Archive for February, 2009

Winona State Upsets #1 Lynn University 8-4

Winona State

Winona State (2-2) headed to Florida this week with a huge obstacle in their way.  Their first 2 games were scheduled against the #1 ranked college baseball team in Division 2 baseball, Lynn University (13-2).  The Lynn Fighting Knights had only lost 1 time in their first 13 contests and had only given up 9 runs in their last 5 games played.

Winona took an early 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning with an RBI from catcher Jamie Soyk.  Lynn battled back to take the lead by the score of 4-1 with a run in the 3rd to tie it and 3 in the 6th inning.  Then Lynn made a decision to change pitchers and take out their starter, Tommy Kahnle who had given up only 1 run and struck out 10 in 6 innings pitched. 

That change facilitated the Warriors to have a change of luck at the plate and they roared back for 4 runs in the 7th inning and then 3 more in the 8th to take an 8-4 lead.  The Winona State bats exploded in those 2 innings for 9 hits.  The Warriors relief pitching duo of Kyle Hanken and Kodey Simon pitched the final 3 innings giving up only 1 hit and striking out 3 to get the win and save respectively. 

Offensive stars for Winona included Anthony Mueller (CF) with 3 hits and Ronnie Olson (2B), John Magee (DH) and Jamie Soyk (C) with 2 hits each.

These same 2 teams will face off again tomorrow at 11am eastern in Boca Raton, FL.  Lynn Recap   Winona State – Lynn Box Score

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February Baseball Finally Ending

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The end of February is finally here and the plight of playing early season, outdoor games continues for Northern Sun baseball teams.

  • Minnesota State (2-2) traveled all the way to Georgia in order to avoid the cold and cancellations.  Unfortunately, the weather doesn’t always come in the form of cold and snow as their double header against West Georgia University (5-11) was canceled yesterday due to rain.  They will try to get in a twin bill today before coming home.  They did get in 2 games on Thursday with a dramatic split as the Mavericks lost game 1, 10-6 only to come back in the 2nd and win 22-1.  Minnesota state got 22 hits to go along with the 22 runs and had an excellent pitching performance by starter, Patrick Lenton, who went 6 innings giving up just 4 hits and a lone tally – Minnesota State Recap
    • Edit – No sooner did I post this than I saw a Twitter update from Minnesota State saying today’s games are canceled too and they are coming home.  Kinda crappy to drive all the way to Georgia for 5 games and only get to play 2 of them.
  • It looks highly likely that Upper Iowa’s (0-3) games against Missouri S&T (4-7) in Rolla, MO will be canceled today.  The high temperature is forecast to be 28.  Hopefully, they can squeeze in 2 games tomorrow when it’s forecast to get up to a balmy 36 and sunny.
  • The one game that looks sure to be played today is Winona State’s (1-2) game in Boca Raton, FL against the #1 team in the nation, Lynn University (12-1).  The Warriors didn’t fare all that well last week against #5 ranked Central Missouri so it would be a pretty nice surprise if they can hang in with Lynn who has given up a total of only 9 runs in their last 5 games played.  Winona State is scheduled to play 7 games in Florida over the next 6 days so this will be a test of their endurance and depth.

St. Cloud State takes 3 of 4 From Bemidji State

stcloudstate_logo   Bemidji State Beavers

Bemidji and St. Cloud concluded their 4 game set this morning at the Metrodome to finish off a busy 18 hour stretch. 

The Beavers started off game 1 of the series with a come from behind 4-3 victory.  They had trailed 3-0 but scored in the 4th, 6th and 7th innings to take the closely contested game.  Bemidji’s starter, Brent Vollbrecht kept the team in it for the first 5 innings.  Randy Amos pitched the 6th to pick up the win (2-0) and Ryan Bohannan picked up his 3rd save of the season.

In games 2 thru 4 it was all Huskies as they won all 3 games by 3+ runs with scores of 9-6, 19-6 and 4-1.  St. Cloud’s pair of games today featured excellent starting pitching, something that has been a common occurrence this early season.  In the 19-6 victory, starter Tim Scott went 5 innings giving up only 2 hits and 1 run to improve his record to 3-0 on the season.  This lowered his ERA to a stellar 1.59 and opposing batters are hitting a measly .172 against him.

Logan Birr pitched the series finale for St. Cloud State and pitched a complete game, 6 hit affair that yielded only 1 earned run.  The win for Birr improved his record to 2-0 and is the first complete game tossed for the Huskies this season.

At the plate, Bemidji State first baseman, Josh Juntunen collected 6 hits for the series which included hitting safely in all 4 games.  St. Cloud State was led by 6 hits from third baseman, Sam Radbil, and 5 hits apiece from Nate Johnson (CF), Nate Hammes (C) and Beau Musgjerd (DH). Musgjerd’s hits included a pair of home runs in game 2.  St. Cloud State Recap

Concordia Sweeps St. Johns at Metrodome

Concordia

Concordia University improved to 7-1 on the season as they swept a pair of games from Division 3 foe, St. John’s University of Collegeville, MN. 

The Golden Bears jumped out to an early 5-0 lead which included a 2 run home run by catcher, Chris Herbert.  Concordia’s ace pitcher, Jake Schmidt, was cruising along through 5 innings, giving up only 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits and 11 strikeouts.  In the 6th inning the Johnnies scored 5 runs on a couple new pitchers and some sloppy play which led to 3 unearned tallies giving St. John’s a 7-6 lead.  Concordia scored 1 in the bottom of the 6th and won on a dramatic walk off home run but Bryan Lippincott (SS) to lead off the bottom of the inning.  This gave the Golden Bears an 8-7 victory.

In game 2, Lippincott hit another solo homer but the star for the game was freshman pitcher, Ben Lemke.  After giving up 5 more unearned runs in the first 3 innings on 5 errors, the Golden Bears’ starting pitcher, Blake DeVries was injured.  Concordia brought in Lemke who went the final 4 1/3 innings and gave up no hits & no runs while striking out 4 Johnnies.  This earned him his first career victory.  The final score of 15-7 was in doubt until the end though as the game ran right up to the Metrodome time limit and if it had gone another 7 minutes the game would have been canceled. 

On the day, Chris Herbert was 6-8 with a HR and 7 RBI’s while Jake Schmidt was 6-9 with a double, 2 triples and 5 runs scored.  There’s no word yet on the extent of DeVries’s injury. Lippincott Powers Sweep

St. Cloud & Bemidji Series – A Family Affair

stcloudstate_logo   Bemidji State Beavers

Northern Sun Conference foes, St. Cloud State (7-3) and Bemidji State (4-4) face off today in a grueling non-conference series at the Metrodome.  The teams will end up playing 4 games within an 18 hour window as the double header today starts at 5pm and their twin bill tomorrow kicks off at 6:30am. 

St. Cloud State is in action for the first time in over a week as they split a 4 game series against Missouri Southern February 13-15 in Joplin, MO.  Bemidji State played a 4 game set this past weekend against Washburn University in Topeka, KS and was able to manage only 1 win while dropping 3.  In the preseason Northern Sun Conference coaches poll, the Huskies were picked to finish 6th and the Beavers were forecast to finish 9th.  NSIC Preseason Poll

As for the family affair, Bemidji State’s starting 2nd baseman is senior, P.J. McIntee.  He has already been recognized as Northern Sun Player of the Week earlier in the year (Players of the Week).  St Cloud State’s starting 2nd baseman is junior, Tyler Horning.  This is Tyler’s first year playing for the Huskies as he transferred to St. Cloud after 2 successful seasons at Ridgewater College.  P.J. and Tyler are first cousins and good friends.  This is the first time they will have had a chance play a college game against each other.  Keep your spikes down boys when trying to break up the double play.

St. Cloud State leads the all-time series 109-32-1 and beat Bemidji State during all 3 meetings in 2008.  Wednesday’s games can be heard online here – Games Broadcast on KVSC Radio

Northern Sun Players of the Week – Feb 24

Players Of The Week

The Northern Sun Conference has named their players of the week for the week ending on February 23rd and they are –

This week’s Player of the Week was Joe Wendte of Wayne State.  The junior outfielder from Ponca, NE hit .400 for the Wildcats in their 4 game series against Pittsburg State and helped lead the team to a 3-1 season start.  During the 4 games he had 6 hits, 1 home run, 3 doubles, 5 RBI’s and 7 runs scored.  Wendte Named Player of the Week

The Pitcher of the Week was Chris Odegaard of Minnesota State.  The rightie from Glencoe, MN pitched 5 innings for the Mavericks in their season opener against Southwest Baptist and one hit and one earned run to get the victory in the teams 6-1 win.  He struck out 7 and only walked 1 in recording the win.  Chris Odegaard Named NSIC Pitcher of the Week

Monday Recap & Northern Sun Standings – Feb 23

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After what was a bad weekend, 3 Northern Sun baseball teams got some measure of revenge on the field in games that were played yesterday.  The teams combined for 4 wins out of the the 5 games played.

  • Wayne State (3-1) swept a pair of games from Pittsburg State.  They were led by junior outfielder Joe Wendte who was 5-8 with 5 RBI’s and 6 runs scored to pace the Wildcats attack.  Josh Yost (OF) and Alex Koch (1B) also contributed 3 run home runs in games 1 & 2 respectively.  Wayne State Sweep at Pittsburg State
  • Augustana topped Missouri S&T by the score of 8-1 to win their 3 game series and improve to 5-4 on the season.  Starting pitcher, Kenny Lidke surrendered only 5 hits in 7 innings of work to improve his record to 1-1.  Viking Baseball Downs Missouri S&T
  • Minnesota Duluth recorded the only loss of the day when they lost to Missouri Southern in game 1 of a double header (8-2).  They came back in game 2 for their first ever win against Southern by the score of 7-4.  Josh Threlkeld (1B) and David Olson (3B) picked up homers and freshman pitcher Mark Shaver got his first college win in relief.  Solid 2nd Game Performance Earns Bulldogs Split

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