Tuesday’s Top-50 Results/Links (5/4)

May 4, 2010

Portland Pitching Shuts Down Oregon …

The Portland Pilots boosted their NCAA Tournament resume with Tuesday night’s win at Oregon, which was listed 20th in the most recent version of the CB360 Composite National Rankings. Three other teams upset CB360 top-50 teams, as: Davidson win 14-10 at #23 Virginia Tech … USC rallied for an 8-3 victory at #30 UC Irvine … and Central Florida posted a 14-3 win at #43 Florida Atlantic. Jacksonville came close to adding its own upset win, but the Dolphins lost in 13 innings (11-10) at #10 Florida State.   (front-page photo courtesy of Portland)

Note that all of the Composite National Rankings referenced on this page are from the most recent CNR update (April 28), with the next update set to be formulated and posted on May 5 (several of the teams listed below likely will make significant drops, or jumps, in the CNR).

The Portland vs. Oregon matchup was one of four played on Tuesday between CB360 top-50 teams. Arizona State (the top team in the CNR) registered a midweek win over #16 Arizona (13-1) while #13 LSU snapped its seven-game losing streak (9-5 vs. #44 Southeastern Louisiana) and #21 Rice returned to action with an impressive 16-2 win over #35 Texas State.

It will be interesting to see how things play out in the Pacific Northwest, when the NCAA bids and Regional setups are announced. Oregon currently sits as an intriguing candidate to serve as one of the 16 host sites in the NCAAs (even as a possible #2 seed at the site). With regional power Oregon State sliding over the past month, the pieces have been falling into place for Eugene as a possible NCAA Regional host site.

One key factor that could tip a Regional in the University of Oregon’s favor would be Portland qualifying for the NCAA field (and this providing a team that could travel by bus to Eugene). In a roundabout sort of way, Tuesday’s results actually could help Oregon’s slim chances at becoming a host site, because: (a) It may boost Portland’s confidence for this weekend’s huge West Coast Conference showdown series vs. San Diego (to be played at Portland); and (b) It could help Portland’s slim chances at earning an NCAA at-large spot, if the Pilots don’t earn the WCC automatic bid.

It should be noted that the WCC does not sponsor a postseason tournament in baseball – thus the NCAA automatic bid goes to the regular-season champion. USD (12-0) currently holds a one-game lead over Portland (11-1) in the WCC standings. Portland’s current official NCAA RPI is #79, but that number should receive a boost after the USD series (the Pilots also have two games remaining vs. Washington State and another midweek game against Oregon).

Portland (31-9) is riding an 11-game win streak (tying the longest in the program’s history) and entered the week with the nation’s 6th-best team ERA (3.24, now down to 3.18).

There were a handful of Division I baseball games scheduled for Monday, with three of them involving teams in the most recent CB360 top-50. Florida Gulf Coast’s series finale at #27 Clemson was rained out and moved back to Tuesday, as was Elon’s game at #41 North Carolina. In the only Monday game that actually saw a CB360 top-50 team take the field, #22 Stanford beat Santa Clara 8-3, avenging its loss to the Broncos from the previous week (Finals StatsSTAN RecapSCU Recap).

Tuesday’s Top-50 Results (5/4/10, upsets in italics)
(based on CB360 Composite National Rankings, as of 4/28)

at #1 Arizona State 13,  #16 Arizona 1Final Stats
ASU RecapAZ Recap

• at #2 Texas 6,  Prairie View A&M 0Final Stats
TX RecapPV Recap

at #3 Virginia 10,  Virginia Commonwealth 5Final Stats
VA RecapVCU RecapVideo HiLites

#4 UCLA 5,  at Pepperdine 1Final Stats
UCLA RecapPEP Recap

Bethune-Cookman at #7 Florida – canceled (no makeup game announced)

#9 Louisville 6,  at Ohio State 0Final Stats
LOU RecapOSU Recap

at #10 Florida State 11,  Jacksonville 10 (13 innings)  |  Final Stats
FSU RecapJ’ville Recap

at #13 LSU 9,  #44 Southeastern Louisiana 5 Final Stats
LSU RecapSELA RecapPhotos

at #19 Oklahoma 14,  Arkansas-Little Rock 5Final Stats
OU RecapUALR Recap

#46 Portland 3,  at #20 Oregon 1Final Stats
PORT RecapORE Recap

• at #21 Rice 16,  #35 Texas State 2 Final Stats
Rice RecapTxSt Recap

at #22 Stanford 10,  San Jose State 7Final Stats
STAN RecapSJSU Recap

Davidson 14,  at #23 Virginia Tech 10 Final Stats
DAV RecapVT Recap

#25 California 7,  at Sacramento State 3Final Stats
Cal RecapSacSt Recap

at #27 Clemson 14, Florida Gulf Coast 2 (series clincher/3-1)  |  Final Stats
CLEM RecapFGC Recap

USC 8,  at #30 UC Irvine 6 Final Stats
USC RecapUCI Recap

• at #31 Kansas State 12,  Minnesota 6 |  Final Stats
K-St RecapMN RecapLive Blog (MN)

• at #33 San Diego 9,  UC Riverside 7Final Stats
USD RecapUCR Recap

• #39 Texas A&M 3,  at Sam Houston State 1Final Stats
A&M RecapSHS Recap

at #41 North Carolina 17,  Elon 7Final Stats
UNC RecapElon Recap

Central Florida 14,  at #43 Florida Atlantic 3Final Stats
UCF RecapFAU RecapPhotos

• #47 Liberty 16,  at George Mason 7Final Stats
LIB RecapGMU Recap

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