Chaotic weekend in Top 25 shuffles teams behind No. 1 LSU

April 24th, 2023

LUBBOCK, Texas – More than half the teams in last week’s Top 25 of the College Baseball Hall of Fame Power Poll suffered a weekend series loss, and nine of those 13 suffered sweeps. Therefore, the Week 10 Hall of Fame Power Poll looks much different.

One thing that doesn’t look different is LSU leading the pack. The Tigers (32-6) continue to perch atop the poll and do so unanimously with all first-place votes after sweeping an SEC series from defending champion Ole Miss. But the teams hot on their heels have been shuffled.

Wake Forest (34-6), by virtue of its series ACC series win over Pittsburgh in which the Demon Deacons outscored the Panthers, 40-5, in the final two games, takes over at No. 2, while South Carolina (34-6), which swept an SEC series from previous No. 2 Florida (31-10), ascends four spots to No. 3. The Gators, meanwhile, fall to No. 5, just behind No. 4 Stanford (25-12), which took two of three in weekend action in the Pac-12 from Washington.

The rest of the top 10 is composed of No. 6 Miami, Fla. (28-14), which handled business in ACC play with a series win over Georgia Tech; No. 7 Vanderbilt (29-11), which fell three spots after being swept in SEC play rival Tennessee (26-14), which is back in the top 10 at No. 8; No. 9 Texas Tech (29-13), a weekend series winner in Big 12 play over Baylor; and No. 10 Arkansas (29-10), which was swept on the road in SEC action at Georgia to fall five spots.

Other Top 25 teams suffering sweeps this week were Louisville, which falls five spots to No. 11 after taking three on the chin in ACC play against Duke; Texas, which drops completely out of the poll after taking three Big 12 losses at home from rival Oklahoma; No. 15 North Carolina, which drops three spots after Boston College swept an ACC series; East Carolina, which drops from No. 15 to No. 22 after losing three American Athletic Conference games to Wichita State; Virginia, out of the poll from No. 17 last week after getting swept by Notre Dame in ACC play; and No. 24 North Carolina State, which suffers a five-spot drop after being swept by Clemson in the ACC.

Dallas Baptist (30-10) makes its debut in the 2023 Power Poll at No. 19 after sweeping Louisiana Tech in three Conference USA games. One other team returns to the poll in No. 18 Campbell (31-8).

Dropped out: Texas, Virginia.
Also receiving votes: Boston College 7, Texas 6, Indian 5, Connecticut 4, Northeastern 4, Virginia 3, Duke 2, Cal-State Fullerton 2.