The college baseball regular season enters the final month with conference tournaments set to begin in three weeks. There are plenty of good teams in the state vying for a chance to compete for the national title.
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns of Tony Robichaux won two of three against UT Arlington this past weekend. The Cajuns (29-16, 14-7) still have a solid RPI of No. 19 in the NCAA rankings while they are No. 16 in Warren Nolan and Boyd’s World.
Baseball America no longer has ULL as a regional host and are projected to play in the Oxford regional with Ole Miss, Cal and Southeast Missouri State. The Cajuns will host Appalachian State this weekend in a three game Sun Belt series.
Paul Mainieri’s LSU Tigers continued recent struggles in conference play dropping another SEC series to Ole Miss, losing two out of three in Oxford. LSU has an RPI of No. 17 in the NCAA rankings and No. 18 in Warren Nolan and Boyd’s World.
The Tigers (28-16, 11-10) are projected to play in the Stillwater regional with Oklahoma State, BYU and Kent State by Baseball America.
LSU will host Arkansas this week starting on Friday for a three-game SEC series. The Tigers need series wins in the remainder of SEC play in order to host a regional, even with top-ranked Florida still on schedule to close out regular season.
The Tigers also have a rare road mid-week series against Notre Dame next week. Wins in both games at South Bend could play a key role in helping LSU gain a regional hosting duty.
The Tulane Green Wave of David Pierce spilt against Houston this past weekend with the third game cancelled due to weather. The Green Wave (28-14, 8-5) has an RPI of No. 35 in the NCAA and Boyd’s World and No. 34 in Warren Nolan. Tulane will travel to South Florida for a three-game American series.
Baseball America still projects Tulane in the Louisville regional with Long Beach State and Wright State with Louisiana as the No. 7 national seed.
Matt Riser’s Southeastern Lions (32-13, 18-3) had a great week coming off a sweep of Houston Baptist and a midweek victory over Jackson State. The Lions have an RPI of No. 54 in the NCAA, No. 52 in Boyd’s World and No. 51 in Warren Nolan. Southeastern will travel to Lamar for a crucial three-game Southland series between the league-leading Lions and third-place Cardinals.
The Lions are projected by Baseball America to play in the Hattiesburg regional with Southern Miss, defending national champion Virginia and Jacksonville.
The UNO Privateers of Blake Dean hurt their cause losing two out of three to Central Arkansas. The Privateers (26-17, 10-11), who now have an RPI of 65 in all rankings, need to focus on clinching a spot in the eight-team Southland Conference Tournament.
Keep an eye on Louisiana Tech. Baseball America now projects the Bulldogs to be the First Four Out. Their most eye-catching wins are the home-and-home midweek sweep of nationally-ranked ULL. Second-year head coach Greg Goff’s squad has an RPI of No. 64 in all rankings, but potential RPI boosting Conference-USA series at Southern Miss and in Ruston against Rice loom large at the end of the regular season.
Here are the RPI rankings of all Louisiana schools by the NCAA, Warren Nolan and Boyd’s World:
Northwestern St 44/45/46
LA Tech 64/64/64
McNeese St 96/96/96
Louisiana Monroe 153/157/152
Nicholls St 203/203/204
As for conference RPI rankings, the SEC is No. 2. Conference USA is No. 4 which bodes well for Louisiana Tech’s at-large hopes. The American is No. 7 while the Sun Belt is No. 9. Here are the conference RPIs that pertain to Louisiana schools by Warren Nolan and Boyd’s World:
Sun Belt 9/9