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Vanderbilt remained No. 1 in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings after sweeping a road series at LSU to improve to 23-3 overall and 8-1 in the SEC. Arkansas stayed put at No. 2 after winning a hard-fought series against Auburn, and Ole Miss stayed at No. 4 despite dropping two of three on the road at Florida. Texas moved up a spot to No. 4, and Mississippi State returned to the top five, climbing three spots from No. 8 after sweeping Kentucky.

Tennessee continued its rise up the rankings, moving up three spots to No. 6 after winning a road series at Alabama. East Carolina and TCU returned to the top 10 at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.

South Carolina and Florida moved up three spots apiece to 11 and 12 after winning series at Georgia and vs. Ole Miss, respectively. There weren’t any other big climbers in the rankings, though a number of teams moved up a spot or two. Georgia Tech fell nine spots to No. 15 after dropping a series to Virginia, and UCLA tumbled from No. 10 to No. 21 after losing a home series to Washington. The last four teams — Arizona, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh and Michigan — remained static.

D1Baseball editors and national writers determine the Top 25 rankings. Records are through games of April 4.

Rank Team Overall Record Record Last Week Previous Rank
1 Vanderbilt 23-3 4-0 1
2 Arkansas 22-4 3-1 2
3 Ole Miss 21-6 1-2 3
4 Texas 20-8 3-1 5
5 Mississippi State 20-7 3-0 8
6 Tennessee 24-5 3-1 9
7 Louisville 18-8 2-2 7
8 Texas Tech 20-6 1-2 4
9 East Carolina 22-5 5-0 11
10 TCU 20-7 4-0 12
11 South Carolina 19-7 3-1 14
12 Florida 18-9 2-1 15
13 Notre Dame 12-5 1-1 13
14 Oklahoma State 18-7-1 3-1 16
15 Georgia Tech 14-9 1-2 6
16 Louisiana Tech 20-7 3-1 17
17 Florida State 15-9 3-1 18
18 Miami 16-8 4-0 19
19 Oregon 16-6 4-0 20
20 Oregon State 20-6 4-1 21
21 UCLA 16-9 1-2 10
22 Arizona 18-8 2-1 22
23 Virginia Tech 15-9 2-1 23
24 Pittsburgh 13-9 1-1 24
25 Michigan 13-5 2-1 25
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Jordan
Jordan
5 months ago

Tennessee & Mississipi State beat bottom 4 in the SEC and that is enough to jump Louisville after a series win?

I’m so confused. Are you taking the midweek game into account now?

Last edited 5 months ago by Jordan
Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Kentucky is tied for 6th place in the SEC after getting swept by MS State. They were 5-1 in the league coming into that series.

Jordan
Jordan
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Kentucky is a bottom 4 team in SEC they picked up those 5 wins vs the bottom 2

Corbin believer
Corbin believer
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Kentucky has a better conference record at 5-4 than six other SEC teams but I do agree that they are one of the weaker teams. The bottom of the SEC would win a lot of conferences … Auburn came really close to sweeping Arkansas this past weekend. Winning any away series in the SEC is tough no matter who you are.

RazorHog
RazorHog
5 months ago

Sorry bro but you cant say they came really close to sweeping a series you only win one game in. Only score that matters is the one after 27 outs!

GDawg83
GDawg83
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Reference loses to Eastern Kentucky, Moorhead State, & Cincinnati. Louisville should be glad to be in the top 10 with 56 RPI & 147 SOS. Rocky Top has RPI of 8 & MSU 11…I would think all games count including the midweek games

Jordan
Jordan
5 months ago
Reply to  GDawg83

D1 has made it very clear that midweek games don’t matter

GDawg83
GDawg83
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

LOL…ok. Louisville needs to handle business in the midweek games if they expect to be hosting a regional. Louisville gets a crack at SEC competition Tuesday. Oh but wait midweek games don’t count

Last edited 5 months ago by SWArkDawg83
Ken Hood
Ken Hood
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

While dissing the TN & Ole Miss opponents, you conveniently leave out that Louisville’s series win was against 10-11 (5-9) Wake Forest. They went 2-2 for the week – not a stellar performance. Louisville has the worst record in the top 10 and has a SOS of 147! Like GDawg83 said, you should be happy they are in the top 10.

Jordan
Jordan
5 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Their series victory vs Wake was not great, but neither are Kentucky & Bama

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Miss State SOS = 14, TN SOS 71, Louisville 147. Then add that they have worst record in top 10…what you expect?

Rick
Rick
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

no, they are not, but we need to remember their reference point – they are a lot better than teams in that same slot in the ACC, Big 12. The SEC has dominated, as in the football, the baseball for 30 years now, began with LSU, was a result to a great extent (since there are few “recruiting $$” for baseball), of the national showcases, which allowed an already good league to get better, picking up kids from all over the country. Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt rules in the northeast, also, does well in central TN (Price, Minor), now the Atlanta area (Swanson) and Florida, especially the Panhandle. That’s where he got Bleday, who then told his new coach, “there is a guy close by, who is very good, you should check him out, name is Austin Martin.” Good thing Tim checked AM out, as he hit the two HR, had all 3 ribbies in the ’19 first CWS game to beat Louisville, and the 2020 10th pick, Reid Detmers 3-2. Martin looked comfortable, was there, most of the others, a bit less so, some a whole lot less so. But, it was that inception of the national showcases that marked the point when SEC baseball took off, now kids from all over the country, including CA, wanted to head to the best, most scouted, most CWS appearances and wins in Omaha, SEC. Some teams took turns at being the best SEC team, LSU early on, then SC, now Vanderbilt. Florida won one in this time frame, too. So, no, in SEC terms, Alabama and KY are not great, just better than Wake Forest, and the other teams in that standings range in the ACC, Big 12, PAC 12.

Jordan
Jordan
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick

The upper echelon of the SEC is definitely better, same with the middle of the pack, but there is no difference between the bottom of the SEC and the bottom of the ACC. I would even put the bottom of the ACC above the SEC at this point.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Bama and LSU started their SEC season with 3 series each vs top 6 teams…. most would understand their current status

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

And just like that, the “not great” Kentucky team goes to Louisville and drops 11 runs on them! Louisville never led in the game.

Jordan
Jordan
5 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

congrats on the midweek win… we might see them in the top 25 after that.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Louisville has a composite ranking of 19th…….

Craig Lawrence Potter
Craig Lawrence Potter
5 months ago

the gators got boatraced by FSU, and lost a series to Miami, but are ranked much higher. Their other wins don’t compute. Who actually ranks these teams?

Nthompso23
Nthompso23
5 months ago

I usually agree with your rankings. Ole Miss loses a weekend series and stays top 3!?! Y’all missed the mark this week.

Jordan
Jordan
5 months ago
Reply to  Nthompso23

A series loss to the 7th highest ranked SEC team & no movement. Is it even possible for them to fall out of the top 10?

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Who would you rank above Ole Miss? Just curious, because it seems that soneone has at least one or two issues with the other teams ranked 4-10.

Jordan
Jordan
5 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Louisville, Mississipi State, Tennessee, & Texas

Mississippi State lost to a much better Arkansas & dropped 6 spots. Where’s the consistency?

Ole miss has 2 series losses now. One of those to a team outside the top 100

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

So clearly you’d like to ignore the SOS when it comes to your favorite team? I’m guessing you think Louisville should be the #3 team. If so, LOL! You probably won’t find many that will agree with you.

As for Miss State, I think they dropped like they did because they got swept at home. I’m an Ark fan, but I wouldn’t call Ark “much better” – I’d say they are just “better” and definitely better that weekend when they needed to be. Every team has a mini-slump every now and then, including Ole Miss, Ark.

Jordan
Jordan
5 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

I don’t think Louisville should be #3. I think that beating Wake Forest (34 RPI) is on par with beating Alabama (20 RPI) & Kentucky (62 RPI) and that neither of those victories justifies a jump.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

A road series win vs 20RPI is better than a home series win vs 35RPI. Bama may be bottom of SEC but SOS is 4, dive deeper ans see Bamas 3 conf opponents are all top 6 -Ark-Miss-TN

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago
Reply to  Jordan

Eliminate RPI…look at the composite rankings…..Alabama 30th, Ky is 47th and Wake is 49th

Kelly
Kelly
5 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

I think he meant that Arky was a much better opponent for MSU than UF was for OM. And that appears to be true. Miss. State played poorly, but I think that just sealed the deal. Arky looked better overall.

PapaCoach
PapaCoach
5 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

La Tech should actually be in the 3-10 area. I believe Ole Miss is top 3 worthy. Right now, at this point in the season, they don’t have a #3 resume – great week 1 but only doing what they are expected to do with a unfortunate series drop this weekend. I will say a 1-2 weekend against an upper half SEC team on the road could actually be considered a good weekend. Good job staging the classic 2 v 3 matchup this weekend…

John
John
5 months ago

Tennessee #5 with two losses at home to Indiana State – yikes. If that were a non-school that strength of schedule loss would keep them out of the top 25. I love the assumptions here. South Carolina gets swept by Texas…keep SC ranked high because “theyre in the SEC and we know they must be gpod”. Florida. Tennessee and South Carolina are completely overrated. Think Big10 in basketball type overrated. It helps ESPN sell advertisements though.

Greg
Greg
5 months ago
Reply to  John

In terms of SC, they just looked shell shocked in Austin… SC hasn’t been at this caliber for 5+ years and playing in big games that matter. They also went in overly confident and Texas had much more to lose and it showed. No excuses as Texas was definitely the better team that weekend but SC is starting to find it’s identity. Think both squads will be a tough match up for anybody in the tournament. All in all, rankings don’t matter until the tournament. It will all play out then! Side note, no dispute the SEC is the dominant conference in baseball since 2000. This year it will likely come down to Vandy, Rkansas, Ole Miss, Florida, Miss State, and Carolina.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
5 months ago
Reply to  Greg

I’m telling you what, the PAC 12 is sneaky, sleepers that don’t look as good as they are until tourney time, when they hit their strides, they’ll probably have some representation in Omaha, and then it’s anybody’s trophy.

RICHARD
RICHARD
5 months ago

Like 2019, right?

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
5 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

….thinking more like ‘18…or ‘13…or ‘12..or ‘08..or ‘07…come June it all looks different….it’s a tourney after all

Rick
Rick
5 months ago
Reply to  Greg

funny you use “Carolina”. Many will think you are referring to UNC, whose program collapsed when Fox retired. And, with LSU in the ’90’s, that domination goes back 10 more years. I tried to explain what I thought was the reason for this SEC leap, above.

Dennis Hiott
Dennis Hiott
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick

Carolina baseball has done much more than North Carolina baseball.

Wayne Heilbronner
Wayne Heilbronner
5 months ago
Reply to  Greg

Mississippi State can’t hit.

Austin Greer
Austin Greer
5 months ago
Reply to  John

You’re crazy if you think anyone in the SEC is overrated.

Rick
Rick
5 months ago
Reply to  Austin Greer

must be the words of a scout!

Rick
Rick
5 months ago
Reply to  John

John, you need to go back 30 years in the CWS record book, make a iist, by conference of all teams that made the CWS, and a 2nd list of who won the CWS. Think at that point, it will jump off the page for you. ACC has one CWS title in 30 years, PAC 2 does better on titles, but worse than the ACC on the number of their teams that made it to Omaha. And these numbers with the NCAA gerrymandering as much as possible seeds, and the Super Regional matchups. Let the first weekend winners be up against schools from other conferences, and not other SEC teams, and there would have been more who made it to Omaha. I think D1 and BA are both heavily influenced by what the scouts say (their All-America teams, and polls reflect this), they cannot go look at all these teams, the TV coverage is nothing like it is in basketball and football. Think they truly use the eye test (not a convenient excuse like the NCAA uses to explain why KY and LOU have been in the same regional in basketball 7 times, yet UNC and Duke not even once? Wow, that really is stretching the “eye test”! Do the list, it takes about 20 minutes using Wiki, as they have all 8 teams in the CWS on a nice chart. When you finish, look at it, add numbers, and then, you will see why all, meaning BA, D1 and MLB scouts rank the SEC so highly year in, year out, wince 1990. Seen anyone outside the SEC have a Kumar and Jack on one team? Ho about Price and Minor? Likely more I cannot recall. but few instances of 1st round pick tandems like Florida (Kowar and Singer), VU has had. Can think of one, and it was mighty – UCLA with Bauer and Cole. Send me more duos who match up well with that, and it will likely be another SEC team.

Robert
Robert
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick

Rice from ‘03

Robert
Robert
5 months ago
Reply to  Robert

Sorry, ‘04 draft. 3 pitchers in top 8 picks.

Bax
Bax
5 months ago
Reply to  John

John, you do realize Indiana State has an RPI of 12, right? And before you respond, I’ll concede that part of the reason for their high RPI is due to their wins over the Vols, but it’s not like they’re a 200+ RPI team. In fact, it appears they just lack some pitching depth since Indiana State’s two recent “bad” losses each happened in the 3rd game of a three-game series.

Elizabeth Herring
Elizabeth Herring
5 months ago
Reply to  John

They were punished and dropped into the 20s and have climbed back up.

John
John
5 months ago

Tennessee at #5 with two losses at home to Indiana State – yikes. If that were a non SEC school then that strength of schedule loss would keep them out of the top 25. I love the assumptions here. South Carolina gets swept by Texas…keep SC ranked high because “theyre in the SEC and we know they must be good”. Florida. Tennessee and South Carolina are completely overrated. Think Big10 in basketball type overrated. It helps ESPN sell advertisements though.

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
5 months ago
Reply to  John

You repeat the same stuff every week, hating on the SEC. Must be a miserable life.

Rick
Rick
5 months ago
Reply to  Ken Hood

Ken, for sure is miserable in both FB and baseball, that hating, envy. See my posts today, think I do explain a few things that all may want to keep in mind. Especially the count of SEC teams over the past 30 years, in the CWS, then winning the whole thing, or losing in the finals.

Six
Six
5 months ago
Reply to  John

John where were you

Hatched?????????

Rick
Rick
5 months ago
Reply to  John

John, see my other posts. The assumptions, come from scouts, and CWS history. Do what I told another non-believer (or maybe that was you!), make a list of all conferences, add, starting in 1990, the number of teams who made Omaha from each, then who won in Omaha, or lost in the finals. Think you will get it then. But, do believe that both BA and D1 are influenced more by scouts than say the polls are in FB, basketball. Think that has to do with the list, but also, the amount of games not on TV when compared to the two major $$ sports of D1. Who’s says the polls in those two sports are any better, more accurate? Populated so much by writers who are B10 grads, am sure we get a repeat of most every other year in the past 20 in August, then January, where 7 B10 teams will be in the Top 25. preseason, and 4-5 in the final poll, and other than Ohio St., most all those teams disappear, or are ranked lower than they were preseason. I prefer scouts’ knowledge to that of writers, and coaches, who vote without even knowing much about how they are voting, since their heads are into their own team, not 24-25 other teams. My son did the Area Code games before playing at Louisville. You bet we were in very nice seats for that Sunday, game in the last CWS, when VU, where I played on two SEC champs, was playing UL. Do I have an SEC bias? No more so than the NFL and MLB scouts, when once in an SI article about NFL scouts, about 7 years ago said, “half the NFL scouts are at SEC games, the other half is attending all the other D1 schools’ games”. Know that the cross-checkers do about the same, in May and June, scouting NCAA baseball.

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
5 months ago

This is around the point where teams are starting to show up as what they are… Louisville and Ga Tech overrated, the ACC is a bit like the PAC 12, very topsy-turvy w/ no one emerging as a front runner, though the Oregons and Arizona are putting together strong resume’s; a lot of season left, and wouldnt at all be surprised if bottom half teams mature and show up strong come June. The SEC has its’ top dogs mostly defined, though a couple hard weekends could shake it up, but I’d say the Mississippi’s and Ark, Vandy are accurate, Tennessee has a great opportunity to prove its’ validity soon enough. The 12 is going to be very interesting to watch shake out as the Texas’ trip each other up, and E Carolina, La Tech always add variety. God only knows what the Big 10 has to offer in the supers…

Rick
Rick
5 months ago

that would be Michigan lately, since the Corbin protege, Bukich, got to MI, then IU a few years back, did well. Other than those two, that northern latitude continues to push the best kids south.

Bob
Bob
5 months ago

Not dropping Ol’Miss after going 1-2, while dropping UCLA from 10 to 21? Calm down.

couchjc
couchjc
5 months ago
Reply to  Bob

You’re kidding, right? I hate Ole Miss, but they lost 2 of 3 on the road against a very strong Florida team. UCLA (which has now lost 7 games to teams below 100 in the rpi) lost 2 out of 3 at home to a team that was previously winless in the Pac12 and is #180 in the rpi.

Last edited 5 months ago by couchjc
James Cee
James Cee
5 months ago
Reply to  couchjc

When Noah Cardenas is hitting in the 3-spot for UCLA you know things are topsy turvy. I appreciate all Noah’s work, but ….

Rick Presnell
Rick Presnell
5 months ago

Finally. Tennessee has a consistent, talented team. I’m just hoping they can stay healthy and keep it going. In years past, no matter what sport, it seems when they get up this high the wheels come off. From watching this team play they seem hungry and are out to prove they aren’t going anywhere even after losing a top notch pitcher. Go Big Orange all the way to Omaha! I’m not getting any younger!

Michael
Michael
5 months ago

Texas loses to A&M (unranked), then sweeps another “unranked” Kansas, but moves up?

Wayne
Wayne
5 months ago
Reply to  Michael

I watched Texas play in person a Baylor for three games and I don’t know how they continue to move up. They are not good at all.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago

Give those VOLS some love……havent lost a series (1 tie), havent lost a game outside top 26 RPI……4 series sweeps, 3 road series wins, 3 series wins vs top 35 RPI. Who has more quad 1 wins? Ark. Weak spot? tied a series 2-2 with 12 RPI……just how good/bad has yet to be determined. Not many programs can match the “current” resume’ using todays stats.. Series coming vs Fla/Ark/Van, but for now we are #6.

Corbin believer
Corbin believer
5 months ago
Reply to  BrunoVFL

Vols do deserve some love….this program has really improved the last couple of years and these next 3 weekends (2 of them at home) give the Vols a chance to prove to everyone that they are the real deal. I doubt there are many in the country who pull against the Vols in every sport more than I do (I must show respect for their baseball program and I have to give them credit for a job well done). Like I said these next 3 weekends is when they show everyone who they are.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago

I like what Vitello has accomplished……and i have been to Vandy to see TN crush ya…….(back in da 90’s)…….things have changed a lot……These next 2 series Fla/Van should give perspective on where we are then a road trip to TxAM, it just doesnt ever get easier in the SEC…..hoping for the best and giving my ALL for TN. Good luck and have a great season.

Kirk Ford
Kirk Ford
5 months ago

How can Nebraska b at the top spot in the big ten and not b ranked. They have a better record than ND.

Kirk Ford
Kirk Ford
5 months ago
Reply to  Kirk Ford

Agreed 👍

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago
Reply to  Kirk Ford

SOS……………. and 0 series wins vs top 50

Ken Hood
Ken Hood
5 months ago
Reply to  Kirk Ford

Record record record…you should really look deeper than that. Their SOS = 246! Notre Dame’s is 77 and they have actually won 6 top-50 games.

Dude from Omaha
Dude from Omaha
5 months ago
Reply to  Kirk Ford

This, coming from a husker fan… Michigan, at best is a 2 seed, Nebraska and tOSU at best are 3 seeds.. IU is on the outside looking in right now and Illinois, Iowa and Maryland are huge longshots. The B1G cares about baseball less than the Pac 12 cares about hokey. B1G baseball gets zero national respect mostly because the sport gets zero respect from the conference. The B1G doesn’t deserve any pub.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago

Read this in Baseball America poll……..”Ole Miss’ seven wins against Top 25 opponents, the second-most in the country, kept it No. 3 despite a close series loss at Florida.” Anyone wanna name those 7 top 25 wins? I count 4

RICHARD
RICHARD
5 months ago
Reply to  BrunoVFL

I believe BA had Alabama ranked the week they played TN.

RICHARD
RICHARD
5 months ago
Reply to  RICHARD

Rather the week they played Ole Miss.

Phillip
Phillip
5 months ago

I have a problem with ole miss not moving

Craig
Craig
5 months ago

Stanford and Santa Barbara seem to be overlooked, especially compared to three or four teams on this list.

Corbin believer
Corbin believer
5 months ago
Reply to  Craig

Stanford hasn’t played a game against a top 50 RPI team and Santa Barbara is 0-4. Not so sure they are being overlooked

Chris Gardner
Chris Gardner
5 months ago

How is UCLA still ranked? Three series losses and just a tick behind Oregon and Oregon State who each have one series loss. Oregon to Arizona and Oregon State to Oregon (in a non-conference series) and Arizona to UCLA. At least they lost to other ranked teams. UCLA lost to two unranked teams and a now unranked UCSB.

And I’m a PAC-12 guy btw!!

Donald Peterson
Donald Peterson
5 months ago
Reply to  Chris Gardner

Did west coast teams play any fall schedules or were they strangled by Covid skittishness? They don’t look anywhere near as polished as usual this year

Chris Gardner
Chris Gardner
5 months ago

I think it depends on the state. California was extremely limited and Oregon and Washington were somewhat limited whereas I don’t think the Arizona schools were limited much if at all.

GoTigers
GoTigers
5 months ago

West Coast doesn’t seem to get much. All of the West Coast teams that are in the poll are in the Pac-12, and there’s only 4. Maybe the East Coast and Southern states are having too much teams in the poll. They have enough teams to overpower the West Coast.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago

Rocker gets rocked…….and for the time being TN leads the SEC east.

Corbin believer
Corbin believer
5 months ago
Reply to  BrunoVFL

Might want to rethink that Vol math. How does 7-2 lead a team that is 8-2?

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago

1 division loss vs 2……i was aiming this at ya, just to poke fun.

BrunoVFL
BrunoVFL
5 months ago

Vols move to top of SEC, fight to stay there!!! VFL

John
John
5 months ago

Miami can’t be ranked! They stink!