1. Florida State (17-2, 5-1 ACC, PR: 1)
The Seminoles made a big statement this weekend sweeping a Top 10 NC State squad at Dick Howser Stadium. The Seminoles have shown all season that no stage is too large for them and continue to impress in all facets of the game. Florida State is now 5-1 vs. the RPI Top 50 and next travels to Clemson for another tough Top 25 match-up.
2. Virginia (15-3, 5-1 ACC, PR: 2)
Virginia hosted Boston College this weekend, sweeping them with scores of 8-1, 3-2 (12), and 2-1. Virginia continues to pitch at a high level but struggled a bit with a bad Boston College team at home. They will need to find their bats as their schedule toughens. The Cavaliers next travel to Coral Gables to face a struggling Miami squad.
3. UNC (14-5, 4-2 ACC, PR: 4)
This was a tough decision as I feel NC State is a better team than the Tar Heels but this is a power rankings based on overall season record and current playing status. Thus, the Heels get the nod here after winning a tough series in College Park over the weekend, defeating a good Maryland team twice. North Carolina is now 2-1 vs. the RPI Top 50 and next welcomes Georgia Tech to Chapel Hill this weekend.
4. NC State (14-5, 3-3 ACC, PR: 3)
The Pack were swept by Florida State in Tallahassee over the weekend as their pitching staff struggled outside of Carlos Rodon. I still feel they are the 3rd best team in the ACC but UNC won a series against a good team on the road and NC State was still swept even though they battled in 2 of the 3 games. The Wolfpack next will head to Maryland for what will be another tough series.
5. Clemson (12-6, 5-1 ACC, PR: 6)
The Tigers traveled to Winston Salem and after dropping the first game, won games two and three to take the series against a solid Wake Forest squad. Clemson has now won 6 of its last 7 games and welcomes arguably the best team in the country to Doug Kingsmore Stadium this weekend. The Series against the Noles will be a true measuring stick for Clemson.
6. Maryland (11-6, 2-4 ACC, PR: 7)
Maryland checks in at #6 moving up in the rankings after dropping a series against UNC. This is more a result of everyone behind the Terps not doing anything too notable and the one team ahead of them, Miami, having an awful week. Maryland was able to take a game from the Heels and continues to be a tough out. The Terps next welcome NC State to College Park this weekend.
7. Duke (12-8, 4-2 ACC, PR: 9)
The Blue Devils had a nice weekend sweeping Notre Dame. Duke proved to be a tough team after playing UVA tight all 3 games last weekend and are starting to make some noise early in conference play. Duke will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers and could move up further in the rankings with a series win.
8. Wake Forest (13-8, 3-3 ACC, PR: 8)
The Demon Deacons were able to take a game against Clemson but missed on a chance to defeat a semi-struggling team. After winning a series at Georgia Tech the Deacons caught my eye but this series loss sets them back just a bit. Wake is still a tough team and next travels to Boston College to play a series they are expected to win.
9. Georgia Tech (11-8, 3-3 ACC, PR: 10)
The Jackets had a solid series win over Miami this past weekend. After losing game one, GT was able to pull out wins in games two and three. Georgia Tech is still finding itself after losing some key pieces off their 2013 squad but this series win was a step in the right direction. The Yellow Jackets next travel to North Carolina with a chance to gain a massive series win.
10. Miami (11-9, 4-2 ACC, PR: 5)
Miami dropped a road series to Georgia Tech over the weekend capping a week in which they went 1-4. After defeating Florida in a series earlier this year, Miami has really fallen off. With losses already to Maine, FAU, Bethune Cookman, and Stetson the Hurricanes are in trouble. They still have a great pitching staff, but if they continue to struggle with the bats and lose more bad games, they will fall out of the power rankings. This weekend they host UVA; it doesn't get any harder than that. Big statement weekend for Miami.
Just Missed the Cut: Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Boston College