Big Friday Update – D2 Baseball Happenings

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There are lots of updates to pass along today in the world of Division 2 college baseball and the Northern Sun Conference –

  • Yesterday I reported on the first release of NCAA Statistics and how each of the Northern Sun teams ranked in regards to all other D2 college baseball teams.  In addition to team rankings there are national rankings of individual players.  There are a number of Conference players that are ranked highly in comparison to all Division 2 athletes:
    • Tony Mueller of Winona State has been electric as both a hitter and pitcher.  The freshman from La Crosse, WI holds the following national rankings:
      • #2 in Batting Average (.574)
      • #16 in Triples/Game
      • #28 in Slugging %
      • #1 in On Base %
      • #123 in Earned Run Average
      • #28 in Hits Allowed per 9 innings pitched
    • Jay Bresnahan of Minnesota State is nationally ranked in many offensive stats:
      • #10 in Batting Average
      • #14 in Slugging %
      • #11 in On Base %
    • Joey Benke of St. Cloud State has been very good in many of the same categories:
      • #45 in Batting Average
      • #41 in Slugging %
      • #12 in On Base %
    • David Deminsky of St. Cloud State is #2 nationally in strikeouts/9 innings pitched

We did get to see some action played yesterday in the cold as Concordia and Minnesota Duluth got in a doubleheader in Minnetonka, MN.  This season has gone from bad to worse for the Bulldogs who dropped both games.  Concordia manhandled Duluth by scores of 12-7 & 12-1.  Two Dozen Runs Power CU Sweep of UMD

  • Duluth pitchers surrendered 24 runs, 15 walks, 3 hit batters and 8 doubles in 12 innings pitched.  Their Team ERA went from a worst in conference 9.63 to 10.63.  They are on pace to shatter the team record for worst season ERA of 8.20 which was set in 2006.
  • The Bulldogs have now lost 8 straight games which ties the team record for consecutive losses.  The losing streak kicked off with a historic 34-1 loss to SMSU which set numerous records on both sides.  They next play a 4 game series against Wayne State this weekend which doesn’t help their efforts to avoid setting a new mark for futility.
  • The Cole Hytjan HBP watch is on.  The senior pitcher hit 2 more batters yesterday and is now just 1 hit batter away from tying the all-time Duluth season record for hit batters in a season (10).

The weather and now flooding continue to wreak havoc with scheduled games.  The following changes to schedules have already been announced for this weekend:

  • Speaking of Duluth – their weekend series against Wayne State has been moved from Duluth to Nebraska.  Not too surprising – maybe the Conference should reconsider their scheduling process and let northern teams play more Conference home games later in the season?  Wayne State to Host Duluth
  • The weekend series between Northern State and SW Minnesota State has been moved from Aberdeen, SD to Marshall, MN.  SMSU-NSU Series Moved
  • St. Cloud State’s series against Mary has been postponed to a later date due to the floods.  In it’s place, the Huskies have added a pair of games this weekend against Wisconsin – Superior.  SCSU-Mary Games Postponed
  • Minnesota Crookston was forced to move their scheduled weekend series from Crookston to Winona State’s home field.  Golden Eagles Games Switched

In other news, the St. Cloud State University Chronicle published an interesting story about 2 of the Huskies starting pitchers, David Deminsky and Tim Scott, and how they went from summer league opponents to teammates this year.  Opponents to Teammates – SCSU’s Undefeated Starting Staff

4 Responses to “Big Friday Update – D2 Baseball Happenings”

  1. 1 augiefan March 27, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I just watched MSU Mankato Girls win the NCAA Divisin 2 National Championship. Earlier this year Duluth boys won the Division 2 football National Championship. Augustana Boys Basketball was 1 game away from the Elite 8. These teams played in the NCC Conference last year. With the addition of St.Cloud, Duluth, Mankato,Augustana in baseball this year to the NSIC, lets hope this conference builds towards a championship for one of our conference teams.

    • 2 CU Pride March 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm

      augiefan—you forgot about CU winning the Volleyball National Title in the fall!

      • 3 augiefan March 28, 2009 at 8:49 am

        I did not forget. I missed the point I was trying to convey. The point was with the 4 teams from the NCC coming into the league this year, it will help make the NSIC one of the top conferences. It looks like we are well on our way.

  2. 4 fishingmn March 28, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Duluth had an amazing comeback in D1 hockey last night to make it to the final 8 in the NCAA playoffs. They trailed 4-2 with less than a minute to go but scored the tying goal with .8 seconds left in the game and won in OT.

    Come back is on Youtube already.

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