The NCAA has released their Division 2 College Baseball Regional poll for May 6, 2009. The complete poll including all 8 Regions can be found here – NCAA D2 Regional Poll
All Northern Sun teams are members of D2’s Central Region – a region which includes the 13 NSIC teams along with the 8 teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Each Conference will hold their own year-end Conference Tournament. The winners of the NSIC and RMAC Tournaments each receive an automatic bid to be 1 of 6 teams in the NCAA Central Region Tourney. The other 4 spots are at-large bids which this poll helps to determine.
Northern Sun teams hold down the #2,#4 & #5 positions. Mesa State maintains the #1 spot even after a tough couple weeks and is line to host the NCAA Central Region Tournament.
Some of the other interesting Regions to look at include the South Region (which as usual is loaded). Delta State is ranked as the #1 team in Division 2 college baseball by Ping! but they are seeded #10 in the South Region which means they may have to win the Gulf South Conference to make the South Regional. Right now they’ve already lost 1 game in the double elimination GSC Tourney and face a tough West Alabama team today in an elimination game.
You can track all of the different Conference’s and who is winning automatic bids with this posting from yesterday – D2 Conference Playoffs