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CBD Mid-Major Poll (May 13th)

By: Aaron Kirby
MidMajorLogo2012Louisville (42-10 overall; 5-0 week) slides back into the top spot after a perfect 5-0 week and have won 12 in a row. The Cardinals opened the week with 4-0 win at Eastern Kentucky Tuesday and a 4-3 win over Indiana Wednesday. In Big East play the Cardinals traveled to UCONN and allowed only 1 run all weekend in their 3 game sweep winning 8-0, 6-0 and 3-1.

Good Weeks

 

  • South Alabama (39-14 overall; 3-1 week)-The Jaguars picked up a nice 9-0 non conference win over SE Louisiana Tuesday before traveling to Louisiana and taking 2 of 3 from the Ragin’ Cajuns, winning 9-6 Friday, 9-5 Saturday and lost Sunday 17-7. South Alabama now has a 1 game lead over 2nd place Troy and hosts the Trojans in next weekend’s regular season final series.

 

  • Sam Houston St (33-18 overall; 2-1 week)-The Bearkats won 2 of 3 at SE Louisiana in SLC play and have a 2 game lead on 2nd place Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

 

  • UNCW (36-16 overall; 2-2 week)-The Seahawks opened the week with a 7-2 loss at NC State before taking 2 of 3 from William & Mary in the CAA series of the year. UNCW won game one 7-2 behind Jr LHP Mat Batts 5th CG of year and William & Mary evened the series with a 5-1 win Friday. UNCW used a 6 run btm 8th on Saturday on way to a 11-4 win and series win. With the series win UNCW is 2.5 games up on William & Mary and clinched atleast top 2 seed and first round bye in CAA tourney.

 

  • Florida Gulf Coast (34-17 overall; 4-1 week)-The Eagles have won 12 of 13 including 2 of 3 at North Florida this weekend. With the series win FGCU is tied with UNF for 2nd place in A-Sun at 16-8 with both clubs one game behind first place Mercer.

 

  • Western Carolina (36-17 overall; 3-0 week)-The Catamounts have gone 19-2 since April 6th, won 14 SoCon games in row and won 9 in a row overall on route to their first regular season Southern Conference title since 2007 with their series sweep of Wofford.

 

  • Florida Atlantic (31-20 overall; 3-1 week)-The Owls had fallen off the bubble after losing 3 Sun Belt series in row, may have gotten back into the mix with a big road series sweep at Western Kentucky (7-2, 10-3 and 12-6). Before traveling to WKU the Owls lost 7-1 at Florida on Tuesday.

 

  • Pittsburgh (40-11 overall; 4-0 week)-The Panthers beat Ohio 6-5 Wednesday and swept Villanova in Big East play. Pitt is now alone in first place with a 1 game lead over Louisville and travels to Louisville in the final regular season weekend.

 

  • Creighton (28-14 overall; 3-1 week)-The Blue Jays got back into the MVC and At Large race after taking 2 of 3 at 1st place Wichita St. Creighton is now in 3rd place 2.5 games behind Wichita St won the series opener 6-5 and won the series with a 3-1 win in game 2 Saturday. Wichita St avoided the sweep with a 4-1 win Sunday.

 

  • Campbell (43-9 overall; 4-0 week)-The Camels clinched the Big South North Division with a sweep of Liberty winning 2-1(13 innings), 4-2, and 8-6. Tuesday Campbell traveled to Charleston and picked up a nice out of conference win beating CofC 6-2. Campbell’s 43 wins are good for 4th most in the country behind only LSU, UNC and Vanderbilt. With a RPI#29 (www.warrennolan.com) the Camels are in excellent position for a postseason bid with just one regular season weekend left.

 

  • Seton Hall (33-16 overall; 3-0 week)-The Pirates have won 12 in a row including an impressive sweep of South Florida, who started the week tied for 1st, in Big East play this weekend. The sweep puts Seton Hall in 3rd place 2 games behind 1st place Pittsburgh and 1 game behind 2nd place Louisville. The Pirates have put themselves in pretty good position for an NCAA berth with a RPI#33.

 

Bad Weeks

 

  • Gonzaga (32-16-1 overall; 1-2 week)-The Bulldogs who already clinched the WCC regular season title hosted Appalachian St and lost 2 of 3 to the Mountaineers. Gonzaga won game one 4-0 behind All American LHP Marco Gonzales (9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K) CG shutout but dropped the final two games 6-2 and 13-3.

 

  • Notre Dame (29-21 overall; 1-2 week)-The Irish continued to struggle in Big East play losing 2 of 3 at St John’s. With the series loss ND is now in 7th place in the Big East and should have to win the Big East tourney to get in a regional.

 

 

Enter Top 25

 

  • UNLV (34-17 overall; 4-0 week)-The Runnin’ Rebels get back into the top 25 at #23 after beating San Diego 12-10 Monday and sweeping their MWC series at Nevada 12-2, 5-1 and 15-1.

 

  • Belmont (36-15 overall; 4-1 week)-The Bruins split two mid week games at Mercer, winning 6-4 and losing 11-1, and sweeping Murray St (7-2, 5-4 and 12-1) in OVC play enter the rankings at #24. Belmont is one game behind first place Tennessee Tech and finishes the regular season at Tennessee Tech this weekend.

 

  • Illinois (31-15 overall; 3-0 week)-Illinois enters the top 25 at #25 after sweeping their Big 10 series vs Penn St.

 

Dropped out

 

  • #17 Pepperdine (24-23 overall; 1-3 week)-The Waves have lost 6 of 7 including losing 5-3 to Long Beach St Tuesday and losing 2 of 3 to Saint Mary’s in WCC play over the weekend.

 

  • #21 Michigan St (29-16 overall; 3-2 week)-The Spartans drop out of the rankings after losing 2 of 3 at Iowa and now sits in 7th place in the Big Ten.

 

  • #22 South Florida (32-19 overall; 0-3 week)-The Bulls entered the week tied for first in the Big East and ended the week in 4th place after being swept at Seton Hall.

 

Active winning streaks

Louisville-12

Seton Hall-12

Western Carolina-9

Austin Peay-8

Charlotte-8

Sacred Heart-8

 

CBD Mid-Major Top 25 Week 13

Rnk

School

Record

Pvs

Wk

Weeks Results for 2/25-3/3

#1

Louisville

42-10

#2

5-0

1-0 at Eastern Kentucky; 1-0 Indiana; 3-0 at UCONN;

#2

South Alabama

39-14

#4

3-1

1-0 SE Louisiana; 2-1 at Louisiana;

#3

Mercer

39-14

#1

3-2

1-1 Belmont; 2-1 ETSU;

#4

Indiana

38-11

#3

3-2

1-0 at Nebraska; 0-1 at Louisville; 2-1 Northwestern;

#5

New Mexico

32-18

#6

2-1

2-1 at Fresno St;

#6

Austin Peay

38-13

#7

3-0

3-0 at Tennessee Martin;

#7

Coastal Carolina

32-18

#8

3-0

3-0 UNCA:

#8

San Diego

31-21

#10

3-1

at UNLV; Portland; Portland; Portland

#9

Sam Houston State

33-18

#12

2-1

2-1 at SE Louisiana;

#10

Gonzaga

32-16-1

#5

1-2

1-2 Appalachian St

#11

Louisiana-Lafayette

35-17

#9

1-2

1-2 South Alabama;

#12

Florida Gulf Coast

34-17

#14

4-1

2-0 at Florida A&M; 2-1 at North Florida;

#13

UNCW

36-16

#13

2-2

0-1 at NC State; 2-1 William & Mary;

#14

Western Carolina

36-17

#15

3-0

3-0 Wofford;

#15

Troy

37-14

#16

2-2

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

#16

Florida Atlantic

31-20

#18

3-1

0-1 at Florida; 3-0 at Western Kentucky;

#17

Pittsburgh

40-11

#20

4-0

1-0 Ohio; 3-0 Villanova;

#18

Campbell

43-9

#24

4-0

1-0 at College of Charleston; 3-0 Liberty;

#19

Seton Hall

33-16

#25

3-0

3-0 South Florida;

#20

Notre Dame

29-21

#11

1-2

1-2 at St Johns;

#21

Creighton

28-14

#23

3-1

1-0 South Dakota St; 2-1 at Wichita St;

#22

San Francisco

31-21

#19

2-2

1-0 Stanford; 1-2 at BYU;

#23

UNLV

34-17

NR

4-0

1-0 San Diego; 3-0 at Nevada;

#24

Belmont

36-15

NR

4-1

1-1 at Mercer; 3-0 Murray St;

#25

Illinois

31-15

NR

3-0

3-0 Penn St;

Dropped Out

#17

Pepperdine

24-23

#21

Michigan State

29-16

#22

South Florida

32-19

Others Receiving Votes

CSU Bakersfield

34-18

BYU

26-19

Appalachian St

27-19

South Florida

32-19

Tennessee Tech

36-14

North Florida

35-16

Michigan State

29-16

Citadel

30-22

SE Louisiana

31-21

William & Mary

32-19

 

  • AmK32

    Ohio St is 1-5 into their brutal 9 game home stand to end the season. They gonna need to take 2 of 3 from Indiana to get back in atlarge consideration in my opinion but my opinion doesnt have much weight with the NCAA committee. LOL