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TMC baseball ranked fifth in the nation

It's the highest rank for TMC in team history

Posted: March 26, 2013 8:06 p.m.
Updated: March 26, 2013 8:06 p.m.

The Master’s College baseball reached its highest national ranking in school history.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released its first poll since the preseason on Tuesday, ranking the Mustangs fifth in the nation. Before Tuesday, TMC (26-9 overall, 18-6 in the Golden State Athletic Conference) had never been ranked in the top five and were not ranked at all in the preseason poll.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to be thought of that highly by coaches across the country,” said TMC head coach Monte Brooks on TMC’s ranking. “I am very thankful to the Lord for allowing our team to stay healthy and concentrate on carrying out their responsibilities. It is a great accomplishment and I am thrilled to be their coach and be a part of it.”

On Wednesday, the Mustangs begin an important three-game series in Irvine against No. 13 Concordia, the only other ranked team in the GSAC. The two teams will play once on Wednesday and finish with a doubleheader on Thursday.

TMC is leading the conference standings and is 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Concordia.

“I don’t think it changes our approach or mindset,” said TMC first baseman Spencer Downs on the ranking. “Our goal is just to take one game at a time. If we get too caught up in rankings, it will take away from what we are doing in the now.”

A similar scenario unfolded last season. The Mustangs climbed to 16th in the nation on April 17, 2012 before losing three out of four to then-No. 12 Concordia and dropping out of the rankings for good.

“It is a different year,” Brooks said. “Both teams are different. There is no comparison year to year. The one similarity is everybody is excited. We are excited to be head-to-head this time of year, and we are excited for the challenge. They’ve been a successful program.”


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