NCAA D2 College Baseball Regional Poll

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The NCAA has released their Division 2 College Baseball Regional poll for April 22, 2009.  The complete poll including all 8 Regions can be found here – NCAA D2 Regional Poll

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.


For anyone that remembers last week’s poll – there have been NO changes in the top 8 Central Region teams. 

Mesa State and Wayne State (NE) continue to have a very strong hold on the top 2 spots.  It continues to be troubling that RMAC teams hold down spots 3 & 4 as this means that the Northern Sun would, at best, get 3 teams in the NCAA D2 Regional Tournament.  With the RMAC’s Metro State winning 2 of 3 against Mesa State this past weekend a nightmare scenario of Metro winning the RMAC Tourney would get them 4 spots in the NCAA Regional leaving only 2 spots for NSIC teams. 

Best case for the Northern Sun teams is to have Mesa State sweep New Mexico Highlands this weekend and knock them down in the standings.  Highlands final 4 games are against Metro State who can certainly win some of those games too.  Colorado State – Pueblo has a much easier schedule so it’s unlikely that they will move downward much. 

Every game is certainly critical in jockeying for an at-large NCAA bid.

3 Responses to “NCAA D2 College Baseball Regional Poll”

  1. 1 WSCDad April 23, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Mesa is playing at New Mexico Highlands this weekend. I am hoping for a NM sweep and maybe somehow WSC can sneak into the top of the poll and host the regional.

    Of course, the Cats will need to sweep this weekend too!!

    Go Cats!

  2. 2 fishingmn April 23, 2009 at 10:22 am

    No offense WSC but I disagree

    A) It would be better for the Conference to have Mesa sweep.

    B) I don’t see WSC sweeping MSUM so it might not help. Of course you’ve called me on my poor predictions before so what do I know.

  3. 3 WSCDad April 23, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I selfishly was thinking of home games for regionals not the conference in general. It’s a long way to Grand Junction, not to mention the fact that the boys chances of winning the regional would go up considerably if played in Wayne.

    As for your prediction of no sweep, sadly you are probably correct this time! The only thing is this – I continue to believe that the Mavericks might be a little overrated. They struggled to two come from behind extra inning games against Concordia (who are showing their true colors now) and lost once to Duluth. And the games are in Wayne. So I am holding out for the sweep and regionals at home.

    I’ll be there and I will let you know.

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