NCAA Baseball Rankings 2016: Latest Top 25 RPI, Team Records and Standings

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 11, 2016

CORAL GABLES, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Logan Shore #32 of the Florida Gators throws the ball against the Miami Hurricanes in the ninth inning on February 26, 2016 at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables, Florida. Florida defeated Miami 5-0. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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As the 2016 college baseball regular season approaches its end, the top teams around the country will continue to build their resumes in the hopes of receiving the best possible seed for the NCAA tournament.

Historically, the regular season doesn't mean everything when it comes to contending for the College World Series. UCLA was the No. 1 overall seed a year ago and didn't make it out of its regional. The same thing happened to Oregon State the year before.

Still, teams will do their best to peak at the right time to succeed in the postseason. As of now it appears the SEC and ACC should have the advantage going forward, but anything can happen when the pressure is on.

Here is a look at the latest polls and rankings and a breakdown of the top teams to watch out for.

NCAA Baseball Rankings
Pos.RPI (Record)Coaches' Poll
1Florida (40-8)Florida
2Louisville (38-10)Texas A&M
3Miami (36-9)Miami
4Texas A&M (37-10)Mississippi State
5South Carolina (36-11)Louisville
6North Carolina State (32-14)Florida State
7Ole Miss (36-13)Vanderbilt
8Florida State (32-13)South Carolina
9Clemson (31-16)TCU
10Vanderbilt (36-12)Texas Tech
11Texas Tech (37-13)Ole Miss
12Mississippi State (33-14-1)North Carolina State
13North Carolina (30-17)LSU
14Coastal Carolina (34-14)Virginia
15Virginia (31-17)Oklahoma State
16Georgia Tech (31-16)Florida Atlantic
17LSU (31-16)Oregon State
18Southern Miss (34-14)UC Santa Barbara
19TCU (33-12)Michigan
20UC Santa Barbara (31-12-1)Arizona
21Louisiana-Lafayette (31-17)Rice
22Rice (31-14)North Carolina
23Arizona (31-16)Coastal Carolina
24Michigan (34-12)Clemson
25East Carolina (30-16-1)Georgia Tech
Source: NCAA.com and USAToday.com

Full RPI breakdown available at NCAA.com.

 

Top Teams to Watch

Florida

CORAL GABLES, FL - FEBRUARY 26: JJ Schwarz #22 is congratulated by Peter Alonso #20 and Jeremy Vasquez #24 of the Florida Gators after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Hurricanes on February 26, 2016 at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field in
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While Florida is the No. 1 team in the country, the Gators are still locked in a battle to win the SEC. They are 16-7 in the conference—tied with South Carolina atop the SEC East and slightly better than 16-8 Texas A&M.

Still, this team remains the favorite to earn the No. 1 seed in the SEC tournament with two series left thanks to the pitching on the roster.

Florida ranks 10th in the country with a combined team ERA of 2.81, which is not an easy feat in such a loaded conference. The bullpen has been great, and A.J. Puk and Alex Faedo do their jobs in the rotation. However, the real star is Logan Shore. The junior has a 2.32 ERA and is 9-0 on the season, winning 14 consecutive decisions dating back to last year.

Adam McInturff of Baseball Prospectus had high praise for the pitcher:

Florida is confident when he takes the ball every Friday night, and he will be tough to beat in the postseason.

The lineup has plenty of depth as well, with first baseman Peter Alonso leading the way, but it's the pitching that will help this team win for the rest of the regular season and beyond.

Miami (Fla.)

CORAL GABLES, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Zack Collins #0 of the Miami Hurricanes hits the ball against the Florida Gators on February 28, 2016 at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field in Coral Gables, Florida. Florida defeated Miami 7-3. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/
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This offense has been almost impossible to slow down as of late.

With Tuesday's 14-7 win over Bethune-Cookman, Miami has now won seven of its last eight games, reaching double-digit runs in six of those games. The key has been the offensive depth, with different players stepping up seemingly every night.

The Hurricanes have four players with batting averages of at least .350. Brandon Lopez leads the way with a .408 mark, good for 15th in the country. Zack Collins and Johnny Ruiz have each filled their roles of driving runners home, each tallying 45 RBI on the year.

Meanwhile, even the lesser known players can step up when needed. Miami scored 29 runs in the final two games of a series win over Georgia Tech, thanks to Jacob Heyward's three-hit, five-RBI night in the rubber match.

"It was a big series for us," Heyward said after the game, per the school's official website. "We feel like we’ve set ourselves up in a good position, being a top-five team in the country, and we just wanted to keep the wins rolling."

This squad is rolling now after a bit of a recent slide. The former No. 1 team in the country is peaking at the right time and should continue to cause problems for opposing pitchers.

Texas A&M

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There are few easy matchups in the SEC, but Texas A&M continues to take on all challengers. The Aggies haven't lost a series since Florida swept them at the beginning of April, going 15-3 in their last 18 games.

Boomer White is a big reason for the recent success, ranking second in the country with a .433 batting average. Richard Cross of the SEC Network noted how well the junior has played against conference opponents:

This would be impressive against high school pitchers, let alone in the best conference in college baseball.

Additionally, Hunter Melton has been one of the top power hitters in the league with 23 extra-base hits and a .618 slugging percentage. This duo has helped carry an offense that has been more than enough to contend for a conference title.

The pitching staff has also held up its end of the bargain with a 3.12 ERA and 419 strikeouts to just 136 walks on the season. While the group might not have traditional roles for its players, the coaches know how to get the most out of everyone, and the system has worked. No matter what innings pitchers such as Mark Ecker or Brigham Hill work, they have done their jobs and gotten outs.

This makes Texas A&M a dangerous team in the coming months.

Note: All stats courtesy of team sites.

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