College Baseball Roundup

It was another wild weekend in the Pac-10 as Oregon State upset Stanford while the Washington Huskies have vaulted all the way up to second place after sweeping Cal. Along with a look at the Pac-10 Conference, this week's Roundup has NCAA Tournament projections as well as an updated version of JJ's "Super Sixteen" national rankings.

Last Week in the Pac-10 :
* at Oregon State 2, Stanford 1
* at USC 2, Arizona 1
* Washington State 2, at UCLA 1
* Washington 3, at California 0
at Notre Dame 1, Arizona State 0

Pac-10 Standings :
                      Conf.   GB    Overall

USC                   11-4     -     28-17
Washington             8-4    1.5    20-19-1
Arizona State          9-6    1.5    26-16
Stanford               6-6    3.5    29-12
Oregon State           6-6    3.5    27-15
California             8-10   4.5    26-22
UCLA                   5-7    4.5    19-26
Arizona                6-9    5.0    28-18
Washington State       4-11   7.0    17-24

This Week in the Pac-10 :
* California at Stanford
* Oregon State at Washington State
* UCLA at Washington

JJ's Super Sixteen
** Records are through Sunday 4-28 **

   Team                  Record  Previous

1. Clemson                38-6      1
            * Tigers with an impressive 4-1 week as they take mid-week game from South Carolina then win 2-of-3 versus Wake.

2. Rice                   39-8      2
            * Owls remain hot with another 4-0 week that includes weekend sweep of Louisiana Tech.

3. Wake Forest            34-8      3
            * Demon Deacons go 2-0 in mid-week games then drop 2-of-3 at #1 Clemson.

4. Texas                  37-11     5
            * Longhorns continue to roll with 3-game sweep of a tough Oklahoma State team.

5. Houston                32-12     6
            * Cougars with a perfect 3-0 week (1-0 vs. Sam Houston St, 2-0 at Saint Louis).

6. Florida State          41-12     7
            * Seminoles moving up in the ACC with a 3-game weekend sweep of N.C. State.

7. South Carolina         34-10     8
            * Gamecocks drop mid-week game to Clemson, but rebound to sweep Kentucky over the weekend.

8. Stanford               29-12     4
            * Cardinal move down again after losing 2-of-3 at Oregon State

9. Alabama                38-7      10
            * Crimson Tide go 4-0 last week including weekend sweep of arch-rival Auburn.

10. Mississippi           34-11     9
            * Rebels and Tide flip-flop after Mississippi drops 2-of-3 to Tennessee.

11. Georgia Tech          36-9      13
            * Yellow Jackets move up after 4-1 week that includes series win versus Virginia.

12. North Carolina        32-15     14
            * Tar Heels gradually moving up in the rankings ... 4-1 last week that includes a series win versus Miami.

13. Florida               32-13     15
            * Gators move up after taking 2-of-3 from Georgia.

14. Wichita State         32-10     NA
            * Shockers back in the poll after a convincing 4-game sweep of Howard (outscored them 90-9).

15. Nebraska              30-15     16
            * Huskers move up one spot after a 4-1 week (2-0 vs. UT-Pan American, 2-1 vs. Kansas).

16. Cal State Northridge  32-13     NA
            * Matadors in the poll for the first time after sweeping Cal State Fullerton in Fullerton.

Dropped Out : Baylor (31-16, 2-2 last week), Cal State Fullerton (29-15, 2-3 last week).

Inside the "Super Sixteen" :
* Clemson and Rice seem to separating themselves as the nation's elite at this point in time.

* The Tigers and Owls are now the only team's in the poll without a weekend series loss this season.

* Conference Breakdown : ACC (5 teams), SEC (4), Big 12 (2), Big West (1), Conference USA (1), Missouri Valley (1), Pac-10 (1), WAC (1).

* Five others to watch (in alphabetical order) : East Carolina (33-10), LSU (30-15), Notre Dame (30-12), Richmond (36-7), USC (28-17).

NCAA Tournament Analysis and Predictions :
* The Pac-10 will probably only get four teams in the tournament.  Right now, Stanford, USC, Washington, and Arizona State are in.  Oregon State and Cal are "on the bubble."  OSU needs to finish above .500 in conference play to get in while Cal, who only has two conference series' remaining, is in big trouble after getting swept by Washington last weekend.  The Bears need to sweep Stanford this weekend to stay alive.

* My prediction on the eight "National Seeds" ... Clemson, Rice, Wake Forest, Texas, Houston, South Carolina, Alabama, and Stanford.  Despite being the top conference in the country, I don't see three ACC teams being awarded national seeds.  And while Florida State has a slightly better record then Stanford, I'll give the Card the edge after they took 2-of-3 from the Seminoles earlier this year.  To keep that National Seed though, Stanford needs to finish in the top 2 in the conference.  SEC (2nd best conference, in my opinion) deserves two national seeds and that goes to the two top teams in the conference, South Carolina and Alabama.  Mississippi is close, but they fell back after losing a series to unranked Tennessee last weekend.  Conference leaders Rice, Houston, and Texas also get National Seeds right now.  Those conferences (WAC, C-USA, and Big 12) aren't strong enough to receive two National Seeds.  Stanford squeaks in right now, but not by much.  Conference tournaments (week of May 20th) will be interesting to watch, could see a few changes after those games.

* My current prediction on who is coming to Stanford for the sub-regional (just a guess, don't take it too seriously) ... #1 Stanford, #2 Baylor (31-16, 3rd in Big 12), #3 San Jose State (35-13, 2nd in WAC), #4 Monmouth (Northeast Conf. champs).

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