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College baseball top-25 rankings, plus players to watch in April

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Oh how the tides have turned in college baseball.

March gave us all the drama with last season’s powerhouses faltering and sliding in the rankings as we approach midseason in just a couple of weeks.

Arkansas looks like the nation’s best team and has been ranked No. 1 for four straight weeks, with Wake Forest dipping all the way down to 21 as the Demon Deacons have 10 losses already on the year. Last year, Wake Forest lost only 12 games during the regular season and postseason combined. LSU has also taken quite the spill from its dominant title run last season, and the Tigers are ranked at No. 18 with a 20-9 record.

We can’t wait to see what’s in store for April. Here are the players we’re currently watching plus the latest top 25.

Players to watch

Travis Bazzana, IF, Oregon State

What’s there to say about Bazzana other than he is playing absolutely lights-out for Oregon State. He has hit 15 home runs and 37 RBIs already this season, and he has the Beavers ranked in the top five in the country. In late March, he had a leadoff home run in four straight games, and it’s safe to say Bazzana is not anyone pitchers want to face. It’s no wonder ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel placed the infielder at No. 2 on his MLB draft rankings.

Kendall Diggs, OF, Arkansas

Diggs has been on his A-game for the Razorbacks this season. He has hit six home runs and is well on pace to surpass his total of 12 from last season. He has also recorded 28 hits to go along with 21 RBIs, and there doesn’t seem to be anything that will slow him or the Razorbacks down. Just this past weekend, Arkansas swept defending national champ LSU in a three-game series.

Current top-25 rankings

Here is the D1baseball.com poll as of April 1, plus information for each team’s next couple of games.

All times Eastern

1. Arkansas

Record: 23-3
Next two games: vs. Arkansas State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+,
vs. Ole Miss on Thursday at 7 p.m. on SEC Network


2. Clemson

Record: 24-3
Next two games: vs. USC Upstate on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ESPN+,
at Notre Dame on Friday at 4:30 p.m. on ACCNX


3. Texas A&M

Record: 25-3
Next two games: at Texas State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN+,
at South Carolina on Friday at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+


4. Tennessee

Record: 24-5
Next two games: at Auburn on Friday at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+ ,
at Auburn on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on SEC Network+


5. Oregon State

Record: 21-4
Next two games: vs. Gonzaga on Tuesday at 9 p.m.,
vs. Arizona State on Friday at 8:35 p.m.


6. Florida

Record: 16-11
Next two games: vs. Florida A&M on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network+,
at Missouri on Friday at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+


7. Vanderbilt

Record: 23-6
Next two games: vs. Western Kentucky on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+ ,
at LSU on Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2


8. Dallas Baptist

Record: 23-4
Next two games: vs. Tarleton State on Tuesday at 7:35 p.m. on ESPN+,
at Western Kentucky on Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN+


9. Duke

Record: 20-8
Next two games: at Liberty on Tuesday at 4 p.m. on ESPN+,
vs. Miami on Friday at 6 p.m. on ACCNX


10. North Carolina

Record: 25-4
Next two games: at Virginia on Thursday at 7 p.m. on ACC Network,
at Virginia on Friday at 6 p.m. on ACCNX


11. Virginia Tech

Record: 21-5
Next two games: at Marshall on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ESPN+,
vs. Wake Forest on Friday at 7 p.m. on ACC Network


12. East Carolina

Record: 20-6
Next two games: at NC State on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ACCNX,
at Florida Atlantic on Friday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN+


13. Alabama

Record: 21-7
Next two games: at Samford on Tuesday at 7 p.m.,
at Kentucky on Friday at 6:30 p.m. on SEC Network+


14. Florida State

Record: 22-4
Next two games: vs. Jacksonville on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ACCNX,
vs. Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday at 5 p.m. on ACCNX


15. Virginia

Record: 22-6
Next two games: vs. Old Dominion on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ACCNX,
vs. North Carolina on Thursday at 7 p.m. on ACC Network


16. UC Irvine

Record: 22-3
Next two games: vs. UC Santa Barbara on Friday at 9 p.m. on ESPN+,
vs. UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2


17. Kentucky

Record: 24-4
Next two games: vs. Louisville on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on SEC Network,
vs. Alabama on Friday at 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network+


18. LSU

Record: 20-9
Next two games: vs. Southern on Monday at 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network+,
at Vanderbilt on Thursday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2


19. NC State

Record: 18-7
Next two games: vs. East Carolina on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ACCNX,
at Louisville on Friday at 6 p.m. on ACCNX


20. Coastal Carolina

Record: 20-7
Next two games: at UNC Wilmington on Tuesday at 6 p.m.,
vs. Old Dominion on Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN+


21. Wake Forest

Record: 17-10
Next two games: vs. UNC Greensboro on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ACCNX,
at Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. on ACC Network


22. South Carolina

Record: 21-7
Next two games: vs. Georgia Southern on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on SEC Network ,
vs. Texas A&M on Friday at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+


23. Mississippi State

Record: 19-10
Next two games: vs. Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+,
vs. Georgia on Friday at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+


24. Nebraska

Record: 20-5
Next two games: at Creighton on Tuesday at 7 p.m.,
vs. Ohio State on Friday at 7:05 p.m.


25. UCF

Record: 18-7
Next two games: vs. North Florida on Wednesday at 6 p.m.,
vs. Kansas State on Friday at 6 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+



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