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2012 CBD Mid Major Poll (April 16th)

By: Aaron Kirby
Purdue (28-5) remains at #1 for the 3rd consecutive week. The Boilermakers have won 8 games in row including 4-0 this week with 15-2 win at Ball State Wednesday and sweeping Illinois in Big 10 play.

RISING

Gonzaga (25-9) climbs 5spots to #4 after a perfect 5-0 week. The Bulldogs bounced back from dropping the San Diego series last week and swept two mid week games at Washington by scores of 6-4 and 8-5 before sweeping Santa Clara in West Coast Conference play.

Missouri St (27-10) gets back into the top 10 at #6 with a 3-0 week. The Bears shutout Kansas St Wednesday 3-0 and won both MVC games vs Illinois St on weekend. Sunday’s final game with Illinois St was canceled due to rain.

TCU (20-13) also gets back in the top 10, moving up 5 spots to #7. The Horned Frogs beat UT-Arlington 5-1 Wednesday and swept Air Force for a nice little 6 game win streak.

SE Louisiana (25-11) roller coaster ride continued in week 9. The Lions hosted Texas St and held them to just 3 runs the entire weekend (Winning Friday 10-1, Saturday 8-1, and Sunday 6-1). The Lions move up 4 spots to #17.

FALLING

Louisville (25-11) drops 3 spots to #8. After starting the week with a very impressive 12-0 win at Kentucky Tuesday the Cardinals hosted Seton Hall in Big East play. Seton Hall won the opener 3-2, Louisville won 2nd game 12-7 and Seton Hall won the series with a 9-4 win at Louisville on Sunday.

Stetson (23-12) fall 5 spots to #11. The Hatters went 2-2 on the week, beating South Florida 6-4 Tuesday and losing 2 of 3 at Kennesaw St in A-Sun play.

Texas St (20-15) tumble 10 spots to #12 after getting swept at SE Louisiana. The Bobcats find themselves in big trouble in the Southland and in the At-Large picture after going 0-3 on weekend, dropped them to a tie for 7th place in Southland at 8-10.

Appalachian St (25-9) slides down 9 spots to #16 after a 1-3 week. The Mountaineers week started with a 6-3 loss at Gardner Webb where they gave up 4 runs in 8th to lose. On the weekend the Mountaineers traveled to Georgia Southern in Southern Conference play and lost 2 of 3. They won Friday night 5-1, lost 13-3 Saturday and 7-6 on Sunday.

Belmont (25-13) falls 5 places to #23 with a 2-3 week. The Bruins beat Tennessee Tech 8-1 Tuesday, lost 7-0 at Vanderbilt, and lost 2 of 3 at Mercer in A-Sun play. It took a run in the top of 13th on Sunday for a 7-6 win to salvage one game at Mercer.

DROPPED OUT

#23 Samford (21-15)

#24 Portland (20-10)

#25 Stony Brook (24-10)

IN

Nebraska (25-13) reenters the rankings at #22 after a couple weeks being out. The Cornhuskers went 3-1 on week, beating Creighton 5-3 Tuesday and winning 2 of 3 at Ohio St in Big 10 play.

UT-Arlington (23-14) enters the rankings for first time of year at #24. The Mavericks went 3-2 on the road for week 9 including a 3-2 win at Texas A&M on Tuesday, losing 5-1 at TCU Wednesday, and winning 2 of 3 at Texas San Antonio in SLC play.

Georgia Southern (22-16) gets back in the top 25 at #25 with a 4-1 week. The Eagles beat Kennesaw St 3-2 Tuesday, won 7-6 at Jacksonville Wednesday and won 2 of 3 vs Appalachian St in Southern Conference play. GSU was preseason #6 in Mid-Major Poll but lost 9 of 11 after losing All-American Victor Roache to injury Feb. 25th. On March 27th they won 5-3 at Georgia Tech and since then they have found their stride again winning 11 of 14 including 2 of 3 vs College of Charleston and Appalachian St. Their RPI has dropped 38 spots from #98 to #60 in last 2 weeks according to warrennolan.com

OTHER NOTABLES

Utah Valley (22-11) has the nation’s second longest active win streak at 15 games.

Maine (18-14) has the 3rd longest active win streak at 13.

Wright St (23-11) had a 14 game win streak snapped on Sunday with a 9-7 loss to Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Campbell (30-8) and Liberty (30-9) are both tied for 2nd in nation for most wins behind Kentucky’s 32.

Army (28-9) is 12-0 in Patriot League and 1 of just 6 teams currently still undefeated in conference play in the country. The other 5 are Baylor 15-0 Big 12, Maine 7-0 American East, Utah Valley and Texas Pan-American 8-0 in Great West and San Jose St 3-0 in WAC.

Mid-Major Top 25- Week 9

RNK

SCHOOL

(REC)

PVS

(WK)

Weeks Results 4/9-4/15

#1

Purdue

(28-5)

#1

(4-0)

1-0 at Ball St; 3-0 Illinois;

#2

Dallas Baptist

(24-10)

#3

(3-1)

0-1 at Texas Tech; 3-0 Southern Illinois;

#3

San Diego

(29-8)

#4

(4-0

1-0 at San Diego St; 3-0 LaSalle;

#4

Gonzaga

(25-9)

#9

(5-0)

2-0 at Washington; 3-0 Santa Clara;

#5

New Mexio St

(27-10)

#8

(2-1)

2-1 at Sacramento St;

#6

Missouri St

(27-10)

#11

(3-0)

1-0 Kansas St; 2-0 Illinois St;

#7

TCU

(20-13)

#12

(4-0)

1-0 UT Arlington; 3-0 Air Force;

#8

Louisville

(25-11)

#5

(2-2)

1-0 at Kentucky; 1-2 Seton Hall;

#9

Sam Houston St

(25-10)

#13

(2-1)

2-1 at Lamar;

#10

Florida Atlantic

(24-13)

#10

(2-2)

0-1 FGCU; 2-1 at Louisiana Monroe;

#11

Stetson

(23-12)

#6

(2-2)

1-0 South Florida; 1-2 at Kennesaw St;

#12

Texas St

(20-15)

#2

(0-4)

0-1 at Rice; 0-3 at SE Louisiana;

#13

College of Charleston

(25-12)

#14

(3-1)

1-0 Winthrop; 2-1 Samford;

#14

Pepperdine

(22-14)

#16

(3-1)

1-0 at UC Riverside; 2-1 Portland;

#15

Liberty

(30-9)

#15

(3-1)

1-0 James Madison; 2-1 at Winthrop;

#16

Appalachian St

(25-9)

#7

(1-3)

0-1 at Gardner Webb; 1-2 at Georgia Southern;

#17

SE Louisiana

(25-11)

#21

(3-0)

3-0 Texas St;

#18

Indiana St

(28-9)

#17

(2-2)

0-1 at Indiana; 2-1 at Bradley;

#19

Coastal Carolina

(24-11)

#20

(4-1)

0-1 at UNCW; 1-0 The Citadel; 3-0 VMI;

#20

Western Carolina

(25-11)

#22

(3-0)

3-0 Furman;

#21

George Mason

(25-12)

#19

(3-1)

1-0 at Navy; 2-1 at Northeastern;

#22

Nebraska

(25-13)

NR

(3-1)

1-0 Creighton; 2-1 at Ohio St;

#23

Belmont

(25-13)

#18

(2-3)

1-0 Tenn Tech; 0-1 at Vanderbilt; 1-2 at Mercer;

#24

UT-Arlington

(23-14)

NR

(3-2)

1-0 at Texas A&M; 0-1 at TCU; 2-1 at UTSA;

#25

Georgia Southern

(22-16)

NR

(4-1)

1-0 Kennesaw St; 1-0 at Jacksonville; 2-1 App St;

dropped out

#23

Samford

(21-15)

#24

Portland

(20-10)

#25

Stony Brook

(24-10)

 

others receiving votes

Florida International

(21-14)

SC Upstate

(25-12)

Kennesaw St

(22-16)

Portland

(20-10)

Utah Valley

(22-11)

Mercer

(23-15)

Campbell

(30-8)

Stony Brook

(24-10)

Army

(28-9)

Wright State

(23-11)

 

Here is the new piece were we look at RPI changes from week to week. Negative is good and positive is bad.

Week 9 RPI Results

Rank

Team

Start

End

Change

#1

Purdue

15

13

-2

#2

Dallas Baptist

44

32

-12

#3

San Diego

29

25

-4

#4

Gonzaga

24

14

-10

#5

New Mexico St

20

21

+1

#6

Missouri St

42

30

-12

#7

TCU

56

43

-13

#8

Louisville

60

52

-8

#9

Sam Houston St

27

35

+8

#10

Florida Atlantic

48

54

+6

#11

Stetson

61

57

-4

#12

Texas St

35

44

+9

#13

College of Charleston

50

45

-5

#14

Pepperdine

31

26

-5

#15

Liberty

65

69

+4

#16

Appalachian St

32

33

+1

#17

SE Louisiana

57

47

-10

#18

Indiana St

51

55

+4

#19

Coastal Carolina

54

56

+2

#20

Western Carolina

75

66

-9

#21

George Mason

49

53

+4

#22

Nebraska

72

68

-4

#23

Belmont

37

46

+9

#24

UT-Arlington

55

59

+4

#25

Georgia Southern

83

60

-23

 

*RPI’s from warrennolan.com

  • Chim097

    How close was Mercer to sneaking in this week? I haven’t wrote on here in a while, but the Bears are playing much better of late winning their last two weekend series including a near sweep of Belmont this past weekend.

    • MM25RSN

      If they did not lose in the 13th they were in!!  I had narrowed it down to Nebraska, UT-Arlington, GSU and Mercer.  I had a very hard time bumping Stony Brook because they still winning.  But i looked at who they were beating and who those 4 clubs were beating so i bumped them which opened up another spot.  It was really down to UT-Arlington and Mercer for last spot.  I gave the nod to UTA because of the Texas A&M win and they won 2 of 3 on road and have been more consistent for entire year.  But if Mercer swept Belmont id gave them the nod.

      • jbro17

        Oh no!

        I demand you take UT Arlington off this list!  It’s a jinx!  Just me arguing for them to be on it in the past has lead to losses at Wichita St, Texas St, and SE La.

        I feel sick.

        • MM25RSN

           hahahaha  If they dont take care of NW St at home they will be off the list. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JHY7J3VMGGXMJQEUW5O3SDQTIY Gary

    How close is USC Upstate to getting back into your top 25?  They are 2nd in the Atlantic Sun Conference and sport a 25-12 record.  This week they play North Carolina A&T, Wofford and three games against Jacksonville.  If they go 4-1 will that likely get them in?

    • MM25RSN

       Gary,  They were close no doubt.  Sweeping ETSU on the road was very nice and they now are tied for 2nd in A-Sun. 

      It will all depends on what other teams do.  But they do really need to go 4-1 this week and should probably go 5-0 but there is still a good team in Jacksonville somewhere?  What the heck happened to them?

  • Rysmith

    Look for Jacksonville to get hot like Belmont did last year.  Belmont was last to get into ASUN tournament and came out champions.  They also won 1 or 2 in Regional match-ups.  They just need to get healthier and continue to play hard.  GRINDERS

    • MM25RSN

      I dont think anyone wants to play Jacksonville.  They are or should be very talented.  Walker hitting just .307 and Gulbransen just .304 what the? 

  • OwlFan222

    How close do you have Kennesaw St from getting in.

  • OwlFan222

    Don’t know what happen to my earlier post, but he it is again.  How close do you have Kennesaw St. from getting on the list?

    • MM25RSN

       Kennesaw St was close probably 4th one out.  It would have been hard to keep out if they finished sweep of Stetson.  Like i said a week or so ago i like Kennesaw St and have seen them play.  They have some good young players too.