March 12, 2012
Baseball America | Collegiate Baseball | NCBWA | Coaches
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Riding a seven-game win streak and an 11-1 overall record, Purdue baseball debuted in the Baseball America and NCBWA national polls this week and is now nationally ranked in three of the four major polls that cover the college game.
The Boilermakers moved up to No. 26 in Collegiate Baseball's Top 30 weekly poll after joining the list last week at No. 29. Baseball America has Purdue ranked No. 24 this week, its first national ranking from the publication since 2001. The NCBWA's Top 30 poll had the Boilers ranked No. 28 this week. Purdue was last ranked by the NCBWA in the 2002 preseason poll.
The USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll is a Top 25 like Baseball America. The Boilermakers were second among the teams receiving votes this week, just 10 poll points behind 25th-ranked North Carolina State.
Perfect Game USA's Top 50 power rankings have held Purdue in the highest regard for the entire season. Up to No. 20 this week, the Perfect Game Top 50 also features six other teams on the Boilers' schedule. Among them is Tuesday's opponent Missouri State. The Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite is No. 47 thanks in part to a 12-4 record.
Meanwhile, the home opener at Lambert Field March 27 is against a Louisville team that remains nationally ranked in multiple polls.
Start time changes have been announced for Purdue's next two games of the spring break trip. The Missouri State game Tuesday in Springfield has been pushed back to a 7:30 p.m. ET first pitch. Thursday's series opener at Wichita State will now begin at 4 p.m. due to the WSU men's basketball team playing Thursday evening in the NCAA Tournament.
Beginning Tuesday, the Boilers are scheduled to play five games in five days, culminating with Saturday's doubleheader at Wichita State.