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.

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15 Responses to “Upper Iowa Cancellations Really Hurt”


  1. 1 Baseball April 24, 2009 at 8:21 am

    I don’t believe those games were conference though.

  2. 2 WSCDad April 24, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I don’t even understand why Northern trys to field a baseball team. They don’t even have a tarp for their field, they can never play games on it – where do they practice? All games with them did for Wayne was build stats – remember 25 homeruns?

    You are right about the fairness. The unbalanced schedule is bad enough – then when you add in a team that doesn’t seem to care one way or the other…….

    Good luck to everyone this weekend – except for Minnesota State – but especially for New Mexico Highlands!!! 😉

  3. 3 fishingmn April 24, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Baseball – that’s interesting because earlier in the season I could swear that they were listed as Conference games. Why in the world would Upper Iowa have scheduled 2 non-conference games in the middle of the week anyway? They already had 4 on each weekend and 2 on Wednesday.

  4. 4 WSCDad April 24, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Too weird that those weren’t conference games. Northern only has 8 CG left and will have only played 24 total. We will play 31 and UI will play 32 as we both have 10 left. Like I said above, I don’t think they even belong in the conference in baseball – maybe hockey, eh?

  5. 5 WSCDad April 24, 2009 at 9:56 am

    SW is the team that really has the most to lose by cancellations with northern. 4 games would have made them 15-5 right now and a strong hold on third place. And Mary might be playing .500 baseball at 9-9 and in the mix too.

  6. 6 Wow April 24, 2009 at 10:13 am

    SMSU also had two with MSU cancelled that may have helped them. Also the game between CU and Wayne St. may be a big game. The 6th spot could very well get in by 1 game. Another big game is the game cancelled between Augie and Bemidji. I think Augie is the team that may miss out. A tough schedule, some key injuries. Middle of the road teams with easy schedules.

  7. 7 cu17dad April 24, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I believe all of the teams in the 4-8 slots have a challenge ahead of them this week and next. Some teams will need to win out to preserve a slot in the playoffs. Some teams have current injuries that are affecting their outcomes. Possibly who ever gets healthy players back this week and next have the best shot.

    • 8 augiefan April 25, 2009 at 1:13 am

      Augies Nate Baumann who is recovering from a hand injury and a hamstring pull is starting to swing the bat again. The hamstring happened against Bemidji on March 29th. So for the next 11 games he has swung the bat poorly. Nate has hit 5 home runs since the 15th of April putting him at 11 for the season. I think that leads the NSIC as of right now.
      Charlie Dubanoski went 4-4 in the second game tonight. He is recovering from a shoulder injury and looks to be hitting the ball again also.
      Lets hope they keep it up. Getting healthy may be the key for Augie.

  8. 9 Wow April 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I just heard that the Augustana, SMSU games have been changed. The double header that was to be at SMSU tomorrow has been moved to the Cage in Sioux Falls. The games start at 5pm tonight, Friday 24th. Then the next two games will be played in Marshall at SMSU on Sunday starting at 1pm. This may help Augustana with the two top pitchers. They didn’t pitch on Wed and will have a extra day rest goint to UIU next Wed. That is if the schedule stays like it is.
    Down to the wire. Should be some good baseball and fun.

  9. 10 WSCDad April 24, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    This discussion has made me go look at what everyone has left and try to predict outcomes for each series. Here is what I think the season looks like when it’s all over – assuming all of the rest of the games are played as scheduled:

    1. WSC 28-3 – .903
    2. MSU 23-7 – .767
    3. SWMS 18-8 – .692
    4. Winona 19-13 – .593
    5. StCloud 16-12- .571
    6. Augie 17-13 – .566
    7. CU 17-14 – .548
    8. UI 16-14 – .533

    It is really close for those last 2 spots and Augie closes with 4 wins against Northern. But for them to get in I have them splitting with MSU and SW.

    Good luck to everyone.

  10. 11 fishingmn April 24, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    WSC – making predictions huh? Better be close to right or I’m going to have to harass you 🙂

    • 12 CU Pride April 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm

      These are my thoughts on how it will end up roughly.

      WSC- 26-5 .839
      MSU- 25-5 .833
      SMSU- 17-9 .654
      WSU- 20-12 .625
      CU- 19-12 .613
      AC- 19-12 .613
      UIU- 18-14 .563
      SCSU- 15-13 .536

  11. 13 WSCDad April 24, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Fishing, I would expect nothing less!! I was sure when I was typing all that out that you would have something to say about my “predictions”.

  12. 14 SCSU April 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    “Guest” had a prediction in the Wednesday wrap post which went:

    “Heres my predictions for the rest of the year:
    Wayne 27-4 (.871)
    MSU 23-5 (.821)
    WSU 21-11 (.656)
    SWMS 17-9 (.654)
    Upper 21-13 (.618)
    Augie 18-13 (.581)
    CSP 17-14 (.548)
    SCSU 16-12 (.571)”

  13. 15 NSU August 26, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Go pound sand WSU DAD


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