Archive for April 24th, 2009

Southwest MN State Crushes Augies 23-6

SW MN State

In an important Northern Sun Conference D2 college baseball battle – Southwest Minnesota State and Augustana started a 4 game series this evening.  These games were moved up from a planned Saturday/Sunday pair of twinbills due to expected weather on Saturday.  Augustana really needs to show up for these games as they are sitting 1/2 game out of 7th place for the final spot in the NSIC Tourney.

SMSU has shown that they can hit and they jumped all over the Augies – early and often. 

As you can see from the boxscore, the final score was even a bit deceiving as the Mustangs actually had a 22-0 score after the top of the 6th inning.  It was almost reminiscent of the 34-1 shellacking they put on Minnesota Duluth early in the year.

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Not only did SMSU score 23 runs on 23 hits, they had 12 extra base hits, including 3 homers.  The Mustangs were paced by Matt Bauer who was 3-6 with a double, 2 home runs and 7 RBI’s.  Greg Laughlin also had a huge game going 3-5 with 3 extra base hits and 6 RBI’s.

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The nightcap game should be starting soon and can be followed live here – Augie Baseball Live

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Upper Iowa Cancellations Really Hurt

Upper Iowa

One item I missed from Wednesday is actually quite significant in the race for the Top 6 positions in the Northern Sun Conference standings and a chance to play in the NSIC post-season tournament.

Upper Iowa was scheduled to play a doubleheader against Northern State yesterday but it was cancelled due to continued poor field conditions in Aberdeen, SD.  UIU Games at Northern State Cancelled

This is the 15th and 16th games of the season to be cancelled for the Peacocks and threatens to be the most significant.  Upper Iowa (12-10) is clinging to 6th place in the NSIC standings with a 1/2 game lead over Concordia and Augustana.  Northern State (1-15) is the last place team in the conference and those 2 games would have likely ended up as wins for the Peacocks giving them a bigger cushion in the standings.  While UIU’s remaining schedule is still easier than many of the other contenders, it will be interesting to see if those missed games come back to haunt them.

Concordia Announces 3 New Commits for 2010

Concordia

Concordia announced yesterday that 3 new players have committed to the Golden Bears to start play for them as freshman in 2010.  Three Commit for 2010 Season

Concordia University head baseball coach Mark “Lunch” McKenzie has announced the commitments of three student-athletes that will suit up for the 2010 season. Left handed pitcher Patrick Rydeen (Lakeland, Minn. / Stillwater Area HS), utility player Mick Sawinski (St. Louis Park, Minn. / St. Louis Park HS) and outfielder Bobby Widenski (Oak Creek, Wis. / Oak Creek HS) are the three newcomers who will help the team next season.

Rydeen is a leftie and is Stillwater’s #1 pitcher this year.  He won his first game this year against Roseville (Roseville Story) and lost a game this week against Park of Cottage Grove (gotta dig for it – Park Box Score).  He was Stillwater’s starter in game 1 of their 2008 Minnesota State Tournament appearance and took the loss against eventual champion Coon Rapids – Stillwater – Coon Rapids Boxscore

Sawinski was quite good in 2008, hitting .352 for St. Louis Park (2008 Statistics) but is off to a slow start this year as he’s hitting only .158 through the Orioles first 8 games (2009 Stats).

Widenski comes from the same school in Wisconsin as one of Concordia’s fall signee’s (JT Schneider).  In fact, that school (Oak Grove HS in WI) also has a player attending Northern Sun’s Winona State (Ross Fassbinder), a D1 player and 3 – D3 players.  Oak Creek Knights Site

The other intriguing thing about the press release is that it says these 3 join 2 others (JT Schneider and Griffon Kilber).  It makes no mention of Marcus Fitzgerald, a transfer player from DCTC who was listed on Concordia’s fall early signing press release.


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