Big East Baseball Standings

The Big East regular season has two weekends left before its conclusion. The top eight teams in the league standings will qualify for the conference tournament being held this season in Brooklyn, New York. Here's a current look at the top eight seeds.

***St. John's (16-5, 32-13): The Red Storm took two of three last weekend from third-place Louisville to put them atop the Big East standings. St. John's is home this weekend to Cincinnati and finish the regular season at South Florida. The Bearcats are currently eighth in the league, 0.50 percentage points ahead (or one game) ahead of West Virginia. The Red Storm are well-balanced, ranking first in team batting, second in team hitting and fourth in team fielding in the conference. Ryan Mahoney is fourth in RBI's with 47 and second in home runs with 12 while Michael Aicardi adds a .380 batting average. George Brown and Matt Tosoni have combined to go 10-3 with both pitchers sporting ERA's in the low 3.00 range.

***Rutgers (16-5, 30-16): The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 5-0 week, including a three-game sweep of Cincinnati. Rutgers has two series left, both on the road, against Pittsburgh and Villanova. Mike Bionde was named Big East Player of the Week after hitting .591 last week. The big bat in the lineup is Todd Frazier, who has blasted a league-leading 17 home runs. Frazier is third in the conference with 51 RBI's to go along with a .386 average. Dave Williams is second in the Big East with a .396 batting average. Rutgers does have the highest team ERA of the top-five teams in the standings at 4.65.

***Louisville (14-7, 32-15): The Cardinals lost the rubber match last weekend to St. John's in a battle of two of the Big East's best teams. Louisville has a home series this weekend versus Notre Dame and ends the season at Cincinnati. The Cardinals are first in team pitching, second in team fielding and fourth in team hitting. Isaiah Howes and Logan Johnson are both hitting over .387 and have each hit 10 home runs. Johnson has 45 RBI's while Howes has 42. Boomer Whiting has swiped 55 of 63 bases this season, which is second in the league. Pitching-wise, Zack Pitts is 7-3 with a 1.79 ERA. Justin Marks is 6-1 with a 2.09 ERA.

***Pittsburgh (13-7, 22-21): The Panthers took two of three from Georgetown this past weekend with a 6-2 win on Sunday. Pittsburgh has two home series left, one against Rutgers and the other versus Seton Hall. While ranking third to last in team batting, the Panthers are fourth in team pitching. Kyle Landis (3-3) is second in the Big East in ERA at 1.64. Paul Nardozzi is 5-4 with a 4.02 ERA. Pittsburgh has only two players hitting over .300. Gary Bucuren leads the team in average, RBI's, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

***Notre Dame (10-10, 27-21): After starting 1-6 in Big East play, the Irish have won the past four Big East series. This past weekend, Notre Dame took two of three from Seton Hall. The Irish have series left at Louisville and at home versus Connecticut. Notre Dame might have the best pitcher in the conference in David Phelps (8-3), who was named Big East Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season. The sophomore right-hander leads the league in ERA at 1.58 and strikeouts with 78. Brett Lilley and A.J. Pollock provide a 1-2 punch at the top of lineup. Lilley is hitting .379 with 50 runs scored and an OBP of .520. Pollock isn't far behind at .379 with a .460 OBP and 25 RBI's.

***South Florida (10-11, 28-21): The Bulls were swept by Georgia Tech this past weekend in an out-of-conference series. South Florida has a series left at Seton Hall and finish up at home against St. John‘s. South Florida isn't great in the main statistical categories. The Bulls are seventh in team hitting, tenth in team pitching and tenth in team fielding. Mike Consolmagno is seventh in the conference in hitting at .381 while Walter Diaz is second at .369. Danny Otero is 7-6 this season with a 3.32 ERA. Otero has struck out 76 hitters in comparison to 20 walks. Chris Delaney has a high ERA at 4.48 but owns a 8-2 mark.

***Villanova (9-12, 24-20): The Wildcats took two of three from West Virginia this past weekend in a crucial series for both teams. Villanova has a series on the road at Georgetown and then hosts Rutgers to end the regular season. A big problems for the Wildcats is that they're third to last in the Big East in team fielding. A bright spot is Derek Shunk, who is leading the conference in hitting at .406. Skunk also leads the team in runs, hits, doubles and OBP. Mike Loree is tops on the staff with a 6-2 record and 3.32 ERA.

***Cincinnati (8-12, 7-13): The Bearcats were swept last weekend by Rutgers to put themselves in a dicey situation. Cincinnati will have to fend off West Virginia (7-13) and both Connecticut and Seton Hall, who are 6-12 in the league. The Bearcats have series left at St. John's and at home versus Louisville. Facing two of the top three teams in the Big East will make Cincinnati earn their way into the conference tournament. The Bearcats are fifth in team batting but second to last in team pitching. Tony Campana leads the team in hitting at .358. Campana has blazing speed, as evidenced by his 57 stolen bases, tops in the league. Dan Osterbrock is the ace of the staff. Osterbrock is 8-1 on the season with a 2.50 ERA. Top Stories