DURHAM, N.C.–For the ninth week in a row, Vanderbilt held onto the No. 1 spot in Baseball America’s Top 25 rankings. The Commodores enter the NCAA Tournament with the nation’s top ranking after winning the Southeastern Conference tournament.
|Dropped Out: St. John’s (20),
Oklahoma State (21), Michigan (23).
Following the Commodores are two other tournament winners: second-ranked Rice of Conference USA and third-ranked North Carolina of the Atlantic Coast Conference. A 1-2 showing in the ACC tournament, combined with 2-1 weeks for San Diego, Texas and Arizona State, pushed Florida State down four spots from No. 3 to No. 7.
UC Irvine finished second in the Big West Conference but won its weekend series at league champion UC Riverside. The Anteaters won series against UC Riverside, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton in league play and finish the regular season ranked ninth, their highest ranking since reinstating their program in 2002.
Charlotte culminated a long year of dominating the Atlantic-10 Conference with a tournament title. The 49ers, making their first regional appearance since 1998, entered the rankings for the first time this season at No. 22. Rutgers, the Big East tourney champ, also is ranked for the first time this year at 23.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of May 27 and do not include ties.