May 7, 2013 1:35 AM by Bill Halter
The Cal Poly baseball team entered the season with goals of winning the Big West championship, winning 40 games and making the NCAA Tournament. Accomplishing either of the first two goals will be tough but the Mustangs are looking good for a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
A Big West title is a long shot, Cal Poly is four games back of first place Cal State Fullerton with nine conference games to play. The Titans also own the tiebreaker against the Mustangs.
Including two non-conference games the team has 11 games left total, meaning they'd have to go 9-2 to win 40.
Cal Poly is 31-14, 11-7 in the Big West, that has them ranked 36th in the RPI (Ratings Power Index). "The RPI is everything to the selection committee. I just think that there's too many teams for them to look at. So if that RPI stays up there I don't really think it matters where we finish in the conference" said head coach Larry Lee.
The RPI is a major influence to the NCAA selection committee that doesn't get a chance to see every team play. Last year the Mustangs were 65th in the RPI going into the NCAA Tournament selection show. They were considered by the selection committee for the last spot but were left out of the 64 team tournament.
Losses against bad teams will hurt the Mustangs RPI which makes Tuesday nights game at San Jose State so important. The Spartans are 14-33 this season. On Friday, Cal Poly starts a three game series at UC-Irvine, the Anteaters are ranked 76th in the RPI.
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