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Arizona baseball: Wildcats hang tight in national polls

Still right around 7th in everything except RPI

Arizona Baseball versus Oregon
JJ Matijevic receives a throw at first base
Rachel Huston

After a 3-1 week and another Pac-12 series victory, the Arizona Wildcats did not move much in any of the national polls after improving to 9-6 in conference play.

The Wildcats jumped up a spot in Baseball America’s rankings, but stayed at 7th in all of the other human polls, and also remained 2nd in the latest RPI behind Oregon State.

Here’s a look at all of the different rankings:

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

An 18 run outburst against Oregon helped the Wildcats maintain their place among the elite offenses in the country as well. Here’s a sampling of some of the stats they find themselves at or near the top in:

  • Runs per game (1st - 9.0)
  • Batting average (2nd - .332)
  • Doubles (3rd - 90)
  • On-base percentage (5th - .426)
  • Triples (14th - 14)
  • Slugging percentage (16th - .483)

One of the biggest movers in most polls this week was West Virginia, who had a legitimate chance of sweeping then-No. 3 TCU, but still took two-of-three from the Horned Frogs.

Oregon State remains the consensus No. 1 team in the land despite losing a game to Washington on Thursday. The Beavers rebounded for the series win, and now lead the Pac-12 by five games.

Among West Coast teams, Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State are both highly ranked as well. There is a decent chance of four western regionals this year (Tucson, Corvallis, Fullerton, and Long Beach) if everything holds serve through the final month and a half of the season.

Arizona returns to action on Thursday night when it hosts the Utah Utes for a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6 PM PT on Thursday. All three games will be shown on Pac-12 Network.