Every week, we’re previewing crucial match-ups across the SEC and ranking teams based on their performance and potential. All stats and records are through games on Thursday March 5.
All rankings are provided by D1Baseball.com.
SEC teams only have one more week to prepare for SEC play. Many teams host mid-major schools while Vanderbilt, LSU, and Texas A&M head on the road for tournaments in Los Angeles and Houston.
There’s a lot of movement this week with some SEC teams playing tough opponents over the weekend. Florida split a two game set with #9 UCF during the week. Ole Miss lost two out of three to the Knights over the weekend. Auburn was the most impressive team of the week. The Tigers defeated in-state rival Alabama 5-3 on Tuesday after defeating #21 Oklahoma State 9-2 over the weekend.
There was no shortage of late-inning drama last week, even for Vanderbilt against Evansville on Tuesday night. The ‘Dores took a two-run lead into the top of the ninth, but a three-run homer by Evansville’s Jonathan Ramon gave Evansville an 8-7 advantage. In the bottom half of the frame, red-shirt freshman Penn Murfee hit his first career homer to send the game into extras. Vanderbilt went on to win in the twelfth inning on a walk-off wild pitch. The win extended Vanderbilt’s win streak to seven after a surprising 3-2 start. Star pitcher Walker Buehler made his first start of the year for the ‘Dores after suffering elbow soreness. He pitched two scoreless innings and only allowed two base runners on walks.
College Baseball GIF of the Week:
A throwback from the 2014 SEC Baseball Tournament between LSU and Arkansas. LSU third baseman Christian Ibarra lost the ball in the sun on a routine pop-up. The ball hit his head (luckily he was not injured) and popped straight in the air to shortstop Alex Bregman for the routine 5-6 fly out.
Now let’s get to the power rankings.
Top 25 Rank: #2
Weekend Series: vs. Maine
Florida remains at the top of the rankings after a series split with #9 UCF.