March 19, 2012
The Kentucky baseball team beat the team ranked No. 2 in the country three times in a row over the weekend, so the Wildcats deserve to be No. 2 instead, right? That's the thinking of at least one set of rankings that were released Monday.
UK, the nation's only undefeated team at 21-0 and fresh off a series sweep of previously second-ranked South Carolina, surged 14 spots to No. 2 in the latest rankings by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Florida is No. 1, and the Gamecocks are now No. 6. (here's a recap of Sunday's UK victory.)
UK's ranking is the highest for the Wildcats since a No. 2 ranking in Collegiate Baseball on March 17, 2008.
UK also climbed 14 spots, to No. 6, in the newest ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. The Cats are ranked No. 16 by Baseball America.
The Wildcats' 21-0 start is a school record and third-best in Southeastern Conference history - behind 23-game streak of LSU in 2010 and 22-game streak of South Carolina in 2000.
UK plays at Cincinnati on Wednesday, then plays a three-game series at Tennessee, Friday through Sunday. UC and UT are unranked by Collegiate Baseball.