College Baseball Sr.-Class Salute: Coastal Leads the Way from ’07-’10

June 4, 2010

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers have compiled the most wins (198-50-0) in Division I college baseball spanning the past four seasons (2007-10) and sit atop the first edition of CB360’s exclusive Senior Class Salute. This offering is modeled after a similar feature on sister site (see links below):

(front page photo of senior catcher Jose Iglesias – who has logged 115 games played over the past two seasons – courtesy of Coastal Carolina; Iglesias played his first season at St. John’s)

One difference between a sport such as women’s soccer and baseball is that senior classes for many baseball programs can be affected by: players leaving early for pro ball; players coming and going via transfer; and some utilizing a redshirt/extra season. Nonetheless, the 25 baseball programs listed below have experienced sustained winning over the past four seasons (with each averaging 39 or more wins per season) … and many of the players who are seniors/5th-year-seniors/redshirt juniors have played key roles in the program’s success during this four-year stretch.

(Note: the Senior-Class Salute will be a regular CB360 feature throughout the 2010 NCAAs and in future seasons … CB360 also will be developing lists for top junior classes based on career wins and top combined records over the past two seasons).

Senior shortstop Ryan Graepel (pictured) and North Carolina's other veteran players have been part of a program that has compiled three College World Series trips and 195 wins spanning the past four seasons (photo courtesy of UNC).

Coastal Carolina’s four-year run has included three rare 50-win seasons (50-13 in 2007 … 50-4 in ’08 … and 51-17 in the current 2010 season)  plus 47-16 in ’09. Two programs – Arizona State (195-50-0) and North Carolina (195-68-0) – currently are tied for second on this four-year list, followed by Florida State (190-62-0), Rice (184-68-0), Louisville (181-66-1), Texas (181-66-1) and Virginia (180-65-1) in spots #4-#8. TCU (178-62-0) and LSU (174-82-2) round out the top-10.

The 25 teams on this list include five each from the ACC and SEC, plus three Big 12 programs and three from Conference USA, along with two Big West squads and one each from the Atlantic-10, BIG EAST, Big South, Missouri Valley, Mountain West,  Pacific-10, and the Summit League.

Six of the top-8 national seeds for the 2010 NCAAs – Coastal, ASU, Louisville, Texas, UVa and Georgia Tech (#25) – are included on this top-25 list (Florida is 147-91-0 over the past four seasons and UCLA 136-97-0).

Three teams on this top-25 list – Wichita State (#15), Charlote (#18) and East Carolina (#20) – failed to reach the 2010 NCAAs.

There have been 73 different teams over the past four years (2007-10) that have posted at least one season with 40-plus wins.

Winningest Senior Classes in 2010 College Baseball Season (2007-10)
(prior to 2010 NCAAs … research courtesy of; please credit accordingly)
* – not in 2010 NCAAs

PlaceTeamWonLossTiePct.'10 W'10 L'10 T'09 W'09 L'09 T'08 W'08 L'08 T'07 W'07 L'07 T
(1)Coastal Carolina198500.798517047160501405030
(2)Arizona State195500.7604680511404913049150
(3)North Carolina195680.74236200481805414057160
(4)Florida State190620.75442170451805414049130
(13)UC Irvine171691.71137190451504218047171
(12)Texas A&M171811.67840191372404619048190
(14)South Carolina169810.67643150402304620046200
(14)Wichita State*169850.66538190302704817053220
(16)Cal State Fulleton167780.68141150471604122038250
(21)East Carolina*160910.63832270462004221040230
(24)Oral Roberts156710.68735250331504814040170
(23)Georgia Tech156781.66645130381914121032250
(24)Southern Miss.156930.62735220402604222039230

CLICK HERE to see similar Senior Class Salute on sister site
(… here’s another sample of a Senior-Class Salute from CS360 … and here’s another)

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