Archive for April 1st, 2009

Thank You D2 College Baseball Fans!

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I started the Northern Sun Baseball Blog to track Division 2 college baseball and the Northern Sun Conference on January 31st of this year. 

This graph shows the growth in visits from that first day (3 people on day 1) until now.  As you can see, the growth has been quite steady – as the season has heated up so has the audience. 

In fact, yesterday saw the 10,000th visit to Northern Sun Baseball.

Thanks for stopping by!!

D2 Baseball Individual Stats – NSIC Leaders 4/1/09

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In addition to the NCAA Team Statistics that I just published, the NCAA produces individual statistics for comparing the performances of each Division 2 college baseball player.

Here are just a sampling of categories that are well represented by players from the Northern Sun Conference:

Batting Average – the NSIC has 8 of the top 100 leaders in overall batting average with Tony Mueller still leading the Conference despite what was a somewhat disappointing series against Crookston.

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Runs Scored per Game – The Northern Sun has 6 of the top 100 run scorers.

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Slugging Percentage – 8 of the Top 101 – notice Jay Bresnahan in every hitting statistic

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On Base Percentage – Northern Sun represented by 9 of top 100 including 3 of the top 10 in the country

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Victories – Pitchers are well represented as 6 pitchers now have 5+ wins – Tim Scott has opened a 2 win lead

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Strikeouts per 9 Innings Pitched – 7 of the top 87 pitchers in the country, including a Crookston pitcher which surprised me

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D2 College Baseball – NSIC Stat Comparison

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Last week I introduced comparison’s of how each Northern Sun Conference college baseball team compared to each other and every other NCAA Division 2 baseball team.  This is using statistics that will be published each week by the NCAA.  NCAA Statistics Site

There are a couple things to note about this week’s comparison –

  • I’ve now included a column after each statistic showing the change (delta) for each team from the previous week.  If the number is in (red) then it means that the team lost ground compared to all other NCAA D2 baseball teams.
  • This week there are 229 Division 2 schools in the statistics
  • Last week the NCAA didn’t include Southwest Minnesota State so the Change/Delta column for them is meaningless

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Based on these numbers we can see the following –

  • SMSU is off to a hot start and leads all other D2 schools in batting statistics.  Of course, they’ve played fewer games than most and the teams they played (like UMD- ranked 214th in ERA, Charleston – ranked 199th and St. Michael’s – ranked 184th) have bad pitching staffs so it’s a little misleading.
  • Winona State improved in every category – amazing what 4 games against Crookston will do for your stats
  • There were a lot more red numbers than black this past week

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