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College baseball rankings: Arizona jumps into the national polls

Getting hot at the right time

Jason Bartel

The Arizona Wildcats did not have a ton of expectations heading into this season. They hadn't made the postseason since winning the 2012 National Championship, and were starting over with a new coaching staff.

Well, here we are, with three weeks left in the regular season, and they have jumped into the national rankings after a sweep of Oregon State.

D1Baseball, who actually projected the Wildcats as a Regional host two weeks ago, have moved Arizona to 22nd in their rankings, which also have Washington and Oregon State present.

d1baseball rankings

For the first time since March 2013, Arizona has made its way into the Baseball America top 25, checking in at No. 21, surrounded by several past opponents from this season.

BA rankings

Arizona was already ranked by locally-run Collegiate Baseball, but the Wildcats moved up a couple spots to 17th in this week's version.

Collegiate baseball rankings

Look at ASU in that poll, who happens to be next weekend's opponent.

The Sun Devils also have votes in the NCBWA poll, where Arizona is ranked 25th.

NCBWA poll

And last but not least, Arizona is ranked 20th in the Coaches poll, moving up 17 spots in a week, which is definitely the most ground gained by any one team this week.

USA Today poll

The national attention is well-earned, but now it's time to back it up in these final two weeks of Pac-12 play. Arizona hosts Arizona State this weekend, then travels to Oregon to close out the conference portion of their schedule. These two weeks will determine where Arizona goes in the postseason, if they have to go anywhere at all.

Get hot, stay hot.