Big 12 powerhouses Oklahoma lost Sunday to Arkansas-Little Rock, ending its 16-game winning streak to open the 2011 season, and the college baseball rankings reflected it, dropping them from a commanding lead at the second spot of the top 25 to a virtual tie with Vanderbilt. The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's rankings put them at second by a single point, while the USA Today/ESPN NCAA baseball rankings put Vanderbilt within two points of number-one Florida, and Oklahoma comfortably in third. The Big 12 college baseball standings, on the other hand, show no such tension.â†µ
Texas A&M has moved up in both rankings, but at 12-4 they're just third in the Big 12, behind Oklahoma State, who received votes in the USA Today/ESPN poll but remains unranked. Missouri's struggles abated a little this week; after a 3-7 start they've gone 4-2, coming within striking distance of Kansas to get out of the Big 12 basement. After taking three of four from LeMoyne College they'll start a four game homestand with Central Michigan on March 18. After that, Central Arkansas, and a long road to get within voting distance of the NCAA baseball rankings.