NCAA baseball rankings: No. 1 Tennessee leads 6 SEC teams in latest Baseball America poll
Tennessee is getting comfortable with the No. 1 ranking, and this week, the Vols lead a healthy bunch of SEC teams in the latest Baseball America poll.
The Vols won a seventh straight series to open SEC play as they knocked off Auburn and became the first team in the nation to reach 40 wins on the season. They have been the top-ranked team in the country for 6 straight weeks.
Across the SEC, Arkansas moved up 5 spots to No. 5, while Texas A&M had the biggest jump of SEC teams as the Aggies moved 9 spots to No. 14. LSU returned to the poll at No. 20, while Auburn moved up 2 spots to No. 21, and Georgia slipped 6 spots to No. 22.
The Vols have reached the 40-win mark in just 44 games, tying the 2000 South Carolina team for the fewest games played to hit the milestone win by an SEC team since the league expanded in 1992.
One of the highlights of Sunday’s game was the memorable relief outing from Ben Joyce, who tossed a career-long 4 innings in relief, struck out 6 and only allowed 1 hit to record his second victory of the season. But in the top of the eighth, Joyce registered a fastball of 105.5 mph, believed to be the fastest pitch thrown in college baseball history.
That speed would be the second-fastest recorded pitch in Major League Baseball, just 0.3 mph behind Aroldis Chapman, who threw 105.8 mph pitch as a Cincinnati Red against the San Diego Padres on Sept. 24, 2010, the Vols noted.
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