D1Baseball Preseason Top 25

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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 25

The D1Baseball Top 25 rankings are released every Monday morning during the season. The D1Baseball staff determines the Top 25.
RankTeam2014 recordConference
5South Carolina44-18SEC
6North Carolina35-27ACC
8TCU48-18Big 12
10Texas46-21Big 12
12Oklahoma State48-18Big 12
14Maryland40-23Big Ten
16Texas Tech45-21Big 12
17Texas A&M36-26SEC
18Ole Miss48-21SEC
19Cal State Fullerton34-24Big West
21Florida State43-17ACC
23Nebraska41-21Big Ten
24Arizona State33-24Pac-12

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