DURHAM, N.C.—South Carolina lost its first game but won its next six to win the College World Series and earn the No. 1 spot in Baseball America’s final Top 25 college baseball rankings.
The Gamecocks were ranked 10th in the preseason and 12th at the start of the NCAA tournament. They hosted and won a regional in Columbia, S.C., then beat No. 5 Coastal Carolina in the Myrtle Beach Super Regional. After an initial loss to Oklahoma, the Gamecocks gathered themselves and beat No. 1 national seed Arizona State, then the Sooners and in-state rival Clemson twice to advance to the CWS Finals. There, South Carolina swept UCLA for its first national championship.
Because BA had not ranked teams since the end of the regular season, the final rankings are full of changes. Clemson, which had dropped out of our final regular-season poll, finishes the season ranked 10th after advancing to Omaha and going 2-2 there. Preseason No. 1 Texas and Virginia, which held the No. 1 spot longer than any team this season, failed to reach the CWS. Texas ended the season ranked ninth while Virginia wound up eighth.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of June 29 and do not include ties.
|11.||Cal State Fullerton||46-18||5-3||7|
|Dropped Out: San Diego (15), Connecticut (17), Louisiana State (23)|