LUBBOCK, Texas – The only thing better than beating your rival four times in a week’s span is finding yourself on top of the college baseball world as a result.
On the strength of a week-long sweep of Oregon, the Oregon State Beavers ascend to the No. 1 spot in the National College Baseball Hall of Fame Power Poll. The Beavers edge previous No. 1 Tennessee by just one point, despite the Volunteers garnering four of the potential six first-place votes in the poll.
Tennessee, which drops to No. 2, sees its five-week reign at the top of the poll come to an end. The Volunteers dropped their first SEC series of the season at Kentucky but still earned four first-place votes in the poll. Oklahoma State, which swept Southeast Missouri State over the weekend, leapfrogs Arkansas to take over at No. 3 while the Hogs are in at No. 4 after a hard-fought SEC series victory over No. 25 Auburn. Louisville, which split a series with Wake Forest 1-1-1, holds on to the No. 5 spot.
The rest of the top 10 is composed of No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 9 Miami and No. 10 LSU.
The poll includes three new teams this week, including one returning team. Florida, fresh off a sweep of defending national champion Mississippi State, check in at No. 21 while UC-Santa Barbara debuts at No. 24 and Grand Canyon at No. 25, tied with Auburn for the final spot in the poll.
Mercer and Louisiana Tech drop out of this week’s poll.
Dropped out: Mercer, Louisiana Tech
Also receiving votes: Oklahoma, Dallas Baptist, Louisiana Tech, Old Dominion, Wake Forest, Wofford, Houston