Kentucky baseball unranked in D1 Baseball week three top 25


Travis Fannon

Kentucky Wildcats infielder Hunter Gilliam (14) runs down the first baseline after hitting a homerun during the Kentucky vs. Indiana State baseball game on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 7-6. Photo by Travis Fannon | Staff

Parker Scott, Reporter

Kentucky baseball (9-2) was not included in the latest D1 Baseball top 25 despite recording its first sweep of the season over Indiana State on Sunday.

The team, which has not made a postseason appearance since head coach Nick Mingione’s first season in 2017, has not been awarded a poll ranking so far this season.

A 15-1 win over Morehead State and a series sweep over Indiana State, both at home, highlighted the week for the Wildcats, giving them strong momentum before opening SEC play on March 17.

The SEC as a whole currently has nine teams in the top 25 and six in the top ten, with the numbers remaining unchanged from the week two rankings.

The top five stayed constant with LSU, Tennessee and Ole Miss representing the SEC at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

Florida, Vanderbilt and Arkansas were not far behind at No. 6, No. 7 and No. 8, also remaining unchanged from the previous week.

Texas A&M also held steady at No. 15 and undefeated Alabama jumped two spots up to No. 18.

South Carolina claimed the biggest ranking increase of all SEC teams in the rankings, moving up three spots to No. 20 from No. 23.

Kentucky is currently slated to play seven three-game series and two games against ranked opponents this season, with four of the series on the road and three at home.

The Wildcats will aim to reach the ten-win mark on Tuesday against Murray State at 4 p.m. EST at Kentucky Proud Park.

A full list of the rankings can be seen below:

  1. LSU Tigers (10-1)
  2. Stanford Cardinal (9-2)
  3. Tennessee Volunteers (11-2)
  4. Ole Miss Rebels (10-2)
  5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (13-0)
  6. Florida Gators (10-3)
  7. Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4)
  8. Arkansas Razorbacks (9-2)
  9. Louisville Cardinals (10-1)
  10. TCU Horned Frogs (7-4)
  11. Virginia Tech Hokies (9-2)
  12. Eastern Carolina Pirates (7-3)
  13. Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-3)
  14. North Carolina Tar Heels (9-3)
  15. Texas A&M Aggies (7-4)
  16. UCLA Bruins (9-2)
  17. Virginia Cavaliers (11-0)
  18. Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0)
  19. NC State Wolfpack (12-0)
  20. South Carolina Gamecocks (11-1)
  21. Florida State Seminoles (8-3)
  22. Southern Miss Golden Eagles (8-3)
  23. Iowa Hawkeyes (9-1)
  24. Campbell Fighting Camels (8-2)
  25. Oregon State Beavers (9-2)