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South Carolina might be having some injury issues, but its not letting it show on the baseball diamond. The Gamecocks picked up an SEC series sweep over Auburn over the weekend, and remains No. 1 in the latest Perfect Game Top 25 rankings.
While the Gamecocks once again headline the rankings, the rest of the top five includes Virginia, Vanderbilt, Florida and Texas, in that order. The Longhorns are the new entrants to the top five after having a great week that included a midweek win over Texas State and home series win over Oklahoma.
No team dropped out of the top 10, though Texas A&M and Georgia Tech each dropped after losing series to Missouri and Clemson, respectively. Elsewhere around the rankings, Southern Mississippi moved from No. 18 to No. 13 following a road series win over East Carolina, while Stetson moved from No. 17 to No. 14 after sweeping North Florida.
Clemson, Connecticut, Kent State and Georgia entered the rankings. The Tigers had a huge week that included a weekend series win over Georgia Tech, the Huskies continued their dominance in the Big East, Kent State improved to 15-3 in the MAC with a series sweep over Ohio and Georgia improved to 13-8 in the SEC with a series win over Arkansas.
The conference breakdowns are as follows: ACC 6, Pac-10 5, Big 12 4, SEC 4 and Conference USA, Big East, MWC, Big West, Sun Belt, Atlantic Sun and WAC 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. South Carolina (35-8)
Previous ranking: 1, Weekly record: 4-0
Despite some serious injuries, the Gamecocks had another solid week that included a midweek win over Liberty and a weekend series sweep over Auburn.
2. Virginia (42-5)
Previous ranking: 2, Weekly record: 2-1
The Cavaliers put together another solid week that included a road series win over Boston College in ACC play. The series, though, was a little closer than expected.
3. Vanderbilt (38-5)
Previous ranking: 3, Weekly record: 3-0
What a weekend the Commodores put together against rival Tennessee over the weekend. The 'Dores swept the Volunteers and outscored their rivals 39-5 in three games.
4. Florida (34-10)
Previous ranking: 4, Weekly record: 3-0
The Gators had another solid week on the diamond. They didn't have a midweek bout, but took care of business over the weekend with a home series sweep over Mississippi.
5. Texas (33-11)
Previous ranking: 6, Weekly record: 3-1
The Longhorns moved into a two-way tie with Texas A&M atop the Big 12 standings with a weekend series win over Oklahoma. They also recorded a solid midweek win over Texas State.
6. Oregon State (32-9)
Previous ranking: 7, Weekly record: 3-1
The Beavers couldn't have had a much better week. They earned a midweek win over Portland before taking two of three on the road from UCLA with pitcher Josh Osich tossing a no-hitter.
7. Florida State (33-11)
Previous ranking: 8, Weekly record: 2-1
The Seminoles had some question marks about their pitching staff before the weekend, but they pitched at a high level on the road in a series win over rival Miami.
8. Arizona State (31-10)
Previous ranking: 10, Weekly record: 3-1
The Sun Devils put together yet another strong week. They defeated Arizona in midweek action before taking care of Stanford at home over the weekend.
9. Texas A&M (30-14)
Previous ranking: 5, Weekly record: 1-3
The Aggies had a rather inconsistent week on the diamond. They dropped a midweek affair to Sam Houston State before hitting the road and losing two of three to a bad Missouri club.
10. Georgia Tech (31-14)
Previous ranking: 9, Weekly record: 1-3
The Yellow Jackets certainly had a week to forget. They dropped a midweek bout to Georgia before hitting the road and losing two of three to Clemson.
11. TCU (31-13)
Previous ranking: 13, Weekly record: 2-2
The Horned Frogs started the week on the wrong foot with a pair of midweek losses, but hit the road in bad weather conditions and swept a two-game rain-shortened series from BYU.
12. Cal State Fullerton (30-13)
Previous ranking: 12, Weekly record: 2-2
The Titans began the week with a bad midweek loss to San Diego, but responded over the weekend with a home series win over Pacific. The Titans are doing well despite some serious injury issues.
13. Southern Mississippi (32-11)
Previous ranking: 18, Weekly record: 2-2
The Golden Eagles might've started the week with a midweek loss to Alabama, but responded in a big way over the weekend with a road series win over East Carolina in C-USA action.
14. Stetson (34-10)
Previous ranking: 17, Weekly record: 3-1
The Hatters put together yet another solid week. Sure, they dropped a midweek affair to Bethune-Cookman. But they responded over the weekend with a series sweep over North Florida.
15. North Carolina (33-10)
Previous ranking: 15, Weekly record: 1-0
The Tar Heels had the weekend off, but did earn a solid midweek win over East Carolina. They need to finish strong down the stretch to stay in the national seed mix.
16. Fresno State (29-9)
Previous ranking: 11, Weekly record: 1-2
The Bulldogs still have a chance on Monday to finish their series against Hawaii at 2-2, but they went 1-2 for the weekend against the Rainbows, who dropped a home series to Valparaiso last weekend.
17. Oklahoma State (30-13)
Previous ranking: 20, Weekly record: 2-1
The Cowboys began the week with a midweek loss to Wichita State before returning home over the weekend and dominating a pair of games against previously red-hot Kansas State.
18. Oklahoma (32-11)
Previous ranking: 16, Weekly record: 2-2
The Sooners began the week with a solid midweek win over TCU, but went on the road and dropped two of three to rival Texas over the weekend. OU now has work to do from a hosting standpoint.
19. Miami (29-15)
Previous ranking: 14, Weekly record: 2-2
The Hurricanes started the week with a midweek win over South Florida before losing two of three to rival Florida State over the weekend in an important ACC series.
20. Clemson (29-15)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 4-1
The Tigers took a pair of midweek games from Furman and Western Carolina before taking two of three from Georgia Tech in a huge home ACC series over the weekend.
21. California (26-14)
Previous ranking: 21, Weekly record: 2-2
The Golden Bears started the week with a midweek setback against Stanford before taking two of three at home from Oregon over the weekend in an important Pac-10 series.
22. Connecticut (31-13)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 5-1
The Huskies might just be in great shape now. They won a trio of midweek games before taking two of three from Rutgers on the road over the weekend.
23. Troy (31-13)
Previous ranking: 19, Weekly record: 1-3
The Trojans need to get back to establishing some consistency. They dropped a midweek bout to UAB before hitting the road and losing two of three to Florida Atlantic.
24. Kent State (30-12)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 4-0
The Golden Flashes have one of the nation's top weekend rotations and had another strong week that included a midweek win over Cleveland State and weekend road series sweep over Ohio.
25. Georgia (24-21)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 3-1
The Bulldogs' inclusion will cause some uproar because of their overall record, but look no further than Georgia's solid 13-8 SEC record with a fourth-place standing in conference.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org