As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m leaving this thread up if any Northern Sun or D2 College Baseball fans want to use the comments to chat about developments leading up to the 2011 season.
Have a great summer & fall!
The University of Southern Indiana won its first ever Division 2 Baseball Title today with a 6-4 win over #1 ranked UC – San Diego. The Screaming Eagles were led at the plate by Brad Vance and Todd Martin (the 8 & 9 batters) who combined for 5 RBI’s and pitcher Taylor Dennis who won his 2nd game at the College World Series and was named Most Outstanding Player. D2 Championship Recap
Taylor Dennis, Southern Indiana – Most Outstanding Player
Richard Pirkle, Georgia College & State
Brad Vance, Southern Indiana
Wes Fink, Southern Indiana
Derek Ingui, Franklin Pierce
Vance Albitz, UC San Diego
Wandy Rosario, Southern Indiana
Aaron Bauman, UC San Diego
Justin Blinn, Southern Indiana
Kyle Saul, UC San Diego
Todd Martin, Southern Indiana
Matt Rossman, UC San Diego
The 2011 D2 College World Series will be hosted once again in Cary, NC for the 3rd straight year.
It will be #1 ranked UC – San Diego against #9 Southern Indiana in today’s scheduled 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Championship Game in Cary, NC. Both teams are making their first ever appearance in the Final.
San Diego got there by winning the minimum 3 games over the past 8 days while Southern Indiana has had to play 4 games in the past 7 days as they started a day later and lost one along the way. Therefore, the Tritons pitching staff should be a lot fresher. That said, I’m sure the Screaming Eagles will have almost everyone pitch until their arms fall off if they have to.
The game will be played at 12:07pm Eastern and can be watched live here – Watch Championship Game Live
The Minnesota State Mavericks lost their 2nd straight game at the 2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series yesterday and have been eliminated from the Tournament. While it was a disappointing way to end their season, the 6-2 loss to #13 Franklin Pierce doesn’t diminish what was a very successful season. The Mavs finished the year with a 44-16 record, the most wins in school history. They also won the Northern Sun Regular Season Title, the Northern Sun Postseason Tournament and the Central Region Tournament.
In other games yesterday, Southern Indiana beat Kutztown 7-1 in a Bracket 2 battle of unbeatens and now is 1 game away from the Championship Game. Kutztown will face Franklin Pierce today for the opportunity to try and beat Southern Indiana twice.
Today’s other game will feature a Bracket 1 elimination game between Central Missouri and Georgia College.
Three days are complete in the 2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series and so far the #1 ranked team, UC – San Diego, is living up to its ranking. The Tritons have won 2 straight games, first beating #4 ranked Georgia College 3-2 on Saturday and yesterday beating #3 ranked Central Missouri 2-1 in 11 innings. With that win they advance to the Bracket 1 Championship game and need to win just 1 of their next 2 games to make the overall Title Game.
Tomorrow, Georgia College will play Central Missouri for the right to play on again against San Diego. 2nd ranked Tampa was the first team eliminated from the College World Series.
In Bracket 2, Sunday’s winners, Kutztown and Southern Indiana play while Franklin Pierce faces off against Minnesota State in an elimination game.
The Division 2 All-American Teams have been announced -
Minnesota State Update
The Mavericks were forced by the weather to play a weird, late game on Sunday which they lost 8-6. The game didn’t start until 11:02pm because of rain delays and didn’t finish until 2:28am on Monday morning. The game wasn’t really as close as the score seemed to indicate as the team scored 5 late runs in the 9th inning.
One interesting note, Minnesota State’s coaches don’t seem to agree with the award givers. Blake Schwartz won every Central Region & Conference award as the Pitcher of the Year. He was even named 3rd team All-American (see above). That said, for the 3rd straight weekend he’s been designated the #3 starter as the Mavericks went with Bret Mitchell in game #1 and Patrick Lenton in today’s game. If they lose today he won’t have even pitched in the College World Series.
The 2010 NCAA D2 College World Series kicks off on Saturday May 22nd in Cary, NC. Eight teams will compete in a double elimination format tournament with a final Championship Game scheduled for Saturday May 29th. The interactive bracket above will be updated here – NCAA Interactive Bracket
You can also watch many of the games live online by going to the bracket (via the link above) clicking on a game, and then clicking on the little camera icon.
College Baseball News has released their updated rankings heading into the College World Series -
Bracket 1 is made up of the top 4 ranked teams while Bracket 2 contains teams ranked #6,9,11 and 13. The winner of Bracket 1 will have a grueling road to the Championship Game and should be favored to win it but anything can happen in a 1 game, winner take all format. NCAA Division 1 baseball uses a similar double elimination bracket structure but then pits the final 2 teams in a best of 3 series which seems like a little better system to identify the best team.
Following The Tournament
Mount Olive is the host institution for the D2 College World Series and therefore their website is hosting all of the material to follow along. At their site you can find –
Minnesota State Update
The Minnesota State Mavericks will be representing the Northern Sun Conference and have been a team we’ve been covering all season. They’ve been on quite a roll.
As well as they’ve done, the main storyline for their potential success might very well be around their pitching. While they won the Central Region Tournament, they did so with strong hitting. They actually won 3 of 4 games while giving up 39 runs in those last 4 games to advance. Most importantly, their star pitcher all year, Blake Schwartz, has suddenly become very hittable. Schwartz won every Central Region & NSIC award as Pitcher of the Year during the regular season with a 10-1 record and a 2.69 ERA. During his 2 postseason appearances he’s 0-1 with a 12.60 ERA.
The athletic department will be updating a Mavericks College World Series Blog several times a day – Maverick CWS Blog
You can find their Postseason Media Guide here - Postseason Media Guide
Minnesota State lost their first chance to clinch a spot in the 2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series when they lost to St. Cloud State by a score of 16-6. They came back with a vengeance in the final game, beating the Huskies 20-6 and advance to be among D2’s final 8 teams in Cary, NC. This will be their 5th time at the Championship Tournament as they also advanced there in 1971, 1979, 1980 (3rd place) & 1986.
Season To Remember
With this win, the Mavericks have run the table so far on the 2010 season and won every important title -
They will enter the D2 College World Series as decided underdogs to the power programs from the South and West but the 19th ranked team will try to make it a clean sweep and they do have by far the easiest bracket to get to the final.
Central Region All-Tournament Team
Minnesota State and St. Cloud State were well represented on the Central Region All-Tournament Team picking up 9 of the 11 spots.
Catcher: PHILLIP RODRIGUEZ NMHU
First Base: JOEY BENKE * SCSU
Second Base: TRAVIS CARIVEAU SCSU
Third Base: KOSUKE HATTORI* MSU
Shortstop: STEVE RINDELAUB SCSU
Outfield: JORDAN SMITH* SCSU
Outfield: BEN KINCAID MSU
Outfield: DANNY MILLER MSU
Designated Hitter: BRAD MORGAN NMHU
Pitcher: BRETT MITCHELL MSU
Pitcher: DAVID DEMINSKY SCSU
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: DANNY MILLER MSU
NCAA D2 College World Series Bracket
7 of the 8 teams advancing to the NCAA Division 2 College World Series have been identified as Tampa won the South Region. The South Central will be decided today with undefeated Central Missouri facing off against 1 loss Abilene Christian.
As you can see, Bracket 1 is decidedly harder than Bracket 2. Assuming Central Missouri advances, that bracket will have the #1 ranked team in UC-San Diego, #2 Tampa & #3 Central Missouri in addition to #9 Georgia College.
Bracket 2 contains #12 Kutztown, #12 Southern Indiana, #19 Minnesota State and #22 Franklin Pierce.
The teams in Bracket 1 will be cursing their bad draw this year and whichever team makes it out of that Bracket should be the favorite to win the Championship Game but you never know in a 1 game, winner take all format.
The Northern Sun Conference will have a team represented at the 2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series this year as Minnesota State will face off against St. Cloud State in the Central Region Championship Game. The Mavericks hold the advantage as they are undefeated and just need to win once while the St. Cloud State Huskies must win 2 straight games. In addition, St. Cloud had to play an extra game to get to this spot so they have used up more pitching.
The 2 teams played yesterday morning in the winners bracket and the Mavericks pulled out a 11-10 victory by scoring 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning. All of their offense came with 2 outs. Mavericks Score 4 in Ninth
The Huskies came back late yesterday with a 12-8 win over the Regions top ranked team, New Mexico Highlands. St. Cloud’s Joey Benke and Jordan Smith, the #3 & 4 hitters, continue to destroy all pitching. For the Tournament Benke is 10-17 with 10 runs scored & 5 RBI’s. Smith is 12-18 with 5 runs scored and 8 RBI’s including 4 doubles, a triple and a homer. Huskies To Play on Sunday
Around The NCAA Regionals
The other NCAA Regional Tournaments are also narrowing to the final teams:
Atlantic – #2 Seed, West Chester, is undefeated and #1 seed Kutztown must beat them twice in the Championship Game.
East - #1 Seed, Southern Connecticut State is in the Championship Game and will face a 1 loss Franklin Pierce, the #2 seed.
Midwest – Yet another 1/2 matchup in the final as #2 Grand Valley State came through the winners bracket and #1 Southern Indiana must beat them twice.
South – Nationally ranked #2, Tampa, beat Southern Arkansas in the winners bracket and advances to the Championship Game. This Regional won’t be final until Monday as the 8 team format adds a day. The Rollins/Florida Southern winner will face Southern Arkansas to make it back to face Tampa on Monday.
Southeast – #3 seed, Georgia College, advances without a loss to the Championship Game and will play the Regionals #1 seed, Francis Marion.
South Central – The first weather issues impacted a Regional where all of Saturday’s games were washed out and will be played today.
West – In this 4 team Regional, UC – San Diego, the nations #1 ranked team, has qualified for the Division 2 College World Series for the 2nd straight year.
The 2010 Division 2 NCAA Regional Baseball Tournaments are about halfway done and the weather continues to hold up in all 8 locations. The Northern Sun Conference is in a great position to send one of its teams to the NCAA D2 College World Series. Here’s your recap of where each of the Regions stands with 2 days to go -
Minnesota State and St. Cloud State are both undefeated and meet this morning to go to the championship game. The winner will be in the drivers seat to make it to Cary, NC. The Mavericks will likely be starting Daktronics/Rawlings, Central Region Pitcher of the Year, Blake Schwartz. That said, St. Cloud just faced him in the NSIC Playoffs and put up 8 runs. Winona State and Nebraska Kearney have been eliminated.
#2 Seed, West Chester, remains the only undefeated team left in the bracket as only #5 Mansfield has been eliminated so far.
#1 Southern Connecticut State and #2 Franklin Pierce are both undefeated and face off against each other while Stone Hill and CW Post try and make it back through the losers bracket.
Another bracket where #1 (Southern Indiana) will face #2 (Grand Valley State) in the winners bracket with Northern Kentucky and Indianapolis facing off in the elimination round.
Yet another bracket holding to form as #1 Southern Arkansas battles #2 Tampa as the only 2 undefeated teams left. Only Albany State and West Florida have been ousted and 4 other teams will fight through the 1 loss side of the bracket.
Georgia College is the only school with no losses as 5 teams remain in contention in the Southeast. Catawba was the first school to qualify for the D2 Regional Tournament and one of the first eliminated.
#1 seed Central Missouri faces off against #4 Incarnate Word to go to the championship game. Last year’s NCAA D2 National Runner-up, Emporia State, was eliminated by Central Missouri.
UC-San Diego, the #1 team in the country, is already in the championship game in this 4 team bracket. The winner of the Cal State – Dominguez Hills vs. Hawaii Pacific game will need to beat them twice. Cal State – Chico is out of the Tournament.
The first day of the 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Regional Tournaments is in the books and fortunately, there were no weather issues. For links to all of the Regions go to our preview post – 2010 NCAA D2 Baseball Regionals
The Northern Sun Conference teams went 2-1 yesterday as conference champion, Minnesota State, beat Nebraska Kearney 6-1 and 6th seeded St. Cloud State manhandled the Tourney’s #1 seed and tournament host, New Mexico Highlands by a score of 11-2. David Deminsky pitched 8 strong innings and NSIC Freshman of the Year, Jordan Smith, went 4-5 with 4 RBI’s to pace the offense. Mesa State did upend Winona State 12-8. The pivotal spot in the game came in the bottom of the 6th inning with Winona holding onto a 5-3 lead. Warriors pitcher Tony Mueller hit a batter to load the bases and Daktronics Central Region 2nd Team catcher, Brett Nigbur, hit a 2 out grand slam to turn the score around.
In addition to New Mexico Highlands, #1 seeds Kutztown (Atlantic) and Francis Marion (Southeast) also lost. The powerful South Region held to form with the top 4 teams all winning as did the West with #1 ranked UC San Diego easily beating Hawaii Pacific 12-0.
Eliminations start today.
The Daktronics NCAA Division 2 All Central Region Teams were announced today. The honors are spread across the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference which make up the Central Region.
Overall, the Northern Sun did quite well with the Central Region Pitcher of the Year (Blake Schwartz), 7 of the 10 First Team fielders and 4 of the 5 First Team pitchers. Minnesota State showed particular strength taking 3 of the 5 First Team pitching honors.
The Northern Sun continued getting more than its share of spots with 7 of the 10 Second Team fielding positions and all 5 of the Second Team pitching awards.
The Daktronics All-Central Region team was voted upon by sports information directors throughout the Central Region. Each of the 15 first-team all-region selections will now be listed on the Daktronics Division II Baseball All-American ballot, with the announcement of those All-American teams expected Friday, May 22.
The 8 Division 2 Regional Tournaments start tomorrow and will be played from May 13-18. The winners of each double elimination Regional will win a spot in the Division 2 College World Series to be played in Cary, NC.
The NCAA has a site set up showing the brackets for each of the Regionals but the individual school sites are typically better as they have team previews and Live Stats for the games as they take place.
Atlantic Regional – Kutztown Host Site
Central Regional – New Mexico Highlands Site
East Regional – Southern Connecticut State Site
Midwest Regional – Southern Indiana Site
South Regional – University of Tampa Site
Southeast Regional – Francis Marion Site
South Central Regional – Central Missouri Site
West Regional – Cal State – Dominguez Hills Site
The winners of the Regionals will line up this way starting on May 22nd for the D2 College World Series –