Baseball: Texas Snags No. 1 Ranking With 9-0 Start

Nine straight wins to open the '04 season has propelled Texas to the top of the <I>Collegiate Baseball</I> rankings released Monday. The Horns displaced Rice for the No. 1 spot after beating the Owls 6-3 on Saturday night in Houston at the Minute Maid College Classic. Rice is No. 2 in the poll, just ahead of Miami, LSU and Georgia Tech.

Baylor (No. 11), Nebraska (No. 21) and Texas A&M (No. 30) are the other Big 12 teams in the Collegiate Baseball rankings.

Texas is No. 2 in the USA Today Baseball Weekly/ESPN rankings. Interestingly, Texas (9-0) remained at No. 6 in the Baseball America rankings, five spots behind No. 1 Rice (2-1). The No. 2-5 spots also remained static in the poll, with the Tigers, 'Canes, Cardinal of Stanford and Yellow Jackets holding down those spots for the second poll in a row. Texas travels to Palo Alto for a three-game set with No. 4 Stanford at Sunken Diamond this Friday through Sunday. The Horns also get three more shots at the Owls with single game match-ups on March 2, March 9 and April 13.

After winning the '02 national championship, Texas owned a No. 1 national ranking in the early part of the '03 season. This week's stop at the top, though, represents the Horns' first No. 1 ranking since then. (The UT women's hoops squad also has a No. 1 ranking this week, besting defending national champ and No. 2 UConn for the second consecutive AP women's basketball poll.)

Augie Garrido's Longhorns, off to the program's best start since 1995 when the club rattled off 15 straight wins to begin the year, return to action on Tuesday, Feb. 17 when they host the Texas State in a 2:30 p.m. tilt at Disch-Falk Field.

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