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Texas moves up to No. 2 in D1baseball rankings after wild idle weekend

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Texas took the weekend off for final exams, but other teams around the country were playing series with major postseason implications. The Longhorns entered the weekend No. 5 with the SEC group of Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, and Tennessee ahead of them and all of them in action, including the Hogs taking on the Vols.

As a result of a weekend filled with some surprising results., Texas is No. 2 in the D1Baseball.com poll. David Pierce’s team is No. 4 in Baseball America’s rankings. More importantly, the Longhorns now rank second in RPI behind Arkansas, who has a grip on the top spot in all the major polls.

The Razorbacks took two of three from the Volunteers in Knoxville in a hotly contested series, with every game ending with a one-run margin. Ole Miss upset Vanderbilt, taking the series opener from Commodore star pitcher Kumar Rocker and clinching the series with a 13-10 win on Sunday.

Mississippi State plummeted from third to tenth in the rankings after dropping a series to Missouri, who exits the weekend 14-33 overall.

Since the three teams ahead of the Longhorns all dropped their conference matchups, Texas had nowhere to go but up in the D1baseball.com rankings.

Around the Big 12, Texas Tech took two of three from Oklahoma in Norman and should safely finish third in the Big 12. TCU, who entered the weekend ranked No. 6, fell all the way to No. 12 after dropping two of three at home to Louisiana-Monroe. Though the result is disappointing for TCU, it did not alter the Big 12 standings where the Horned Frogs lead Texas by one game entering the final weekend.

Every team in the conference will play Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this weekend. TCU heads to Manhattan to face Kansas State, with the Longhorns looking for assistance from Wildcat ace Jordan Wicks. Texas welcomes West Virginia hoping to win the series and all but certainly lock up a top eight seed.