Indiana Baseball: Hoosier Crack National Rankings, Check in at No. 24

Indiana has been on a roll lately, winning nine of its last 11 games, and that hot streak has finally paid off with a visit to the weekly top-25 poll.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana moved into first place in the Big Ten over the weekend, and got back in the national rankings as well. The Hoosiers are No. 24 in this week's national rankings.

The Hoosiers (20-9) won a weekend series against Iowa, scoring a dozen run both weekend days after losing the Friday opener. Indiana has lost only one weekend series all season.

Here are the top-25 rankings for this week, through the games of May 2 (Sunday).

  1. Arkansas (34-8)
  2. Vanderbilt (34-9)
  3. TCU (33-10)
  4. Mississippi State (34-10)
  5. Tennessee (34-11)
  6. Texas (35-11)
  7. Notre Dame (24-8)
  8. Texas Tech (30-11)
  9. Arizona (30-11)
  10. Florida (30-13) 
  11. Oregon (27-11)
  12. Ole Miss (32-12)
  13. East Carolina (34-9)
  14. Louisiana Tech (32-11)
  15. Louisville (23-14) 
  16. Stanford (24-9)
  17. Pittsburgh (20-11)
  18. Florida State (23-16)
  19. South Carolina (26-15)
  20. Southern Miss (29-14)
  21. Gonzaga (27-13)
  22. Old Dominion (31-11)
  23. Charlotte (31-14)
  24. Indiana (20-9)
  25. UCLA (25-14)

Indiana is the only Big Ten team in the rankings. Nebraska was ranked a week ago, but fell out after being swept by Rutgers.

The weekend wins over Iowa were huge for the Hoosiers, because after Friday night's loss, Indiana was just 1-6 against teams with winning records this year. Now, 3-6 sounds much better. (Indiana is also 2-0 against Illinois, who's hovering on the .500 line.)

This weekend gets really intense. Indiana plays two games against Rutgers on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, and then turn right around and play Nebraska, first on Saturday afternoon and then again on Sunday morning.

Four games in three days will surely test Indiana's pitching depth, but that's been the strength of the team all season.

Related stories on Indiana baseball

  • FRIDAY'S GAME (Iowa wins 6-5): Indiana had a rare bad night defensively, making three clumsy errors that led to three unearned runs in a one-run loss. CLICK HERE
  • SATURDAY'S GAME (Indiana wins 12-6): The Hoosiers' bats explode early to even the series. CLICK HERE
  • SUNDAY's GAME (Indiana wins 12-8): Collin Hopkins went 4-for-4 with three doubles and Gabe Bierman had another great start for Indiana in a 12-8, grabbing the series from Iowa and moving into first place. CLICK HERE
  • BIG TEN STANDINGS, SCHEDULE: Indiana took a half-game lead in the Big Ten, barely ahead of Nebraska and Michigan. Here's the latest, plus next week's critical schedule. CLICK HERE
  • INDIANA SCHEDULE: Here is Indiana's complete schedule for the season, including links to game stories from Tom Brew for every game this season. CLICK HERE