Post by reevo on May 27, 2019 14:48:12 GMT -6
- We finished 30W - 6L vs Quadrant 4 D-1 Opponents, and 6W-13L vs combined D-1 Quadrants 1, 2, 3, plus 2-0 vs Division III opponents
- Our non-conference Strength of Schedule was #234 of 299 and we finished 14-12 vs that D-1 non-conf schedule
- The MAC is the 23rd or 24th best conference depending on your reference, of 31 conferences. Fellow "midwestern" conferences like the Horizon and Summit where we typically play opponents are 26th & 27th. The Big Ten is rated 7th (where in 4 games we were semi-competitive) and the Missouri Valley is rated 6th (but we didn't play ISU, Evansville, or any others from the MVC as we do in other sports)
- BSU's rpi sits at #114 of 299 teams, which is not hugely different than where football and basketball resided this past year. Also recognizing that 9 schools amongst the Power-6 football/basketball conferences don't field Baseball teams (and of course that the MAC is a 10-team baseball conference instead of 12 as well)
So I would temper any too great of reviews from the season to a degree .... but of course it's always more fun to follow a winner, and it's great to get back at some of these MAC schools who we find ourselves losing to regularly at other sports.
Good points though it is far more difficult to recruit as baseball is actually better in this state (College Baseball) than football. Very good baseball programs in this state as compared to football as Evansville, ISU, Notre Dame, IU and Purdue have all been good in the last 10 years. This state has some impressive college baseball facilities so Maloney is recruiting against some stiff competition. Going through the recruiting process with my middle son opened my eyes to the quality of college programs in our state. The state of Indiana is producing a crap load of good baseball talent. In fact, you can make a sound argument that baseball has produced more talented players than basketball and football. Watching my two sons play major travel baseball through the years opened my eyes to the talent in this state. Great travel programs and quality indoor facilities has really helped. Also some very good high school programs. My oldest played on a State Championship baseball team and they also won 2 regionals and 4 sectional titles and my middle sons team was ranked #1 in the state at the time of his accident. Little Crawfordsville has produced numerous division 1 players including him. My point to all of this is Baseball is very underrated and BSU is fighting some stiff competition in this state for players.