Best College Baseball Programs of the Past Decade

Best College Baseball Programs of the Past Decade

The players aren’t being paid and the sport isn’t drawing in the most fans, but college baseball programs are multi-million dollar businesses with costs and profits. Those with more to spend conceivably have more rewards to reap. And in their world, there’s no greater reward than the College World Series title. With the annual postseason for NCAA Division I programs taking place this month, the time is right to pose -- and answer -- this question: Which schools do it best?

At ValuePenguin, we studied the RPI (rating performance index) and annual expenses of 300 programs over a ten-year period, from 2004 to 2013. We used this data to determine what the World Series can’t: which programs are having the most success while also considering their budget -- big, small or somewhere in between. More on our methodology below. For now, see where your alma mater ranked.

Best Five Programs

Here are the Top 5 college baseball teams based on our methodology. We have also included each program’s number of first-round picks in MLB’s Draft over the decade studied.

1. Cal-State Fullerton

The best program in America spent an annual average of  $1,002,529 to earn the fourth-best RPI over the past decade of available data. Long a powerhouse in the sport -- it has won one College World Series each decade since the 1970s -- Fullerton was at its most efficient in 2006, when the team finished third in RPI after spending $794,428 and actually turning a relatively rare profit of $138,425. The head coach who took over for the famed Augie Garrido in 1997, George Horton, left the team in 2007 to build a rising program University of Oregon (No. 72, below).

First-round picks between 2004-2013: 5

2. North Carolina

Known more as a basketball school than a hotbed for baseball, the coaches and players of Chapel Hill, N.C., recorded the lowest (best) RPI (9.9) in the country over the 10-year period we studied. The College World Series runners-up in both 2006 and ‘07, the Tar Heels have also operated at an average deficit of $661,117 over the same period. UNC should be able to recruit right-handed pitching with ease these days, what with alum Matt Harvey emerging in the Majors.

First-round picks between 2004-2013: 7

3. UNC-Wilmington

Located on the coast, about 160 miles south of its predecessor on this list, University of North Carolina at Wilmington cracked the top five in a very different way, spending 62 percent less than its in-state peer over the decade in question to achieve the country’s 44th-best RPI. Head coach Mark Scalf, who took the helm in 1992, led the Seahawks to a 17tth straight winning season in 2015. The Colonial Athletic Association member has taken advantage of its conference’s automatic bid to the College World Series to gain entrance to the Regionals.

First-round picks between 2004-2013: 1

4. Florida State

A football school with a perennially strong, and perhaps underappreciated, baseball program, FSU has lost money or broken even each of the 10 years we studied, but the cost didn’t come without success. The three-time College World Series runner-up finished nine of those 10 seasons with a top 25 RPI. The Seminoles, who recruit many of their players from the in-state pools of talent, were headed to their 14th all-time CWS Super Regional this month. 

First-round picks between 2004-2013: 4

5. Arizona State

With annual average spending of $2,208,903, the Pac-12 Conference’s Sun Devils have paid for every bit of their success, securing the second-best aggregate RPI rating between 2004 and ’13. Still, ASU is experiencing a drought in the College World Series, having won the title five times between 1965 and ‘81 but not once since. Their 2014 move to Phoenix Municipal Stadium, the former Spring Training home of the Oakland Athletics, should help the program rebound.

First-round picks between 2004-2013: 6

Does a Bigger Budget Equal a Better Ballclub?

Which schools get the best bang for their buck? How about the worst? In the graph below, we look at the relationship between two statistics for each school: its annual average program expenses and its annual average RPI. If you consider the LSUs and the Vanderbilts of the world, it appears that spending off the diamond equals success on it.

Methodology & List of Top 295 Baseball Programs

Here's the complete list we included in our study, including the No. 1 program, Cal-State Fullerton, which earned a composite score of 46.

To rank the NCAA’s College World Series-eligible baseball programs, we considered two factors: their annual average expenses over a 10-year period, according to the Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics Data, as well as their annual average RPI over the same period. We gave the former metric a 20 % weighting and the latter metric an 80 % weighting.

It should be noted that the DOE only provided expenses for public institutions; programs under the guise of private universities and colleges are not subject to the same openness.

The DOE’s office of secondary education defines "expenses" as anything "attributable to intercollegiate athletic activities. This includes appearance guarantees and options, athletically related student aid, contract services, equipment, fundraising activities, operating expenses, promotional activities, recruiting expenses, salaries and benefits, supplies, travel, and any other expenses attributable to intercollegiate athletic activities."

"RPI" is short for "Rating Performance Index" and is used for many sports leagues, both amateur and professional. It uses a formula to calculate the quality of a team by valuing road wins and losses above and below those on those achieved at home, for example. We relied upon the NCAA’s archive, seeking data from 2004 to ‘13. We also included schools (marked with an asterisk above) for which we didn’t find a complete 10 years’ worth of RPIs.

If it's easier to locate your school alphabetically, here's a handy list from A to Z of the top college baseball programs in the nation.

Rank

School
Average Annual Expenses
Average RPI
Final Score

152

A&M-Corpus Christi$529,390166148

245

Akron$568,823223212

36

Alabama$1,521,7294475

289

Alabama A&M$281,473293239

292

Alabama St.$436,125283244

227

Albany (N.Y.)$482,789211198

261

Alcorn St.$251,560264221

82

Appalachian St.$426,163128106

31

Arizona$1,858,5043372

5

Arizona St.$2,208,9031158

208

Ark.-Little Rock$743,013190184

278

Ark.-Pine Bluff$279,421276230
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An earlier version of this story ranked Texas A&M twice, at 18th and 33rd. The university's data was inadvertently split in two during the reporting process. This version, which ranks the school 31st, has been corrected.

Andrew is a Senior Writer at LendingTree, the parent company of ValuePenguin. Andrew has covered the cost of higher education and other personal finance topics, starting with ValuePenguin in 2015. His work has appeared in more than 40 publications, from Lifehacker and U.S. News & World Report to Marketwatch. He also pens an "Ask the Expert" column for Debt.com. In addition, Andrew previously worked in marketing for a leading online lender where he got to see behind the curtain. He’s also been quoted as a student loan expert, including on NBC News, CNBC, Fox Business, Yahoo Finance and Kiplinger.