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Arizona baseball: Wildcats fall in national rankings after Oregon State sweep

Will some home games get this team back on the right track?

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After a winless weekend in Corvallis, the Arizona Wildcats have fallen in all of the national rankings, checking in just outside the top ten.

Here’s a look at where the various polls have them now.

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

After the weekend, the Oregon State Beavers also surged to the top of just about every poll, having now won 15 straight games. OSU now has an overall record of 20-1 this year, and is clearly the best team in the Pac-12. They also have an obvious case for being considered the best team in the country.

So while a winless weekend on the road against a team like that isn’t necessarily something to be concerned about (see that RPI ranking), Arizona will need to find itself at home this week.

On Wednesday night, the Cats host the Grand Canyon Antelopes at Hi Corbett before playing their first home Pac-12 series of the year against the USC Trojans. With an early conference record of 2-4, a series win is crucial in this spot before heading back out on the road next weekend. Throw in two home games against in-state teams, and this could be a seven day stretch that defines what this team will be in 2017.