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NCBWA 2010 Division II Preseason All-American Baseball Teams Announced

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The National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released their NCAA Division II Preseason All-American Baseball Teams on Tuesday this week.  They named a First Team, Second Team, Third Team and Honorable Mention Team for the upcoming 2010 baseball season.  In all, 12 players from the Northern Sun Conference were named to the teams.  Those players were:

First Team:

  • Third Baseman – Matt Bauer, Sr, Southwest Minnesota State

Second Team:

  • Second Baseman – Seth Fox, Sr, Upper Iowa
  • Outfielder – Nate Baumann, Jr, Augustana
  • Starting Pitcher – Logan Birr, So, St. Cloud State

Third Team:

  • First Baseman – Andrew Kinney, Sr, Southwest Minnesota State
  • Utility Player – Brenden Furrow, Sr, Concordia St. Paul
  • Starting Pitcher – David Deminsky, Sr, St. Cloud State
  • Relief Pitcher – Bret Severtson, Sr, Augustana

Honorable Mention:

  • Outfielder – Tom Longoni, Sr, Upper Iowa
  • Utility Player – Lucas Wilsing, Sr, Upper Iowa
  • Pitchers – Patrick Lenton, Sr, Minnesota State  &  Adam Scrader, Sr, Southwest Minnesota State

As is typical, when a team is announced one of the first things to do is look and see if the Writers got it right.  Right away the Northern Sun Baseball Blog readers started commenting about the immediate injustice of leaving Wayne State’s Joe Wendte off of the team.  Wendte was recognized as the Northern Sun Conference Player of the Year in 2009 and was on the NCBWA Third Team All-American Team for 2009 (higher than any other Northern Sun player).  In reading the fine print for the award I did notice that players needed to be nominated by their school’s Sports Information Director.  Earlier today I verified that Wayne State’s SID mistakenly missed the deadline and therefore, Wendte’s name was never submitted.  Kind of a shame for a player that would most certainly have been 1st or 2nd team as he had a better year than Nate Baumann did who made the Second Team squad.

The one player that jumps out at me as maybe not belonging on this list would be Lucas Wilsing of Upper Iowa who was nominated as a Utility Player.  Wilsing didn’t make the NSIC 1st or 2nd team All-Conference Teams in 2009 and there are a number of players that jump out at me that would have been better choices (although I’m not sure they were nominated).  Anders Engberg (Minnesota Duluth) had stats as both a pitcher and batter that exceeded Wilsing and he was 2nd team All-Conference.  Tony Mueller of Winona State is another player that might have been a better batter/pitcher option as he was a much better hitter than Wilsing, although not as good on the mound.  It’s fun to debate anyway.

On another note, I did confirm that Eric Bond, Wayne State’s 2009 Newcomer of the Year and a key offensive contributor, will not be back with the team in 2010.

NCBWA 2010 Preseason Division II All-American Announcement

Three Mustangs Named Preseason All-American

Birr & Deminsky Named Preseason All-Americans

Baumann & Severtson Garner All-American Honors

Lenton Named All-American Honorable Mention

Furrow Selected Third Team All-American

Concordia University – 2010 Baseball Schedule

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Concordia University has posted their baseball schedule for the upcoming 2010 baseball season – Concordia 2010 Baseball Schedule

The team opens its season against Northwestern Iowa College at the Metrodome on February 4th – the same day SWMS & UMD play their first game against each other there.  What strikes you immediately is the number of non-D2 opponents the Golden Bears are playing.  Their first 6 games are against 2 NAIA programs and a D2 program.  Later in March they also play D3’s UW La Crosse.  In fact, the only non-conference D2 program on the schedule right now is a home & home series with Minnesota Duluth.  The team does have a spring trip to Orlando but it’s unclear whether they are in the same Russ Matt Tourney as most of the rest of the Conference since that is technically taking place in Winter Haven, FL.

The 4 Conference teams that Concordia doesn’t play this year are Minnesota Duluth, Mary, Upper Iowa and Southwest Minnesota State.  This could be a year of transition for the Golden Bears who lost a few really good players and will have a young team.  22 of the 31 players on their roster are either sophomores or freshman.

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Southwest Minnesota St. – 2010 Baseball Schedule

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Southwest Minnesota State has published their 2010 baseball schedule for the upcoming school year.  Mustang 2010 Schedule

They open with 4 games at the Metrodome against the University of Minnesota Duluth on February 4th & 5th.  Hopefully for Duluth’s sake they won’t suffer a 34-1 loss to the Mustangs like they did early in the spring last year. 

In 2009 the Mustangs didn’t play their first games until mid-March on spring break so these 4 early games will give us a little better idea of where they stand.  They do have more than a month off afterward before traveling to Winter Haven, FL for the Russ Matt Invitational.

Each Northern Sun school plays 8 conference opponents 4 times and doesn’t play 4 of the conference schools.  This year, SMSU avoids Wayne State, Concordia, St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth.  These are the same 4 teams they avoided in 2009 so the conference uses the same in-conference scheduling for 2 years.

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Northern Sun Baseball – Summer ‘09 Recruiting

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The 2009-10 school year is about to begin and the summer 2009 baseball signing period has come and gone.  A number of programs have announced additions to their programs for the coming year.  It’s actually quite surprising to see SO MANY signings at some of these schools.  If I was one of the first to commit and they signed 17 more players after me I might be a bit upset –

  • Augustana had a better than expected season last year under new coach Tim Huber and is building on that with the addition of 18  new players for the 2010 season.  They announced 10 summer signings in June (Augustana Baseball Inks 10) and 3 more in August (Augies Add to 2009 Class).
  • Concordia is adding 11 new players to a team that had last years smallest roster and a team that lost a number of its best players to graduation – Tartan Star Commits – Brings Golden Bears to 11
  • St. Cloud State, in my  opinion, easily had the best recruiting class for the coming year (granted I only know MN high schoolers).  They already had an excellent class coming in when they announced in late July the signing of Lion’s All-Star Series MVP, Jon Traetow (Lions MVP Signs) and then followed that up with signing 3 transfers from D1’s Northern Iowa who disbanded their team (Schultz SigningSchwenke SigningJohnson Signing).  The Huskies had previously announced the signing of 6 other freshman who participated in the Lion’s All-Star Series, including one of Minnesota’s top 2009 high school athletes in Willmar’s Jordan Smith.
  • Upper Iowa one upped Augustana by announcing that they had signed 19 players for the 2010 season.  The press release was pretty interesting as they didn’t even have any information on a number of their players previous baseball careers.  It would be interesting to see how they divvy up the scholarship money or find out how many of these guys are walking on.  Peacock Baseball Recruiting Class
  • Back in July, Wayne State announced the signing of 3 additional players to bring their class to a total of 8.  3 Join Wildcat Baseball
  • Finally, Minnesota Duluth announced that they have signed 4 more players bringing their total to 9 (including 7 pitchers).  One interesting note is that early signee, Evan Knutson of Faribault, is no longer listed as a signee so he’s obviously going somewhere else.  Also, the signings at UMD include 2 sons of former Minnesota Twins!  UMD Baseball Adds 4

Mid-June Northern Sun Conference Baseball Update

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The summer slow period is upon us but there are a number of updates I can share regarding D2 college baseball teams in the Northern Sun Conference.

Major League Baseball held it’s MLB 2009 Draft last week and WSC Superfan put together a good list of the 59 NCAA Division 2 players that were drafted – MLB D2 Draft List.  Included among those players were 3 athletes from the Northern Sun Conference:

  • Chris Odegaard (Jr, RHP, Minnesota State) was drafted in the 23rd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The interesting thing is that Odegaard was drafted as the 696th overall selection – the exact same selection that he was in then 2008 MLB draft.  Odegaard Drafted
  • Jacob Schmidt (Sr, RHP, Concordia) became the first ever player drafted from Concordia as he was selected in the 41st round by the Chicago Cubs.  Schmidt Drafted
  • Geno Glynn (Sr, 3B, Minnesota State) was drafted in the 43rd round by the Tampa Bay Rays.  He became the 30th Maverick to be drafted by a Major League team.  Glynn Drafted

In other Northern Sun Conference news –

NCBWA 2009 D2 Baseball All-American Team

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The National College Baseball Writers Association has announced their 2009 Division II college baseball All-American team.

The Northern Sun Conference was recognized with 1 player on the 3rd team and 8 players being named to the Honorable Mention team.

 

2009 NCBWA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICAN TEAM

PITCHER OF THE YEAR – Shannon Wilkerson, Augusta State

PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Gabriel Duran, Dowling

COACH OF THE YEAR – Dan O’Brien, UC San Diego

FIRST TEAM

Catcher: Matt Adams, Slippery Rock

First baseman: Jon Alia, Cal State Dominguez Hills

Second baseman: Kevin Becker, Mesa State

Shortstop: Matt Bodenchuk, Mesa State (unanimous selection)

Third baseman: Yan Gomes, Barry

Outfielder:  Shannon Wilkerson, Augusta State (unanimous selection)

Outfielder: Bryan Fogle, Erskine

Outfielder: Jason Fobes, CSU-Pueblo

Outfielder: J.D. Martinez, Nova Southeastern

Utility player: Donovan Huffer, Concord

Designated hitter: Travis Howard, USC Aiken

Starting pitcher: Gabriel Duran, Dowling (unanimous selection)

Starting pitcher: Hayden Simpson, Southern Arkansas (unanimous selection)

Starting pitcher: Chris Armijo, Incarnate Word

Starting pitcher: Dan Wright, Lynn

Relief pitcher:  Shaun Larsen, Southern Indiana

Relief pitcher: Chris Matlock, Central Missouri

SECOND TEAM

Catcher: Ryan Query, Catawba

First baseman: Daniel Kassouf, Belmont Abbey

Second baseman: Cannon Lester, Southern Arkansas

Shortstop: Rich Racobaldo, Mount Olive

Third baseman: Nate Arevalo, Cameron

Outfielder: Matt Cotellese, West Chester

Outfielder: Adam Darby, Harding

Outfielder: Brandon Decker, Valdosta State

Outfielder: Eric Workman, West Virginia State

Utility player: Chris Adamson, Angelo State

Designated hitter: Matt Costello, Valdosta State

Starting pitcher: Nick Fogleman, Pfeiffer

Starting pitcher: Blake Keitzman, Western Oregon

Starting pitcher: Gary Moran, Sonoma State;

Starting pitcher: Ben Watkins, Pitt-Johnstown

Relief pitcher: Brad Rutherford, Abilene Christian

Relief pitcher:  Matt Winterhalter, Northern Kentucky

THIRD TEAM

Catcher: Jordan Schmidt, Abilene Christian

First baseman: Evan McDole, Northern Kentucky

Second baseman: Drew Cross, St. Edward’s

Shortstop: Evan Porter, Nebraska-Omaha

Third baseman: Craig Lyerly, Catawba

Outfielder: Conner Crumbliss, Emporia State

Outfielder: Sam DiMatteo, California (Pa.)

Outfielder: Will Gowdy, Ouachita Baptist

Outfielder: Joe Wendtke, Wayne State (Neb.)

Utility player: Andrew Whittington, Southern Arkansas

Designated hitter: Keith Towne, Angelo State

Starting pitcher: Michael Fiers, Nova Southeastern

Starting pitcher: Darin Gorsky, Kutztown

Starting pitcher: Michael Thompson, Bellarmine

Starting pitcher: Kyle Vasquez, Franklin Pierce

Relief pitcher: John Church, West Florida

Relief pitcher:  Justin Moore, Dominican

HONORABLE MENTION

Catcher: Chase Blackwood, Valdosta State; Chris Herbert, Concordia-St. Paul

First baseman: Logan Forest, Texas-Permian Basis; Yudelmis Hernandez, Barry; Andrew Kinney, Southwest Minnesota State; Zach Solly, Fairmont State.

Second baseman: Chas Anthony, Erskine; Mike Baillargeon, Assumption; Carlos Leyva, Cal State Dominguez Hills

Shortstop: Vance Albitz, UC San Diego; Shane Busti, California (Pa.); Devin Goodwin, Delta State

Third baseman: David Olson, Minnesota-Duluth; Jacob Petkac, Ashland; Ethan Santora, Mercyhurst; Josh Tanner, UC San Diego

Outfielder: Adam Arakawa, Chico State; Thomas Bumpass, Abilene Christian; Bo Darby, West Virginia State; Kevin Dietrich, UNC Pembroke; Kevin Dusold, Northern Kentucky; Jeff Foltz, Ashland; Cody Holliday, Wilmington; Mark Letchworth, Wingate; J.T. Putt, Regis; Mario Ramirez, Cal State LA; Chance Tuttle, Central Missouri; Derek West, Southwest Minnesota State

Utility player: Tyler Choate, Southern Indiana; Paul-Michael Klingberg, Cal State Dominguez Hills; Alex Koch, Wayne State (Neb.); Phil Messerian, Nyack

Designated hitter: Jason Carr, New Mexico Highlands; Josh Meagher, Chico State; Ben Sondgeroth, Indianapolis

Starting pitcher: Andre Benjamin, Grand Valley State; Brad Bichel, Cameron; Logan Birr, St. Cloud State; Tom Cote, Franklin Pierce; Reece Dodd, Southeastern Oklahoma; Adam Maini, Kutztown; Matt McGovern, UNC Pembroke; Ajay Meyer, Ashland; Bret Moyer, West Chester; Max Russell, Florida Southern; Jake Schmidt, Concordia-St. Paul; Tim Shibuya, UC San Diego; Cody Walden, Armstrong Atlantic; Cory White, Indianapolis

Relief pitcher: Rob Currie, Tusculum; Martin DeWald, GCSU; Nathan Kafka, Minnesota State; Guido Knudson, UC San Diego; Rob Nicholas, Franklin Pierce; Kenny Reisinger, Shepherd

Northern Sun Baseball Season Wrap Up

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The 2009 NCAA Division 2 College Baseball season is over.

That means that this blog, Northern Sun Baseball, is going to be slowing down its coverage.  First of all, I want to  thank those readers that stopped by on a regular basis throughout the year.  In 4 months this blog went from an idea to 37,000 views which just shows that there is a lot of interest in D2 baseball and fans who want to follow their teams. 

I will be slowing down coverage over the summer to coincide with the slowdown in any college baseball news.  I’m looking forward to watching Minnesota Amateur Baseball (Town ball)

In the meantime, here are some recent news items from Northern Sun schools –

Augustana – Nate Baumann Named Rawlings Central Region 2nd Team Baumann Recognized

Concordia – Announced signing 5 more players to play in 2010 to make a total of 10 signings.  This was important as they carried the smallest roster (25) and are losing 9 seniors.  Concordia Adds 5  Jake Schmidt collected a number of post-season honors  Schmidt in 3 Press Releases

Minnesota Duluth – David Olson racked up some awards in his final season as a Bulldog  Olson All-Central Region

Minnesota State – Nathan Kafka was 1st team All-Region and 3 others were 2nd team  Kafka All-Region

Southwest Minnesota State – Had a couple announcements about players receiving post-season recognition  Laughlin Academic All-American  West Named Daktronics Honorable Mention

St. Cloud State – Put out a very nice end of season recap St. Cloud State Season Review  Also, announced where some of their players will be competing this summer  Huskies in College Summer Leagues

Wayne State – Had a number of releases regarding post-season awards for players Bond & Wendte winning Awards

Winona State – Ross Hellenbrand was named All-Region  Hellenbrand Announcement

Northern Sun Baseball Season Wrap Up

Baseball Practice

The 2009 NCAA Division 2 College Baseball season is over.

That means that this blog, Northern Sun Baseball, is going to be slowing down its coverage.  First of all, I want to  thank those readers that stopped by on a regular basis throughout the year.  In 4 months this blog went from an idea to 37,000 views which just shows that there is a lot of interest in D2 baseball and fans who want to follow their teams. 

I will be slowing down coverage over the summer to coincide with the slowdown in any college baseball news.  I’m looking forward to watching Minnesota Amateur Baseball (Town ball)

In the meantime, here are some recent news items from Northern Sun schools –

Augustana – Nate Baumann Named Rawlings Central Region 2nd Team Baumann Recognized

Concordia – Announced signing 5 more players to play in 2010 to make a total of 10 signings.  This was important as they carried the smallest roster (25) and are losing 9 seniors.  Concordia Adds 5  Jake Schmidt collected a number of post-season honors  Schmidt in 3 Press Releases

Minnesota Duluth – David Olson racked up some awards in his final season as a Bulldog  Olson All-Central Region

Minnesota State – Nathan Kafka was 1st team All-Region and 3 others were 2nd team  Kafka All-Region

Southwest Minnesota State – Had a couple announcements about players receiving post-season recognition  Laughlin Academic All-American  West Named Daktronics Honorable Mention

St. Cloud State – Put out a very nice end of season recap St. Cloud State Season Review  Also, announced where some of their players will be competing this summer  Huskies in College Summer Leagues

Wayne State – Had a number of releases regarding post-season awards for players Bond & Wendte winning Awards

Winona State – Ross Hellenbrand was named All-Region  Hellenbrand Announcement

Day 4 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tournament

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Lynn 6, Dowling 5
Chad Crowe’s eighth-inning rbi-single broke a 5-5 tie and reliever Tommy Kahnle retired eight of the final nine batters he faced as Lynn remained unbeaten in the championship. Dowling rallied from a 5-2 deficit with three runs in the sixth as David Wendt’s two-out two-run single tied the game. A bizarre play in the top of the ninth wiped out a potential game-tying baserunner and Kahnle sealed the win with a groundout. Lynn advances to the winners’ bracket final Thursday at 7 p.m. Dowling takes on UC San Diego Wednesday at 7 p.m. in an elimination game and a rematch of the first round.  NCAA Recap  Lynn Recap

 

UC San Diego 8, West Chester 6
Matt Rossman took a three-hitter into the ninth inning and UC San Diego survived a furious rally to remain in the tournament. The Tritons built an 8-1 lead, but Matt Baer’s two-out pinch-hit grand slam home run in the top of the ninth put West Chester within striking range. RBI-singles in the bottom of the eighth by Josh Tanner and Brandon Gregorich proved to be the winning runs for the Tritons. UC San Diego plays another elimination game Wednesday at 3 p.m. against Dowling. West Chester is eliminated from the championship.  NCAA Recap  UC San Diego Recap

Day 4 Tournament Notes – Not much there today other than a note about #1 San Diego facing #2 West Chester in elimination bracket

The other news on the day was that the American Baseball Coaches Association announced their NCAA Division II All-American Teams.  ABCA All-Americans

There were 3 Northern Sun Conference players on the team – Joe Wendte (Wayne State) was on the 1st team, Eric Bond (Wayne State) was on the 2nd team and Jake Schmidt (Concordia) was on the 3rd team.

Northern Sun Postseason Award Winners

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Northern Sun Press Release

NSIC Player of the Year
Photo#20 Joe Wendte
(OF, 5-11, Jr., South Sioux City, Neb. / Heelan HS )
Wayne State College

Wendte led Wayne State in most offensive categories this season, helping the Wildcats win a sixth straight NSIC regular season title. In NSIC play, Wendte hit .420 with seven homers and 34 RBI’s. He led the league in NSIC games in on-base percentage (.579), runs scored (50) and walks (29) while ranking third in batting average (.420), slugging percentage (.818) and RBI’s (34) and sixth in total bases with 92. In all games, Wendte leads Wayne State with a .408 average and has 11 homers and 55 RBI’s and has made just one error all season manning center field for the Wildcats.

NSIC Pitcher of the Year
Photo#29 Jake Schmidt
(P, 6-3, 205, R/R, Sr., Oakdale, Minn. / Tartan HS)
Concordia University-St. Paul

The NSIC Preseason Pitcher of the Year lived up to his billing, breaking the single game, season and career strikeout records for Concordia while posting a 7-2 record. With a career-high 16 strikeouts in 7 innings at UM, Crookston, Schmidt became the career strikeout leader at CU and with his 14 K’s in his next and final start at Bemidji State, he finished the year with 103, breaking his mark of 100 a year ago. He currently leads all Division II pitchers in K/9 with 13.43. He reached double-digit strikeouts in seven of his 11 starts in 2009 with five complete games, a shutout and a save. He finished with a 3.78 ERA while hurling 69.0 innings. In his career, he is CU’s all-time wins leader with a 23-8 record and 273 strikeouts. At the plate, Schmidt was CU’s leadoff hitter, centerfielder and first and second baseman and hit 10 home runs, 10 doubles and stole eight bases. In games he pitched, he helped his own cause with a .471 average in 11 games with 15 runs and 10 RBI. He earned two NSIC Pitcher of the Week honors and one NSIC Player of the Week and was a five-time CU Male Athlete of the Week.

NSIC Newcomer of the Year
Photo#4 Eric Bond
(IF, 5-10, 160, Jr., Blue Springs, Mo.)
Wayne State College

Bond made quite an impact for the Wildcats’ offense in his first year with the club, hitting .337 in NSIC games with 11 homers and 32 RBI’s. Bond tied for the league lead in NSIC games with 11 homers and ranked fourth in NSIC games in RBI’s (32) and total bases (75) while ranking sixth in slugging percentage (.743). Overall, Bonds hit .350 for the Wildcats this season with 14 homers and 46 RBI’s while ranking second on the team with 111 total bases.

NSIC Freshman of the Year
Photo#17 Logan Birr
(RHP , 6-4 185, FR.,R/R, St. Cloud, Minn. / Apollo HS)
St. Cloud State

Birr led the NSIC in ERA (2.93) and held opponents to a conference low .215 mark. He was third in the conference in strikeouts (72) and wins (8) while striking out a season-high 11 batters against Minnesota, Crookston on March 20. He had his first career save and fifth win of season in same doubleheader against Minnesota Duluth on April 3, by pitching a total of six innings and striking out seven. He hurled two straight complete games on April 10 and 19, striking out eight and allowing one earned run at Concordia-St. Paul on the 10th. Birr threw his second of those with eight strikeouts in 8-4 win over Augustana on the 19th. He appeared in his first collegiate game against Midland Lutheran in the Metrodome, striking out both batters he faced. He picked up his first career victory after striking out four in three innings of work against Wisconsin-Parkside on Feb. 8. Birr won 4 straight starts on two separate occasions during the 2009 season.

NSIC Coach of the Year
PhotoJohn Manganaro
17th Season
Wayne State

Manganaro coached the Wildcats to their sixth straight regular season NSIC title this year, going 27-4 in league play. The 27 wins are the most ever by an NSIC team as the Wildcats topped their previous record of 25 wins (25-5) in the 2007 season. It’s the fourth time, and the third time in the last four years, that Manganaro has captured NSIC Coach of the Year honors. Manganaro picked up his 500th career win on May 3 in a 19-7 win over Minnesota, Crookston. He has coached the Wildcats to a 198-54 record (.785) in NSIC play since WSC joined the league in 1999.

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2 Games Left – Can Duluth & Augies Pull It Off?

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There are 2 games left in the Northern Sun Conference Division 2 college baseball regular season.  After Thursday’s games there were some who suggested that the NSIC’s top 6 teams were determined already and that this weekend didn’t matter all that much.  For example, there was this quote on the D2 Message Board –

It looks like the top six spots for the NSIC tournament are pretty much wrapped up.

Well, after Saturday’s games the top 6 spots are still very much up for grabs:

  • Minnesota Duluth came into their series with Upper Iowa on a tear having won 13 of their last 18 Conference games to move into 7th place.  The path to the NSIC playoffs was clear – sweep all 4 games from the Peacocks.  After Saturday the Bulldogs are half way there as they won 7-1 and 5-4 to pull within 1/2 game of Upper Iowa.  If they sweep the games today they are playing in St. Cloud on Thursday.  Duluth’s freshman starter, Anders Engberg, continues to impress with his 4th straight complete game win in game 1.  In game 2, Upper Iowa outhit Minnesota Duluth (9-6) but gave up 2 unearned runs (to go along with 6 unearned in game 1).  The Peacock’s still have their top starter, Lucas Wilsing, available to start today.   Minnesota Duluth Recap  Upper Iowa Recap
  • St. Cloud State needed to win just 2 of their last 6 games to assure themselves a spot in the NSIC Tournament.  Unfortunately for them, their last 6 games were against the league’s top 2 teams.  So far they are 0-4, having lost 2 to Wayne State on Thursday and being swept yesterday by Minnesota State by scores of 6-3 and 6-4.  In game 1, the Maverick’s ace pitcher, Patrick Lenton, moved to 9-1 and the Huskies starter, Logan Birr suffered his first loss of the season (8-1).  Another of the Huskies top 3 pitchers (Tim Scott) took the game 2 loss.  If St. Cloud State doesn’t sweep today they are in serious danger of missing the playoffs.  St. Cloud State Recap
  • One of the big reasons the Huskies are in danger is because Augustana is finishing their season with 4 games against last place Northern State.  Yesterday they easily swept their fellow South Dakota school by scores of 11-4 and 11-2.  There’s every reason to think they will get the sweep today as well.  There are 2 ways that the Augies reach the NSIC Tourney – Augustana Recap
    • Sweep Northern State and have SCSU lose a game.
    • Split with Northern State, have SCSU get swept and UMD get swept  but
    • If Augustana sweeps, SCSU sweeps and Upper Iowa/Minnesota Duluth split it would tie Augustana for 6th place with Upper Iowa but according to my reading of the tiebreaker the Peacocks would get the bid because of a better record against Winona State of all teams.
  • Speaking of Winona State, they split a pair of games against Concordia (14-12 & 2-3).  Winona starter, Ross Hellenbrand, moved to 8-2 on the season with a win in game 1.  Concordia’s senior catcher, Chris Herbert, had 6 RBI’s in the game 1 loss to break the Golden Bear’s record for RBI’s in a season.  He then got 2 more in game 2 to lead the team to victory.  Concordia Recap  Winona State Recap
  • Wayne State swept Minnesota Crookston (17-1, 13-1) to maintain their 1/2 game lead atop the standings over Minnesota State.  It looks likely that the Wildcats will win their 6th straight regular season title.  Wayne State Recap
  • Southwest Minnesota State managed to recover from a late game loss to gain a split against the University of Mary (5-6, 8-7).  The Mustangs have shown a propensity to lose to lower tier teams as they now have losses on the season against Mary, Crookston and Bemidji.  Mary’s Casey Gray came up with a walk off single in game 1 with 2 outs in the 7th inning.  Mary Recap  SMSU Recap
  • Bemidji State split a pair of non-Conference games with Montana State – Billings  Bemidji State Recap

Thursday NSIC Wrap For D2 College Baseball

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The weather cleared enough on Thursday for the Northern Sun Conference’s D2 college baseball teams to get in the 8 games that were moved from Wednesday because of rain. 

  • Wayne State swept a pair of games from St. Cloud State winning 6-5 and 7-1.  The wins keep the Wildcats with a 1/2 game lead in the Conference standings leading into what should be a sweep of 12th place Minnesota Crookston and a 6th straight NSIC regular season title.  St. Cloud State maintains a 2 game lead over Minnesota Duluth and 2 1/2 game lead over Concordia and Augustana for the 6th and final spot in the NSIC Tournament but has a tough final 4 games against 2nd place Minnesota State coming up.  If the Huskies only win 1 of those 4 games they could very easily be passed still by a team like Augustana who plays last place Northern State.  Wayne St. Recap  SCSU Recap
  • Minnesota State also swept their doubleheader to keep pace with Wayne State by beating a haggard Concordia team 9-2 & 4-1.  That second game was interesting as freshman pitchers Blake Schwartz (MSUM) and Ben Lemke (CSP) faced each other and pitched complete games.  Last year the pair were teammates at Rosemount (MN) High School were the led the team to the MN State Tournament.  In game 1, Concordia’s starting pitcher was Kirk Ingram who was making his first start after setting team records as a reliever in his 70 previous career appearances.  The Golden Bears host Winona State to finish the season.  Concordia Recap  Minnesota State Recap
  • Speaking of Winona State, the Warriors turned the tables on Southwest Minnesota State and won both games of their doubleheader 14-3 & 13-10.  Last week SMSU had swept Winona State.  The pair of wins vaulted Winona back into 3rd place in the standings ahead of the Mustangs.  Winona State was on a tear at the plate as they had 35 hits (15 for extra bases) and 8 homers.  SMSU finishes with a series against Mary while Winona heads to Concordia.  Winona Recap  SMSU Recap
  • Finally, Minnesota Duluth scored 41 runs in a sweep of Minnesota Crookston (26-18, 15-3).  The Bulldogs have had an amazing turnaround of their season as they evened their NSIC record at 14-14 and moved into 7th place in the standings.  This is a team that started Conference play 1-9, so they’ve gone 13-5 since that time.  They actually control their own destiny now as they have a 4 game series to end the regular season at Upper Iowa.  If they sweep the 4 game set they would pass the Peacocks and make the NSIC Tourney.  David Olson hit 2 homers on the day to tie the UMD career record for home runs with 39.  Minnesota Duluth Recap

There are just 4 regular season games left on the schedule for these D2 college baseball teams – hard to believe the season is almost over on the first day of May.


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