Archive for April 27th, 2009

NCAA Division 2 Baseball Rankings – 4/27/09

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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 has a new #1 team in the nation as Barry takes over their #1 spot.  Previous #1, Southern Arkansas, drops into a tie for 2nd with Ashland.  Last week’s #2 team, Mesa State, took a big tumble after losing a series to Metro State and then splitting with New Mexico Highlands.  Delta State made a huge jump up in the their poll moving from no votes all the way to #15 after taking 2 of 3 from Southern Arkansas.  Representing the Northern Sun Conference, Wayne State moved up one spot to #24.  This despite 2 NSIC schools not completing their ballots for the week.   College Baseball News Ranking

  • The Ping!Baseball poll also saw the same change at the top as Barry takes over their #1 spot.  They did this with a win over Rollins and taking 2 of 3 from a very tough Tampa team.  Southern Arkansas fell to the #3 spot after holding down the top spot in the Ping poll for 10 straight weeks.  For as much grief as some people give the Ping poll (for example, placing St. Cloud State in the Top 30 ahead of Wayne State) they really got it right with Delta State.  Last week the CBN poll didn’t rank Delta at all and Ping had them at #5.  After beating Southern Arkansas, Ping seems to be closer to the right spot for the Statesmen.  That said, they finally took St. Cloud State out of the poll and instead of replacing them with Wayne State they put the Northern Sun’s 2nd place team, Minnesota State, in the the #27 spot.  While the Mavericks are a deserving team and just split 4 games with Wayne State I’d still put Wayne ahead of them.  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 the number 1 spot but for the first time it’s not unanimous as Wayne State took a 1st place vote.  Colorado State – Pueblo dropped 2 spots after getting swept in 4 games by Nebraska – Kearney over the weekend.  Winona State moved ahead of Concordia which seems overdue since they are 3 spots ahead of them in the NSIC standings.

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Soggy Sunday & The Battle For A Title

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It was a soggy Sunday throughout the Upper Midwest as the Northern Sun’s Division 2 college baseball teams battle it out to not only for spots in the standings but just to get games played.

  • In Wayne, NE the battle of the titans did get played as the top 2 Northern Sun teams battled to a draw.  Both of the weekends doubleheaders ended up as draws and when all is said and done, Wayne State still holds a 1/2 game lead on Minnesota State because they had 1 fewer game cancelled.  As I chronicled yesterday (MSUM vs. WSC Live) Minnesota State won the first game of their twinbill by a score of 13-10.  The 2nd inning proved disastrous for the Wildcats as they allowed 7 runs on 8 hits.  Wayne lost despite hitting 5 homers.  In game 2 it was the Tom Doran story as the redshirt freshman pitcher went the distance in allowing the Mavericks only 3 hits an a lone, unearned run which led Wayne State to a 9-1 victory.  Wayne State hosts St. Cloud State for a doubleheader on Wednesday while Minnesota State hosts Concordia on Wednesday.  WSC Splits – Maintains Slim Lead
  • St. Cloud State made a good decision to relocate their Sunday doubleheader to the Metrodome as it allowed them to get in the expected sweep against last place Northern State.  The Huskies won 6-3 and 14-3 to solidify their hold on 5th place in the standings.  Game 1 starter, David Deminsky, struck out 5 to tie the all-time SCSU record for strikeouts in a season (81).  Pat DeLaHunt started game 2 and allowed just 2 earned runs in improving his record to 6-1.  SCSU also broke a team record for RBI’s in a season as they were led at the plate by Lauren Green who was 4-6 with 5 of those RBI’s.  Huskies Sweep 2
  • Upper Iowa completed 1 game of a planned doubleheader against the University of Mary, winning 7-1.  The 2nd game was rained out before it could be made official and won’t be made up.  Brian Solemsaas moved to 5-4 on the year with a complete game in the win as he allowed just 5 hits.  The Peacocks will host Augustana on Wednesday in an important matchup as UIU clings to the 6th spot in the NSIC standings.  Upper Iowa Defeats Mary
  • 3 series that were scheduled for this weekend will try to resume today if possible –

In other news of interest, New Mexico Highlands split their 4 game series with NCAA Central Region leader, Mesa State.  That should keep Highlands ranked in the top 4.  On the other hand, Colorado State – Pueblo had a terrible weekend, losing all 4 games to Nebraska – Kearney.  The #4 ranked team in last week’s poll should fall which will help Northern Sun contenders.


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