The LSU Tigers remain atop the D1Baseball.com NCAA rankings this week. (Photo: Getty Images)
By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network
D1Baseball.com released the NCAA Top 25 Rankings for the week of April 16, 2023. The top six teams in the country remain the same from last week.
East Carolina University (28-2) moved up two spots from ninth to seventh in the nation after beating Old Dominion University on Tuesday 7-3, and swept the University of Cincinnati in a three game series over the weekend.
Coastal Carolina (23-11) surged in the rankings from 17th to 10th in the country after splitting their two-game series against Campbell University, losing 9-4 last Monday and winning 5-3 on Tuesday, and won two games of their three-game series over Old Dominion University this past weekend by scores of 15-2 on Saturday and 4-2 on Sunday.
Campbell University (27-8) climbed up three spots in the rankings from 14th to 11th after winning two games of their three-game series over Longwood University.
The University of Texas (26-12) rose five spots from No. 19 to No. 14 in the rankings, splitting their two game series against Texas State University during the week and winning two out of three against Baylor University over the weekend.
The University of Connecticut (26-9) improved their ranking from 20th to 15th, beating Central Connecticut State University last Monday 10-4, beating Bryant University 11-3 on Tuesday, and winning two out of three in their three-game set against Xavier University by scores of 7-6 on Friday and 11-9 on Saturday.
Texas Tech University (25-12) rose from No. 21 to No. 16, earring a split against Stanford University last early in the week and taking two of three from the University of Oklahoma on the weekend.
The University of Miami (22-13) reached in the Top 25 for the first time this season, winning two games in their three-game series against University of North Carolina by scores of 5-4 on Thursday and 4-3 on Saturday.
Arizona State University rose to 19th after beating Grand Canyon University 13-10 on Tuesday and splitting two games against the University of Washington on the weekend.
Boston College fell nine spots from 11th to 20th in the nation at 24-11, beating Harvard University on Tuesday 5-4, beating Dartmouth University on Wednesday 14-10, and losing two games in their three-game series against Duke University over the weekend.
Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Southern Miss University all entered the Top 25 rankings for the first time this season.
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Several teams that were in last week’s D1Baseball Top 25 Rankings had rough weekends on the diamond, and for that reason, there are five new teams in the latest Top 25.
Interestingly, the rankings look much of the same at the top with LSU leading the way yet again this week after a 3-1 week that included a home series win over Kentucky. Wake Forest hit the road and took a series from Louisville to remain No. 2, while Florida took a home series from Georgia, Vanderbilt won a home series against South Carolina and Arkansas did a clean sweep of Tennessee at home.
In terms of the rest of the rankings, Coastal Carolina entered the Top 10 for the first time this season after splitting a midweek series against Campbell and taking two of three from Old Dominion on the road this past weekend. Meanwhile, Campbell moved to No. 11 and Big 12 foes Texas and Texas Tech each moved up five spots to No’s 14 and 16, respectively.
The five teams that dropped out of this week’s rankings includes Florida Gulf Coast, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, USC and TCU. Meanwhile, the five teams that entered this week includes Miami (17), Oregon State (21), Oregon (23), Southern Miss (24) and UTSA (25).
D1Baseball editors and writers compile the weekly Top 25 Rankings.
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