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HawgBeat Composite Poll: Arkansas jumps in rankings

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FAYETTEVILLE -- Sweeping the No. 2 team in the country makes quite an impact in the polls.

Arkansas found that out this week, as it jumped up five spots to No. 6 in the latest HawgBeat Composite Poll - which combines the major college baseball rankings - following a sweep of Mississippi State.

That is actually exactly where Baseball America and Perfect Game have the Razorbacks in their top 25 polls, while the NCBWA and USA Today Coaches Poll have them at No. 7 and D1Baseball has them at No. 8.

It is the highest Arkansas has been ranked all season, but it will be tested yet again this weekend. Originally a four-week "murderer's row" stretch of their schedule - Ole Miss (No. 18), Auburn (No. 21), Vanderbilt (No. 5) and Mississippi State (No. 10) - the Razorbacks will play a fifth straight ranked opponent in No. 20 Tennessee.

Two of Arkansas' other three remaining SEC opponents are also ranked, with Texas A&M checking in at No. 9 and LSU holding steady at No. 12. It did catch somewhat of a break this season, though, by not having to play the conference's highest ranked team, No. 4 Georgia, in the regular season.

Here is a rundown of the entire composite poll, complete with each team's movement from last week and their highest and lowest ranking of 2019 so far (SEC teams in bold, Arkansas opponents in italics):

HawgBeat Composite Poll (April 23)
Ranking Points Change High/Low

1. UCLA

125

--

1/3

t-2. Oregon State

117

+2

2/7

t-2 . Stanford

117

+1

2/8

4. Georgia

109

+1

2/15

5. Vanderbilt

107

+1

1/7

6. Arkansas

96

+5

6/16

7. Louisville

94

--

6/18

8. UCSB

88

+2

8/NR

9. Texas A&M

87

-1

8/NR

10. Mississippi St.

83

-8

2/14

11. East Carolina

72

+2

9/20

12. LSU

64

--

1/17

13. Georgia Tech

62

+2

13/NR

14. Arizona State

60

+2

7/NR

15. N.C. State

58

-7

4/RV

16. North Carolina

56

-2

4/20

17. Texas Tech

48

+1

4/18

t-18. Ole Miss

33

-1

9/23

t-18. West Virginia

33

+5

18/NR

20. Tennessee

30

+4

20/NR

21. Auburn

22

+4

12/25

22. Baylor

19

-3

14/NR

23. Oklahoma St.

15

N/A

23/NR

24. UC Irvine

14

+2

16/RV

25. Miami (Fla.)

8

+3

25/NR

Receiving votes: Indiana (7), Louisiana Tech (1)

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