a winless week.

Tulane was the new entrant to the rankings this week. The Green Wave had a great week that included a pair of midweek wins and a weekend road series win over Mississippi.

The conference breakdowns are as follows: Pac-10 6, ACC 5, SEC 5, Big 12 3, Conference USA 2 and MWC, Big West, WAC and Big East all with one representative.

The Perfect Game Top 25 is released each Monday during the season, and always will include an additional listing of 25 teams to watch and a live chat with college baseball managing editor Kendall Rogers.

1. Florida (10-1)
Previous ranking: 1, Weekly record: 3-1
The Gators had yet another fantastic week. Though they started it with a loss to rival Florida State, they finished it by sweeping Miami at home.

2. Vanderbilt (11-1)
Previous ranking: 2, Weekly record: 4-0
The Commodores took a dip down in level of competition last week and were perfect with a win over Western Kentucky and a series sweep over Brown.

3. TCU (7-4)
Previous ranking: 3, Weekly record: 3-1
The Horned Frogs began the week with a tough midweek setback to Dallas Baptist before hitting the road and flexing their muscles against Texas Tech over the weekend.

4. Texas (7-4)
Previous ranking: 5, Weekly record: 2-1
The Longhorns returned home from their Hawaii trip and took care of business against Stanford with strong pitching from starter Taylor Jungmann and closer Corey Knebel.

5. Oklahoma (14-0)
Previous ranking: 6, Weekly record: 5-0
The Sooners couldn't have asked for a better week. They began the week with a win over Texas-Arlington before heading to the West Coast and beating San Diego State (twice), San Diego and California.

6. Florida State (10-1)
Previous ranking: 7, Weekly record: 3-1
The Seminoles started the week with a midweek win over rival Florida before hitting the road and taking two of three from a motivated Georgia club.

7. Cal State Fullerton (8-3)
Previous ranking: 9, Weekly record: 4-0
The Titans had a fabulous week, earning a midweek win over Loyola Marymount and doing a clean sweep of USC over the weekend. Their pitching has been fantastic.

8. South Carolina (8-1)
Previous ranking: 8, Weekly record: 2-1
The Gamecocks began the week with a triumph over Furman before splitting a pair of weekend contests to rival Clemson. The two teams finish their series on Tuesday.

9. Virginia (12-1)
Previous ranking: 13, Weekly record: 6-0
The Cavaliers had another perfect week on the diamond, but didn't play great competition. Still, the sheer consistency the pitching staff is showing makes the Cavaliers one of the nation's elite teams.

10. UCLA (7-4)
Previous ranking: 4, Weekly record: 2-2
The Bruins the began the week with a midweek triumph over San Diego State before hitting the road over the weekend and dropping two of three to a gutsy Nebraska club.

11. Arizona State (9-2)
Previous ranking: 10, Weekly record: 3-1
The Sun Devils don't appear to be playing a great brand of baseball, but still found a way to finish the week with a 3-1 record. Their lone loss came to a surprising Cal State Bakersfield team.

12. Clemson (7-2)
Previous ranking: 12, Weekly record: 2-1
The Tigers had a solid week on the diamond. They started the week with a midweek triumph over Wofford before splitting a pair of weekend games against rival South Carolina.

13. Stanford (6-5)
Previous ranking: 11, Weekly record: 2-2
After earning a midweek win over an improved Santa Clara team, the Cardinal hit the road again over the weekend and dropped two of three to Texas in a hard-fought series.

14. Rice (8-5)
Previous ranking: 15, Weekly record: 3-2
The Owls split a pair of midweek games on the road to Arizona before returning home and winning two of three at the Houston College Classic, including a triumph over ranked Texas A&M.

15. Arizona (9-2)
Previous ranking: 16, Weekly record: 4-1
The Wildcats split a pair of midweek games to Rice before sweeping Utah Valley at home over the weekend. The 'Cats have been solid so far this season.

16. North Carolina (11-1)
Previous ranking: 20, Weekly record: 5-0
The Tar Heels are rocking and rolling right now. They defeated Charlotte and Davidson in midweek action before sweeping Stony Brook at home over the weekend.

17. LSU (11-1)
Previous ranking: 21, Weekly record: 4-1
The Tigers were tripped up against Princeton to end the weekend, but still had a great week that included a series win and midweek triumph over Southeastern Louisiana.

18. Georgia Tech (8-4)
Previous ranking: 22, Weekly record: 3-1
The Yellow Jackets have gotten great starts from Jed Bradley and Mark Pope, and now the offense is taking shape. This is going to be a scary, scary club as the season progresses.

19. California (6-4)
Previous ranking: 17, Weekly record: 1-3
The Golden Bears have played an extremely tough schedule and had their first setback over the weekend. The Bears went 1-3 with losses to San Diego State, Oklahoma and Connecticut.

20. Auburn (9-3)
Previous ranking: 23, Weekly record: 4-1
The Tigers split a pair of midweek games to Bethune-Cookman to start the week, but bounced back over the weekend with a 3-0 record, which included a solid road win over College of Charleston.

21. Texas A&M (9-3)
Previous ranking: 19, Weekly record: 3-2
The Aggies received fantastic pitching performances from John Stilson and Michael Wacha in Houston, but were unable to turn those great performances into wins. Offense needs to improve.

22. Fresno State (8-1)
Previous ranking: 24, Weekly record: 2-1
The Bulldogs stumbled in a midweek affair against Cal Poly, but responded over the weekend with a pair of wins over UC Davis. Now comes a trip to face a surprising Nebraska club.

23. Oregon (5-6)
Previous ranking: 14, Weekly record: 1-3
The Ducks must find a way to close out games. Oh yeah, they also must figure out how to hit the baseball with consistency. Offense is back to being atrocious at times.

24. Connecticut (4-4)
Previous ranking: 25, Weekly record: 2-0
The Huskies started their West Coast in impressive fashion with a pair of wins over San Diego State and California. Top prospect Matt Barnes was great over the weekend.

25. Tulane (9-3)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 4-1
It seems like ancient history the Green Wave got dominated by Southeastern Louisiana. The Green Wave is playing a great brand of baseball right now, and took two of three from Ole Miss this past weekend.

Kendall Rogers is the managing editor of college baseball for Perfect Game USA and has covered the sport for over 10 seasons. He can be reached at

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