Mid-Major Top 10 - May 16th

"Last year, we saw teams like College of Charleston and Oral Roberts make it to the Super Regional round. But I think this year we're going to see even more of that. This year there hasn't been any dominant teams in my opinion. Even some the top five teams in the country - Vanderbilt, Rice, Texas, Florida State... they've all had times during the season where they looked more than vulnerable. So I think we're going to see even more upsets and a more wide-open field in this year's NCAA tournament."

Like that quote? As a mid-major you should. I said that during a CSTV podcast with in-studio talking head Adam Zucker the other night. I truly believe it's true.

The teams listed below are going to cause a host of problems for the big money schools once the calendar turns to June. Personally, I can't wait. How 'bout you?

And now, one-through-ten, here are the list of dream-wreckers...

1- San Diego (41-15, RPI 12)
USD wins the West Coast regular season title and has the weekend off to celebrate it before the Zags come to town next weekend. As you might suspect, the No. 12 RPI is mostly due to the lower end of the WCC. Believe me, they're better than that stupid computer thinks.
Last week: No. 1
Next: vs.Gonzaga, WCC playoffs


2- Coastal Carolina (42-10, RPI 10)
Well this is the week. Make or break for home hosting? Perhaps. But the Chants have the comfort of knowing they're in first place (now by a game) and thanks to Tuesday's 11-7 win over Virginia, they're No. 1 status appears safe.
Last week: 2
Next: at Winthrop


3- Louisiana-Lafayette (42-10, RPI 13)
Who would've thought that there is a team in Louisiana fighting for a No. 1 seed and a home regional, and it is NOT Tulane or LSU? On the other hand, this may be Louisiana's only team for the Regionals this year.
Last week: No. 5
Next: at New Orleans


4- Wichita State (43-17, RPI 20)
The RPI dropped from 17 to 20, which doesn't help the home hosting resume any. And neither did Creighton tying them for the MVC lead at 17-4. But WSU still has the upper hand, after beating the Jays 2-out-of-3.
Last week: No. 3
Next: vs. Illinois State


5- TCU (41-11, RPI 38)
The Frogs keep rolling along like a sagebrush through the Mountain West. The best part is now, it appears, there is no pressure on them to win the MWC tournament like in past years. Good RPI. Good pitching staff. Good hitters. What's not to like?
Last week: No. 6
Next: vs. New Mexico


6- Western Carolina (38-15, RPI 42)
I've heard quite a buzz about this team the last few weeks, from the Ohio State S.I.D. and CSTV's Doug Kroll. I can only hope to see the Catamounts play soon. They are now tied with struggling College of Charleston at the top of the SoCon at 18-6 going into the final weekend.
Last week: NR
Next: vs. Georgia Southern


7- Creighton (38-12, RPI 44)
The Jays beat Nebraska in front of 18,000+ fans on Tuesday night, which will further help their RPI. There is still hope for an MVC title too. The relief team of Scott Reese, ambidextrous Pat Venditte and closer Alex Masten have been nails of late.
Last week: NR
Next: vs. Missouri State


8- Stetson (38-15, RPI 24)
The RPI dropped six spots after losses to Lipscomb and South Florida. The USF loss (by a 5-0 count) saw the Hatters gather just three hits on the night. That has to be fixed soon. Second place Belmont comes calling now, though they're five games back.
Last week: No. 9
Next: vs. Belmont


9- Charlotte (41-10)
Big showdown weekend in Richmond against the homestanding Spiders, who lurk just two games behind in A-10 play at 18-6. The 49ers are on a 7-1 run right now, but the odd thing is that ace hurler Adam Mills took his second loss of the season vs. St. Bonaventure on Friday.
Last week: NR
Next: at Richmond.


10- Tie
St. John's (37-14, RPI 53)
Rutgers (34-17, RPI 51)
Louisville (36-17, RPI 37)
These three are log-jammed at the top of the Big East, with the Johnnies and Knights stuck at 18-6 and the Cards close behind at 17-7. This is a great conference chase, with the winner, in my opinion, sitting pretty for the NCAA at-large bid, if they don't win the Big East tourney.
Next:
at South Florida
at Villinova
at Cincinnati (respectively)

Comments

Eric,
Shafers back. Schermerhorns back. Subletts back.
Hittings back.
As for the top-of-the-mvc,
THE SHOCKS ARE BACK.
Bring on the Tournys!!!!

Steve-O,

I'm with you on this one man. I dig the Shocks! I'm hoping they pull another trick in the NCAAs like they did last season. Only, I'd like to see them take the next step... make it to (at least) the Super Regionals. We'll see.

But it's good to hear all their guns are cocked and loaded.

Mid-majors freakin' rule!

Eric

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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