Cal Baseball: Bears Ranked in Top 25 for First Time This Season

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Cal started the season 11-11, but are headed to the postseason

Cal's baseball team heads into the postseason with a little more respect nationally.

For the first time this season, the Bears were ranked in this week’s D1Baseball's top 25. Cal comes in at No. 25 after winning its final three regular-season games.

D1Baseball’s rankings are the ones the NCAA posts on its website (ncaa.com).

Cal’s ranking is impressive considering the Bears were picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 and began the season 11-11. But since then Cal has gone 21-7 overall and 15-7 in the Pac-12.

Cal got into the postseason with a No. 2 seed in the double-elimination Arkansas Regional. The Bears open regional play with a game against TCU at 4 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the Bears will play either host Arkansas or Central Connecticut State.

The Bears have no postseason experience, but star Cal hitter Andrew Vaughn and head coach Mike Neu do not think that will be an issue.

Here are the D1Baseball final regular-season rankings:

  1. UCLA

2.Vanderbilt

  1. Mississippi State

  2. Stanford

  3. Arkansas

  4. Georgia Tech

  5. Georgia

  6. Texas Tech

  7. Oklahoma State

  8. East Carolina

  9. Louisville

  10. LSU

  11. West Virginia

  12. Mississippi

  13. North Carolina

  14. Oregon State

  15. Miami

  16. Texas A&M

  17. UC Santa Barbara

  18. North Carolina State

  19. Baylor

  20. Creighton

  21. Indiana State

  22. Dallas Baptist

  23. Cal

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