Yesterday, I recapped the importance of Wednesday’s mid-week D2 college baseball games for the top 8 teams in the Northern Sun Conference as they battle it out for position in the standings (Top 8 Battle). Well only 2 of those top 8 teams were able to get their games in. In all, 8 games were moved to today (Thursday), 3 games were played and 1 game was cancelled.
I previously talked about how important it was for Augustana to sweep yesterday’s series against Upper Iowa in order to try and make up 3 games in the standings. Well, they started off strong by winning game 1 (6-1) behind a strong pitching performance by Tyler Pierson. Pierson (5-6) threw this first complete game of the season and gave up only 5 hits & 1 unearned run to go along with 6 K’s. It looked like they might pull off the sweep as they led 3-1 after 2 innings but then the Peacocks bats came alive and they scored 13 runs in the next 3 innings to win in a blowout, 16-6. Seth Fox was 4-5 with 5 RBI’s and Brock Spangenberg was 3-4 with 5 RBI’s to pace the Peacock’s 15 hit attack. The split by Upper Iowa might be just enough to hold onto the 6th spot in the standings and a spot in the NSIC Tournament. Upper Iowa Recap Augustana Recap
In the battle for 10th place, it was Senior Day at Bemidji State where the Beavers were hosting the University of Mary Marauders. Mary slapped the Beaver all day, scoring seemingly at will. The 15-0 win was led by an excellent pitching performance by Blaze Culliton (2-5) who gave up only 4 hits in the complete game shutout. Tyler Liffrig and Tyler Steffan each had 3 hits to lead the Marauder attack. The rain then started in earnest and the teams agreed to cancel the 2nd scheduled game instead of trying to make it up tomorrow. Mary hosts SMSU this weekend while Bemidji State’s NSIC schedule is complete and they head to Montana for a final 4 game series against Montana State – Billings. Bemidji Recap Mary Recap
All of the other scheduled games were moved to today