Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Diamond Hogs ranked No. 24
Arkansas' Blake Baxendale looks to his right while stealing second on a fielding error Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, during the last of a three-game series against Eastern Illinois at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Following another home series win over a ranked opponent, Arkansas reappeared in the Baseball America rankings this week at No. 24.
The Razorbacks (25-16, 9-9 SEC) took two of three games from then-No. 18 Vanderbilt over the weekend. Arkansas beat the Commodores 6-2 Friday and 3-1 Sunday, and lost 2-1 Saturday.
It's the first time the Razorbacks have been ranked since a series loss to South Alabama in the third week of the season. The No. 24 ranking matches Arkansas' highest this year.
The Razorbacks are among nine SEC teams ranked this week. Other ranked teams from the league include: No. 6 Florida, No. 8 Alabama, No. 9 LSU, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 16 Ole Miss, No. 17 Kentucky, No. 20 Mississippi State and No. 25 Vanderbilt.
Arkansas will host Northwestern State twice in the midweek before a three-game home series against Auburn this weekend. The Tigers (22-19, 7-11 SEC) are currently in last place in the SEC West.