SEC baseball power rankings, May 16: Vandy makes a climb

 Chris Lee   in Baseball

Vanderbilt ascends up the SEC power rankings after wining two of three at Arkansas. 

Enrique Bradfield photo courtesy of Vanderbilt athletics.

1. Tennessee (45-7, 22-5 SEC): Vols' 88 runs allowed in SEC games is 36 better than second-place Arkansas. 

2. Texas A&M (33-16, 17-10): Aggies lead the lead with 205 runs scored in league games. 

3. Arkansas (37-14, 17-10): Will a No. 29 RPI hamper the Razorbacks' hosting chances? 

4. Vanderbilt (34-16, 14-13): The Commodores have won four of their past five series, including the last two at Georgia and Arkansas. 

5. Auburn (35-16, 15-11): The Tigers are four games over. 500 in the SEC despite minus-22 run differential in those games.

6. LSU (33-18, 14-13): LSU was swept at home by Ole Miss as it played its fifth-straight game without the injured Jacob Berry

7. Georgia (33-18, 14-13): Jack Gowen retired all 11 hitters he faced as Georgia salvaged a sweep in Knoxville on Saturday. 

8. Florida (32-19, 13-14): After winning seven of their last nine in the SEC, the Gators are getting close to sewing up an NCAA at-large bid.

9. Ole Miss (31-19, 13-14): After four-straight SEC series losses, the Rebels have swept their last two.

10. South Carolina (26-24, 12-15): Gamecocks are 21-11 at home, but 3-12 on the road.

11. Alabama (27-24, 10-16): Five straight SEC series losses have just about sealed the Crimson Tide's fate.

12. Kentucky (27-23, 10-17): The Wildcats are 1-2 in six of their last seven SEC series, the exception being the 2-1 win over Tennessee. 

13. Mississippi St. (25-27, 9-18): The Bulldogs' 199 runs allowed in SEC games are a league worst. 

14. Missouri (26-22, 8-19): While it's not been a breakthrough year, an 18-3 non-conference mark shows improvement.