Northern Sun Team Statistics


The NCAA has started publishing their Division 2 baseball statistics for the 2009-10 season which gives us a great way to compare the different teams within the NSIC against each other and see how they stack up nationally.  NCAA Statistics Tool (Choose Division II and then lots of selections to get to the Northern Sun list).

Here’s how the teams rank among all 225 D2 baseball programs:

Batting Average


St. Cloud State leads all Northern Sun teams with a team batting average of .354 which ranks 12th in all of Division 2 baseball.  Augustana and Minnesota State also look like they are having very good years at the plate.  Every other team in the Conference ranks in the bottom half of D2.  We’ve previously chronicled the problems at the plate for perennial power Wayne State.  Even with a strong weekend at Bemidji they still rank in the bottom 20% (although the Monday games aren’t in the stats).

Most of the other hitting categories are very similar.

Stolen Bases Per Game


Another measure to look at is which teams are creating scoring opportunities and using stolen bases to put pressure on the defense and pitchers.   As you can see, it’s a lot of the same teams but this statistic is obviously a measure of how often you are on base too which shows up in the batting average.  It may be more useful to look at which ones are different such as Mary which has a low batting average but a much higher steal ranking and Bemidji State who has a decent batting average but looks like they hardly ever steal.

Earned Run Average


I said early on in my preview that Minnesota State was going to be in good shape with their pitching and that shows up as they are ranked 11th nationally (and 8th nationally in hits allowed/game).  Among the other top teams, St. Cloud State is pitching well as are Winona State and Wayne State.  Mary’s pitchers are doing very well which is a surprise.  Augustana is sitting at 4-0 in the Conference standings but it looks like they are going to be fighting the opposite issue of Wayne State this year (good pitching, average hitting).  Minnesota Duluth is much improved compared to last year when their pitching at the beginning of the year was awful. 

Fielding Percentage


The Northern Sun Conference sports 4 teams ranked among the top 20 teams in D2 baseball in regards to fielding.  Once again we see St. Cloud State and Minnesota State near the top of the rankings showing that these teams are solid in all phases of the game.  Southwest Minnesota State is a bit of an enigma since they’ve played few games so far but being last in fielding and middle of the pack in other categories doesn’t bode well for a team that made the NCAA Regional Tourney last year.

Individual Stats

It should be noted some great rankings so far among NSIC players –

  • Zach Rowles of Minnesota State is 10th nationally with a .508 Batting Average
  • Mary’s Andy Leer leads the country in Triples per Game
  • Wayne State’s Nick Bidroski is 6th in the country with a .607 On Base Percentage
  • Minnesota Duluth’s Tyler Erickson is 20th in Stolen Bases per Game
  • St. Cloud State Freshman Shawn Riesgraf is 17th nationally with a 1.19 Earned Run Average.  Their are 6 NSIC pitchers in the top 50 including 2 from Mary
  • Josh Voth of Wayne State is 2nd in Walks Allowed per 9 Innings as he only allows .43 per full game


While these make for interesting analysis, they are somewhat meaningless from the standpoint of comparing teams since every team plays different levels of non conference schedules.  Last year at this time St. Cloud State was also near the top of every Conference ranking and finished outside the Top 6 NSIC teams.  I do think their early schedule was much improved this year.

21 Responses to “Northern Sun Team Statistics”

  1. 1 John Plasha Sr. March 25, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Hey Fish,
    I gotta tell ya, you do one heckofa job with this web site. I don’t know where you find the time but I for one want to thank you for providing guys like me an avenue to follow NSIC baseball from a distance. Without this we would all have to rely on our favorite ball players for info and we all know how that one works. It’s obvious you put in a lot of effort compiling the info for this latest topic which goes above and beyond your promiss of letting the blog self exist for us BB junkies to communicate on. And for that I thank you.

    • 2 Wow March 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

      That is for sure John. A great way to find the inside info sometime. Good luck with UMD this weekend. Keep the lead off guy off of base because he will run. Hits to the right side mostly.

  2. 3 imafan March 25, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I share those sentiments. Much apprieciated and valued. Thank you!!

  3. 4 IMAFAN March 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    A litle surprised at St. Cloud and Mary score. Think it has allot to do with St. cloud playing more than Mary vs. teams. I admire St. Cloud for the number of games they are getting into regardless of who you play. To play more should make your club better

  4. 5 Anonymous March 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    St. Cloud has played as of today 23 games. Augustana has played 26. MSU has played 20. Wayne 18. Bemidji 21. CU 21. Northern 19.
    So I think we should admire a few more teams not just ST. Cloud who is paying the big bill at the Dome and playing 23 games there that they have scheduled.

  5. 6 cu17dad March 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    CU in the Dome tomorrow evening. Gonna be a long trip up to see the games and drive back to DSM.

    They are due to play a complete game tomorrow.

    • 7 fishingmn March 26, 2010 at 7:27 pm

      Sr. Lipp – if you get to the Twin Cities early enough tomorrow you should head over to the Gophers D1 game at 1pm – they get the innagural game tomorrow at the Twins new Target Field downtown. For $2 it will be worth it just to walk around the new stadium..

      • 8 John Plasha Sr. March 26, 2010 at 8:27 pm

        I might have to check that out myself. I’ll be in town Wed. night for WSC DH at Concordia Thur. and Friday. Do you know if the new stadium is open to the public for walk-a-bouts?

  6. 9 fishingmn March 27, 2010 at 5:50 am

    I don’t think so John. You could certainly walk around the outside – it’s a very nice looking park and less than 10 miles from Concordia. There’s a multi-story, public parking ramp that looks down over the park from the outfield that you might be able to walk up to the top of to have the best view into the stadium.

  7. 10 fishingmn March 27, 2010 at 11:13 am

    St. Cloud State sweeps Mary this morning. With their 4 wins in the past 2 days they move to 21-4 on the season and 8-0 in the NSIC. Next week’s contests at Duluth should be a little more competitive but the Huskies are beating the lesser teams handily, just like a good team is supposed to do.

    St. Cloud State also won its first ever NCAA D1 Tourney game in double OT last night to advance and play Wisconsin for the right to go to the Frozen Four. As Minnesota alum and huge Gopher hockey fan I say – Go Huskies!

  8. 11 fishingmn March 27, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    In the best matchup of the weekend, Upper Iowa wins game 1 of their series, beating Minnesota State 4-2. The Mavericks earned the split by winning game 2, 6-4, after scoring 6 runs in the final 2 innings to overcome the Peacocks 4 run lead. Blake Schwarz moves to 5-0 for State with that game 2 win.

    • 12 Dave March 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      It sounded like Upper Iowa really hit the ball well and got a couple of good pitching performances from the two starters. They especially hit well in the first game and did that off of a very good pitcher (Lenton). They were tough in the tournament last year too. I’m pretty sure they lost a lot of seniors after last year too. They must have done a good job reloading and are overcoming some early season struggles. Should be two more good games tomorrow. Wish I could be there.

    • 13 John Plasha Sr. March 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm

      Actually had 5 runs in the top of the 6th including a 3 run PH homer.

      • 14 Dave March 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm

        That 3-run homer came with two outs after a strikeout/passed ball for the batter just before too. Talk about capitalizing on an opponent’s mistake.

  9. 15 John Plasha Sr. March 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    From what I read on live stats it came after a strikeout/wild pitch not a strikeout/passed ball. The end result was the same and although it might not sound like a big differance to most, take it from the father of a catcher, there is a big differance indeed. The passed ball which occured earlier in the inning did no damage just mearly moved the runner up a base. You are right though about capitalizing on mistakes. Thats what good teams do.

    • 16 Dave March 27, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      Ok, my mistake. You’re right that there is a big difference and I should have looked at the box score. As the father of a pitcher I understand the difference too. (Maybe I subconsciously went with passed ball instead of wild pitch because of that.) The guy broadcasting on the web was so confused about what happened that I couldn’t get the straight scoop. I stand corrected. My apologies to the Upper Iowa catcher.

      • 17 John Plasha Sr. March 28, 2010 at 11:19 am

        That was pretty funny. I can relate to that “subconscious” thing. I’m just the oppisate as I’m sure you can understand. Actually one of the reasons I’m so anal about it is cause in general most players are judged on offensive stats. The majority of the post-season awards are based on batting averages with the exception of pitchers and they have W-L records, ERA’s, SO’s ect. All catchers have is “CS” and PB’s and that’s missleading because a certian amount of bases are stolen on the pitcher. (No offence) Besides that the only thing left is passed balls and you would be surprized how many people don’t know the differance.

      • 18 Wow March 29, 2010 at 10:45 am

        I would like some type of stat kept for catchers for blocked pithces in the dirt. A good pitcher with a great slider depends on his catcher and must have the confidence in his catcher to stop these balls. Many times that is what the pitch is for a K.

  10. 19 Jim March 29, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I was at the NSU vs Mankato games and let me tell you that Mankato builds there stats up! They never game Northern errors or easy play they booted, but when they made errors they handed them out with ease so their pitching staff’s ERA stays low.

    • 20 Dave March 29, 2010 at 10:30 am

      I was at those games too, Jim, and didn’t see what you are describing. Here are the stats from the box scores:

      Game 1: NSU 1 error, MSU 2 errors
      Game 2: NSU 5 errors, MSU 0 errors
      Game 3: NSU 3 errors, MSU 2 errors
      Game 4: NSU 6 errors, MSU 0 errors

      Totals: NSU 15 errors, MSU 4 errors

      I will let people draw their own conclusions from the actual numbers.

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