In STACK's baseball rankings, we take you beyond wins and losses to reveal what truly makes a college baseball program great. To come up with our list of the top 15 baseball programs, we consider a variety of factors—not just a team's record, but also academic rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Academic Progress Rates. The result is a list of schools we'd recommend to any baseball player seeking an elite athletic program and a strong education. Learn more about how we arrived at our rankings through the Elite 50 guide, and browse through STACK's rankings for 20 other sports at the bottom of this page.
STACK's Top Baseball Schools
|College||Score||'12 U.S. News Rank||APR [Out of 1,000]||National Ranking '11/'10/'09||Games Above .500 [Past 3 Seasons]||STACK Factor|
|4. North Carolina||80.56||29||982||5/NR/4||85||144|
|5. Arizona State||70.86||132||981||10/7/3||104||108|
|7. South Carolina||63.23||111||947||1/1/21||96||60|
|8. Florida State||63.13||101||938||9/6/10||83||132|
|9. Texas A&M||61.90||58||983||6/21/25||60||144|
Inside the Rankings: Texas Baseball
The University of Texas baseball team is used to winning. The Longhorns not only own the highest winning percentage in college baseball history, they also hold the record for most appearances and most wins in College World Series history. Since 1895, the program has produced nearly 100 Major Leaguers, like San Francisco Giants 1B Brandon Belt and Cincinnati Reds CF Drew Stubbs.
A large part of the team's success must be attributed to Augie Garrido, head coach since 1997. The winningest coach in NCAA baseball history, Garrido has led Texas to two National Championships. Thanks to his unique approach to the game and the professional success of so many players he's coached, Garrido was named one of the top three baseball teachers in the nation by the Major League Baseball Directors of Player Development.
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