Islanders baseball and softball teams among the best in the nation

The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi baseball and softball teams are among some of the best in the nation with a combined winning percentage just under 74 percent through this past weekend. The NCAA releases updated statistics every Tuesday.

That percentage puts the Islanders programs as the 20th best in the nation among schools with both baseball and softball. Fresno State (.787), East Carolina (.741) and Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (.739) are the only three teams that are not from a BCS conference (SEC, Pac-10, Big 12, Big 10, Big East, ACC) and the Islanders are the only non-Football Bowl Series team in the top 20.

Individually, the baseball team is off to its best start in school history with a record of 20-8 and is receiving votes in both the writers' and coaches' polls for the first time ever. Their eight-game winning streak is the longest active streak in the nation and are ranked 45th in the CollegeBaseball360's Composite National Rankings while Boyd's World has them with the 46th-best RPI in the nation.

The Islanders are also projected to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in College Baseball Daily's most recent projections. As a team, they are 13th in the nation in hits (274), 15th in runs (189), 28th in walks (117), 40th in scoring (7.0 per game) and 44th in batting average (.303).

The softball team has fared just as well with a 29-9 record and a 13-2 league mark to stake them to first place in the Southland Conference. The record marks the second-best start for the Islanders in school lore, behind the 31-7 record through 38 games by the 2004 squad. They are 24-4 since an early-season tournament hosted by No. 7 Arizona on February 18-20.

They are currently 41st in the NCAA's RPI rankings with two wins over Houston (RPI 28) and one against Drake (RPI 68) on their resume. Six of the Islanders' losses have come against teams ranked in the top 67 of the RPI.

The softball team is ninth in the nation in fielding percentage (.977), 17th in double plays turned per game (0.45) and 45th in hitting (.303) while scoring 5.05 runs per game for the 64th best mark in the NCAA.

Both teams will be back in action this weekend against Southland Conference opponents. Baseball will travel to San Antonio to face UTSA while softball travels to Natchitoches, La. to take on Northwestern State.