We are 3 weeks into the NCAA D2 college baseball season and all but 1 team in the Northern Sun Conference (Mary) have gotten games in. The Metrodome continues to be used night and day by teams trying to deal with the generally crappy playing conditions all over the Midwest.
Players of the Week – NSIC Week 3 Press Release
NSIC Player of the Week
#27 Dan Bauer
IF, 6-0, 190, R/R
Dan Bauer went 9-for-15, a .600 batting average, in the four-game sweep of Northern State in a nonconference series at the H.H.H. Metrodome Sunday (10-2, 17-4) and Monday (4-2, 4-3 (8)). Two of those nine hits were game-winners, both coming in Monday’s doubleheader with the game tied, two outs and in the late innings (bottom 6th in game one and top 8th in game two). He had a team-high in hits and tied a team-high in RBI in the four games with seven. Bauer added three runs, hit his first home run of the season and recorded a double. He stole one base, recorded 11 assists and six putouts playing second base, going all four games without an error. He recorded at least one hit and one RBI in each contest, going a perfect 3-for-3 in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader, adding three RBI and two runs scored.
NSIC Pitcher of the Week
#20 Patrick Lenton
RHP, 6-1, 215, Sr., L/R
Maple Grove, Minn.
Maple Grove HS
Patrick Lenton earned his first win of season in MSU’s season opener, a 7-4 victory at Colorado Christian on Feb. 19th. He gave up one earned run in six innings of work. He fanned nine batters and limited the Cougars to just three hits in the game. He now stands 15-3 at MSU in his career.
Northern Sun Games Last Weekend
Augustana goes 3-1 over the weekend at the Metrodome against Morningside and Nebraska Kearney – Vikings go 3-1
Bemidji State crushes Northern State in first 2 games and then barely holds on to sweep the 4 game series – Beavers Sweep 4
Concordia Split with Nebraska Kearney – Furrow Walk-Off – Bears Split
Minnesota State travels all the way to Colorado for 3 games where they went 2-1 against Colorado Christian – Mav’s Upend Cougars 9-1
In perhaps the best contests, St Cloud State and Winona State split a pair at the Metrodome giving us no clear indication of who’s better. Huskies Earn Split
Upper Iowa lost 2 to Wayne State scoring only 1 run in each contest. This helped the WSC fans feel a lot better but causes some concerns for the Peacocks. Peacocks Drop First 2
Upcoming Northern Sun Action
This weekend will be a great opportunity to see Northern Sun action at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. On both Friday & Saturday there are a pair of NSIC doubleheaders – Wayne State vs. Winona State and Bemidji State vs. St. Cloud State. In addition, Minnesota State plays UW-Parkside there on Saturday in a DH to make 14 hours straight of Northern Sun games.
Concordia plays a couple doubleheaders at the Dome this week, Wednesday against St. Johns and Thursday against Kansas Wesleyan.
Augustana and Upper Iowa are both scheduled to travel to play games in Missouri on Saturday.
NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Polls
Both PING! and College Baseball News have updated their polls for the week ending on February 21st. Each of them agree on the top 3 teams in the country -
College Baseball News dropped Emporia State from the top spot all the way down to #10 because of a 8-10 loss to Central Oklahoma. Southern Arkansas had been tied for first last week but dropped to #2 while sweeping all 3 games they played during the week against West Florida, a team receiving votes in this poll. Taking over the top spot is Florida Southern (11-0) who plastered Pace University this weekend outscoring them by 68-8 in a 4 game sweep. The Northern Sun Conference’s Wayne State dropped all the way out of the poll after starting the year ranked #14 in the country and now find themselves out of the top 63. Minnesota State & Southwest Minnesota State did pick up 1 vote, as they did last week, and St. Cloud State makes a 3rd NSIC team on the list with 1 vote. College Baseball News D2 Poll
PING Baseball also had changeover at the top as they dropped their previous #1 team, UC San Diego, to the #7 spot. The Tritons (11-3) split their 4 game weekend series against Chico State, who moved into the poll at #19. Florida Southern, Southern Arkansas and Francis Marion are the top 3 in each of the polls. There are no Northern Sun teams in the PING poll – Ping Baseball D2 Poll
In Division 1 College Baseball the first weekend of play is in the books and Yahoo/Rivals has a good recap of the winners & losers so far – D1 Winners/Losers