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2015 Week 18 (College World Series) College Baseball Top-25 Rankings (June 9 – June 24)

June 9, 2015
TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE - home of the 2015 College World Series

TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE – home of the 2015 College World Series

NCAA Baseball’s “Elite Eight” has been determined and the eyes of the “Grand Old Game” – Division One style – will focus its collective attention on TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, NE as the 2015 College World Series gets underway on Saturday, June 13.

The format is simple: the field will be split into two brackets and will participate in a double-elimination format that mirrors Regionals play. The winners of each bracket will, then, square off in a best-of-three series to determine this season’s champion.

Top-ranked LSU, the #2 national seed withstood a tough test from Sun Belt champion and #15 ranked Louisiana-Lafayette at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge to make its 17th appearance in the CWS and will open play on Sunday, June 14 vs. #5 Texas Christian in search of its 7th national championship.

Florida, ranked second and the $4 national seed, heads to Omaha for the ninth time and is in search of its first CWS title. The Gators bludgeoned #12 Florida State in a two-game sweep in Gainesville and will face #3 Miami-Florida on Friday, June 13.

Speaking of the #3 Hurricanes, the #5 national seed held off pesky Atlantic 10 champion #16 Virginia Commonwealth to capture the Coral Gables Super Regional and secure its 24th trip to the College World Series. Head coach Jim Morris leads his team to Omaha for the first time since 2008 and will look to capture the Canes’ fifth national title.

Defending champion Vanderbilt, ranked fourth, makes its third appearance in the CWS, all since 2011. By winning the Champaign Super Regional over #11/#6 national seed Illinois, SS Dansby Swanson, the top overall pick in Monday’s draft, and his club draws Big West and Louisville Super Regional champion #6 Cal State Fullerton for a Saturday matchup.

#5 Texas Christian survived an epic Super Regional in Fort Worth to outlast #9 Texas A&M and reach the College World Series for the third time in program history. Following an easy 13-4 win over the Aggies, TCU fell 2-1 in ten innings on Saturday and survived a 16-inning affair on Sunday with a 5-4 victory. The #7 national seed Horned Frogs open play Saturday vs. top-ranked LSU.

#6 Cal State Fullerton returns to Omaha for the 17th time in program history and first since 2009. The Titans took the Louisville Super Regional in three games over the 11th-ranked and #3 national seeded host Cardinals, taking both of their victories in extra-inning affairs. Waiting for Fullerton will #4 Vanderbilt on Sunday.

Virginia’s roller-coaster ride continues, as the #7 Cavaliers defeated #14 Maryland in the Charlottesville Super Regional and extends its season with a second consecutive trip to the College World Series. Virginia opens their fourth CWS appearance on Saturday vs. #8 Arkansas.

Arkansas took advantage of a scheduling conflict at #10/#8 national seed Missouri State’s home turf, Hammons Field, to host and win the Fayetteville Super Regional in three games. Making their eighth appearance in Omaha without a CWS title, the Razorbacks face #7 Virginia on Saturday.

 

1. Louisiana State (53-10, 21-8 SEC-W) This week: vs. #5 Texas Christian (49-13, 18-5 Big 12) 6/14; TBD; College World Series, Omaha, NE
(LW – 1) Last week (2-0): #2 National Seed; Won Baton Rouge Super Regional vs. #15 Louisiana-Lafayette (42-23, 18-11 Sun Belt) W 4-3, W 6-3

2. Florida (49-16, 19-11 SEC-E) This week: vs #3 Miami-FL (49-15, 22-8 ACC-C) 6/13; TBD;  College World Series, Omaha, NE
(LW – 2) Last week (2-0): #4 National Seed; Won Gainesville Super Regional vs. #9 Florida State (44-21, 17-13 ACC-A) W 13-5, W 11-4

3. Miami-FL (49-15, 22-8 ACC-C) This week: vs. #2 Florida (49-16, 19-11 SEC-E) 6/13; TBD; College World Series, Omaha, NE
(LW – 3) Last week (2-0): #5 National Seed; Won Coral Gables Super Regional vs. #16 Virginia Commonwealth (40-25, 14-10 Atlantic 10) W 3-2, W 10-3

4. Vanderbilt (47-19, 20-10 SEC-E) This week: vs. #6 Cal State Fullerton (39-23, 19-5 Big West) 6/14; TBD; College World Series, Omaha, NE
(LW – 5) Last week (2-0): won at Champaign Super Regional vs. #7 Illinois (50-10, 21-1 Big Ten) W 13-0, W 4-2

5. Texas Christian (49-13, 18-5 Big 12) This week: vs. #1 Louisiana State (53-10, 21-8 SEC-W) 6/14; TBD; College World Series, Omaha, NE
(LW – 8) Last week (2-1): #7 National Seed; Won Fort Worth Super Regional vs. #4 Texas A&M (50-14, 18-10 SEC-W) W 13-4, L 2-1 (F/10), W 5-4 (F/16)

6. Cal State Fullerton (39-23, 19-5 Big West) This week: vs. #4 Vanderbilt (47-19, 20-10 SEC-E) 6/14; TBD; College World Series, Omaha, NE
(LW – 11) Last week (2-1): won at Louisville Super Regionals vs. #10 Louisville (47-18, 25-5 ACC-A) W 3-2 (F/10), L 9-3, W 4-3 (F/11)

7. Virginia (39-22, 15-15 ACC-C) This week: vs. #8 Arkansas (40-23, 17-12 SEC-W) 6/13; TBD; College World Series, Omaha, NE
(LW – 12) Last week (2-0): Won Charlottesville Super Regional vs. #14 Maryland (42-24, 14-10 Big Ten) W 5-3, W 5-4

8. Arkansas (40-23, 17-12 SEC-W) This week: vs. #7 Virginia (39-22, 15-15 ACC-C) 6/13; TBD; College World Series, Omaha, NE
(LW – 13) Last week (2-1): Won Fayetteville Super Regional vs. #6 Missouri State (49-12, 18-3 MVC) W 18-4, L 3-1, W 3-2

9. Texas A&M (50-14, 18-10 SEC-W) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 4) Last week (1-2): at Fort Worth Super Regional vs. #8 Texas Christian (49-13, 18-5 Big 12) L 13-4, W 2-1 (F/10), L 5-4 (F/16)

10. Missouri State (49-12, 18-3 MVC) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 6) Last week (1-2): #8 National Seed; Fayetteville Super Regional at #13 Arkansas (40-23, 17-12 SEC-W) L 18-4, W 3-1, L 3-2

11. Illinois (50-10, 21-1 Big Ten) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 7) Last week (0-2): #6 National Seed; Champaign Super Regional vs. #5 Vanderbilt (47-19, 20-10 SEC-E) L 13-0, L 4-2

12. Florida State (44-21, 17-13 ACC-A) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 9) Last week (0-2): at Gainesville Super Regionals vs. #2 Florida (49-16, 19-11 SEC-E) L 13-5, L 11-4

13. Louisville (47-18, 25-5 ACC-A) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 10) Last week (1-2): #3 National Seed; Louisville Super Regional vs. #11 Cal State Fullerton (39-23, 19-5 Big West) L 3-2 (F/10), W 9-3, L 4-3 (F/11)

14. Maryland (42-24, 14-10 Big Ten) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 14) Last week (0-2): at Charlottesville Super Regional vs. #12 Virginia (39-22, 15-15 ACC-C) L 5-3, L 5-4

15. Louisiana-Lafayette (42-23, 18-11 Sun Belt) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 15) Last week (0-2): at Baton Rouge Super Regional vs. #1 Louisiana State (53-10, 21-8 SEC-W) L 4-3, L 6-3

16. Virginia Commonwealth (40-25, 14-10 Atlantic 10) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 16) Last week (0-2): at Coral Gables Super Regional vs. #3 Miami-FL (49-15, 22-8 ACC-C) L 3-2, L 10-3

17. UCLA (45-16, 22-8 PAC-12) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 17)

18. Radford (45-16, 20-4 Big South) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 18)

19. Houston (43-20, 16-8 AAC) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 19)

20. Oklahoma State (38-20, 14-8 Big 12) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 20)

21. Dallas Baptist (46-15, 15-6 MVC) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 21)

22. Oregon State (39-18, 19-10 PAC-12) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 22)

23. College of Charleston (45-15, 21-3 Colonial) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 23)

24. Florida Atlantic (42-19, 19-10 C-USA) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 24)

25. North Carolina State (36-23, 15-14 ACC-A) This week: Season Complete
(LW – 25)

Also Receiving Consideration:

UNC-Wilmington (41-18, 18-6 Colonial), Coastal Carolina (39-21, 17-7 Big South), Bradley (36-21, 10-11 MVC), UC Santa Barbara (40-17, 16-8 Big West), Southern California (39-21, 18-12 PAC-12), Auburn (36-26, 13-17 SEC-W), California (36-21, 18-12 PAC-12), Arizona State (35-23, 18-12 PAC-12), South Florida (34-26, 13-11 AAC), Indiana (35-24, 12-10 Big Ten), Rice (37-22, 22-8 C-USA), Notre Dame (37-23, 17-13 ACC-A), East Carolina (40-22, 15-9 AAC), Michigan (39-25, 14-10 Big Ten), Iowa (41-18, 19-5 Big Ten), Columbia (34-17, 16-4 Ivy-Gehrig), San Diego State (41-23, 19-10 MWC), Wright State (43-17, 21-8 Horizon), St. John’s (41-16, 14-3 Big East), North Carolina (34-24, 13-16 ACC-C)

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