By: Aaron Kirby
Fresno St(11-2) and TCU(10-5) continue to flip flop #1 and #2. Week 4 Fresno St jumps back to #1 after a 3-1 week where they beat #20 Cal St Bakersfield mid week before taking 2 of 3 at Nebraska. TCU drops back to #2 after also going 3-1, picking up a mid week win vs UTA and taking 2 of 3 from Houston Baptist. One of the more shocking results of the week, and there were no shortage of them, was previously winless Houston Baptist(0-13) beating TCU and Matt Purke 7-4 on Saturday.
#3 CofC(14-3), #4 Louisville(11-3), and #6 Coastal Carolina(11-5) all stayed put after each having good weeks. CofC went 4-1 with wins over USC Upstate, Ball St and 2 of 3 from Davidson. #4 Louisville dropped mid week game to Purdue before heading to the left coast and getting a very nice sweep of Pepperdine. Coastal went 4-1 picking up mid week wins over Ball St and Wake Forest before finishing up its final early season tourney with wins over Notre Dame and UAB and dropping one to Kent St.
#5 Texas St(12-3) continued its impressive season sweeping Houston. Included in the sweep of Houston was Saturdays 17-15 win where Texas St was down 15-4 heading to the bottom of the 8th inning and scored 8 runs in bottom of 8th and 5 more in the btm 9th to win 17-15. Texas St’s 1B Casey Kalenkosky hit a 3 run HR in btm 8th then finished the unbelievable comeback with a 2 run walk off HR in the bottom of the 9th. Have a day kid. Oh yeah they got another walk off HR on Sunday to finish the sweep. This time a 3 run jack by C Andrew Stumph to win 11-10.
Another Southland club SE Louisiana(12-4) also continued its strong play moving up 1 spot to #7 after a 4-1 week including a mid week win over Louisiana and sweeping UTSA.
Elon(12-5) moved up 2 spots to #8 going 4-1 in the week. Elon dropped a mid week game at UNC but beat St Josephs before going to App St and sweeping their SOCON series.
Wichita St(10-4) dropped one spot to #10 after dropping series at Tulane. Losing Friday 6-5, winning Saturday 1-0 and dropping Sundays rubber match 3-2 in 11 innings.
Before we get to the really bad results of the past week, 4 new clubs joined the rankings this week. Georgia Southern(11-5) reenters the rankings at #17 after going to Gainsville and beating #1 Flordia mid week before sweeping Furman in SOCON play this weekend. The Eagles have another great opportunity this week to make some noise as they travel to Georgia Tech for 2 games mid week before traveling to Alabama to take on Samford in league play.
UNLV(16-3) who is tied for most wins in nation enters the rankings at #18 this week after splitting mid week series with Arizona before winning all 4 games from Valpo for a 5-1 week. ETSU(10-2) comes in at #21 after a 4-0 week. ETSU took care of Furman mid week then traveled to Jacksonville, FL where they swept a very solid North Florida team. The 4th team to enter the poll is #22 Purdue(11-3). Purdue continued its very good start to 2011 with mid week 6-4 win at Louisville and winning 2 of 3 from Tenn Martin. The last spot came down to Purdue and Mercer(13-4) who had the spot untill it took FGCU 16 innings to avoid the sweep on Sunday. Dont worry Mercer you will be in shortly cause some teams are falling hard and fast.
Usually we always are told the bad news first but you get it last this time, and there was plenty of bad this past week. Through 4 weeks of the season the poll no longer will have anyone below .500 and that meant 3 teams were definetly out after this week. #7 St Johns(5-8) had a week to forget and dropped way out. The Red Storm went 0-4 this week dropping mid week games to UNCG and UNC. Then went to Gardner Webb and dropped the first 2 games of series before Sundays game was cancelled. Not sure why but it was?? #16 Hawaii(7-9) dropped out after a 2-3 week which saw the Rainbows drop game to LBSU and split 4 games with Portland. It is yet to be seen if their murderous schedule will benifit them in the end. #22 San Diego(4-9) also has played a very hard schedule to start the year but has not had even the success Hawaii has. The Toreros dropped 3 of 4 to UCONN this week putting them 5 games under .500.
#25 Kennesaw St(10-6) had a short stay going 1-4 this past week losing to Georgia Tech and Vandy mid week before dropping 2 of 3 at Belmont in A-Sun play.
Those clubs were not the only ones to have a week to forget by any stretch. FAU’s(11-6) roller coast start to its season continued. After dropping series to Stony Brook earlier in year FAU dropped 4 spots to #15 after going 1-3 losing mid week to Virginia Tech before dropping home series 1-2 to Seton Hall. WCU(7-6) is falling hard and fast after being rained out most of last week and mid week this week vs Clemson finally got to play and wishes they had gotten rained out again. WCU opened SOCON play traveling to UNCG and got swept out of Greensboro. WCU falls all the way to #24 and will have to earn its spot this week or continue its hard fall as they travel to Kennesaw St mid week before hosting hot Elon in SOCON play. You can push or go all in with 10-9 off suit but you can not call a big bet with 10-9 off suit if you know what i mean. Sam Houston(12-4) held on at #25 after a 2-2 week. Sam Houston picked up big 7-0 win over Rice before dropping 2 of 3 to UT Arlington. There just wasnt a bubble that stepped up and wanted this spot so they live another week. But just like the Catamounts they will have to earn their spot this week or get bounced. Sam Houston plays Houston mid week before heading to Texas St for HUGE Southland series. So this is playoff to stay in rankings for both WCU and Sam Houston, win in your in lose and your out.
3 clubs other clubs that had rough weeks had them for differ reasons. FIU(12-5) went 1-3 this week but only dropped 1 spot to #14. FIU travel to Texas and dropped a mid week game to Rice before losing 2 of 3 to Texas A&M. FIU lost 6-5 in 10 innings on Friday and won 2-1 in 10 innings on Saturday before losing Sundays game 8-5. #19 Cal St Bakersfield(12-5) stayed put even after a 1-3 week. They dropped a mid week game at Fresno St 9-2 before heading to the defending champions, South Carolina, house on the east coast. They definetly held their own and showed they are no joke dropping Fridays game 5-1, and Saturday 5-2 before winning Sundays get a way game 8-3. Louisiana(9-5) also went out west to find the road a little rough going 0-4 on week and dropping 3 spots to #23. Before heading west the Ragin’ Cajuns lost mid week to SE Louisiana and dropped games to Cal, UC Santa Barbra and San Francisco.
You could call this the week of the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY and any comments, questions or cuss words are welcomed.
|“Mid-Major Major 25”||2011 WEEK #5|
|SCHOOL||(REC)||PVS||WEEK 4 RESULTS-3/7-3/13|
|#1||Fresno St||(11-2)||#2||(3-1) 1-0 Bakersfield; 2-1 at Nebraska;|
|#2||TCU||(10-5)||#1||(3-1) 1-0 UTA; 2-1 Houston Baptist;|
|#3||College of Charleston||(14-3)||#3||(4-1) 1-0 SC Upstate; 1-0 Ball St; 2-1 at Davidson;|
|#4||Louisville||(11-3)||#4||(3-1) 0-1 Purdue; 3-0 at Pepperdine;|
|#5||Texas St||(12-3)||#5||(3-1) 0-1 Baylor; 3-0 Houston|
|#6||Coastal Carolina||(11-5)||#6||(4-1) 1-0 Ball St; 1-0 at Wake Forest;0-1 Kent St;1-0 Notre Dame; 1-0 UAB|
|#7||SE Louisiana||(12-4)||#8||(4-1) 0-1 Sacred Heart; 1-0 La-Lafayette; 3-0 at UTSA|
|#8||Elon||(12-5)||#10||(4-1) 0-1 at UNC; 1-0 St Joseph’s; 3-0 at App St;|
|#9||Stetson||(12-3)||#12||(3-1) 1-0 C Michigan; 2-1 at Cambell;|
|#10||Wichita St||(10-4)||#9||(1-2) at Tulane;|
|#11||Pittsburgh||(8-3)||#14||(5-1) 2-0 at NC A&T; 1-0 C. Michigan; 2-0 Army; 0-1 Michigan St|
|#12||Troy||(13-3)||#18||(4-1) 0-1 at Alabama;4-0 New Orleans|
|#13||Charlotte||(12-3)||#17||(3-1) 1-0 Tenn Tech; 2-1 Ball St|
|#14||Florida International||(12-5)||#13||(1-3) 0-1 at Rice; 1-2 at Texas A&M;|
|#15||Florida Atlantic||(11-6)||#11||(1-3) 0-1 Virginia Tech; 1-2 Seton Hall|
|#16||San Jose St||(12-4)||#23||(3-1) 0-1 at Pacific; 2-0 UW-Milwaukee;1-0 UC Davis; 1-0 Utah|
|#17||Georgia Southern||(11-5)||NR||(4-0) 1-0 at Florida; 3-0 Furman|
|#18||UNLV||(16-3)||NR||(5-1) 1-1 Arizona; 4-0 Valpo|
|#19||Cal St Bakersfield||(12-5)||#19||(1-3) 0-1 at Fresno St; 1-2 at South Carolina;|
|#20||Creighton||(12-3)||#21||(3-2) 0-1 at Arkansas St; 0-1 at C Arkansas; 3-0 South Dakota St;|
|#21||ETSU||(10-2)||NR||(4-0) 1-0 Furman 3-0 North Florida|
|#22||Purdue||(11-3)||NR||(3-1) 1-0 Louisville; 2-1 Tenn Martin|
|#23||Louisiana||(9-5)||#20||(0-4) 0-1 at SE Louisiana; 0-1 Cal; 0-1 UC Santa Barbra; 0-1 San Fransico|
|#24||Western Carolina||(7-6)||#15||(0-3) at UNCG;|
|#25||Sam Houston St||(12-4)||#24||(2-2) 1-0 at Rice; 1-2 UT Arlington;|
|#7||St Johns||(5-8)||#8||(0-4) 0-1 at NC-Greensboro; 0-1 at UNC; 0-2 at Gardner Webb;|
|#16||Hawaii||(7-9)||#12||(2-3) 0-1 at LBSU; 2-2 Portland;|
|#22||San Diego||(4-9)||#16||(1-3) Uconn|
|#25||Kennesaw St||(10-6)||NR||(1-4) 0-1 at Georgia Tech; 0-1 at Vanderbilt; 1-2 at Belmont|
|Mercer||(13-4)||(2-2) 0-1 Georgia; 2-1 FGCU|
|Kent St||(7-6)||(2-1) 1-0 Coastal; 1-0 UAB; 0-1 Notre Dame|
|James Madison||(13-3)||(2-2) 0-1 VMI; 2-1 Hofstra|
|Georgia State||(13-4)||(4-0) 1-0 UNCA; 3-0 Towson|
|Western Kentucky||(13-4)||(2-2) 0-1 Georgia; 2-1 FGCU|