TU Baseball Receives Votes in First Top-25 Poll of Regular Season


KANSAS CITY – The Taylor University baseball program returned to the NAIA Top-25 Poll on Tuesday, receiving votes in the national rankings for the first time since the close of the 2016 campaign.


The Trojans garnered 63 points in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top-25 Poll, giving TU the 29th-best total in the nation and putting the Purple and Gold 59 points shy of the program’s first Top-25 rating since closing the 2012 campaign at No. 25.


TU has opened its 2018 season at 15-5, marking the best 20-game start on the diamond for the program since the 2010 club bolted to an 18-3 clip. The Trojans are also two games ahead of the pace set by the record-setting 40-win team of 2016.


Taylor has scored three of those victories over teams ranked in the Top-25 and enters Wednesday rated No. 13 in the NAIA in stolen bases (48), No. 17 in fielding percentage (.967), No. 21 in earned-run average (3.35), No. 23 in opponent batting average (.231), No. 23 in batters struck out (160) and No. 28 in total hits (195).


TU’s 15 total victories are good for the 13th-highest total in the NAIA this season.


RV Taylor (15-5) will look to increase those numbers when it hosts Oakland City (2-7) for a doubleheader on Friday at 3:00 pm and Viterbo (2-15) for a twinbill on Saturday at 1:00 pm.