The NCAA released the second College Baseball RPI poll on Tuesday, and the Oregon State Beavers remained on top for the second straight week after sweeping Utah at home over the weekend. The Beavers (28-6, 10-2 Pac-12) are one of three teams representing the Pacific-12 Conference in the top 10 with in-state rival Oregon at No. 5 and Arizona State at No. 9.
The Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences also had three representatives in the top 10 and Cal State Fullerton represented the Big West Conference at No. 10.
Moving down the list, the ACC dominated the 11-20 ranks with five teams while the SEC placed two teams and the Big Ten, Sun Belt and Atlantic Sun Conferences each contributed one.
The remainder of the top 25 brings teams from the remaining power conferences with teams from the Big 12 and the Big East.
The Top 10 RPI rankings are as follows:
- Oregon State Pac-12 28-6
- Vanderbilt SEC 33-4
- North Carolina ACC 34-2
- Louisiana State SEC 34-3
- Oregon Pac-12 27-8
- Florida State ACC 30-6
- Virginia ACC 31-6
- Mississippi State SEC 30-9
- Arizona State Pac-12 22-10-1
- Cal State Fullerton Big West 31-5
North Carolina is the consensus No. 1 pick across the board in the four polls; NCBWA, Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the USA Today Coaches poll with Vanderbilt, LSU, Cal State Fullerton, Oregon State and Florida State all occupying the top five nationally.
Upcoming weekend matchups between top-ranked teams include Florida State visiting Virginia for a three-game set and UCLA visiting Oregon for three games. North Carolina hosts a struggling Duke team this weekend while Vanderbilt and Mississippi St. feast on SEC bottom-feeders Georgia and Auburn. The Beavers are also fortunate to face a last place team when they travel to Seattle to take on the University of Washington.
With six weeks remaining in the regular season and the regional playoffs beginning on May 31, many teams are prepping and padding their tournament resumes while others are just looking to survive and make the field of 64.
This is crunch time and my favorite time of the year. The city of Omaha, Nebraska isn't well-known outside of college baseball circles, but for those in the know, it is the holy ground and I can't wait to get back there.