College Notebook: Cal Poly baseball ranked as high as No. 9

Mustangs crack top 10 in Perfect Game poll for highest Division I ranking in team history despite 16-0 loss at USC on Sunday

sports@thetribunenews.comMarch 3, 2014 

The Cal Poly baseball team’s rise up the national rankings reached record-setting heights with polls released Monday.

The Mustangs (8-2) are ranked inside the top 16 in the country by five outlets — led by the No. 9 spot in Perfect Game’s poll — following a doubleheader split Sunday at USC.

Cal Poly comes in at No. 11 in Baseball America, No. 13 in Collegiate Baseball, No. 14 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers poll and No. 16 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.

The Perfect Game and Baseball America rankings are the highest the Mustangs have stood since joining the Division I ranks. The previous high came in 2009, when they were deemed the No. 12 team in the country by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball following a 17-4 start.

The Mustangs host Santa Clara tonight before a weekend series at Seattle.

Cal Poly men’s tennis falls to Pacific

The Cal Poly men’s tennis team dropped a nonconference match at home, 4-3, against Pacific, falling to 2-8 on the season.

After the Tigers won the doubles point, the Mustangs held a 3-1 advantage following singles victories by Marco Comuzzo, Jurgen De Jager and Naveen Beasley.

However, Pacific won the final three singles matches, including a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory in No. 2 singles between the Tigers’ Daniel Alameh and Cal Poly’s Ben Donovan.

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