D1Baseball Preseason Top 25
Defending national champion Vanderbilt tops the inaugural D1Baseball preseason Top 25 rankings. The Commodores have unrivaled firepower on the mound and a deep, athletic lineup, making them favorites to repeat as College World Series champions this June.
Vandy is one of three SEC Eastern Division teams in the top five of the rankings, as defending SEC regular-season champion Florida checks in at No. 2, and South Carolina enters the season ranked No. 5. The SEC leads all conferences with eight Top 25 teams overall, followed by the ACC (five), Big 12 (four), Pac-12 (three) and Big Ten (two).
Virginia, the 2014 national runner-up, welcomes back a stellar pitching staff of its own and enters the season ranked No. 3. UCLA, the 2013 national champion, looks primed to rebound from its injury-ravaged 2014 season and checks in at No. 4 heading into this spring.
Seven of last year’s eight Omaha teams crack the preseason rankings, as Vanderbilt and Virginia are joined by No. 8 TCU, No. 10 Texas, No. 11 Louisville, No. 16 Texas Tech and No. 18 Ole Miss. Only UC Irvine enters the season unranked after playing in the 2014 CWS.
Preseason Top 25The D1Baseball Top 25 rankings are released every Monday morning during the season. The D1Baseball staff determines the Top 25.
|12||Oklahoma State||48-18||Big 12|
|16||Texas Tech||45-21||Big 12|
|19||Cal State Fullerton||34-24||Big West|