D1Baseball’s Field of 64: April 27Projections
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With 10 weeks in the books and five more to play before most conferences tournaments begin, we’re now well past the midway point in college baseball, which means it’s time to roll out the next projection of our field of 64. This field was composed by D1Baseball national writers Aaron Fitt, Kendall Rogers and Mark Etheridge in a Tuesday night teleconference that we recorded and posted as a two-part podcast, so you can hear our deliberations about national seeds and hosts, as well as the race for at-large spots.
The race for the top eight national seeds continues to be consistent at the top with Florida and Miami both leading the charge, both clubs carrying impressive across the board marks. For instance, the Gators have 11 wins vs. RPI Top 25 teams, while the Hurricanes are sitting right behind Kevin O’Sullivan’s club with 10 wins vs. RPI Top 25. Texas A&M moved from No. 4 to No. 3 in the national seed pecking order after another successful week, while previously No. 3 Louisville dropped to the No. 7 national seed after losing yet another road series. Mississippi State entered the mix again as a national seed after a big showing in Baton Rouge against LSU last weekend.
From a hosting standpoint, Vanderbilt, Rice and California dropped out, while they were replaced by brand new host sites at Arizona, Southern Mississippi and Coastal Carolina. Arizona continues to surge in the Pac-12 title race and projects to finish strong, USM leads Conference USA, which has been terrific from an RPI standpoint this spring, and Coastal Carolina’s RPI continues to climb attached with impressive metrics. New teams in the field this week include Canisius, Wake Forest, Lamar and Cal Poly.
The Southeastern and Atlantic Coast Conferences lead the charge with nine teams a piece in the projected field, with the SEC having four national seeds and ACC three national seeds, while the Pac-12 projects to have four team in the field, with the Big Ten also having four teams in the field, including Maryland, which was one of our last teams in the field this week.
Our Aaron Fitt will have more in the upcoming Stock Report.