Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Around the Mountain West: RPI, poll news, and more

The latest RPI has been revealed and Fresno State remains in contention to possibly host an NCAA regional.  Sixteen regional hosts will be named two weeks from Sunday when the NCAA selection committee reveals its Field of 64.  In the latest RPI, the Bulldogs are No. 18 for the second week in a row.

Fresno State has two Top 25 wins, and eight wins and a tie vs. the RPI Top 50.  The Bulldogs have 16 wins over the RPI Top 100 at the moment with several chances remaining for more.

San Diego State dropped a couple of spots to No. 57 in the RPI this week and seems to be on the outside looking in as it attempts to go for a ninth straight NCAA Tournament bid.  Already eliminated from the possibility of winning the Mountain West's automatic NCAA berth, the Aztecs have a losing conference record (6-9) and likely must win all nine remaining conference games in order to get a look at an at-large bid.  Going 9-0 the rest of the way, San Diego State could finish with a 33-19 overall record, but even then it would be an iffy prospect at best.  The Aztecs are 4-8 vs. the RPI Top 50, and 9-11 vs. the RPI Top 100, with no games remaining against a Top 100 opponent.

The current Mountain West RPIs:

Fresno State - 18
San Diego St. - 57
San Jose St. - 71
Nevada - 103
New Mexico - 112
Colorado State - 128
UNLV - 142
Utah State - 180
Boise State - 211

In polling news today, Fresno State is ranked between 17th and 21st, depending on the poll.  The Bulldogs moved up one spot in both the College Sports Madness (17th) and ESPN.com/USA Softball (21st) rankings, while holding steady at No. 20 in the USA Today/NFCA coaches poll.  Riding the nation's longest winning streak at 16 games in a row, Fresno State has reached its highest vote totals of the season in the only two polls that reveal vote totals -- ESPN.com/USA Softball, and the USA Today/NFCA poll.

In game news, Utah State took two of three against Colorado State in an early-week makeup series played in Logan.  The Aggies won game one 10-8 in 10 innings, and rallied to tie that one in the bottom of the seventh when the Rams committed two of their four critical, late errors in the contest.  CSU used the long ball for an 8-1 rout in game two, while Utah State picked up a narrow 4-3 win in the series finale.