Florida drops to No. 23

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Florida players at McKethan Stadium. (AP Photo/Matt Stamey)

Rough SEC weekends have plagued the young Florida baseball team to start the league season, and, as a result, the Gators have been dropping in the weekly rankings.

After a 1-2 series vs. Mississippi State in Gainesville, UF dropped from No. 5 to No. 14 last week.

Then, after being swept at Vanderbilt, the Gators dropped to No. 23 on Monday.

Florida (16-10) looks to regroup against No. 20 Florida State (17-6) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Jacksonville in the second Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown of the season. The game will air on the Gators Sports Network and SEC Network+. UF routed FSU 20-7 on March 12 in Gainesville. The series finale in Tallahassee is scheduled for April 9.

The Gators return to McKethan Stadium for a series against Alabama starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, with games at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers determine the Top 25 rankings. Records are through games of March 24.

 

Rank Team Overall Record Record Last Week Previous Rank
1 UCLA 17-4 3-0 1
2 Mississippi State 22-3 4-1 2
3 Stanford 15-3 3-0 3
4 Georgia 21-3 3-1 5
5 NC State 23-1 4-0 6
6 Vanderbilt 19-5 4-0 8
7 Oregon State 16-4-1 2-1 7
8 Arkansas 20-4 3-2 11
9 Arizona State 22-1 3-1 15
10 Texas A&M 21-5 4-0 13
11 Louisville 18-6 2-2 4
12 Coastal Carolina 18-5-1 2-1 17
13 Texas 17-10 2-3 9
14 East Carolina 18-6 3-0 20
15 Auburn 20-4 2-2 12
16 North Carolina 18-7 2-2 16
17 LSU 17-7 2-2 10
18 Texas Tech 15-6 3-1 19
19 TCU 15-7 3-1 22
20 Florida State 17-6 3-2 21
21 UC Irvine 15-4 3-0 23
22 Oklahoma 21-4 5-0 25
23 Florida 16-10 1-3 14
24 Ole Miss 17-8 3-2 18
25 Illinois 17-4 4-1 NR
Dropped Out
Michigan 15-7 2-3 24

6 COMMENTS

  1. This team has essentially lived on their excellent pitching and defense for years to produce their championship teams, especially their CWS title a couple years ago, with an occasional outburst of offense from time to time. Unfortunately, both these areas have been very poor so far this season, and there is not a strong and consistent enough offense to bail them out. The 20 runs that they hung on FSU a couple weeks ago owed a great deal to the Semis having a 3 inning melt down in their defense and their brain power. I’ll bet this team will continue to drive Sully crazy with it being so young, but at this point, any ranking inside the top 25 is more about the Gator’s past rep than true strength right now. They may turn it around a bit but if they do make the playoff field, they probably won’t be a high seed and hosting a Regional. Will be a learning year for this group, and hopefully Sully has dug up a couple of stud hitters coming in for next season.