Mid-Major Top 10 - May 2nd

It's a Torero nation... we're all just living in it.

San Diego took the bull by the horns and threw together one of the best weeks in the history of college baseball Mid-Major-dom. The Toreros not only got a three-game sweep of rival Pepperdine, but also got one of their games televised by CSTV, got a surfing lesson posted on the Going Yard guys' blogsite and also got one of the best interviews I've ever done the Sunday before with Coach Rich Hill.

Yes coach, I've drunk the grape juice, caught a wave or two and listened to Jack Johnson. I too, now believe it is indeed a great time to be a Torero.

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Coach Rich Hill and ace Brian Matusz talk turkey during the Pepperdine series.

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Now, don't disappoint the Mid-Major nation. Go ahead and see about getting that No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. And while we're at it, we need Wichita State, Pepperdine, Michigan, Minnesota and Coastal Carolina to join them in doing so.

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Here are this weeks Mid-Major Top 10:

1- San Diego (35-14)
Nobody... and I mean noooobodyyyyy, had a bigger week in college baseball than the Toreros. The new media darlings couldn't have responded better with a resounding weekend sweep of rival Pepperdine. Do we need to start clearing out Tony Gwynn Stadium so you guys can host a regional now?
Last week: No. 3
Next: vs. San Francisco

2- Wichita State (39-12)
I don't know how this seems to always work out, but the Shockers always play 10-12 games more than their Missouri Valley mates. They also have a tenuous game and a half lead over red-hot Creighton.
Last week: No. 2
Next: at Northern Iowa

3- Pepperdine (31-16)
Yeah, they lost all three to USD. And yeah, they also beat WSU in two-of-three earlier this season so they shouldn't be behind them, right? Well, we're putting the Waves here until they get through their funk. Now that school is out, look for a return to form for the 'Dine.
Last week: No. 1
Next: Weekend off.

4- Minnesota (31-8)
Rebounded well from the Friday loss at Illinois. This is the quickest a Gopher team has reached 30 wins since 1993. Fell from 17 to 21 in the latest RPI. Again, it's that Big 10 anchor effect taking shape.
Last week: No. 4
Next: vs. Northwestern

5- Michigan (32-8)
Got two wins over Western Michigan on Wednesday afternoon improving its winning streak to nine straight. With its two and a half game lead in the Big 10 and its slightly easier schedule remaining, the Wolverines have the upper hand on Minnesota.
Last week: No. 5
Next: vs. Illinois.

6- Coastal Carolina (36-9)
The Chanticleers have jumped all the way up to No. 11 in the RPI and even Mark Etheridge has them now hosting a regional in his post-season projections. This is high times at CCU. But this is also a come-to-Jesus meeting in Lincoln this weekend. Your No. 1 seed is at stake.
Last week: No. 6
Next: at Nebraska

7- TCU (34-11)
Nice three game sweep of the second place Aztecs means they have the Mountain West Conference race pretty much in hand. But with an RPI at No. 38, they can't afford to lose any concentration... you know, like they did on Wednesday vs. Baylor (a 3-0 shutout)
Last week: No. 8
Next: at Utah

8- Louisiana-Lafayette (32-13)
The Cajuns struggled with 10th place Arkansas State all weekend, including a Sunday 4-2 loss, where they only mustered five hits. No time to trip on your lip, guys. A roadie to 2nd place UL-Monroe is no place for pickin' daisies. Strap it up.
Last week: No. 7
Next: at Louisiana-Monroe

9- St. John's (30-12)
The Red Storm make their first appearance in the MMT10 as they are on a 23-5 run since the calendar changed to March. But this ranking will get tested as the 1st place Red Storm will host 2nd place Louisville this weekend in a huge Big East showdown.
Last week: Not Rated
Next: vs. Louisville

10- Stetson (33-12)
After taking seven days off, the Hatters returned to beat a red-hot Central Florida team 10-7 on Wednesday. Stetson's comfy three and a half game lead in the A-Sun is heavily attributed to starters Corey Kluber (8-1, 2.25) and Chris Ingoglia (8-2, 2.71).
Last week: No. 10
Next: vs. East Tennessee State

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