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2012 CBD Mid Major Poll (April 9th)

By: Aaron Kirby
The top 3 remain the same with Purdue (24-5) staying at #1 for second week in row. The Boilermakers had a perfect 4-0 week including sweeping their Big 10 series at Northwestern……………..#2 Texas St (20-11) won 2 of 3 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The Bobcats were 3 outs from a sweep on Saturday until Texas A&M-CC scored 3 runs in bottom of 9th to avoid the sweep………….#3 Dallas Baptist (21-9) started the week off with a 4-3 win at TCU and followed that up with a sweep of Prairie View A&M.

RISING

  • San Diego (25-8) slides up 1 spot to #4 after taking 2 of 3 from Gonzaga in West Coast Conference play. The Toreros dropped the first game to Gonzaga 6-2 but came back and won the final 2 games of series by scores of 5-2 and 5-3.
  • Stetson (21-10) climbed 4 spots to #6 with a 3-1 week. The Hatters started the week with a 6-2 win at South Florida and finished the week winning 2 of 3 vs Jacksonville in A-Sun play.
  • Appalachian St (24-6) moves up 5 spots to inside the top 10 for first time at #7. The Mountaineers hosted College of Charleston in big Southern Conference series and won 2 of 3. The series win also puts them alone in 1st place in the SoCon at 9-3.
  • Sam Houston St (23-9) has wasted no time climbing the rankings and jumps up 6 spots to #13. The Bearkats have the nations 2nd longest current win streak at 12 including going 4-0 in week 8. The Bearkats won 2-1 at Rice on Tuesday and swept Northwestern St by scores of 5-4, 4-3 and 5-3.

FALLING

  • College of Charleston (22-11) slid 3 spots to #14. The Cougars week started with a 7-0 loss vs South Carolina before their big SoCon series at App St. CofC lost the 1st two games at App St (Friday 8-6 and Saturday 8-2) but salvaged one game with a 8-3 win on Sunday behind a solid 6 innings from Christian Powell(6 IP, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K).
  • Missouri St (24-10) drops 4 and outside the top 10 to #11. The Bears week got off to a good start by winning 2 mid-week games vs Arkansas St. In MVC play the Bears traveled to Bradley and lost 2 one run games (2-1 Friday and 4-3 Sunday) sandwiched around a 12-2 win on Saturday.
  • Southeastern Louisiana (22-11) falls 5 spots to #21 with a 2-2 week. The Lions won 2-1 at Louisiana-Lafayette on Tuesday before hosting Central Arkansas in Southland play. After winning the opener on Thursday 5-4 the Lions lost 8-4 Friday and 4-3 on Saturday. This was the 2nd consecutive week of dropping a SLC series to a team below .500 (lost 2 of 3 at Lamar last week).
  • Western Carolina (22-11) also falls 5 spots to #22. The week could not have started much better for the Catamounts, with a 13-8 win at Clemson to sweep the season series from Clemson for first time. However, WCU then traveled to Wofford in SoCon play and lost 2 of 3. The Catamounts came into the series having beaten the Terriers 22 of previous 24 games.

OUT

  • #21 Kent St (18-13)
  • #22 Elon (19-14)
  • #24 SC Upstate (21-11)

IN

  • #18 Belmont (23-10)-The Belmont Bruins finally get into the rankings with another impressive week and extending their win streak to 7 games. The Bruins went 4-0 on week and started it by picking up a nice 6-2 win at OVC leading Austin Peay on Tuesday. They then hosted SC Upstate in A-Sun play and swept the series to take a 2 game lead in the A-Sun. Over the last 3 weekend series the Bruins have won 2 of 3 vs Stetson, swept Jacksonville on road and swept SC Upstate.
  • #19 George Mason (22-11)-The Patriots enter the top 25 at #19 after going 4-0 on the road in week 8. On Tuesday they won 7-6 at Maryland and swept their Colonial series at VCU by scores of 7-4, 2-0 and 4-2.
  • #24-Portland (19-7)-The Pilots enter the rankings at #24. After winning 2 of 3 last week at Santa Clara they followed that series win up by sweeping San Francisco in West Coast Conference play.

 

Mid-Major Top 25- Week 8

RNK

SCHOOL

(REC)

PVS

(WK)

Weeks Results 4/2-4/8

#1

Purdue

(24-5)

#1

(4-0)

1-0 Anderson; 3-0 at Northwestern;

#2

Texas St

(20-11)

#2

(2-1)

2-1 at Texas A&M CC;

#3

Dallas Baptist

(21-9)

#3

(4-0)

1-0 at TCU; 3-0 Praire View A&M;

#4

San Diego

(25-8)

#5

(2-1)

2-1 Gonzaga;

#5

Louisville

(23-9)

#4

(3-1)

1-0 Western Kentucky; 2-1 at Georgetown;

#6

Stetson

(21-10)

#10

(3-1)

1-0 at South Florida; 2-1 Jacksonville;

#7

Appalachian St

(24-6)

#12

(2-1)

2-1 College of Charleston;

#8

New Mexio St

(25-9)

#13

(3-1)

1-0 New Mexico; 2-1 Nevada;

#9

Gonzaga

(20-9)

#6

(2-2)

1-0 Washington St; 1-2 at San Diego;

#10

Florida Atlantic

(22-11)

#9

(3-1)

1-0 Lynn; 2-1 South Alabma;

#11

Missouri St

(24-10)

#7

(3-2)

2-0 Arkansas St; 1-2 at Bradley;

#12

TCU

(16-13)

#8

(2-2)

0-1 Dallas Baptist; 2-1 UNCW;

#13

Sam Houston St

(23-9)

#19

(4-0)

1-0 at Rice; 3-0 Northwestern St;

#14

College of Charleston

(22-11)

#11

(1-3)

0-1 South Carolina; 1-2 at App St; t

#15

Liberty

(27-8)

#14

(2-2)

0-1 at VCU; 2-1 Campbell;

#16

Pepperdine

(19-13)

#15

(2-2)

0-1 at USC; 2-1 at St. Mary’s

#17

Indiana St

(26-7)

#18

(3-1)

1-0 at Illinios Chicago; 2-1 at Creighton;

#18

Belmont

(23-10)

NR

(4-0)

1-0 at Austin Peay; 3-0 SC Upstate;

#19

George Mason

(22-11)

NR

(4-0)

1-0 at Maryland; 3-0 at VCU;

#20

Coastal Carolina

(20-10)

#20

(2-2)

0-1 at The Citadel; 2-1 at Gardner-Webb;

#21

SE Louisiana

(22-11)

#16

(2-2)

1-0 at Louisiana Lafayette; 1-2 Central Arkansas;

#22

Western Carolina

(22-11)

#17

(2-2)

1-0 at Clemson; 1-2 at Wofford;

#23

Samford

(20-12)

#23

(3-1)

1-0 at Alabama A&M; 2-1 The Citadel;

#24

Portland

(19-7)

NR

(3-1)

0-1 at Oregon St; 3-0 San Francisco;

#25

Stony Brook

(19-9)

#25

(3-1)

1-0 Fairleigh Dickinson; 2-1 Binghamton;

dropped out

#21

Kent St

(18-13)

#22

Elon

(19-14)

#24

SC Upstate

(21-11)

others receiving votes

South Florida

(23-10)

Nebraska

(22-12)

North Florida

(21-14)

Elon

(19-14)

North Dakota St

(21-6)

UT-Arlington

(20-12)

Ohio St

(18-12)

Hawaii

(19-13)

Campbell

(26-7)

Army

(22-8)

 

Added new piece this week for the RPI lovers out there. This table shows teams RPI to start the week and to end the week and how much they changed. You want your team to have a – mark and not a +. If you team is highlighted in BLUE it is good and ORANGE is not so good.

***RPI info from WWW.WARRENNOLAN.COM***

 

Week 8 RPI Results

Rank

Team

Start

End

Change

#1

Purdue

19

15

-4

#2

Texas St

28

35

+7

#3

Dallas Baptist

56

44

-12

#4

San Diego

35

29

-7

#5

Louisville

62

60

-2

#6

Stetson

70

61

-9

#7

Appalachian St

38

32

-6

#8

New Mexio St

17

20

+3

#9

Gonzaga

27

24

-3

#10

Florida Atlantic

58

48

-10

#11

Missouri St

40

42

+2

#12

TCU

51

56

+5

#13

Sam Houston St

34

27

-7

#14

College of Charleston

49

50

+1

#15

Liberty

85

65

-20

#16

Pepperdine

26

31

+5

#17

Indiana St

39

51

+12

#18

Belmont

46

37

-9

#19

George Mason

81

49

-32

#20

Coastal Carolina

48

54

+6

#21

SE Louisiana

44

57

+13

#22

Western Carolina

65

75

+10

#23

Samford

100

101

+1

#24

Portland

73

62

-11

#25

Stony Brook

135

132

-3

Other Movement

Campbell

+6

UT-Arlington

-22

North Dakota St

+40

Elon

+8

North Florida

-29

Notre Dame

+16

Georgia Southern

-17

Evansville

+21

Wichita St

-17

 

  • jbro17

    Tell us when your love affair with Stony Brook will finally come to an end.  Is the breakup really going to be that hard?

    • MM25RSN

       LOL.  It took a lot for me to change my mind and reevaluate my thoughts and process of dropping teams out.  Baby steps ‘jbro17′.  But they are on a very short leash.  The 3 teams they play this week are a combined 28-55.  They lose they are out. 

    • MM25RSN

      I may have to break up with Stony Brook but need to do some more research. 

  • MM25RSN

    Up until this week i felt a team should not drop a team out of rankings
    when they won their weekend series unless they had a really really
    bad mid week. However i thought more about it and decided to change.
    The team i dropped went 4-1 on week but has been barely squeaking by
    some not so good teams and has lost 3 bad mid week games in last 2
    week.  

  • MM25RSN

    UT-Arlington gain 12 spots in RPI not 22 so disregard that math mistake.

  • jbro17

    What on earth are they putting in the water at Sam Houston?  They are unstoppable right now…destroying the Southland.  That isn’t easy cause the Southland is pretty good this year.

    • MM25RSN

       Yes very very impressed with Sam Houston St.  The Southland looked like it could possibly get 3 teams in but SE Louisiana has lost 2 bad weekends in a row. 

      I think now the SoCon is a 1 bid league if App St won tourney right now.  Elon has a RPI of #30 but still dont think they would get in. 

  • GOVSDAD19

    you should mention AUSTIN PEAY STATE . they are 19-12 overall and 7-1 in the ovc

    • MM25RSN

      They are on the list no doubt.  I decided to put Army on bubble list this week.  Have to pull for those guys little bit.  Here is my bubble sheet.  If im missing anyone please let me know.  They are in no particular order

       Georgia Southern    (18-15)       
       
      Elon    (19-14)       
                   
      Campbell    (26-7)       
                
      Santa Clara    (17-12)       
                    
      UT-Arlington    (20-12)       
                     
      Nebraska    (22-12)       
                     
      Mercer    (20-13)       
                     
      Wichita St    (19-15)       
                    
      North Dakota St    (21-6)       
                    
      Michigan St    (19-10)       
                     
      Kennesaw St    (19-14)       
                    
      N. Florida    (21-14)       
                     
      Evansville    (20-12)       
                   
      Illinois St    (19-10)       
                    
      Army     (23-8)       
                   
      SC Upstate    (21-11)       
                 
      High Point    (21-14)       
                   
      Austin Peay    (19-12)       
                    
      St Louis    (21-10)       
                    
      Kent St    (18-13)       
                   
      South Florida    (23-10)       
                    
      Hawaii    (19-13)       
                    
      FIU    (19-13)       
                    
      Notre Dame    (17-13)       

      Ohio St    (18-12)       
       

  • Teewhite22sports

    How is Purdue a mid-major?  They ar in the Big 10? 

    • MM25RSN

       The Big 10 is not even a top 10 baseball conference but is getting better.  And most have come to adopt the definition of a mid major baseball team is any conference not in the “Big 6″.  ACC, Big West, Pac 12, Big 12, CUSA or SEC.  However the Big West is way down this year compared to years past. 

  • MM25RSN

    Where is my UT-Arlington buddy??  Picked up a HUGE 3-2 win at #2 Texas A&M!!!  He better not JINX them again :)

    • jbro17

       I’m not saying a word, dude. 

  • MM25RSN

    Anyone have any thoughts for who should enter this week so far?  All have some work to do on Sunday but here are some leading candidates. 

    Kennesaw St (22-15 overall and 3-1 on week)  Won first 2 vs Stetson so far

    Georgia Southern (21-16 overall and 3-1 on week) beat Kennesaw St, Jacksonville and split so far with App St

    Ohio St (21-12 overall and 3-0 on week) beat Nebraska in only game played on wkend so far

    UT-Arlington (22-14 and 2-2 on week) won at Texas A&M but have split first 2 at Texas A&M CC so need to win Sunday to have shot.
     
    who else?