Sweeps and slides: Big 12 baseball power rankings

Senior third baseman Josh Ethier fields and throws the ball to first base during the K-State game against TCU at Tointon Stadium on April 1, 2017. (Sabrina Cline | The Collegian)

1. TCU (23-5, 8-1) (Last Week: 2) (Next: Murray State)

Since the last power rankings, TCU swept Kansas State in Manhattan and also picked up a 5-4 win over UT Arlington. The Horned Frogs are quickly off to a nice start and definitely look like a team, early, that could win the conference.

2. Oklahoma (26-6, 4-2) (Last Week: 3) (Next: at Texas)

Oklahoma took two games out of three against Texas Tech recently, and picked up a nonconference win against Oral Roberts at home. The Sooners also kept their run efficiency up, scoring six, four, five and six runs in those four games.

3. Texas Tech (26-6, 4-2) (Last Week: 1) (Next: Baylor)

It’d be inaccurate to say that Texas Tech fell out of the conference race after dropping two out of three to TCU. The Red Raiders have just one loss more than TCU, but losing two out of three to a conference contender is not a great way to make your case in this battle.

4. West Virginia (16-10, 4-2) (Last Week: 4) (Next: Morehead State)

West Virginia is still hanging tough early in the Big 12 race after two wins over Oklahoma State and a win against Marshall. The Mountaineers seem to be out of the core three to contend, but definitely can make some noise.

5. Kansas (13-15, 3-3) (Last Week: 7) (Next: at West Virginia)

Kansas started out very slow with a 1-2 record in conference play, but has since rattled off two wins against Texas and picked up a nonconference win against Missouri State. The Jayhawks are on the upward trend.

6. Texas (20-12, 4-5) (Last Week: 5) (Next: Oklahoma)

As mentioned, KU took two out of three from Texas so it was a rough week for the Longhorns on the diamond. Texas would end up beating Sam Houston State, 8-1, in an attempt to right the ship before a series against Oklahoma.

7. Baylor (19-9, 2-4) (Last Week: 6) (Next: Lamar)

Baylor traveled to Seattle to square off against the Washington Huskies in a three-game series that it lost two games in. The Bears did not lose any conference games, though, so they did not fall further out of that race.

8. Oklahoma State (16-11, 1-5) (Last Week: 8) (Next: at Wichita State)

A 1-2 record in three games saw Oklahoma State slip further down in the conference race. Anything can still happen this early, but it’s beginning to be very tough for the Cowboys to come back from this.

9. Kansas State (15-13, 0-6) (Last Week: 9) (Next: at Oklahoma State)

Home field was not enough of an advantage for K-State as it was swept by TCU in three games. The Wildcats might be able to steal a win or two from fellow struggling Oklahoma State, but things are bad in their world.