The latest college baseball rankings from Baseball America are out and the TCU Horned Frogs moved up one spot to No. 7 this week. They swept a three-game series from the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The TCU offense finally showed up, exploding for 23 runs in three games. Outfielder Jason Coats had a huge 4-for-5, three-run, three-RBI, one home run night in the first game and then had three more hits and three more RBI over the final two games.
The pitching was outstanding with Kyle Winkler throwing eight shutout innings and striking out nine batters in the first contest. Matt Purke returned to the mound on Sunday when he threw six shutout innings, allowed only one hit and struck out six.
The top four teams remained the same with Florida, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma and South Carolina taking those spots. UCAL dropped from No. 5 to No. 13 after dropping two of three against Nebraska. UCLA's Gerrit Cole struck out eight batters in nine innings and allowed only two hits, but the game took 11 innings for UCLA to pull out the win. The other two games went into extra innings as well.
Despite an 11-2 record, UNLV is not in any top 25 poll. TCU, though, is No. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Top 25 and No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. UNLV and BYU received two votes each in the Coaches Poll.
Here is the complete BA Top 25:
|6||Cal State Fullerton||7|
|21||College of Charleston||18|