There is no change at the top of the latest Mid-Major 12, as Sam Houston State continues to plug away with another 4-0 week, running their overall record to 16-4. They’ve now won nine games in a row, and their only losing weekend was their 1-2 weekend at the tournament in Houston, where they beat Vanderbilt and lost to Kentucky and Mississippi State.
Behind them, there was some movement, however, beginning with UNLV and Stetson swapping places at two and three. UNLV moves up after going 3-1 on the week, including a Mountain West series win over Air Force that featured some very typical MWC scores.
Stetson moved down a spot not necessarily because they took two losses on the week, although that was a part of it, but more because UNLV’s resume is improving with time. Some of the teams the Rebels beat earlier in the season, such as Indiana State and Loyola Marymount, have played better baseball of late.
San Diego State makes a big jump, moving up four spots to number four. Their move is the result of their consistency to this point of the season, and an impressive week where they went 3-1 with a midweek win over San Diego and a series win over Cal Poly. The series this weekend between San Diego State and UNLV is huge within the MWC.
Southeastern Louisiana is another program making a big jump. They’re up seven spots to number five. They went 5-0, including midweek wins over Purdue and Mississippi State and a sweep of conference foe Lamar. Number six is College of Charleston. They’re down two spots, largely because of two midweek losses to Quinnipiac. Their weekend series win over Kansas State is a nice result, however, and should be taken as positive news for their potential as the season rolls on.
The Patriots of DBU are down one spot, to number seven, mostly just because of poll mechanics. They had a nice week, but with SDSU and Southeastern Louisiana deserving to shoot up, they were pushed down. Checking in at number eight is Saint Mary’s. They’re down three spots after losing a weekend series with Portland, but still remain in the middle portion of the rankings based on the strength of their results prior to last weekend.
The one new team into the rankings this week is Santa Clara, coming in at number nine. They’re off to a 13-5 start, with quality series wins over Wake Forest, and most recently, San Diego.
St. John’s falls three spots, to ten, after losing a series with Connecticut. The Red Storm are hanging around in the rankings in large part because of their talent and potential, but not so much because of their on-field results. Their single marquee win is a midweek win over North Carolina, and in their two recent shots at solid series wins, against Kansas and UConn, they went a combined 1-5.
Missouri State comes in at 11, down one spot from a week ago. They have a good overall record at 11-6, but similar to St. John’s, they’re still looking for a weekend result on which to hang their hat. UNC-Wilmington rounds out the rankings at number 12. They’re down one spot because of the insertion of Santa Clara into the rankings and the need to slot St. John’s and MSU into the rankings somewhere, but also because they weren’t able to capture at least one of the games in the midweek against a surging Ohio State team.
NOTE: Records and results are through Monday, March 19.
1. Sam Houston State Bearkats (16-4)
Last week: 1
Results: Baylor W 7-2, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi W 3-1, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi W 5-3, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi W 9-0
2. UNLV Rebels (18-3)
Last week: 3
Results: Utah W 3-1, Air Force W 11-6, Air Force W 19-15, Air Force L 15-12
3. Stetson Hatters (17-3)
Last week: 2
Results: Army W 6-0, Army L 8-4, Rhode Island W 10-1, Rhode Island L 6-5, Rhode Island W 3-2, Rhode Island W 17-6
4. San Diego State Aztecs (13-6)
Last week: 8
Results: San Diego W 9-3, Cal Poly W 9-7, Cal Poly L 5-4, Cal Poly W 3-2
5. Southeastern Louisiana Lions (16-6)
Last week: 12
Results: Purdue W 4-0, Mississippi State W 11-5, Lamar W 6-4, Lamar W 8-1, Lamar W 5-3
6. College of Charleston Cougars (15-6)
Last week: 4
Results: Quinnipiac L 6-5, Quinnipiac L 2-1, Kansas State W 8-0, Kansas State W 6-0, Kansas State L 7-3
7. Dallas Baptist Patriots (11-7)
Last week: 6
Results: Oklahoma State W 6-4, Brown W 17-2, Brown W 14-4, Brown L 9-5
8. Saint Mary’s Gaels (10-7)
Last week: 5
Results: Portland L 7-4, Portland W 6-2, Portland L 4-2
9. Santa Clara Broncos (13-5)
Last week: NR
Results: San Diego W 13-2, San Diego L 8-2, San Diego W 16-7
10. St. John’s Red Storm (9-6)
Last week: 7
Results: Connecticut W 14-4, Connecticut L 1-0, Connecticut L 3-1
11. Missouri State Bears (11-6)
Last week: 10
Results: Oral Roberts W 6-5, Iowa W 8-3, Seton Hall W 14-2, Oklahoma State L 4-2
12. UNC-Wilmington Seahawks (14-6)
Last week: 11
Results: Ohio State L 8-3, Ohio State L 8-1, Quinnipiac W 19-0, Quinnipiac W 6-3, Quinnipiac W 12-3
Out: San Diego (9)
Others Considered: UNC-Greensboro, Wright State, Butler, Canisius, Creighton, Tennessee Tech, Mercer