DURHAM, N.C.—UCLA captured its first national championship and finished the season atop Baseball America’s Top 25 rankings. The Bruins ranked No. 12 in the preseason, ranked 10th heading into the NCAA tournament and made a 10-0 run through the postseason, allowing just 14 runs in those 10 games.
National runner-up Mississippi State finishes ranked No. 2, leading a group of three Southeastern Conference teams in the top 10, and five in the Top 25. The Atlantic Coast Conference also landed five teams in the final rankings, led by No. 3 North Carolina. The Tar Heels, Bulldogs and Oregon State all placed among the top six teams in BA’s preseason rankings and finished the year among the last four teams standing in Omaha.
Oklahoma State and Troy, which reached regional finals, joined the back of the rankings, replacing New Mexico and Clemson, which each went 0-2 in regionals.
Baseball America did not release rankings during the NCAA tournament, so the Prev. column below refers to each team’s final regular-season ranking on May 27. The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of June 25 and do not include ties.
|6.||North Carolina State||50-16||6-2||7||8|
|10.||Cal State Fullerton||51-10||3-2||3||22|
|21.||Austin Peay State||47-15||2-2||21||NR|
|Dropped out: New Mexico (17), Clemson (22).|