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WCC Reaches All-Time High Of No. 4 In Conference RPI Rankings

March 15, 2008

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - West Coast Conference baseball teams are enjoying tremendous success in the early part of the non-conference season, propelling the WCC to an all-time high of No. 4 in the conference RPI ratings, according to boydsworld.com.

The WCC trails only the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10), and the Big 12 Conference in the RPI rankings, and is listed above highly regarded baseball conferences, the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Big West Conference. The WCC and the ACC are also the only conferences in the country to have all of their member institutions ranked in the top 110 of the RPI.

West Coast Conference teams typically play a very demanding schedule and this season is no different as the WCC is ranked No. 1 in strength of schedule. Against the toughest schedule in the nation, WCC teams have combined to post a 74-50 (.597) cumulative record. The WCC is followed in the strength of schedule rankings by fellow west region conferences, the Big West, Western Athletic Conference (WAC), and the Pac-10.

The WCC is coming off of a banner year in which it finished the season with a then-conference-best No. 9 RPI ranking. The conference sent multiple teams (Pepperdine and San Diego) into the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and the seventh time overall. The WCC closed out the year by having a league-high 27 players selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

TOP 10 CONFERENCE RPI RANKINGS (from boydsworld.com as of 3/15)
1. - ACC
2. - Pac 10
3. - Big 12
4. - WCC
5. - SEC
6. - Big West
7. - Southern
8. - CAA
9. - C-USA
10. - WAC

TOP 10 CONFERENCE SOS RANKINGS (from boydsworld.com as of 3/15)
1. WCC
2. Big West
3. WAC
4. Pac-10
5. Horizon
6. MWC
7. Big Ten
8. Big 12
9. MVC
10. C-USA