Baseball Power Rankings (Week 11)
Well, college baseball nation, it looks as if we were right about the Virginia Cavaliers after all. They made quite an emphatic point by going into one of the toughest environments in our sport and pulling out a series win over Florida State two games to one.
Another big flag was planted in the dirt by Oregon State with its sweep of in-state rival Oregon. The Beavers' starting pitching looks Omaha-ready as they strive to make their sixth trip this June.
Slight hiccups for Louisiana and Cal Poly didn't do huge damage, but let's keep an eye on those two teams that are totally new to this wild success they're having this season. Teams like that tend to wear down in May.
Here are the best of the movers and shakers in this week's Power Rankings.
1. Virginia (37-8)Trending:
Last week: 1
Of note: The Wahoos welcomed back big slugger Derek Fisher, who was out for more than a month with an injury, last week. He didn't disappoint, hitting .409 with two home runs, three doubles and five RBIs in five games against Richmond, VCU and Florida State.
2. Oregon State (31-8)Trending:
Last week: 3
Of note: Starters Ben Wetzler, Andrew Moore and Jace Fry combined for 24.1 innings, giving up three earned runs and striking out 25 in three-game sweep of Oregon.
3. Louisiana (39-6)Trending:
Last week: 4
Of note: The Cajuns have won 11 straight weekend series and completed their 10th shutout of the season with Sunday's 2-0 win over Texas State.
4. Cal Poly (36-7)Trending:
Last week: 2
Of note: The Mustangs lost back-to-back games for the first time this season at Long Beach State, where they were held to two runs and eight hits combined Saturday and Sunday.
5. Washington (29-10-1)Trending:
Last week: 7
Of note: Talk about getting hot at the right time. After getting one hit in his previous 30 at-bats, Andrew Ely was 5-for-8 in Sunday's doubleheader sweep of Washington State.
6. Louisville (33-11)Trending:
Last week: 8
Of note: Despite a six-game win streak that includes this past weekend's sweep of UConn, the Cardinals are still 2½ games behind UCF in the American standings. Trips to South Florida and Temple are next.
7. Houston (31-12)Trending:
Last week: 9
Of note: Walk this way. The Cougars lead the American with 196 walks on the season, and the pitching staff is also at the top, handing out just 78 free passes so far.
8. Oklahoma State (31-13)Trending:
Last week: 11
Of note: Two weeks ago the Pokes had an RPI in the low 80s. After sweeping Kansas on Easter weekend and winning the series at Texas this past weekend, they've made their move up to No. 40. (Hint: They're still better than that.)
9. Florida State (33-11)Trending:
Last week: 6
Of note: Virginia proved the Seminoles are human after all by taking two of three games in Tallahassee. This was FSU's first ACC home series loss since 2011 versus Clemson.
10. LSU (33-11-1)Trending:
Last week: 10
Of note: The Tigers took down Tennessee this past weekend, but coach Paul Mainieri called the Vols the best offensive team his group faced all season. Tennessee got 17 runs off 31 hits in the series.
11. Oregon (31-13)Trending:
Last week: 5
Of note: It was a snakebitten weekend for the Ducks. Oregon left the tying run on base in the ninth inning of both Friday's 3-1 and Saturday's 4-2 losses at Oregon State.
12. South Carolina (34-11)Trending:
Last week: 17
Of note: The Gamecocks gave us a glimpse of how dominant they can be with a pair of 9-3 wins over Alabama on Friday and Sunday. But consistency is still an issue.
13. Vanderbilt (33-12)Trending:
Last week: 14
Of note: Saves specialist Carson Fulmer got his second start of the season on Saturday against Georgia and went seven innings, giving up just two hits with eight K's.
14. Miami (32-13)Trending:
Last week: NR
Of note: The Hurricanes are on a rocket ride, having won 19 of their past 20 games. They have a one-game lead on No. 1 Virginia in the ACC with two conference series to go.
15. Texas (32-13)Trending:
Last week: 12
Of note: With this weekend's series loss to Oklahoma State the streaky Longhorns are on a 2-5 stretch. Texas had as many hits (18) as walks in the three games versus the Pokes.
16. Texas Tech (35-13)Trending:
Last week: 16
Of note: Tech already has the most wins in a season since 2002, when it won 40 games. And get this, their two Big 12 sweeps this season are more than the Raiders have had in the previous seven seasons combined.
17. Rice (31-15)Trending:
Last week: 15
Of note: The Owls went 2-2 this past week, but the two losses saw them put the tying or winning run in scoring position in the ninth inning versus Texas A&M on Tuesday (6-5 loss) and at Southern Miss on Sunday (8-6 loss).
18. Florida (30-15)Trending:
Last week: 13
Of note: Not sure what to make of the Gators. They're still leading the SEC East by three games, but losses to Jacksonville and Florida A&M last week forced them to drop from No. 1 to No. 3 in the RPI.
19. TCU (30-13)Trending:
Last week: 18
Of note: Man, these guys are stout. The Frogs have posted six shutouts in the past two weeks, including Preston Morrison's three-hitter against Cal State Northridge.
20. Indiana (28-12)Trending:
Last week: 19
Of note: Wow. You know you've played a good schedule when you're five weeks into the Big Ten part of the season and you're still at No. 2 in the RPI. Well done, Hoosiers.
Five on deck: Ole Miss (33-12), Pepperdine (30-9), UC Santa Barbara (26-11), San Diego State (31-13), Seton Hall (31-9)
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