Archive for May, 2009

NCAA D2 Baseball Champion – Lynn University

Congratulations to Lynn University for winning their first NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship!

Championship Game – Lynn 2, Emporia State 1 – Recap | Boxscore | Game Notes
Starting pitcher Dan Wright overcame a first-inning run and tournament Most Outstanding Player Tommy Kahnle retired all six batters he faced as Lynn claimed its first-ever Division II baseball national championship. Chad Crowe’s sacrifice fly in the top of the second tied the game and Chris Chavez’s two-out rbi-single in the third proved to be the game winner. Emporia State starting pitcher Ben Graham went eight innings and recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts.

The team had 14 seniors so it’s unlikely to see them repeat.

Lynn University Recap

Emporia State Recap

South Florida Sun Sentinel Story

Raleigh News & Observer Story

The NCAA also announced their All-tournament team for the D2 College World Series –

All-Tournament Team

Most Outstanding Player: Tommy Kahnle, Lynn
Catcher: Spencer Sobol, Belmont Abbey
First Base: Daniel Pembroke, Dowling
Second Base: Jacob White, Emporia State
Third Base: Josh Tanner, UC San Diego
Shortstop: Chad Crowe, Lynn
Outfield: Kellen Lane, Emporia State
Outfield: Gabe MacDougall, Lynn
Outfield: Daniel Flores, Lynn
Pitcher: Ben Graham, Emporia State
Pitcher: Dan Wright, Lynn
Pitcher: Tommy Kahnle, Lynn

Lynn 3 outs from D2 Baseball Championship


Lynn University leads Emporia State 2-1 entering the bottom of the 9th inning.

Emporia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but Lynn scored single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings to take the lead.  Since then it’s been a pitcher’s dual.

Update – Mike Sharp pops out to shortstop for first out

Fly out to center field – Lynn 1 out away

Pop out to 2nd – Lynn wins!

Dog pile underway

Day 6 Recap – Lynn Vs. Emporia for NCAA D2 Baseball Title


The team that will play for the NCAA Division 2 Baseball National Championship have been set.  It will be Lynn University against Emporia State for the title.  It would be the first title for either school. 

The game is set for the following:

Saturday, May 30
Championship Game – Emporia State (49-13) vs. Lynn (45-16) – Noon
Live Stats
It will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports channel.  You can also watch online for free here – Live Video

NCAA Division II Day 6/7 Tournament Notes

Emporia – Pregame Notes

Emporia Post-Season Media Guide

Both teams finished undefeated in their brackets to advance.  Here’s how they made the Championship game –

Emporia State 5, UC San Diego 3
Kellen Lane’s walk-off two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth advanced Emporia State to the national championship game for the first time in school history. The home run was the first ever for Lane, who went 3-for-5. UC San Diego rallied from a 3-1 deficit with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Emporia State reliever Diego Soto pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win to improve to 1-0 with two saves in three appearances at the National Finals.  NCAA Recap , Emporia Recap

Lynn 7, Belmont Abbey 5
Daniel Flores’ fifth-inning two-run homer broke a 5-5 tie and relief pitchers Justin Figart and Tommy Kahnle combined to retire the final 13 batters as Lynn earned a spot in the national championship game for the first time in school history. Figart retired all seven batters he faced for the win and Kahnle retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings for the save. Weather delays forced an 11:14 p.m. start time. The game ended at 2:06 a.m. Lynn will take on Emporia State Saturday at noon as the two remaining unbeatens play a winner-takes-all championship game.  NCAA Recap , Lynn Recap

Day 5 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tourney Final 4


The NCAA Division 2 Baseball College World Series is down to the final 4 teams.  Emporia State and Lynn are in the drivers seats as they would have to lose twice to not make the National Championship game on Saturday and both should have fresher pitching staffs.  They will each get their chance tonight to qualify and avoid a 1 game play in on Friday.  You can watch the games online for free here – Live Video of D2 College World Series

In elimination games yesterday –

UC San Diego 13, Dowling 1
Trevor Decker tossed a complete game three-hitter and UC San Diego broke away from a 2-1 lead with six runs in the top of the sixth inning. Josh Tanner and Garrett Imeson paced UC San Diego’s 23-hit attack with four hits apiece as every Triton starter had at least one hit. Daniel Pembroke hit a fourth-inning solo home run for Dowling’s lone run. UC San Diego faces unbeaten Emporia State Thursday at 3 p.m. in a semifinal game. Dowling, which defeated UC San Diego in the opening round, is eliminated from the championship  NCAA Recap , UC San Diego Recap

Belmont Abbey 9, Mesa State 2
Justin Vasquez’s first inning three-run homer put Belmont Abbey ahead to stay and Andrew Morton went the distance to lead the Crusaders to the semifinal round. Morton scattered seven hits, striking out nine and waking one. Vasquez was 3-for-4 with four runs batted in, while Tyler McKenzie and Patrick Atwell drove in two runs apiece. Andrew Martinez and Marty Rover each had two hits for Mesa State. Belmont Abbey takes on unbeaten Lynn Thursday at 7 p.m. Mesa State, which defeated Belmont Abbey Saturday in the opening game of the tournament, is eliminated.  NCAA Recap , Belmont Abbey Recap , Photos from Abby Win

NCAA Division II College World Series Day 5 Notes

In other Awards announced yesterday, the 2009 ESPN Academic All-American team was announced.  This is done in conjunction with the College Sports Information Directors of America.  The awards span all 3 NCAA college baseball Divisions.  There was 1 player from the Northern Sun Conference named – Greg Laughlin of SW Minnesota State, who was named to the 3rd team.  ESPN All-Academic Team

Day 4 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tournament



Lynn 6, Dowling 5
Chad Crowe’s eighth-inning rbi-single broke a 5-5 tie and reliever Tommy Kahnle retired eight of the final nine batters he faced as Lynn remained unbeaten in the championship. Dowling rallied from a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the sixth as David Wendt’s two-out two-run single tied the game. A bizarre play in the top of the ninth wiped out a potential game-tying baserunner and Kahnle sealed the win with a groundout. Lynn advances to the winners’ bracket final Thursday at 7 p.m. Dowling takes on UC San Diego Wednesday at 7 p.m. in an elimination game and a rematch of the first round.  NCAA Recap  Lynn Recap


UC San Diego 8, West Chester 6
Matt Rossman took a three-hitter into the ninth inning and UC San Diego survived a furious rally to remain in the tournament. The Tritons built an 8-1 lead, but Matt Baer’s two-out pinch-hit grand slam home run in the top of the ninth put West Chester within striking range. RBI-singles in the bottom of the eighth by Josh Tanner and Brandon Gregorich proved to be the winning runs for the Tritons. UC San Diego plays another elimination game Wednesday at 3 p.m. against Dowling. West Chester is eliminated from the championship.  NCAA Recap  UC San Diego Recap

Day 4 Tournament Notes – Not much there today other than a note about #1 San Diego facing #2 West Chester in elimination bracket

The other news on the day was that the American Baseball Coaches Association announced their NCAA Division II All-American Teams.  ABCA All-Americans

There were 3 Northern Sun Conference players on the team – Joe Wendte (Wayne State) was on the 1st team, Eric Bond (Wayne State) was on the 2nd team and Jake Schmidt (Concordia) was on the 3rd team.

Day 3 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tournament



Emporia State 5, Mesa State 2
Ben Graham pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Caleb Williamson’s two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the third put Empoira State ahead to stay as the Hornets remained unbeaten. Graham took over in the top of the second and got a strikeout to escape a bases loaded jam after Mesa State took its first lead. Williamson went 4-for-4 for the Hornets. Emporia State advances to the winners’ bracket final Thursday at 3 p.m. Mesa State takes on Belmont Abbey Wednesday at 7 p.m. in an elimination game and a rematch of the tournament opener.  NCAA Recap  Emporia State Recap


Belmont Abbey 5, Grand Valley State 4
Spencer Sobol drove the first pitch through the left side for the game-winning bases-loaded rbi-single with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth as Belmont Abbey survived a frantic Grand Valley State rally to remain alive in the tournament. Michael Raymond pitched eight scoreless innings and recorded 13 strikeouts as Belmont Abbey built a 4-0 lead, but Ben Knuth’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run ninth inning for Grand Valley State. Belmont Abbey plays Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Mesa State. Grand Valley State is eliminated from the championship.  NCAA Recap  Belmont Abbey Recap

Day 3 NCAA Division II Tournament Notes – Lots of interesting tidbits if you are following the Tourney

Finally, Emporia State’s Josh Slaughter (Media Relations) is keeping a blog of the Hornets D2 College World Series experience which you can find here – Emporia Blog

Day 2 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tournament


Dowling 3, UC San Diego 1
National Pitcher of the Year Gabriel Duran took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with a complete game three-hitter to give Dowling a win. Joe Trainor’s rbi-single broke a scoreless tie and sparked a two-run fourth inning. Dowling plays Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Lynn/West Chester winner. UC San Diego faces the Lynn/West Chester loser in an elimination game Tuesday at 3 p.m.  Dowling – San Diego Recap or Dowling University Recap

Lynn 7, West Chester 3
Gabe McDougall belted a two-run homer and Dan Morgan pitched eight-plus innings to lead Lynn to a first-round victory. The Fighting Knights scored two runs each in the first, third and fourth innings. West Chester, which allowed only a combined six runs in the Atlantic Regional, had its 10-game winning streak snapped. West Chester faces UC San Diego Tuesday at 3 p.m. in an elimination game. Lynn takes on Dowling Tuesday at 7 p.m.  Lynn – West Chester Recap or Lynn University Recap

  • NCAA D2 College World Series Day 2 Notes – Day 2 Notes
  • The weather forecast for Raleigh, NC.  looks like there might be rain over the next 5 days – Raleigh 10 Day Forecast
  • Finally Ping!Baseball has released their updated rankings as of today.  They had moved UC San Diego to the top of the poll last week but with their loss to Dowling and Lynn’s continued strong showing against tough competition they have moved Lynn to #1 with Emporia & Mesa State at #2 & #3 respectively.  Those 2 teams are scheduled to meet today in an important matchup that will determine who’s in the drivers seat in Bracket #1.  Ping Poll – 5/25/09

Day 1 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tournament

Mesa State 7, Belmont Abbey 2

Craig Lanzarotta’s two-run homer in the fourth gave Mesa State its first lead and Mike Provencher’s three-run homer in the seventh broke the game open as the Mavericks rallied from an early deficit for a first-round victory. Mesa State starting pitcher Brent Lamaster overcame a two-run first inning and combined with relievers Garrett Carpenter and Aaron Guinn to hold Belmont Abbey scoreless the rest of the way. Belmont Abbey left 13 runners on base.

Emporia State 3, Grand Valley State 0

Jacob White went 3-for-3 with his first collegiate home run and Colby Killian allowed only three hits in seven scoreless innings to lead Emporia State to the win. White also sparked the Hornets defensively as the second baseman helped turn three double plays. Relievers Dominic King and Diego Soto each pitched a scoreless inning for Emporia State. Grand Valley State starter Andre Benjamin allowed only two runs on five hits in six innings. Grand Valley State plays Belmont Abbey Monday at 1 p.m. in the first elimination game. Mesa State faces Emporia State Monday at 5 p.m.

NCAA D2 College World Series Day 1 Notes – Day 1 Notes

NCAA D2 Baseball – College World Series Kicks Off

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The NCAA Division 2 College Baseball World Series kicks off today in Cary, NC.  This year there will be a new champion as all 8 teams didn’t qualify last year.  In fact, 3 of the teams are making their first ever appearance. 

The teams are separated into 2 – 4 team brackets that will play in their own mini-double elimination tournament.  The winners of each bracket will then play a single winner take all championship game which is scheduled for Saturday May 30th. 

Here are the brackets and times for opening games –

Bracket 1 –

Mesa State (Central) vs. Belmont Abbey (Southeast) – Saturday May 23rd 1pm

Grand Valley State (Midwest) vs. Emporia State (South Central) – Saturday May 23rd 5pm

Bracket 2 –

UC San Diego (West) vs. Dowling (East) – Sunday May 24th 1pm

West Chester (Atlantic) vs. Lynn (South) – Sunday May 24th 5pm

There are a bunch of resources to help you get ready for the D2 College World Series –

First off, I’ve put together this statistical comparison to show how the teams compare in 5 important categories with each other.  The ranking column (R1 – R5) shows where they compare with the 229 Division II programs in the NCAA.

Team BA R1 Slg % R2 ERA R3 SB/G R4 Fld % R5
Belmont Abbey 0.316 91 0.507 35 4.64 60 0.42 217 0.958 82
Dowling 0.277 167 0.346 202 2.09 1 2.14 15 0.965 29
Emporia State 0.338 30 0.514 27 4.54 52 1.97 24 0.97 7
Grand Valley St 0.344 14 0.495 50 3.42 8 0.95 145 0.962 48
Lynn 0.326 61 0.5 45 4.64 59 2.02 21 0.965 26
Mesa State 0.383 1 0.593 1 6.17 143 2 22 0.96 56
UC San Diego 0.342 21 0.501 43 3.74 14 1.42 81 0.981 1
West Chester 0.356 6 0.556 12 3.67 11 1.84 31 0.966 18

What this shows is that a team like Mesa State ranks #1 in all of D2 baseball for batting average and slugging percentage has by far and away the worst team ERA of the teams competing.  On the other hand, Dowling is the exact opposite.  A light hitting team that leads the country in ERA and has the highest number of stolen bases per game of any of the teams here.  UC Sand Diego leads the country in fielding percentage.  West Chester is ranked very high in almost every category.  That said, the thing these rankings don’t do is factor in strength of competition as a team like Lynn is going to have a much tougher schedule which impacts their statistics.

The NCAA has a number of sites you should visit to get ready for the games:

  • The official website with team links, results, Live Video & Live Stats – NCAA D2 College World Series Site
  • A cool, interactive tournament bracket to follow the action – D2 Bracket
  • Pre-Tournament press conference quotes from the coaches – Coach Quotes
  • The weather forecast for Raleigh, NC.  Looks good for the weekend but storms are possible all week – Raleigh 10 Day Forecast
  • The Daktronics All-American team was announced.  Three of the first-team players will be competing in the College World Series (Gabriel Duran – Dowling, Dan Wright – Lynn & Matt Bodenchuk – Mesa St) – Daktronics All-American Team 

D2 Baseball – College World Series Final 8

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The NCAA Division 2 College Baseball World Series begins this weekend in Cary, NC.  The final 2 teams (Emporia State & Lynn) have won their respective NCAA Regional Tournaments and the field is set –

Bracket 1 –

Mesa State (Central) vs. Belmont Abbey (Southeast) – Saturday May 23rd 1pm

Grand Valley State (Midwest) vs. Emporia State (South Central) – Saturday May 23rd 5pm

Bracket 2 –

UC San Diego (West) vs. Dowling (East) – Sunday May 24th 1pm

West Chester (Atlantic) vs. Lynn (South) – Sunday May 24th 5pm

D2 World Series Bracket

Here are the story lines from each team attending:

Mesa State – Mesa State’s story has no content but a nice picture of them scoring 🙂 – Mesa World Series Bound

Belmont Abbey – The Crusader’s will be making their first trip to the College World Series and had 4 team members make the Southeast Region All-Tourney team – Belmont is Regional Champ

Grand Valley State – The Lakers will be making their 4th appearance at the CWS since 2003 after dropping their first game at the Midwest Regional and then winning 4 straight.  They had 4 players named to the All-Tourney team.  Lakers Claim Midwest Crown

Emporia State – Emporia’s press release link is broken but is supposed to be here – ESU Advances to College World Series

UC San Diego – The Tritons make their first ever College World Series appearance at the D2 level.  UC San Diego Headed to CWS

Dowling – The team will be making their first ever College World Series appearance.  They sent 3 players to the All-Region team – Golden Lions World Series Bound

West Chester – The Golden Rams will be in the CWS again as they last made it in 2006.  They had 5 representative on the All-Region team – West Chester Advances to CWS

Lynn – A final team making their College World Series debut.  The team came through the toughest Region to get there.  They had 3 guys make the Regional Tournament team – Lynn CWS Bound

NCAA D2 Baseball – College World Series Bracket

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Six of the eight teams headed to Cary, NC for the NCAA Division 2 College World Series were decided yesterday with the other 2 happening today.  Those 2 remaining Regional teams include the South Central Region where Emporia State and Central Missouri play a single winner take all game to decide who advances.  The South Region is down to Florida Southern and Lynn.  Florida Southern must beat Lynn twice today in order to have a chance to advance.

The D2 College World Series is divided into 2 – 4 team brackets which will play their own mini-double elimination tournament to decide a champion.  Then, each of those bracket champions will play a single game against the other bracket’s winner to determine the NCAA Division II College Baseball National Champion.  That game is scheduled for Saturday May 30th.

Here are the first round matchups:

Bracket 1 –

Mesa State (Central) vs. Belmont Abbey (Southeast) – Saturday May 23rd 1pm

Grand Valley State (Midwest) vs. winner of Emporia State vs. Central Missouri (South Central) – Saturday May 23rd 5pm

Bracket 2 –

UC San Diego (West) vs. Dowling (East) – Sunday May 24th 1pm

West Chester (Atlantic) vs. winner of Lynn vs. Florida Southern (South) – Sunday May 24th 5pm

D2 World Series Bracket

Mesa State Wins D2 Baseball’s Central Region Tourney


Mesa State defeated Wayne State (NE) 8-2 in the NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Central Region Tournament this afternoon to claim a spot in the D2 College World Series next week.  Mesa advances to the Division II College World Series in Cary, NC which kicks off on May 23rd.  D2 College World Series Site

The loss ends Wayne State’s season at 45 wins which tied them for the most in school history.  They did place 4 players on the All-Tournament Team along with 2 from the Northern Sun’s Southwest Minnesota State team.

Central Region All-Tournament Team
C – John Plasha – Wayne State
1B – Andrew Kinney – SW Minnesota State
2B – Greg Laughlin – SW Minnesota State
SS – Matt Bodenchuk – Mesa State
3B – Oscar Sigala – NM Highlands
LF – Kevin Becker – Mesa State
CF – Joe Wendte – Wayne State
RF – Mike Provencher – Mesa State
DH – Justin Hemauer – Wayne State
SP – John Snyder – Wayne State
SP – Chris Shea – Mesa State
Most Outstanding Player – Matt Bodenchuk – SS – Mesa State

Central Region Tournament Site

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