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2010 D2 College World Series – Day 3 Recap

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Three days are complete in the 2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series and so far the #1 ranked team, UC – San Diego, is living up to its ranking.  The Tritons have won 2 straight games, first beating #4 ranked Georgia College 3-2 on Saturday and yesterday beating #3 ranked Central Missouri 2-1 in 11 innings.  With that win they advance to the Bracket 1 Championship game and need to win just 1 of their next 2 games to make the overall Title Game.

Tomorrow, Georgia College will play Central Missouri for the right to play on again against San Diego.  2nd ranked Tampa was the first team eliminated from the College World Series.

In Bracket 2, Sunday’s winners, Kutztown and Southern Indiana play while Franklin Pierce faces off against Minnesota State in an elimination game.

All-American Teams

The Division 2 All-American Teams have been announced –

  • The Rawlings/ABCA All-American Team includes 2 Augustana players, Deryk Marks and Nate Baumann, on the 2nd team along with Wayne State’s Nick Bidroski, St. Cloud State’s Jordan Smith (the only Freshman) and Minnesota State’s Blake Schwartz on the 3rd team.
  • The Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove Team featured no players from the Northern Sun Conference
  • The Daktronics All-American Team featured Marks & Baumann again on the 2nd team with St. Cloud State’s Jordan Smith & David Deminsky and Minnesota Duluth’s Tyler Erickson being named Honorable Mention.

Minnesota State Update

The Mavericks were forced by the weather to play a weird, late game on Sunday which they lost 8-6.  The game didn’t start until 11:02pm because of rain delays and didn’t finish until 2:28am on Monday morning.  The game wasn’t really as close as the score seemed to indicate as the team scored 5 late runs in the 9th inning.

One interesting note, Minnesota State’s coaches don’t seem to agree with the award givers.  Blake Schwartz won every Central Region & Conference award as the Pitcher of the Year.  He was even named 3rd team All-American (see above).  That said, for the 3rd straight weekend he’s been designated the #3 starter as the Mavericks went with Bret Mitchell in game #1 and Patrick Lenton in today’s game.  If they lose today he won’t have even pitched in the College World Series. 

2010 Rawlings/Coaches Central Region Gold Glove Teams


The 2010 Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove Teams were announced today.  They named First and Second Teams for the Central Region.  The Northern Sun Conference got 6 of the 9 First Team members including Blake Schwartz who was earlier named Daktronics Central Region Pitcher of the Year.  He was joined by teammates Matt Odegaard (1B) and Danny Miller (OF).  Wayne State’s John Plasha Jr. (C), Augustana’s Deryk Marks (3B) and NSIC Freshman of the Year from St. Cloud State, Jordan Smith (OF) were also named to the First Team.

Only a pair of NSIC players made the 2nd Team – Tyler Erickson (SS) and Will Dahlgren (OF) both of Minnesota Duluth.

The Rawlings/ABCA Central Region First and Second Team was also announced yesterday and can be found here – Rawlings/ABCA 2010 Central Region Awards

2010 Daktronics NCAA Division 2 All Central Region Team Announced


The Daktronics NCAA Division 2 All Central Region Teams were announced today.  The honors are spread across the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference which make up the Central Region.

Overall, the Northern Sun did quite well with the Central Region Pitcher of the Year (Blake Schwartz), 7 of the 10 First Team fielders and 4 of the 5 First Team pitchers.  Minnesota State showed particular strength taking 3 of the 5 First Team pitching honors.

The Northern Sun continued getting more than its share of spots with 7 of the 10 Second Team fielding positions and all 5 of the Second Team pitching awards.

The Daktronics All-Central Region team was voted upon by sports information directors throughout the Central Region. Each of the 15 first-team all-region selections will now be listed on the Daktronics Division II Baseball All-American ballot, with the announcement of those All-American teams expected Friday, May 22.

Time To Vote!

We are just days away from the start of the Northern Sun Conference regular season games.  Will it be Wayne State winning the NSIC regular season title for the 7th straight year or will their early season challenges translate into opportunity for some other team to capture the crown?  Take your turn to vote in our poll to the right –>

Players Of The Week

While I’ve seen some criticize the choice of a 3rd Minnesota State player already this season, I find it hard to fault either of this week’s selections.  Tyler Erickson had an amazing 4 games in Florida and Bret Mitchell totally shut down a team ranked in Division 2’s Top 15.  NSIC Week 6 Press Release

NSIC Player of the Week
Photo#10 Tyler Erickson
SS, 5-9, 160, Jr.,
Alexandria, Minn.
Jefferson HS
Minnesota Duluth

Tyler Erickson got off to a hot start in UMD’s Florida spring trip, going a combined 9-for-12 (.750) at the plate in the team’s first four games. He had two games with three or more hits, including a 4-for-4 performance in the Bulldogs’ first game of a doubleheader sweep against Wayne State (Mich.), on Sunday March 14. Erickson was also a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts while not registering a strike out.

NSIC Pitcher of the Week
Photo#22 Bret Mitchell
RHP, 6-2, 185, Jr., R/R
Lakeville, Minn.
Iowa Central CC
Minnesota State

Bret Mitchell tossed a nine-inning complete game and earned first career shut-out as Minnesota State downed Ashland 4-0 March 9th in Florida. He scattered four hits and walked one batter while striking out 11.

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

Northern Sun Preseason Coaches Poll Released


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


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. 

NCAA D2 Baseball Champion – Lynn University

Congratulations to Lynn University for winning their first NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship!

Championship Game – Lynn 2, Emporia State 1 – Recap | Boxscore | Game Notes
Starting pitcher Dan Wright overcame a first-inning run and tournament Most Outstanding Player Tommy Kahnle retired all six batters he faced as Lynn claimed its first-ever Division II baseball national championship. Chad Crowe’s sacrifice fly in the top of the second tied the game and Chris Chavez’s two-out rbi-single in the third proved to be the game winner. Emporia State starting pitcher Ben Graham went eight innings and recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts.

The team had 14 seniors so it’s unlikely to see them repeat.

Lynn University Recap

Emporia State Recap

South Florida Sun Sentinel Story

Raleigh News & Observer Story

The NCAA also announced their All-tournament team for the D2 College World Series –

All-Tournament Team

Most Outstanding Player: Tommy Kahnle, Lynn
Catcher: Spencer Sobol, Belmont Abbey
First Base: Daniel Pembroke, Dowling
Second Base: Jacob White, Emporia State
Third Base: Josh Tanner, UC San Diego
Shortstop: Chad Crowe, Lynn
Outfield: Kellen Lane, Emporia State
Outfield: Gabe MacDougall, Lynn
Outfield: Daniel Flores, Lynn
Pitcher: Ben Graham, Emporia State
Pitcher: Dan Wright, Lynn
Pitcher: Tommy Kahnle, Lynn

Day 4 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tournament



Lynn 6, Dowling 5
Chad Crowe’s eighth-inning rbi-single broke a 5-5 tie and reliever Tommy Kahnle retired eight of the final nine batters he faced as Lynn remained unbeaten in the championship. Dowling rallied from a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the sixth as David Wendt’s two-out two-run single tied the game. A bizarre play in the top of the ninth wiped out a potential game-tying baserunner and Kahnle sealed the win with a groundout. Lynn advances to the winners’ bracket final Thursday at 7 p.m. Dowling takes on UC San Diego Wednesday at 7 p.m. in an elimination game and a rematch of the first round.  NCAA Recap  Lynn Recap


UC San Diego 8, West Chester 6
Matt Rossman took a three-hitter into the ninth inning and UC San Diego survived a furious rally to remain in the tournament. The Tritons built an 8-1 lead, but Matt Baer’s two-out pinch-hit grand slam home run in the top of the ninth put West Chester within striking range. RBI-singles in the bottom of the eighth by Josh Tanner and Brandon Gregorich proved to be the winning runs for the Tritons. UC San Diego plays another elimination game Wednesday at 3 p.m. against Dowling. West Chester is eliminated from the championship.  NCAA Recap  UC San Diego Recap

Day 4 Tournament Notes – Not much there today other than a note about #1 San Diego facing #2 West Chester in elimination bracket

The other news on the day was that the American Baseball Coaches Association announced their NCAA Division II All-American Teams.  ABCA All-Americans

There were 3 Northern Sun Conference players on the team – Joe Wendte (Wayne State) was on the 1st team, Eric Bond (Wayne State) was on the 2nd team and Jake Schmidt (Concordia) was on the 3rd team.

Northern Sun Postseason Award Winners


Northern Sun Press Release

NSIC Player of the Year
Photo#20 Joe Wendte
(OF, 5-11, Jr., South Sioux City, Neb. / Heelan HS )
Wayne State College

Wendte led Wayne State in most offensive categories this season, helping the Wildcats win a sixth straight NSIC regular season title. In NSIC play, Wendte hit .420 with seven homers and 34 RBI’s. He led the league in NSIC games in on-base percentage (.579), runs scored (50) and walks (29) while ranking third in batting average (.420), slugging percentage (.818) and RBI’s (34) and sixth in total bases with 92. In all games, Wendte leads Wayne State with a .408 average and has 11 homers and 55 RBI’s and has made just one error all season manning center field for the Wildcats.

NSIC Pitcher of the Year
Photo#29 Jake Schmidt
(P, 6-3, 205, R/R, Sr., Oakdale, Minn. / Tartan HS)
Concordia University-St. Paul

The NSIC Preseason Pitcher of the Year lived up to his billing, breaking the single game, season and career strikeout records for Concordia while posting a 7-2 record. With a career-high 16 strikeouts in 7 innings at UM, Crookston, Schmidt became the career strikeout leader at CU and with his 14 K’s in his next and final start at Bemidji State, he finished the year with 103, breaking his mark of 100 a year ago. He currently leads all Division II pitchers in K/9 with 13.43. He reached double-digit strikeouts in seven of his 11 starts in 2009 with five complete games, a shutout and a save. He finished with a 3.78 ERA while hurling 69.0 innings. In his career, he is CU’s all-time wins leader with a 23-8 record and 273 strikeouts. At the plate, Schmidt was CU’s leadoff hitter, centerfielder and first and second baseman and hit 10 home runs, 10 doubles and stole eight bases. In games he pitched, he helped his own cause with a .471 average in 11 games with 15 runs and 10 RBI. He earned two NSIC Pitcher of the Week honors and one NSIC Player of the Week and was a five-time CU Male Athlete of the Week.

NSIC Newcomer of the Year
Photo#4 Eric Bond
(IF, 5-10, 160, Jr., Blue Springs, Mo.)
Wayne State College

Bond made quite an impact for the Wildcats’ offense in his first year with the club, hitting .337 in NSIC games with 11 homers and 32 RBI’s. Bond tied for the league lead in NSIC games with 11 homers and ranked fourth in NSIC games in RBI’s (32) and total bases (75) while ranking sixth in slugging percentage (.743). Overall, Bonds hit .350 for the Wildcats this season with 14 homers and 46 RBI’s while ranking second on the team with 111 total bases.

NSIC Freshman of the Year
Photo#17 Logan Birr
(RHP , 6-4 185, FR.,R/R, St. Cloud, Minn. / Apollo HS)
St. Cloud State

Birr led the NSIC in ERA (2.93) and held opponents to a conference low .215 mark. He was third in the conference in strikeouts (72) and wins (8) while striking out a season-high 11 batters against Minnesota, Crookston on March 20. He had his first career save and fifth win of season in same doubleheader against Minnesota Duluth on April 3, by pitching a total of six innings and striking out seven. He hurled two straight complete games on April 10 and 19, striking out eight and allowing one earned run at Concordia-St. Paul on the 10th. Birr threw his second of those with eight strikeouts in 8-4 win over Augustana on the 19th. He appeared in his first collegiate game against Midland Lutheran in the Metrodome, striking out both batters he faced. He picked up his first career victory after striking out four in three innings of work against Wisconsin-Parkside on Feb. 8. Birr won 4 straight starts on two separate occasions during the 2009 season.

NSIC Coach of the Year
PhotoJohn Manganaro
17th Season
Wayne State

Manganaro coached the Wildcats to their sixth straight regular season NSIC title this year, going 27-4 in league play. The 27 wins are the most ever by an NSIC team as the Wildcats topped their previous record of 25 wins (25-5) in the 2007 season. It’s the fourth time, and the third time in the last four years, that Manganaro has captured NSIC Coach of the Year honors. Manganaro picked up his 500th career win on May 3 in a 19-7 win over Minnesota, Crookston. He has coached the Wildcats to a 198-54 record (.785) in NSIC play since WSC joined the league in 1999.


Northern Sun Players of the Week – 4/28/09

Players Of The Week

The Northern Sun Conference has named their Players of the Week for the week ending 4/21/09 (week 12) and they are:

The Player of the Week is Ben Smothers from Winona State.  The senior shortstop from Waconia, MN hit .579 for the week which included 11 hits, 7 run scored and 7 RBI’s.  His hits included 4 extra base hits (1 double, 2 triples and 1 homer) for a 1.000 slugging percentage.  In addition to all the hitting he was perfect in the field, converting on all 22 chances he had.

The Pitcher of the Week is Tom Doran from Wayne State.  The redshirt freshman from Oakdale, MN pitched a complete game 3 hitter, allowing just 1 unearned run in a key conference battle against Minnesota State.  The 9-1 win by the Wildcats helped the team reclaim first place in the NSIC standings.  He struck out 5 and allowed just 3 hits in improving his season record to 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA.

Northern Sun Conference Week 12 Press Release

Northern Sun Players of the Week – 4/21/09

Players Of The Week

The Northern Sun Conference has named their Players of the Week for the week ending 4/20/09 (week 11) and they are:

The Player of the Week is Mike Bisenius from Wayne State.  The freshman from Sioux City, IA hit .550 for the week which included 4 home runs, 12 RBI’s and 12 runs scored.  His 4 homers came at the expense of the Wildcats 4 game series against Northern State where he had a round tripper in each of the games played.

The Pitcher of the Week was Anders Engberg of Minnesota Duluth.  The freshman from Burnsville, MN threw 6 innings of shutout baseball in helping lead the Bulldogs to a 4-0 victory over Bemidji State on Sunday.  He allowed only 5 hits and struck out 11 Beaver batters.  His ERA of 2.36 now leads all other regular Duluth pitchers. 

NSIC Week 11 Press Release

Northern Sun Players of the Week – 4/13/09

Players Of The Week

The Northern Sun Conference has named their Players of the Week for the week ending 4/12/09 (week 10) and they are:

Jake Schmidt of Concordia was named Player of the Week.  The senior from Oakdale, MN hit 5 homers in the 6 games played by the Golden Bears last week and helped the team to a 4-2 record.  In addition the home runs he hit .400, had 11 RBI’s, scored 6 times and was perfect in the field.  This is the 2nd time Schmidt has been recognized this year as he won the Pitcher of the Week honors in the first week of the season.

For the 2nd week in a row the Pitcher of the Week comes from Upper Iowa University.  Gavin Mason, a sophomore from Naperville, IL, got his first ever collegiate start and it was a dandy.  He tossed a 3 hit, complete game shutout against Winona State – the #3 team in the NSIC standings.  Mason improved his record to 2-1 on the season and likely earned himself more starts.

NSIC Week 10 Release

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