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Kentucky baseball jumps into top 10 in week nine D1Baseball top 25

Isaiah Pinto
Kentucky Wildcats outfielder Lukas Schramm hits the ball during the Kentucky vs. Eastern Kentucky baseball game on Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2024, at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 10-0. Photo by Isaiah Pinto | Staff

Kentucky baseball (27-4 11-1 SEC) made the biggest climb in the week nine D1Baseball Top 25 rankings, moving up nine spots to No. 8.

The Wildcats finished the week 3-0 with their only action being a home series against Alabama after their scheduled midweek game was postponed.

The Bat Cats returned to form, sweeping the Crimson Tide behind stellar pitching performances.

Even though the LSU Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks dropped out of the rankings, the Wildcats were still among eight teams in the SEC found throughout the rankings.

Arkansas remained in the No. 1 spot after going 4-0 on the week. The Razorbacks began their week with a win over Arkansas State before sweeping the Ole Miss Rebels at home.

Also remaining in its spot, Texas A&M came in at No. 3 after a 3-1 week. The Aggies started their week with a victory over Texas State before heading to Columbia, South Carolina, for a clash with the Gamecocks. The Aggies took the first two games, but failed to complete the sweep by dropping the third game.

Keeping with the trend, Tennessee remained at No. 4 in this week’s rankings after a 2-1 weekend. Weather also postponed the Vols’ midweek clash so its only action of the week was a road series against the Auburn Tigers. The Volunteers dropped the first game, but bounced back by winning the next two and the series.

The first movement in the SEC came at No. 6 as Vanderbilt slid up one spot this week after a 2-1 weekend. As it did most midweek games in week nine, weather resulted in the Commodores’ lone action of the week being a road series against LSU. After losing the first game, the Commodores bounced back and took the final two games in the series.

After the Wildcats, the next SEC representation came in at No. 22, which is held by Mississippi State who moved up one spot in this week’s rankings. The Bulldogs finished 2-2 in a week that began with a midweek loss over Central Arkansas and ended by taking two out of three from the Georgia Bulldogs.

Taking the biggest dip in the rankings was the now No. 24 Florida Gators, who fell 18 spots from No. 6 after going 1-3 on the week. The Gators lone win came against FAMU in a midweek matchup before being swept on the road against the Missouri Tigers.

Rounding out the SEC representation was No. 25 Alabama, who dropped 12 spots from No. 13 after finishing 1-3 on the week. The Tide defeated Samford in a Midweek game before being swept by the Wildcats at Kentucky Proud Park.

Along with LSU and South Carolina, NC State also dropped out of the rankings in week nine. Those teams were replaced by Oregon, Louisiana and Oklahoma State.

All full list of the rankings can be found below: 

  1. Arkansas Razorbacks (27-3)
  2. Clemson Tigers (28-3) 
  3. Texas A&M Aggies (28-4) 
  4. Tennessee Volunteers (26-6) 
  5. Oregon State Beavers (26-4) 
  6. Vanderbilt Commodores (25-7) 
  7. Duke Blue Devils (24-8) 
  8. Kentucky Wildcats (27-4) 
  9. East Carolina Pirates (23-7) 
  10. Florida State Seminoles (26-5) 
  11. Virginia Cavaliers (25-7) 
  12. UC Irvine Anteaters (24-4)
  13. North Carolina Tar Heels (26-6) 
  14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (21-10)
  15. Dallas Baptist Patriots (25-6) 
  16. Virginia Tech Hokies (21-8) 
  17. UFC Knights (21-8) 
  18. Oregon Ducks (22-8) 
  19. Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (24-8) 
  20. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (22-9) 
  21. Oklahoma State Cowboys (21-11) 
  22. Mississippi State Bulldogs (21-12) 
  23. Nebraska Cornhuskers (22-7) 
  24. Florida Gators (17-14) 
  25. Alabama Crimson Tide (22-10)
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