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Wayne State – 2010 Preview

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Today I conclude my 2010 season previews with a preview of Wayne State.  I look back at their results in 2009, key roster transitions and make a prediction about where I expect the 2010 team will finish.

Wayne State – 2009 Results

The Wildcats concluded 2009 the same way they’ve been concluding seasons for some time now – with the Northern Sun Conference regular season title and a trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament.  In fact, this was the 6th straight conference title and NCAA appearance.  Along the way, the team set records for most wins by a NSIC team in league play going 27-4 and tying a team record for most wins in a season with an overall record of 45-14.  After winning the regular season crown the team finished 2nd in the NSIC Postseason Tournament (NSIC Tourney Results) and then went on to finish 2nd in the NCAA Regional to just miss out on a chance to advance to the D2 College World Series Mesa State Upends Wayne St.

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Northern Sun Preseason Coaches Poll Released

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Yesterday, the Northern Sun Conference released their preseason coaches poll and a surprise team sits atop the projected standings Northern Sun Press Release

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St. Paul, MN. – The defending NSIC Tournament Champions of Minnesota State University, Mankato were the top pick in the 2010 NSIC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll. This marks the first time since 2003 that Wayne State has not been selected by the NSIC Baseball Coaches as the preseason favorite. Minnesota State amassed 151 points after receiving seven first place votes (coaches can’t vote for their own team) to edge Wayne State’s 148 points and five first place votes.
SMSU, the last NSIC team besides Wayne State to earn the coaches nod, had 120 points while Winona State had 118 and St. Cloud State had 114 points and a first place vote.

In addition to the poll, coaches named their Preseason Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year –

NSIC Preseason Players of the Year
Photo#20 Joe Wendte
OF, 5-11, Sr.,
South Sioux City, Neb.
Heelan HS
Wayne State College

Wendte was named to the 2009 Rawlings/ABCA All-American 1st Team as well as being named the 2009 NSIC Player of the Year. He hit .396 last season with 14 homers and a team-high 67 RBI’s to help the Wildcats win a sixth straight Northern Sun Conference regular season title. He set a new school record with 83 runs scored, which ranked fifth in NCAA Division II, and had a team-high 51 walks to rank eighth in NCAA Division II. Wendte was a three-time NSIC Player of the Week last season and he led the Wildcats in hits (78), doubles (20), stolen bases (19), slugging percentage (.741) and on-base percentage (.527). Wendte also received First Team Daktronics Inc. All-Central Region honors last season.

NSIC Preseason Pitcher of the Year
Photo#23 Adam Schrader
RHP, 6-3, 205, Sr., R/R Easton, Minn.
United South Central HS
Southwest Minnesota State University

Schrader finished 5-1 last season with a 3.88 earned run average in 11 appearances, including 10 starts. He was named the team’s most valuable pitcher and a second team all-region honoree in 2009 as he led the Mustangs in innings pitched (60.1), complete games (3) and strikeouts (67). He begins the 2010 season ranking fourth in school history in strikeouts (182), seventh in games started (36) and ninth in innings pitched (188.2). Against Winona State last season, Schrader recorded a school record 15 strikeouts as he broke the previous record of 14 set by Dean Champine in 1973.

While there should be no question about naming Wendte, the naming of Schrader is a little more surprising.  Schrader didn’t get named to either the Conference’s 1st or 2nd team All-Conference teams last spring and there are plenty of players who were that are returning and had better stats. 

Sometimes You Get a Curveball

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Sometimes in life things don’t go quite as you thought they might.  When you zig, life zags and when you think you got the next pitch figured out, you get a curveball.  Such it is with this writer who started this blog as a way to track his son play D2 baseball in the Northern Sun Conference for the 2009-10 season.  But, things don’t always go as planned, especially with teenagers who are trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives.

So, if you haven’t figured it out by now, my son won’t be playing NSIC baseball this year which leaves this blog in a bit of a quandary.  If he’s not at a NSIC school my interest in covering Northern Sun Baseball will be significantly decreased.  On top of that, my Realtor business is getting crazy busy which was already impacting how much time I was going to be able to put into the blog.  Here are the choices I can think of –

  1. Shut down for the time being with extremely limited content
  2. Post occasional content but leave it more free form for NSIC fans to communicate with each other via the comments
  3. Find some other contributors who want to step up and be writers for the blog

So, if 1 or more of you want to take a shot at being writers let me know and I’ll grant you access to the blog & train you on creating posts (or you could just e-mail me content which I would post). 

On a personal note, I feel bad that I won’t be spending as much time here.   To have had more than 56,000 visits to my blog in less than a year has been very humbling.  I’m going to miss meeting a lot of you in the stands.

So, instead of the NSIC stands I’ll be in some other bleachers.  I’ve spent 17 years teaching my son the game I love and following his every contest.  That won’t stop – ever.

Minnesota State – 2010 Preview

Minnesota State

Today I continue with my series looking at the top teams in the Northern Sun Conference by previewing Minnesota State.  I look back at their results in 2009, key roster transitions and make a prediction about where I expect the 2010 team will finish.

Minnesota State – 2009 Results

The Mavericks were picked to finish 2nd in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in 2009 and that’s exactly where they finished.  They ended up 1 1/2 games behind the eventual champion, Wayne State.  The team then advanced to the Northern Sun Postseason Tournament where they lost their first game before reeling off 5 straight wins to claim the automatic bid to the NCAA Central Regional (Minnesota State Wins NSIC Tourney).  The flamed out in 2 straight NCAA Tourney games but it was still a very productive year and they finished with a 38-17 record in coach Matt Magers first year as the manager.

The team ranked in the top half of most statistical categories within D2 baseball and among Northern Sun teams.  They were 4th in the league in batting, 3rd in ERA and 3rd in fielding.  One glaring weakness was their stolen bases where they ranked 2nd to last in the league.

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