NCAA D2 Regional College Baseball Poll

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The official NCAA Division 2 college baseball poll was released 2 days ago for the first time.  This is a primary indicator for teams as to where they stand when it comes to whether they will receive an at-large bid to their respective NCAA Regional Tourney.

All Northern Sun teams are members of D2’s Central Region – a region which includes the 13 NSIC teams along with the 8 teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.  Each Conference will hold their own year-end Conference Tournament.  The winners of the NSIC and RMAC Tournaments each receive an automatic bid to be 1 of 6 teams in the NCAA Central Region Tourney.  The other 4 spots are at-large bids which this poll helps to determine.

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Unfortunately for the Northern Sun Conference, 3 of the top 4 spots are currently owned by RMAC teams.  If the season ended today, the Northern Sun would only receive 2 or 3 of the 6 spots even though they have 13 teams compared to 8 in the RMAC.  They could receive only 2 spots if a team like Regis unexpectedly were to win the RMAC Tourney and get their automatic bid which would leave Mesa, Pueblo and Highlands to get at-large bids.

Each of the RMAC teams only has 3 weekend series remaining (12 games).  The best bet for Northern Sun teams would be for New Mexico Highlands to lose a bunch of those – they do have a 4 game series against Mesa State coming up.

The complete Regional poll can be found here – NCAA D2 Regional College Baseball Poll

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5 Responses to “NCAA D2 Regional College Baseball Poll”


  1. 1 SCSU April 17, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Not too far off from what I expected…Little suprised to see N.M. Highlands as high as they are, and of course Id like to see the Huskies ahead of Southwest…Just by looking at the schedule and other things, SCSU and SMSU look like very, very similar teams…it’s a shame they don’t go head to head this year…

    With all that being said, I think the Huskies will have to go at least 3-1 against Northern, Augie AND either Wayne or MSU to get consideration for a possible at large bid

  2. 2 fishingmn April 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Better go 4-0 against Northern – they are very beatable.

    The other thing they better hope for is no upsets (automatic qualifiers) in the NSIC or RMAC tourney’s.

  3. 3 SCSU April 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    agreed…we do play Northern after a mid-week against Wayne, so i assume we’ll be using Deminsky Birr and or Scott against them, so we may have to throw 3-6 pitchers at NSU.

  4. 4 Wow April 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Just a note that the games between SCSU have been moved one day ahead. This will help the Augustana pitching staff with one more days rest. SCSU did not have to play on Wednesday, the only NSIC team. Augustana has had a tough last 12 games. 4 NW Missouri, 4 Wayne St. 4 Winona. For all practical purposed, Augie could have very well won 4-5 more of those games. The 3 top hitters have been injuried and are getting healthy. #26 hit better at Winona, #23 went 4-7 against Wayne on Wed. 1st homerun since injury. #14 is throwing much better and swinging better. No one has had or has a tougher schedule. This series should be a good one. Sure wish they had Crookston on the schedule for a possi ble 4 game sweep. Nothing for sure, but sure beats a Wayne or Winona. St Coud does not get Winona and SMSU does not get Wayne St. The 4 games with Crookston could mean the difference for Augie making the top 6.

  5. 5 fishingmn April 17, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    SCSU – I would definitely think your 3-6 hitters could get it done.

    At least 2 of the top 4 NSU pitchers don’t even hit 80 with their pitching. While some teams struggle with junk ball pitchers, good hitters should be able to have a field day.


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