NCAA D2 College Baseball Tourney – Conference Playoff Tracking

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The start of NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Conference Tournaments are upon us and teams are starting to play their way into the field of 48 teams that will qualify for the NCAA D2 College Baseball Regional Tournaments. 

In fact, the first team has already qualified for the 2009 NCAA D2 Tournament – that team is Catawba College (Salisbury, NC) which won the South Atlantic Conference baseball tournament to capture the automatic bid that goes along with it.  The Indians knocked off top-seeded Tusculum who will now await an at-large bid to the Southeast Regional.  Catawba Wins SAC Tourney

Many other Conference Tournaments will play out starting this weekend including big ones like the Gulf South Conference which features 4 of the Top 30 teams in the country, including Southern Arkansas – a team ranked #2 in the country who enters the GSC Tourney as a #2 seed.  Gulf South Tourney Set

I thought that I’d revisit a blog entry I posted in February that recaps the upcoming NCAA D2 college baseball tourney and the conference alignment that makes up each of the 8 regions.

All 229 NCAA Division 2 baseball teams are starting up their seasons with the same goal in mind.  That goal is to be one of the 48 teams that make the NCAA Tournament. 

Each Conference is divided out into 1 of 8 Regions and this alignment has changed for 2009.  These Regions comprise the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Six sites will host 6 teams, one site (West) will host 4 teams and one site (South) will host 8 teams.  These Regional’s will be played as a double-elimination tournament to determine the Regional Champion who will advance as 1 of the 8 teams to the NCAA Division 2 National Tournament.  The double-elimination Championship this year will be played May 23-30 in Cary, NC.  D2 Championship Handbook

The Regional winners are already paired for the NCAA D2 College World Series.  For 2009 they are as follows –


Therefore, if you are following your Conference you might also want to look ahead to the teams that make up your Region and, if you like to look ahead, the teams that could be your 1st round NCAA National Tournament opponent.  That’s why those of us that are watching the Northern Sun Conference in the Central Region are also keeping a close eye on the Rocky Mountain Conference.

Here are the Regional breakdowns, including the links to each of the Conference’s to make it easier to keep track of the schools within each.

Atlantic Region –
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association – CIAA Baseball
Independent (Columbia Union)
*Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – PSAC Baseball
*West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – WVIAC Baseball
Central Region – 
*Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – NSIC Baseball
*Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – RMAC Baseball
East Region –
*East Coast Conference – ECC Baseball
*Northeast-10 Conference – N-10 Baseball
*Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference – CACC Baseball
Midwest Region –
*Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – GLIAC Baseball
*Great Lakes Valley Conference – GLVC Baseball
Independent (Chowan, Oakland City)
Ohio Valley Conference – OVC Baseball
South Region –
*Gulf South Conference – GSC Baseball
Independent (Flagler College, Palm Beach Atlantic)
*Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – SIAC Baseball
*Sunshine State Conference – SSC Baseball
Southland Conference – Southland Baseball
Southeast Region –
*Conference Carolinas – Carolinas Baseball
*Peach Belt Conference – PBC Baseball
*South Atlantic Conference –SAC Baseball
South Central Region –
*Heartland Conference – Heartland Baseball
*Lone Star Conference – Lone Star Baseball
*Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – MIAA Baseball
West Region –
*California Collegiate Athletic Association – CCAA Baseball
Great Northwest Athletic Conference – GNAC Baseball
Pacific West Conference – PWC Baseball

* = Automatic Bid Conference

4 Responses to “NCAA D2 College Baseball Tourney – Conference Playoff Tracking”

  1. 1 Wow April 30, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Now that we are getting down to the last weekend, the six teams in the running for the 4-5-6 spots have all played Crookston except one team. I don’t know how a schedule could be so unfair along with that team having one of the toughest schedules.
    Give that team at least 3 wins in that series they most likely make the tournament. Then the schedule is the same next year.
    I sure miss the NCC Conference which had the class and the respect that the NSIC could only wish they had.
    IF they are ever to reach that level of the NCC they have some work to do.

  2. 2 Wow April 30, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Duluth just slipped into the 7th spot in the conference with 2 wins over Crookston today. Oh they scored 41 runs in the two games.

  3. 3 fishingmn May 1, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Not sure how you address the unbalanced schedule – it’s too bad Moorhead doesn’t have a team so they could more easily split into 2 Divisions.

    I guess my comeback is that St. Cloud’s schedule was just as tough. If your Augie’s sweep last place Northern and SCSU only wins 1 game this weekend against a tough Minnesota State team, the Vikings can pass them.

  4. 4 Luke Anderson May 2, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Theres no crying in baseball!

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