However, the top six polls didn’t unanimously agree that BaseVols was the number one team this week, breaking the streak. Baseball America, the Collegiate Baseball Gazette and the NCBWA agreed that a 2-2 week in Tennessee was enough to drop them below the Oregon Beavers (39-8, 18-6 pac 12). Although the Vols have a record two and a half games better than the Pac-12 powerhouse, UT are coming off their worst weekend of the season, losing their first series of the year, sending them down in the polls pair.Here are the points BaseVols received Monday in polls and what the sites said about them:
D1Baseball.com: No. 1 (-)
“Despite losing its first weekend series of the year on the road in Kentucky, Tennessee retained the top spot in the D1Baseball Top 25 rankings. At 42-6, the Volunteers still had the best college baseball record, number one RPI, and a 20-4 mark In playing the SEC is still seven games better than the No. 2 team in their league, and four games better than the captain of SEC West in Arkansas.The season against rival ducks, but Tennessee still has more class wins against regional rivals, chief among them the survey campaigns on Roads for Florida and Vanderbilt, a sweep of South Georgia, a 2-1 home win against Auburn. The Big 12 opponents at Shriners College Classic.”
American Baseball: No. 2 (1)
“Oregon State climbed to number one in America’s top 25 baseball game after sweeping its state rival Oregon and boosting its lead in the Pac 12 standings. The Beavers beat the Ducks four times last week and are now three games ahead in the Pac 12 standings. Oregon State is fifth in the Pac 12 standings. He’s ranked #1 this season and an American baseball team topped the Top 25 for the first time since the 2018 National Championship. Tennessee State, which previously spent six weeks in the top spot, slipped back to second after a series loss in Kentucky.”
Perfect USA Game: #1 (-)
Tennessee State suffered its first loss this year, and even though it lost two games this week, it remained number one due to its current workload. The gap between Tennessee and the rest of the country closed a bit, but the Volunteers still ranked first in terms of RPI and ELO, along with leading the country in the ERA by nearly a full tour and placing fifth in the scoring.Oregon is the only other team we’ve legitimately considered to be #1, as the Beavers finished 4-0 the week ahead of their Oregon rival.Sat at 38- 9, the beavers have a legitimate claim to the number one spot and lead the country in the field and are in the top ten for ERA.” – Vincent Cervino and Craig Cozart from PG USA
NCBWA: No. 2 (1)
“Oregon State (38-9 overall) has replaced Tennessee at the top after the Volunteers held the top spot for five consecutive weeks. Beavers coach Mitch Canham has advanced three games to standing strength Stanford in the PAC12 Conference standings with 18-6 marks and finished second Best Mark 2022. Ohio State University has joined Texas, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee as the number one finisher in 13 NCBWA surveys so far.”
USA Today coaches poll: #1 (-)
Tennessee received 26 out of 30 first-place votes from a USA Today poll.
Collegiate Baseball Gazette: Issue 2 (1)
“Tennessee (42-6), which ranked first in the previous six polls, has fallen to second after losing two of Kentucky’s three games and three of its last six games. Record.”
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While the Wildcats outperformed the Tennessee in Lexington and lost their first season, the Vols still hold the top spot in three polls. If a National College Baseball Writers of America poll ranks Tennessee #1, the Vols’ number one ranking will outnumber Oregon’s rankings 4-2.
A look at how the rest of the SEC teams are doing in the polls for whom there is at least one ranking below.
How did the rest of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) members perform:
Arkansas: No. 4 (D1, Collegiate Baseball, USA Today, NCBWA), No. 5 (Baseball America), No. 6 (PG USA)
Texas A&M: No. 10 (D1, PG USA), No. 11 (Collegiate Baseball), No. 12 (Baseball America), No. 16 (USA Today, NCBWA)
LSU: No. 9 (PG USA), No. 14 (Baseball America), No. 15 (USA Today), No. 17 (D1), No. 19 (Collegiate Baseball), No. 18 (NCBWA)
Auburn: No. 20 (D1, USA Today), No. 21 (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball), No. 22 (PG USA, NCBWA)
Vanderbilt: No. 16 (Collegiate Baseball), No. 21 (USA Today) 24 (D1, NCBWA), No. 25 (Baseball America), Unranked (PG USA)
Georgia: No. 22 (USA Today), No. 25 (Collegiate Baseball, NCBWA) unranked in all other countries
The #1 Vols will face the 22/25 Georgia Bulldogs at Lindsey Nelson Stadium this weekend in the final regular season of the season.
Despite losing his series to Kentucky, Falls clinched the SEC East Championship with a Georgia Series loss to Vanderbilt. Tennessee State is three wins away from the Securities and Exchange Commission to win the conference straight away.
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