Big 12 Baseball

West Virginia Rises to No. 12 in Latest D1Baseball Top 25

The dust has settled after a crazy Week 12 in college baseball, and the Big 12 conference had no shortage of chaos this past weekend.

Texas Tech, who was ranked 14th in last week’s Top 25, lost a road series at Kansas State and subsequently dropped all the way out of the Top 25. The Red Raiders (30-19) are now 9-9 in Big 12 play and in fifth place in the conference race.

 

The only other Big 12 team in last week’s Top 25 was West Virginia at No. 18, and the Mountaineers were this week’s biggest riser, jumping six spots all the way up to No. 12. At 33-11 and 11-4 in Big 12 play, West Virginia holds a 1.5-game lead in the Big 12 race, with Oklahoma State and Kansas State just behind.

As the Big 12 Twitter page points out, WVU is rolling right now, having won each of their last eight games.

After a 5-4 win in Waco to get things started, the Mountaineers’ offense exploded for 28 runs over the next two games to complete the sweep, leaving last-place Baylor to lick its wounds and regroup this week for some nonconference action.

There are still five teams well within reach of taking the Big 12 though, so West Virginia will need to keep things rolling if they want to be the last team standing at the end of the regular season.

The Big 12 race has been wild for the past several seasons, and its shaping up to be the same story this season. However, with West Virginia in the driver’s seat, expect lots of winding country roads ahead.

 

Here’s a look at the complete Top 25, courtesy of D1Baseball.

RANKSCHOOLRECORDPREVIOUS
1LSU35-81
2Wake Forest37-62
3South Carolina35-83
4Florida35-104
5Vanderbilt32-115
6Arkansas33-117
7Stanford28-138
8Coastal Carolina28-146
9Connecticut32-1110
10Duke31-1320
11Miami28-1616
12West Virginia33-1118
13Campbell31-109
14East Carolina31-1312
15Oregon State30-1322
16Dallas Baptist34-1019
17Oregon30-1323
18Tennessee30-1424
19Boston College29-1411
20Arizona State29-1517
21Virginia35-1113
22UTSA33-1125
23Maryland30-15NR
24Cal State Fullerton26-13NR
25Northeastern35-7NR

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