By: Paul Fritschner: When you start 12-2 and have a nine game winning streak over the course of your first two weeks, chances are you will garner some national attention. That is exactly what happened Thursday morning, when the first summer collegiate baseball rankings were released. The Aces are No. 8 in the first poll of the summer. This is the highest ranking in team history – in fact, this is the first time the Aces have ever appeared in the national rankings.
The rest of the rankings can be found here: http://www.collegiatesummerbaseball.com/top-35-college-baseball-teams/
The Aces have put together quite the season so far. They are second in the league in team batting average at .286, they own the league’s lowest team ERA at 2.78, and they have the second-best fielding percentage at .967. The Aces have the fewest home runs in the league with only two, and it is a testament to the offense and the team as a unit that they have manufactured runs at such a high level. They have scored 96 runs this year already, good for third in the league.
Elsewhere around the Cal Ripken League, the Bethesda Big Train were ranked No. 18. This makes Thursday’s game at Frank Mann Field all the more poignant, as two of the top 20 teams in the nation will square off in Alexandria.