Razorbacks finish 8th in last baseball coaching poll of 2021

FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas was ranked eighth in the latest USA Today Baseball Coaching Poll for the 2021 season.

The Razorbacks’ eighth place matches their ranking in the preseason coaches poll. Arkansas finished the season 50-13 and tied three other teams – national champions from Mississippi State, Tennessee and Texas – for most wins.

The Razorbacks were placed in the top 10 in the Coaching Survey for the third straight season which included a University World Series. The 2020 season has been suspended after four weeks.

Arkansas have spent most of this season number one in the coaching poll. The Razorbacks were ranked first in 11 of 15 polls released before the NCAA tournament.

Prior to Thursday, the coaching poll was last updated on May 31, a day after Arkansas defeated Tennessee in the SEC tournament championship game.

The Razorbacks entered the NCAA tournament as a No.1 seed. Arkansas won a regional championship against Big Ten champion Nebraska before losing two of three games to North Carolina State in the super regional.

Mississippi State and Vanderbilt topped the latest coaching poll after their clash in the College World Series championship.

The state semifinalists of North Carolina and Texas are tied for third in the final poll, followed by Tennessee (5), Arizona (6) and Stanford (7).

All seven teams ranked ahead of Arkansas have played in the College World Series. The only CWS participant not ranked ahead of the Razorbacks was Virginia, who was ranked ninth.

Notre Dame completes the top 10.

Arkansas finished 23-7 against teams ranked in the latest coaching poll. The Razorbacks faced 12 teams – Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Texas, NC State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, TCU, LSU, Nebraska, Louisiana Tech and Florida – which were ranked in the final poll.

The coaches poll was less kind to Arkansas than other major polls released Thursday. Baseball America and D1Baseball ranked the Razorbacks fifth behind the four national semi-finalists.

USA Today Baseball Coaches Poll, July 1

1 State of Mississippi (50-18)

2 Vanderbilt (49-18)

T3 Texas (50-17)

T3 State of North Carolina (37-19)

5 Tennessee (50-18)

6 Arizona (45-18)

7 Stanford (39-17)

8 Arkansas (50-13)

9 Virginia (36-27)

10 Notre-Dame (34-13)

11 Olé Miss (45-22)

12 Texas Tech (39-17)

13 East Carolina (44-17)

14 Dallas Baptist (41-18)

15 Oregon (39-16)

16 UTC (41-19)

17 Former Dominion (44-16)

18 UJ (38-25)

19 Nebraska (34-14)

20 UC Irvine (43-18)

21 Louisiana Tech (42-20)

22 South Florida (31-30)

23 Miss South (40-21)

24 UCLA (34-20)

25 Florida (38-22)


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