West Florida No. 1 for first time
Argonauts riding 17-game winning streak, new No. 1 in polls
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The West Florida baseball team made history on Monday, earning its first No. 1 national ranking in school history. The Argonauts (31-4) jumped to No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II national coaches’ poll, and they also came in at No. 1 this week in the College Baseball Lineup national rankings.
“Polls don’t win championships,” explained UWF head coach Mike Jeffcoat, “but this is notoriety. It is respectability. To get there and for this to be a program first, it is exciting.”
UWF jumped above Mount Olive (28-5) and Emporia State (22-3), ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in last week’s Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. Mount Olive fell to No. 3 and Emporia State to No. 5. Central Missouri (22-4) improved two spots to No. 2.
West Florida is currently riding a 17-game winning streak, also a school record. The Argonauts are in first place in the Gulf South Conference East Division standings at 7-1, and the team will continue GSC play this weekend at home against West Alabama.
The Argonauts have boasted a strong lineup one through nine, sporting a team batting average of .346 and scoring over eight runs per game. The pitching staff is one of the best in the country, posting a team ERA of 2.47 with 288 strikeouts in 284.1 innings pitched.
UWF will attempt to keep its streak alive with a three-game series against West Alabama this weekend at Jim Spooner Field in Pensacola. The series will start with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m., and fans can listen to all the action live at www.GoArgos.com.