College Top 25
June 24, 2002
DURHAM, N.C.Texas swept through the field undefeated to win the 2002 College World Series and finish atop Baseball America's Top 25 college baseball rankings.
The Longhorns added this CWS to titles in 1949, 1950, 1975 and 1983 to become the fourth program to claim five national championships. Southern California remains the leader with 12, followed by Arizona State, LSU and Texas. Miami, the champion in 2001, ranks fifth with four.
The Longhorns, whose highest ranking previously in 2002 was No. 2 heading into the CWS, did it by beating South Carolina, which had ranked third. The Gamecocks move up to No. 2, their highest ranking since entering the 2000 regionals as the nation's No. 1 team. Clemson and Stanford, ranked No. 2 and No. 1 in the preseason, finish the year ranked third and fourth, respectively. The Owls fell to fifth, while the rest of the poll remained unchanged.
All eight Omaha representatives began the season ranked no lower than 14th in Baseball America's preseason Top 25.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records indicated are as of June 23 and do not include ties.
Dropped Out: none.
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