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SEC Baseball Power Rankings: Top four gets shaken up after disrupted weekend

SEC Baseball Power Rankings: Top four gets shaken up after disrupted weekend

Every game matters this time of year in college baseball, and the SEC saw that firsthand this past weekend. Our top two ranked teams in last week’s SEC baseball power rankings lost series over the weekend, leading to changes in this week’s edition.

With Texas A&M and Arkansas both falling, a new No. 1 has emerged this week. Both Kentucky and Tennessee were considered, but the Wildcats get the nod as they continue to impress so far this season.

The SEC remains a great baseball conference, with ten teams up for honors this week Field of 64 projections. Six out of ten teams are hosting a regional starting today, with others in the mix.

Here’s how our SEC power rankings are shaping up after a wild week. There are only two weekends left until the regular season ends and attention turns to Hoover.

Ryan Waldschmidt slides into third base
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Weekly record: 2-1
Overall record: 35-10 (18-6 in SEC)
Previous: No. 4 (+3)
Next week: in Florida (FRI-SUN)

With two weeks left in the regular season, Kentucky sits atop the SEC standings with an 18-6 league record. The Wildcats are 35-10 overall and just won a huge series against Arkansas last weekend. They fell 10-3 in the series opener, but bounced back with 11-3 and 7-4 wins in the final two matches to clinch the series and shake up the rankings.

Billy Amick
Credit: Tennessee Athletics

Weekly record: 2-2
Overall record: 39-9 (17-7)
Previous: No. 3 (+1)
Next week: vs. Queens (TUE), at Vanderbilt (FRI-SUN)

Tennessee was heavily considered for the top spot in this week’s SEC power rankings, but Kentucky got the nod. That was partly due to Tennessee’s 2-2 week despite winning a series over the weekend. The Vols fell 9-6 in a midweek game to Lipscomb before heading to Gainesville. Against Florida, Tennessee split a doubleheader to open the weekend, winning 6-2 and losing 4-3. They won in great style to reach the series in the final, winning 16-3.

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Weekly record: 2-2
Overall record: 40-8 (16-8)
Previous: No. 1 (-2)
Next week: vs. Rice (GER), at Ole Miss (FRI-SUN)

For the first time in a long time, Texas A&M struggled a bit this weekend. After a 10-6 win over Tarleton in midweek, the Aggies went to Baton Rouge and lost the first two games of their weekend series at LSU. Both losses came in 6-4 games. Texas A&M looked to avoid the sweep on Sunday in the finals and did so with a dominant 14-4 victory. The Aggies drop two spots in this week’s SEC power rankings, though they are still clearly one of the league’s best teams.

Arkansas Razorbacks infielder Peyton Holt (24) slides home during the 2023 SEC Baseball Tournament
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Weekly record: 3-2
Overall record: 40-9 (17-7)
Previous: No. 2 (-2)
Upcoming week: vs. Mississippi State (FRI-SUN)

Arkansas started the week with a pair of midweek wins over Missouri State, winning 12-7 and 8-5. They then hit the road for a trip to Lexington, but couldn’t come away with the series win. The Razorbacks won the series opener 10-3, but then fell 11-3 in the next game to even the series. In the rubber game, Kentucky won 7-4, handing Arkansas a series loss.

South Carolina Gamecocks utility Ethan Petry (20) during the 2023 SEC Baseball Tournament game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and the LSU Tigers
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Weekly record: 3-1
Overall record: 32-15 (13-11)
Previous: No. 5
Next week: at Winthrop (DUE), vs. Georgia (THURS-SAT)

South Carolina had a 3-1 week last week, starting with a 15-2 midweek win over East Tennessee State. The Gamecocks then hit the road for a series at Missouri and came away with the series win. After winning the opener 10-2, South Carolina even lost 8-3 in the second game. That set up a rubber match on Sunday, which South Carolina won 9-4 to win the series and avoid a slide in this week’s SEC power rankings. This weekend against Georgia is a huge weekend for the host race.

Dakota Jordan
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Weekly record: 3-1
Overall record: 32-16 (14-10)
Previous: No. 6
Upcoming week: in Arkansas (FRI-SUN)

Mississippi State has been playing great lately and they are firmly in the lead. Last week certainly helped their cause as they won a midweek battle against Ole Miss before taking on Alabama this weekend. The Bulldogs won the first two games, winning the opener 13-3 in a seven-inning run rule and winning Game 2 8-1. Alabama won the final 10-5, but it was still an impressive series win for Mississippi State. They have a chance to make a loud statement this weekend in Arkansas.

Charlie Condon Georgia Baseball
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Weekly record: 4-0
Overall record: 35-12 (13-11)
Previous: No. 8 (+1)
Upcoming week: in South Carolina (THURS-SAT)

Georgia is red hot, and they are undoubtedly in the picture as a potential top eight seed. The Bulldogs are coming off a 4-0 week that started with a 9-3 win at Kennesaw State and ended with a statement sweep against Vanderbilt. Georgia won the first two games via the run rule, winning 10-0 in seven innings in the opener and 14-4 in eight innings in the second game. They also won the final 11-7, putting a strong stamp on a great week.

SEC Baseball Power Rankings: 8-14

Tommy White. (LSU athletics)

8. Vanderbilt (-1)
9. Alabama
10. LSU (+1)
11. Florida (-1)
12. Ole ma’am
13. Missouri
14. Chestnut brown

It wasn’t a good week for Vanderbilt. The Commodores needed extra innings to beat Tennessee Tech in a midweek game, but then swept Georgia. That was enough to knock Vanderbilt out of the top half of this week’s SEC power rankings. Right behind them is Alabama, which remains at No. 9 after losing two of three to Mississippi State.

LSU is on the move, breaking the top ten this week. The Tigers made a statement by winning two of three against Texas A&M, and also won 26-2 in a midweek game against Grambling State. They finish just ahead of Florida, who loses one spot after a 2-2 week that also included a series loss to Tennessee. Florida is just one game over .500 at 24-23.

The bottom three remain the same this week. Ole Miss fell to Mississippi State in a midweek game, but then took two of three at Auburn over the weekend. Missouri took a game from South Carolina, but lost the series and fell to 21-28 on the year. Auburn’s struggles continued in the series against Ole Miss, and the Tigers are now just 4-20 in SEC play.