D2 College Baseball – NSIC Stat Comparison

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This week the NCAA started publishing statistics for all Division 2 college baseball programs so we can start comparing how teams in the Northern Sun Conference compare to other programs nationally.  NCAA Statistics Site

There were 213 teams that are included in this week’s comparison’s as some teams haven’t fully reported their statistics.  One of the schools not included was the Northern Sun’s Southwest Minnesota State.  The statistics included were for games through 3/22/09.

Here is the national ranking for how each Northern Sun team compares when slotted against 213 other D2 programs –


Team BA = Team Batting Average, Slug % = Team Slugging %, K’s/9 = Strikeouts per 9 innings played, SB/Game = Stolen Bases per game, Field % = Team Fielding %

Some things we can gather from this analysis –

  • First of all, it’s still hard to get a fully accurate picture as strength of schedule is not factored into the numbers
  • St. Cloud State seems to be dominating the Conference with strong batting, slugging, ERA, fielding and the #1 strikeout ratio in the country
  • Minnesota Duluth has had strong hitting and terrible pitching to date.  Their team ERA is now at 9.63 (hard to believe there are 8 programs worse).
  • Winona State has a team batting average that’s quite good but they hit a ton of singles.  Their slugging % shows that they aren’t hitting for extra bas hits hardly at all.
  • 9 of the 12 teams rank higher in Team BA than they do in Team ERA
  • There are quite a few teams in the Conference that don’t strike a lot of batters out compared with their peers
  • Most of the teams are in the middle for Stolen Bases – not much at either end of the spectrum
  • Wayne State is surprising in that they are middle of the pack in most stats and near the bottom of D2 in fielding and are yet a Conference favorite.  I do think their tougher schedule is a primary reason.

10 Responses to “D2 College Baseball – NSIC Stat Comparison”

  1. 1 John Manganaro March 26, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Coach Manganaro here … I really like this site and how much interest it creates for DII Baseball.

    As for our fielding percentage … It doesn’t matter what team hits a ground or fly ball … good teams field them. And a good team is able to play catch…that’s what this game is …. an accelerated game of catch. Until we decide to play sound fundamental defense we are going to make life tough on ourselves. Ever since Tremblay left our coaching staff we haven’t been as good defensively. I know who coaches our position players … that guy better get his tail in gear or WSC might have a new head coach 🙂

    Pray for good weather and let’s show the rest of the country the baseball in the NSIC is pretty good.

    Take care all.

  2. 2 fishingmn March 26, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for the laugh coach – I really appreciate your continued support of this site.

    • 3 Anonymous March 27, 2009 at 1:45 am

      SCSU hasn’t played a team ranked anywhere near the top 40, I don’t understand why you are so high on them? It’s pretty easy to have good looking statistics when you play Crookston (4) {AND LOSE ONE!!!}… Bemidji (4), Northern (2) and now two D3 wisconsin schools… Wait until they play conference games against Wayne, MSUM, and Concordia. They will be below .500 in the conference.

      • 4 ok... March 27, 2009 at 3:29 am

        Easy there young one. If you think you are so intelligent about baseball, then you know anything can happen in any particular game. Only time will tell how rankings will conclude. Until any team proves themselves vs. all the teams in the conference, can we start making assumptions on anything.

  3. 5 fishingmn March 27, 2009 at 5:22 am

    Hi Anony – You must have missed my first bullet point saying strength of schedule throws this off and my 2nd bullet point about SCSU which added the word “seems”. I didn’t say they “are” dominating. I was saying that, based on these statistics, it appears that they are the best.

    So while I agree that their schedule weakness has a lot to do with their stats, I disagree that they will be below .500 in conference. I think they are better than Mary, Northern & Duluth who are left on their schedule and the only teams that are clearly better than them on their schedule are Wayne & Minnesota State.

    By the way, UW-Parkside is D2, not D3. That said, they are terrible.

    • 6 CU Pride March 27, 2009 at 7:40 am

      fishingmn–“I” think you left one team out on your teams remaining on SCSU schedule that are just as good or better than SCSU, and that team is Concorda.

      • 7 fishingmn March 27, 2009 at 9:46 am

        Hi CU Pride – good to hear from you again.

        Both Augustana and Concordia are also on SCSU’s Conference schedule but I really don’t know what to make of them. CU played just as weak a non-Conference schedule as St. Cloud and the 3-1 series win by Augustana last weekend makes me question how good CU really is. While they have hit quite well, Schmidt has been quite hitable lately which wasn’t expected and I still don’t know how deep their pitching is.

        In reality, there are still lots of questions on a lot of teams as to how good they really are – we need at least 2 more weekends of Conference games to get a good gauge. It’s too bad CU and SCSU are off this weekend.

  4. 8 Anonymous March 27, 2009 at 9:51 am

    The ‘now two D3 Wisconsin schools’ was referring to their upcoming Sunday games. I misread the schedule thinking they were playing to different schools, when in fact it’s only a double header against Wisconsin Superior. I’m well aware that Parkside is a Division 2 school, but they are comparable to a mid level D3.

    It has just seemed that you’ve been so high on SCSU since you’ve had this blog up and I don’t understand why. They’ve never competed for a title in the NCC, and they sure won’t be a top 3 team this year, it’s just difficult to comprehend why you’re behind them so hard.

    The reason why they won’t be a top 3, or maybe even top 5 team is because Mankato and Wayne are simply better and will win more games. Concordia proved that a soft a light early season schedule made them look good, and then they looked awful against their real test, but they still have enough pitching and firepower to finish top 3-5. Southwest and Winona will take two of the other top 5 spots for a number of reasons. Southwest always plays tough during their conference schedule and even though they have played only a handful of games, it looks like they have a very nice squad. Winona’s record looks below average right now, but with games against Central Mizzou, Nebraska Omaha (2), Lynn (2) and Florida Southern I think they will more than be able to handle the conference teams.


    1. Wayne – they just find a way every year
    2. Southwest – schedule strength and gross home playing conditions that they are accustomed to
    3. Mankato – Another team that finds a way to get it done every year
    4. Winona – Too many people calling them average or mediocre not to get a rise out of them
    5. Concordia – proved they were human, but still a good squad
    6. Augustana – BOLD PREDICTION, but taking 3/4 from CSU makes them legit. Tough schedule to deal with coming up though

    St. Cloud has a chance to crack the top 5, but they are unproven and too many people are on their bandwagon for no legit reason. Upper Iowa and Bemidji could also shake the conference up – not that they’ll make the field of six, but they’ll win some important games.

    • 9 augiefan March 27, 2009 at 1:55 pm

      Anon==you are thinking on the exact same line as I am. Augustana has had a few injuries. I just heard Dubanowski has a shoulder problem and maybe out for the season. Also Morrison injuried his throwing arm. He has not played the last 5 games. This will hurt them for sure. I do look for Augustana to finish higher than 11th, but they do have a tough schedule. The 3-4 from Concordia helpd for sure.
      Weather please cooperate.

  5. 10 SCSU March 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Like I said in post before, from watching this SCSU team they are definitely better and deeper then last season.

    And while they were swept by UNO last season, and were beaten a bunch by MSU (1-5), three of those losses were by one run. Every other NCC series they won 3 of 4 games.

    I think they’re looking at a 4th or 5th place finish behind some combination of Wayne, MSU, Concordia and Southwest, and as we all know anything can happen come playoff time

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