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SEC Baseball Power Rankings: Week 3-Florida falls, Vandy rises, and LSU stays on top.

Another week of SEC baseball has passed us by, and the picture is slowly beginning to come together.

There was quite a lot of movement after this week’s games, with most of it coming from the middle of the conference.

Vanderbilt made the biggest jump after going 5-0 with a win over Texas. South Carolina, on the other hand, fell 4 spots after it faced its first test of the season in Clemson.

The top stayed relatively the same. LSU remains No. 1, but Arkansas and Tennessee move a spot as Florida drops from 2 to 4. Texas A&M also moved upwards after becoming the only remaining SEC team without blemish.

Ole Miss and Mississippi State had much better weeks, combining for an 8-1 record and moved up in the rankings. Mizzou, contrarily, was awful, going 1-3 and losing its series to N Kentucky.

 

1. LSU

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Previous weeks ranking: 1

Week 3 Results

@ Rice

W 16 – 4

@ (15) Texas

W 6 – 3

vs Louisiana

W 5 – 4

vs Texas St

W 10 – 5

LSU stays in the top spot after going 4-0 this week. The Tigers had impressive showings against Rice and Texas State, scoring a combined 26-9 runs.

They also had a quality win against No. 15 Texas. LSU pitcher Luke Holman recorded an impressive stat line of 3 hits, 1 walk, 0 earned runs, and 12 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

2. Arkansas

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Previous weeks ranking: 3

Week 3 Results

vs Grambling

W 21 – 1 (7 Inn)

vs Murray St

W 5 – 1

vs Murray St

W 11 – 1 (8 Inn)

vs Murray St

W 5 – 3

After a big week for the Hogs, they moved up to No. 2 in the power rankings. Arkansas run-ruled its opponent twice this week, including a 21-1 performance against Grambling State.

Their pitching continues to dominate as they struck out 61 batters total and allowed just 6 runs in 4 games.

3. Tennessee

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Previous weeks ranking: 4

Week 3 Results

vs High Point

W 7 – 4

vs Bowling Green

W 11 – 1 (8 Inn)

vs Bowling Green

W 12 – 1 (7 Inn)

vs Bowling Green

W 16 – 6 (7 Inn)

The Vols absolutely bullied Bowling Green in their weekend series, finishing each game in less than 9 innings and scoring a combined 39 runs to 8. Tennessee outhit the Falcons 41-12 and raised their team batting average up from .293 to .324. They’re also continuing to be efficient, scoring 124 runs in 128 hits this season.

The pitching staff was great in games 1 and 2 but had trouble getting into a rhythm. Tennessee burned through 8 pitchers in just 7 innings.

 

4. Florida

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Previous weeks ranking: 2

Week 3 Results

@ Stetson

L 4 – 7

vs Bethune

W 9 – 2

@ Miami

W 7 – 3

@ Miami

L 6 – 10

@ Miami

W 8 – 4

The reason Florida is down two spots isn’t necessarily due to their performance. They won a series against a decent Miami team and went 1-1 in the midweek games. It has more to do with what Arkansas and Tennessee did.

However, dropping two games didn’t help. Florida’s starting pitchers also had a tough week. Against Stetson and Miami—games 2 and 3—the starters gave up 13 runs in 10 1/3 innings.

 

5. Texas A&M

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Previous weeks ranking: 7

Week 3 Results

vs Lamar

W 13 – 2 (7 Inn)

vs Arizona St

W 4 – 0

@ USC

W 9 – 3

@ Arizona St

W 10 – 5

After 3 weeks, Texas A&M remains the only undefeated team in the SEC. The Aggies haven’t played a very demanding schedule so far, but let’s give credit where credit is due. Going 11-0 to start the season is big.

Texas A&M will face its first real test of the season on Tuesday when it faces the No. 24 Texas Longhorns. Texas will be looking to prove itself after dropping 3 straight games this weekend, including 2 SEC teams.

6. Vanderbilt

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Previous weeks ranking: 10

Week 3 Results

vs Indiana St

W 20 – 4 (7 Inn)

vs Evansville

W 7 – 3

vs Louisiana

W 7 – 4

@ Houston

W 3 – 1

vs (15) Texas

W 14 – 11

After starting 5-3, Vanderbilt recorded 5 straight wins, including a 20-4 beatdown of Indiana State in 7 innings and a 14-11 win over No. 15 Texas at the time.

Vandy’s designated hitter, Camden Kozeal, was electric for the Commodores, going 14/24 from the plate for a .583 batting average. That includes his 4/5, 3 RBI performance against Texas.

7. Auburn

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Previous weeks ranking: 6

Week 3 Results

vs Samford

W 12 – 3

vs UConn

W 8 – 1

vs UConn

L 4 – 8

vs UConn

W 8 – 2

Like Florida, Auburn’s drop has more to do with Vanderbilt’s performance than the Tigers’.

Auburn’s only loss was fostered by a bad first-inning performance from Joseph Gonzales in game 2 of its series with UConn where he gave up 6 runs in 2/3 of the inning.

8. Alabama

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Previous weeks ranking: 8

Week 3 Results

@ UAB

W 9 – 7 (10 Inn)

@ (20) Indiana

W 12 – 0 (7 Inn)

@ Arizona

W 7 – 6

vs Dallas Baptist

L 5 – 7 (12 Inn)

The Tide had a Jekyll and Hyde type of week as they went to extra innings in a win against UAB and a loss to Dallas Baptist. Then they run-ruled No. 20 Indiana 12-0 in 7 innings.

Paring its up-and-down week with the movement of Vanderbilt and South Carolina, Alabama ends up staying right at No. 8.

9. South Carolina

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Previous weeks ranking: 5

Week 3 Results

vs Gardner-Webb

W 7 – 1

vs (10) Clemson

Postponed

@ (10) Clemson

L 4 – 5 (12 Inn)

@ (10) Clemson

L 4 – 5

South Carolina didn’t have the best of weeks. It started great with a midweek win against Gardner-Webb but quickly took a turn for the worst.

Against its first top-25 foe, the Gamecocks folded under pressure. They lost both their games this weekend against No. 10 Clemson and might have only avoided a sweep due to game 1 being postponed.

10. Georgia

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Previous weeks ranking: 9

Week 3 Results

vs Presbyterian

W 4 – 3

vs Michigan St

L 6 – 19 (7 Inn)

@ Georgia Tech

9 – 3 – Suspended – Top 5th

vs Georgia Tech

W 3 – 1

@ Georgia Tech

W 11 – 9

Georgia swept a good Georgia Tech squad this weekend. Game 1 was suspended mid-game due to weather, but the score was 9-3 in the top of the 5th and looked like the win was heading Georgia’s way.

Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were shellacked 19-6 in 7 innings by a struggling 4-7 Michigan State team.

11. Kentucky

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Previous weeks ranking: 11

Week 3 Results

vs Western KY

W 5 – 0

vs Lipscomb

W 7 – 4

vs Lipscomb

W 16 – 1 (7 Inn)

vs Lipscomb

W 9 – 1

Kentucky looked much better this week, hitting a .341 in the 4-game stretch. For the last two weeks, only one batter averaged above .300, so it’s a welcomed sight for Wildcat fans.

However, they’re still a major gap between the middle-of-the-pack SEC teams and the bottom, and Kentucky is stuck in the latter for the time being. But if it can build off of this week’s success, it won’t be for long.

12. Mississippi State

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Previous weeks ranking: 14

Week 3 Results

vs Jackson St

W 19 – 6 (7 Inn)

vs Mount St Mary’s

W 12 – 2

vs Mount St Mary’s

W 7 – 2

vs Mount St Mary’s

W 6 – 0

After an abysmal start to the season, the Bulldogs won 5 games in a row, including a 19-6 win against Jackson State in 7 innings.

However, their sweep of Mount St. Mary’s is nothing to write home about. The Mountaineers are 1-9 on the season, and their pitchers give up an average of 7.80 earned runs per game.

13. Ole Miss

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Previous weeks ranking: 13

Week 3 Results

vs Little Rock

W 12 – 6

vs Missouri St

W 12 – 3

vs Iowa

L 7 – 13

vs Iowa

W 12 – 5

vs Iowa

W 8 – 3

Ole Miss also had a good week despite starting 4-4. The Rebels took care of business against Little Rock and Missouri State, and they won a series against a good—but down—Iowa team.

14. Mizzou

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Previous weeks ranking: 12

Week 3 Results

vs SE Missouri

L 3 – 8 Suspended (8 Inn)

vs N Kentucky

L 1 – 3

vs N Kentucky

W 28 – 10 (7 Inn)

vs N Kentucky

L 16 – 15

Mizzou moved into the bottom spot after a 1-3 week. The Tigers lost to a 6-7 SE Missouri team 8 to 3 but saved from further embarrassment when the game was suspended due to lightning.

Even worse for the Tigers, they lost their series to N Kentucky 2-1, giving the Vikings half their wins for the season so far. Mizzou did have a 28-10 win against N Kentucky, but it’s not enough to save them from being this week’s bottom dweller.

Story originally appeared on Razorbacks Wire