Baseball: Horns Hold On To Top Spot In Polls

For the third straight week, Texas is a consensus No. 1 in college baseball's major polls. The Horns went 3-1 on the week and remained on top in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll and the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball rankings. Texas (41-6, 13-4) has won 14 of its last 16 games and now leads the Big 12 following its two wins in three tries vs. Nebraska over the weekend.

Stanford (31-6, 2-2 on the week) and Rice (33-7, 3-0 on the week) also held steady at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.

Other consensus members of the top 10 (in various order depending on poll) are Long Beach State, Miami, LSU, Wichita State and East Carolina. Texas A&M (33-12, 9-8) actually moved into the top 10 in the coaches' poll despite a 2-1 week that included a mid-week loss to Texas-Arlington and a sixth-place spot in the Big 12 standings. The Aggies are 16th in Baseball America and unranked in Collegiate Baseball.

OU (26-16, 13-5), the No. 2 team in the league standings after losing two-of-three to Tech over the weekend, dropped out of the coaches' top 25, fell two spots to No. 15 in Baseball America and slipped one spot to No. 25 in Collegiate Baseball. After losing two-of-three to Texas, Nebraska (27-12, 8-7) continued its slide in the rankings, falling to No. 19 in the coaches' poll and completely out of both the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball rankings.

Heading into this weekend's league action, Oklahoma State (27-14, 10-4) is third in conference play behind the Horns and Sooners, followed by the Red Raiders (27-13, 8-6), Huskers, Aggies, Baylor (18-22, 8-8), Missouri (24-16-1, 4-10), Kansas (24-22-1, 2-12) and Kansas State (22-19, 2-13).

UT takes on the Tigers this weekend in Columbia, hosts the Jayhawks the following weekend, and then closes conference play with a three-game set with A&M in Austin (Friday, May 21) and College Station (Saturday and Sunday, May 22-23). Oklahoma and Oklahoma State square off later this week in their annual Bedlam Series with Thursday's contest in Tulsa and the Friday and Saturday games in Oklahoma City. In other series that could have an effect on the top of the league standings, A&M travels to Lincoln to face Nebraska this weekend while Tech trips to Lawrence to face Kansas.


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