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LSU leads the way • D1Baseball

LSU leads the way • D1Baseball

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LSU is No. 1 in the D1Baseball Preseason Top 25 for the first time in the rating’s nine-year history. The Tigers were ranked in all of the top nine preseason D1Baseball rankings, and this marked their sixth preseason Top 10 appearance, with their previous high ranking in 2019 (No. 2). After finishing second in the Hattiesburg Regional a year ago, LSU Their roster shipped by running down the nation’s No. 1-ranked transfer pool as well as the nation’s No. 1-ranked junior class, bolstering a core squad that was already full of talent.

Fellow SEC clubs Tennessee (No. 2), Ole Miss (No. 4), and Texas A&M (No. 5) join LSU in the top five. The Volunteers won 57 games a year ago but lost one win, over Omaha, while the Rebels won their first College World Series, and the Aggies reached all four College Baseball Finals. No. 7 Florida, No. 8 Arkansas, and No. 10 Vanderbilt gave the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) seven teams ranked in the top 10. conferences.

Stanford, coming from back-to-back CWS appearances, leads three Pac-12 teams, coming in third. UCLA is No. 17 and Oregon Record is No. 25.

No. 6 Wake Forest leads a group of seven ACC teams in the Top 25. It joins No. 12 North Carolina, No. 14 Virginia Tech, No. 16 Louisville, No. 19 Virginia, No. 21 NC State and No. 22 Miami Deacons in the standings.

Ninth-ranked Oklahoma State holds the top 12 team in the standings, followed by No. 15 TCU and No. 24 Texas Tech.

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Other top 25 teams include #11 East Carolina (American Athletic Conference), #13 Maryland (Big Ten), and #18 Southern Miss (Sun Belt), all of whom hosted regionals last year, with both the Buccaneers and Golden Eagles . She advances to Sobers.

D1Baseball editors and national writers identify the top 25 rankings.


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