Indiana climbing baseball ladder

Looking at Baseball America’s preseason NCAA top 25, it is easy to think you are back in grade school pondering one of those logic problems.

You know, the kind where you are shown pictures of three different vegetables and a bulldozer and are asked, “Which one doesn’t belong?”

Pick up any of the top publications, and you will see the usual array of West Coast and Sunbelt teams. There’s defending national champion UCLA and fellow PAC-10 members Oregon and Oregon State, SEC powers South Carolina and LSU, a trio of Florida schools, and squads from other warm weather climates from the Pacific Coast through the Carolinas.

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