MidMajorLogo2012

CBD Mid-Major Poll (May 20th)

By Aaron Kirby

MidMajorLogo2012Louisville (46-10 overall; 4-0 week; RPI#13) ends the regular season as the clear #1 ranked mid-major. The Cardinals have the longest current win streak in the country at 16 games including a 6-3 win at Ohio St Tuesday and 3 more in series sweep of Pittsburgh (5-2 Thursday, 12-4 Friday, 7-4 Saturday). With the sweep the Cardinals clinched the Big East regular season title winning by 2 games over both Pittsburgh and Seton Hall.

Good Weeks

  • Mercer (42-14 overall; 3-0 week; RPI#27)-The Bears clinched the A-Sun regular season title with a sweep at North Kentucky.
  • New Mexico (35-18 overall; 3-0 week; RPI#47)-The Lobos ran away with the MWC regular season title at 25-5 in league play winning the league by 7 games over 2nd place UNLV. New Mexico swept their final MWC series at San Diego St in week 14 by scores of 14-6, 3-1 and 11-7.
  • Indiana (40-13 overall; 2-2 week; RPI#14)-The Hoosiers won the Big Ten outright for the first time since 1932 with their 8-1 win at Ohio St on Saturday.
  • Austin Peay (42-13 overall; 4-0 week; RPI#29)-The Governors won their final 12 regular season games including winning 9-2 at Memphis Tuesday and sweeping SIU Edwardsville in OVC play this week. With the sweep Austin Peay finished the season in 2nd place in the OVC to help their atlarge resume.
  • Sam Houston St (36-18 overall; 3-0 week; RPI#40)-The Bearkats swept Central Arkansas (Thursday 7-3, Friday 4-0 and 6-5 Saturday) and won the Southland regular season by 3 games. Sam Houston St finished the seasoning winning 14 of 15 to get themselves in position to receive an atlarge if they fail to win the SLC tourney.
  • Florida Atlantic (35-20 overall; 4-0 week; RPI#34)-The Owls finished the regular season strong, winning final 7 games including 4-3 win vs UCF Tuesday and sweeping their Sun Belt series at FIU, to get back into the NCAA postseason mix.
  • Western Carolina (38-18 overall; 2-1 week; RPI#51)-The Catamounts finished the regular season 21-3 since April 6th including 16 of 17 Southern Conference games on their way to winning the SoCon regular season by 4 ½ games. WCU won 2 of 3 at Appalachian St to end the season taking the first two of series 23-5 and 9-1 before falling 9-8 in season finale.
  • Troy (39-16 overall; 2-2 week; RPI#31)-The Trojans lost 6-4 at UAB Tuesday before traveling to South Alabama and taking 2 of 3 to share the Sun Belt regular season title at 20-10 with South Alabama.
  • Illinois (33-16 overall; 2-1 week; RPI#30)-The Illini finished the regular season strong winning 2 of 3 at Minnesota and securing a spot in the 6 team Big Ten tourney. Despite the 5th place finish in the Big Ten the Illini are in good position for an NCAA berth with a RPI#30.

 Bad Weeks

  • South Alabama (40-16 overall; 1-2 week; RPI#16)-The Jaguars needed to win 2 of 3 at home vs Troy to win the Sun Belt regular season title outright and to possibly host a regional. After winning the opener 8-1 on Thursday the Jaguars dropped the final two games of the series 8-3 and 6-3.
  • UNCW (37-19 overall; 1-3 week; RPI#25)-The Seahawks got beat up at Coastal 15-3 Tuesday before backing their way into the regular season title in the Colonial losing 2 of 3 at Hofstra. Despite the series loss at Hofstra the Seahawks still won the league by 1 ½ games over 2nd place William & Mary. Since April 27th UNCW is just 4-8 overall including losing 2 of 3 at Towson and losing 2 of 3 at Hofstra.

Enter Top 25

  • BYU (30-19 overall; 4-0 week; RPI#62) enter the rankings for the first time in 2013 at #21. The Cougars have won 6 in a row including an 11-1 win vs Utah and sweeping Saint Mary’s this week. They have played their way into the atlarge picture finishing 3rd in the WCC and a current RPI#62.
  • Illinois St (32-18 overall; 3-0 week; RPI#70) also enter the rankings for the first time this year at #24. The Redbirds swept their final MVC series at Southern Illinois winning the MVC regular season title one game in front of Wichita St.

Dropped out

  • #20 Notre Dame (31-23 overall; 2-2 week; RPI#49)-The Irish once considered a lock for a regional now must win the Big East tourney to get in. ND won 13-10 at Western Michigan Tuesday before losing 2 of 3 at Cincinnati in final Big East series.
  • #24 Belmont (37-18 overall; 1-3 week; RPI#71)-The Bruins lost 6-1 at Vanderbilt Tuesday and lost 2 of 3 at Tennessee Tech.

News and Notes

Savannah St (34-25) earned the MEAC automatic berth Sunday with a 1-0 win in 10 innings over Bethune-Cookman. Jr RHP Kyle McGowin improved to 12-1 while throwing 144 pitches in a 10 inning complete game scattering 7 hits while striking out 11.

Army (29-21) earned the Patriot Leagues automatic berth sweeping Holy Cross in the championship series Sunday winning game one 9-4 and winning game two 5-4. Sophomore 3B Harold Earls had a one out bunt single and stole second and third before sophomore DH Mark McCants singled him home in the bottom of 9th for a 5-4 walk off win.

Active winning streaks

Louisville-16

Austin Peay-12

Sacred Heart-12

Campbell-9

Army-8

Northern Colorado-8

CBD Mid-Major Top 25 Week 14

Rnk

School

Record

Pvs

Wk

Weeks Results for 5/13-5/19

#1

Louisville

46-10

#1

4-0

1-0 at Ohio St; 3-0 Pittsburgh;

#2

Mercer

42-14

#3

3-0

3-0 at Northern Kentucky;

#3

New Mexico

35-18

#5

3-0

3-0 at San Diego St

#4

South Alabama

40-16

#2

1-2

1-2 Troy;

#5

Indiana

40-13

#4

2-2

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

#6

Austin Peay

42-13

#6

4-0

1-0 at Memphis; 3-0 SIU Edwardsville;

#7

Sam Houston State

36-18

#9

3-0

3-0 Central Arkansas;

#8

Coastal Carolina

35-19

#7

3-1

1-0 UNCW; 2-1 at Charleston Southern;

#9

San Diego

32-22

#8

1-1

0-1 at UC Riverside; 1-0 at UC Irvine

#10

Louisiana

38-17

#11

3-0

3-0 at Louisiana Monroe;

#11

Florida Atlantic

35-20

#16

4-0

1-0 Central Florida; 3-0 at FIU;

#12

Western Carolina

38-18

#14

2-1

2-1 at Appalachian St;

#13

Troy

39-16

#15

2-2

0-1 at UAB; 2-1 at South Alabama;

#14

Florida Gulf Coast

37-18

#12

3-1

0-1 South Florida; 3-0 Stetson

#15

Gonzaga

32-18-1

#10

0-2

0-2 at Oregon;

#16

Campbell

46-9

#18

3-0

3-0 New Orleans;

#17

Seton Hall

35-17

#19

2-1

2-1 St Johns;

#18

UNCW

37-19

#13

1-3

0-1 at Coastal Carolina; 1-2 at Hofstra;

#19

Creighton

30-16

#21

2-2

0-1 Nebraska; 2-1 Missouri State;

#20

Illinois

33-16

#25

2-1

2-1 at Minnesota;

#21

BYU

30-19

NR

4-0

1-0 Utah; 3-0 St Mary’s;

#22

San Francisco

32-21

#22

1-0

1-0 San Jose State

#23

UNLV

36-18

#23

2-1

2-1 at Air Force;

#24

Illinios St

32-18

NR

3-0

3-0 at Southern Illiniois;

#25

Pittsburgh

40-15

#17

0-4

0-1 Kent St; 0-3 at Louisville;

Dropped Out

#20

Notre Dame

31-23

#24

Belmont

37-18

Others Receiving Votes

North Florida

38-17

Tennessee Tech

39-15

South Florida

35-20

Bryant

40-15

SE Louisiana

33-22

Wichita St

34-25

William & Mary

35-20

St Louis

36-18

Delaware

33-20

Savannah St

34-25

 

*RPI’s from www.boydsworld.com