Volunteers take over top spot in College Baseball Hall of Fame Power Poll

May 6th, 2024

LUBBOCK, Texas – As the race in the SEC heats up down the stretch, so does the chase for the top spot in the College Baseball Foundation Power Poll.

The poll, released weekly during the regular season, is part of the CBF’s effort to promote the game of college baseball. The rankings are determined by voters who are leaders of the College Baseball Foundation as well as members of the Hall of Fame, media members and college baseball experts with decades of experience covering the game of college baseball.

With three teams splitting the 10 first-place votes and both Texas A&M and Arkansas dropping weekend conference series, Tennessee (40-8) leapfrogs into first place in this week’s poll, the fifth different team to hold the No. 1 ranking in the poll this season. The Volunteers, who earned four first-place votes, were the only team in the top three to win their series, taking down Florida in SEC play.

But the lead for Tennessee is razor thin. While the Vols top the poll with 239 points, they are just one point ahead of No. 2 Texas A&M. The Aggies (40-8), who earned two first-place votes, dropped a weekend series at LSU. Just two points back of A&M is No. 3 Arkansas (39-9), which garnered four first-place votes to take No. 3 and drop one spot after falling No. 10 Kentucky.

Oregon State (35-11) holds steady at No. 4 after winning a Pac-12 series over Washington State, while Clemson (36-10) remains at No. 10 after taking two of three from Georgia Tech in ACC action.

Only one team makes its debut in this week’s poll as perennial power Louisville (28-19) shakes off a slow start to the season to come in at No. 24, replacing Coastal Carolina, which drops out of the poll for this week. Alabama, which lost a weekend SEC series to Mississippi State, is the biggest drop this week, falling five spots to No. 23.

Dropped out: Coastal Carolina
Also receiving votes: UC Santa Barbara 7, Georgia Tech 7, Creighton 7, Texas 6, Troy 5, Virginia Tech 5, Oregon 5, Nebraska 5, Coastal Carolina 4, LSU 3, Arizona 2, Lamar 2, Grand Canyon 2, TCU 1, UCF 1, Louisiana Tech 1.