Mid-Major Top 10 - May 9th

For starters, there was a lot of movement in this week's MMT10. But nobody dropped out. So with that as a backdrop, I'd like to take this time to recognize a few of the teams that haven't quite broken through to make the list but definitely deserve a shout across the rooftops.

I'm still feeling a little guilty leaving Charlotte off at this point. With a record of 38-9 and ranked by some pollsters and with a lights-out pitcher like Adam Mills, it's hard not to notice what the 49ers are doing. Curses that A-10 status and lack of a marquee win!

A special thanks to Doug Kroll who informed me that the East Carolina players he hung out with on their trip to Houston last weekend were raving about how good Western Carolina is this season. And that got ratified when the Catamounts handily took a pair of games at Ohio State in the mid-week.

And then there's Rutgers, who is tied with St. John's atop the Big East with a mark of 16-5 and have also won 18 of its last 22. Dave Williams is hitting .404 and Todd Frazier is living up to All American billing at .383-17-51.

And from the comments section of Extra Innings, Jeremy Christensen reminds me that the Creighton Bluejays are on a roll themselves, having gone 15-1 since early April and in 2nd place in the Valley.

And there are more too. But I've got to go get to the list sometime in this column. So here they are, the Mid Major Top 10 for May 9th:


1- San Diego (39-14)
The Toreros are up as high as No. 6 in the country in some polls. So let's all tip a frosty mug to the fact that someone finally had the cajones to rank them ahead of Texas, a team they've dominated the last two seasons.
Last week: No. 1
Next: at Santa Clara

2- Coastal Carolina (39-9)
This is becoming a charmed team. First the two huge wins at Nebraska and then scoring seven runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat College of Charleston. Man, this team has a look of destiny to it. The Chants also moved up from No. 11 to No. 7 in the RPI.
Last week: No. 6
And for their next trick: at UNC-Asheville.

3- Wichita State (42-14)
The weekend trip to Cedar Falls was tougher than expected as the Panthers handed Friday ace Travis Banwart just his third loss of the season and played nip-and-tuck the whole weekend. WSU also split a mid-weeker with South Alabama.
Last Week: No. 2
Next: vs. No. 25 Cal State Fullerton

4- Pepperdine (31-17)
Had the weekend off to think about their shortcomings of late. But now, this weekend becomes the biggest weekend of the season as second-place Gonzaga comes to Malibu. Can you imagine if they slip-up here? Ouch.
Last week: No. 3
Next: vs. Gonzaga

5- Louisiana-Lafayette (35-15)
A sweet three-game sweep at Louisiana-Monroe means the Cajuns are in full control in the Sun Belt, leading 2nd place UNO by four games. Your next mission, if you choose to accept it: Go get a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Last week: No. 8
Next: vs. Arkansas-Little Rock

6- TCU (37-11)
At 17-2 and with just three games vs. New Mexico remaining, the Frogs have treated the MWC like Rice used to treat the WAC, like their bee-yotch. Sam Demel's stat line: 27 appearances, 42 innings, 30 hits, 14 walks, 63 Ks, 6-1 record with 10 saves and no starts.
Last week: No. 7
Next: Texas-Pan American

7- Michigan (34-10)
The Wolverines stumbled (2-2 vs. Illinois) but still have a comfortable lead on the rest of the Big 10 at 17-3. But the cushion may not last, with 3rd and 4th-place Iowa and Penn State left to play. And the RPI down at No. 38 probably doesn't give them a home regional.
Last week: No. 5
Next: vs. Penn State

8- St. John's (32-13)
With its series win over Louisville, the Red Storm hang on to a 1st place tie with Rutgers and have now won six straight Big East series. The Johnnies held UofL to a .175 team average in the three games. Nice work.
Last week: No. 9
Next: vs. Cincinnati

9- Stetson (36-13)
The Hatters are on cruise control as well, leading the A-Sun by a balmy five games. And with the RPI sitting at No. 19, what's not to like. Okay, maybe that ugly 11-run loss to Central Florida on Tuesday. But other than that...
Last week: No. 10
Next: at Lipscomb

10- Minnesota
The 2-2 split with Northwestern hurt in more ways than one. First, it puts the Gophers two and a half games behind Big 10-leading Michigan. Second, the freakin' RPI is in free-fall mode going from 21 all the way to 40.
Last week: No. 4
Next: vs. Ohio State

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