Staff report

South Carolina's hopes of landing one of eight national seeds for the NCAA baseball tournament got a boost Monday after the NCAA released its latest RPI rankings.

The Gamecocks are eighth in the new ratings, climbing four spots from a week ago. USC won two games at Vanderbilt last week in the final series of the regular season. Vanderbilt is sixth in the RPI heading into this week's SEC tournament.

The eight national seeds earn the right to host regionals and super regionals. The NCAA uses the RPI as one factor when determining the national seeds for the tournament.

The Gamecocks (42-14, 18-12) are ranked 15th in the latest Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball polls.

NCAA BASEBALL RPI TOP 15

Rank School Conference Record

1. Virginia ACC 43-11-0

2. Florida SEC 37-19-0

3. Florida St. ACC 41-14-0

4. Indiana Big Ten 38-13-0

5. Oregon St. Pac-12 41-9-0

6. Vanderbilt SEC 40-16-0

7. La.-Lafayette Sun Belt 49-7-0

8. South Carolina SEC 42-14-0

9. Houston AAC 41-14-0

10. Rice Conf.-USA 37-17-0

11. Texas Tech Big 12 40-16-0

12. Miami (FL) ACC 40-15-0

13. Ole Miss SEC 40-16-0

14. TCU Big 12 38-15-0

15. Texas Big 12 36-16-0