The newest edition of the Mid-Major 12 is out!
We had some movement this time around, just not at the very top, as Sam Houston State, Dallas Baptist, and St. John’s are the top three teams once again.
At number four we have Saint Mary’s, up one spot after sweeping Xavier in a series that was pushed to Sunday and Monday due to rain in the area. The fifth team in our rankings is a new entrant this season, College of Charleston. The Cougars have been just outside the rankings all season, but jumped all the way up to number five after going 5-0 last week, including sweeping Georgia.
Missouri State holds at number six after winning two out of three games at the LeClair Classic last weekend. At number seven, we have San Diego, which fell three places from number four last week. The Toreros lost three of four games to Indiana over the weekend, hence their fall, but the Hoosiers are a top-15 team nationally, so it hardly seemed fair to punish them more than a few spots. USD, with what they have already accomplished this season, is clearly among the best mid-major programs in the country.
Stetson holds at number eight after going 3-0 in their home tournament, with wins over Virginia Tech, Central Michigan, and Purdue. Coming in at number nine is San Diego State, up two spots after they started off MWC play 2-0 in a rain-shortened series against San Jose State.
The number ten team this week is another new entrant, UNLV. The Rebels are off to a fantastic 11-1 start, and most recently, swept Fresno State to open their conference slate. Right behind them is a third new team this week, Mercer. The Bears are 10-3, and went 4-1 last week, including a series win over Holy Cross. The final team in the rankings is Jacksonville, in the same place they held last week. They swept Rhode Island over the weekend.
Teams falling out of the rankings this week are Oral Roberts, BYU, and Fresno State. ORU lost a series over the weekend to SIU-Edwardsville, BYU was swept by Auburn, and Fresno State was swept in their conference series against UNLV.
NOTE: Records and results include action through Monday, March 5.
1. Sam Houston State Bearkats (7-4)
Last week: 1
Results: Wright State W 9-1, Wright State L 10-6, Vanderbilt W 7-6, Kentucky L 7-2, Mississippi State L 4-1
2. Dallas Baptist Patriots (6-4)
Last week: 2
Results: Oklahoma W 5-2, Air Force W 11-3, Air Force W 7-1, Air Force L 6-0
3. St. John’s Red Storm (8-1)
Last week: 3
Results: UC-Davis W 8-0, UC-Davis L 10-6
4. Saint Mary’s Gaels (7-3)
Last week: 5
Results: Xavier W 1-0, Xavier W 7-5, Xavier W 9-1
5. College of Charleston Cougars (10-2)
Last week: NR
Results: LIU-Brooklyn W 8-2, Georgia Southern W 3-0, Georgia W 5-2, Georgia W 6-0, Georgia W 6-4
6. Missouri State Bears (6-3)
Last week: 6
Results: Saint Joseph’s L 6-3, East Carolina W 7-4, Pepperdine W 8-7
7. San Diego Toreros (8-5)
Last week: 4
Results: Indiana L 10-4, Indiana W 6-5, Indiana L 6-5, Indiana L 8-4
8. Stetson Hatters (9-1)
Last week: 8
Results: Virginia Tech W 2-1, Central Michigan W 5-3, Purdue W 11-6
9. San Diego State Aztecs (8-3)
Last week: 11
Results: UC-Irvine L 9-4, San Jose State W 7-2, San Jose State W 11-1
10. UNLV Rebels (11-1)
Last week: NR
Results: UC-Riverside W 6-1, Fresno State W 7-6, Fresno State W 7-6, Fresno State W 5-4
11. Mercer Bears (10-3)
Last week: NR
Results: Kennesaw State W 4-0, Kennesaw State W 7-5, Holy Cross W 12-4, Holy Cross W 33-6, Holy Cross L 7-3
12. Jacksonville Dolphins (7-4)
Last week: 12
Results: Florida State L 4-0, Rhode Island W 6-0, Rhode Island W 3-1, Rhode Island W 2-1
Out: Oral Roberts, BYU, Fresno State
Others Considered: UNC-Wilmington, Kent State, UNC-Greensboro, Wright State, Butler, Florida Gulf Coast, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, VMI, Canisius