At this point of the season, it seems like we have a pretty clear idea of which are the best mid-major teams in the country.
The dominant teams in each mid-major conference have pulled away from the pack, and that’s been expressed in the fact that this is the third week in a row where the 12 teams in these rankings are the exact same as they were the week before. Once again, there is some movement within the 12 teams, but no teams jumped in or fell out.
For yet another week, Dallas Baptist holds the top spot in the rankings after they went 4-0 with a midweek win over Texas Tech and a sweep of Bradley in conference play.
At two and three, Stetson and Tennessee Tech swap places. Stetson moves up because of their continued dominance within the Atlantic Sun, which included a sweep of Florida Gulf Coast this past week. Tennessee Tech moves back a spot not because they did anything wrong, but rather in deference to what Stetson has accomplished this season.
Missouri State and UNC-Greensboro hold their ground at four and five, respectively, after sweeps in conference play. Southeastern Louisiana is up one spot, to six, after they won their league series with Central Arkansas. Moving up two spots, to seven, is St. John’s. The Red Storm continue to build a solid at-large case, bolstered this past weekend by a series win over Seton Hall.
San Diego State is down two spots, to number eight, after they split a four-game series with San Jose State. That split was a part of the reasoning behind their fall this week, but it’s also due to Southeastern Louisiana and St. John’s simply doing more to deserve their moves up the rankings. Another faller is Sam Houston State, down one spot to number nine. They went 2-2 on the week, including really being pushed by a Houston Baptist team that seems to play the Bearkats tough every single year.
At number ten is College of Charleston. They’re up one spot after a 2-0 week that included a blowout win over South Carolina in head coach Chad Holbrook’s first game against his former team. The Cougars’ move up one spot pushes Wright State down one spot, to 11. They went 1-1 on the week. Rounding out the rankings this week is Jacksonville, the same as last week. They went 3-1 last week, including a sweep in conference play against USC-Upstate.
NOTE: Records and results as of Monday, May 14th.
1. Dallas Baptist Patriots (35-15)
Last week: 1
Results: Texas Tech W 10-4, Bradley W 13-2, Bradley W 7-3, Bradley W 11-4
2. Stetson Hatters (40-11)
Last week: 3
Results: Florida Gulf Coast W 4-2, Florida Gulf Coast W 3-1, Florida Gulf Coast W 9-4
3. Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (44-6)
Last week: 2
Results: Vanderbilt W 6-4, Eastern Kentucky W 12-6, Eastern Kentucky W 5-4, Eastern Kentucky W 8-5
4. Missouri State Bears (33-14)
Last week: 4
Results: Southern Illinois W 5-3, Southern Illinois W 14-9, Southern Illinois W 8-3
5. UNC-Greensboro Spartans (37-12)
Last week: 5
Results: Winthrop L 6-2, The Citadel W 14-5, The Citadel W 4-3, The Citadel W 14-3
6. Southeastern Louisiana Lions (34-17)
Last week: 7
Results: Central Arkansas L 7-6, Central Arkansas W 10-6, Central Arkansas W 5-1
7. St. John’s Red Storm (34-12)
Last week: 9
Results: Seton Hall L 4-3, Seton Hall W 2-1, Seton Hall W 6-3
8. San Diego State Aztecs (35-17)
Last week: 6
Results: San Jose State L 3-2, San Jose State W 2-1, San Jose State W 16-4, San Jose State L 6-4
9. Sam Houston State Bearkats (35-17)
Last week: 8
Results: Rice L 5-3, Houston Baptist L 5-1, Houston Baptist W 7-5, Houston Baptist W 9-6
10. College of Charleston Cougars (34-16)
Last week: 11
Results: The Citadel W 10-6, South Carolina W 9-0
11. Wright State Raiders (32-15)
Last week: 10
Results: Louisville L 8-4, Milwaukee W 4-3
12. Jacksonville Dolphins (34-17)
Last week: 12
Results: Florida State L 10-4, USC-Upstate W 5-3, USC-Upstate W 14-5, USC-Upstate W 15-3
Others Considered: Navy, Kent State, Oral Roberts, Bryant