Vanderbilt won its first national championship to finish atop Baseball America’s final Top 25 rankings for the first time.
The Commodores ranked No. 10 in the preseason and spent the first seven weeks ranked inside the top 10 before a midseason swoon dropped them to No. 25. But they never fell out of the rankings and headed into the postseason ranked No. 20 following a disappointing showing in the Southeastern Conference tournament. They went 10-3 in the postseason to win the College World Series, toppling preseason No. 1 Virginia in the Finals.
The Cavaliers spent much of the season atop the rankings before stumbling in the final two weeks before the NCAA tournament to fall to a season-low No. 8. But they rebounded to reach the CWS Finals for the first time in program history and finish No. 2 in the rankings. Fellow Omaha teams Mississippi, Texas, Texas Christian and Louisville occupied the next six spots, followed by No. 7 Louisiana-Lafayette, which led the nation with 58 wins but lost to Ole Miss in super regionals. UC Irvine, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State round out a top 10 that features four Big 12 clubs.
Pacific-12 Conference champion Oregon State, the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA tournament, was upset by Irvine in regionals but still checks in at No. 13 in the final BA rankings, ahead of surprise super regional teams Maryland, Stanford, Kennesaw State and College of Charleston. Those four teams, plus Irvine and Texas Tech, joined the rankings, knocking six teams out of the final Top 25.
Baseball America did not release rankings during the NCAA tournament, so the “Previous” column below refers to each team’s final regular-season record on May 26. The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through June 25 and do not include ties.
|17||College of Charleston||44-19||NR|
|Dropped out: Nebraska, Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Rice|