Bassford College Baseball Rankings 5.23.2016

For the first time this year, a team not named Florida or South Carolina will sit atop the Bassford College Baseball Top 25 rankings. Louisville, winners of 46 out of 56 games played this year, passed the Gators for top honors this week as the team is 16-10 versus Top 50 teams and hasn’t lost to anyone outside of that range. The team remains the only in the Top 25 to have both a plus .300 team batting average (.325) and a minus 3 team ERA (2.69). This is simply the most complete team in college baseball and their -1 luck indicates they could be even better than we have seen thus far.

Top Five

  1. Louisville takes over the lead reins for Florida after winning four straight last week including a sweep of Wake Forest. The Cardinals won the ACC’s Atlantic Division but lost the regular season crown to Miami. They will await the winner of Wake Forest v. Duke Wednesday in the ACC Tourney.
  2. Florida lost their hopes of a #1 seed in the SEC Tournament and in the SEC East after losing two games to LSU in Baton Rouge. The Gators collected themselves last Saturday, however, and, fell into the SEC’s top four by winning the series final with the Tigers; thereby receiving a bye in the first round of SEC Tournament. They now await winner of LSU v. Tennessee Wednesday in what could be a weekend rematch with the Tigers.
  3. Miami went 3-1 last week and won the 2016 ACC regular season title outright. The Canes took two of three at #20 Florida State and will face the winner of Georgia Tech and Boston College—in pool play—on Wednesday in the ACC Tourney.
  4. Texas A&M flubbed the SEC West lead, going 2-2 last week, yet managed to beat #12 Ole Miss two games to one. The win wrapped up a top four finish in the SEC. The Aggies will await the winner of #9 Vanderbilt and Missouri on Wednesday in Hoover.
  5. Mississippi State won the SEC regular season title by virtue of their 11th straight victory (and 13 of their last 14). The Bulldogs didn’t lose a single sec series since being swept by A&M at home in mid-April.  MSU will play the winner of the Kentucky v. Alabama elimination game in the SEC Tournament on Wednesday. Their recent streak includes sweeps over Mizzou, Auburn and Arkansas.

New to the Rankings This Week

  • #13 Clemson went 4-0 last week sweeping Notre Dame in South Bend.  The Tigers will face Virginia in Game 6 of ACC Tourney on Thursday. The team finished third in the ACC Atlantic Division—tied with #10 NC State
  • #17 UC Santa Barbara went 3-1 last week beating UC Irvine two games to one and outlasting UCLA midweek 4-3. With the Big West Conference race out of reach for the Gauchos, they head to UC Riverside this weekend to hopefully wrap up an at-large bid and possibly a host site—being that the west coast has simply no one else of value to put up.
  • #18 Louisiana Lafayette won all four of their games last week smashing in-state rival Louisiana-Monroe. They also beat UNO 17-3 last Tuesday. The Ragin’ Cajuns won the Sun Belt regular season conference title (technically tied with South Alabama but ULL beat them 2-1 during their series a week ago). They will face Arkansas State on Wednesday to start the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
  • #21 Louisiana Tech were perfect in three games last week. The Bulldogs are 18-4 in last 22 yet still finished 15-6 in conference play since starting season 4-5. La Tech finished fifth in Conference USA by sweeping Rice this past weekend—outscoring the Owls 26-10. They will face Rice again this Wednesday in the team’s first matchup in the C-USA tourney.
  • #25 Long Beach State won four straight last week and now have a chance to take the regular season title—and the conference’s automatic bid—with a series win this weekend at home versus Cal State Fullerton. Fullerton currently leads the 49ers by a game in the Big West.

Gone from the Rankings This Week

  • Last Week’s #10 Southern Miss dropped to #29 after an 0-3 week where the (not-so) Golden Eagles were swept by Florida International.
  • Last Week’s #19 Arizona fell to #37 after going 1-2 last week where they lost two games Oregon in Eugene.
  • Last Week’s #21 Cal State Fullerton plummeted to #56 after last week’s 1-2 record where the Titans lost two of three against Hawaii at home.
  • Last Week’s #24 Arizona State fell eight places to #32 after beating UCLA two games to one and losing to San Diego 6-4 midweek.
  • Last Week’s #25 Oklahoma State slipped to #41 after sweeping Kansas (17-35) at home but dropping a head-scratcher midweek to Oral Roberts.

Falling This Week

  • Sliding 12 spots down this week were the Seminoles of #20 Florida State who fell twice last week (4-6 over last 10 games) to Miami at home. The ‘Noles will play #10 NC State Wednesday in ACC Tourney.
  • Five spots separated #10 NC State from their fifth ranked position in last week’s ranking. State went 2-1 last week (3-7 in last 10 games) beating UNC this weekend two games to one. The Wolfpack will play FSU to start ACC Tournament.
  • The Bryant Bulldogs also fell five positions this week to #23. Though the Bulldogs went 5-0 (9-1 in last 10 games) sweeping Mount St Mary’s in four games—and winning the Northeast Conference by 8.5 games over second place Sacred Heart—they are only 1-1 versus top 50 teams. Meaning, they’ve only played top teams twice this year. That is reflected in the Bulldogs’ strength of schedule as the team is the only one in the Top 25 with a sub .500 mark.

Rising This Week

  • The LSU Tigers rocketed up 13 rungs this week to take the #7 position. LSU went 3-1 (9-1 in last 10) last week beating last week’s top ranked team Florida. Their 11 game win-streak was halted Saturday when the Tigers lost to Florida in the series finale. That loss sent the Bayou Bengals to the single elimination portion of the SEC tourney where they will face Tennessee Tuesday night.
  • #8 South Carolina flew up the rankings 8 positions after going 4-0 last week (6-4 in last 10). The team won the SEC East by virtue of Florida’s series loss to LSU and USC’s own series sweep of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Cocks have won five straight and play the winner of #12 Ole Miss and Georgia Wednesday afternoon in SEC Tourney.
  • The Green Wave of #19 Tulane climbed five places this week after finishing 2-2 last week. The Greenies won the AAC (7-3 in last 10 games) by beating Houston in three games, 2 to 1. They will face UCF in AAC tournament opener.

 

Rank
Last

Week
Last

Week

Record
Team
W/L

Record
Batting

Average
Team

ERA
ELO Rating
SOS
Versus

Top 50
Grade
Luck
1
2
4-0
Louisville
46-10
0.324
2.68
2007.31
56%
16-10
9.16
-1
2
1
1-2
Florida
44-11
0.284
2.92
1861.97
58%
18-8
9.00
3
3
4
3-1
Miami
43-10
0.304
3.53
1913.72
56%
17-9
8.91
4
4
3
2-2
Texas A&M
41-13
0.314
3.13
1788.53
57%
14-9
8.73
-1
5
11
3-0
Miss. State
40-14
0.313
3.39
1905.87
56%
13-11
8.63
1
6
6
2-1
Texas Tech
40-14
0.296
4.01
1795.04
54%
11-4
8.54
3
7
20
3-1
LSU
39-17
0.298
4.01
1821.33
58%
10-11
8.53
2
8
15
4-0
South Carolina
42-13
0.287
3.28
1789.01
55%
9-10
8.48
3
9
7
4-0
Vanderbilt
41-15
0.275
2.93
1846.83
55%
9-10
8.43
-2
10
5
2-1
NC State
34-18
0.303
3.82
1699.80
60%
16-15
8.42
0
11
14
3-0
Virginia
36-18
0.303
4.09
1855.35
57%
13-13
8.39
2
12
10
1-3
Ole Miss
40-16
0.279
3.34
1672.08
57%
10-12
8.39
2
13
26
4-0
Clemson
38-18
0.272
4.33
1767.00
57%
13-13
8.37
3
14
12
4-0
TCU
38-14
0.304
3.24
1730.22
53%
6-5
8.31
-1
15
13
2-2
North Carolina
34-21
0.284
3.04
1659.97
60%
14-13
8.26
-6
16
17
4-0
Coastal Carolina
40-15
0.301
3.54
1766.22
54%
6-7
8.26
-1
17
30
3-1
UC Santa Barbara
35-16
0.261
4.00
1572.76
53%
7-3
8.18
5
18
29
4-0
La-Lafayette
37-19
0.273
3.23
1699.04
56%
9-9
8.16
0
19
24
2-2
Tulane
37-17
0.273
3.27
1703.48
52%
8-5
8.16
0
20
8
1-2
Florida State
34-19
0.297
3.58
1627.13
58%
11-11
8.16
-3
21
51
3-0
Louisiana Tech
37-16
0.287
3.53
1760.99
50%
6-3
8.15
0
22
25
3-0
Florida Atlantic
37-15
0.291
3.16
1710.94
51%
6-5
8.12
0
23
18
5-0
Bryant
44-10
0.319
3.27
1749.64
44%
2-4
8.12
0
24
22
2-2
Georgia Tech
35-20
0.312
4.65
1662.26
57%
13-17
8.10
2
25
37
4-0
Long Beach State
35-18
0.266
3.30
1758.38
52%
7-5
8.10
0

 

Rank
Baseball America
NCAA RPI
D1Baseball
Warren Nolan
Bassford
1
Texas A&M
Louisville
Texas A&M
Bryant
Louisville
2
Mississippi State
Florida
Miami
Louisville
Florida
3
Miami
Miami
Mississippi State
Miami
Miami
4
Florida
Texas A&M
Florida
Florida
Texas A&M
5
Texas Tech
South Carolina
Louisville
Texas Tech
Mississippi State
6
Louisville
Ole Miss
Texas Tech
Mississippi State
Texas Tech
7
LSU
NC State
Virginia
Texas A&M
LSU
8
Virginia
Vanderbilt
LSU
TCU
South Carolina
9
South Carolina
LSU
South Carolina
Kent State
Vanderbilt
10
Ole Miss
Clemson
Vanderbilt
Wright State
NC State
11
Tulane
Mississippi State
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Virginia
12
Vanderbilt
Texas Tech
Clemson
Gonzaga
Ole Miss
13
Florida Atlantic
Virginia
NC State
Coastal Carolina
Clemson
14
TCU
Coastal Carolina
Tulane
Vanderbilt
TCU
15
Clemson
North Carolina
TCU
LSU
North Carolina
16
NC State
Florida State
Florida State
Ole Miss
Coastal Carolina
17
Oklahoma State
TCU
Coastal Carolina
Clemson
UC Santa Barbara
18
Florida State
Louisiana-Lafayette
Florida Atlantic
BYU
Louisiana-Lafayette
19
Coastal Carolina
Georgia Tech
Oklahoma State
Hartford
Tulane
20
Southern Miss
UC Santa Barbara
Louisiana-Lafayette
Florida Atlantic
Florida State
21
Bryant
Southern Miss
Washington
NC State
Louisiana Tech
22
Long Beach State
Florida Atlantic
Arizona State
Virginia
Florida Atlantic
23
Cal State Fullerton
Duke
Southern Miss
Oklahoma State
Bryant
24
Louisiana-Lafayette
East Carolina
Rice
Minnesota
Georgia Tech
25
Rice
Arizona
Cal State Fullerton
Louisiana-Lafayette
Long Beach State

 

Teams unranked in only one or two of the Polls above

Florida State       Warren Nolan

Bryant                  NCAA RPI & D1Baseball

Oklahoma State  NCAA RPI & Bassford

Southern Miss   Warren Nolan & Bassford

Tulane                 NCAA RPI & Warren Nolan

Teams Ranked in only one of the Polls

Arizona                NCAA RPI

Arizona State     D1Baseball

BYU                      Warren Nolan

Duke                    NCAA RPI

East Carolina      NCAA RPI

Gonzaga              Warren Nolan

Hartford              Warren Nolan

Kent State           Warren Nolan

Louisiana Tech   Bassford

Minnesota          Warren Nolan

Washington       D1Baseball

Wright State       Warren Nolan

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