LSU, Louisville and UCLA all maintained their posts atop the latest NCAA Top 25 baseball rankings, according to the polls released by D1Baseball.com earlier this week.
|15||UC Santa Barbara||35-13-1||7|
|18||College of Charleston||39-10||19|
LSU (43-8) has been the top-ranked team in the nation for four consecutive weeks.
The team ascended into first place in the SEC standings with a sweep of Missouri over the weekend. Missouri was previously ranked No. 21 in the D1Baseball.com Top 25 rankings. With the sweep, the Tigers improved their conference record to 19-7.
LSU will travel to South Carolina this weekend, and the road has been kind to the Tigers.
LSU ranks fifth in Division I in terms of RPI, with a 28-6 mark at home and an 11-2 record in away games. Only Dallas Baptist, UCLA, Florida State and Miami boast better RPI scores.
In keeping with the good news for LSU, the team will get senior second baseman Jared Foster back in time for the postseason, according to NOLA.com. Foster was ruled academically ineligible for the team before winning his appeal to the university. He's expected to join the team in South Carolina this weekend as it tries to capture the SEC championship.
Louisville (40-12) maintained its No. 2 ranking in the Top 25 after a 4-1 week. The Cardinals won at Clemson and at Kentucky, then took two of three from Florida State.
Louisville is 11th in the RPI rankings, with a masterful 25-6 mark at home and a 12-4 record on the road. The team currently sits atop both the ACC Atlantic and overall conference standings.
Rounding out the top three is UCLA (36-12). UCLA also went 3-1 over the last week with a win against Pepperdine and two wins in three games against then-No. 11 Arizona State.
The Bruins boast the nation's second-best RPI, with a 22-6 mark at home and a 13-4 record away. They remain three games ahead of USC in the Pac-12 standings.
Movement in the top 10 included TCU advancing from No. 5 to No. 4. That allowed Illinois to take the No. 5 spot and Florida to jump four spots to No. 6. Miami also climbed the rankings from No. 13 to No. 9.
No. 7 Texas A&M dropped down three spots from No. 4. UC Santa Barbara fell from No. 7 to No. 15, and Arizona State went from No. 11 to No. 17.
Both Rice and Houston cracked the Top 25 and currently occupy to 20th and 22nd spots, respectively. California also broke into the ranks to take No. 25.
Previously ranked Missouri (21), Auburn (23) and North Carolina (24) all fell out of the Top 25.