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Southern Indiana Wins 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Championship

The University of Southern Indiana won its first ever Division 2 Baseball Title today with a 6-4 win over #1 ranked UC – San Diego.  The Screaming Eagles were led at the plate by Brad Vance and Todd Martin (the 8 & 9 batters) who combined for 5 RBI’s and pitcher Taylor Dennis who won his 2nd game at the College World Series and was named Most Outstanding Player.  D2 Championship Recap

Southern Indiana Title

All-Tournament Team
Taylor Dennis, Southern Indiana – Most Outstanding Player
Richard Pirkle, Georgia College & State
Brad Vance, Southern Indiana
Wes Fink, Southern Indiana
Derek Ingui, Franklin Pierce
Vance Albitz, UC San Diego
Wandy Rosario, Southern Indiana
Aaron Bauman, UC San Diego
Justin Blinn, Southern Indiana
Kyle Saul, UC San Diego
Todd Martin, Southern Indiana
Matt Rossman, UC San Diego

The 2011 D2 College World Series will be hosted once again in Cary, NC for the 3rd straight year.

UC-San Diego vs. Southern Indiana in D2 Baseball Championship Game

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It will be #1 ranked UC – San Diego against #9 Southern Indiana in today’s scheduled 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Championship Game in Cary, NC.   Both teams are making their first ever appearance in the Final.

San Diego got there by winning the minimum 3 games over the past 8 days while Southern Indiana has had to play 4 games in the past 7 days as they started a day later and lost one along the way.  Therefore, the Tritons pitching staff should be a lot fresher.  That said, I’m sure the Screaming Eagles will have almost everyone pitch until their arms fall off if they have to.

The game will be played at 12:07pm Eastern and can be watched live here – Watch Championship Game Live

D2 Championship Website

UC-San Diego Baseball

Southern Indiana Baseball

Minnesota State Eliminated From College World Series

The Minnesota State Mavericks lost their 2nd straight game at the 2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series yesterday and have been eliminated from the Tournament.  While it was a disappointing way to end their season, the 6-2 loss to #13 Franklin Pierce doesn’t diminish what was a very successful season.  The Mavs finished the year with a 44-16 record, the most wins in school history.  They also won the Northern Sun Regular Season Title, the Northern Sun Postseason Tournament and the Central Region Tournament. 

Other Games

In other games yesterday, Southern Indiana beat Kutztown 7-1 in a Bracket 2 battle of unbeatens and now is 1 game away from the Championship Game.  Kutztown will face Franklin Pierce today for the opportunity to try and beat Southern Indiana twice. 

Today’s other game will feature a Bracket 1 elimination game between Central Missouri and Georgia College.

2010 D2 College World Series – Day 3 Recap

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Three days are complete in the 2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series and so far the #1 ranked team, UC – San Diego, is living up to its ranking.  The Tritons have won 2 straight games, first beating #4 ranked Georgia College 3-2 on Saturday and yesterday beating #3 ranked Central Missouri 2-1 in 11 innings.  With that win they advance to the Bracket 1 Championship game and need to win just 1 of their next 2 games to make the overall Title Game.

Tomorrow, Georgia College will play Central Missouri for the right to play on again against San Diego.  2nd ranked Tampa was the first team eliminated from the College World Series.

In Bracket 2, Sunday’s winners, Kutztown and Southern Indiana play while Franklin Pierce faces off against Minnesota State in an elimination game.

All-American Teams

The Division 2 All-American Teams have been announced –

  • The Rawlings/ABCA All-American Team includes 2 Augustana players, Deryk Marks and Nate Baumann, on the 2nd team along with Wayne State’s Nick Bidroski, St. Cloud State’s Jordan Smith (the only Freshman) and Minnesota State’s Blake Schwartz on the 3rd team.
  • The Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove Team featured no players from the Northern Sun Conference
  • The Daktronics All-American Team featured Marks & Baumann again on the 2nd team with St. Cloud State’s Jordan Smith & David Deminsky and Minnesota Duluth’s Tyler Erickson being named Honorable Mention.

Minnesota State Update

The Mavericks were forced by the weather to play a weird, late game on Sunday which they lost 8-6.  The game didn’t start until 11:02pm because of rain delays and didn’t finish until 2:28am on Monday morning.  The game wasn’t really as close as the score seemed to indicate as the team scored 5 late runs in the 9th inning.

One interesting note, Minnesota State’s coaches don’t seem to agree with the award givers.  Blake Schwartz won every Central Region & Conference award as the Pitcher of the Year.  He was even named 3rd team All-American (see above).  That said, for the 3rd straight weekend he’s been designated the #3 starter as the Mavericks went with Bret Mitchell in game #1 and Patrick Lenton in today’s game.  If they lose today he won’t have even pitched in the College World Series. 

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

Day 4 NCAA D2 Regionals – Minnesota State vs. St. Cloud State

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The Northern Sun Conference will have a team represented at the 2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series this year as Minnesota State will face off against St. Cloud State in the Central Region Championship Game.  The Mavericks hold the advantage as they are undefeated and just need to win once while the St. Cloud State Huskies must win 2 straight games.  In addition, St. Cloud had to play an extra game to get to this spot so they have used up more pitching.

The 2 teams played yesterday morning in the winners bracket and the Mavericks pulled out a 11-10 victory by scoring 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning.  All of their offense came with 2 outs.  Mavericks Score 4 in Ninth

The Huskies came back late yesterday with a 12-8 win over the Regions top ranked team, New Mexico Highlands.  St. Cloud’s Joey Benke and Jordan Smith, the #3 & 4 hitters, continue to destroy all pitching.  For the Tournament Benke is 10-17 with 10 runs scored & 5 RBI’s.  Smith is 12-18 with 5 runs scored and 8 RBI’s including 4 doubles, a triple and a homer. Huskies To Play on Sunday

Around The NCAA Regionals

The other NCAA Regional Tournaments are also narrowing to the final teams:

Atlantic – #2 Seed, West Chester, is undefeated and #1 seed Kutztown must beat them twice in the Championship Game.

East – #1 Seed, Southern Connecticut State is in the Championship Game and will face a 1 loss Franklin Pierce, the #2 seed.

Midwest – Yet another 1/2 matchup in the final as #2 Grand Valley State came through the winners bracket and #1 Southern Indiana must beat them twice.

South – Nationally ranked #2, Tampa, beat Southern Arkansas in the winners bracket and advances to the Championship Game.  This Regional won’t be final until Monday as the 8 team format adds a day.  The Rollins/Florida Southern winner will face Southern Arkansas to make it back to face Tampa on Monday.

Southeast – #3 seed, Georgia College, advances without a loss to the Championship Game and will play the Regionals #1 seed, Francis Marion. 

South Central – The first weather issues impacted a Regional where all of Saturday’s games were washed out and will be played today.

West – In this 4 team Regional, UC – San Diego, the nations #1 ranked team, has qualified for the Division 2 College World Series for the 2nd straight year.

Day 2 – 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Regionals

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The first day of the 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Regional Tournaments is in the books and fortunately, there were no weather issues.  For links to all of the Regions go to our preview post – 2010 NCAA D2 Baseball Regionals

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The Northern Sun Conference teams went 2-1 yesterday as conference champion, Minnesota State, beat Nebraska Kearney 6-1 and 6th seeded St. Cloud State manhandled the Tourney’s #1 seed and tournament host, New Mexico Highlands by a score of 11-2.  David Deminsky pitched 8 strong innings and NSIC Freshman of the Year, Jordan Smith, went 4-5 with 4 RBI’s to pace the offense.  Mesa State did upend Winona State 12-8.  The pivotal spot in the game came in the bottom of the 6th inning with Winona holding onto a 5-3 lead.  Warriors pitcher Tony Mueller hit a batter to load the bases and Daktronics Central Region 2nd Team catcher, Brett Nigbur, hit a 2 out grand slam to turn the score around.

Other Regions

In addition to New Mexico Highlands, #1 seeds Kutztown (Atlantic) and Francis Marion (Southeast) also lost.  The powerful South Region held to form with the top 4 teams all winning as did the West with #1 ranked UC San Diego easily beating Hawaii Pacific 12-0.

Eliminations start today.

2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Regional Tournaments

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The 8 Division 2 Regional Tournaments start tomorrow and will be played from May 13-18.  The winners of each double elimination Regional will win a spot in the Division 2 College World Series to be played in Cary, NC.

The NCAA has a site set up showing the brackets for each of the Regionals but the individual school sites are typically better as they have team previews and Live Stats for the games as they take place.

Atlantic Regional – Kutztown Host Site

Central Regional – New Mexico Highlands Site

East Regional – Southern Connecticut State Site

Midwest Regional – Southern Indiana Site

South Regional – University of Tampa Site

Southeast Regional – Francis Marion Site

South Central Regional – Central Missouri Site

West Regional – Cal State – Dominguez Hills Site

The winners of the Regionals will line up this way starting on May 22nd for the D2 College World Series –

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NCAA Division 2 Sports – The Leaders Know Best

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The NCAA is making final plans for changes that will affect all of Division 2 sports as they continue to emphasize academics at the expense of the current athletic structure.  As has been discussed numerous times before (D2 Proposal Advancing), they are looking to reduce the number of in season contests in many sports and looking to reduce the length of time it takes to play Championship Tournaments.

  • Bylaw 17 goes to the NCAA Convention in January where it is expected to pass.  This change will reduce the number of regular season Division 2 college baseball games from a maximum of 56 to 50.  They also are looking at pushing back the start date for the baseball season toward the middle of February from its current early February start.  At least 9 other D2 sports are affected by this proposal as well.  Proposed NCAA Bylaw 17 Changes
  • In addition to shortening the NCAA Division 2 college baseball regular season, the NCAA Championships Committee has agreed to reduce the length of the D2 College World Series and compress it from its current 8 day format to a 6 day format.  The number of games played in the double elimination tourney wouldn’t change fortunately.  What this does do is really emphasize pitching depth.  The Committee also confirmed Cary, NC as the College World Series location through 2011.  D2 Championships Panel Okay’s Changes
  • Finally, the NCAA D2 Committee’s, in addition to pushing this new package of “sports/academics balance” plans has published a new website to try and promote a better “game environment and sportsmanship”.   They have a new website to promote this approach – NCAA Division II Game Environment

Without getting too controversial – lets just say I’m not a big fan of the NCAA’s powers that be and their decisions on these topics.  D2 sports brings these schools a crapload of money – heck they promote the whole “I Chose D2” brand to talk about the benefits of playing D2 sports (along with their miniscule scholarships).  Now the message is “academics over sports” and “everybody play nice together”.  Just a bunch of overpaid academic heads deciding they know best if you ask me.  Rant off.

Stories From Around NCAA College Baseball

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Time to catch up on stories from around NCAA college baseball as school approaches. 

  • As a follow up to my last story about the NCAA banning composite bats (NCAA Rule Changes) the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) did approve the plan to put a temporary ban on composite bats – PROP Approves Action on Composite Bats
  • I wrote some last year about the demise of college baseball at D1 schools Vermont and Northern Iowa.  In fact, colleges across the country have eliminated 227 different sports teams in the past 3 years.  This summer, the University of Wisconsin La Crosse made a similar threat to shut down their D3 baseball program.  Fortunately, the school allowed boosters to fund raise the $50k needed to save the program for now which has happened.  You can read about the effort and publicity that saved UWL baseball here – Save UW La Crosse Baseball Site
  • Something I missed back during the D2 College World Series was this blog by a Dowling pitcher about his experience during the event.  It is quite well written – “This morning was truly an awakening of the senses, as it was surely the first and best day of all our baseball careers to date.”  You can find it here – A Pitcher’s Perspective
  • Finally, I saw this interesting piece from the Collegebaseball360 Blog.  As the father of a pitcher and a youth baseball coach I’ve long been concerned about pitch counts.  Many of you may have heard about the 25 inning D1 playoff game between Texas and Boston College – Texas closer Austin Wood received a lot of well deserved national attention for his 13 inning effort in the Longhorn’s 25-inning win over Boston College in the Austin Regional. However, Wood was not the same after that outing that saw him throw nearly 140 pitches. In his two combined Regional outings Wood totaled 15.0 IP with 2 hits, 4 BB, 17 strikeouts and no runs allowed. However, in his six appearances after the famed 13-inning outing here are the lefty’s numbers: 11 IP, 16 hits, 10 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, with a 6.54 ERA. Wood made his nation-leading 41st appearance of the season when he toed the rubber for the last time in the final game of the CWS vs. LSU.  CWS – Before & After.  Boyd’s World Website does a good job of calling out schools that abuse pitchers here – D1 Pitch Count Watch

NCAA D2 Baseball Champion – Lynn University

Congratulations to Lynn University for winning their first NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship!

Championship Game – Lynn 2, Emporia State 1 – Recap | Boxscore | Game Notes
Starting pitcher Dan Wright overcame a first-inning run and tournament Most Outstanding Player Tommy Kahnle retired all six batters he faced as Lynn claimed its first-ever Division II baseball national championship. Chad Crowe’s sacrifice fly in the top of the second tied the game and Chris Chavez’s two-out rbi-single in the third proved to be the game winner. Emporia State starting pitcher Ben Graham went eight innings and recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts.

The team had 14 seniors so it’s unlikely to see them repeat.

Lynn University Recap

Emporia State Recap

South Florida Sun Sentinel Story

Raleigh News & Observer Story

The NCAA also announced their All-tournament team for the D2 College World Series –

All-Tournament Team

Most Outstanding Player: Tommy Kahnle, Lynn
Catcher: Spencer Sobol, Belmont Abbey
First Base: Daniel Pembroke, Dowling
Second Base: Jacob White, Emporia State
Third Base: Josh Tanner, UC San Diego
Shortstop: Chad Crowe, Lynn
Outfield: Kellen Lane, Emporia State
Outfield: Gabe MacDougall, Lynn
Outfield: Daniel Flores, Lynn
Pitcher: Ben Graham, Emporia State
Pitcher: Dan Wright, Lynn
Pitcher: Tommy Kahnle, Lynn

Lynn 3 outs from D2 Baseball Championship

 

Lynn University leads Emporia State 2-1 entering the bottom of the 9th inning.

Emporia took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but Lynn scored single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings to take the lead.  Since then it’s been a pitcher’s dual.

Update – Mike Sharp pops out to shortstop for first out

Fly out to center field – Lynn 1 out away

Pop out to 2nd – Lynn wins!

Dog pile underway


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