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Collegiate Baseball Tabs Vanderbilt as Nation's Preseason #1

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Vanderbilt ended 2014 as the number one team in college baseball. Thanks to Collegiate Baseball's first poll of the preseason, they'll start 2015 in the same position.

So we're just plunking this Papi kid, right?
So we're just plunking this Papi kid, right?
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Vanderbilt, the NCAA DEFENDING CHAMPIONS (go ahead. Type it out yourself. Feels great), earned their first #1 ranking of the early preseason on Monday. Collegiate Baseball named the Commodores America's team to beat for 2015.

The 'Dores will be without standouts like Tyler Beede, Adam Ravenelle, Vince Conde, and the Miller brothers (not actual brothers), but they'll still trot out one of the fiercest rotations in the country behind All-Americans Carson Fulmer and Walker Buehler. Two more Louisville Slugger AA honorees - shortstop Dansby Swanson and outfielder Bryan Reynolds - will provide balance on the other side of the ball for Tim Corbin's club.

In all, the SEC was responsible for three out of the top six team in Collegiate Baseball's rankings. LSU (#4) and Florida (#6) will help make the conference's season-ending tournament in Hoover, AL appointment watching once again. Mississippi State (#20), South Carolina (#21), Tennessee (#33), and Arkansas (#36) rounded out the league's presence on the list. In all, the Commodores are scheduled to face seven different top 40 teams this spring. Here are the full rankings:

Rank Team (2014 Record) Points
1. Vanderbilt (51-21) 494
2. Texas Christian (48-18) 492
3. Virginia (53-16) 489
4. Louisiana St. (46-16-1) 487
5. Oklahoma St. (48-18) 485
6. Florida (40-23) 483
7. Texas (46-21) 480
8. Houston (48-18) 479
9. Texas Tech. (45-21) 477
10. UCLA (25-30-1) 473
11. Florida St. (43-17) 469
12. Louisville (50-17) 468
13. Cal. Poly (47-12) 467
14. Miami, Fla. (44-19) 465
15. Oregon (44-20) 462
16. U.C. Santa Barbara (34-17-1) 460
17. Cal. St. Fullerton (34-24) 458
18. Stanford (35-26) 457
19. Arizona St. (33-24) 454
20. Mississippi St. (39-24) 452
21. South Carolina (44-18) 449
22. Rice (42-20) 446
23. Liberty (41-18) 445
24. North Carolina (35-27) 443
25. College of Charleston (44-19) 440
26. Georgia Tech. (37-27) 438
27. Kennesaw St. (40-24) 436
28. Clemson (36-25) 432
29. St. John’s (35-20) 430
30. Kent St. (36-23) 427
31. Ball St. (39-18) 425
32. Wichita St. (31-28) 424
33. Tennessee (31-23) 421
34. San Diego (34-20) 419
35. Loyola Marymount (32-24) 417
36. Arkansas (40-25) 414
37. Maryland (40-23) 412
38. Nebraska (41-21) 411
39. U.C. Irvine (41-25) 409
40. Illinois (32-21) 405
Other Teams Receiving Votes: Oregon St. (49-15), San Diego St. (42-21), Louisiana-Lafayette (58-10), Kentucky (37-25), Washington (41-17-1), Mississippi (48-21), Southern California (29-24), Alabama (37-24), Texas A&M (36-26), Arizona (22-33), New Mexico (37-20), Nevada-Las Vegas (36-25), Dallas Baptist (40-21), Indiana St. (35-18), Sacramento St. (40-24), Troy (25-32), Texas St. (30-28), Pepperdine (43-18), Grand Canyon (30-23), Miami, Ohio (30-27), Southern Mississippi (35-25), Florida International (36-20), Indiana (44-15), Sam Houston St. (43-19), Michigan (30-29-1), Central Florida (36-23), Florida Gulf Coast (39-22), Stony Brook (35-18), St. Louis (34-21-1), Seton Hall (39-15), Creighton (32-17-1), Campbell (41-21), South Alabama (22-33), Winthrop (27-30), Coastal Carolina (24-33), William & Mary (34-22), Wright St. (35-22), Central Michigan (35-23), Bryant (42-16), S.E. Missouri St. (37-20), Tennessee Tech. (40-19), Mercer (38-17), Samford (35-25), Western Carolina (37-18), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (31-27), Southeastern Louisiana (38-25).

Source: Collegiate Baseball