Rivals Top 25: Several teams make their moves

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UC Irvine collected another series win last week and is the nation’s top-ranked team in the Rivals.com Top 25 for the third consecutive week.

The Anteaters began the week with a tough loss to San Diego, but bounced back over the weekend with a series sweep over UC Davis. UCI has a 40-12 record and an amazing 20-1 mark in the Big West.

The ‘Eaters are followed by LSU, Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State and Texas in the top five. North Carolina, Mississippi, Florida State, Oklahoma and Florida round out the top ten.

Rice fell from No. 5 to No. 12 following a bad series against UAB. TCU, Clemson, East Carolina and South Carolina climbed several spots this week. Virginia, though, joined Rice as a team that significantly dropped. Also worth noting, Minnesota moved from No. 24 to No. 20 after another good week.

Texas A&M, Georgia, Kansas State and Arkansas fell out of the rankings. Louisville, Missouri, Kansas and Elon were the beneficiaries.

Here are the conference breakdowns: SEC (5), ACC (5), Big 12 (4), Big West (3), Mountain West (2), Conference USA (2), Pac-10 (1), Big Ten (1), Big East (1), Southern (1).

Records in the rankings do not include ties.

RIVALS.COM BASEBALL TOP 25
1. UC Irvine (40-12) – Last week: 3-1, Previous rank: 1
The Anteaters continued their consistent ways with an excellent week that included a series sweep over UC Davis.
2. LSU (41-15) – Last week: 3-1, Previous rank: 2
The Bayou Bengals wrapped up another great week with a road series win over Mississippi State.
3. Cal State Fullerton (38-14) – Last week: 2-1, Previous rank: 3
The Titans had another good week that included a series win over UCLA in a split series. They have one more weekend series left.
4. Arizona State (41-11) – Last week: 3-0, Previous rank: 4
So far it has been no Josh Spence, no problem. The Sun Devils outscored Oregon 27-2 in a three-game series this past weekend.
5. Texas (38-12) – Last week, 2-0, Previous rank: 6
The Longhorns got the mid-week off for finals before playing Alabama A&M in their final two games. Yes, they won both contests.
6. North Carolina (41-14) – Last week: 3-1, Previous rank: 7
After taking care of Charlotte in mid-week action, the Tar Heels hit the road and took two of three from Boston College.
7. Mississippi (40-15) – Last week: 3-0, Previous rank: 10
Yeah, I think the Rebels want that national seed. They completely dominated Arkansas on the road in a three-game series.
8. Florida State (40-14) – Last week: 4-0, Previous rank: 9
The Seminoles got an easy four-game set against Grambling State to set the stage for the ACC tournament. They won all four games.
9. Oklahoma (40-16) – Last week: 3-0, Previous rank: 13
The Sooners made a bold statement for a regional host by sweeping Texas A&M in a three-game series over the weekend.
10. Florida (38-18) – Last week: 3-1, Previous rank: 15
The Gators put together another solid week that included a mid-week win over Jacksonville and a series win over Kentucky.
11. Georgia Tech (34-15) – Last week: 1-3, Previous rank: 8
The Yellow Jackets had a less than stellar week that included a mid-week loss to Georgia and series loss to Duke.
12. Rice (35-15) – Last week: 2-2, Previous rank: 5
All we’re going to say is the Owls found a way to lose two of three at UAB over the weekend. Not good at all.
13. Alabama (37-17) – Last week: 2-2, Previous rank: 12
The Crimson Tide took care of business in the mid-week before dropping two of three to Auburn in a hard-fought series.
14. Cal Poly (35-17) – Last week: 2-2, Previous rank: 14
The Mustangs began the week with a mid-week loss to Pepperdine but bounced back with a series win over Long Beach State.
15. TCU (35-14) – Last week: 4-0, Previous rank: 20
The Horned Frogs had an excellent week that included a win over Dallas Baptist and series sweep over UNLV.
16. Clemson (39-17) – Last week: 5-0, Previous rank: 21
The Tigers had a fabulous week that included a pair of mid-week wins and a road series sweep over N.C. State.
17. East Carolina (41-15) – Last week: 4-0, Previous rank: 22
The Pirates captured the Conference USA regular season crown with a home series sweep of Memphis over the weekend.
18. South Carolina (37-19) – Last week: 5-0, Previous rank: 25
The Gamecocks are playing excellent ball. They won a pair of mid-week games and swept Georgia at home this past weekend.
19. Virginia (39-12) – Last week: 2-2, Previous rank: 11
Sure, the Cavaliers went 2-2 with a mid-week win over VCU. But another ACC series loss, this time to Virginia Tech, is disappointing.
20. Minnesota (35-15) – Last week: 2-1, Previous rank: 24
The Golden Gophers had another solid week that included a road series win over Penn State. This team is pretty good.
21. San Diego State (37-19) – Last week: 3-1, Previous rank: 23
The Aztecs had another good week that included a mid-week win over San Francisco and series win over Utah.
22. Louisville (40-14) – Last week: 4-0, Previous rank: NR
After sweeping South Florida over the weekend, it’s apparent the Cardinals finally are playing like they’re capable of.
23. Missouri (32-23) – Last week: 2-0, Previous rank: NR
It sure has been a long and hard road back to the rankings, but the Tigers did it after going 2-0 against Cal State Bakersfield.
24. Kansas (37-19) – Last week: 2-1, Previous rank: NR
The Jayhawks had an outstanding week that included an impressive series win over rival Kansas State.
25. Elon (37-14) – Last week: 1-0, Previous rank: NR
The Phoenix only played one game last week and they won it. Now you have to wonder if they’ve earned a road No. 1 seed.
DROPPED OUT
No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 17 Georgia, No. 18 Kansas State, No. 19 Arkansas
OTHERS CONSIDERED
Coastal Carolina, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Miami (FL), Georgia

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Updated Monday, May 18, 2009