Last Chance For Vikings

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No – not the Minnesota Vikings.

The Augustana Vikings are still in 7th place and hoping for a miracle.  They almost got it yesterday in an unexpected place.  The common perception (by me) was that their best chance to make the 6 team Northern Sun Tournament would be for Minnesota Duluth to lose a game (and win the tiebreaker) or to lose 2 games and take 6th place outright.  With just 2 games to go in the season today there are actually multiple options for them –

  1. Duluth could still lose today but that looks less likely after a dominating day against Upper Iowa yesterday.  The Bulldog bats put up 38 runs and 37 hits in their doubleheader.  That said, it just takes 1 hot Peacock pitcher.
  2. Southwest Minnesota State could lose another game to Mary who has been competitive all year.  SMSU and Augustana split their 4 game series and I haven’t looked at the tiebreaker options for those 2.
  3. Finally, the unthinkable almost happened yesterday as Wayne State almost lost a game against winless Crookston.  Just 1 loss by Wayne will put them out of the playoffs in all likelihood by virtue of the game they didn’t play against Concordia.

Speaking of Concordia, they got swept by Winona State which now gives the Warriors a share of first place.  As I predicted, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State split their games.  A sweep by either today guarantees a share of the conference title.

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6 Responses to “Last Chance For Vikings”


  1. 1 Anonymous May 2, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Great info again!

    I just heard the Winona didn’t have to play Mankato, St. Cloud or Wayne. How can this be? That’s 12 games vs. the top teams.

    Something needs to be done with the schedule. Divisional play like the RMAC does is the answer if you want to crown true champions.

  2. 2 baseball May 2, 2010 at 7:13 am

    but if you have divisions, then you don’t play northern teams if your in the south. How is that fair? The NSIC South would be so stacked it wouldn’t be fair. No matter how you do it, you have to have an unbalanced schedule. if you took four from the North and four from the South for an 8-team NSIC tournament. The four north would be? UMD, SCSU, Mary, BSU…south would be MSU, WSU, SMSU, WSC and then your leaving home Augie? How is that fair? Augie beat BSU four times this year. Plus we know CSP and UIU are solid programs.

  3. 3 Baseball fan May 2, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Then pick teams out of a hat every two years for divisional play or have 3 from the North 3 from the south and 2 at large.

    The recession is finally going to hit the college system and waith and see the cuts that will be taking place. Why does this matter? Divisional play reduces the LONG trips, reduces travel expenses, get the students back to campus at a reasonable time Sunday nights, reduces all the mid week conference games, which reduces missed class time. The current set up does non of this.

    With Bylaw 17 passed and reductions to 50 games playing 32-36 conference games and taking a spring trip only allow 6-8 other games all of February and March. And just wait for next spring “typical weather” when they don’t get in all the games like this year. Teams will have 40 games played vs. mid 50’s.

    Just my 2 cents

  4. 4 Baseball May 2, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    does division play cut down on cost? I know there was a study done on divisions if NSIC adds Minot and Sioux Falls, and it is more miles with divisions than the current set up. Now this is for 16 team league

  5. 5 Anonymous May 2, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Winona didnt play any of those three teams in conference, but played them all non-conference and split with them. In all instances, their so called ‘Ace’threw

  6. 6 Anonymous May 3, 2010 at 7:15 am

    4 game conference sets are much different than a two game non conference set.


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