Preseason Favorites Continue to Struggle

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As they do each year, the Northern Sun head coaches vote on the expected finish for each of the 13 teams in the Conference.  The results were one of this blog’s very first posts – NSIC Preseason Poll Released  The top 2 teams in that poll were Wayne State and Minnesota State.  Obviously, we are still in the non-conference portion of the schedule and the caliber of opponents played by different Northern Sun teams has varied greatly.  That said, the early season results certainly are not what these 2 teams were hoping for.

  • Wayne State came into the season as a nationally ranked Top 30 team but lost yesterday to Concord University by a score of 9-5.  This was the Wildcats first game of their spring trip at the Savannah Spring Break Invitational in Savannah, GA.  The loss drops the team to 4-4 on the season and the road today isn’t any easier as they face Armstrong Atlantic State University (12-8), a team that has won 6 straight games.  Catcher John Plasha had a very good game at the plate as he was 2-4 with a double and 2 run home run.  Wildcats Fall to Concord
  • Minnesota State has had an even tougher time of it lately as they lost yesterday to Ashland, 10-1.  The Mavericks could manage only 6 hits in the 9 inning game to lose to Ashland for the 2nd time in as many days.  The loss is the teams 5th in 7 games and moves their season record to 4-7.  The Mav’s continue their spring trip in Florida today with a game against Seton Hill (3-3).  Eagles Drub Minnesota State
  • With these top teams struggling a little it is probably giving a team like St. Cloud State some encouragement.  The Huskies were picked to finish 6th in the preseason poll but improved their record to 14-4 with a doubleheader sweep of Northern State (2-5) by scores of 11-1 & 5-1.  St. Cloud continues to get excellent starting pitching – starters Logan Birr & Pat DeLaHunt actually had very similar outings.  Both pitched 5 innings, both gave up just 1 run and both improved their season records to 3-0. Huskies Run Arizona Record to 4-0
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