Arkansas Moves Up to No. 5 in National Polls
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas moved up to fifth in three of the four college baseball polls on Monday after winning two-of-three games at second-ranked South Carolina this past weekend.
The Razorbacks are No. 5 in the Sports Weekly/ESPN Coaches poll, Collegiate Baseball poll and the NCBWA rankings. Arkansas made its biggest jump in Baseball America’s poll, vaulting up seven spots to eighth after checking in at 15th last week.
“It is great that the polls have recognized what we have accomplished so far this season,” Arkansas Head Coach Dave Van Horn said. “Now we have to continue to play like a top 5 baseball team. Teams are going to give us their best shot every game, so we are going to have to play like a top five team each time out.”
The Hogs are 18-2 overall and 2-1 in SEC play. UA’s two losses are tied with Georgia Tech and Nebraska for the fewest in the top 25.
Cal State Fullerton, Tulane and LSU are consensus top three teams with Fullerton ranked first in three of the four polls. LSU is ranked third in all three polls, with Georgia Tech fourth in all but the Baseball America poll, which has Texas fourth.
The Razorbacks will put that No. 5 ranking on the line at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Centenary and then again on Wednesday at 3 p.m. against the Gents. Both games can be heard on the Razorback Baseball Radio Network.
Arkansas then returns home for its SEC home opener with 24th-ranked Mississippi State on Friday at 6:35 p.m. at Baum Stadium.
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