The Mid-Major Top 10, April 19

The Mid-Major Top 10

Why a Mid-Major Top 10? So that when some of these teams do what Oral Roberts, College of Charleston, Evansville, Wichita State and Manhattan did in last year's NCAA Regionals, you won't be left saying, "Whoa! Where did these guys come from?" You'll know, they came from here and, as usual, played better than their seeding.

Besides, have you seen what the mid-majors have done to teams like Vanderbilt and North Carolina this week?

Okay, here are the quick ground-rules for the Mid-Major Top 10:

- No power conference teams (Big 12, ACC, SEC, Pac 10, Big West or C-USA)
- Quality wins and close losses will be heavily considered.
- Strength of schedule plays a part, but not as much as quality wins.
- There can be LOTS of movement from week to week.

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So here is this week's Mid-Major Top 10.

1- Pepperdine (28-12, 8-1)
Since rising to No. 7 in the NCBWA poll, the Waves have gone 2-4. While No. 3 starter Robert Dickman (5-1, 3.67) has stepped up, Brett Hunter (5-3, 4.09) has cooled.
Next: Three games vs. Santa Clara (19-19, 5-4).

2- Wichita State (31-9, 10-2)
The Shocks blasted SIU pitching all over the yard last weekend, but got held to four hits by Oral Roberts in a 2-0 loss and six hits by Kansas in a 2-1 win during the mid-week.
Next: Three games at Missouri State. (19-17, 4-5)

3- San Diego (29-14, 7-2)
Despite two straight Tuesday losses (to UC Riverside and San Diego State), the Toreros have allowed just seven runs in their last six WCC games.
Next: Three games at Loyola Marymount (18-22, 5-4).

4- Louisiana-Lafayette (29-9, 13-5)
Buddy Glass (7-1, 2.01), Hunter Moody 5-3, 3.54) and Co. will get their biggest test of the season in their trip out West this weekend.
Next: Three games at Arizona State (29-10, 10-2)

5- Michigan (23-7, 8-0)
Can you make a bigger statement than beating your biggest rival while scoring 41 runs in the process? Me thinks not. Although the 4-game weekends are arduous, the Wolverines should cruise from here.
Next: Four games vs. Purdue (16-14, 3-5)

6- Minnesota (22-7, 5-2)
Won three of four from a tough Iowa team last weekend. But the biggest casualty of the harsh weather this season has to be the total wipeout of the Michigan series two weeks ago.
Next: Four games vs. Michigan State (15-13, 6-5)

7- Coastal Carolina (30-8, 8-1)
We've got to keep an eye on the Chants, because after starting out 28-4, they've gone 2-5 in the past 11 days. Plus their strength of schedule is still just No. 153.
Next: Three games vs. VMI (27-10, 5-4)

8- TCU (28-9, 10-1)
The Frogs are dominating the Mountain West so far, despite the general improvement of the conference. On a 10-1 spree right now, including Tuesday's 11-4 rout of Oklahoma.
Next: Three games vs. BYU (21-14, 6-3)

9- College of Charleston (28-8, 10-2)
Talk about hot teams, the 'Coogs are 10-1 since the beginning of April, including Wednesday night's 11-9, 10-inning win over Winthrop.
Next: Three games vs. Furman (10-26, 6-9)

10- Stetson (30-10, 13-2)
The A-Sun hasn't been able to put many speed bumps up against these guys. But with 2nd, 3rd and 4th place East Tennessee, Lipscomb and Belmont still yet to play, the toughest games lie ahead.
Next: Three games at Jacksonville (23-19, 8-7)

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Eric Sorenson Eric Sorenson
Eric Sorenson is CSTV.com's National Baseball Columnist, and also appears on CSTV as a baseball expert