The Northern Sun Conference has named their Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 23rd. Once again, the Conference has decided to go with 2 players from the same team (Minnesota State). The Mavericks played one of the weakest opponents in the Conference (Northern State) in this weekends opening of league games. While both players named had very good performances this week, I think the Conference should stop saying they try not to pick 2 from the same team or that they take strength of opponent into consideration. Player of the Week Rant Follow Up
Player of the Week was a no-brainer as Minnesota State’s Danny Miller won the honor. The sophomore outfielder from Eden Prairie, MN was a perfect 11 for 11 in the first 3 games of the Maverick’s weekend series against Northern State. The 11 consecutive hits set a new Minnesota State record, beating the old mark of 10 straight set in 1996. His 11 hits included 2 doubles and a home run to go with 7 RBI’s and a perfect 8 putouts in the field.
Pitcher of the Week was Minnesota State’s Patrick Lenton. The junior from Maple Grove, MN pitched a complete game shutout in a 9-0 win over the Northern State Wolves. Lenton’s performance was marked by giving up only 1 hit and 1 walk to go with 8 strikeouts. He improved his season record to 4-1 as the #1 starter for the Mavericks.
While Lenton’s pure stats were better (a 1 hitter IS really good), I think there were 2 Augustana pitchers, Kenny Lidke (4 hits in 6.1 innings) and Tyler Pierson (2 hits in 6 innings, 9 K’s and no earned runs allowed), who had just as good performances this week when you consider they were pitching against a top team like Concordia.
NSIC Weekly Release No. 7
Published March 23, 2009
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The National College Baseball Writers Association has released their Regional Poll for the week of March 23rd. At the end of the regular season these are the teams that will be competing for 6 spots in the NCAA Regional Tournament. Both the Northern Sun Conference Tournament Champion and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament Champion will earn automatic bids with the remaining 4 spots nominated as at-large bids.
The top 2 spots continue to be Mesa State and Colorado State – Pueblo out of the RMAC. Wayne State jumps to the #3 position after sweeping Bemidji State in the opening weekend of NSIC play. Southwest Minnesota State moves up to #4 on the strength of a 10-1 spring trip and Saint Cloud State drops 1 spot after losing unexpectedly to Minnesota Crookston.
The biggest movers were Augustana who moved into the #8 spot and Concordia who dropped 6 spots after the Augies took 3 of 4 against the Golden Bears over the weekend. NCBWA Regional Poll
As is usual on a Monday, 2 of the 3 national Division 2 college baseball rankings have been released.
College Baseball News has not 1 but 2 new #1 teams. Last week’s previous #1 team, Southern Arkansas, dropped to #5. In their place both Grand Valley State and Florida Southern tied for the new top spot in the poll. North Alabama made a huge jump from not receiving votes up to a tie for #13. Going the other way was Frances Marion who dropped from #15 to a tie for #29. Speaking of #29, the Northern Sun Conference was represented in the poll again as Wayne State is tied with Frances Marion. St. Cloud State, Augustana and Concordia all received at least 1 vote this week as well. College Baseball News Rankings
Ping!Baseball continued with Southern Arkansas at the top of their poll while moving up Grand Valley State to #2. Emporia State made a big jump from #10 to #3 which should be interesting as Wayne State has a game against them this week. Emporia’s big jump was courtesy of a 3 game drubbing of Central Missouri who dropped from #3 down to #18. There are no Northern Sun teams in the Ping Top 30. Ping!Baseball Top 30 Rankings