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Northern Sun Players of the Week – 4/6/09

Players Of The Week

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has named their college baseball Players of the Week for the week ending 4/5/09 (week 9 of the season) and they are –

Ben Kincaid from Minnesota State was named Player of the Week.  The freshman from Eau Claire, WI was 4-7 for the 2 games against Southwest Minnesota State on Friday which ended in a split.  It was his 2 run homer in the 6-1 win that helped open up a 4 run lead. 

No Hitter!

That’s what Upper Iowa’s Greg Sieck threw in the final game of a sweep against Minnesota Crookston on Saturday.  The senior from Grinnell, IA had only 2 runners reach base, 1 on a walk and the other on an error.  The Peacock’s won the game 20-0 and Sieck improved to 2-1 on the season.  I called Howard Thompson, the Sports Information Director at Upper Iowa.  They were in the process of researching if/when the last no-hitter may have been (seems like something they should keep track of?).  He had talked to head coach, Mark Danker, who believed that there might have been 1 other no hitter 13-14 years ago but he wasn’t sure if that was a full 7 inning game.

Northern Sun Week 9 Release

Big Friday Update – D2 Baseball Happenings

B&W Baseball

There are lots of updates to pass along today in the world of Division 2 college baseball and the Northern Sun Conference –

  • Yesterday I reported on the first release of NCAA Statistics and how each of the Northern Sun teams ranked in regards to all other D2 college baseball teams.  In addition to team rankings there are national rankings of individual players.  There are a number of Conference players that are ranked highly in comparison to all Division 2 athletes:
    • Tony Mueller of Winona State has been electric as both a hitter and pitcher.  The freshman from La Crosse, WI holds the following national rankings:
      • #2 in Batting Average (.574)
      • #16 in Triples/Game
      • #28 in Slugging %
      • #1 in On Base %
      • #123 in Earned Run Average
      • #28 in Hits Allowed per 9 innings pitched
    • Jay Bresnahan of Minnesota State is nationally ranked in many offensive stats:
      • #10 in Batting Average
      • #14 in Slugging %
      • #11 in On Base %
    • Joey Benke of St. Cloud State has been very good in many of the same categories:
      • #45 in Batting Average
      • #41 in Slugging %
      • #12 in On Base %
    • David Deminsky of St. Cloud State is #2 nationally in strikeouts/9 innings pitched

We did get to see some action played yesterday in the cold as Concordia and Minnesota Duluth got in a doubleheader in Minnetonka, MN.  This season has gone from bad to worse for the Bulldogs who dropped both games.  Concordia manhandled Duluth by scores of 12-7 & 12-1.  Two Dozen Runs Power CU Sweep of UMD

  • Duluth pitchers surrendered 24 runs, 15 walks, 3 hit batters and 8 doubles in 12 innings pitched.  Their Team ERA went from a worst in conference 9.63 to 10.63.  They are on pace to shatter the team record for worst season ERA of 8.20 which was set in 2006.
  • The Bulldogs have now lost 8 straight games which ties the team record for consecutive losses.  The losing streak kicked off with a historic 34-1 loss to SMSU which set numerous records on both sides.  They next play a 4 game series against Wayne State this weekend which doesn’t help their efforts to avoid setting a new mark for futility.
  • The Cole Hytjan HBP watch is on.  The senior pitcher hit 2 more batters yesterday and is now just 1 hit batter away from tying the all-time Duluth season record for hit batters in a season (10).

The weather and now flooding continue to wreak havoc with scheduled games.  The following changes to schedules have already been announced for this weekend:

  • Speaking of Duluth – their weekend series against Wayne State has been moved from Duluth to Nebraska.  Not too surprising – maybe the Conference should reconsider their scheduling process and let northern teams play more Conference home games later in the season?  Wayne State to Host Duluth
  • The weekend series between Northern State and SW Minnesota State has been moved from Aberdeen, SD to Marshall, MN.  SMSU-NSU Series Moved
  • St. Cloud State’s series against Mary has been postponed to a later date due to the floods.  In it’s place, the Huskies have added a pair of games this weekend against Wisconsin – Superior.  SCSU-Mary Games Postponed
  • Minnesota Crookston was forced to move their scheduled weekend series from Crookston to Winona State’s home field.  Golden Eagles Games Switched

In other news, the St. Cloud State University Chronicle published an interesting story about 2 of the Huskies starting pitchers, David Deminsky and Tim Scott, and how they went from summer league opponents to teammates this year.  Opponents to Teammates – SCSU’s Undefeated Starting Staff

Mustangs Beat Bulldogs 34-1 as part of Sweep

SW MN State

Southwest Minnesota State (4-0) swept Minnesota Duluth (8-6) by the score of 34-1 as a part of a doubleheader sweep in Florida.  Numerous records were set by the Mustangs who went on to win the second game 9-8 with a walk off hit.  More details will follow but this one had to be interesting.  SMSU set the following team records in the first game –

  • 34 Runs Scored  (old record 31 vs. Crookston on 4/29/07)
  • 32 Hits  (old record 29 vs. Bemidji State on 5/10/97)
  • 9 Doubles  (old record 7 done twice, most recently vs. MN-Morris 3/13/03)
  • 54 Total Bases  (old record 47 done twice, lastly vs. MN-Morris 4/14/01)

  SMSU Breaks Record in Sweep of Duluth

D2’s St. Augustine – 1 Doubleheader, 2 No-Hitters


St. Augustine College of Cary, NC made big news in college baseball yesterday as the Falcons won both ends of a doubleheader with no-hitters!

The Falcons squared off against a Division 3 team, Lincoln University, and won 10-1 and 25-2.  Lincoln’s only runs came on a couple walks and infield ground out that scored a run in game 1 and a couple free passes along with a couple errors in the 2nd game. 

Now admittedly, Lincoln is not very good.  The team is 0-9 on the season and finished last year 1-22-1.  The Falcon’s had 20 stolen bases on the day to give you an idea of the difference in play between the teams.  Even with these impressive wins, St. Augustine only improved their record to 4-8 on the season.

That said, it seems like this is a pretty exceptional feat no matter what the level of competition.  The only other reference to this happening I could find was in reference to a community college team – 3 No-hitters in 2 days  I hardly think that counts as the same.

Here are some of the stories on the accomplishment –

Augustana Pitcher Nears Record

Augie Logo

Augustana continued it’s Arkansas road trip on Tuesday with a double header against Harding University.  This was the Augie’s 4th and 5th games in a 3 day span so they are having to dig deep into their pitching staff to get through this stretch.

The team ended with a split as they lost the first game 9-3 but came back and won the second game 9-7 with a 2 run 2 out rally in the final inning.  In the first game, Harding had their way at the plate as they scored 9 times in the first 5 innings.  The Augies move to 3-2 on the season and finish their Arkansas adventure with a final 9 inning tilt this afternoon before heading back to South Dakota.  The recap can be found here – Augies Split With Harding

As for the “near record” I mentioned – in the 2nd game, Augustana’s starting pitcher, Ezra Campbell, was charged with 6 wild pitches (in just 4.1 innings!).  I was struck by how large that number was so I looked it up and the record for wild pitches in a single Division 2 baseball game is 7 by Jeff Sparks of West Texas A&M in 1994.  Since 7 is the record and Ezra had 6 it’s probably safe to say that he has at least tied or set a new Northern Sun Conference record.  It wasn’t a good game for either team’s pitchers & catchers as the teams combined for 10 total wild pitches.  The NCAA record books can be found here – NCAA Baseball Records

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