Archive for April 12th, 2009

Rocky Mountain Conference Update

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One of the things we’ve been keeping an eye on all season is how the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is doing.  This Division 2 college baseball conference will be competing with the Northern Sun Conference to fill the 6 spots in the NCAA Division 2 Central Region Tournament.  The champion of each conference tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Regional and the remaining 4 spots are filled by at-large bids.

There are 8 teams in the RMAC and 13 teams in the NSIC.  Proportionally, the Northern Sun should maybe get 4 of the 6 NCAA spots but that’s not how it is necessarily going to work.

There are 3 teams from the RMAC that will definitely be in the mix for those 6 spots.  As you can see from their standings, Mesa State has now won 16 straight games and is a shoe-in to get one of the at-large bids, even if they fail to win the RMAC tourney.  The Mavericks are ranked #3 in the country in the 2 primary D2 polls and will definitely be the favorite to win the NCAA Central Region Tournament.  Colorado State – Pueblo is on a 7 game winning streak and is ranked #3 in the NCBWA regional poll.  They will get strong consideration for an at-large bid.  The 3rd team to watch for is New Mexico – Highlands.  The Cowboys have won 10 straight and are at #7 in the NCBWA regional poll.  They do have a 4 game series left against Mesa State.

An interesting thing to watch is that the RMAC teams don’t play mid-week games so their season only has 3 weekend series left (12 games) before they are done for the regular season.

RMAC Conference Baseball Site

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Northern Sun Easter Edition – 4/12/09

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Happy Easter to all!

The weekend ended for the Northern Sun Conference’s college baseball teams with all 14 games on the schedule being played.  We have almost reached the halfway point in the Conference schedule so we can start seeing patterns and trends.  Each Conference series is super critical as teams battle to make the top 6 teams for the Conference Tourney and, more important to some, try and earn enough credibility to be among the top 6 teams in the Central Region in order to make the NCAA Regional.

Here’s a quick recap of the weekend’s action:

  • Minnesota State used two 6th inning rallies to complete the sweep of Mary.  It looks like the series in 2 weeks against Wayne State is going to go a long way toward determining the regular season champion.  Mav’s Sweep Mary
  • Winona State used a late rally to sweep Augustana yesterday and take the last 3 games of a 4 game series.  Those wins place the Warriors in 3rd place in the Conference and in position to still contend for the title.  WSU Sweeps Augies
  • St. Cloud State set a number of team records but could only manage a split for the day and weekend against Concordia.  The Huskies are in the conversation for the top spot and still get to play Wayne State & MN State.  Concordia is certainly in the mix for top 6.  Records Fall in Huskies Split
  • Upper Iowa and Bemidji also split 4 games this weekend.  The Peacocks hold the #6 spot right now – it looks likely that they are going to fall close to that line by season end.  UIU – BSU Split
  • Southwest Minnesota State fell victim to Crookston’s 2nd Conference win of the year.  The loss puts a hurt on the Mustangs Conference title hopes and snapped a 18 game winning streak that SMSU had against UMC.  SMSU – UMC Split
  • Minnesota Duluth took 3 of 4 against Northern State over the weekend.  Neither team figures to be a factor in the final Conference rankings.  It did allow the Wolves to finally break into the win column.  UMD – Northern split
  • Wayne State easily swept a weak non-conference opponent yesterday with 13-4 & 16-1 wins over Southwest Baptist.  They have got to be thinking of winning their next 6 games before facing the big Minnesota State series.  WSU Sweeps Southwest Baptist

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