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NCAA Baseball Rankings 2019: Latest Top 25 D-I RPI, Team Records and Standings


Vanderbilt's Austin Martin runs to first base during an NCAA college baseball game against Pepperdine, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)Wade Payne/Associated PressThe most exciting part of the college baseball season is almost here.

Starting Saturday, Division I conference tournaments will be taking place. The 64-team field for this year’s NCAA tournament will be set May 27. From there, teams will compete for a spot in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, which starts June 15.

Although the field won’t be set until a little more than two weeks from now, it’s clear which teams are among the top contenders to win this year’s CWS.

Here’s a look at the updated RPI rankings and several teams that could make a strong push to win the national championship.

          

RPI Rankings (Per D1Baseball.com)

  1. Vanderbilt (39-9)

  2. UCLA (38-8)

  3. Mississippi State (38-10)

  4. Arkansas (37-12)

  5. Georgia (37-12)

  6. East Carolina (36-11)

  7. Louisville (39-10)

  8. Georgia Tech (33-14)

  9. Texas Tech (34-14)

  10. Tennessee (33-16)

  11. Oklahoma State (28-16)

  12. North Carolina (35-12)

  13. Miami (34-14)

  14. UC Santa Barbara (37-7)

  15. Texas A&M (32-17-1)

  16. Auburn (29-19)

  17. Ole Miss (32-17)

  18. Illinois (31-16)

  19. West Virginia (28-17)

  20. Missouri (33-16-1)

  21. Oregon State (31-14-1)

  22. Stanford (35-8)

  23. LSU (30-19)

  24. Creighton (29-10)

  25. NC State (37-13)

        

3 Teams to Watch

Vanderbilt

The Commodores have been one of the top college baseball programs in recent years under coach Tim Corbin. They have made the NCAA tournament 13 straight years, which includes winning a national title in 2014.

Last year, they lost 27 games. They’ve been more dominant this season, losing only nine games and winning 12 in a row.

Vandy is led by outfielder JJ Bleday, the No. 5 player in the 2019 MLB draft class, according to MLB Pipeline. The 21-year-old leads Division I with 23 home runs, which is the most by a Vandy player in a single season. The previous record was 22 set by Pedro Alvarez in 2006.

Playing in the SEC, the Commodores have had a challenging regular-season schedule that has featured series against Georgia and Arkansas, two of the other top teams in the nation. That should help them against elite competition.

            

UCLA

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The Bruins are the No. 1 team in the D1Baseball.com Top 25 rankings and have lost only eight games this season.

UCLA is another team that has been a strong program recently, making the NCAAs in seven of the past nine seasons. After an impressive regular season, the Bruins are on their way to another strong run to Omaha.

They are led by the strong infield duo of first baseman Mike Toglia and second baseman Chase Strumpf, who are both among MLB Pipeline’s list of top 100 MLB draft prospects.

        

Oregon State

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The Beavers have had some recent struggles, losing four games in a row and six of their last nine. But that doesn’t mean they should be disregarded for the NCAA tournament.

Last year, Oregon State won the third national championship in program history. It went 55-12-1 and beat Arkansas in the College World Series finals.

Not only have the Beavers had recent success, but they also have arguably the best player in the 2019 MLB draft class. Catcher Adley Rutschman ranks second in the country with a .429 batting average along with 16 home runs and 53 RBI.

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