Archive for March 6th, 2009

Where Northern Sun Stands

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It’s starting to heat up outside and that’s a good thing as the start of Northern Sun Conference baseball games is 3 weeks from tomorrow!

With 5 weeks already gone in the non-conference portion of the schedule we still can’t draw a lot of conclusions about how the Conference schedule will play out.

  • When you take out the 17 non-conference games that Northern Sun teams have played against each other, the overall record is 31-37
  • There have been a number of good wins against ranked opponents but there have been a lot of head scratchers too
  • It’s really hard to get a read on some teams –
    • Conference favorite Wayne State has only played 4 games against a mediocre opponent
    • Conference leader, Concordia, has played 6 games against non-D2 level teams
    • All of Upper Iowa’s games have come against ranked opponents and the rest were cancelled
    • Southwest Minnesota State hasn’t even started playing games yet

The pace of games being played is going to pick up in coming weeks as teams head to warmer climates for spring trips that pack 2 games in per day for multiple days in a row.  To recap yesterday:

  • For the 2nd time this season, first against Mary and now Augustana, Minnesota Duluth capitalized on a 7th inning error to come from behind and win a game.  Yesterday, they scored 3 in the 7th against the Augies to win 10-9.  Senior David Olson had 3 hits including a 3 run homer in the first inning – UMD Earns 10-9 Victory
  • Concordia swept 2 games from Mayville State with NSIC Pitcher of the Week, Ben Lemke, getting his 2nd win – Golden Bears Scrape Out a Sweep
  • Going back to Wednesday, the Bemidji Pioneer informed everyone that the Beavers’ sweep of Minnesota State was the first time they had pulled such a feat since 1963 and the first win against the Mavericks since 1978 – Beavers Sweep First Since 1963

Winona State’s Tony Mueller Off to Blazing Start

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The Winona State Warriors (4-6) wrapped up their spring trip yesterday with a pair of wins to finish the trip on an up note.  While I could talk about their 10-9 win over Muskingum College (Warriors Win in 11 Innings) or their 5-3 win over Division 3’s #5 ranked Heidelberg (Warriors Knock Off Heidelberg) I feel compelled to draw even more attention to Tony Mueller.  The freshman center fielder from La Crosse, WI is off to an amazing start to his college career.

  • He was 5-9 in the 2 games yesterday and LOWERED his average to .615 (24 hits in 39 at bats)
  • In 9 games he has hit safely in every single game and got more than 1 hit in 8 of them.  He’s actually got 3+ hits in 6 of the 9 contests
  • He leads the team in runs scored, RBI’s (as a lead off hitter) and stolen bases (5 for 5)
  • He has 1 of the teams 2 home runs

The lone blemish on his stats was the one game he started as pitcher where he struggled.  Maybe head coach Kyle Poock should have let him hit in that game and they would have scored enough runs to help him get the win.  Of course he did come back yesterday and pitched the final inning against Heidelberg to preserve the win and get his first college save so that first start might have just been an aberration.

While one would certainly expect him to cool off he’s on a pace that would obliterate a number of Northern Sun records.


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