Baseball: UT Falls From Top After Winless Weekend

Stanford overtook Texas in all three major polls released Monday after the Horns dropped both games of a weekend doubleheader to unranked North Carolina State. UT (46-10) fell to No. 2 behind the Cardinal (39-9) in the Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball rankings and to No. 3, behind second-place Rice, in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Poll. The Owls (38-9) are third in the other polls.

The other consensus members of the top 10 are East Carolina, LSU and Miami. Eight other teams -- Notre Dame, Virginia, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Long Beach State, Mississippi and Texas A&M -- hold a top 10 spot in either one or two of the rankings.

The Aggies (38-15), who took two of three from K-State over the weekend, remained the highest ranked Big 12 team aside from Texas in the coaches' poll (unchanged at No. 9) and in Baseball America (No. 15, down a spot from last week). Three league teams -- Oklahoma (No. 21), Oklahoma State (No. 27) and Texas Tech (No. 29) -- check in ahead of the No. 30 Ags in Collegiate Baseball. The Sooners (34-18) are No. 18 in Baseball America but unranked in the coaches' poll while the Cowboys (32-18) and Red Raiders (34-17) are unranked in both polls.

Of the Big 12's five ranked teams, four are competing for the conference's regular season title this weekend, with Texas (17-6), OU (17-7), OSU (15-8) and Tech (14-9) still mathematically in the race. Although out of the running for the championship, sixth-place A&M (13-10) can certainly hurt UT's chances (and help its own seeding in the league tourney) when the rivals square off this weekend in Austin Friday and in College Station on Saturday and Sunday. Oklahoma closes at slumping Nebraska (33-19, 10-14), Oklahoma State is at Mizzou (30-20-1, 9-14) and the Red Raiders host fifth-place Baylor (26-25, 13-9).

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