After winning the first national championship in school history, Coastal Carolina tops 2016’s final Baseball America Top 25, powered by Louisville Slugger, for the first time ever.
Coastal defeated Arizona in the College World Series finals, clinching the national title with a 4-3 victory Thursday. The Chanticleers fought through a tough path in the NCAA tournament, going on the road to North Carolina State and Louisiana State for regionals and super regionals. In Omaha, they became the first team to win the national championship in their debut CWS appearance since Minnesota did so in 1956.
Coastal finishes the year ranked No. 1, its highest-ever ranking. Previously, the Chanticleers’ highest ranking was No. 5 in 2010. Arizona, the national runners-up, finish No. 2. It is the Wildcats’ highest ranking since finishing 2012 at No. 1. Texas Christian, Oklahoma State and Florida round out the top five.
Arizona is one of four teams that move into the rankings following the NCAA tournament. UC Santa Barbara, which reached the CWS for the first time, ends the year at No. 9. East Carolina returns to the rankings at No. 15, one spot ahead of Boston College.
Bryant, Cal State Fullerton, Ohio State and Dallas Baptist fell out of the rankings.
The Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference both have seven teams in the Top 25, leading all conferences.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings. Records are through June 30 and do not include ties.