2 Games Left – Can Duluth & Augies Pull It Off?

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There are 2 games left in the Northern Sun Conference Division 2 college baseball regular season.  After Thursday’s games there were some who suggested that the NSIC’s top 6 teams were determined already and that this weekend didn’t matter all that much.  For example, there was this quote on the D2 Message Board –

It looks like the top six spots for the NSIC tournament are pretty much wrapped up.

Well, after Saturday’s games the top 6 spots are still very much up for grabs:

  • Minnesota Duluth came into their series with Upper Iowa on a tear having won 13 of their last 18 Conference games to move into 7th place.  The path to the NSIC playoffs was clear – sweep all 4 games from the Peacocks.  After Saturday the Bulldogs are half way there as they won 7-1 and 5-4 to pull within 1/2 game of Upper Iowa.  If they sweep the games today they are playing in St. Cloud on Thursday.  Duluth’s freshman starter, Anders Engberg, continues to impress with his 4th straight complete game win in game 1.  In game 2, Upper Iowa outhit Minnesota Duluth (9-6) but gave up 2 unearned runs (to go along with 6 unearned in game 1).  The Peacock’s still have their top starter, Lucas Wilsing, available to start today.   Minnesota Duluth Recap  Upper Iowa Recap
  • St. Cloud State needed to win just 2 of their last 6 games to assure themselves a spot in the NSIC Tournament.  Unfortunately for them, their last 6 games were against the league’s top 2 teams.  So far they are 0-4, having lost 2 to Wayne State on Thursday and being swept yesterday by Minnesota State by scores of 6-3 and 6-4.  In game 1, the Maverick’s ace pitcher, Patrick Lenton, moved to 9-1 and the Huskies starter, Logan Birr suffered his first loss of the season (8-1).  Another of the Huskies top 3 pitchers (Tim Scott) took the game 2 loss.  If St. Cloud State doesn’t sweep today they are in serious danger of missing the playoffs.  St. Cloud State Recap
  • One of the big reasons the Huskies are in danger is because Augustana is finishing their season with 4 games against last place Northern State.  Yesterday they easily swept their fellow South Dakota school by scores of 11-4 and 11-2.  There’s every reason to think they will get the sweep today as well.  There are 2 ways that the Augies reach the NSIC Tourney – Augustana Recap
    • Sweep Northern State and have SCSU lose a game.
    • Split with Northern State, have SCSU get swept and UMD get swept  but
    • If Augustana sweeps, SCSU sweeps and Upper Iowa/Minnesota Duluth split it would tie Augustana for 6th place with Upper Iowa but according to my reading of the tiebreaker the Peacocks would get the bid because of a better record against Winona State of all teams.
  • Speaking of Winona State, they split a pair of games against Concordia (14-12 & 2-3).  Winona starter, Ross Hellenbrand, moved to 8-2 on the season with a win in game 1.  Concordia’s senior catcher, Chris Herbert, had 6 RBI’s in the game 1 loss to break the Golden Bear’s record for RBI’s in a season.  He then got 2 more in game 2 to lead the team to victory.  Concordia Recap  Winona State Recap
  • Wayne State swept Minnesota Crookston (17-1, 13-1) to maintain their 1/2 game lead atop the standings over Minnesota State.  It looks likely that the Wildcats will win their 6th straight regular season title.  Wayne State Recap
  • Southwest Minnesota State managed to recover from a late game loss to gain a split against the University of Mary (5-6, 8-7).  The Mustangs have shown a propensity to lose to lower tier teams as they now have losses on the season against Mary, Crookston and Bemidji.  Mary’s Casey Gray came up with a walk off single in game 1 with 2 outs in the 7th inning.  Mary Recap  SMSU Recap
  • Bemidji State split a pair of non-Conference games with Montana State – Billings  Bemidji State Recap
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8 Responses to “2 Games Left – Can Duluth & Augies Pull It Off?”


  1. 1 John Plasha May 3, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Any Idea on what the quickest way to get results of Wayne St./Minn Cr. games? Live Stats are not available.

  2. 2 fishingmn May 3, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Peacocks lead Bulldogs 9-2 in the 6th inning. Looks like UMD’s run at the playoffs is over.

  3. 4 John Plasha May 3, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Wayne State wins 2. Congrats to Coach Mags and his 500th win and the teams 6th straight NSIC crown.

    • 5 WSCDad May 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm

      5oo wins and 6 straight conference championships. Now this year finally winning the region and going to the world series (fingers crossed!!) Congrats Mags on 500!

      Plash

      Send me an email rpolk@cfse.com

  4. 6 WSCDad May 3, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Fish

    Remember those predictions? Well here is what I guessed:

    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

    And here is how it went. The Augies made it = wohoo. Couple of weeks ago I thought they were the best we played. Then we played MSU – they can really hit it. Good luck to everybody. You can rub it in now Fish.

    1 Wayne State (NE) 27 4 .871
    2 Minnesota State 25 5 .833
    3 Winona State 20 12 .625
    4 SW Minnesota St 16 10 .615
    5 Upper Iowa 18 13 .581
    6 Augustana 17 14 .548
    7 St. Cloud State 15 13 .536
    8 Concord St. Paul 16 15 .516

  5. 7 Peacockgal May 3, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I see you didn’t give the peacocks enough credit. The season was hard on them with a lot of ups and downs, but they are a very talented group of guys. Congrats to them for not geting down on themselves, and finishing strong against a very good deluth team!!
    final scores- UIU 11- UMD 6, UIU 12- UMD 4.

    • 8 wscsuperfan May 3, 2009 at 10:45 pm

      I was the one that said the top six may have been locked up……I don’t plan on playing the lottery anytime soon either!

      🙂


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