Archive for April 7th, 2009

Northern Sun D2 College Baseball Poll – 4/6/09

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Grand Valley State holds down the #1 spot in the Northern Sun Baseball Division 2 college baseball composite poll for the 3rd straight week.  They are followed by Southern Arkansas again and Florida Southern who moved from #5 to #3. 

This week the top 19 teams were recognized on all 3 D2 polls and there were quite a few ties in the combined points.  Western Oregon made the biggest jump as they moved from not receiving votes to the #20 position.  There were 6 new teams in this week’s poll.

The Northern Sun Conference is represented by Wayne State (NE) who moves up from #26 to #21 this week.  St. Cloud State is also among teams receiving votes for the 2nd week in a row.

 

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CBN – College Baseball News; Ping – Ping!Baseball; NCBWA – National College Baseball Writers Association; NSB Rank – Northern Sun Baseball Composite Poll; Comb Pts – Combined points in the composite rankings; LW – Last week’s composite ranking

College Baseball News Poll

Ping!Baseball Poll

NCBWA Poll

D2 College Baseball – NSIC Stat Comparison

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Each week I am providing a comparison 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

I’m using a comparison of some primary hitting, pitching, running & fielding statistics for my comparison.  Each number shown is the team’s rank among the 229 Division 2 college baseball teams and the difference in where they compare from last week so you can see if they are improving or declining compared with other teams.

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Based on these comparisons we can see –

  • It helps your statistics if you play Minnesota Crookston.  Upper Iowa made strong improvement in every category.
  • SMSU continued to lead the top 2 hitting categories in D2 – they still have a smaller sample size than most and their strength of schedule is questionable but that’s impressive given they played 2 games against Minnesota State.
  • Winona State saw big gains on the pitching front
  • Most NSIC teams dropped in Team Batting Average (except for Upper Iowa as noted, SMSU and Mary/Northern who didn’t play).
  • It’s interesting that there’s not necessarily a correlation between Team ERA and Strikeout ratios.  Duluth is #218 in ERA and #20 in K’s while Augustana is the reverse. 
  • Concordia improved to #1 in the country in fielding but that hasn’t done that much good in winning games lately


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