Mercer has danced around assorted rankings for several years, like Perfect Game.org and CollegeBaseballDaiyl.com and College baseball 30 and Collegiate Baseball's top 30, among others.
And the Bears have been very respectable in the RPIs listed by the NCAA, Warren Nolan and Boyd's World.
But getting into the straight-up top 25 for Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball as well as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association took awhile. Mercer broke through on the Baseball America to 25 entering last season's A-Sun tournament, the NCBWA a little earlier.
Collegiate Baseball's top 25 was next.
That's still on the list, but Mercer returned to Baseball America's top 25 on Monday, thanks to its series win over Florida Gulf Coast over the weekend.
The Bears are 24th in the latest poll, sandwiched by Central Florida and Kentucky. Texas Tech, Liberty, Central Florida and Mercer made their season debuts in the poll, and Liberty is in for the first time ever.
Other polls will be released throughout the day on Monday, with the NCAA updating its RPI list on Wednesday.
Mercer is off for exams and visits BA No. 5 Florida on May 6.
The other good news Monday morning was Grant Papelian earning his first A-Sun pitcher of the week award, after his first college complete game on Saturday. Papelian gave up only five hits in the 4-0 win over FGCU, and threw a quiet inning in Wednesday's 4-3 win at Georgia Tech.
Papelian is the third Mercer pitcher honored this season, joining Eric Nyquist and Dimitri Kourtis.
Middle Georgia State softball players honored
Houston County grad Carlie Farmer and Middle Georgia State softball teammate Hannah Twilley were picked for the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association's second team over the weekend.
Farmer played in all but two games this season and was second in the conference with a .403 average, topping the Knights with 54 hits and 14 steals.
Third baseman Twilley played in every inning, and hit .379 with seven homers.
MGS finished 18-21, missing the postseason for only the second time in the past 10 years.