SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The Cal Poly baseball program earned a No. 52 rating on D1Baseball.com's ranking of the top 100 programs of the current era in college baseball.
The study took into consideration recent history, coaching staff quality, facilities, scholarship/financial aid situation, conference dynamics and recruiting and player development proficiency.
Under head coach Larry Lee, the Mustangs have earned three NCAA regional berths in the last seven years, qualifying for the Tempe Regional in 2009 and the Los Angeles Regional at UCLA in 2013 in addition to hosting the San Luis Obispo Regional in 2014.
Cal Poly captured its first Big West Conference championship in 2014.
Vanderbilt and Virginia, who have faced off in the College World Series finals each of the last two years, rank Nos. 1 and 2 on the list, respectively.
A total of 13 California schools, five from the Big West, are in the top 100.
Cal State Fullerton is No. 17, followed by UC Irvine at No. 32. Behind Cal Poly are UC Santa Barbara at No. 56 and Long Beach State at No. 78.
Top California school in the rankings, determined by D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers, is UCLA at No. 4. Also from the Pac-12 in the top 20 are Oregon State at No. 8 and Arizona State at No. 16.
The SEC led all conferences with 13 teams in the top 100, including four in the top 10. The Pac-12 and ACC were next with 10 teams each, followed by the Big Ten (nine) and Big 12 (eight).