Back up to #11 in Perfect Game. Still amazing to me that we can be #11 in one poll, #12 in RPI, and projected to host a regional, yet still not unanimously ranked. Baseball America actually put UConn in above us this week.
Baseball America explained UConn by their 6-0 record in AAC play (series sweeps over 0-6 ECU and 2-4 Memphis). Apparently 6 conference games carries more weight than the season as a whole, since we beat UConn in literally every other metric. (RPI, non conference RPI, top 50 wins, SOS, NPI, ELO Chess, runs scored, runs allowed)
I personally would have framed the question differently. We’re #11 in Perfect Game, #12 in RPI, and predicted to host a regional by D1baseball.com. I’d ask why we aren’t in their top 15, not why we’re not at #25 instead of UConn.
John (Houston): Please explain the rationale behind ranking UConn ahead of Houston, or even USF. _
Teddy Cahill: UConn is 6-0 in the league, played its first 25 games away from home and only has two losing weekends. We like Houston a lot, obviously. It has a couple good weekends in tournaments, but when you look at its three series wins (East Carolina, @ UC Irvine, Alabama State), it’s a little underwhelming. As for USF, this weekend was South Florida’s biggest test of the season. The Bulls handled it very well, sweeping UCF. But I had a difficult time with its schedule before this weekend. USF lost its lone road series and has played 40 percent of its games against teams with 200+ RPIs. There was significant discussion about USF and Houston, however. Both are very much in the mix.