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Arizona baseball: Wildcats enter top ten in two national polls after 8-0 start

A couple of ranked teams await Arizona this week though

Arizona dugout celebrates during Saturday’s win over McNeese State
Jason Bartel

The Arizona Wildcats are out to an 8-0 start in 2017, and have had to make comebacks in six of those eight games against some lackluster bullpens.

But this week will be the real challenge.

Arizona begins the Frisco Baseball Classic on Friday against an undefeated Arkansas Razorbacks squad that has jumped into some of the national rankings.

Here’s a look at where the Wildcats are now after sweeping McNeese State this past weekend.

Arizona Baseball rankings

Poll Ranking Previous
Poll Ranking Previous
Baseball America 17 17
Perfect Game 21 19
D1Baseball 18 17
Collegiate Baseball 19 19
USA Today Coaches Poll 19 18
RPI 15 10

Also awaiting the Wildcats on Saturday is an Oklahoma State Cowboys that is ranked in most of the polls despite a 4-3 start. They did go 3-1 this past week after dropping their season-opening series to the Grand Canyon Antelopes in Phoenix.

Arizona has absolutely feasted on the lack of pitching depth that Eastern Kentucky and McNeese State both have, so this upcoming week is the first true test of how this team stacks up in all areas of the game. Arkansas, Oklahoma State, and Nebraska are all teams that have greater pitching depth, and then on Tuesday, there’s a midweek contest with top-ten Texas Tech looming.

This is a team with a bunch of new players everywhere, so here’s their first chance to back up some of the early season hype they’ve received.