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Northern Sun Friday Results – 4/11/09

Kids Into The Game

It was a good day for college baseball yesterday as all 12 Northern Sun Conference games got played in the warmth of an early spring day.

Yesterday, I recapped each of the 6 Conference series battles and ranked them from 1-6 based on competitiveness and post-season implications.  It was interesting that all of my top 3 series’ resulted in splits and the bottom 3 all resulted in sweeps.  Starting from 1-6:

  • Augustana won game 1 of their doubleheader (5-3) by handing Winona State starter Ross Hellenbrand (6-1) his first loss of the season.  The Warriors came back in game 2 behind a complete game by Tony Mueller to win 4-1 and earn a split on the day.  Augustana, Winona State Split
  • A pair of pitchers duels and dramatic plays were on display as St. Cloud State and Concordia split their twin bill.  Concordia won game 1 by a score of 4-3 in 8 innings on a suicide squeeze.  The Huskies came back in game 2 by getting their first 2 hits of the game in the 6th inning, a single and a homer by Sam Radbil to back up Logan Birr’s excellent pitching and win 2-1.  Rule of 4 Holds in Split
  • Upper Iowa easily beat Bemidji State in game 1 of their battle by a score of 9-0 but the Beavers started strong and held on to win 5-3 in game 2.  The Peacocks Brian Solemsaas was dominant in the early game going the distance and giving up only 5 hits in the shutout to go along with 7 K’s.  BSU, UIU Split
  • Minnesota State swept Mary from the top of the Conference standings with scores of 10-1 & 11-6.  That second game was closer than it sounds as the Mavericks trailed going into the 6th inning but got a grand slam from Geno Glynn to pull away.  Glynn had a really big day as he was 4-7 with 2 homers and 9 RBI’s during the doubleheader.  Mavericks Pull Away For Sweep
  • Southwest Minnesota State beat Minnesota Crookston by scores of 6-3 and 10-0.  The starter in that 2nd game, Jared Pick, tossed his first career shutout for the Mavericks.  Matt Bauer had 2 homers for SMSU to pace the offense.  Pick, Bauer Lead SMSU
  • Finally, Minnesota Duluth swept 2 games from Northern State winning 4-0 and 7-3.  You might not believe it but pitching was the difference for the Bulldogs.  Game 1 starter, Gary Wilfahrt Jr., threw a complete game shutout and game 2 starter, Colin Stinogal, pitched 5 strong innings.  Duluth pitchers only surrendered 1 earned run on the day.  Bulldog 9 Earns Sweep 

NSIC Midweek – Mary Likes It On Top – 4/9/09

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We’ve just finished our first set of mid-week Northern Sun Conference D2 college baseball games and we are down to 1 team being undefeated in Conference play.  It’s the Mary Marauders who sit alone at 2-0!  Yes, they got there by beating lowly Minnesota Crookston but nevertheless they are #1 in the NSIC and they can feel a sense of pride no matter how the season ends.  Clip this graphic out Mary – nicely done!

In games over the past 2 days –

  • As mentioned, Mary beat Crookston by scores of 19-4 & 11-4 and were led by 3 home runs by Tyler Liffrig who was 6 for 7 with 6 RBI’s.  Liffrig Launches Marauders
  • Minnesota State swept a doubleheader from Minnesota Duluth by scores of 2-1 and 9-4.  They were led in game 1 by another excellent outing by pitcher Patrick Lenton who moves to 7-1 on the season.  Mavericks Subdue Bulldogs
  • Upper Iowa got a sweep over Winona State who had previously been unbeaten in Conference play.  They won the first game 16-15 in 9 innings after trailing 15-5 entering the bottom of the 6th inning.  They then completed the sweep with a 5-0 game led by pitcher Gavin Mason who went all 7 innings giving up just 3 hits.  Peacocks Sweep Warriors
  • Bemidji State was demolished by Southwest Minnesota State in the first game of their doubleheader yesterday by a score of 17-0.  They then returned the favor winning the nightcap 16-10 which included 9 runs in the top of the 7th inning.  SMSU had 11 home runs in the 2 games but only gained a split.  Big Comeback Earns BSU Split
  • Concordia blasted their way to a 9-5, 14-3 sweep of Northern State.  They were led by senior Jake Schmidt who belted 4 home runs on the day, was 6-9 and had 8 RBI’s.  Schmidt Belts 4 Homers in Sweep
  • Wayne State’s winning streak was ended by Augustana in game 1 of their doubleheader as the Vikings won 2-1 led by a strong pitching performance by Ezra Campbell and save by Bret Severtson.  Wayne State’s fielding woe’s continued as the winning run was unearned.  The Wildcats did come back strong in game 2, winning 10-3.  They were led by shortstop Eric Bond who was 3-4 with a grand slam.  Augies Hand WSU First Loss

Northern Sun Weekend Wrap – 4/5/09

Quick – if you haven’t looked – name the 3 undefeated D2 college baseball teams in the Northern Sun Conference?

 

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Okay, it was kind of a trick question.  Mary has a 3-17 overall record but because of weather and floods they have yet to play a Conference game.  It’s possible some teams wish that had been the case for them.

The weather was still wreaking havoc with the schedule as we saw one doubleheader moved to Monday, one doubleheader become a single game and one twin bill moved to Wisconsin.  Has the NSIC ever had Conference games played in Wisconsin before?  No idea how to check that.  In addition, the weather is already causing shifts in games that were scheduled for Tuesday (BSU Games Wednesday).

That said, there were quite a few games played yesterday:

  • Wayne State stays perfect in NSIC play dropping Concordia 4-3.  Interesting story about how the Golden Bears are now 0-9 when scoring less than 4 runs and 20-0 when scoring 4+.  Magic Number Haunts CU
  • Winona State extends their win streak to 11 games in sweeping all 4 games from Bemidji (4-3 & 2-0).  Tony Mueller again shined at plate (game 3) and on mound (game 4).  WSU Extends Streak to 11
  • Minnesota Duluth ended their 14 game losing streak in opening game yesterday (9-3) but lost the nightcap 6-5 in 8 innings after taking a lead to the bottom of the 7th.  UMD Ends Streak – Splits
  • Upper Iowa completed the 4 game sweep of Minnesota Crookston by winning 8-1 and 20-0 on Saturday.
  • Augustana won 2 close, come from behind games on Friday against Northwest Missouri State but dropped 2 lopsided games (6-2, 9-3) against the same team yesterday.  Augies Drop Doubleheader

3 weeks into the Conference season and we’re starting to see some separation at the top and bottom of the standings. 

It is “scheduled” to be an interesting week as teams are playing a single Conference doubleheader on Tuesday before the regular 4 game series’ scheduled for next weekend.  The Tuesday games are home and home series with the return games scheduled for Wednesday April 15th. 

NSIC College Baseball Weekend Preview – 4/3/09

Weekend Preview

This weekend brings the 3rd week of Conference battles in the Northern Sun Conference.  These Division 2 college baseball games are once again being threatened by early spring weather challenges inherent in the upper Midwest.  Almost all of the games have been moved from scheduled Saturday/Sunday doubleheaders to Friday/Saturday affairs and some have location changes.  The weather outlook looks good for games scheduled on Friday but there is a storm moving in for the weekend that may interfere with Saturday’s games.

Here are your weekend match-ups:

Minnesota State SW MN State

Minnesota State at Southwest Minnesota State – Fri/Sat

Friday in Marshall – Saturday in Mankato

2008 Series Results – 0-0 (MSUM leads all-time series 24-5)

Preview – Mavericks Set To Battle SMSU

Prediction – SMSU is first in all of D2 college baseball in winning % and a number of batting statistics but faces their first real battle this weekend as they’ve played very few games and most have been against lower class opponents.  In this week’s Northern Sun Baseball poll readers clearly favor the Mavericks to win the series (12-4).  I’ll predict a 3-1 Minnesota State series win.

 

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Concordia St. Paul at #28 Wayne State – Fri/Sat

2008 Series Results – Concordia 2-1 (WSU leads all-time series 20-6)

Preview – Amazingly good baseball release by CU – CU Weekend Release

Prediction – Before the season started this series might have been considered one of the premier match-ups of the season.  In the preseason NSIC coaches poll Wayne State was picked to finish 1st and Concordia 3rd.  While Concordia got off to their best start in school history, the level of competition was questionable and they surprisingly lost 3 of 4 to Augustana in their Conference opener.  They need Jake Schmidt to get back to dominating form as a pitcher.  I’ll go with a 3-1 Wayne State series win.

 

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Bemidji State at Winona State – Fri/Sat

2008 Series Results – WSU 4-0

Preview – None published yet

Prediction – Bemidji is a hard team to get a read on as they’ve beaten the likes of Minnesota State twice but lost to Northern State.  They played tough against Augustana last weekend.  Winona State played a tougher non-conference schedule than many in the NSIC but it’s hard to get a read on them too since their only Conference games were against Crookston.  That said, I think their starting pitching is better and I’ll predict a 3-1 series win by Winona State.

 

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Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud State – Fri/Sat

Friday games at Richfield (MN) H.S. – Sat. games at Maple Grove (MN) H.S.

2008 Series Results – SCSU won series 4-1 (SCSU leads all-time 20-12)

Preview – None published yet but here’s a SCSU Pitcher Story SCSU Starters Undefeated

Prediction – The Bulldogs are on a terrible stretch as the team has lost 12 straight (a team record) and has seen their pitching staff crumble to a 10.47 Team ERA – one of the worst in all of Division 2 college baseball.  The Huskies are off to a great start to the season but have played one of the easier schedules in D2.  The strength of their team has been their starting pitching which leads all of D2 in strikeouts/9 innings and is a perfect 21-0 on the season.  I’m going to predict that Duluth gets off the mat and ends the streak but that St. Cloud State wins the series 3-1.

 

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Minnesota Crookston at Upper Iowa – Fri/Sat

2008 Series Results – Upper Iowa won 4-0

Preview – Crookston Travels to Upper Iowa

Prediction – Crookston did surprise everyone by taking a game from St. Cloud State in their opening Conference series but lost all 4 last week in Winona.  Upper Iowa fans must be frustrated after having numerous games cancelled due to weather and then having a 12 game losing streak (finally broken on Wednesday).  While they’ve had a difficult season to date, Crookston should be what the doctor ordered and the Peacocks should sweep.

 

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University of Mary at Northern State – Update: Officially Cancelled

2008 Series Results – Mary won series 4-0

Preview – None Published

Prediction – No idea if this series is even going to be played – as of right now I’d guess it won’t be.  All that’s been announced is that the games won’t be played in Aberdeen (SD).  Mary has been on a temporary stoppage to all sports while Bismarck (ND) recovers from flooding.  No prediction for now.

NSIC College Baseball Weekend Wrap – 3/30/09

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Of the 6 weekend series scheduled for this weekend in NSIC college baseball, only 4 got played (and 1 of those didn’t get to play all 4 games).  With a winter storm moving into North/South Dakota and Minnesota this week it is likely we’ll see additional problems with the schedule for this coming week.

  • Minnesota State swept Upper Iowa to improve their winning streak to 10 games and their conference record to 8-0.  The Mavericks needed extra innings to win both games on Sunday as they won 3-2 in 8 innings and then 5-4 in 9 innings to seal the sweep.  The final winning run was scored as Jay Bresnahan singled to start the inning and Ben Kincaid then laid down a sacrifice bunt.  Instead of throwing the ball to first base, the ball ended up down the right field line which allowed Bresnahan to come around with the winning score.  Minnesota State plays at Southwest Minnesota State next weekend while Upper Iowa hosts Minnesota Crookston.  Mavericks Grind Out Wins Over Peacocks
  • The other team at the top of the Conference with an 8-0 record is Wayne State who pounded Minnesota Duluth all weekend to gain a relatively easy sweep.  For the weekend, the Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs 42-16.  Wayne’s offensive star of the series was sophomore first baseman, Treye Hacker (Sioux City, IA).  In 3 games played, Hacker was 7-11 with 7 RBI’s and had a homer, triple and double.  Duluth’s losing streak has now reached 12 games (a team record).  Next weekend, Concordia is scheduled to play at Wayne State and Minnesota Duluth travels to play St. Cloud State.  Wayne State Completes Sweep of Duluth
  • Winona State had a perfect start to their conference season as they swept Minnesota Crookston.  Although the overall run total (40-12) looks quite lopsided, the Warriors scored the majority of their runs in late innings as 21 of their 40 runs were tallies in either the 6th or 7th inning.  These runs broke open what had been tight contests in 3 of the games.  Winona’s Ross Hellenbrand moved to 5-0 in game 1 of the series with a 6 inning, 5 hit, 1 run outing.  He was also the offensive star in game 4 going 3-4 with a home run and 2 RBI’s.  Crookston actually had just as many hits as Winona on Sunday but a combination of 11 walks, 4 hit batters and 5 errors on the day were too much to overcome.  Next weekend, Winona hosts Bemidji State and Crookston travels to Upper Iowa.  Warriors Complete 4 Game Sweep
  • Augustana came back from a 3-2 loss on Saturday at the hands of Bemidji State to sweep the Sunday doubleheader and claim a 2-1 series win.  The 4th game of the series was not able to be played and will not be made up.  The Augies have now won back to back series and move to 5-2 in Conference play.  The Vikings won the final contest by scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to win 7-6.  The final blow in that inning came from JaColby Anderson who hit a home run, his 2nd of the series.  Bemidji’s lone series win came on Saturday as starting pitcher, Brent Vollbrecht, pitched a complete game giving up only 4 hits and 2 runs while striking out 5.  Augustana is the lone conference team not playing next weekend and instead will play a non-conference series at Northwest Missouri State while the Beavers play at Winona State.  Augies Win Pair of Close Games
  • St. Cloud State’s weekend conference series against the University of Mary was postponed so the Huskies hastily scheduled a doubleheader against D3 Wisconsin – Superior.  St. Cloud easily swept Superior with first game starting pitcher David Deminsky taking a perfect game into the 5th inning.  St. Cloud hosts Minnesota Duluth next weekend and Mary is scheduled to play at Northern State.  Huskies Top Superior 9-0 & 12-3
  • Finally, Southwest Minnesota State was scheduled to play at Northern State this weekend.  At some point the games were moved to Marshall because of poor field conditions in Aberdeen, SD.  It was then decided that Marshall’s field conditions were also too poor to play and the teams couldn’t find a suitable alternative.  Therefore, the games were cancelled.  This may prove to be a big detriment to the Mustangs conference record as they were expected to sweep the Wolves.  SMSU has a much tougher opponent next weekend in Minnesota State while Northern hosts Mary.  SMSU Baseball Cancelled 

Northern Sun Weekend College Baseball Preview

Weekend Preview

The second weekend of NSIC contests kicks off this D2 college baseball season with 5 series scheduled.  There were originally planned to have a sixth series but the University of Mary is dealing with flooding in Bismarck, ND and postponed their series with St. Cloud State.

Here are your weekend match-ups:

Upper Iowa Minnesota State

Upper Iowa @ Minnesota State – in Mankato, MN – Sat/Sun

2008 Series Results – Minnesota State beat Upper Iowa 3 games to 1

All-time Results – Minnesota State holds a 10-4 advantage

Preview – Minnesota State Set to Battle Upper Iowa

Prediction – Minnesota State 3-1

 

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 Winona State @ Minnesota Crookston – in Winona, MN – Sat/Sun

(games were moved from Crookston to Winona)

2008 Series Results – Winona State beat Crookston 4-0 outscoring them 65-7

Preview – Golden Eagles Preview Article

Winona Daily News- Freshman Mueller Off To Fast Start

Prediction – Winona State 4-0

 

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Wayne State @ Minnesota Duluth – in Wayne, NE – Sat/Sun

(games moved from Duluth to Wayne)

2008 Series Results – Didn’t play each other

All-time Results – Wayne State leads 11-7 (last meeting 2004)

Preview – Wayne State Baseball Media Release

Prediction – Wayne State 3-1

 

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Bemidji State @ Augustana – in Sioux Falls, SD – Sat/Sun

2008 Series Results – Bemidji State won series 2-0

Preview – Augies Open NSIC Play Against Bemidji State

Prediction – Series Split 2-2

 

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Southwest Minnesota State @ Northern State – in Marshall, MN – Sun/Mon

(games moved from Aberdeen to Marshall)

2008 Series Results – Teams split 2-2

All-time Results – SMSU leads 76-29

Preview – none

Prediction – Southwest Minnesota State 4-0

Northern Sun Weekend Recap – 3/22/09

Baseball As Art

This weekend featured the start of Conference contests for 8 Northern Sun teams and there were some surprising results.

  • After losing the opening game of a 4 game series, Augustana came back and won the next 3 against Concordia behind some amazing pitching performances.  The Augies were outgunned 8-5 in that first game but came back with wins of 13-1, 2-1 and 2-1.  The Vikings pitchers in games 2-4 went a combined 22 innings giving up only 10 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 19 Concordia batters.  This series may be a blow to the regular season Conference title hopes of Concordia who was one of the top 3 teams in the preseason coaches poll and rated #28 in the country by the Northern Sun D2 College Baseball Poll.  The losses now put them 3 games back in the standings to the other 2 favorites. Concordia is the lone Conference team idle next weekend.   Augies Down Concordia in Doubleheader
  • One of those teams Concordia is now looking up at is preseason Conference favorite Wayne State.  The Wildcats swept all 4 games of their weekend series against Bemidji State to start the Conference season at 4-0.  The last game in the series was the closest as the Beavers came back to even the game at 3 in the sixth inning.  That would be short lived as the Wildcats Justin Hemauer delivered a 2 out bases loaded single to score 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th which ended up being the final 2 runs scored in a 5-3 win.  Wayne State is scheduled to travel to play Minnesota Duluth next weekend while the Beavers head to Sioux Falls to play the surprise team in Augustana.  WSC Completes Sweep of Bemidji
  • Minnesota State was the other preseason top 3 team and they also swept all 4 games against their weekend opponent, Northern State.  Just like in the Wayne State series, the Mavericks closest contest was their last game of the weekend.  In that 4th game the Wolves took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the 7th inning before Minnesota State rallied and got a dramatic walk-off 3 run home run from senior Geno Glynn to seal the sweep.  The series was marked by a record breaking performance from Maverick sophomore Danny Miller of Eden Prairie, MN.  Miller was 11 for 11 in the first 3 games of the series which broke the Mavericks consecutive hits streak record of 10 which was set in 1996.  Next weekend, Minnesota State hosts Upper Iowa and Northern State hosts Southwest Minnesota State.  Mavericks Take Series From Northern State
  • In the final weekend series, as we wrote about yesterday, St. Cloud State surprisingly split it’s opening doubleheader against Minnesota Crookston on Friday (Crookston Stuns SCSU).  The Huskies did come back on Saturday and sweep the Golden Eagles by lopsided scores of 11-4 and 14-2.  Sam Radbil continues to be the offensive catalyst for St. Cloud and the Huskies got very good starting pitching from both Tim Scott and Pat DeLaHunt.  St. Cloud State is playing in Bismarck next weekend against the University of Mary while Crookston hosts Winona State.  Huskies Sweep Golden Eagles
  • In non-Conference games this weekend, Upper Iowa traveled to St. Joseph, MO for a 4 game series against Missouri Western.  Unfortunately, the Peacocks were swept which dropped their record to 5-7 on the season.  Griffon Baseball Completes 4 Game Sweep
  • Finally, on Saturday we saw Southwest Minnesota State conclude its spring trip with a 5-1 win over St. Michael’s (VT).  The win gave the Mustangs a 10-1 record for the opening spring trip – their best result in school history.  Mustangs Conclude Spring Trip

Series Preview: Bemidji St. vs. Wayne St.

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The final weekend Conference series features Bemidji State traveling to play Wayne State. 

Last year the Beavers (7-11) also traveled to Nebraska and came away with a 1-3 weekend which featured their first ever win at Wayne.  While they are on a 4 game losing streak they are still off to their best start in 6 years.  Earlier in the season they swept Minnesota State so they are certainly capable of playing with the top teams in the Conference.

Wayne State (8-5) comes into Conference play as the preseason coaches poll favorite.  The Wildcats have won the Conference title the past 5 straight years so they have been really good for a long time.  The team started 2009 with a bit of a so-so start but has recently won 4 straight games to come into this series on a high note.

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Bemidji State Approach

  • Put the ball in play – Wayne State has the worst fielding percentage in the Conference and 2 of their losses can be attributed to errors
  • Keep the ball down – Wayne State has 13 home runs to Bemidji’s 4 on the season.  The good news for the Beavers is their pitchers sport a really good fly ball to ground ball ratio (134/167) of .8 – keep inducing grounders.
  • Get a lead by 6th Inning – Maybe easier said than done but Bemidji is 6-0 when leading after 6 innings and 0-10 when trailing.
  • Pretend there’s a runner on base – Beaver batters are hitting .304 with a runner on base vs. .263 with bases empty

Wayne State Approach

  • Quickly Clone Eric Schwieger – The left handed freshman starter has been Wayne State’s best pitcher.  More importantly though, the Beavers have been hitting .323 vs. right handed pitchers and only .192 against left.  Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they are a right handed dominated pitching staff
  • Hit the ball toward Third – Beaver 3B, Colton Smith, has a very mediocre .803 fielding percentage.  The rest of the team is quite good.
  • Stay off the plate – Bemidji has 100 strikeouts and only 40 walks on the season – they must be pretty aggressive swingers

Prediction – Wayne State is likely the better team but I was impressed by Bemidji’s wins against Minnesota State.  I’ll go with a Wayne State 3-1 series victory.

Weekend Recap in the Northern Sun

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There were 5 Northern Sun Conference baseball teams in action over the weekend:

  • Minnesota State (4-6) kicked off their spring trip in Florida with a pair of games against #5 ranked Grand Valley State and came away with split (3-9, 5-4).  Second game starter, Patrick Lenton, pitched a complete game to lead the Mavericks to victory – Mavericks Split with GVSU.  Yesterday, they also split a doubleheader, losing to Ashland by a score of 6-4 before winning against Assumption, 11-7.  In the win against Assumption, Minnesota State got homers from Ben Kincaid and Geno Glynn.  Cody Hallahan picked up the win while freshman Blake Schwartz pitched the last 3 innings of no hit, 7 strike out ball to get his first collegiate save – Mavericks Lose One, Win One
  • Wayne State (4-3) had a lopsided win and a lopsided loss on Saturday.  In their early game they were led by a balanced offensive attack which included 14 hits.  Freshman pitcher Eric Schwieger pitched 5 innings, giving up only 1 run, to get his 2nd win in his 2nd collegiate start.  Balanced Hitting Carries Wayne St.  In the night cap, they faced Southern Indiana for the 2nd straight day and while the Friday game was close, this one wasn’t.  The Wildcats gave up 16 runs, committed 3 errors (leading to 9 unearned runs) and managed only 5 hits resulting in a 16-2 loss – Southern Indiana Blasts Wayne St.
  • St. Cloud State (12-4) went 2-0 over the weekend with a couple lopsided wins over D3 teams.  The team opened their spring trip in Phoenix, AZ with a 22-4 win over R.I.T. on Saturday and then destroyed Rockford yesterday 20-0.  Hot Hitting Continues for SCSU  The continue play today with a doubleheader against conference foe Northern State.
  • Speaking of the Northern State Wolves (2-3), they also opened spring break play with a win in Phoenix.  Northern beat North Park University by a score of 6-4.  Brock Pashen picked up his first win on the season, pitching the first 7.2 innings and the Wolves were led on offense by Aaron Kappes who was 2-5 including a home run.  Wolves Open With Win
  • Finally, Bemidji State (7-10) has now lost 3 games in the past 3 days.  The weekend games were both nail biters but both ended up on the wrong end of the ledger for the Beavers.  On Saturday, Bemidji State has a 7-6 lead going into the bottom of the 9th but gave up a 2 run single in that frame to lose 8-7 to Drury University – Ninth Inning Rally Lifts Drury  On Sunday, the Beavers battled back from a 6-1 deficit to score 1 in the 8th inning and 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th to send it to extra innings.  Unfortunately, Arkansas Tech scored 2 in the top of the 11th inning to win 8-6 – Beavers Drop 11 Inning Marathon

Buildings, Games, Stats & Upsets

While the start to the 2009 season for the Upper Iowa University Peacocks has not gone as planned, there was excitement in the air yesterday as the team announced plans for a new indoor practice facility and team clubhouse to be built along the current stadium’s right field wall.  The facility will include a workout area with 2 – 80′ batting cages and a real clay pitching mound, athletic trainer area, team lockers, restrooms, team lounge and offices.  The 2nd floor lounge area will have field side windows that will allow donors and supporters to watch the game from indoors.  They need to raise $400,000 to make it a reality.  Here is the announcement with more details and artists renderings – Upper Iowa – Building the Future

On the field yesterday, Northern Sun teams lost all 4 non-conference games played –

  • The Mary Marauders (3-11) finished the last games of their spring trip to Arizona with 1-0 & 2-0 losses to Malone.  The team finished 2-6 on their trip.
  • Bemidji State (7-8) played Washburn University for the 5th time this season and their 14-4 loss makes the season series 4-1 in favor of the Ichabods.  The Beavers had taken a 4-3 lead but gave up 4 runs in the 5th inning and 7 in the 9th to seal the game.  Washburn over Beavers
  • Finally, for the 2nd time this year, #24 ranked Wayne State (3-2) drops a game based on their defense.  In a season opening loss, the Wildcats had 6 errors.  Yesterday, they only had 1 error but it was very costly.  A dropped fly ball in the 7th inning allowed Southern Indiana to score the winning run and the Screaming Eagles topped Wayne State 5-4. Dropped Fly Ball Costly

I know there are a number of coaches that drop by this blog.  Boyd’s World has done some analysis of Division 1 college baseball stats to analyze scoring statistics which I found interesting.

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The following table shows the percentage of time that a team will score “at least” one run for a situation.  Division 2 coaches may want to measure these types of statistics for their own team.  It does go to show how important it is to get the leadoff runner on base.  There are additional stats found here – Boyd’s World Scoring Statistics

Finally, there was a big upset yesterday in Division 1 college baseball as Illinois upset #1 ranked LSU by the score of 3-1.  Illinois Stuns #1 LSU

Where Northern Sun Stands

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It’s starting to heat up outside and that’s a good thing as the start of Northern Sun Conference baseball games is 3 weeks from tomorrow!

With 5 weeks already gone in the non-conference portion of the schedule we still can’t draw a lot of conclusions about how the Conference schedule will play out.

  • When you take out the 17 non-conference games that Northern Sun teams have played against each other, the overall record is 31-37
  • There have been a number of good wins against ranked opponents but there have been a lot of head scratchers too
  • It’s really hard to get a read on some teams –
    • Conference favorite Wayne State has only played 4 games against a mediocre opponent
    • Conference leader, Concordia, has played 6 games against non-D2 level teams
    • All of Upper Iowa’s games have come against ranked opponents and the rest were cancelled
    • Southwest Minnesota State hasn’t even started playing games yet

The pace of games being played is going to pick up in coming weeks as teams head to warmer climates for spring trips that pack 2 games in per day for multiple days in a row.  To recap yesterday:

  • For the 2nd time this season, first against Mary and now Augustana, Minnesota Duluth capitalized on a 7th inning error to come from behind and win a game.  Yesterday, they scored 3 in the 7th against the Augies to win 10-9.  Senior David Olson had 3 hits including a 3 run homer in the first inning – UMD Earns 10-9 Victory
  • Concordia swept 2 games from Mayville State with NSIC Pitcher of the Week, Ben Lemke, getting his 2nd win – Golden Bears Scrape Out a Sweep
  • Going back to Wednesday, the Bemidji Pioneer informed everyone that the Beavers’ sweep of Minnesota State was the first time they had pulled such a feat since 1963 and the first win against the Mavericks since 1978 – Beavers Sweep First Since 1963

Bemidji State – Lone Bright Spot Yesterday

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It’s been a couple days since I recapped the games on the field for Northern Sun baseball teams.  Unfortunately, most of the teams have been delivering mediocre results –

  • The only wins by a Northern Sun team yesterday came in a pair of non-conference games between 2 conference teams.  In a rather surprising late night pair of games at the Metrodome, Bemidji State (7-7) came away with a sweep against Minnesota State (2-4) by scores of 5-4 and 4-2.  The Mavericks were picked to finish 2nd in the conference so a sweep at the hands of the Beavers was not expected.
  • Minnesota Crookston (0-6) also played a twin bill at the Metrodome yesterday.  They played Wisconsin-Stout, a Division 3 team that finished 12-25 last season.  Unfortunately, the competition was still too difficult and Stout won 2-0 and 8-1.  That 2nd game featured 6 Golden Eagle errors. Stout Sweeps Golden Eagles
  • Winona State (2-6) continued their spring break trip in Florida and after having beat #1 Lynn on Saturday their success has gone down hill. The Warriors have now lost 4 straight contests including yesterday’s 13-8 loss to John Carroll University.  Carroll put up 6 runs in the first inning and 3 more in each the 2nd and 3rd to win rather easily.  Winona’s Tony Mueller did continue his very strong start to the season as the freshman outfielder had 4 more hits.  Mueller has now hit safely in 12 of 18 at-bats on the road trip and is hitting .633 on the season (19 for 30). Big Inning Strikes Warriors Again
  • The University of Mary (3-9) continued their spring trip in Phoenix yesterday.  After splitting a pair of doubleheaders the Marauders have now lost 2 straight games.  Tuesday saw a 4-3 loss in 11 innings to Grand Canyon and yesterday delivered a 9-3 loss to Wartburg.
  • On Tuesday, Concordia University (7-2) split a doubleheader against Grand View (2-6).  The Golden Bears’ Jake Schmidt (3-0) continues to look like he deserved billing as NSIC preseason Pitcher of the Year in winning the first game 7-1 but Concordia lost the nightcap 5-3. Golden Bears Split

There are a number of games today including:

  • Winona State completes their spring trip with games against Muskingum (4-1) and Heidelberg (4-0) – a couple of Division 3 baseball teams based in Ohio.
  • Concordia University plays a doubleheader at the Metrodome against Mayville State who is playing their first games of the year.
  • In the most relevant games today, conference foes Augustana (5-4) and Minnesota Duluth (3-4) will square off at the Metrodome tonight starting at 5pm.  The Augies have been burning up the base paths as they are 17 of 18 in stolen bases through 9 games.  In 43 games last season they had a total of 23 stolen bases so it looks like new head coach Tim Huber likes to put pressure on his opponents.

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