uk go_big_blue_300LEXINGTON, KY (3/13/12)—After improving to a nation-leading 16-0 with five wins last week, the Kentucky baseball team has climbed to No. 16 in the Collegiate Baseball top-30 poll and has made its season debut in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, checking in No. 20, it was announced on Monday morning.

Kentucky (16-0) moved from No. 23 in the Collegiate Baseball poll last Monday to No. 16 after the 5-0 week. The Wildcats made their season debut in the USA Today/ESPN coaches top-25 on Monday, with the No. 20 ranking.

The Wildcats are off to the third-best start in the over 100-year history of the program, leading the NCAA in wins, with its 16-game winning streak ranking as tops in the nation. UK is the only undefeated team remaining in college baseball among teams that have played at least four games.

UK start has been paced by a balanced approach, with its dynamic offense ranking among the league leader in nearly every category. The Wildcats lead the Southeastern Conference in average (.349), on-base percentage (.452), runs (147), hits (191), RBI (136), total bases (283) and hit batters (33). UK’s offense also ranks second in the league in slugging (.516), second in doubles (38), third in homers (16), second in walks (80) and fifth in stolen bases.

Kentucky returns to action with its final pre-SEC midweek games, hosting Wright State at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Cliff Hagan Stadium and Murray State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. The Wildcats will then open SEC play with the two-time defending NCAA Champions, No. 2 South Carolina with a three-game set at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Collegiate Baseball Top-30

1. Florida
2. South Carolina
3. Stanford
4. North Carolina
5. Arkansas
6. Florida St.
7. Rice
8. Cal. St. Fullerton
9. Texas A&M
10. LSU
11. Miami, Fla.
12. Oregon
13. Arizona
14. Stetson
15. Ole Miss
16. Kentucky
17. UCLA
18. Arizona St.
19. N.C. State
20. Georgia Tech
21. Oklahoma
22. Louisville
23. Georgia
24. Wake Forest
25. California
26. Purdue
27. Texas Tech.
28. Oregon St.
29. Central Florida
30. Texas St.

USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll
Last week’s First-place
(rank school/record/points/rank/votes)

1. Florida (15-1) 770 1 26
2. Stanford (13-2) 731 2 4
3. South Carolina (13-1) 721 3 1
4. North Carolina (13-2) 654 7 0
5. Rice (13-4) 609 4 0
6. Florida State (14-1) 606 8 0
7. Arkansas (14-2) 578 6 0
8. Texas A&M (13-3) 558 5 0
9. Arizona (13-2) 473 11 0
10. Miami (Fla.) (12-3) 434 13 0
11. Cal State-Fullerton (10-5) 409 14 0
12. UCLA (12-3) 386 16 0
13. Oregon (12-3) 374 10 0
14. Georgia Tech (11-5) 333 9 0
15. Mississippi (13-2) 319 17 0
16. LSU (13-3) 282 15 0
17. Oklahoma (11-5) 216 18 0
18. California (11-3) 185 21 0
19. Georgia (11-5) 165 12 0
20. Kentucky (16-0) 139 not ranked 0
21. Southern California (12-3) 138 not ranked 0
22. Mississippi State (14-3) 123 23 0
23. Central Florida (13-4) 112 24 0
24. Oregon State (11-5) 111 not ranked 0
25. North Carolina State (11-3) 71 not ranked 0

Dropped out: No. 19 Clemson (6-7), No. 20 Louisville (10-5), No. 22 Gonzaga (10-3), No. 25 Baylor (11-6).

Others receiving votes: Louisville 70; Purdue 61; TCU 46; East Carolina 42; Maryland 42; Liberty 38; Virginia 32; Baylor 31; Cal Poly 31; Clemson 29; Pepperdine 28; Texas 28; Stetson 22; Texas State 14; Gonzaga 12; UC-Irvine 8; Appalachian State 7; Texas Tech 7; College of Charleston 6; Wake Forest 6; Missouri State 5; San Diego 5; Virginia Tech 5; Hawaii 1; Southern Mississippi 1; Tennessee 1.

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Information submitted and composed by Assistant UK Media Relations Director, Brent Ingram
Posted by Luke Short—SurfKY News

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