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 atop final coaches poll of regular season
Arkansas fans call the hogs as coach Dave Van Horn prepares to take the field prior to an SEC Tournament championship game against Tennessee on Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Hoover, Ala. (SEC pool photo)
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas topped the final regular-season USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll on Monday following its championship at the SEC Tournament.
The Razorbacks (46-10) received all 32 first-place votes in the poll. Arkansas, which was named Monday the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, has held the top spot in the coaches poll for eight consecutive weeks and 11 weeks this year.
The poll will not update again until after the conclusion of the College World Series.
Tennessee is ranked No. 2 this week. The Razorbacks defeated the Volunteers 7-2 on Sunday in the SEC Tournament championship game.
Vanderbilt, which lost 6-4 to Arkansas last Thursday in the SEC Tournament, is ranked No. 3 this week. Other ranked SEC teams include Mississippi State (7), Ole Miss (11) and Florida (13). South Carolina, which was ranked No. 24 last week, fell out of the poll.
Nebraska, which will play in this week’s NCAA Fayetteville Regional, is ranked 19th.
Arkansas has an 18-3 record against teams ranked in this week’s poll.
The coaches’ rankings for Arkansas, Arizona, Mississippi State and Stanford were the only that aligned with the NCAA’s seeding of the top 16 teams in the postseason tournament.
USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, May 31
1 Arkansas (46-10)
2 Tennessee (45-16)
3 Vanderbilt (40-15)
4 Texas (42-15)
5 Arizona (40-15)
6 Notre Dame (30-11)
T7 Texas Tech (36-15)
T7 Mississippi State (40-15)
9 Stanford (33-14)
10 TCU (40-17)
11 Ole Miss (41-19)
12 Oregon (37-14)
13 Florida (38-20)
14 East Carolina (41-15)
15 Old Dominion (42-14)
16 UC Irvine (40-16)
17 North Carolina State (30-17)
18 Louisiana Tech (40-18)
19 Nebraska (31-12)
20 Southern Miss (37-19)
21 UCLA (35-18)
22 Gonzaga (33-17)
23 Oklahoma State (35-17-1)
24 Florida State (30-22)
25 Charlotte (39-19)
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