Northern Sun D2 Baseball Tourney Starts Today

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The Northern Sun Conference begins it’s Division 2 college baseball Tournament today.  The teams are battling it out for an automatic bid to the NCAA Division 2 college baseball Regional Tournament and a chance to compete for the D2 National Championship. 

The Tournament is a double elimination format – the entire bracket is available here – Northern Sun Tourney Bracket

The games are being played at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud (MN).  If you can’t make it there in person you can follow all the games in Live Stats – NSIC Live Stats Link

The 6 games to be played in the first round are:

Upper Iowa  Minnesota State

Noon Game – #5 Upper Iowa University (18-13, 24-24) vs. #2 Minnesota State (25-5, 33-14)

2009 Season Series – Minnesota State swept Upper Iowa 4-0 in the opening series of the year

  • On paper this game looks like Minnesota State should be clearly favored.  They won all 4 previous meetings between the 2 teams and Minnesota State has a much better record.  The Mavericks are coming off of a tough stretch of 12 games where they were 9-3 against Concordia, Wayne State and St. Cloud State.  Upper Iowa does have a record of 7-5 against 3 of the other teams in the Tournament (WSU, SMSU, AU) so they can certainly challenge in any 1 game. 

 

augustana Wayne State1

#6 Augustana (17-14, 27-21) vs. #1 Wayne State, NE (27-4, 39-11)

2009 Season Series – Wayne State won series 3-1

  • Wayne State was dominant all year and walked away with their 6th straight Northern Sun Conference regular season championship.  That said, Augustana did give the Wildcats one of their 4 league losses and played 2 of the other games close. 

 

SW MN State Winona State

#4 Southwest Minnesota State (16-10, 26-11) vs. #3 Winona State (20-12, 29-19)

2009 Season Series – Teams split series 2-2, all 4 games won by road team

  • These 2 teams have played each other 4 times in the past 2 weeks and every time the game has been a high scoring game.  In fact, for the 4 games, the teams averaged over 20 runs combined in each.  SMSU has been a strong hitting team all year whereas Winona has had a little more balance between pitching & batting.  The Mustangs did have a couple losses this past weekend against Mary which make you scratch your head and wonder if they are coming into the playoffs playing their best baseball.
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31 Responses to “Northern Sun D2 Baseball Tourney Starts Today”


  1. 1 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Mesa State drops their opening game of the RMAC tournament….

    Nebraska-Kearney 4, Colorado State-Pueblo 1
    Regis 16, Mesa State 10
    New Mexico Highlands 9, Metro State 4

    Today’s (Thursday’s) Games……

    Mesa State vs. Colorado State-Pueblo (12:00 p.m.) – Elimination Game
    Regis vs. Metro State (3:00 p.m.)
    Nebraska-Kearney vs. New Mexico Highlands (7:00 p.m.)

  2. 2 WSCDad May 7, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Interesting – how is the NCAA going to sort all this out?

    Go Pueblo!!

  3. 3 fishingmn May 7, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Interesting stuff wsc –

    Pueblo could be in deep doodoo if Regis or Kearney wins the RMAC.

  4. 4 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Upper Iowa up 11-0 on Mankato in the 5th inning…

  5. 5 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    UIU up 14-1 in the 7th inning.

  6. 6 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    And in the RMAC tourney, in the 5th inning, CSU-Pueblo leads Mesa State 2-0 in the 5th inning.

  7. 7 WSCDad May 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    UI 17 MSU 5

    WOW! I got nothin else. I only hope that the upsets are almost over!!

    Go Cats.

  8. 8 WSCDad May 7, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Only 16 for the Peacocks. My bad.

    Man, I really don’t want to lose to Peacocks. That would be nearly as bad as Artichokes!!

  9. 9 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    16-5 Cocks in the bottom of the 8th.

  10. 10 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Top of the 6th in the RMAC elimination game, Pueblo leads Mesa 3-0.

  11. 11 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Final:

    Upper Iowa 16, Minnesota State-Mankato 6

  12. 12 Peacockgal May 7, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Congrat to my peacock guys, for pulling a nice upset 16-6 over Mankato. They are finally playing like they should of all year, and i take quite the offense to the comment that you really don’t want to lose to the peacocks!! THey are a great team, with a lot of talent…Keep on going guys 🙂

  13. 13 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    7th inning: CSU-Pueblo 4, Mesa State 0

  14. 14 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Colorado State-Pueblo wins 6-3. Mesa State goes 0-2 and is eliminated from the RMAC tournament. Does this open the door for WSC to grab the #1 spot in the region with a strong showing in the NSIC tourney?

  15. 15 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Bottom 3rd inning, WSC leads Augustana 4-0.

  16. 16 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    4-2 WSC leads, still in the 3rd.

  17. 17 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Bottom of 4th….WSC 5, Augie 3

  18. 18 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Bottom 8th……WSC 7, Augie 6

  19. 19 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Correction……….Top of the 8th

  20. 20 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Wayne State beats Augustana 8-7 in 10 innings. WSC will now face the Winona State/Southwest Minnesota State loser while Augie will take on Minnesota State-Mankato in an elimination game tomorrow.

  21. 21 wscsuperfan May 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Upper Iowa will take on the Winona/SMSU winner tomorrow.

  22. 22 Peacockgal May 7, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Upper Iowa will be playing Southwest tomorrow at 7 pm. Southwest defeated winona 9-6. This season the teams split 2-2, all really close games, so i’m really excited to see how this one is gonna turn out! Good luck Peacocks!!

  23. 23 wscsuperfan May 8, 2009 at 1:07 am

    RMAC results from Thursday…..

    Metro State 19, Regis 8
    Nebraska-Kearney 5, New Mexico Highlands 3
    Colorado State-Pueblo 6, Mesa State 3 (Mesa eliminated)

    Friday matchups:

    Colorado State-Pueblo vs. Metro State (elimination game)
    New Mexico Highlands vs. Regis (elimination game)
    Nebraska-Kearney vs. Regis/New Mexico Highlands winner

  24. 24 wscsuperfan May 8, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    In the elimination game today, Minnesota State-Mankato defeated Augustana 14-4 to send the Vikings home. Mankato will now face the Upper Iowa/Southwest Minnesota State loser in another elimination game Saturday afternoon at 3:30.

  25. 25 wscsuperfan May 8, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    In the RMAC tourney today, New Mexico Highlands defeated Regis 12-3. Regis is eliminated.

  26. 26 SCSU May 8, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    http://www.stcloudstate.edu/athletics/sports/livestats/sportsstats1/xlive.htm

    here is the link for live stats…We at SCSU have a tourney button-page at the bottom of our home page as well

  27. 27 wscsuperfan May 8, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Wayne State defeated Winona State 13-9, eliminating the Warriors. WSC will face the Upper Iowa/SMSU winner in a championship bracket game on Saturday, with the loser of that game taking on Mankato in an elimination contest.

  28. 28 wscsuperfan May 8, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    In the RMAC, Colorado State-Pueblo defeated Metro State 11-10, eliminating Metro State.

    Nebraska-Kearney is currently playing New Mexico Highlands. A win by Kearney eliminates Highlands. A UNK loss puts all three teams at one loss apiece in the tourney.

  29. 29 Peacockgal May 8, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Upper Iowa just beat Southwest 8-5!! Peacock pitcher Brian solemsuas went all nine innings!!! I would for sure hate to be Wayne, upper iowa is on a role!! love you guys, GOOD LUCK TOMMORROW, and enjoy your vicotry!!! 🙂

  30. 30 wscsuperfan May 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Wayne State will play Upper Iowa in a winner’s bracket game at noon.

    Minnesota State-Mankato will play Southwest Minnesota State in an elimination game at 3:30.

    The WSC/UIU loser would play the winner of the Mankato/SMSU game at 7:00 on Saturday night, with the winner of that contest taking on the WSC/UIU winner on Sunday in the championship game, with the WSC/UIU winner needing to be beat twice.

  31. 31 wscsuperfan May 8, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    In the RMAC tourney today….

    New Mexico Highlands 12, Regis 3 (Regis eliminated)
    Colorado State-Pueblo 11, Metro State 10 (Metro eliminated)
    New Mexico Highlands 8, Nebraska-Kearney 7

    So if I read the bracket correctly, tomorrow schedule:

    CSU-Pueblo vs. Nebraska-Kearney (noon) (elimination)

    Then at 3:00 p.m. would be the RMAC championship game:

    New Mexico Highlands vs. CSU-Pueblo/Nebraska-Kearney winner


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