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2015 Final College Baseball Top-25 Rankings

June 25, 2015
The Virginia Cavaliers baseball team celebrate with the "Omaha Dog Pile" after defeating Vanderbilt 4-2 to win the 2015 College World Series. (photo courtesy of the University of Virginia Athletics Department)

The Virginia Cavaliers baseball team celebrates with the “Omaha Dog Pile” after defeating Vanderbilt 4-2 to win the 2015 College World Series. (photo courtesy of the University of Virginia Athletics Department)

In a rematch of the 2014 College World Series Finals, the Virginia Cavaliers captured the program’s first title by defeating defending champion Vanderbilt 4-2 Wednesday night and winning the CWS Finals two games to one at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.

Brian O’Connor’s Cavaliers (44-24, 15-15 ACC-Coastal) won Bracket One with a wins over Arkansas and Florida. Virginia faced Florida, again, after the Gators worked their way through the loser’s portion of the bracket and fell 10-5 before punching their ticket to the best-of-three final series with a 5-4 win.

Meanwhile, Vanderbilt (51-21, 20-10 SEC-East) kept alive their hopes of repeating as College World Series champions by sweeping the competition in Bracket Two. Tim Corbin’s Commodores defeated Cal State Fullerton, 4-3, and Texas Christian 1-0 to advance to the bracket finals, where they defeated the Horned Frogs 7-1 to complete the rematch of 2014’s final series.

In Game 1 of the finals, Vanderbilt’s Carson Fulmer, the 8th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox, limited the Cavaliers to a pair of hits over 7 2/3 shutout innings while striking out eight to lead the ‘Dores to a 5-1 victory.

Encountering their second elimination game in the College World Series, Virginia rebounded with a 3-0 win as Adam Haseley and Josh Sborz blanked the Commodores on seven hits to even the series at one game apiece. The Cavaliers scored all three runs in the sixth inning of hard-luck Vanderbilt starter Philip Pfeifer, as all the Virginia runs were unearned.

In the winner-take-all Game 3, Vanderbilt struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning off Virginia starter Brandon Waddell, but failed to score again as the Cavaliers tied the game in the top of the fourth inning and added single tallies in the fifth and seventh frame for a 4-2 victory. Waddell tossed seven strong innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out two. Nathan Kirby closed out the title for Virginia with two outstanding innings of relief, striking out five while allowing, only, a hit and a walk.

Sborz, a second-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2015 MLB Draft, was named the College World Series’ Most Outstanding Player for his efforts.

Virginia’s title is, only, the second in ACC history and the first in 60 years, as the last conference member to win the College World Series was Taylor Sanford’s Wake Forest Demon Deacons in 1955.

1. Virginia (44-24, 15-15 ACC-C)   2015 College World Series Champions
(LW – 7) Last week (4-2): vs. #8 Arkansas (40-24, 17-12 SEC-W) W 5-3; vs. #2 Florida (52-18, 19-11 SEC-E) W 1-0, L 10-5, W 5-4; vs. #4 Vanderbilt (51-21, 20-10 SEC-E) L 5-1, W 3-0, W 4-2; College World Series, Omaha, NE

2. Vanderbilt (51-21, 20-10 SEC-E)   2015 College World Series Runner-Up
(LW – 4) Last week (4-2): vs. #6 Cal State Fullerton (39-25, 19-5 Big West) W 4-3; vs. #5 Texas Christian (51-15, 18-5 Big 12) W 1-0, W 7-1; vs. #7 Virginia (44-24, 15-15 ACC-C) W 5-1, L 3-0, L 4-2; College World Series, Omaha, NE

3. Florida (52-18, 19-11 SEC-E)   3rd place, 2015 College World Series
(LW – 2) Last week (3-2): #4 National Seed; vs #3 Miami-FL (50-17, 22-8 ACC-C) W 15-3;  vs. #7 Virginia (44-24, 15-15 ACC-C) L 1-0; vs. #3 Miami-FL (50-17, 22-8 ACC-C) W 10-2; vs. #7 Virginia (44-24, 15-15 ACC-C) W 10-5, L 5-4

4. Texas Christian (51-15, 18-5 Big 12)   4th place, 2015 College World Series
(LW – 5) Last week (2-2): #7 National Seed; vs. #1 Louisiana State (54-12, 21-8 SEC-W) W 10-3; vs. #4 Vanderbilt (51-21, 20-10 SEC-E) L 1-0; vs. #1 Louisiana State (54-12, 21-8 SEC-W) W 8-4; vs. #4 Vanderbilt (51-21, 20-10 SEC-E) L 7-1

5. Louisiana State (54-12, 21-8 SEC-W)   tied for 5th, 2015 College World Series
(LW – 1) Last week: (1-2): vs. #2 National Seed; #5 Texas Christian (51-15, 18-5 Big 12) L 10-3; vs. #6 Cal State Fullerton (39-25, 19-5 Big West) W 5-3; vs. #5 Texas Christian (51-15, 18-5 Big 12) L 8-4

6. Miami-FL (50-17, 22-8 ACC-C)   tied for 5th, 2015 College World Series
(LW – 3) Last week (1-2): #5 National Seed; vs. #2 Florida (52-18, 19-11 SEC-E) L 15-3; vs. #8 Arkansas (40-25, 17-12 SEC-W) W 4-3; vs. #2 Florida (52-18, 19-11 SEC-E) W 10-2

7. Cal State Fullerton (39-25, 19-5 Big West)   tied for 7th, 2015 College World Series
(LW – 6) Last week (0-2): vs. #4 Vanderbilt (51-21, 20-10 SEC-E) L 4-3; vs. #1 Louisiana State (54-12, 21-8 SEC-W) L 5-3

8. Arkansas (40-25, 17-12 SEC-W)   tied for 7th, 2015 College World Series
(LW – 8) Last week (0-2): vs. #7 Virginia (44-24, 15-15 ACC-C) L 5-3; vs. #3 Miami-FL (50-17, 22-8 ACC-C) L 4-3

9. Texas A&M (50-14, 18-10 SEC-W)
(LW – 9)

10. Missouri State (49-12, 18-3 MVC)
(LW – 10)

11. Illinois (50-10, 21-1 Big Ten)
(LW – 11)

12. Florida State (44-21, 17-13 ACC-A)
(LW – 12)

13. Louisville (47-18, 25-5 ACC-A)
(LW – 13)

14. Maryland (42-24, 14-10 Big Ten)
(LW – 14)

15. Louisiana-Lafayette (42-23, 18-11 Sun Belt)
(LW – 15)

16. Virginia Commonwealth (40-25, 14-10 Atlantic 10)
(LW – 16)

17. UCLA (45-16, 22-8 PAC-12)
(LW – 17)

18. Radford (45-16, 20-4 Big South)
(LW – 18)

19. Houston (43-20, 16-8 AAC)
(LW – 19)

20. Oklahoma State (38-20, 14-8 Big 12)
(LW – 20)

21. Dallas Baptist (46-15, 15-6 MVC)
(LW – 21)

22. Oregon State (39-18, 19-10 PAC-12)
(LW – 22)

23. College of Charleston (45-15, 21-3 Colonial)
(LW – 23)

24. Florida Atlantic (42-19, 19-10 C-USA)
(LW – 24)

25. North Carolina State (36-23, 15-14 ACC-A)
(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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