Archive for March 28th, 2009

NCAA Championship Success for NSIC Teams

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While this blog is dedicated to college baseball in the Northern Sun Conference, it is a great day to celebrate the success of Northern Sun teams in other sports as well.

Yesterday, the Minnesota State Maverick’s Women’s Basketball team won the NCAA Division 2 basketball national championship.  Heather Johnson led the way as she scored 29 points to lead the team to a 103-94 victory in San Antonio, TX.  The Maverick’s finished the season at 32-2 and won their first school championship of any kind since 1988 when the men’s cross country team won a title.  Stories about their win can be found here –

School Website – Minnesota State Claims National Championship

ESPN – Johnson’s 29 Fuel Mavericks’ Victory

Mankato Free Press – Maverick’s Win National Title

 

This title is the 3rd national championship to be won by Northern Sun teams this year.  In the fall, Minnesota Duluth had a perfect 15-0 season leading to the NCAA Division 2 football championship – Simply The Best.   In addition, the Concordia Golden Bears NCAA D2 women’s volleyball team (38-1) won their 2nd consecutive national championship – 2008 Concordia Volleyball.  Last year, Minnesota Duluth won the 2008 NCAA Division 1 national championship in women’s hockey for the 4th time in the 8 years of the the championship’s history.

 

Not only was yesterday a huge day for Minnesota State but the title hopes of another Northern Sun school were kept alive by a miraculous comeback.  In the NCAA Division 1 hockey tournament, Minnesota Duluth faced off against Princeton.  The Bulldogs were down 4-2 with less than 40 seconds to go in regulation.  They ended up tying the score in a wild finish with .8 seconds on the clock and went on to win in OT to keep their national title hopes alive.  This ended up as the #5 play in ESPN’s top plays.  Here’s the last minute of regulation –

 

 

It should be noted the Minnesota Duluth’s hockey teams are not a part of the NSIC (they are in the WCHA) but the vast majority of their teams do play in the NSIC.

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Northern Sun Weekend College Baseball Preview

Weekend Preview

The second weekend of NSIC contests kicks off this D2 college baseball season with 5 series scheduled.  There were originally planned to have a sixth series but the University of Mary is dealing with flooding in Bismarck, ND and postponed their series with St. Cloud State.

Here are your weekend match-ups:

Upper Iowa Minnesota State

Upper Iowa @ Minnesota State – in Mankato, MN – Sat/Sun

2008 Series Results – Minnesota State beat Upper Iowa 3 games to 1

All-time Results – Minnesota State holds a 10-4 advantage

Preview – Minnesota State Set to Battle Upper Iowa

Prediction – Minnesota State 3-1

 

Winona StateCrookston Golden Eagles

 Winona State @ Minnesota Crookston – in Winona, MN – Sat/Sun

(games were moved from Crookston to Winona)

2008 Series Results – Winona State beat Crookston 4-0 outscoring them 65-7

Preview – Golden Eagles Preview Article

Winona Daily News- Freshman Mueller Off To Fast Start

Prediction – Winona State 4-0

 

Wayne State1 Minnesota Duluth

Wayne State @ Minnesota Duluth – in Wayne, NE – Sat/Sun

(games moved from Duluth to Wayne)

2008 Series Results – Didn’t play each other

All-time Results – Wayne State leads 11-7 (last meeting 2004)

Preview – Wayne State Baseball Media Release

Prediction – Wayne State 3-1

 

Bemidji State Beaversaugustana

Bemidji State @ Augustana – in Sioux Falls, SD – Sat/Sun

2008 Series Results – Bemidji State won series 2-0

Preview – Augies Open NSIC Play Against Bemidji State

Prediction – Series Split 2-2

 

northern stateSW MN State

Southwest Minnesota State @ Northern State – in Marshall, MN – Sun/Mon

(games moved from Aberdeen to Marshall)

2008 Series Results – Teams split 2-2

All-time Results – SMSU leads 76-29

Preview – none

Prediction – Southwest Minnesota State 4-0


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