DURHAM, N.C.—South Carolina won its second straight national championship to finish atop Baseball America’s final Top 25 rankings for the second year in a row. The Gamecocks were also ranked No. 1 on May 23 before going 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference to fall to No. 4 in the final regular-season rankings, but they bounced back with a 10-0 romp through the NCAA tournament.
Florida, which began and ended the regular season ranked No. 1, reached the CWS Finals and finished second in the postseason rankings. Fellow SEC East juggernaut Vanderbilt ends the season ranked fourth, while Atlantic Coast Conference powers Virginia and North Carolina round out the top five at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.
Four teams won regionals to vault into final rankings, led by California, which leapt up to No. 11 by reaching the College World Series and winning a game in Omaha. The Golden Bears were ranked 17th in the preseason and spent most of the season in the rankings before dropping out on May 9.
Super regional teams UC Irvine, Mississippi State and Dallas Baptist—all No. 3 seeds in regionals—entered the rankings at Nos. 16, 17 and 18, respectively. The Anteaters were ranked 24th on May 23 before dropping back out of the rankings when they lost two of three to Long Beach State. But they rebounded to win a strong regional over UCLA and Fresno State. The Bulldogs and Patriots each make their first appearances in the Top 25 after winning regionals at Georgia Tech and Texas Christian, respectively.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of June 28 and do not include ties.
|14.||Cal State Fullerton||41-17||8|
|Dropped Out: Florida International (20), Troy (21), Oklahoma (22), Southern Mississippi (25).|