Baseball Ends 2014 Ranked No. 11 in the Nation
June 27, 2014
HOUSTON – After wrapping up a banner season with a 48-18 overall record, Houston Baseball was recognized for that success, polling in as high as No. 11 in the nation in four national college baseball polls.
At No. 11, the Cougars tied for the second-highest final ranking in program history with the 2000 team, while the 2002 squad wrapped up its season ranked a program-best No. 9 to conclude a season.
2014 marked the first season Houston was ranked among the nation’s Top 25 at the conclusion of a season with the last year coming in 2003 when the Cougars polled in at No. 16. The Cougars polled in at No. 11 in four of the five national polls (Baseball America, NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball, USA Today/ESPN), while ranked No. 12 in Perfect Game's Top 25.
Houston wrapped up 2014 ranked among the nation’s Top 15 in the final 12 weeks of the season, including polling in at No. 5 (the season’s highest ranking) in the NCBWA poll prior to playing Texas in the Austin Super Regional.
During regular-season play, the Cougars ranked as high as No. 7 by Perfect Game in week 9.
Houston cracked the nation’s Top 30 in week 5 and never looked back as they never slid out of the nation’s Top 25 when it broke through in week 6 at No. 21 by Perfect Game.
The Cougars cracked the nation’s Top 10 in all five major college baseball polls, ranking as high as No. 7 by Perfect Game, No. 8 by Baseball America, No. 10 by USA Today/ESPN, No. 5 by NCBWA and No. 7 by Collegiate Baseball.
Houston wrapped up one of the best seasons to date in program history when it captured the American Baseball Championship tournament title with a win over College World Series participant Louisville and then went on to compete in its first NCAA Regional since 2008 and didn’t disappoint. The Cougars rallied back to win two on the road at Alex Box Stadium over LSU in the Baton Rouge Regional, which included a 12-2 triumph over the No. 8-overall national seed in the Tigers to advance to the Austin Super Regional, where they fell two wins short of Omaha.
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