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West Virginia baseball ranked for the first time in program history

Big things coming from a team that didn’t have lockers until 2014

Geoff Coyle/WV Illustrated

For the first time in program history, the WVU baseball team is ranked. Both the Baseball America and D1Baseball.com polls have the Mountaineers ranked 21st. The USA Today Coaches’ Poll ranked WVU 25th.

In addition to this historic appearance in the rankings, West Virginia placed 8th in the NCAA’s recent RPI.

Also, Heartland College Sports (independent Big 12 blog) named WVU number one in their conference power rankings and had this to say:

The nomads have completed the trek from worst to first. If you can recall, in our first ever Big 12 baseball power rankings, West Virginia was ranked ninth after dropping two-out-of-three on the road against Charlotte. These nomads have come a long way since then. After playing its first 18 games on the road, West Virginia has proven to enjoy playing in Morgantown as they have amassed an 8-3 home record. What’s most impressive is their consistency during Big 12 play. They have gone 2-1 in every series they’ve played in, including road series against Baylor and Oklahoma State. This weekend boosted them up to No.1 though. TCU, who entered the week as the No.3 team in the nation and entered the season as the unanimous No.1 team in the nation, could not escape Morgantown with a series victory. West Virginia has made its presence known, and with Oklahoma and Texas Tech making the same road trek TCU did, it would not be surprising for West Virginia to actually claim the Big 12 regular season crown.

All of this comes off the heels of the Mountaineers’ 2-1 series win over the then-3rd-ranked TCU Horned Frogs. The Horned Frogs were the highest team West Virginia has ever won a series against.

The Mountaineers are the only team in the Big 12 to win every series in conference play. Here are the current standings:

TEAM RECORD
TEAM RECORD
#6 TCU (28-7) 9-3
#5 Texas Tech (31-8) 8-4
#21 West Virginia (21-13) 8-4
Oklahoma (27-12) 5-4
Kansas (17-18) 6-6
Texas (24-15) 7-8
Baylor (22-14) 5-7
Oklahoma State (20-15) 4-8
Kansas State (17-18) 2-10

West Virginia will look to justify the ranking by going on the road this week, first in Charleston against Marshall on Tuesday, then a series at K-State this weekend.