Archive for March 8th, 2010

NSIC Names Week 5 Award Winners & March 8th Polls

The Northern Sun Conference has named their Players of the Week for the week ending March 7th, 2010.  They are –

NSIC Player of the Week
Photo#14 Jordan Smith
OF, 6-4, 205, Fr., R/L
Willmar, Minn.
Wilmar HS
St. Cloud State

Jordan Smith batted .615 in three games played at the Heffington Opitical Invitational in Sprinfield, Mo. on March 5-7. Smith posted two RBIs, three hits, one home run and one run in four at bats against Ouachita Baptist. SCSU went on to win the game 5-3. Smith also had three putouts and one assist in the game. In the second game of tournament play, Smith was 4-of-5 in a tough 9-7 loss against Arkansas Tech. He hit for the cycle in the contest with one single, one double, one triple and one home run in the game. He had four RBIs for the Huskies in the game and also one putout in the outfield. To end the weekend, Smith had one hit and three putouts in a 15-4 loss to #4 ranked Southern Arkansas. He also was called on to pitch two innings of play against Southern Arkansas. In the three games, Smith posted two runs, eight hits, six RBI, one double, one triple, two homers, seven putouts and one assist. On the season, Smith leads the Huskies with a .523 batting average, 23 hits and 18 RBIs. He also has three doubles, one triple and 9 runs this season.

NSIC Pitcher of the Week
Photo#19 Jordan Triestram
RHP, 6-0, 195, Sr., R/R
Shakopee, Minn.
Minnesota, Crookston

Jordan Triestram threw five innings on no hit ball, allowing one unearned as the Golden Eagles defeated Wisconsin-Stout 5-1 last Thursday. Triestram struck out seven and walked three while gaining his first career victory.

In other news:

  • College Baseball News has released their latest NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Poll and both Minnesota State and Winona State were tied for 29th place.  St. Cloud State also received votes this week.
  • PING! Baseball has released their D2 Baseball poll for the week and no Northern Sun teams make the Top 30
  • Cody Wilcoxson of Concordia continues to be an active blogger on the PING site.  He’s blogging regularly on the Golden Bears’ spring trip to Florida which is an interesting read.  Blogging From Florida
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What’s With Wayne?

Wayne State1

Yesterday, Wayne State suffered a 6-1 loss to Wisconsin Parkside and 12-1 loss to Southern Indiana to move to 4-8 on the season.  The Wildcats were favored by many (including this writer) to continue their winning ways and challenge for their 7th straight Northern Sun Conference regular season title.

While the Conference games haven’t started yet, there have got to be a few nervous people in Nebraska.  So what has changed from last year?

Is it the pitching?

The 2010 Wildcats have a team ERA of 4.71 which is actually slightly down from 2009’s 4.86.  Their Batting Average Allowed is slightly worse (.289 vs. .284) and their WHIP (Walks + Hits divided by Innings Pitched) is almost identical.  I don’t think it’s the pitching.

Is it the fielding?

The 2009 version of Wayne State wasn’t exactly known as a top fielding team and the 2010 squad has continued that tradition.  The 2010 fielding % is slightly worse (.951 vs. .956) but more importantly the errors are costing them more.  Last year about 20% of the runs scored against them were unearned.  In 2010 that number is up to 25%.  So, fielding is a contributing factor but not the major one.

Is it the hitting?

The 2009 Wildcat team was amazing at the plate as they outhit their opponents by a wide margin and had all 11 of their primary hitters with batting averages over .300.  Nine of those guys had a slugging % above .494.  Here are the batting averages for the 10 primary batters so far in 2010 –

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As you can see, only 2 guys are batting over .300.  Their team batting average is down .107 points and their slugging percentage is down a whopping .210 points.  Their team batting average is only .234 which is 55 points below their opponents.  The lack of hitting is clearly a major reason for the slow start this year.

Conclusion

The team had lofty expectations entering 2010 as they were ranked #14 in the country by the College Baseball News Preseason D2 Poll.  The explanation of this team being slow starters better get solved soon as the start of Conference games is just 12 days away.  One has to wonder if the loss of Coach Manganaro had more of an impact than most of us thought.


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