Cal's baseball team heads into the postseason with a little more respect nationally.
For the first time this season, the Bears were ranked in this week’s D1Baseball's top 25. Cal comes in at No. 25 after winning its final three regular-season games.
D1Baseball’s rankings are the ones the NCAA posts on its website (ncaa.com).
Cal’s ranking is impressive considering the Bears were picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 and began the season 11-11. But since then Cal has gone 21-7 overall and 15-7 in the Pac-12.
Cal got into the postseason with a No. 2 seed in the double-elimination Arkansas Regional. The Bears open regional play with a game against TCU at 4 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the Bears will play either host Arkansas or Central Connecticut State.
Here are the D1Baseball final regular-season rankings:
UC Santa Barbara
North Carolina State