Comeback Cougs make top 25 return to polls

COMING OFF A series win on the road over No. 25 Stanford, Washington State finds themselves back in the baseball polls top 25 as the regular season enters the homestretch. Should WSU receive an at-large postseason bid to the field of 64, something that's looking more and more likely with each passing win, there's evidence the Cougs might be built for a run in the postseason...

And that's due to the art of the comeback.

Washington State (28-18, 11-10 Pac-10) posted their 17th come-from-behind win of the season on Sunday over Stanford.

And the sixth in their final at bat.

WSU is bidding for their second straight trip to the NCAA tournament, are tied for third in the Pac-10 with Stanford and California with marks of 11-10.

The Cougars are 6-1 in the past seven games, including 5-1 against Top 25 teams.

WSU on Monday morning climbed back into the top 25 of two of the three major college baseball polls.

The Cougs are rated No. 24 in Baseball America , also No. 24 in the collegiate baseball newspaper poll and No. 35 in USA Today.

Wazzu plays at Gonzaga (17-32, 5-10 WCC), weather permitting, on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and then hosts Pac-10 cellar dweller but still dangerous USC (23-28, 5-16 Pac-10) for a three game series beginning on Friday.

Then, after two midweek games against Gonzaga and Portland (31-16, 11-7 WCC), the Cougs close out the regular season at UCLA (37-11).

Portland was earlier this month ranked in the top 25 before a losing streak dropped them from the polls.

The Bruins sit in second place in the conference with a 13-8 mark. UCLA is also ranked No. 10 in the nation by all three polls.

Baseball America projects that even with a 5-5 finish, the Cougs would still have an RPI of 45 -- a strong postseason case combined with series wins to date over Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State and Stanford to their credit.

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