Mid Weekend NSIC D2 College Baseball Update

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The D2 college baseball teams that make up the Northern Sun Conference have all played 2 games so far, with the exception of 1 game between Concordia and Bemidji State which got postponed.  There are large swaths of rain expected across much of the upper Midwest today which may cause problems with the planned doubleheaders on the schedule.

Here’s a recap of yesterday’s action –

  • In what might be not only the Northern Sun’s series of the weekend, but series of the year, Wayne State split a pair of games with Minnesota State and both teams remain tied in the loss column at the top of the standings.  In game 1, Wayne State scored 3 runs in the 1st inning and never looked back as they won 9-3.  John Plasha had a 2 run homer for the Wildcats and starting pitcher, Chad Moreland, held the Mavericks to 4 hits to get his 6th win of the year.  The nightcap saw the Mavericks behind 1-0 after 1 inning and 3-1 after 6 before they rallied for 4 runs in the 7th inning on just 2 hits to win the game 5-3.  Wayne State actually outhit MSU by an 8-4 margin but Wildcat pitchers issued 7 walks which helped do them in.  The teams are scheduled for 2 more on Sunday which may prove decisive or may leave things just how they started.  Wayne State Splits with Minnesota State
  • Winona State had a convincing 12-0 win over Minnesota Duluth in the first game of their twinbill but the Bulldogs reversed the results in game 2 for a 5-1 win and split on the day.  The Warriors scored 5 runs in the opening frame of the 1st game which included a 2 run homer by Kyle Collins.  Starter Jim Kovacs pitched a complete game gem giving up just 5 hits and striking out 6.  In game 2, the Warriors managed only 4 hits in scoring 1 run.  Winona remains tied in 3rd place with SMSU.  Warriors Split with Minnesota Duluth
  • Upper Iowa eeked out 2 wins over Mary winning by scores of 4-3 and 2-0.  Excellent starting pitching by game 1’s Lucas Wilsing and game 2’s Greg Sieck was the difference as both threw complete games for the Peacocks.  The wins keep Upper Iowa in the pivotal 6th spot in the Northern Sun standings.  Peacocks Sweep Marauders
  • St. Cloud State got an important pair of wins over Northern State by winning 6-1 and 13-1.  They then did something really smart.  This blog has talked recently about how important it is for the teams battling for the top 6 spots to get their games in the standings against the lower tier teams.  With a serious threat of rain today in St. Cloud there was a chance that the Huskies games against the Wolves would be cancelled.  So they arranged to move today’s scheduled doubleheader to the Metrodome this evening.  Smart.  Huskies Sweep Wolves   Games Moved to Metrodome
  • Finally, Concordia got in a 4-2 win over Bemidji State before having to postpone game 2 until later in the weekend.  The teams will try to get in 3 more games before Monday.  The Golden Bears game 1 starter, Jake Schmidt (7-2), was masterful as he threw a complete game allowing just 6 hits to go with 14 K’s.  In the process, Schmidt broke his own team record for strikeouts in a season as he now stands at 103 (100 last year).  He also tied the Concordia all-time career wins mark of 23.  Schmidt Breaks Record in Victory

In other Northern Sun related news – there was exciting news on the out West as NSIC teams are keeping an eye toward the results in the Rocky Mountain Conference.  It would be very helpful if the RMAC’s Colorado State – Pueblo and New Mexico Highlands lost so that Northern Sun teams could pass them in the NCAA Regional poll for potential NCAA At-Large bids.

So far this weekend, Colorado State – Pueblo has lost 3 straight to Nebraska – Kearney.  Kearney was 17-28 overall entering the weekend.  The NCAA’s Central Region #1 team, Mesa State, has taken 2 of 3 from New Mexico Highlands with 1 game remaining.  

9 Responses to “Mid Weekend NSIC D2 College Baseball Update”

  1. 1 imafan April 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Very interesting to see St. Cloud cancel the last 2 games against SWMC and than make special “arragnements to play Northern? How does that work?

  2. 2 Wow April 26, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I don’t think that is what happened. St. Cloud will play at the Metrodome tonight against Northern. That is who they were scheduled to play.
    Augustana and SMSU will play there two postponed games tomorrow night in Marshall at Legion Field that has lights.

  3. 3 imafan April 26, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Earlier ST. Cloud canceled thier last 2 games of a series w SMSU – why not make a special effort to make those games up? Could it be due to the competition?! And how are those decisions made? Could decide some team making it and another not making it to the playoffs or regionals!

    • 4 Wow April 26, 2009 at 7:01 pm

      I must be lost, because SMSU-Marshall cancelled two games with MSU-Mankato and have not made those up. These may be key to some team. The only games I see cancelled with SCSU were 4 with Mary.
      Someone correct me if I am wrong.

  4. 5 imafan April 26, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    My bad it was MSU vs. SMSU not ST. Cloud

  5. 6 SCSU April 27, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Dolan doesn’t “duck” teams…the guy goes out of his way to get games in anyway he can…yes the schedule may have been soft this year, but they had committed to the Arizona spring trip (where a lot of D-III, NAIA games were played) before a lot of teams ducked out and went to Florida. He is lined up for a tournament at Central Missouri either next season or the year after (I cant remember)

    Plus, you can’t really control the league’s scheduling, which I think needs some tweaking. I think most of us would agree on that point.

  6. 7 Baseball April 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    yes, you can’t reschedule games. The thing that needs be looked at is Northern State WOULDN’T play Southwest at a neutral site in March (only Marshall or Aberdeen), but this weekend Northern State play SCSU in the Dome. What a joke Northern State. Explain that to me?

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