Texas baseball players Masen Hibbeler (left), Tate Shaw and Jake McKenzie celebrate a grand slam hit by Kody Clemens (2) against UT-RGV in Austin on April 17, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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As RPI ranking tumbles, Texas is rewarded for last week’s performance against non-conference teams

Posted April 23rd, 2018

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After playing five games against non-conference opponents last week, Texas is trending up and trending down at the same time.

On Monday, Texas climbed two spots to No. 19 in D1Baseball’s national poll. Among Big 12 teams, UT (28-15) trails only No. 4 Texas Tech (32-9) in the rankings. Oklahoma State (23-14-1) is ranked 23rd.

Even though it made positive strides in the D1Baseball poll, Texas has slipped from 23rd to 33rd in the RPI rankings in the span of a week.

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Texas opened last week with 13-2 and 10-2 blowouts of UT-Rio Grande Valley and Texas Southern, and senior Jake McKenzie played all nine positions in the UT-RGV game. UT then took two of the three games it played against New Orleans. UT-RGV, Texas Southern and New Orleans have combined for a 56-67 record this year.

On Tuesday, Texas is set to meet Houston (25-15) at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The Longhorns, who are 11-4 in Big 12 play, will then travel to West Virginia (19-18; 4-8) for a weekend series.

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