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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

Concordia Baseball – 2010 Preview

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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. 

 

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#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.

Northern Sun Weekend – Quick Update

Weekend Preview

Here’s a quick update on the weekend series on tap for the Northern Sun’s Division 2 college baseball teams.  (Sorry it’s so short but I have a very busy day)

  • After losing big in game 1 of their Friday doubleheader (23-6) Augustana came back big themselves to beat Southwest Minnesota State 19-9.  Augies Split In Offensive Battle
  • Wayne State and Minnesota State square off for 4 games this weekend in the biggest series of the year.  This series features the 2 teams picked as the top 2 in the coaches poll – they were right.  If one of them wins 3+ games they will be in great shape to win the Regular Season Conference Title.  WSC – MSU Meet In Clash of Top 2
  • Minnesota Duluth travels to Winona State for 4 games
  • St. Cloud State hosts Northern State
  • Mary goes to Upper Iowa
  • Finally, Concordia’s series with Bemidji State has been pushed back to Sunday/Monday – Concordia Series Pushed Back  It’s senior weekend for Bemidji and its 10 seniors – Bemidji Press Release

Huge Midweek D2 Baseball Battles Today

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Today is an interesting day in the Northern Sun Conference.  The top 8 teams are all in action against each other in doubleheaders.  The teams are battling for position to be among the top 6 teams to make the post season NSIC Tournament and with only 12 games remaining every game is critical. 

One thing to keep an eye on is pitching depth.  Most of these teams just got done with 4 games this weekend, some with Sunday/Monday series, and they play 4 more this weekend.  This is going to force many of these teams to go with their #5/6 starters in these crucial games.  These same teams turn around next Wednesday and play each other again in another doubleheader, just reversed in where they play.

Wayne State (18-1) at St. Cloud State (9-7)

The Wayne State Wildcats enter the series in first place and are ranked as high as #12 nationally in the NCBWA poll this week.  The Huskies are coming off of a disappointing series where they dropped 3 of 4 to Augustana and fell to 6th place in the standings.  St. Cloud State has played 42 games this year, all of them on the road, so this is actually their home opener.  Wayne State comes into the series on a 9 game winning streak and holds a slim 1 game lead over Minnesota State, a team they play 4 games against this coming weekend.  St. Cloud State leads the all-time series against the Wildcats (4-1) but these teams haven’t faced each other since 1999.  St. Cloud State Opens Homestand

Minnesota State (16-2) at Concordia (11-8)

Minnesota State is trying to stay within 1 game of league leader WSC in order to make it that much easier to pass them in the standings when the pair meet this weekend.  The team has been idle for a week as they were the lone team with no games this weekend.  Their schedule difficulty really picks up now with their remaining 3 series against CU, WSC and SCSU so their goal may need to be more about maintaining a top 6 NCAA regional ranking than winning the Conference.  Concordia holds down the #5 spot in the standings but 8 of their remaining games are against top 3 teams.  If they can split those games and take the series against Bemidji they should be in good position.  You can listen to these 2 games today live (starting at 2pm) here – Listen to Mavericks vs. Golden Bears

Southwest Minnesota State (9-5) at Winona State (15-5)

This series features the leagues #4 team (SMSU) against the #3 team (Winona).  Both teams are sitting in pretty good position right now to make the NSIC Tournament so the bigger issue is positioning the NCAA Regional poll for a chance to make the NCAA D2 Tournament.  Right now Winona holds the #6 spot and SMSU holds the #7 spot.  With 6 teams making the Regional these positions may be critical making this series very important in the eyes of the polls.  Winona State holds a decided advantage all time against the Mustangs as the Warriors lead 99-47.  That said, the teams split 4 games last year.  SMSU Media Release

Upper Iowa (11-9) at Augustana (10-9)

The final big mid-week series features the leagues #7 & #8 teams who are looking to move up.  Both the Peacocks and Augies are probably rooting for Wayne State and Minnesota State to sweep their series’ so they can leapfrog teams ahead of them.  That said, they have to take care of their own business first.  Upper Iowa is actually in pretty good position right now as all 14 games they have remaining are against teams below them in the standings.  They are coming off of series splits in their last 6 games against teams ahead of them in the schedule so they can definitely compete.  The fact that UIU’s schedule is easier makes these games all the more important to Augustana.  The Vikings are coming off of an impressive series against SCSU where they won 3 of 4.  Augustana Media Release

Minnesota Crookston (3-21) at Minnesota Duluth (8-12)

Minnesota Crookston has only won 3 games this year but this is a team with some built in disadvantages so the fact that they’ve won games against the likes of SCSU and SMSU this year might be considered progress.  Minnesota Duluth has won 4 of their last 5 which includes 3 of 4 last weekend against Bemidji and a game against the conference’s #2 team, Minnesota State.  They are definitely getting better pitching of late as they’ve decided to throw their freshman pitchers into the fire and they’ve responded pretty well.  One of them, Anders Engberg, was just named NSIC Pitcher of the Week.  Golden Eagles Schedule 5 This Week

Bemidji State (5-18) at Mary (4-8)

The #10 & #11 teams in the standings square off for a chance to gain some measure of momentum toward finishing the season strong.  Bemidji is coming off of losing 3 of 4 to Duluth.  Mary also lost 3 of 4 this weekend but the fact that they won a game against the league’s #3 team (Winona) was encouraging.  These teams have split their previous 6 meetings.  Bemidji Media Release

Northern State (1-15) is scheduled to play a non-conference doubleheader against Minnesota Morris today. 

Northern Sun – Big Midweek Update – 4/14/09

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There’s a big batch of news to share today impacting the Division 2 college baseball world and the Northern Sun Conference.

  • Teams continue their midweek Conference doubleheaders tomorrow with the following games scheduled:
    • Wayne State @ Augustana
    • Mary @ Minnesota Crookston
    • Minnesota State @ Minnesota Duluth
    • Upper Iowa @ Winona State
    • Northern State @ Concordia (NSU is home team for games)
  • A number of updates regarding players from Concordia:
    • Blake Devries, who started the season as the Golden Bears #2 pitcher will seek a medical redshirt.  He started 3 games before getting injured.
    • Chase Brown, who started the first 18 games for Concordia at 2nd base was dismissed from the team after their March 16th games.  This was a big loss as Brown was hitting .413 at the time and led the team in stolen bases.
    • Bryan Lippincott, Concordia’s freshman starting shortstop, hasn’t played in their past 6 contests as he hurt his leg.  No word on his expected return.
    • Ben Lemke, a freshman pitcher who has had early success, is dropping from the Concordia football team to concentrate on baseball
  • St. Cloud State’s head coach, Pat Dolan continues to take 5 questions each week from fans on a radio broadcast.  You can listen to his responses here – Pat Dolan’s 5 Q’s
  • The University of Mary was forced to cancel its scheduled game against the University of North Dakota because of poor field conditions – Marauders Cancel Game
  • Upper Iowa also cancelled games today against Wisconsin – Parkside, this was because of rain – Peacocks Cancel Games
  • Wayne State announced yesterday the first official spring signing I’ve seen for a 2009-10 athlete.  It was Justin Beranek, an outfielder from Freemont, NE.  WSC Inks Beranek
  • It sounds like the Minnesota Duluth pipeline of recruits from Burnsville (MN) continues as LHP Jack Lassonde has reportedly committed to play for the Bulldogs next year.  Lassonde got the win in a Lake Conference game against Rosemount yesterday (2-1 in 8 innings).  He doesn’t throw all that hard (78-80?) but he has a very nice curveball which he can throw for strikes. 
  • The NCAA published their D2 Baseball Weekly Notebook which has interesting updates on a number of teams, including Mesa State – NCAA D2 Weekly Notebook
  • Finally, this has nothing to do with the Northern Sun but it was an interesting read this morning to find out about the rare “4 out play” that occurred in the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game yesterday.  Read about how Arizona’s coaches blew it by not knowing the rule book.  It just reinforces how important it is to understand the game.  Rare “4 out play” helps Dodgers

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.

Series Preview: Augustana vs. Concordia

augustana  Concordia

In the 3rd Northern Sun Conference baseball series of the weekend, Concordia University of St. Paul hosts Augustana.  The games have been moved from Concordia’s home field to Minnetonka (MN) High School which has a field turf surface that is much more playable.  Weekend Series Moved

Concordia (15-3) comes into the series with their best start in school history and is ranked #28 in the country in the recent Northern Sun Poll (Northern Sun Baseball Poll).  The Golden Bears were picked in the preseason coaches poll as one of the Conference’s top 3 teams. 

Augustana (8-5) is playing their first series as a part of the Northern Sun Conference.  The team has already had a great turnaround from a year ago.  Last year, the team had a 13-30 record on the season.  Statistically, the team’s batting average is up 30 points, the pitchers ERA is down a full 1.5 runs/game and they’ve stolen more bases in 13 games than in all 43 last year.  First year head coach Tim Huber seems to have the Augies headed in the right direction.

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Coming into the series, Concordia holds most of the statistical advantages.  In comparison with all other Northern Sun teams the Golden Bears are #1 in Team Batting Average, #2 in Team ERA and #1 in Fielding.

Augustana Approach

  • Test Concordia’s Pitching Depth – Concordia’s #2 starter, Blake DeVries, hasn’t pitched since leaving a game against St. John’s with an injury.  In addition, the way their schedule has been spread out really hasn’t required that they go very deep into their staff.  Kirk Ingram has been great in relief but there’s not much else in their bullpen that has been tested.
  • Start Right Handed Hitters – Right handers are hitting .305 against Concordia pitching while lefties are hitting only .194.  When facing Concordia’s star pitcher Jake Schmidt the bias is even bigger (.316/.146).  On the other hand, when Ingram comes into the game put in a left handed pinch hitter as the bias reverses for him.
  • Be Careful Stealing – The Augies like to steal but need to be wary of Concordia catcher Chris Herbert who has thrown out 6 of 19 runners

Concordia Approach

  • Be aggressive at the Plate – Augies pitchers have a poor strike out ratio so they aren’t overpowering for the most part.  On the other hand, if Per Nestigen starts you may want to be a little patient with him as he’s got more walks than Innings Pitched which indicates control issues.
  • Run – Starting catcher Charles Dubanoski has only thrown out 1 base stealer in 9 attempts.

Prediction – Concordia is the better team, especially some of their top end guys.  That said, they’ve played an easy non-conference schedule and might not be extremely deep.  I’ll predict Concordia wins the series 3 games to 1.


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