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2012 CBD Mid-Major Poll (Feb. 20th)

By: Aaron Kirby
Other than the rain it was a very good opening weekend for most clubs in the rankings and especially teams outside of the rankings.

Good

  • #1 Stetson (3-0) stayed on top sweeping George Washington at home this weekend.
  • #2 TCU (1-1) split 2 games with Mississippi in their big opening weekend series. The Horned Frogs dropped Friday’s opener 7-4 and earned a split with a 5-3 win on Sunday. Saturday’s game was canceled due to rain.
  • #3 Louisville (2-1) dropped Fridays opening to Minnesota 7-1 however the Cardinal moved up 2 spots beating Illinios and Michigan St in the Big East/Big 10 Challenge.
  • #4 Georgia Southern (3-0) also moved up 2 spots taking care of UT-Martin in Statesboro. After hitting 30 HR’s last year GSU’s Victor Roache it did not take him long to get back in the swing of things with HR Saturday and another Sunday.
  • College of Charleston (3-0) moved up 4 spots to #7 after sweeping South Alabama in Mobile. The Cougars allowed only 5 runs and 11 hits in 25.0 IP.
  • Kent St (2-1) slides up one spot to #9 after splitting 2 games with Georgia Tech and picking up win vs host Winthrop in the Coca-Cola Classic in Rock Hill, SC. Kent St LHP David Starn had an impressive start to 2012 throwing 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K’s in Fridays opening night 5-0 win over Georgia Tech.
  • One of the most impressive weekends in entire country was put in by Florida Atlantic (3-0). The unranked Owls shot up the rankings all the way to #12 by going into SEC country and sweeping Alabama. FAU took the season opener 5-2, Saturday 9-2 and finished off the sweep 9-4 on Sunday. Well done boys.
  • Purdue (3-0) jump up 9 spots to #16 picking up wins over Cincy, UCONN and Notre Dame in the Big East/Big 10 Challenge in Florida.
  • Pepperdine (2-1) enters the rankings at #21 after taking 2 of 3 from Oklahoma. The Waves dropped Fridays game 4-3 and evened the series with 10-0 win on Saturday. Sunday they earned the series win with a 7-6 travel curfew shorten win in 8 innings. Will someone please do something about that rule. Start earlier please but anyway very nice start to 2012 for the Waves.

Not So Good

  • Two clubs who traveled west with a chance to pick up some nice W’s came away without any. Jacksonville (0-3) traveled to USC and dropped all 3 games falling 5 spots to #14. The Dolphins lost 8-2, 11-3, and 4-3 on Sunday…..Florida International (0-3) did not travel as far west but came up with same result at Rice and dropped to #20. The Golden Panthers lost 6-2 on Friday and 5-4 in 12 innings on Saturday before Rice finished them off 8-1 on Sunday.
  • St Johns (1-2) drops 7 spots to #10 going 1-2 in Florida with win over Minnesota and loses to Michigan St and Illinois.
  • UCONN (1-2) has started off slow again in 2012. The Huskies dropped 7 spots to #23 going 1-2 in the Big East/Big 10 Challenge in Florida. After beating Indiana on Friday they dropped games to Purdue and Ohio St.
  • One team which usually does not start off slow is Coastal Carolina (1-2) who falls to #24. The Chants beat James Madison 7-1 on opening day then lost 9-3 and 8-3 to 2 ACC clubs Virginia and Boston College.

Not Good

  • With FAU and Pepperdine kicking the door down into the top 25 that meant 2 clubs had to go. #20 Michigan St (1-2) started good with a 11-4 win over St Johns but then dropped games to South Florida and Louisville. Losing to South Florida and Louisville are not bad loses but when your down at #20 and other clubs have very impressive weekends MSU draws the short straw……..#23 Wichita St (0-3) had a rough trip to Texas. The Shockers lost 1-0 to Lousiana-Lafayette to start the season, 7-1 in 12 innings to Santa Clara, and 7-4 to host Texas St on Sunday.

Others Worth Noting

There were 5 or 6 other teams who deserved to be in rankings but there were no openings but they need to be mentioned.

  • Santa Clara (3-0)-Picked to finish last in the West Coast Conference after going 17-34 overalll and just 4-17 in conference in 2011 the Broncos travel to Texas St’s tourney and beat Texas St 5-4 in 13 innings, Wichita St 7-1 in 12 innings and Lousiana-Lafayette 8-5 on Sunday.
  • Gonzaga (3-0)- Swept Nebraska in Peoria, Arizona
  • South Florida (3-0)-Beat Ohio St, Michigan St and Minnesota in Big East/Big 10 Challenge
  • Liberty (4-0)-4 wins at Citadel tourney including scoring 7 runs in top of 9th inning on Sunday vs the Citadel to win 11-9.
  • Toledo (2-1)-2 of 3 at Western Kentucky
  • San Francisco (2-1)-won 2 of 3 at San Jose St
  • Sam Houston St (2-1)-won 2 of 3 vs San Diego
  • Bethune-Cookman (2-1)-B-C winning 2 of 3 at Florida Gulf Coast in Head Coach Jason Beverlin’s first series as head coach. That a boy Bev

 

Mid-Major Top 25- Week 1

RNK

SCHOOL

(REC)

PVS

(WK)

Weeks Results 2/17-2/19

#1

Stetson

(3-0)

#1

(3-0)

3-0 George Washington

#2

TCU

(1-1)

#2

(1-1)

1-1 Ole Miss

#3

Louisville

(2-1)

#5

(2-1)

0-1 Minnesota; 1-0 Illinois; 1-0 Michigan St

#4

Georgia Southern

(3-0)

#6

(3-0)

3-0 UT-Martin

#5

Texas St

(1-1)

#4

(1-1)

0-1 Santa Clara; 1-0 Wichita St

#6

Dallas Baptist

(3-0)

#8

(3-0)

3-0 SE Missouri St;

#7

College of Charleston

(3-0)

#11

(3-0)

3-0 at South Alabama

#8

Troy

(2-1)

#7

(2-1)

2-1 Central Michigan;

#9

Kent St

(2-1)

#10

(2-1)

1-1 Georgia Tech; 1-0 Winthrop

#10

St Johns

(1-2)

#3

(1-2)

0-1 Michigan St; 1-0 Minnesota; 0-1 Illinois

#11

Charlotte

(3-0)

#12

(3-0)

3-0 St Peters;

#12

Florida Atlantic

(3-0)

NR

(3-0)

3-0 at Alabama;

#13

Samford

(2-1)

#13

(2-1)

2-1 Radford;

#14

Jacksonville

(0-3)

#9

(0-3)

0-3 at USC;

#15

Fresno St

(3-1)

#19

(3-1)

3-1 Butler;

#16

Purdue

(3-0)

#25

(3-0)

1-0 Cincy; 1-0 UCONN;1-0 Notre Dame

#17

Stony Brook

#17

DNP

#18

Missouri St

(2-2)

#15

(2-2)

1-1 Tenn Tech; 1-1 at Texas Tech;

#19

Creighton

(3-0)

#21

(3-0)

3-0 at Central Arkansas;

#20

Florida International

(0-3)

#14

(0-3)

0-3 at Rice;

#21

Pepperdine

(2-1)

NR

(2-1)

2-1 Oklahoma

#22

UNCW

(2-1)

#22

(2-1)

2-1 Ohio;

#23

Conneticut

(1-2)

#16

(1-2)

1-0 Indiana; 0-1 Purdue; 0-1 Ohio St

#24

Coastal Carolina

(1-2)

#18

(1-2)

1-0 James Madison; 0-1 Virginia; 0-1 Boston College

#25

Belmont

(2-1)

#24

(2-1)

1-0 Evansville; 0-1 Kansas; 1-0 St Louis

Dropped Out

#20

Michigan St

(1-2)

#23

Wichita St

(0-3)

Bubbles

Santa Clara

(3-0)

South Florida

(3-0)

Gonzaga

(3-0)

Liberty

(4-0)

Elon

(3-0)

Sam Houston St

(2-1)

Michigan St

(1-2)

San Fransico

(2-1)

SE Louisiana

(3-0)

Bethune-Cookman

(2-1)

 

  • David Monroe01

    No way TCU, Louisville, Stetson, Pepperdine, Fresno State, and St. John’s are mid-majors.  Your poll and assumptions are wrong.   Teams that consistently make the NCAA Regionals are not mid-majors.  Teams that make it to Omaha are not mid-majors.   I suggest you abandon this excuse to minimize programs.  They all play D-1 baseball.  Either they are Top 50 or not.  But the idea of extending “mid-major” is simply wrong.

    • RSN

       Im sorry that you disagree but the definition of mid-major that “most” use in collge baseball is any team that is not in one of the BIG 6 conferences(ACC, SEC, PAC 12, Big 12, Big West, CUSA).  Historically those 6 conferences have been far ahead of the rest in terms of ratings and facilities(in general). 

      By your definition, any team that consistently makes the NCAA tourney should not be considered a mid-major??  So Bethune-Cookman is not a mid-major. 

      I suggest that if you do not agree with the poll than you do not have to read it but do appreciate the feed back. 

      • Peterk1

        How can you not consider Austin Peay State in your polls ? I think they should get noticed . They finished 34 -24 . First in their conference .they swept the OVC conference tournament .They went into the Atlanta regional and beat Georgia Tech an ACC team .They also started 4 true freshmen. PJ Torres , Matt Wollenzin , Jordan Hankins and Rolando Gautier . They just finished beating Illinois State 3 out of 4 this weekend who finished 36-18 last year . They deserve recognition .

        • RSN

           Peterk1,
          They are on my sheet that i use to keep track of all weeks results.  The Governors are probably right at 36.  Taking 3 of 4 from Illinois St is dam good start to 2012.  Illinois St lost their 2 best returning pitchers(Leonard and Savas) this year with injury though too. 

          Here is list of clubs on bubble sheet so if i am missing someone please anyone say something.  I usually add or take away teams each week.

          Santa Clara(3-0)       
          South Florida(3-0)       
          Liberty(4-0)       
          Elon(3-0)       
          Sam Houston St(2-1)       
          SE Louisiana(3-0)       
          Gonzaga    (3-0)       
          Michigan St(1-2)       
          Bethune-Cookman(2-1)       
          San Francisco(2-1)       
          Austin Peay(3-1)       
          Maine           
          Hawaii(1-2)       
          San Diego(1-2)       
          App St(2-1)       
          Toledo(2-1)       
          Notre Dame(2-1)
          Monmouth(3-0)
          Portland(2-0)
          San Jose St(1-2)
          James Madison(0-2-1)

  • Bulldogbigred

    What do you think of Fresno State’s chances this year? Is it possible that we can host a regional? Our pitching staff is strong as usual with the Friday game Sophomore Linehan struck out 14!

    But I think we will know more where Fresno stands when we play Stanford.

  • Bulldogbigred

    Also one more question.

    Boyd’s World doesn’t have the current RPI posted yet. When do they come out? or Do they come on later in the season?

    • RSN

       Its way too early for RPI’s but if you want to look anyway, like me.  Go to

      http://warrennolan.com/baseball/2012/rpi

      Boyds is closer to what the NCAA does but Warrennolan is a little more user friendly.  You can click on individual teams and see every result. 

    • RSN

       Usually around week 5.

  • Chim097

    Going off Peterk1’s logic I would pose the same question about Mercer? The Bears finished last season with a 39-20 overall record and ranked #56 in the final RPI. They took 3-out-of-4 against Morehead State this past weekend and return a ton of good pitching?? Where is the love? Keep an eye on them moving forward.

    • RSN

       Ill add Mercer to the list!!  Bad thing is they play 5 games this week vs not so good teams.

      at
      Florida A&M; at Fl A&M; Presbyterian; Presbyterian; Presbyterian

    • Mercer4Life

      The Bears have come a long way with Gibson as Head Coach.

      • RSN

         Just need to work on that schedule.  Better this year with series at Miss St though.  But to many games vs Alabama St and Florida A&M every year. 

  • SluLion81

    Great Poll! SE LA a very talented club…should break into top 25 and stay there most of season. It will come down to S’Land tourney again to get a regional bid…SluLion81

  • Keane165

    Mizzou St? Are you kidding me? We are MO ST, MSU or Missouri St. Get it right.

    • RSN

       It was easier to type when i was putting together the original list and just have not fixed it.  Ill make sure it says Missouri St next week as long as they take care of SFA, UT-Arlington and Houston Baptist.  1-2 and wont have to worry about it. 

  • DiamondLover

    Would you consider Gardner Webb?

    • RSN

      Gardner Webb is not close right now.  They are 3-2 with all 3 wins vs Maryland Eastern Shore.  They have lost to Wofford and La Salle which are not very good. 

  • big mike

    after a long death march UMASS will start rising again starting this year they are going to be so much better than expected – can’t wait !

    • http://collegebaseballdaily.com Brian Foley

      Doubtful…Charlotte is the class of the A-10!
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