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NSIC Office Finds NO Worthy Players and Other News

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Last year, during the preseason, I called out the Northern Sun Conference for their choice for Pitcher of the Week.  Last Years Rant

I guess they were concerned I’d do that again so this week they made the decision to not name a Player or Pitcher of the Week under the excuse that not enough games were played.  NSIC Week 2 Release 

So was anyone worthy this week?  How about –

  • Wayne State’s Nick Bidroski goes 4-4 in his doubleheader with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI’s.  His 4 hits included a homer and 2 doubles. 
  • Augustana’s Nate Baumann goes 5-8 with 3 runs and 2 RBI’s
  • Augustana’s Charlie Dubanoski goes 4-5 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBI’s to go with a stolen base and throwing out a base stealer

Those seem like pretty good efforts to me and worthy of recognition!

That said, the only pitcher worth mentioning was Austen Wisroth of Wayne State who pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball with 3 strikeouts. 

Other News

Wayne State has changed their schedule to accommodate the poor Midwest weather conditions.  They are playing 2 against Upper Iowa today at the Metrodome and have cancelled this weekends trip to Pittsburg State in Kansas.  Wayne State Schedule Changes

The Metrodome is actually getting a ton of use as teams scramble to add games there that can’t be played outdoors.  Augustana Schedule Changes, St. Cloud State vs. Winona State Preview,

The University of Mary was forced to cancel their weekend trip to Colorado and won’t open the season until February 28th in Florida – Marauders Cancel Trip

Wayne State dropped out of the College Baseball News Top 30 NCAA Division 2 poll with their early season losses – College Baseball News D2 Baseball Poll  They received 1 vote as did Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State.

Finally, the 2010 NCAA Division 1 College Baseball season starts tomorrow.  Rivals/Yahoo does a great job of covering the sport and for those looking to get ramped up on the opening weekend you should look no further than this article which highlights the top weekend matchups – 10 Intriguing Series To Watch.  If you follow the Big Ten conference there’s a nice write up about Ohio State as a potential contender to reach the College World Series – Ohio State Carries Northern Banner

Wayne State – 2010 Preview

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Today I conclude my 2010 season previews with a preview of Wayne State.  I look back at their results in 2009, key roster transitions and make a prediction about where I expect the 2010 team will finish.

Wayne State – 2009 Results

The Wildcats concluded 2009 the same way they’ve been concluding seasons for some time now – with the Northern Sun Conference regular season title and a trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament.  In fact, this was the 6th straight conference title and NCAA appearance.  Along the way, the team set records for most wins by a NSIC team in league play going 27-4 and tying a team record for most wins in a season with an overall record of 45-14.  After winning the regular season crown the team finished 2nd in the NSIC Postseason Tournament (NSIC Tourney Results) and then went on to finish 2nd in the NCAA Regional to just miss out on a chance to advance to the D2 College World Series Mesa State Upends Wayne St.

Northern Sun Preseason Coaches Poll Released

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

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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. 

Final 2009 Northern Sun D2 College Baseball Poll

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Each week during the 2009 NCAA Division 2 college baseball season the Northern Sun Baseball blog combined the 3 primary D2 baseball polls into 1 composite ranking.  This week 2 of the 3 ranking services put out their year end polls so it seems appropriate to combine those into 1 final composite poll for the year.

Lynn University is the unanimous choice as the #1 team in Division II baseball with their run to the 2009 NCAA D2 Championship.  Emporia State, the 2nd place team, was #2 in both polls.

In fact, as might be expected, the 2 polls are the most similar they’ve been all year.  All 8 teams that made it to the D2 College World Series cracked the Top 10.  The 2 teams in the Top 10 that didn’t make it there were both teams that eventual champion Lynn had to beat in the South Regional to reach the World Series.

For the Northern Sun Conference, Wayne State (NE) cracked the Top 30 in the #30 position.

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CBN – College Baseball News; Ping – Ping!Baseball; NCBWA – National College Baseball Writers Association; NSB Rank – Northern Sun Baseball Composite Poll; Comb Pts – Combined points in the composite rankings; LW – Last week’s composite ranking

College Baseball News Poll

Ping!Baseball Poll

Day 2 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tournament

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Dowling 3, UC San Diego 1
National Pitcher of the Year Gabriel Duran took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with a complete game three-hitter to give Dowling a win. Joe Trainor’s rbi-single broke a scoreless tie and sparked a two-run fourth inning. Dowling plays Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Lynn/West Chester winner. UC San Diego faces the Lynn/West Chester loser in an elimination game Tuesday at 3 p.m.  Dowling – San Diego Recap or Dowling University Recap

Lynn 7, West Chester 3
Gabe McDougall belted a two-run homer and Dan Morgan pitched eight-plus innings to lead Lynn to a first-round victory. The Fighting Knights scored two runs each in the first, third and fourth innings. West Chester, which allowed only a combined six runs in the Atlantic Regional, had its 10-game winning streak snapped. West Chester faces UC San Diego Tuesday at 3 p.m. in an elimination game. Lynn takes on Dowling Tuesday at 7 p.m.  Lynn – West Chester Recap or Lynn University Recap

  • NCAA D2 College World Series Day 2 Notes – Day 2 Notes
  • The weather forecast for Raleigh, NC.  looks like there might be rain over the next 5 days – Raleigh 10 Day Forecast
  • Finally Ping!Baseball has released their updated rankings as of today.  They had moved UC San Diego to the top of the poll last week but with their loss to Dowling and Lynn’s continued strong showing against tough competition they have moved Lynn to #1 with Emporia & Mesa State at #2 & #3 respectively.  Those 2 teams are scheduled to meet today in an important matchup that will determine who’s in the drivers seat in Bracket #1.  Ping Poll – 5/25/09

NCAA Division 2 Baseball Rankings – 5/11/09

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The NCAA D2 College Baseball News, Ping!Baseball have been released for this week:

  • College Baseball News continues to rank Southern Arkansas as their #1 team.  The Muleriders rolled through a very tough Gulf South Conference Tournament undefeated and comes into the NCAA Regional Tournament as the early favorite.  That said, they do play in what is probably the toughest Region in all of D2 college baseball so whatever team comes out of that Region will be a favorite at the D2 College World Series.  Barry reported their scores this week so the yo-yo pattern of the CBN poll continues with them jumping all the way back into the poll at #3.   They will be one of those teams in the South Region where in fact 5 of the Top 14 teams will be playing (#7 West Alabama, #10 Tampa & #14 Florida Southern).  That Region is so stacked that the #15 team, Delta State, didn’t even qualify for the NCAA Regional.  From the Northern Sun Conference, Minnesota State makes their first appearance in the CBN poll at the #25 spot.  They jumped ahead of Wayne State (NE) after beating them twice for the NSIC Title as Wayne State drops from #18 to #26.  College Baseball News Poll
  • Ping!Baseball moves Southern Arkansas to #1 this week after having them at #3 last week.  They take umbrage with their #1 from last week, Delta State, not making the Regional Tourney.  Francis Marion jumped from #14 to #7 and is on a 15 game winning streak coming into the Southeast Regional.  Emporia State is going the other way, dropping from #9 to #16 as the Hornets have lost 6 of their last 10 games.  Minnesota State remains in their poll as the #27 team.  Ping Baseball Poll

NCAA D2 College Baseball Regional Poll – 5/6/09

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The NCAA has released their Division 2 College Baseball Regional poll for May 6, 2009.  The complete poll including all 8 Regions can be found here – NCAA D2 Regional Poll

All Northern Sun teams are members of D2’s Central Region – a region which includes the 13 NSIC teams along with the 8 teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.  Each Conference will hold their own year-end Conference Tournament.  The winners of the NSIC and RMAC Tournaments each receive an automatic bid to be 1 of 6 teams in the NCAA Central Region Tourney.  The other 4 spots are at-large bids which this poll helps to determine.

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Northern Sun teams hold down the #2,#4 & #5 positions.  Mesa State maintains the #1 spot even after a tough couple weeks and is line to host the NCAA Central Region Tournament. 

Some of the other interesting Regions to look at include the South Region (which as usual is loaded).  Delta State is ranked as the #1 team in Division 2 college baseball by Ping! but they are seeded #10 in the South Region which means they may have to win the Gulf South Conference to make the South Regional.  Right now they’ve already lost 1 game in the double elimination GSC Tourney and face a tough West Alabama team today in an elimination game.

You can track all of the different Conference’s and who is winning automatic bids with this posting from yesterday – D2 Conference Playoffs


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