NSIC Weekend Preview – 4/10/09

Weekend Preview

We are now well into Northern Sun Conference play as the teams have only 4 more weeks until the Conference Tournament starts.  These Division 2 college baseball teams are scrambling for position to make the top 6 teams and reach the playoffs.

I’m going to preview the games based on their significance toward post-season implications –

augustanaWinona State  

Augustana (6-3) at Winona State (8-2)

Preview – None

The #4 team in the standings hosts the #6 team.  Winona State is coming off its first 2 losses of the season after an 8-0 start.  We saw a little chink in the armor but they should be back to their best pitchers for the weekend.  Augustana has had impressive wins over Concordia and the first win by any team against Wayne State on Tuesday so they are off to a very competitive start.  Should be an interesting weekend along the Mississippi River.


stcloudstate_logo Concordia

St. Cloud State (6-2) at Concordia (3-6)

Preview – Golden Bears and Huskies Play Critical Series

The #5 Huskies travel to St. Paul to play the #9 team in Concordia.  There are still many who question the quality of both teams non-Conference schedules and exactly how good these teams really are.  Concordia has certainly disappointed in early Conference play.  St. Cloud State has been riding their strong starting pitching but they’ve been good at the plate as well. 


Upper Iowa Bemidji State Beavers

Upper Iowa (6-4) at Bemidji State (2-11) (played at Fayette, IA)

Preview – None

Both of these teams are coming off of impressive come back wins on Tuesday as Upper Iowa scored 10 in the final 2 innings against Winona State to win a game and Bemidji scored 9 in the 7th inning to cinch a win against Southwest Minnesota State.  The Peacocks are on a 7 game winning streak and trying to move up from their #7 spot in the Conference standings.  The Beavers are only 2-11 but have played a tough schedule and definitely better than their schedule shows. 


U of Mary Minnesota State

Mary (2-0) at Minnesota State (11-1)

Preview – Minnesota State Hosts Mary

While it may seem odd that I am calling the #1 team in the Conference against the #3 team the 4th best series this weekend, most people would agree that Mary’s place at the top of the standings is a fluke.  Because of weather, Mary has played only 2 Conference games against a weak opponent and while they won them both, they are still 5-17 overall.  The Mavericks have been impressive so far and should take at least 3 of these games (more likely a sweep).


Crookston Golden Eagles SW MN State

Minnesota Crookston (1-13) at Southwest Minnesota State (2-2)

Preview – Golden Bears Travel to SMSU

Crookston surprised everyone with a first series win against St. Cloud State but has since reverted to form and has now lost 12 straight including a sweep at the hands of Mary and being on the wrong end of a 20-0 no-hitter against Upper Iowa.  Southwest Minnesota State is coming off a bit of a disappointing doubleheader where they manhandled Bemidji 17-0 but then lost 16-10 by giving up the last 12 runs of the game.  That said, they should be prohibitive favorites and move into the upper tier of the standings after this weekend.


northern state Minnesota Duluth

Northern State (0-6) at Minnesota Duluth (1-9) – played in Richfield, MN

Preview – Bulldog Series Moved to Richfield

The #13 and #11 teams in the standings battle it out this weekend to see if they can get back into the Conference race.  The Wolves are the only winless team in the Conference.  The Bulldogs are seeing some signs in their pitching of late after a miserable stretch in which their team ERA went over 10.5 for the season.


Wayne State1

Wayne State is scheduled to play at Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, MO.  Friday’s game has already been cancelled due to anticipated rain the Missouri but they hope to play a doubleheader on Saturday.  Southwest Baptist is 7-27 on the season so should be a pretty easy foe for the Wildcats.

1 Response to “NSIC Weekend Preview – 4/10/09”

  1. 1 cu#17dad April 10, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    It should be an exciting couple of days. Several teams have the possibility of making significant moves in the standings. Hope the weather holds and players play hard and stay healthy.

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