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 Heisman Trophy.
Razorbacks hold on to top spot in poll
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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