Feb. 12, 2009

Courtesy of Tampa Athletics

TUCSON, Ariz. - After opening the season as the No. 2 team in the nation, The University of Tampa baseball team has taken to top spot in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA II Poll.

UT is also ranked first by Ping! Baseball, is No. 2 in the NCBWA poll. In the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, Tampa registered 480 points to edge UC-San Diego. Cal State Chico, Emporia State and NCAA South Region opponent Ouachita Baptist round out the top five.

The No. 1 ranking is the first since week three of last season. The Spartans have now been represented in the top-25 for 62 consecutive weeks. Tampa has also been in the top-10 for 51 straight weeks, more than any NCAA II team.

The Spartans are off to a 5-0 start to the 2009 season with victories over Florida Tech, Georgia College & State and Rollins. Tampa travels to Livingston, Ala., for a weekend series at West Alabama that will also feature a pair of games against Southern Arkansas.