CWS Power Rankings

Here's where the teams rank according to how they fared in Omaha.

College World Series Power Rankings

1. South CarolinaLosing the first game of the tournament turned out to be no problem for the Gamecocks. They moved right through the losers' bracket, winning against Arizona State 11-4 before defeating Oklahoma 3-2 in a 12-inning thriller and knocking off Clemson twice, in 5-1 and 4-3 contests. That set the stage for another two-game sweep of a club, this time the UCLA Bruins in the championship. South Carolina beat them 7-1 in the first game and once again won in extra innings, 2-1 this time, to win their first ever baseball national championship. Overall Tourney Record: 6-1

2. UCLA—Give the Bruins credit. They won their first two games against Florida and TCU to get to their bracket championship game before losing to TCU 6-2, which forced the if-necessary game. Behind an offensive explosion, though, they were able to win their way into the championship series with a 10-3 victory over the Horned Frogs in their third meeting of the series, although they lost twice to SC. Overall Tourney Record: 3-3

3. TCU—This was the toughest team to place in the field of eight here. Given what they did in the tournament—they outscored opponents 31-26 despite their exit one game short of the CWS Finals and had solid pitching anchored by Matt Purke in addition to two 11-hit outings offensively—placing them in the two spot would be justifiable. But it seems fair to put them here simply because UCLA advanced one spot further. Overall Tourney Record: 3-2

4. Clemson—The Tigers methodically marched to the bracket finals on their side of the field, winning their first two games over Arizona State and Oklahoma, 6-3 and 6-4 respectively. But then the dreaded South Carolina Gamecocks arrived and finished off Clemson's year at 45-25. CU needed just one more win twice and couldn't get it. Overall Tourney Record: 2-2

5. Oklahoma—Perhaps the team that's kicking themselves the most is Sunny Golloway's Oklahoma Sooners. Behind solid pitching in their first performance, they were able to send South Carolina to the losers' bracket, and the Sooners had them on the ropes in their second meeting in an elimination game but just couldn't finish them off. Just one strike away from marching on to face Clemson, the Sooners failed to record the third out in what was a 2-1 game in the bottom of the 12th inning at the time, eventually falling 3-2. Overall Tourney Record: 1-2

6. Florida StateThe Seminoles saw heartbreak of their own. In an elimination game against TCU for rights to face UCLA, they led 7-3 entering the top of the eighth inning but gave up eight runs to turn a four-run lead into a four-run deficit. And they never recovered. The Horned Frogs single handedly eliminated FSU, defeating them twice. Overall Tourney Record: 1-2

7. Florida—Picked by most everyone to finish at least in the bracket finals, the Gators' trip to Omaha wasn't quite as good as the last time, when they finished as National Runner-Up in 2005. As the No. 3 national seed, they became the first team in the tournament to suffer the phrase "two-and-out." Because they owned the lead—albeit early—in both contests, they escape the eight spot. Overall Tourney Record: 0-2

8. Arizona State—It was a nightmarish tournament for the No. 1 national seed, who was also sent packing after two contests. The Sun Devils lost 6-3 to Clemson before getting destroyed 11-4 by South Carolina. For the first time and last time in 2010 Arizona State lost consecutive games en route to its elimination. Overall Tourney Record: 0-2

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