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College baseball is back, and Opening Weekend did not disappoint. Highlighted by Miami taking down Florida (for the first time since 2014) and the State Farm College Baseball Showdown, Opening Weekend was full of marquee matchups and shuffling in the rankings.
Ole Miss (3-0) takes over the top spot in the top 50 after a 3-0 finish in the College Baseball Showdown. Second-ranked Arkansas (3-0) also finished with a perfect performance at the College Baseball Showdown. Both teams defeated TCU, Texas Tech, and Texas (all of which were previously ranked in the top 12). #3 Vanderbilt (2-0) knocked off Wright State in a Monday doubleheader to start the year. Aces Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter dominated in their outings.
#4 Louisville (3-0) and #5 Miami (2-1) round out the top five. Miami traveled to Florida and defeated then-#1 Florida. Miami is up 17 spots from the preseason poll.
#6 Mississippi State (2-1) won two out of three games at the College Baseball Showdown, helping the SEC finish 8-1 overall at the tournament. Florida (1-2) drops from #1 to #7 after their series loss to Miami. Virginia (2-1) took two out of three games from UConn, and #9 LSU (2-1) knocked off Air Force and Louisiana Tech. The top nine teams are all from the ACC or SEC. TCU (1-2), the first team from the Big 12, rounds out the top ten.
#11 UCLA (1-2) falls nine spots after losing a home series to San Francisco. The Bruins were without ace Zach Pettway who is out for a week or two due to a non-disclosed injury. #12 Texas Tech (0-3) struggled defensively at the College Baseball Showdown and dropped nine spots from their preseason ranking. ECU (3-0) started the year off perfectly with a sweep of Rhode Island and moved up three spots. #14 Duke (2-1) had one of the most impressive series wins of Opening Weekend, going on the road and taking down Coastal Carolina. Florida State (2-1) finishes off the top 15 after an Opening Weekend series win against North Florida.
#16 Georgia Tech (2-1) marks the third straight ACC team in the poll. UCSB (2-1), at #17, is the highest ranked mid-major team. The Gauchos are followed by #18 Arizona (2-2) and #19 Arizona State (2-1), with NC State (2-0) completing the top 20.
#21 Oklahoma State (2-0) moves into the top 25 after taking two road games at Wichita State. #22 Wake Forest (2-1), #23 Georgia (3-1), #24 (2-1) San Francisco, and #25 Tennessee finish the top 25. San Francisco enters the poll after defeating UCLA on the road. This marks the first time San Francisco has been ranked in College Baseball Nation's Top 50.
The full top 50 can be found below.