Boilermakers Now Officially Ranked in All Four Major National Polls

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Having wiffed only one time in 64 at-bats this season, Kevin Plawecki ranks as the fourth toughest batter to strikeout nationally this week.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Having wiffed only one time in 64 at-bats this season, Kevin Plawecki ranks as the fourth toughest batter to strikeout nationally this week.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

March 19, 2012


National Polls: Baseball America | Collegiate Baseball | NCBWA | Coaches

Purdue's March 19 National Rankings

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After debuting at No. 24 Monday in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches' poll, Purdue baseball is now nationally ranked in all four major national polls at the same time for the first time in program history.

Among the Collegiate Baseball Top 30 for the third week in a row, the Boilers (14-3) moved up to No. 24 this week. Purdue remained ranked in the Baseball America Top 25 and National Collegiate Baseball Writers of Association Top 30 weekly polls for the second week in a row. The Boilermakers slipped one spot to No. 25 in Baseball America's poll and held steady at No. 28 in the NCBWA rankings.

Thanks to a 14-3 record after recently reeling off a 10-game win streak, Purdue is No. 8 nationally in the Boyd's World daily RPI (ratings percentage index). Thanks to a strength of schedule that is 35th, the Boilers are as high as fourth nationally in Boyd's World's ISR (Iterative Strength Ratings). Among the top 20 in the ISR, Purdue's strength of schedule has been the ninth toughest.

Purdue ranks second in the nation this week in team batting average and double plays turned per game. The Boilermakers are also ninth in slugging percentage and scoring, averaging 8.4 runs per game.

Purdue opens Big Ten Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Ohio State, an opponent the Boilers have not played since 2009. The series marks the end of a season-opening stretch in which Purdue will have played its first 20 games away from West Lafayette.

The Boilermakers have five home games on the schedule next week, highlighted by a March 27 home opener against a Louisville team that is nationally ranked this week in three of the four polls (all but Baseball America).