The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its first weekly regional and national rankings.
The lone change in the poll's national top 10 involved Southern Arkansas as head coach Justin Pettigrew's squad jumped six spots from its national preseason ranking of No. 16 to land at No. 10 nationally; the third-consecutive season that the Muleriders will spend time in the outlet's top 10.
The Muleriders are coming off a 2-1 showing during the opening weekend of play as the squad battled the chilling elements to come away with wins over Henderson State and Ouachita. SAU's performance through three games pushed the team to the No. 2 ranking in the Central Region behind Central Missouri; the region's top ranked team and nation's No. 3.
Through three games, Southern Arkansas has plated 26 runs on 31 hits, 11 of which have went for extra bases, and has produced a team slugging percentage of .543. As a team, the Muleriders own a team ERA of 1.54 with 20 strikeouts.