Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
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.