NCAA D2 Baseball Central Region – 4 Remain

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The NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Regional Tournaments continued yesterday as teams started being eliminated.  At the Central Region site in Grand Junction, CO the 6 teams were whittled down to 4 –

Friday May 15th
Game 4 –
CSU-Pueblo 13 vs. Minnesota St.-Mankato 4 Box Score
(Minnesota St.-Mankato Eliminated)
Game 5 – Mesa State 15 vs. NM Highlands 13 Box Score
(NM Highlands Eliminated)
Game 6 – Southwest Minnesota St. 12 vs. Wayne State 28 Box Score

With 4 teams remaining the bracket now looks like this –

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The Northern Sun Conference regular season champion, Wayne State, and the Rocky Mountain Conference regular season champion, Mesa State, are both undefeated and play each other in a key game today at 12:30 MDT.  SMSU and CSU-Pueblo will try to battle through the loser’s bracket.  After today only 2 teams will remain in the battle to reach the NCAA Division 2 College World Series.

Wayne State (NE) set a number of records in their big 28-12 win over SMSU.  They had 32 hits which broke the old record of 30 and 27 RBI’s tied a D2 playoff record.  Justin Hemauer set a new NCAA Division II record with 7 hits in 1 game as he went 7-8.  In fact, every Wildcat batter recorded 2 or more hits, scored a run and had an RBI.  D2 Records Fall in WSC Win

The win actually calls into question the strategy employed by the Mustangs coaching staff.  With Wayne State leading 11-2 after 4 innings the Mustangs basically decided they were going to lose and threw in the towel.  They put in a pitcher who had pitched only 1 inning all year and cast him to the Wolves (or Cats in this case) as that pitcher gave up 12 hits and 14 runs in the 1.2 innings he pitched.  The team did come back and score 12 runs so who knows how it might have turned out if they had played it straight and not thrown the game away after 4 innings.  Box Score  SMSU Stats

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7 Responses to “NCAA D2 Baseball Central Region – 4 Remain”


  1. 1 fishingmn May 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    2-1 Mesa after 3 1/2 innings. All the runs scored in the 1st inning.

    WSC’s pitcher, Chad Moreland, has faced the minimum number of batters since then.

  2. 2 fishingmn May 16, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Mesa State beats Wayne State 14-7 and now is in the driver’s seat to win the Central Region Tourney. Wayne State will play the winner of Pueblo vs. SMSU later today.

  3. 3 WSCDad May 16, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Great pitching performance from Chad Moreland. Never should have gotten into extra innings. You said it aa the season was getting underway Fish – the defense could be the downfall and it beat them today. 5 errors to against a team that hits like Mesa does and well….

    Still got games to play, it’s not over yet. Go Cats.

  4. 4 chris76topher May 16, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    gutsy performance by the team today! way to battle through and explode late! as a grand juction resident, i hope more people come out tomorrow and support their Mavericks! GOOD LUCK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOMORROW!!!!! GO MAVS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. 5 wscsuperfan May 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    At the end of the 4th inning in the elimination game, WSC leads Colorado State-Pueblo 5-0.

  6. 6 wscsuperfan May 16, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Wayne State defeated Colorado State-Pueblo 6-1, eliminating CSU-Pueblo.

    The Wildcats will have to beat Mesa State twice on Sunday to take the regional title. Game #1 is at noon, with game #2 (if necessary) to follow at 3:30 p.m.

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