The Flames celebrate their 2013 Big South Baseball Championship. Today, Liberty was ranked No. 26 in the final Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.
The 2013 Big South Champion Liberty Flames are ranked No. 26 in the final Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, released this afternoon.
It is the first time in program history that the Flames have finished the year ranked in one of the three national baseball polls. After capturing the Big South title, Liberty appeared in the newspaper's June 4 poll. The Flames gained national attention during the NCAA Columbia, S.C. Regional by defeating Clemson twice to appear in the first regional final in school history, May 31-June 3. Making fourth regional appearance in program history, Liberty defeated the Tigers, 8-3, on May 31 and then defeated them again, 3-1, on June 2 to advance the regional final against regional host South Carolina.
For the fifth time in head coach Jim Toman's six years at the helm of the Liberty program, the Flames recorded 35 or more wins in a year by posting a 36-29 overall record in 2013.
Liberty claimed its first Big South Conference baseball title since 2000, earning the conference's automatic bid to an NCAA Regional since 2000, by winning five straight contests to capture the crown. The Flames became only the fourth host team in 25 Big South Conference baseball tournaments to win the conference's champion, when they defeated Campbell, 2-1 on May 25 at Liberty Baseball Stadium. Of Liberty's five victories in the tournament, four were decided by one run.
The Flames also received votes in the final National Collegiate Baseball Writers (NCBWA) Poll and the USA Today Coaches poll. After winning its first national baseball championship with an 8-0 victory over Mississippi State at the College World Series on Tuesday, UCLA is ranked No. 1 in the final Collegiate Baseball top 30 poll. Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I Poll (As of June 26, 2013)
Rank, Team (2013 Record) 1. UCLA (49-17) 2. Mississippi St. (51-20) 3. North Carolina (59-12) 4. Oregon St. (52-13) 5. N.C. State (50-16) 6. Indiana (49-16) 7. LSU (57-11) 8. Louisville (51-14) 9. Vanderbilt (54-12) 10. Cal St. Fullerton (51-10) 11. Virginia (50-12) 12. Florida St. (47-17) 13. South Carolina (43-20) 14. Rice (44-20) 15. Kansas St. (45-19) 16. Oklahoma (43-21) 17. Oregon (48-16) 18. Arkansas (39-22) 19. Arizona St. (37-22-1) 20. Virginia Tech (40-22) 21. Cal Poly (40-19) 22. Oklahoma St. (41-19) 23. Troy (42-20) 24. Florida Atlantic (42-22) 25. Central Arkansas (42-22) 26. Liberty (36-29) 27. Clemson (40-22) 28. William & Mary (39-24) 29. Austin Peay (47-15) 30. San Diego (37-25)
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