College Top 25: June 30

Fresno State captures first ever national title




DURHAM, N.C.—Fresno State's magical run to the College World Series championship garnered the top spot in Baseball America's final 2008 Top 25 college rankings.

Fresno State, ranked 18th in the preseason, lost two of its first four games to UC Davis and proceeded to fall out of the Top 25 until the week before super-regionals, getting back in at No. 17. The Bulldogs then won the rest of their games against top eight national seeds, beating Arizona State twice in the super-regional, then beating Rice, North Carolina (twice) and Georgia (twice) to win the CWS.

The rest of the rankings remained mostly reflect how the teams finished in Omaha, with runner-up Georgia ranking second, followed by North Carolina and Miami, which entered the tournament ranked No. 1. Stanford, Louisiana State, Florida State and Rice round out the top eight, with the rest of the rankings unchanged.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are through games of June 9 and do not include ties.

COLLEGE TOP 25
Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. Fresno State
47-31 5-2 8
2. Georgia
45-25 4-2 7
3. North Carolina 54-15 3-2 3
4. Miami
53-11 1-2 1
5. Stanford 41-24 2-2 6
6. Louisiana State
49-19 1-2 4
7. Florida State
54-14 0-2 2
8. Rice 47-15 0-2 5
9. Arizona State 49-13 0-0 4
10. Cal State Fullerton 41-22 0-0 6
11. UC Irvine 42-18 0-0
8
12. Texas A&M 46-19 0-0 10
13. Wichita State 48-17 0-0
13
14. Arizona 42-19 0-0 14
15. North Carolina State 42-22 0-0 15
16. Coastal Carolina 50-14 0-0 12
17. Oklahoma State 44-18 0-0 16
18. San Diego 44-17 0-0 18
19. Missouri 39-21 0-0 19
20. Nebraska 41-16 0-0 20
21. Texas 39-22 0-0 21
22. Michigan 46-14 0-0 22
23. Texas Christian 45-19 0-0 23
24. Kentucky 44-19 0-0 24
25. Long Beach State 38-21 0-0 25
Dropped Out: None.