Archive for April 21st, 2009

Northern Sun D2 College Baseball Poll – 4/21/09

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Each week, the Northern Sun Baseball Blog combines the 3 primary Division 2 College Baseball Poll’s into 1 composite ranking.

Southern Arkansas remains as the #1 team in this week’s Northern Sun D2 College Baseball poll as they swept the top spot in all 3 polls.  There was major upheaval in this week’s poll as a number of highly ranked teams had poor weeks on the field.  In addition, we had been seeing the polls coming closer together a few weeks ago but they seem to be diverging in opinions over the last couple weeks.

Emporia State moves up from #5 to #2 this week.  They were ranked #3 in all 3 polls but because the Ping poll moved Mesa State down so far it allowed Emporia to grab the 2nd spot.  Barry moves up to #3 with Mesa State and West Chester rounding out the top 5.

Florida Southern took a huge tumble, falling all the way from #2 to #12.  Grand Valley State took a similar dive going from #4 to #15.

On the divergent opinion side you have teams like SC – Aiken getting top 10 rankings in 2 polls but being left out of the Ping poll.  You have Delta State at #5, #20 and not rated and you have Central Missouri at #7, #29 and not rated.  Among the top 30 teams only 18 of them made it onto all 3 Top 30 rankings.

The Northern Sun Conference is represented as Wayne State (NE) moved all the way up to #12 on the NCBWA poll and is sitting at #21 in the composite poll after not making the Top 30 last week.  Minnesota State and St. Cloud State received votes but not enough to make the Top 30.



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


Northern Sun Players of the Week – 4/21/09

Players Of The Week

The Northern Sun Conference has named their Players of the Week for the week ending 4/20/09 (week 11) and they are:

The Player of the Week is Mike Bisenius from Wayne State.  The freshman from Sioux City, IA hit .550 for the week which included 4 home runs, 12 RBI’s and 12 runs scored.  His 4 homers came at the expense of the Wildcats 4 game series against Northern State where he had a round tripper in each of the games played.

The Pitcher of the Week was Anders Engberg of Minnesota Duluth.  The freshman from Burnsville, MN threw 6 innings of shutout baseball in helping lead the Bulldogs to a 4-0 victory over Bemidji State on Sunday.  He allowed only 5 hits and struck out 11 Beaver batters.  His ERA of 2.36 now leads all other regular Duluth pitchers. 

NSIC Week 11 Press Release

NSIC D2 Baseball Standings – 4/21/09


Another weekend of Northern Sun D2 college baseball games are behind us after 6 games were completed on Monday.  At this point in the season most NSIC teams have 12 games remaining to stake their claim to one of the top 6 spots in order to make the Northern Sun Tournament.  The NSIC Tourney kicks off on May 7th in St. Cloud, MN. 

Wayne State and Minnesota State maintain the top 2 spots.  Both of them have tough midweek games before meeting for a crucial 4 game series this weekend that could very well decide which team wins the regular season Conference Champion.  Teams 5-8 in the standings (Concordia, St. Cloud State, Upper Iowa and Augustana) look to be battling it out for the last 2 spots. 

Yesterday’s games did have some significant impact on the standings –

  • The biggest games were between Augustana and St. Cloud State where the Augies swept the Huskies by scores of 4-2 and 12-6 to get to within 1 1/2 games of the coveted 6th spot.  The vaunted Huskies starters had a tough weekend as the Vikings launched 4 homers on the day, including 2 by JaColby Anderson.  Game 1 starter, Tyler Pierson, moved his record to 4-5 with a solid start.  Augie Baseball Sweeps
  • The University of Mary got a nice win on Monday against Winona State, winning game 1 by a score of 9-4 before dropping the nightcap 4-2.  Mary’s Tyler Liffrig tied the all-time Mary career home run record with his 26th and 27th homers during the day.  Game 1 starter Nate Watson struck out 11 Warrior batters on the way to his first win of the season.  Winona State got a complete game win from Andrew DeSousa in the 2nd contest and was led by Tony Mueller’s 3 hits to get the split.  Liffrig Ties Record in Mary Split
  • Wayne State continued it’s home run fest on Monday against Northern State as they swept the Wolves by scores of 23-15 and 10-1.  The games were played in Redfield, SD on a relatively small field with the wind blowing out.  The team hit 9 homers and had 20 hits in game 1 and added 3 more round trippers in the back end game.  That gave the Wildcats 25 home runs over the 4 game set.  I don’t think they track that in their record book but I’m guessing that would have set a new record by a wide margin.  WSC Extends Streak to 9 Games

NCAA Division 2 Baseball Rankings – 4/20/09

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The College Baseball News, Ping!Baseball and NCBWA Regional rankings have been released for this week:

  • The College Baseball News poll continued with the same top 3 teams from last week – Southern Arkansas, Mesa State & Emporia State.  After that there was quite the shakeup – one of those was #4 Florida Southern who dropped to #13 after getting swept by Lynn this past weekend.  They have a chance to right the ship (or go down further) with tough upcoming series’ against Tampa and Nova.  Another team taking a big hit in the polls was last week’s #5 team, Grand Valley State, who dropped to #21.  The Lakers were 2-5 on the week which doubled their loss total for the year.  Ashland, a team that swept Grand Valley, benefited by jumping up from #13 to #5.  All in all there were 6 teams that dropped at least 6 spots in the poll this week.  The Northern Sun’s Wayne State (NE) dropped 2 spots from #23 to #25 despite going 4-0 for the week.  College Baseball News Ranking
  • The Ping! poll saw similar upheaval in their rankings which is a little different as theirs doesn’t seem to fluctuate as much.  Souther Arkansas is still their #1 team but Barry jumped up from #4 to #2 to take over the second position.  Emporia jumped from #7 to #3 and Tampa moved up to #4.  Unlike the CBN poll, Ping dropped Mesa State from #5 to #8 based on an 0-1 week.  The Northern Sun’s St. Cloud State maintained their spot at #30 in the Ping poll.  The fact that the Huskies are on the poll and Wayne State (NE) is not tends to detract from the credibility of the poll.  Ping!Baseball Ranking
  • The National College Baseball Writers published their Regional Poll.  The NCAA Regional poll is much more meaningful but it’s still interesting to see what the writers think.  Mesa State maintains a unanimous #1 and Wayne State maintained a unanimous #2.  There weren’t any changes in the rankings until you got down toward the bottom –


NCBWA Regional Poll

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