NCAA Baseball Rankings 2018: Latest Top 25 D-I RPI, Team Records and Standings

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2018

Omaha, NE - JUNE 26:  Pitcher Brady Singer #51 of the Florida Gators delivers a pitch against the LSU Tigers in the first inning during game one of the College World Series Championship Series on June 26, 2017 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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The 2018 College World Series is rapidly approaching.

The 64-team field will officially be set on May 28, and regional action begins shortly after on June 1 as teams battle for a spot in Omaha, Nebraska.

While there's still a lot of baseball to be played, here's a look at the latest RPI top-25 rankings from D1Baseball.com:

 RPI Rankings 
3North Carolina33-13
7Oregon State36-7-1
9Texas Tech35-15
10Florida State32-16
11Ole Miss36-13
13Texas A&M34-14
16East Carolina34-12
17NC State35-12
20Oklahoma State28-17-1
23Tennessee Tech41-6
24South Florida29-16
25Coastal Carolina32-16


The Florida Gators claimed the No. 1 spot in the preseason poll at D1Baseball.com and they've delivered on those expectations to this point.

Third baseman Jonathan India (.382/.524/.771, 15 HR, 38 RBI) and right-handers Brady Singer (10-1, 2.33 ERA, 86 K, 81 IP) and Jackson Kowar (8-2, 2.80 ERA, 71 K, 74 IP) give the team a trio of potential first-round picks in June's MLB draft.

Top to bottom, the SEC is absolutely stacked this year, with Florida joined by Georgia, Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss and Texas A&M among RPI top-25 teams. That conference tournament is going to be must-see TV for even the casual college baseball fan.

Auburn right-hander Casey Mize (9-2, 2.25 ERA, 119 K, 84 IP) is the odds-on favorite to go No. 1 overall in June.

Speaking of must-see TV, Pac-12 powerhouses Stanford and Oregon State are set to clash this weekend in Corvallis, Oregon, for a three-game series that could have significant seeding implications.

There will be plenty of potential 2018 MLB draft talent on display in that matchup.

Oregon State second baseman Nick Madrigal (78 AB, .449/.488/.590) is a lock to be a top-10 pick, while teammate Trevor Larnach (.339/.466/.673, 14 HR, 52 RBI) will likely join him in the first round.

Meanwhile, Stanford pitchers Tristan Beck (7-2, 2.66 ERA, 54 K, 64.1 IP) and Kris Bubic (7-0, 2.25 ERA, 72 K, 64 IP), as well as shortstop Nico Hoerner (.335/.381/.491, 19 XBH), could all hear their names called on June 4 as well.

On the small-school front, the Atlantic Sun Conference has been strong this year, with Stetson and Jacksonville both earning a spot inside the top-25 RPI rankings.

Stetson ace Logan Gilbert (8-1, 2.61 ERA, 121 K, 86.1 IP) could become just the second first-round pick in school history, joining Kevin Nicholson (1997). Corey Kluber and Jacob deGrom are also products of the Florida school.

Ohio Valley Conference leader Tennessee Tech has also been a pleasant surprise. The Golden Eagles lead the nation in batting average (.353) while averaging a whopping 10.9 runs per game.

There's still a month of action before the postseason starts, so there's plenty of time for teams to make their case for a spot in the field.


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