Head Coach Todd Whitting
March 18, 2013
DALLAS, Texas -- After a 16-4 start to the 2013 season, University of Houston Baseball, under third-year head coach Todd Whitting, broke into the National Rankings, polling in at No. 28 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll for the first time since 2008, announced Monday afternoon.
Houston's 16-4 start, which included a win over then-No. 30 Texas A&M, three wins over Baylor, a road win over Sam Houston State and series victories over Texas State and Texas A&M-CC, has helped the Cougars to their best 20-game start since an 18-2 record set back in 1993.
The 10-2 mark at home is also the best 12-game start for the Cougars since a 10-2 mark back in 2002.
Houston's last national ranking came during the conclusion of the 2008 season, polling in at No. 30 nationally after advancing to the College Station Regional following a Conference USA Tournament Championship.
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The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 16th year with its 2013 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 18-June 27 (weekly through June 11) following the 67th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritade Park.
North Carolina (five consecutive weeks) and Arkansas (preseason No. 1) have held down the No. 1 position throughout the 2013 surveys. The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.
The current poll has representation by 10 different conferences (15 total for the season) among the 298 baseball-playing schools in the 2013 NCAA Division I ranks. The surveys of 2012 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.
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Houston will host the University of Texas at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, followed by a 5 p.m. contest against Harvard on Wednesday at Cougar Field. The Cougars will open Conference USA play this weekend when they play host to East Carolina in a three-game series.