Baseball Ranked No. 29 in Latest Weekly Poll

DALLAS -- After claiming the 2010 Caravelle Resort Invitational with wins over Virginia Tech, West Virginia and No. 12 Coastal Carolina, the Kentucky baseball team has climbed to No. 29 in the last top-30 poll, released by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Kentucky (3-0) jumped off to a great start to the season, riding solid pitching performances in all three games, including a shutout performance Saturday against West Virginia from freshman southpaw Taylor Rogers, who was honored as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week.

UK got a 15-6 win Friday against Virginia Tech, getting home runs from Andy Burns and Keenan Wiley and an eight strikeout performance from sophomore right-hander Alex Meyer, who picked up the win. Saturday, the Wildcats turned to Rogers, who twirled a gem, going 7.2 shutout innings with only six hits and one walk allowed to the Mountaineers, who ranked third in the NCAA with a .360 team average in 2009. Rogers picked up the win in the 6-0 shutout, with freshman Jordan Cooper closing out the contest on the mound with 1.1 shutout innings. Sunday, UK won a dramatic game against No. 12 Coastal, plating a run in the top of the ninth to hand CCU just its third home loss in the last two seasons, a 3-2 result.

The Wildcats will return to action Friday, hosting Bowling Green in the home opener at 4 p.m. ET at Cliff Hagan Stadium. The game can be heard live on the Big Blue Sports Network (radio). Bowling Green is picked to win the Mid-American Conference for the third consecutive year and is tabbed by Baseball America as a possible breakout team on the national scene in 2010.

NCBWA Top-30 Poll (2/22/10)
1.       LSU      
2.     Florida State     
3.     Virginia     
4.     UC Irvine     
5.     Georgia Tech     
6.     Arizona State     
7.      Florida     
8.     Texas
9.     TCU     
10.    Miami     
11.    Cal State Fullerton     
12.    North Carolina     
13.    Clemson
14.    Rice     
15.     Louisville     
16.     Arkansas     
17.    Stanford     
18.     South Carolina
19.     Coastal Carolina     
20.    Oregon State     
21.    East Carolina     
22.    Oklahoma     
23.    Ohio State     
24.     Ole Miss    
25.     San Diego     
26.    Southern Miss     
27.    UCLA     
28.    Texas A&M     
29.     Kentucky     
30.     Vanderbilt     

Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (2-0), Army (2-1), Baylor (3-1), Boston College (2-1), Connecticut (0-0), Dallas (3-0), Elon (3-0), Florida Gulf Coast (3-0), Florida International (3-0), Fresno State (3-0), Georgia (2-2), James Madison (0-0), Kansas (0-0), Lamar (3-0), Middle Tennessee (1-1), Mississippi State (3-0), New Mexico (2-1), Notre Dame (3-0), Old Dominion (3-0), Oral Roberts (0-0), Oregon (2-1), Pepperdine (2-1), South Florida (0-3), St. John's (3-0), Tennessee (3-0), Texas State (3-0), Texas Tech (4-0), UC Riverside (3-0), UCF (3-0), UNC Wilmington (2-1), Washington State (2-0), Western Kentucky (2-1), Wichita State (0-0), Winthrop (3-0).

*UK opponents and SEC teams in bold.