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2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series Preview

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The 2010 NCAA D2 College World Series kicks off on Saturday May 22nd in Cary, NC.  Eight teams will compete in a double elimination format tournament with a final Championship Game scheduled for Saturday May 29th.  The interactive bracket above will be updated here – NCAA Interactive Bracket

You can also watch many of the games live online by going to the bracket (via the link above) clicking on a game, and then clicking on the little camera icon.

Rankings

College Baseball News has released their updated rankings heading into the College World Series –

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Bracket 1 is made up of the top 4 ranked teams while Bracket 2 contains teams ranked #6,9,11 and 13.  The winner of Bracket 1 will have a grueling road to the Championship Game and should be favored to win it but anything can happen in a 1 game, winner take all format.  NCAA Division 1 baseball uses a similar double elimination bracket structure but then pits the final 2 teams in a best of 3 series which seems like a little better system to identify the best team.

Following The Tournament

Mount Olive is the host institution for the D2 College World Series and therefore their website is hosting all of the material to follow along.  At their site you can find –

  • Links to each team including how they got there, history at the Tournament and links back to their school websites
  • Brackets
  • Live Stats
  • Information about attending the event and visitor information

College World Series Main Information Site

Minnesota State Update

The Minnesota State Mavericks will be representing the Northern Sun Conference and have been a team we’ve been covering all season.  They’ve been on quite a roll

As well as they’ve done, the main storyline for their potential success might very well be around their pitching.  While they won the Central Region Tournament, they did so with strong hitting.  They actually won 3 of 4 games while giving up 39 runs in those last 4 games to advance.  Most importantly, their star pitcher all year, Blake Schwartz, has suddenly become very hittable.  Schwartz won every Central Region & NSIC award as Pitcher of the Year during the regular season with a 10-1 record and a 2.69 ERA.  During his 2 postseason appearances he’s 0-1 with a 12.60 ERA. 

The athletic department will be updating a Mavericks College World Series Blog several times a day – Maverick CWS Blog

You can find their Postseason Media Guide here -  Postseason Media Guide

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Concordia Baseball – 2010 Preview

Concordia

Today I continue with my series looking at the top teams in the Northern Sun Conference by previewing Concordia.  I look back at their results in 2009, key roster transitions and what 2010 might hold for the team.

Concordia 2009

The Golden Bears entered the 2009 season on a high.  The 2008 season had seen them finish 3rd in the Northern Sun Conference.  They then went on to win the NSIC Tournament and qualify for the NCAA Regional for the first time in school history.  Going into the season they returned a high number of their key contributors from that 2008 team including 2009 NSIC Pre-season Pitcher of the Year, Jake Schmidt and 2009 Pre-season Player of the Year, Brenden Furrow.  The feelings about them were so strong that coaches picked them to finish 3rd in the Conference where they were closer to the top place than the 4th place.

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The team started out well enough with a 15-3 non-conference record (against a relatively weak schedule) but things started to go south in their first NSIC weekend when they lost 3 of 4 to upstart Augustana.   So what went so terribly wrong for the team that left them with an 8th place Conference finish?

Day 6 Recap – Lynn Vs. Emporia for NCAA D2 Baseball Title

 

The team that will play for the NCAA Division 2 Baseball National Championship have been set.  It will be Lynn University against Emporia State for the title.  It would be the first title for either school. 

The game is set for the following:

Saturday, May 30
Championship Game – Emporia State (49-13) vs. Lynn (45-16) – Noon
Live Stats
It will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports channel.  You can also watch online for free here – Live Video

NCAA Division II Day 6/7 Tournament Notes

Emporia – Pregame Notes

Emporia Post-Season Media Guide

Both teams finished undefeated in their brackets to advance.  Here’s how they made the Championship game –

Emporia State 5, UC San Diego 3
Kellen Lane’s walk-off two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth advanced Emporia State to the national championship game for the first time in school history. The home run was the first ever for Lane, who went 3-for-5. UC San Diego rallied from a 3-1 deficit with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Emporia State reliever Diego Soto pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win to improve to 1-0 with two saves in three appearances at the National Finals.  NCAA Recap , Emporia Recap

Lynn 7, Belmont Abbey 5
Daniel Flores’ fifth-inning two-run homer broke a 5-5 tie and relief pitchers Justin Figart and Tommy Kahnle combined to retire the final 13 batters as Lynn earned a spot in the national championship game for the first time in school history. Figart retired all seven batters he faced for the win and Kahnle retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings for the save. Weather delays forced an 11:14 p.m. start time. The game ended at 2:06 a.m. Lynn will take on Emporia State Saturday at noon as the two remaining unbeatens play a winner-takes-all championship game.  NCAA Recap , Lynn Recap

NCAA D2 Baseball – College World Series Kicks Off

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The NCAA Division 2 College Baseball World Series kicks off today in Cary, NC.  This year there will be a new champion as all 8 teams didn’t qualify last year.  In fact, 3 of the teams are making their first ever appearance. 

The teams are separated into 2 – 4 team brackets that will play in their own mini-double elimination tournament.  The winners of each bracket will then play a single winner take all championship game which is scheduled for Saturday May 30th. 

Here are the brackets and times for opening games –

Bracket 1 –

Mesa State (Central) vs. Belmont Abbey (Southeast) – Saturday May 23rd 1pm

Grand Valley State (Midwest) vs. Emporia State (South Central) – Saturday May 23rd 5pm

Bracket 2 –

UC San Diego (West) vs. Dowling (East) – Sunday May 24th 1pm

West Chester (Atlantic) vs. Lynn (South) – Sunday May 24th 5pm

There are a bunch of resources to help you get ready for the D2 College World Series –

First off, I’ve put together this statistical comparison to show how the teams compare in 5 important categories with each other.  The ranking column (R1 – R5) shows where they compare with the 229 Division II programs in the NCAA.

Team BA R1 Slg % R2 ERA R3 SB/G R4 Fld % R5
Belmont Abbey 0.316 91 0.507 35 4.64 60 0.42 217 0.958 82
Dowling 0.277 167 0.346 202 2.09 1 2.14 15 0.965 29
Emporia State 0.338 30 0.514 27 4.54 52 1.97 24 0.97 7
Grand Valley St 0.344 14 0.495 50 3.42 8 0.95 145 0.962 48
Lynn 0.326 61 0.5 45 4.64 59 2.02 21 0.965 26
Mesa State 0.383 1 0.593 1 6.17 143 2 22 0.96 56
UC San Diego 0.342 21 0.501 43 3.74 14 1.42 81 0.981 1
West Chester 0.356 6 0.556 12 3.67 11 1.84 31 0.966 18

What this shows is that a team like Mesa State ranks #1 in all of D2 baseball for batting average and slugging percentage has by far and away the worst team ERA of the teams competing.  On the other hand, Dowling is the exact opposite.  A light hitting team that leads the country in ERA and has the highest number of stolen bases per game of any of the teams here.  UC Sand Diego leads the country in fielding percentage.  West Chester is ranked very high in almost every category.  That said, the thing these rankings don’t do is factor in strength of competition as a team like Lynn is going to have a much tougher schedule which impacts their statistics.

The NCAA has a number of sites you should visit to get ready for the games:

  • The official website with team links, results, Live Video & Live Stats – NCAA D2 College World Series Site
  • A cool, interactive tournament bracket to follow the action – D2 Bracket
  • Pre-Tournament press conference quotes from the coaches – Coach Quotes
  • The weather forecast for Raleigh, NC.  Looks good for the weekend but storms are possible all week – Raleigh 10 Day Forecast
  • The Daktronics All-American team was announced.  Three of the first-team players will be competing in the College World Series (Gabriel Duran – Dowling, Dan Wright – Lynn & Matt Bodenchuk – Mesa St) – Daktronics All-American Team 

D2 Baseball – College World Series Final 8

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The NCAA Division 2 College Baseball World Series begins this weekend in Cary, NC.  The final 2 teams (Emporia State & Lynn) have won their respective NCAA Regional Tournaments and the field is set –

Bracket 1 –

Mesa State (Central) vs. Belmont Abbey (Southeast) – Saturday May 23rd 1pm

Grand Valley State (Midwest) vs. Emporia State (South Central) – Saturday May 23rd 5pm

Bracket 2 –

UC San Diego (West) vs. Dowling (East) – Sunday May 24th 1pm

West Chester (Atlantic) vs. Lynn (South) – Sunday May 24th 5pm

D2 World Series Bracket

Here are the story lines from each team attending:

Mesa State – Mesa State’s story has no content but a nice picture of them scoring 🙂 – Mesa World Series Bound

Belmont Abbey – The Crusader’s will be making their first trip to the College World Series and had 4 team members make the Southeast Region All-Tourney team – Belmont is Regional Champ

Grand Valley State – The Lakers will be making their 4th appearance at the CWS since 2003 after dropping their first game at the Midwest Regional and then winning 4 straight.  They had 4 players named to the All-Tourney team.  Lakers Claim Midwest Crown

Emporia State – Emporia’s press release link is broken but is supposed to be here – ESU Advances to College World Series

UC San Diego – The Tritons make their first ever College World Series appearance at the D2 level.  UC San Diego Headed to CWS

Dowling – The team will be making their first ever College World Series appearance.  They sent 3 players to the All-Region team – Golden Lions World Series Bound

West Chester – The Golden Rams will be in the CWS again as they last made it in 2006.  They had 5 representative on the All-Region team – West Chester Advances to CWS

Lynn – A final team making their College World Series debut.  The team came through the toughest Region to get there.  They had 3 guys make the Regional Tournament team – Lynn CWS Bound

NCAA D2 College Baseball Regional Tracking

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The 8 NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Regional Tournaments begin today.  The winners of each double elimination Region will advance to the D2 College World Series in Cary, NC for a chance to win the National Championship. 

With the start of these Tournaments I thought many readers would like to keep track of what’s happening all across the country in these playoffs (some of the sites are missing or incomplete and I’ll try to update later) –

Central Region – Host Mesa State

Central Region Tourney Site

Central Region Live Stats

Live Radio of Mesa Games – KMSA Radio’>KMSA Radio Mesa Radio

Atlantic Region – Host Kutztown

Atlantic Region Tourney Site 

Atlantic Live Stats

Midwest Region – Host Ashland

Midwest Region Tourney Site –

Live Stats –

East Region – Host Franklin Pierce

East Region Tourney Site

Live Stats –

South Region – Host Southern Arkansas

South Region Tourney Site

South Live Stats

Southeast Region – Host South Carolina Aiken

Southeast Tourney Site

Live Stats –

South Central Region – Host Central Missouri

South Central Tourney Site

South Central Live Stats

West Region – Host Western Oregon

West Region Tourney Site

West Region Live Stats

You can find some other radio links from the NCAA site here – D2 college baseball Region Schedule

Northern Sun D2 Baseball Tourney Starts Today

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The Northern Sun Conference begins it’s Division 2 college baseball Tournament today.  The teams are battling it out for an automatic bid to the NCAA Division 2 college baseball Regional Tournament and a chance to compete for the D2 National Championship. 

The Tournament is a double elimination format – the entire bracket is available here – Northern Sun Tourney Bracket

The games are being played at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud (MN).  If you can’t make it there in person you can follow all the games in Live Stats – NSIC Live Stats Link

The 6 games to be played in the first round are:

Upper Iowa  Minnesota State

Noon Game – #5 Upper Iowa University (18-13, 24-24) vs. #2 Minnesota State (25-5, 33-14)

2009 Season Series – Minnesota State swept Upper Iowa 4-0 in the opening series of the year

  • On paper this game looks like Minnesota State should be clearly favored.  They won all 4 previous meetings between the 2 teams and Minnesota State has a much better record.  The Mavericks are coming off of a tough stretch of 12 games where they were 9-3 against Concordia, Wayne State and St. Cloud State.  Upper Iowa does have a record of 7-5 against 3 of the other teams in the Tournament (WSU, SMSU, AU) so they can certainly challenge in any 1 game. 

 

augustana Wayne State1

#6 Augustana (17-14, 27-21) vs. #1 Wayne State, NE (27-4, 39-11)

2009 Season Series – Wayne State won series 3-1

  • Wayne State was dominant all year and walked away with their 6th straight Northern Sun Conference regular season championship.  That said, Augustana did give the Wildcats one of their 4 league losses and played 2 of the other games close. 

 

SW MN State Winona State

#4 Southwest Minnesota State (16-10, 26-11) vs. #3 Winona State (20-12, 29-19)

2009 Season Series – Teams split series 2-2, all 4 games won by road team

  • These 2 teams have played each other 4 times in the past 2 weeks and every time the game has been a high scoring game.  In fact, for the 4 games, the teams averaged over 20 runs combined in each.  SMSU has been a strong hitting team all year whereas Winona has had a little more balance between pitching & batting.  The Mustangs did have a couple losses this past weekend against Mary which make you scratch your head and wonder if they are coming into the playoffs playing their best baseball.

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