Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in journalism.
Hogs get RPI boost
Arkansas second baseman Brian Anderson makes a play for an out in the first inning of a Saturday, April 5, 2014 game against South Carolina at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE As expected, Arkansas' win over South Carolina did wonders for the teams performance ratings index (RPI) ranking.
The Razorbacks moved up 31 spots to No. 85 nationally this week in the NCAA's official RPI. Arkansas won two games last weekend over South Carolina, who remains No. 1 in this week's rankings. Arkansas also split a pair of games last week with Nebraska, who jumped 25 spots this week No. 48.
Despite their own jump, the Diamond Hogs are only ranked 13th out of the 14 SEC teams this week. Missouri is the only SEC team ranked lower at No. 114.
Arkansas (20-12) has a chance to further bolster its RPI ranking over the next several days. The Razorbacks' next nine games are against teams ranked ahead of them in the RPI: UNLV (12), LSU (22), Stephen F. Austin (81) and Vanderbilt (7).
The RPI is weighed heavily by the NCAA when selecting postseason regional host sites and team seedings.