Kentucky baseball once again unranked in D1Baseball week four Top 25


Travis Fannon

Kentucky Wildcats outfielder/infielder Ryan Waldschmidt (21) readies to throw the ball back to the infield during the Kentucky vs. Indiana State baseball game on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 5-4. Photo by Travis Fannon | Staff

Parker Scott, Reporter

Kentucky baseball remained unranked in the week four D1Baseball Top 25 after sweeping the Southern Illinois Salukis over the weekend. 

Kentucky is currently on a ten game win streak as it heads toward SEC play. 

Even though the Wildcats are unranked, the SEC continued its dominance in the top 25. Nine out of the fourteen teams in the SEC are ranked, with the top three all being SEC teams. 

LSU is still No. 1 in the country following its dominant weekend sweep against unranked Samford. The Tigers put 36 runs on the scoreboard in the three mercy-rule games while only giving up two runs. They now hold a 10 game winning streak. 

The Tennessee Volunteers jumped one spot and now sit at No. 2. Following a loss to Boston College last Tuesday,  the Vols swept the unranked Morehead State Eagles with the offense putting up 23 runs on Friday against the Eagles.

Rounding out the top 3 is the No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels. The Rebels moved up one spot after sweeping the Purdue Boilermakers in a series over the weekend.

Kentucky Wildcats catcher Austin Fawley (52) runs towards the bullpen 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 (Travis Fannon)

The next SEC team is the No. 5 Florida Gators, which rounded out the top five. The Gators jumped one spot as they took care of Siena University over the weekend. 

Right behind Florida is the No. 6 Vanderbilt Commodores. The Commodores hopped one spot ahead as they were ranked seventh last week.

They won their series against Loyola Marymount though the Commodores did take a loss in the series finale. 

The No. 7 Arkansas Razorbacks are right behind Vandy as they jumped one spot as well. The Razorbacks completed a series sweep over the weekend and beat Louisiana Tech with a 15 run offensive outburst. 

The SEC took a brief break in the rankings, but picked back up with the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies did not move in the top 25 from the week three edition after sweeping Northern Kentucky over the weekend. 

Coming in one spot behind them is the No. 16 South Carolina Gamecocks. The Gamecocks had the biggest jump of the week, going four spots ahead from their No. 20 ranking in week three.

The Gamecocks’ offense was on display over the weekend as they tallied 38 runs in their sweep over Bethune-Cookman. 

The No. 24 Alabama Crimson Tide finished out the list of ranked SEC teams. The Tide lost two games during the week that dropped them six spots in the rankings. They also picked up wins against Samford and Alabama State before dropping two out of three to Columbia. 

Stanford had the largest drop of the week as it went 1-3 over the week, which dropped it from No. 2 to No. 7.  

Iowa and Oregon State both dropped out of the top 25 as each were ranked at No. 23 and No. 25 respectfully prior. 

Kentucky opens the week on Tuesday as it takes on the Indiana Hoosiers at 4 p.m. EST at Kentucky Proud Park. 

The Wildcats will then begin SEC play this weekend as they are set to take on Mississippi State in a three game series from Kentucky Proud park. 

A full list of the rankings can be seen below 

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