Baseball Finishes Third in 2009 RPI Ratings
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Following its first trip to the College World Series, the Virginia baseball team finished third in the final RPI rankings, according to the NCAA. It was Virginia’s highest finish ever in the RPI. UVa was ranked fifth nationally in the final USA Today/ESPN and Baseball America polls and sixth in the Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA and Rivals.com polls – all program records to end a season.
The Cavaliers ranked behind only Cal State Fullerton and Texas in the RPI rankings. National champion LSU and North Carolina rounded out the top five.
Virginia posted a 49-15-1 record this year, including a 16-11-1 mark in the ACC. Virginia broke the school record for victories while earning the first berth in the NCAA College World Series in program history.
After an impressive regular season, the Cavaliers won the ACC Baseball Championship as the No. 6 seed, then captured the NCAA Irvine Regional and Oxford Super Regional to notch a berth to Omaha. UVa went 1-2 at the CWS, falling to LSU and Arkansas and knocking off Cal State Fullerton.
The Cavaliers led the ACC in batting (.327), ERA (3.23) and stolen bases (119), becoming just the second team in league history to lead the conference in all three categories since Maryland did so in 1954 – the first year of existence for the ACC.
Final 2009 RPI Rankings
1. Cal State Fullerton
5. North Carolina
6. Arizona State
9. Georgia Tech