Northern Sun Weekend Recap – 3/22/09

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This weekend featured the start of Conference contests for 8 Northern Sun teams and there were some surprising results.

  • After losing the opening game of a 4 game series, Augustana came back and won the next 3 against Concordia behind some amazing pitching performances.  The Augies were outgunned 8-5 in that first game but came back with wins of 13-1, 2-1 and 2-1.  The Vikings pitchers in games 2-4 went a combined 22 innings giving up only 10 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 19 Concordia batters.  This series may be a blow to the regular season Conference title hopes of Concordia who was one of the top 3 teams in the preseason coaches poll and rated #28 in the country by the Northern Sun D2 College Baseball Poll.  The losses now put them 3 games back in the standings to the other 2 favorites. Concordia is the lone Conference team idle next weekend.   Augies Down Concordia in Doubleheader
  • One of those teams Concordia is now looking up at is preseason Conference favorite Wayne State.  The Wildcats swept all 4 games of their weekend series against Bemidji State to start the Conference season at 4-0.  The last game in the series was the closest as the Beavers came back to even the game at 3 in the sixth inning.  That would be short lived as the Wildcats Justin Hemauer delivered a 2 out bases loaded single to score 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th which ended up being the final 2 runs scored in a 5-3 win.  Wayne State is scheduled to travel to play Minnesota Duluth next weekend while the Beavers head to Sioux Falls to play the surprise team in Augustana.  WSC Completes Sweep of Bemidji
  • Minnesota State was the other preseason top 3 team and they also swept all 4 games against their weekend opponent, Northern State.  Just like in the Wayne State series, the Mavericks closest contest was their last game of the weekend.  In that 4th game the Wolves took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the 7th inning before Minnesota State rallied and got a dramatic walk-off 3 run home run from senior Geno Glynn to seal the sweep.  The series was marked by a record breaking performance from Maverick sophomore Danny Miller of Eden Prairie, MN.  Miller was 11 for 11 in the first 3 games of the series which broke the Mavericks consecutive hits streak record of 10 which was set in 1996.  Next weekend, Minnesota State hosts Upper Iowa and Northern State hosts Southwest Minnesota State.  Mavericks Take Series From Northern State
  • In the final weekend series, as we wrote about yesterday, St. Cloud State surprisingly split it’s opening doubleheader against Minnesota Crookston on Friday (Crookston Stuns SCSU).  The Huskies did come back on Saturday and sweep the Golden Eagles by lopsided scores of 11-4 and 14-2.  Sam Radbil continues to be the offensive catalyst for St. Cloud and the Huskies got very good starting pitching from both Tim Scott and Pat DeLaHunt.  St. Cloud State is playing in Bismarck next weekend against the University of Mary while Crookston hosts Winona State.  Huskies Sweep Golden Eagles
  • In non-Conference games this weekend, Upper Iowa traveled to St. Joseph, MO for a 4 game series against Missouri Western.  Unfortunately, the Peacocks were swept which dropped their record to 5-7 on the season.  Griffon Baseball Completes 4 Game Sweep
  • Finally, on Saturday we saw Southwest Minnesota State conclude its spring trip with a 5-1 win over St. Michael’s (VT).  The win gave the Mustangs a 10-1 record for the opening spring trip – their best result in school history.  Mustangs Conclude Spring Trip
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3 Responses to “Northern Sun Weekend Recap – 3/22/09”


  1. 1 WSCDad March 23, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Well, the first weekend is over and it appears that the Strength of Schedule for the “preseason” games is about to show up.
    The inflated stats from games with DIII and NAIA opponents will no longer be all there is to look at and we can begin to get a real grasp of how the conference teams might fare.

    WSC had a great weekend. Pitching and defense was strong, they hit pretty well and executed beautifully. They played very nice fundamental baseball – I am encouraged that they have a chance to go far this year. They have a great test Tuesday afternoon against Emporia – will certainly give us a gauge as to where we stack up against one of the higher ranked teams in the country.

    Go Cats!!

  2. 2 fishingmn March 23, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    “The inflated stats from games with DIII and NAIA opponents will no longer be all there is to look at”

    Is that directed at any team in particular 🙂

    Thanks for checking in WSC – Tuesday will be interesting – hope the weather is good.


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