Gamecocks slip slightly in new Baseball America Top 25

Posted on March 24, 2014 

South Carolina starting pitcher Jack Wynkoop throws against UK at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, March 22, 2014.

MATT GOINS — Herald-Leader

South Carolina's weekend series loss to Kentucky didn't hurt the Gamecocks much in the rankings.

The Gamecocks (19-3, 3-3 SEC) dropped one spot to No. 2 in the newest Baseball America Top 25. Kentucky (17-7, 3-3) climbed back into the Top 25 at No. 19.

USC won Sunday's finale against the Wildcats. The victory allowed the Gamecocks to move into in a five-way tie for first place in the SEC East with Kentucky, No. 7 Vanderbilt (20-5, 3-3), No. 22 Tennessee (19-4, 3-3), and Florida (15-9, 3-3).

Florida State (19-4) was 3-1 overall last week and climbed from No. 2 to No. 1 in the latest poll.

South Carolina returns to Carolina Stadium for five home games this week. The Gamecocks will play College of Charleston (16-7) on Tuesday, Coastal Carolina (11-13) on Wednesday, and Tennessee in the weekend series.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings.

TeamW-LLast Week  Previous
1. Florida State19-4   3-12
2. South Carolina19-31-21
3. Virginia18-43-13
4. Louisiana-Lafayette22-25-05
5. Cal Poly19-42-17
6. Oregon State19-41-24
7. Vanderbilt20-52-26
8. Louisiana State20-43-08
9. Cal State Fullerton13-83-19
10. Rice19-64-011
11. Oregon17-53-012
12. Texas19-64-015
13. Mississippi21-44-020
14. Louisville17-62-214
15. UC Santa Barbara17-34-019
16. Mississippi State17-94-121
17. Houston19-44-123
18. UCLA14-82-122
19. Kentucky17-73-1NR
20. Clemson14-92-313
21. Auburn17-84-1NR
22. Tennessee19-42-218
23. Georgia Tech15-94-1NR
24. North Carolina15-81-317
25. North Carolina State  14-80-310

Dropped out: Sam Houston State (16), San Diego (24), Miami (25)

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