College Baseball: Missouri Tigers Take Huge Fall in New Top 25

Corey GautreauxSenior Analyst IApril 30, 2008

Miami swept ACC foe Virginia on their way to earning their 13th straight weekend series victory, and keeping them on top of the college baseball world.  The Hurricanes improved to 36-5 overall and 20-2 in ACC action. Not to be outdone, No. 2 North Carolina took two from (then No. 3) Florida State.  The Tar Heels now trail Miami by two and a half games in the ACC Coastal Division.

Stanford moved up two spots to No. 3 with a Pac 10 series win over USC.  Pac 1- foe Arizona State also moved up two spots with a series sweep of (then No. 7) California.

Florida State dropped two spots while Nebraska gained two spots with a Big 12 series win at Baylor.

Rice moved up a couple of spots to No. 7 despite seeing their 12 game win streak come to an end on Friday night.  The Owls bounced back to win the series at Central Florida.

San Diego moved up three spots with a mid-week win against No. 25 Long Beach State and a weekend series sweep of Loyola Marymount.  Oklahoma State moved up to No. 9 with a perfect week, capped with a series sweep of Big 12 foe Kansas.

Texas A&M continued to roll with a sweep of (then No. 4) Missouri.  The Aggies still hold a two and a half game lead in the Big 12.

Georgia dropped one spot to No. 11 after losing their SEC series against Florida, their first SEC series loss of the season.  The Bulldogs still lead the SEC East over Florida by two and a half games.

Cal State Fullerton moved up three spots to No. 12 after splitting a pair of mid-week games with (then No. 6) Arizona State, and winning their weekend series against UC Davis.

UC Irvine moved up to No. 13 with a sweep at New Mexico.  Wichita State remained at No. 14 after their series win at Indiana State.

Missouri had the biggest fall this week, dropping 11 spots to No. 15 after going 1-4 for the week.  Cal followed at No. 16, down nine spots from their previous ranking.

South Carolina dropped five spots after getting swept by SEC opponent LSU in Baton Rouge. The Gamecocks will host Florida this weekend to try to gain some ground in the SEC East standings.  Kentucky moved up four spots to No. 18 despite seeing their 20 game non-conference win streak end against Louisville.  The Wildcats bounced back to take two from SEC foe (then No. 17) Vanderbilt.

North Carolina State gained five spots with a sweep of ACC opponent Boston College.  Coastal Carolina remained at No. 20 with their series win at Virginia Military Institute.

Michigan dropped two spots to No. 21 after winning two-of-four at Indiana.  Oregon State returned to the Baseball America Top 25 with a series win over Pac 10 foe (then No. 23) Arizona. 

St. John’s made their season debut at No. 24 with a series win at Notre Dame.  Long Beach State remained at No. 25 with a sweep of Pacific.

Ole Miss (21) dropped out of the rankings after a series loss to SEC opponent Arkansas.  The Rebels suffered their second SEC series loss in a row, but still lead the SEC West by one game over Alabama.

Arizona (23) also dropped from the top 25.  The Wildcats have lost four of their last five Pac 10 series, but remain only three games back from first place.

Around the SEC:

Alabama (25-21, 10-11):  The Tide has won their last two SEC series, including last weekend’s victory over in-state rival Auburn.  Alabama trails Ole Miss by one game in the SEC West.

Arkansas (26-18, 9-11):  The Razorbacks have won their last three SEC series, including two over nationally ranked teams.  After losing their first four SEC series, the Razorbacks have fought back and currently trail Ole Miss by two games in the SEC West.

Auburn (24-21, 8-13):  Auburn has lost its last three SEC series despite winning three straight before that.  The Tigers have lost nine of their last eleven and are currently in 11th place overall in the SEC.

Florida (27-16, 12-9):  The Gators bounced back after losing three straight SEC series and took two of three from the Georgia Bulldogs.  After starting 7-2, the Gators have lost seven of their last twelve.  They currently trail Georgia by two and a half games in the SEC West.

Georgia (29-14-1, 15-5-1):  The Bulldogs suffered their first SEC series loss of the season last weekend to the Florida Gators.  Despite the loss, Georgia still sits in first place of the SEC East and overall.

Kentucky (33-11, 11-10):  The Wildcats have won two SEC series in a row, and three of their last four.  Despite seeing their 20 game win streak against non-conference opponents end last Tuesday, the Wildcats have won six of their last nine games.

LSU (29-16-1, 9-11-1):  After losing two straight SEC series, the Tigers bounced back to sweep (then No. 12) South Carolina in Baton Rouge.  The Tigers have won six straight, including a mid-week game in New Orleans against in-state rival Tulane.  The Tigers returned home to beat McNeese State and sweep South Carolina.  The victories earned the Tigers the “Team of the Week” award from College Baseball Insider.  The Tigers also beat in-state rival UL-Lafayette on Tuesday.  The Tigers only have three remaining games in their historic Alex Box Stadium.  The Tigers will move to the “new” Alex Box next year.

Mississippi State (18-26, 6-15):  The Bulldogs won their first SEC series over the weekend against Tennessee.  The Bulldogs took game one and three from the Volunteers in Starkville.  State is looking to build on the momentum and get them out of the SEC cellar. The Bulldogs will need to win their remaining conference games and get some help to make the SEC Tournament.

Ole Miss (28-17, 11-10):  The Rebels still remain in control of the SEC West despite losing their last two conference series. Ole Miss continues to alternate winning and losing streaks.  The Rebels will look to end their slump and remain in first place against Georgia this weekend.

South Carolina (31-14, 11-10):  The Gamecocks suffered their second sweep of the season last weekend.  South Carolina has won 10 of their last 14, but are currently on a three game losing streak.  They will look to gain their momentum back this weekend when they host Florida.

Tennessee (25-19, 11-10):  Tennessee has lost two series in a row, including last weekend’s loss to SEC-worse Mississippi State.  The Vols have lost six of their last nine, and things will only get more difficult with three nationally ranked opponents remaining on their schedule.

Vanderbilt (31-13, 11-9):  The Commodores lost their third series of the season last weekend, despite winning their previous two.  Vanderbilt is hoping to gain some ground in the SEC East this weekend.  They are currently one of four teams tied for last place in their division.  The Commodores have won 12 of their last 15 games.