Texas Tech takes over Big 12 power rankings

Freshman right hand pitcher Jared Marolf pitches during the K-State game against New Mexico at Tointon Stadium on April 18, 2017. (Sabrina Cline | The Collegian)

1. Texas Tech (32-8, 8-4) (Last Week: 2) (Next: Oklahoma State)

Texas Tech proved to be a strong team after dropping the first of its three-game series against Kansas State. The Red Raiders came back to win the next two and then defeated New Mexico State in the midweek game to take over the No. 1 spot of the power rankings.

2. TCU (28-7, 9-3) (Last Week: 1) (Next: Baylor)

TCU fell down a spot after struggling against West Virginia, losing two out of three in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Horned Frogs are still No. 1 in the actual standings though, so all is well in Fort Worth, Texas.

3. West Virginia (22-13, 8-4) (Last Week: 3) (Next: at Kansas State)

Playing host to the top team in the conference, West Virginia won the series against TCU to climb up in the league standings. Don’t count the Mountaineers out just yet.

4. Texas (25-15, 7-8) (Last Week: 5) (Next: New Orleans)

It was not a great week for Texas, as it dropped two out of three to Baylor, but won the final game of the series and then a midweek game against Texas State. The Longhorns will have another nonconference series this weekend.

5. Kansas (17-18, 6-6) (Last Week: 6) (Next: at Wichita State)

Kansas defended its home field against Oklahoma State, winning two games of the series against the Cowboys. The Jayhawks do not have a great record on paper, but are staying competitive so far.

6. Oklahoma (27-13, 5-4) (Last Week: 4) (Next: Kansas)

The week could not have gone any worse for Oklahoma. The Sooners were swept in a three-game series against Michigan and then pounded by Dallas Baptist 16-10. Oklahoma will need to stop the losing streak fast.

7. Baylor (23-14, 5-7) (Last Week: 8) (Next: at TCU)

Baylor found some success to slightly dig itself out of a hole after winning two games against Texas. The Bears capped off that success with a win over Stephen F. Austin.

8. Oklahoma State (21-15, 4-8) (Last Week: 7) (Next: at Texas Tech)

Oklahoma State looked to be on the rise, but two losses to KU put it back near the bottom of the power rankings. The Cowboys’ struggles continue.

9. Kansas State (19-18, 2-10) (Last Week: 9) (Next: West Virginia)

K-State played well in its first game against a good Texas Tech team, but then went on to lose two after that. The Wildcats did win both of the games in Tuesday’s doubleheader against New Mexico, but the season has still been rough in Manhattan.