Niner Nuggets – Week 7

Photo: Hilton Howie

Charlotte finished the week 3-1, beating Gardner-Webb on a walk-off on Tuesday and then taking a the series at UAB 2-1. That leaves the Niners at 5-4 after three weeks of Conference USA play, heading into a huge weekend hosting 1st place & 24th ranked UTSA at the Hayes this weekend.

This week, the Niners welcome Radford to the Hayes for a mid-week game, before the big weekend series vs UTSA.

A look at the national rankings for teams of interest this week:

D1 Baseball– 6 South Carolina; 12 ECU; 13 UNC; 17 Coastal Carolina

Baseball America– 6 South Carolina; 15 ECU; 16 UNC; 22 Coastal Carolina; 24 UTSA

USA Today Coaches Poll– 6 South Carolina; 15 UNC; 16 ECU; 21 CCU; RV: UTSA, ODU, DBU

Charlotte has currently played the toughest schedule in Conference USA based on Strength of Schedule, where the Niners currently rank 11th in the country. The OOC SOS is at #2 in the country.

The RPI has CLT climbing to 67 this week, up 5 spots from last week. We use Warren Nolan as our source for RPI data and overall Conference USA is rated 8th with a record of 108-83 out of conference. Conference USA continues to have five teams in the RPI Top 100 (UTSA, DBU, CLT, FAU, Rice).

Here is how Conference USA stands after three weekends of conference play, listed in order that CLT plays them:

Here is how Charlotte’s OOC teams have performed this season, listed in the order that CLT plays them:

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