Baseball: Horns Climb Back To No. 1 In One Poll

After taking two from Tech over the weekend in a rain-shortened series, Texas retook the top spot in Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll Monday. The Horns, 31-4 overall, switched spots with 23-4 Stanford, which dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in the rankings. Texas remained No. 2 behind Stanford in the Baseball America rankings and held steady at No. 3 in the Collegiate Baseball poll.

LSU is third in both the coaches' and Baseball America polls, followed by Rice, a team that Texas has beaten three times in three tries so far this season. The Horns will go for a four-game, regular season sweep of the Owls next Tuesday evening at the Disch. Stanford, LSU, UT, Notre Dame, Mississippi and Rice comprise the Collegiate Baseball top six.

Despite the top three poll rankings, the Horns, with a 6-2 league mark, currently reside in third place in the Big 12 standings. Nebraska (21-5 overall) tops the list with a 5-1 mark while Oklahoma (19-10) sits in second with a 7-2 record (with both losses coming to Texas in Norman). After fourth-place Oklahoma State (3-3), the remaining six league teams are below .500 in conference play (A&M and Baylor are both 4-5). The Huskers are ranked 12th in the coaches' poll, 13th in Baseball America and 15th in Collegiate Baseball, followed by the No. 17/15/26 Aggies (26-8). OU is unranked in the coaches' poll but earned the 22nd spot in Baseball America's rankings and the No. 30 spot in Collegiate Baseball.

Texas is scheduled to take on UTSA tonight at the Disch. The Horns resume Big 12 play this weekend with a three-game set in Manhattan vs. Kansas State (19-10, 2-4). Texas has won 11 straight vs. the Wildcats, with the last Longhorn loss in the series coming way back in 1999.


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