Mar 26, 2013 1:44 AM by Bill Halter
After winning two of three games in a non-conference series with UCSB the Cal Poly baseball team is ranked in the top 25 of all five major polls.
Absent from the Baseball America and Perfect Game polls in the first five weeks. the 17-5 Mustangs cracked both polls Monday, earning a number 23 ranking in both. Cal Poly dropped one spot in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll to 21. The Mustangs are ranked 25th by the USA Today Coaches Poll and the National College Baseball Writers Association poll.
A year ago, the Mustangs were ranked 22nd by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper after their 7-1 start and 27th in early April after sweeping UC Irvine. Cal Poly's highest national ranking in its 19-year Division I baseball history is number 12 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America after getting off to a 17-4 start in 2009. The Mustangs also were ranked for brief periods of time in 2006 and 2007.
North Carolina (21-1) is ranked number one in all major polls, but the polls still disagree on number two, with Oregon State (21-2) second in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America polls and Louisiana State (22-2) second in the USA Today, NCBWA and Perfect Game polls.
Cal Poly hosts Pepperdine (13-9) in its final Big West tuneup Tuesday at 6:00pm before opening conference play against UC Davis on Thursday. The Mustangs will host games three games in three days against the 9-12 Aggies.
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