Georgia College gets baseball, softball seasons going; A-Sun battling RPI drop

Macon TelegraphFebruary 2, 2013 

 

 

            It sure doesn't feel like it, but baseball and softball are here.

            Georgia College gets things rolling Saturday on both diamonds.

            The softball team opened the season against Lincoln Memorial while hosting the Bobcat Blast.

            Georgia College began with LMU at 11 a.m., with Georgia Southwestern following with a doubleheader against Queens U. at 3:30 p.m. The Bobcats battle Queen in a 2:30 p.m. twinbill on Sunday, with GSW and LMU starting the day at 10 a.m.

            The baseball team's first pitch is Saturday at 1 p.m. - it'll be almost a whole 50 degrees - against Mars Hill in a doubleheader.

 

            Other area college first pitches:

            Middle Georgia State softball: vs. Shelton State, Saturday

            Middle Georgia State baseball: at Southern Union (Ala.), Thursday; vs. Southern Union, next Saturday.

            Mercer softball: vs. IUPUI, Feb. 8, in the Mercer Invitational.

            Mercer baseball: vs. Ohio State, Feb. 15, at Snowbird Baseball Classic in Sarasota, Fla., vs. Bethune-Cookman, Feb. 22.

            Wesleyan softball: vs. Elmira College, Feb. 17.

 

A-Sun RPI holds steady

            Belmont's move to the Ohio Valley Conference wasn't expected to be of an immense impact, but for whatever reason, the OVC's men's basketball RPI has jumped a good bit and the A-Sun's has dropped.

            Entering Saturday, here are a few comparisons:

Warren Nolan:   OVC 16th, A-Sun 26th

Warren Nolan's 15-30:

                                                Non-Conf

                        RPI                  W - L   Pct                   Best Team

MAAC             0.4861 15        50 - 61  0.4505            Niagara

Ohio Valley     0.4840 16        55 - 74  0.4264            Belmont

Mid-American 0.4809 17        62 - 79  0.4397            Akron

Summit Lg      0.4779 18        36 - 62  0.3673            North Dakota State

Big West          0.4734 19        36 - 61  0.3711            Long Beach State

Northeast        0.4716 20        55 - 85  0.3929            Bryant

Patriot Lg         0.4708 21        57 - 62  0.4790            Bucknell

Ivy League      0.4690 22        41 - 71  0.3661            Harvard

America East 0.4641 23        48 - 63  0.4324            Stony Brook

Southland        0.4638 24        24 - 62  0.2791            Stephen F. Austin

Colonial Athl    0.4623 25        48 - 83  0.3664            Northeastern

Atlantic Sun     0.4569 26        32 - 76  0.2963            Florida Gulf Coast

Southern         0.4380 27        35 - 87 0.2869             Davidson

MEAC             0.4296 28        38 - 123  0.2360          Norfolk State

Big Sky           0.4280 29        15 - 62  0.1948            Montana

Big South        0.4239 30        28 - 94 0.2295             Charleston Southern

            Last year, A-Sun finished 19th, OVC  21st.

 

RealtimeRPI: OVC, 16th, A-Sun 26th

RealtimeRPI's 15-30:

Rank   Conference                 RPI Avg.         SOS Rank      Teams

15          Metro Atlantic Athletic 0.4854  0.4839          18        10

16          Ohio Valley                0.4838  0.4863           17        12

17          Mid-American            0.4807  0.4880           16        12

18          Summit                      0.4781  0.4782           20        9

19          Big West                     0.4722  0.4809           19        10

20          Patriot League            0.4717  0.4579           26        8

21          Northeast                   0.4713  0.4734           23        12

22          Ivy League                 0.4694  0.4889           14        8

23          Southland                   0.4633  0.4768           21        10

24          America East             0.4632  0.4602           25        9

25          Colonial Athletic         0.4622  0.4768           22        11

26          Atlantic Sun                0.4559  0.4651           24        10

27          Southern                    0.4375  0.4546           27        12

28          Mid-Eastern               0.4304  0.4532           28        13

29          Big Sky                      0.4277  0.4435           29        11

30          Big South                   0.4234  0.4413           30        12

 

            Last year, the A-Sun finished 20th and OVC 21st.

 

            The NCAA doesn't publicly rank the conference's, but here are the A-Sun and OVC's individual RPIs entering Saturday (only updated on Mondays);

A-Sun

Rank   Prev Rank       Name              W-L     Road   Neut    Home  Non-Div I

117      115      FGCU                        14-8     3-7       0- 0      9-1       2-0

165      161      Mercer                       13-9     5-6       0- 3      6-0       2-0

212      233      USC Upstate              11-10   4-7       1- 1      4-2       2-0

221      222      Stetson                       9-11     4-7       0- 0      4-4       1-0

233      223      Lipscomb                   8-12     3-8       0- 0      4-4       1-0

235      244      Jacksonville               11-11   3-9       1- 1      5-1       2-0

249      220      North Florida              8-14     2-11     2- 0      3-3       1-0

259      246      East Tenn. St.            6-15     3-8       0- 2      2-5       1-0

299      306      Northern Ky.              6-11     3-6       0- 3      3-2       0-0

342      337      Kennesaw St.             2-19     1-10     0- 2      1-7       0-0

 

OVC

14        23        Belmont                      17-4     6-3       2- 1      7-0       2-0

76        71        Eastern Ky.                16-5     5-4       0- 0      10-1     1-0

96        95        Murray St.                  15-5     7-2       2- 1      4-2       2-0

99        101      Tennessee St.            12-10   3-9       1- 1      6-0       2-0

143      163      Jacksonville St.           14-7     5-4       2- 0      5-3       2-0

162      172      Morehead St.             11-11   3-8       0- 0      6-3       2-0

243      226      Southeast Mo. St.       11-12   4-7       0- 2      5-3       2-0

269      264      Tennessee Tech         8-12     3-8       0- 0      3-4       2-0

275      262      SIU Edwardsville        7-11     1-8       0- 0      4-3       2-0

295      298      Eastern Ill.                   6-16     1-9       2- 0      3-6       0-1

309      314      UT Martin                   5-16     1-11     0- 0      2-5       2-0

340      340      Austin Peay                5-17     0-9       1- 3      2-5       2-0

 

            OVC has five in the top 150 to one for A-Sun. A-Sun has four in the bottom 100, OVC has five.

 

            Mercer's losses to Northern Kentucky and Kennesaw State certainly don't help the A-Sun, although the conference schedule's RPI is pretty much set, especially since there have been so few upsets by the A-Sun to help its RPI as the season grows.

            The A-Sun has won only 29.6 percent of its non-conference games, and is - according to Warren Nolan's site - 1-25 against the top 50.

            The OVC has 42.6 percent mark in non-conference games and is 2-29 against the top 50.

            And last season, the A-Sun had three 20-win teams in the regular season and five at .500 or better overall. This season, as of Saturday, FGCU and Mercer have the only shots. FGC needs five with eight games left and Mercer needs six with eight left. Mercer closes the season at FGCU and Stetson, so odds are against the Bears. FGCU has  Stetson and Mercer back-to-back, and beat Upstate by only a point.

            FGCU and Mercer are the only locks for winning seasons, with Upstate a decent bet. Jacksonville needs a run, and Stetson has to rebound from its two-game losing streak, including a 31-point pounding at FGCU.

            The odds of the A-Sun getting a second team into any of the postseason tournaments is much more of a stretch this season, barring a major winning streak or two.

 

 

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