Vanderbilt Steals 1st - Place Votes from UNC in Baseball Poll

Vanderbilt Steals 1st - Place Votes from UNC in Baseball Poll
April 30, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Fresh off a weekend sweep of then No. 12 Mississippi State, the Vanderbilt Commodores stole 11 first-place votes from the North Carolina Tar Heels in this week’s USA Today Baseball Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Vanderbilt (39-6, 19-2 SEC) outscored Mississippi State (33-13, 10-11 SEC) 16-6 in its three-game sweep and has won its last six games and 20 of the last 22. One of the Commodores last six win also came against No. 13 Louisville. 

Four of Vanderbilt’s last six wins have been against ranked opponents.

The Commodores climbed two spots in the rankings, but more important, took 36 percent of the Tar Heels’ first-place votes.

LSU (39-6, 16-5 SEC) dropped to No. 3 in the country after losing two of three games to South Carolina; the Gamecocks (33-12, 13-8 SEC) climbed one spot to No. 9.

The Arkansas Razorbacks (29-15, 13-7 SEC) jumped up one spot to No. 14 after winning two games over the weekend against Georgia. Mississippi State fell three spots to No. 15.

The Ole Miss Rebels (31-14, 11-10) dropped two spots to No. 18 after losing two of three to Kentucky (26-17, 9-12 SEC), who avoided being banished from the top 25 poll by winning the series. The Wildcats moved up spot to No. 23.

Both Florida and Alabama received votes, but not enough to make it into the top 25.

USA Today Baseball Top 25 Coaches Poll

1. North Carolina (20)

2. Vanderbilt (11)

3. LSU 39-6

4. Cal State Fullerton 36-7

5. Oregon State 34-8

6. Oregon 33-10

7. Virginia 38-8

8. Florida State 35-9

9. South Carolina 33-12

10. North Carolina State 34-11

11. UCLA 27-13

12. Louisville 33-10

13. Oklahoma 33-11

14. Arkansas 29-15

15. Mississippi State 33-13

16. Arizona State 28-12-1

17. Indiana 34-8

18. Ole Miss 31-14

19. Oklahoma State 32-11

20. UC-Irvine 28-12

21. Rice 28-14

22. Clemson 30-14

23. Kentucky 26-17

24. Georgia Tech 28-16

25. Stanford 23-15

Dropped Out: Cal Poly (23), Arizona (25)