January 30, 2023

LSU leads the way • D1Baseball


LSU is No. 1 in the D1Baseball Preseason Top 25 for the first time in the rating’s nine-year history. The Tigers are ranked in all of the top nine preseason D1Baseball rankings, and this marks 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 The roster shipped by reeling through the nation’s No. 1-ranked transfer pool as well as the nation’s No. 1-ranked junior class, bolstering a core team 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 made it to College Baseball’s Final Four. 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 #17 and Oregon is #25.

No. 6 Wake Forest is headlining a group of seven ACC teams in the Top 25. It is joined by No. 12 North Carolina State, No. 14 Virginia Tech, No. 16 Louisville, and No. 1 North Carolina. 19 Virginia and No. 21 N.C. State and No. 1 N.C. 22 Miami Deacons Devils in ranking.

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

Other top 25 teams include No. 11 East Carolina (American Athletic Conference), No. 13 Maryland (Big Ten), and No. 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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