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February 17, 2014

Cal Poly Rises to No. 22 in Three Major Division I Baseball Polls

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly's season-opening three-game series sweep over then-No. 22 Kansas State has propelled the Mustang baseball team into the No. 22 position in three major polls.

Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs jumped seven spots to No. 22 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll, replaced Kansas State at No. 22 in the Baseball America poll and also are No. 22 in the Perfect Game poll.

Cal Poly moved up one spot to No. 26 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.

Cal Poly swept the Wildcats by scores of 3-0, 5-2 and 10-1 in Baggett Stadium. The Mustangs have won five of six games against Kansas State over the last two years. In 2013, the Wildcats went on to win 45 games, capture the Big 12 Conference regular-season title and reach the NCAA Super Regionals.

Last year Cal Poly was ranked as high as No. 16 by Collegiate Baseball and finished 21st with a 40-19 record.

During the 2009 season, the Cal Poly baseball team achieved its highest ranking ever since moving to Division I prior to the 1995 season. The Mustangs were ranked as high as No. 12 by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper after jumping to a 17-4 start.

Cal Poly's first Division I national ranking came in 1997 when the Mustangs were as high as No. 27 by Collegiate Baseball. Cal Poly was ranked as high as No. 22 by Baseball America in 2006 after sprinting to a 9-2 start, but lost 12 of its next 19 games to fall out of the polls.

The Mustangs were briefly ranked by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper in 2007 after winning 10 of 12 games early in the season.

Ranked No. 1 in the polls this week are Cal State Fullerton by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Virginia in the Baseball America and Perfect Game polls.

Cal Poly plays 11 of its next 12 games on the road, starting Tuesday night at Santa Clara. The Mustangs also visit defending national champion UCLA this weekend at Jackie Robinson Stadium.