Well, the polls are out for the first eight weeks of the DI College Baseball Season and this spring has seen return of some familiar names to the top ten and some movers and shakers among college baseball’s top 25 teams.
The Virginia Cavaliers, who debuted in preseason at the number 1 spot, remained in the top spot in the USA Today Coaches, Baseball America, and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCWBA) polls. With a defeat of then 14-ranked Clemson, the Cavaliers increased their record to 30-6 and overtook the lead in the all polls with their recent winning efforts.
Louisiana-Lafayette gained a place up to number 2 on the main polls, the highest college baseball ranking ever achieved by the Ragin’ Cajuns after sweeping Arkansas-Little Rock in a weekend series. This ninth straight week they have increased their ranking the polls.
The Cal Poly Mustangs jumped a few spots up to number 3 in NCBWA and 4 in USA Today Coaches polls after going 4-0 last week. The Mustangs were ranked at number 6 in a few polls, but Sophomore pitcher Casey Bloomquist and his eighth straight win are helping this Big West Conference leader charge up the charts
Another West Coast team, the Pac 12’s Oregon State Beavers, also rose in the rankings coming in 3rd in USA today, 4th in NCBWA, and 5th in Baseball America polls.
The Florida State Seminoles fell to 4 or 5th depending on the poll, after a disappointing series loss to the Georgia Tech Bulldogs, who just squeaked in themselves to the top 25, and another Seminoles shutout loss to state rivals Florida last week.
The Gamecocks of South Carolina also slid a bit in the USA Today and NCBWA polls, from the 4 spot to number 6 and will undoubtedly fall further following their 4th straight loss to The Citadel this Wednesday night.
The LSU tigers popped up to number 7 in the rankings and ended up deploying nine different pitchers in their 11th shutout, which is school record. They are winners of eight of their last nine games after winning against Southern Miss on a special Tuesday night game at the Wally Pontiff Classic.
The Texas Longhorns climbed slightly in the national ranking to number 8 after a 7-2 Saturday victory over the Oklahoma Sooners, in which all the players in the Texas starting lineup had at least one hit
Louisville and Mississippi
The Louisville Cardinals managed to find their way into top 10 after a strong series against Houston. And Mississippi found its way into the coach’s rankings top ten and rose higher in many of the other polls as well.
Other movers and shakers include University of Miami who climbed seven spots all the way to 17th in the USA Today Coaches poll. They are in the midst of the 13 game winning streak, which is currently the longest in the nation. The Rice Owls also climbed an impressive 6 posts to number 15.
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