Razorbacks hold on to top spot in poll

By: Matt Jones Matt Jones's Twitter account
Published: Monday, April 19, 2021
Arkansas' dugout is shown during a game against Texas A&M on Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas' dugout is shown during a game against Texas A&M on Sunday, April 18, 2021, in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas is atop the USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll for the second consecutive week and fifth week this season.

The Razorbacks (30-6, 11-4 SEC) went 4-1 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Texas A&M in the past week. Arkansas’ 11-10 loss to Texas A&M on Sunday snapped a five-game win streak.

Arkansas is one of four SEC teams ranked in the top five this week, along with No. 2 Vanderbilt, No. 4 Mississippi State and No. 5 Tennessee. The Razorbacks received 30 of 32 first-place votes in this week's poll, and Vanderbilt received the other two first-place votes.

The Commodores won a series at Tennessee over the weekend, and Mississippi State won a home series against Ole Miss, which dropped to No. 10 in this week's poll.

Arkansas' upcoming SEC opponent, South Carolina, is ranked No. 11 this week following a series win at LSU. The Gamecocks (24-10, 10-5) will host the Razorbacks for three games beginning Thursday in Columbia, S.C.

The only other SEC team ranked this week is No. 14 Florida.

The only non-SEC team in the top five is No. 3 Texas, which along with No. 6 Texas Tech and No. 7 TCU lost to Arkansas during the College Baseball Showdown in Arlington, Texas, in February. Louisiana Tech, which lost a home series to the Razorbacks in March, is ranked No. 15 this week.

Arkansas is ranked No. 1 in all of the major polls this week and is the unanimous top-ranked team for the fourth week this season.

USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, April 19

1 Arkansas (30-6)

2 Vanderbilt (28-6)

3 Texas (30-8)

4 Mississippi State (27-8)

5 Tennessee (29-8)

6 Texas Tech (26-8)

7 TCU (26-9)

8 East Carolina (26-5)

9 Louisville (22-11)

10 Ole Miss (26-10)

11 South Carolina (24-10)

12 Notre Dame (18-7)

13 Oregon (22-8)

14 Florida (25-11)

15 Louisiana Tech (26-9)

16 Stanford (22-7)

17 Arizona (23-11)

18 Pittsburgh (20-11)

19 Oklahoma State (21-10-1)

20 Old Dominion (27-7)

21 Charlotte (25-10)

22 Virginia Tech (20-12)

23 Michigan (18-7)

24 Indiana State (20-8)

25 Miami (21-11)


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