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Arizona baseball: Wildcats jump back into top ten of most national rankings

Funny what a 4-0 week does for you

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Arizona vs Oklahoma State Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

With a perfect 4-0 weekend behind them, the Arizona Wildcats made their way back into the top ten of almost every national poll.

Here’s a look at where they stand now after sweeping the USC Trojans.

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

The 4-0 week was the perfect response by this team after a tough weekend against the Oregon State Beavers. OSU is now the consensus No. 1 team in the country after they extended their winning streak to 19 games this weekend against Stanford. That is a new OSU school record.

Arizona is now 5-4 in Pac-12 play, and is a perfect 16-0 at home. The team is also top-ten nationally in several offensive statistical categories:

  • Scoring (9.0 runs per game) - 2nd
  • Team batting average (.328) - 4th
  • Team On-base percentage (.424) - 5th
  • Doubles (68) - 9th
  • Triples (13) - 10th

On the individual side, JJ Matijevic is third in the country in doubles (16), and JC Cloney is tied for the NCAA lead in wins (6). Alfonso Rivas also has the 11th-best on-base percentage among all players at .522. Jared Oliva is 12th in RBI (35).

U of A returns to the field on Tuesday night when they host the Arizona State Sun Devils for a single, midweek showdown at Hi Corbett. First pitch is scheduled for 7 PM PT.

Pac-12 Baseball Standings

Team Conference record Overall record
Team Conference record Overall record
Oregon State Beavers 27-3 46-4
Stanford Cardinal 19-9 38-14
UCLA Bruins 18-10 29-24
Arizona Wildcats 15-12 36-17
California Golden Bears 13-14 23-28
Washington Huskies 13-15 27-25
Utah Utes 12-15 24-24
Oregon Ducks 11-17 29-24
Washington State Cougars 10-18 24-27
Arizona State Sun Devils 8-19 23-29
USC Trojans 7-21 20-33