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 numbers we can say –

  • Northern Sun teams has a good week with strikeouts – all but 2 teams gained in the D2 comparisons on K’s/9 innings pitched
  • On the flip side, all but 2 teams dropped in fielding (although the drop wasn’t very big in most cases)
  • SMSU still leads the nation in Batting Average and Slugging %.  That’s impressive as I had assumed they’d drop off as they got a larger cross sample of games played.
  • Wayne State, Upper Iowa and Mary had the best increases on the hitting side this week all gaining double digits in the hitting categories

While these statistics are somewhat interesting we are now into our 4th week of data so I thought it might be more interesting to look at the trends for each team in the major categories of Team Batting Average and Team Earned Run Average to see how they’ve been trending over the 4 weeks of Conference play.

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The following allows you to see how each team has been trending compared with the other 229 Division 2 college baseball teams.  Teams with big trends one way or another:

  • Augustana has been declining rapidly in batting average.  They clearly need to pick it up at the plate if they are going to make the top 6 in Conference.
  • Minnesota Duluth has also seen a huge hit to their team batting average.  When combined with their mediocre pitching it’s been a recipe for poor results.
  • Upper Iowa has gone the other way and has seen their team batting average improve significantly over the past 4 weeks.  This has coincided with them getting back into the mix in the race for a spot in the NSIC Tourney.
  • Winona State’s pitching has gone from quite bad to at least okay.  They did play a tougher non-conference schedule than most and have played some easier Conference games which explains some of that.
  • Overall, many teams have seen a remarkable sameness from week to week which gives you a pretty good idea that it probably won’t be changing much over the remainder of the season.
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5 Responses to “D2 College Baseball – NSIC Stat Comparison”


  1. 1 Wow April 14, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Regarding Augustana declining batting average, one can point to injuries for that. The three top hitters have been recovering from injuries. 3-4-5 batters. They should start producing soon.
    Also Augie would like to play Crookston for a 4 game series to beef up the stats. Playing Wayne, Winona, NW Missouri the last 10 games may also have something to do with it.
    The NSIC the way it seems to me does not care who one plays. Only what the stats are. Any team with the starting 1st baseman, catcher, third baseman, right fielder with injuries and can still beat Wayne, Winona, NW Missouri can’t be counted out.

  2. 2 Wow April 14, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    SMSU still leads the nation in Batting Average and Slugging %. That’s impressive as I had assumed they’d drop off as they got a larger cross sample of games played

    It is hard to figure out how they did it playing a 4-28 Crookston and a 11-24 Bemidji who played Crookston and beat them both times. SMSU also lost to each team once. \
    Thats right, they don’t play Wayne, Concordia, St.Cloud in the conference and didn’t have to play Mankato 2 of the conference games. I wonder if they can keep up the stats. I call it a CAKEWALK schedule.

  3. 3 Wow April 16, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Has anyone noticed that the team with one of the toughest schedules gets to play the only team in the NSIC that had off this last Wednesday for a 4 game series this weekend. They are supposed to have one of the best pitching staffs. You play the #1 team on Wednesday and then a very important 4 game series. Hardly seems fair.
    Yes I think they need to rethink the format they had this year.

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