Northern Sun Tourney Update – Top 2 Remain

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The Northern Sun Division 2 college baseball Conference Tournament continued yesterday as the 4 teams remaining played 3 games which whittled the field down to 2 final teams.  The teams remaining, Wayne State and Minnesota State, will play for a nice trophy and an NCAA automatic bid to the NCAA Regional (they will both qualify win or lose).  It is somewhat appropriate that these are the last 2 teams as they were the best 2 teams all year long and split their regular season series 2-2.  The Wildcats hold the advantage as they are undefeated and the Mavericks would need to win twice to take the title.

In games played yesterday, Wayne State advanced to the championship game by beating Upper Iowa (10-4).  WSC Advances With Win

Minnesota State advanced all the way through the losers bracket by beating Southwest Minnesota State 6-5 and then avenging an opening game loss to Upper Iowa and winning 12-3.  Upper Iowa’s season appears to be over and they finish with an overall record of 26-26.  The team loses 13 seniors, including 3/4 of it’s primary starting pitchers.  Upper Iowa Drops 2 Games

Southwest Minnesota State’s loss to Minnesota State knocked them out of the NSIC Tourney but they still have an excellent chance to get their first ever NCAA Tournament bid.  The Mustangs entered the week in 5th place in the NCAA D2 Regional college baseball poll and the top 6 teams make the Regional.  SMSU was rooting for Upper Iowa to lose and not take the automatic bid.  SMSU Awaits Possible NCAA Bid

 

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In other games of interest, Colorado State – Pueblo battled all the way back through the loser’s bracket of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament to win the NCAA automatic bid.  The ThunderWolves entered the week as the #6 team in the NCAA Central Region poll and have assured themselves of not being nervous later today that someone might have jumped ahead of them to take the final spot.  Pueblo Claims RMAC Championship

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8 Responses to “Northern Sun Tourney Update – Top 2 Remain”


  1. 1 fishingmn May 10, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Minnesota State wins the Noon game 6-5 scoring single runs in the 8th and 9th inning to win and force a final winner take all game.

  2. 2 fishingmn May 10, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    In looking closer – it was even in dramatic fashion as DH Matt Kuchenbecker homered with 2 outs for the deciding run.

  3. 3 fishingmn May 10, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Amazing game so far – Minnesota State just took a 9-8 lead in the top of the 7th. That’s the 5th lead change in the game. Still a long way to go in the 9 inning game.

  4. 4 fishingmn May 10, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    And WSC comes right back in the bottom of the 7th to tie

  5. 5 WSCDad May 10, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Congratulations to Mankato. Come from behind twice – they have a pretty strong ball club. I hope we can play another championship game against them next Sunday.

    Go Cats!!

  6. 6 wscsuperfan May 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    The sweep hurt the Wildcats as they fall to the #3 seed. The Central Region tournament bracket has been released, with game times to be announced on Monday. The tournament will be held in Grand Junction, Colorado May 14 to 17.

    #1 Mesa State (39-13) vs. #6 Colorado State-Pueblo (39-20)
    #3 Wayne State (42-13) vs. #4 New Mexico Highlands (39-18)
    #2 Minnesota State-Mankato (38-15) vs. #5 Southwest Minnesota State (27-13)

  7. 7 WSCDad May 11, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Wildcats play at 11 followed by Mankato/SWMS at 2:30. Good luck to everybody.

  8. 8 wscsuperfan May 12, 2009 at 7:49 am

    WSC’s website has an updated schedule out. Says the Wildcats play Highlands at 1:00, Mankato plays at 4:30 and the nightcap is at 8:00.


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