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College  | Story  | 5/16/2011

PG Top 25: Finishing things right

Kendall Rogers     

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Every team is pushed to the limit this time of year and Virginia was no exception when it dropped the series opener to Miami over the weekend. The Cavaliers, though, responded from the loss by winning the final two games of the series. Virginia still hasn't lost a series this season and remains atop the Perfect Game Top 25 rankings.

While the Cavaliers lead the charge, the rest of the top five includes, in order, South Carolina, Texas, Oregon State and Florida State. The rest of the top 10 includes Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M and TCU. Florida moved ahead of Vanderbilt as a result of a head-to-head series win, Georgia Tech moved up a spot after taking a huge home series from North Carolina and TCU entered the top 10 after yet another solid week.

Elsewhere around the rankings, Arizona State dropped from No. 8 to No. 12 after a bad series loss to USC, Fresno State climbed from No. 17 to No. 14 after a fantastic week, Stetson dropped from No. 14 to No. 17 following a losing record last week and Southern Mississippi dropped from No. 13 to No. 18 after losing a tough series at Houston.

Oklahoma State is the only team to depart from the rankings. The Cowboys dropped their second-straight home series to Baylor and are gone as a result. Florida International, which rode a 15-game winning streak to Sunday and is in the mix for the Sun Belt regular season title, entered the rankings for the first time this season at No. 24.

The conference breakdowns are as follows:  ACC 6, SEC 4, Big 12 3, Conference USA 2, Pac-10 2, Sun Belt 2 and Big East, Mid-American, MWC, Big West, 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. Virginia (45-6)
Previous ranking: 1, Weekly record: 2-1
The Cavaliers have been phenomenal this season, and they had another solid week that included an important ACC series win over a solid Miami club.

2. South Carolina (41-11)
Previous ranking: 2, Weekly record: 4-1
The Gamecocks responded in solid fashion from last week's disappointing series loss to Ole Miss. The Gamecocks hosted Arkansas over the weekend and took two of three in the series.

3. Texas (38-12)
Previous ranking: 4, Weekly record: 2-0
The Longhorns played a couple of games against Texas Southern over the weekend and won both contests. They now look forward to a huge series against rival Texas A&M.

4. Oregon State (37-12)
Previous ranking: 5, Weekly record: 3-1
The Beavers put together yet another solid week. They began the week with a midweek triumph over Portland before taking two of three on the road from Washington.

5. Florida State (39-13)
Previous ranking: 6, Weekly record: 3-1
The Seminoles couldn't have had a much better week. They earned a very solid midweek win over Stetson before hitting the road and taking two of three from N.C. State.

6. Florida (39-13)
Previous ranking: 7, Weekly record: 3-1
The Gators suffered a tough series loss to Arkansas last weekend, but responded in a big way over the weekend with a road series win over Vanderbilt. UF might just be the favorite to win the SEC with an easier remaining series.

7. Vanderbilt (42-8)
Previous ranking: 3, Weekly record: 2-2
The Commodores had a chance to put themselves in the driver's seat for the SEC regular season crown. Instead, they'll need some help after dropping a tough home series to Florida.

8. Georgia Tech (37-15)
Previous ranking: 9, Weekly record: 4-1
The Yellow Jackets likely put themselves in good shape for a national seed over the weekend. They began last week with a pair of wins over Illinois-Chicago and Savannah State before taking two of three from North Carolina.

9. Texas A&M (36-16)
Previous ranking: 10, Weekly record: 4-0
The Aggies had a much-needed perfect week on the diamond. They defeated Texas State in midweek action before doing a clean sweep of Nebraska in Big 12 play over the weekend.

10. TCU (36-15)
Previous ranking: 11, Weekly record: 3-1
The Horned Frogs put together yet another solid week without stud pitcher Matt Purke. The Frogs defeated Baylor in midweek action before taking two of three from Utah over the weekend.

11. Cal State Fullerton (36-14)
Previous ranking: 12, Weekly record: 3-1
The Titans began the week with a disappointing midweek loss to Pepperdine, but bounced back in impressive fashion over the weekend with a complete series sweep of rival Long Beach State.

12. Arizona State (36-13)
Previous ranking: 8, Weekly record: 1-2
The Sun Devils' national seed chances took a hit over the weekend as they hit the road and dropped two of three to gritty USC in a hard-fought series.

13. Oklahoma (39-13)
Previous ranking: 16, Weekly record: 4-0
The Sooners suddenly are playing a very solid brand of baseball. They swept a four-game series from New Mexico over the weekend and now have won nine-straight contests.

14. Fresno State (36-11)
Previous ranking: 17, Weekly record: 4-0
The Bulldogs had slacked off a little bit in recent weeks, but they were simply phenomenal over the weekend in a four-game series sweep over New Mexico State.

15. North Carolina (40-12)
Previous ranking: 15, Weekly record: 3-2
The Tar Heels began the week with a pair of midweek wins over UNC Wilmington and UNC Asheville before dropping two of three to Georgia Tech in a fantastic series over the weekend.

16. Clemson (36-16)
Previous ranking: 18, Weekly record: 4-1
The Tigers are playing a solid brand of baseball at the right time. They won midweek affairs against Furman and East Tennessee State before hitting the road and taking two of three from Virginia Tech.

17. Stetson (39-13)
Previous ranking: 14, Weekly record: 2-3
The Hatters had a chance to nail down an NCAA Regional host site with a strong week. Instead, they dropped a pair of midweek affairs to Florida State and FIU before taking two of three from Lipscomb.

18. Southern Mississippi (37-13)
Previous ranking: 13, Weekly record: 1-2
The Golden Eagles had a golden opportunity to put themselves in better shape for a national seed entering the Rice series next weekend, but they dropped a road series to Houston over the weekend.

19. Connecticut (36-14)
Previous ranking: 21, Weekly record: 3-1
What a Big East campaign the Huskies put together. The Huskies clinched the conference regular season title with a home series win over struggling Louisville.

20. Miami (32-18)
Previous ranking: 19, Weekly record: 1-2
The Hurricanes hit the road over the weekend and dropped an incredibly hard-fought series to top-ranked Virginia. The 'Canes are playing a solid brand of baseball right now.

21. Troy (37-15)
Previous ranking: 22, Weekly record: 3-1
The Trojans put together another solid week. They defeated Florida A&M in midweek action before hitting the road and taking two of three from Louisiana-Monroe.

22. Rice (35-17)
Previous ranking: 23, Weekly record: 3-1
The Owls put together another solid week. They defeated Louisiana-Lafayette in midweek action before taking two of three from Memphis in a hard-fought home series.

23. Kent State (36-13)
Previous ranking: 25, Weekly record: 4-0
The Golden Flashes continue to ooze with consistency. They swept a pair of midweek games from Xavier before hitting the road and sweeping a series from Bowling Green.

24. Florida International (35-16)
Previous ranking: NR, Weekly record: 3-0
The Golden Panthers have been fantastic the past few weeks. They had another solid week that included a midweek win over Stetson and a weekend series win over Arkansas State.

25. Arkansas (33-17)
Previous ranking: 24, Weekly record: 1-2
The Razorbacks hit the road over the weekend and dropped a hard-fought SEC series to South Carolina. They still have their sights set on winning the SEC West.

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 kendall@perfectgame.org