Texas outfielder Duke Ellis (11) gets under a fly ball during a baseball game against Houston in Austin on April 24, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas remains ranked 17th as championship chase reaches the end of regular season

Posted May 14th, 2018

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With one week to go in the regular season, Texas is only looking up at one Big 12 rival in a national poll. UT also trails only team in the conference’s standings.

Texas remained ranked 17th in D1Baseball’s weekly poll on Monday. After earning the 17th spot in last week’s poll — the team’s highest ranking of the season — Texas was idle as its athletes focused on final exams.

Texas (33-18) was once again joined in the poll by No. 15 Texas Tech (35-15) and No. 24 Oklahoma State (29-19-1). UT won two of the three games it played against Oklahoma State in March. The Longhorns, who are 14-7 in conference play, also own a series win over the Red Raiders.

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UT will conclude its regular season this week, and the team still has a shot at securing first place in the Big 12 standings. Texas will host Texas State on Tuesday before starting a three-game homestand against TCU (29-19; 10-10) on Thursday. The Big 12’s second-place team, Texas trails Oklahoma State by two games. The Cowboys have three home contests against Texas Tech scheduled for this weekend.

Texas has already secured a berth in the Big 12’s postseason tournament, which begins next Wednesday.

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