Baseball Garners First Ranking Of 2003 Season

March 3, 2003

Arizona BaseballMarch 3, 2003Contact: Matt Rector

TUCSON, Ariz.- The Arizona baseball team's series win over Texas A&M last weekend earned the Wildcats their first top 25 ranking of the season. Collegiate Baseball placed the 11-5 Wildcats at No. 21 in its top 30 poll of the week.

The top 30 national ranking is the first for Arizona in over a year and is the first top 25 ranking for the Wildcats since Feb. 28, 2000, when UA was No. 25 in Baseball America's top 25. The Wildcats were ranked 26th last season after an 11-2 start. However the ranking was short lived after a three-game sweep at Texas A&M dropped the Wildcats out of the poll.

Arizona's upcoming opponent Texas enters the week of play ranked in all three major collegiate baseball polls. Both Baseball America and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll has the defending national champion Longhorns ranked No. 9, while Collegiate Baseball places UT at No. 11.

Arizona placed just outside the top 25 in this week's ESPN poll, garnering 66 votes to tie with Pac-10 rival California at No. 27.

The Wildcats will head to Austin, Texas on Thursday for a three-game series against UT Friday-Sunday.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper'sNCAA Div. I Poll(As of March 3, 2003)Rank School (Record)		Points	Previous1. Florida St. (14-1)		495		12. Cal. St. Fullerton (14-1)	494		23. Georgia Tech. (9-0)		493 		34. Arizona St. (24-1)		492		45. Rice (11-1)			491		56. South Carolina (9-2)		485		67. Baylor (12-3)		480		118. Stanford (11-7)		479		79. Long Beach St. (10-5)	476		910. Mississippi St. (5-1)	470		12

11. Texas (13-5) 468 812. Richmond (3-0) 465 1513. Wake Forest (5-3) 462 1014. Miami, Fla. (9-3) 459 1315. Auburn (12-3) 456 1816. Florida (11-1) 452 2317. Kansas (13-4) 446 1718. Louisiana St. (7-6) 443 1419. Clemson (3-3) 440 1920. Nebraska (7-2) 438 26

21. Arizona (11-5) 435 -22. Texas A&M (10-4) 434 1623. Tennessee (9-1) 432 2424. Wichita St. (9-1) 429 2525. N.C. Greensboro (10-0) 426 2826. Notre Dame (3-4) 423 2027. Alabama-Birm. (13-0) 422 -28. Arkansas (8-0) 419 -29. Tulane (9-4) 415 2230. Oklahoma (5-2) 413 29

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