UAM Baseball Climbs Into National Rankings

Courtesy of
UAM Sports Information

MONTICELLO – Following a 5-1 start to the 2014 season, the University of Arkansas-Monticello’s baseball team has been ranked No. 15 andtv Sports reflection 10db No. 21 in this week’s College Baseball Lineup and D2BaseballNews.com national polls.

   Of UAM’s five wins so far, three have come against nationally ranked opposition. UAM defeated then-ranked No. 15 St. Mary’s 16-5 in seven innings and defeated then-ranked No. 19 Central Missouri 4-2, both wins coming at Minute Maid Park before winning the second half of a home double-header against top-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato 8-5 this past Sunday. Mankato handed UAM its only loss of the season so far with a 4-3 decision in the first half of that double-header, which was UAM’s home opener.

   College Baseball Lineup and D2BaseballNews.com make up half of the outlets that release national rankings for NCAA Division II baseball. The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association will release its next poll Feb. 17. The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, considered the official source for NCAA Division II baseball national rankings, usually releases its weekly polls Monday afternoons.

   Both of UAM’s current No. 15 and No. 21 rankings are the highest in program history since joining the NCAA Division II in 1996.

   In related news, this Tuesday’s home game against Lyon College has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as a part of double-header against Lyon March 25 in Batesville, Ark. The Weevils are now scheduled to return to the field this Friday and Saturday in Alva, Okla. in the Great American Conference opener, a three-game series against Northwestern Oklahoma State.

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