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NCAA Division 2 Central Region Tournament – May 13-17, Farmington, NM

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The NCAA Division 2 Central Region Baseball Tournament will take place May 13-17, 2010 in Farmington, New Mexico.  It is being hosted by the #1 seed, New Mexico Highlands and will be played at Ricketts Field (pictured above).  The field has a seating capacity of over 6,100 and its dimensions are RF-330, RCF-370, CF-400, LCF-370, and LF-330.

The winner of the double elimination NCAA Regional Tournament will earn an invitation to the 8 team, NCAA Division 2 College World Series to be played May 22-29 in Cary, NC.

Game Schedule (All Times MST):
May 13th (games at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.) 
Game 2 – #5 University of Nebraska-Kearney vs. #2 Minnesota State (11:00 am)
Game 3 -  #4 Winona State vs. #3 Mesa State College (3:00 pm)
Game 1 -  #6 St. Cloud State vs.#1 New Mexico Highlands University (7:00 pm)

The online tournament site is posted here – http://www.nmhucowboys.com/

Bracket – NCAA Central Region Bracket

Live Stats – Central Region Live Stats

RMAC Update

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The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is holding their postseason tournament this weekend as well.  The top 3 seeds are left in contention with #1 seed, New Mexico Highlands, needing just 1 more win to capture the automatic NCAA bid –

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With St. Cloud State in the region’s 5th spot and Nebraska Kearney in the 6th spot, most Northern Sun fans should be rooting for Kearney to get knocked out of their next game against Mesa State.  That might allow the NSIC to get 4 of the 6 spots in the NCAA Central Region Tourney if Minnesota Duluth can win the Tourney and gain the Northern Sun’s automatic bid.

Week 3 Kicks Off On Thursday – Mav’s Rule!

Weekend Preview

Week 3 of the Northern Sun Conference kicked off today with many teams playing Thursday-Friday doubleheaders.  This week we have a number of interesting matchups and already we are seeing some of the lower level teams knock off the title contenders.

Thursday Results –

The biggest series of the weekend is the home & home series between Minnesota State and Southwest Minnesota State.  The Mavericks were picked in the preseason coaches poll to win the NSIC in 2010 and so far the coaches look like they were on to something.  Minnesota State came out of the games with 2 dominating performances on both offense and pitching to move to 9-1 in the conference, winning 11-1 & 8-2.  Game 1 saw the Mustangs have the 10 run rule implemented as Patrick Lenton pitched a complete game gem in 7 innings to move to 6-2 on the season.  He gave up just 4 hits to go with 5 K’s and no walks.  Game 2 saw an equally impressive pitching performance by Blake Schwartz who moved to 6-0 on the season.  These 2 teams will play again tomorrow in Marshall.  Mavericks Sweep Mustangs

St. Cloud State also claimed a 7 inning, 10 run rule game in their 12-2 win over Minnesota Duluth today.  David Deminsky, the NSIC Pitcher of the Week last week, went the distance to get the win.  Sam Radbil hit a grand slam in the game to lead the offensive attack.  The Bulldogs did come back in game 2 to give the Huskies their first Conference loss of the season as they won 9-6.  It was an off day for Logan Birr – both Tyler Erickson and Brian Burmann had home runs for Duluth.

Concordia St Paul got their first win of the season as they split a doubleheader with Wayne State.  The Wildcats eeked out the first game in 9 innings by a score of 13-12 in a game that featured 39 hits between the 2 teams.  Joe Wendte had a huge day for them as he was 5-6 with 2 HR’s, 3 RBI’s and 4 runs scored.  Concordia might have won but they left 17 runners on base in the game.  In the 2nd game Concordia got a great pitching performance from Chris Peterson (2-1) as he pitched a complete game to lead the Golden Bears to a 7-2 victory.  Bryan Lippincott was huge on the day as he was 6-10 with 4 runs, 5 RBI’s and 2 homers to lead Concordia offensively. 

Other News –

Some other information came out this week of interest including:

  • Minnesota State issued an update on their former players who are in the Minor Leagues – Mavs In The Minors
  • Cody Wilcoxson of Concordia continues to post regularly on his Ping! blog.  He’s already posted on it 16 times – Breaking the Losing Woes
  • Augustana easily beat Morningside College today in a non-conference game by a score of 11-2 – Vikings Baseball Cruises
  • St. Cloud State jumped to #13 in the NCBWA poll this week and into a tie for the top spot in the Central Region.  Minnesota State, Winona State and Augustana are also in the all important Top 6 – NCBWA Regional Polls

Players of the Week

I’m a little behind but I should at least acknowledge the Players of the Week for the 8th week of NSIC play – NSIC Week 8 Release

NSIC Player of the Week
Photo#2 Derick Swenson
OF, 5-7, 165, Sr., R/R
Alexandria, Minn.
Alexandria HS
SMSU

Derick Swenson helped lead SMSU to a 5-1 week, including 4-0 in NSIC play, batting .609 with 14 hits in 23 at bats. Swenson finished with four doubles, three home runs and one triple and added nine RBI. He finished with a slugging percentage of 1.261 and an on-base percentage of .679 as he also recorded three walks, two hit by pitches and stole two bases.

NSIC Pitcher of the Week
Photo#27 David Deminsky
LHP, 6-3, 205, SR., L/L
Sartell, Minn.
Sartell HS
St. Cloud State

David Deminsky improved to 5-1 on the year with a complete seven inning shutout on the mound in a 15-0 win over the University of Mary. He gave up just four hits and finished the game with 11 strikeouts. Deminsky is currently tied for with Nick Anderson (Brainerd) with a team-high 57 strikeouts on the season.

New York Times Article on the Metrodome and Other News

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My thanks to Dave Kincaid for drawing my attention to yesterday’s New York Times article about the importance of the Metrodome for college baseball in the upper Midwest – Winter Ball Never Sleeps or Shivers at Metrodome.  It’s a very good read (it is the New York Times after all) and details the nearly non-stop usage of the facility from February through April.

Ron Petrich, now an assistant professor of education at Augsburg, a small Minneapolis college, doubles as the scheduler and matchmaker for college baseball games at the Metrodome. Since 1984, he has kept the Dome humming with games, practices and scrimmages almost around the clock from February through April, when winter finally eases. The Metrodome may have said goodbye to major league baseball, but for now, it remains a Teflon-roofed lifesaver for more than 100 college, high school and other amateur teams throughout the upper Midwest.

And no more so than this winter. In February, Petrich said, he was receiving five or six calls a day from coaches with snow-covered fields as far away as Kansas and Illinois. That made for some creative scheduling.

As I’ve lamented here before (Northern Sun – Winter Games) it’s going to be very difficult on a lot of college baseball teams if they tear down the Metrodome to make way for a new Vikings stadium.

Other News

The Northern Sun Baseball Blog was recognized by Onlinedegrees.net as one of the 100 Best College Sports Blogs in the country.  I have no idea who they are and I see it’s a new site but they lumped me in with a bunch of better known sites so it’s always nice to get some recognition.

The NCAA updated their D2 Blog today and chronicled some of the teams in Division 2 baseball that had the best weeks to move them up in the national polls – Not Aiken For Wins

Finally, Northern Sun fans of NSIC’s top teams are always reminded to keep one eye on what’s happening with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference who shares the Central Region with the NSIC.  The RMAC is already 3 weeks into their Conference season.  New Mexico Highlands is the only team getting national recognition.  These 2 Conference’s send 6 teams combined to the NCAA Regional Tournament so the NSIC should be hoping for at least 3 bids – RMAC Week 7 Update

Northern Sun D2 College Baseball Poll – 3/16/10

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The Northern Sun Division 2 College Baseball Poll is back for its 2nd year.  Each week, the Northern Sun Baseball Blog combines the 3 primary Division 2 College Baseball Poll’s into 1 composite ranking of the Top 30 teams.

For the 3rd straight week Florida Southern is the unanimous #1 team in NCAA Division 2 baseball.  The Moccasins swept games against good opponents in Winona State, Ashland and Valdosta State to solidify their record.

For some reason, CBN and NCBWA dropped Southern Arkansas in the rankings despite the Muleriders winning all their games.  With those changes they move from a tie for 2nd in the poll all the way down to 5th place. 

Tampa made a big move up the rankings as they go from #20 to #15 and now to #7 this week.  They not only won 7 games during the week, they won them by a large average margin.  USC – Aiken also had a nice move upward and Southeastern Oklahoma makes its first appearance ever on this poll coming in at #26.

The Northern Sun Conference’s Minnesota State comes in at a tie for #29 while Winona State and St. Cloud State both received some votes this week.

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

College Baseball News Poll

Ping!Baseball Poll

NCBWA Poll

Time To Vote!

We are just days away from the start of the Northern Sun Conference regular season games.  Will it be Wayne State winning the NSIC regular season title for the 7th straight year or will their early season challenges translate into opportunity for some other team to capture the crown?  Take your turn to vote in our poll to the right –>

Players Of The Week

While I’ve seen some criticize the choice of a 3rd Minnesota State player already this season, I find it hard to fault either of this week’s selections.  Tyler Erickson had an amazing 4 games in Florida and Bret Mitchell totally shut down a team ranked in Division 2’s Top 15.  NSIC Week 6 Press Release

NSIC Player of the Week
Photo#10 Tyler Erickson
SS, 5-9, 160, Jr.,
Alexandria, Minn.
Jefferson HS
Minnesota Duluth

Tyler Erickson got off to a hot start in UMD’s Florida spring trip, going a combined 9-for-12 (.750) at the plate in the team’s first four games. He had two games with three or more hits, including a 4-for-4 performance in the Bulldogs’ first game of a doubleheader sweep against Wayne State (Mich.), on Sunday March 14. Erickson was also a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts while not registering a strike out.

NSIC Pitcher of the Week
Photo#22 Bret Mitchell
RHP, 6-2, 185, Jr., R/R
Lakeville, Minn.
Iowa Central CC
Minnesota State

Bret Mitchell tossed a nine-inning complete game and earned first career shut-out as Minnesota State downed Ashland 4-0 March 9th in Florida. He scattered four hits and walked one batter while striking out 11.

Rain Rain Go Away & Northern State Controversy?

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12 games were scheduled that involved Northern Sun teams yesterday.  10 of them were cancelled due to the weather and Northern State wishes the other 2 were as well.  This goes along with the 5 that were cancelled on Thursday. 3 on Wednesday and 3 on Tuesday.  Most of the games lost were in Florida where teams scraped together money to get away from the bad weather.  The Florida forecast is supposed to be much improved today.

Northern State Controversy

Northern State may have hit a new low yesterday after getting swept in a doubleheader by NAIA’s Minot State by a combined score of 29-0.  Minot State had a record of 10-19 last year so they are a weaker team in a lower division of baseball.  The team was outhit 32-6, committed 6 errors and their pitchers hit 6 batters over the 2 games.

So what’s the controversy?

So I’m reading the press release and looking at the box scores – Minot State Grabs 2 From Wolves  Do you notice anything from the Minot State box scores?

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The players listed who kicked Northern State’s butts all play for Minnesota State, not Minot State.   Northern State is playing in Arizona while Minnesota State is supposed to be playing in Florida.  So what happened?

  • Minnesota State’s games were cancelled the last 2 days – did they get on a plane and go to Arizona where they pretended to be Minot State Beavers?
  • Did the Northern State Sports Information Director have a massive screw up?
  • Did the games even really take place?

Minot State’s entire school website is down so I can’t even check what they have to say about it – maybe that’s part of the evil plan? 

I may have to ping the Minnesota State SID for a comment.

Northern Sun D2 College Baseball Poll – 3/10/10

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The Northern Sun Division 2 College Baseball Poll is back for its 2nd year.  Each week, the Northern Sun Baseball Blog combines the 3 primary Division 2 College Baseball Poll’s into 1 composite ranking of the Top 30 teams.

For the 2nd week in a row Florida Southern was the unanimous #1 team in NCAA Division 2 College Baseball as they swept the top spot in all 3 D2 polls.  As is typical early in the season, we did see some significant movement in the rankings as Francis Marion dropped all the way from #3 to #12, Delta State dropped 7 spots to a tie for #17 and Catawba dropped from #15 all the way out of the Top 30.

On the other hand, we saw big moves upward by Columbus State who moved up from #12 to #6, UNC – Pembroke who broke into the Top 30 to a tie for #17 and Incarnate Word (#25) who last week wasn’t ranked by any of the 3 polls and this week made the Top 30 in all 3 with big wins over previous Top 30 team, Texas – Permian Basin.

One trend that continues this year is that the College Baseball News poll continues to track the most closely to the Northern Sun Poll.  CBN has only 1 of their Top 30 not make the Northern Sun Top 30.  Last year it seemed like PING! was the most divergent and they certainly have some differences this week from the other 2 (Mount Olive, Columbus State, Franklin Pierce) but it seems like the Baseball Writers poll has the most differences with choices like New Mexico Highlands (#10), Francis Marion at #20 and Cal State Bernardino at #12 when they don’t even make the other 2 polls at all.

Northern Sun Conference team, Minnesota State, is now in the Top 30 in 2 of the national polls and is tied for #28 in the Northern Sun D2 Poll.  Winona State also made the Top 30 in 2 polls but didn’t get enough total points to crack the Top 30 in the composite poll.

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

College Baseball News Poll

Ping!Baseball Poll

NCBWA Poll

NSIC Names Week 5 Award Winners & March 8th Polls

The Northern Sun Conference has named their Players of the Week for the week ending March 7th, 2010.  They are –

NSIC Player of the Week
Photo#14 Jordan Smith
OF, 6-4, 205, Fr., R/L
Willmar, Minn.
Wilmar HS
St. Cloud State

Jordan Smith batted .615 in three games played at the Heffington Opitical Invitational in Sprinfield, Mo. on March 5-7. Smith posted two RBIs, three hits, one home run and one run in four at bats against Ouachita Baptist. SCSU went on to win the game 5-3. Smith also had three putouts and one assist in the game. In the second game of tournament play, Smith was 4-of-5 in a tough 9-7 loss against Arkansas Tech. He hit for the cycle in the contest with one single, one double, one triple and one home run in the game. He had four RBIs for the Huskies in the game and also one putout in the outfield. To end the weekend, Smith had one hit and three putouts in a 15-4 loss to #4 ranked Southern Arkansas. He also was called on to pitch two innings of play against Southern Arkansas. In the three games, Smith posted two runs, eight hits, six RBI, one double, one triple, two homers, seven putouts and one assist. On the season, Smith leads the Huskies with a .523 batting average, 23 hits and 18 RBIs. He also has three doubles, one triple and 9 runs this season.

NSIC Pitcher of the Week
Photo#19 Jordan Triestram
RHP, 6-0, 195, Sr., R/R
Shakopee, Minn.
Minnesota, Crookston

Jordan Triestram threw five innings on no hit ball, allowing one unearned as the Golden Eagles defeated Wisconsin-Stout 5-1 last Thursday. Triestram struck out seven and walked three while gaining his first career victory.

In other news:

  • College Baseball News has released their latest NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Poll and both Minnesota State and Winona State were tied for 29th place.  St. Cloud State also received votes this week.
  • PING! Baseball has released their D2 Baseball poll for the week and no Northern Sun teams make the Top 30
  • Cody Wilcoxson of Concordia continues to be an active blogger on the PING site.  He’s blogging regularly on the Golden Bears’ spring trip to Florida which is an interesting read.  Blogging From Florida

What’s With Wayne?

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Yesterday, Wayne State suffered a 6-1 loss to Wisconsin Parkside and 12-1 loss to Southern Indiana to move to 4-8 on the season.  The Wildcats were favored by many (including this writer) to continue their winning ways and challenge for their 7th straight Northern Sun Conference regular season title.

While the Conference games haven’t started yet, there have got to be a few nervous people in Nebraska.  So what has changed from last year?

Is it the pitching?

The 2010 Wildcats have a team ERA of 4.71 which is actually slightly down from 2009’s 4.86.  Their Batting Average Allowed is slightly worse (.289 vs. .284) and their WHIP (Walks + Hits divided by Innings Pitched) is almost identical.  I don’t think it’s the pitching.

Is it the fielding?

The 2009 version of Wayne State wasn’t exactly known as a top fielding team and the 2010 squad has continued that tradition.  The 2010 fielding % is slightly worse (.951 vs. .956) but more importantly the errors are costing them more.  Last year about 20% of the runs scored against them were unearned.  In 2010 that number is up to 25%.  So, fielding is a contributing factor but not the major one.

Is it the hitting?

The 2009 Wildcat team was amazing at the plate as they outhit their opponents by a wide margin and had all 11 of their primary hitters with batting averages over .300.  Nine of those guys had a slugging % above .494.  Here are the batting averages for the 10 primary batters so far in 2010 –

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As you can see, only 2 guys are batting over .300.  Their team batting average is down .107 points and their slugging percentage is down a whopping .210 points.  Their team batting average is only .234 which is 55 points below their opponents.  The lack of hitting is clearly a major reason for the slow start this year.

Conclusion

The team had lofty expectations entering 2010 as they were ranked #14 in the country by the College Baseball News Preseason D2 Poll.  The explanation of this team being slow starters better get solved soon as the start of Conference games is just 12 days away.  One has to wonder if the loss of Coach Manganaro had more of an impact than most of us thought.

Northern Sun D2 College Baseball Poll – 3/5/10

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The Northern Sun Division 2 College Baseball Poll is back for its 2nd year.  Each week, the Northern Sun Baseball Blog combines the 3 primary Division 2 College Baseball Poll’s into 1 composite ranking.

There is a consensus #1 team in NCAA D2 College Baseball and it’s Florida Southern.  The team did lose 13-1 on Tuesday after the poll came out.  The fact that the loss was against the Detroit Tigers major league team probably won’t hurt them in the polls – Moc’s Lose to Tigers

As is common in early season polls, there are lots of diverging opinions about the rest of the Top 30 teams.  Only 20 teams are on all 3 polls but you have lots of different opinions on teams like Cal State – San Bernardino who is ranked 5th by the Baseball Writers, #25 by D2 Head Coaches and out of the Top 30 by Ping.  Mount Olive is another case where NCBWA ranks the 14-0 team #2 overall but they only manage #15 by Ping.  Their games on Wednesday against our #15 team, Catawba, were postponed unfortunately.

With their #22 ranking in the NCBWA poll it allowed Minnesota State from the Northern Sun Conference to achieve a #24 ranking in our poll.  I’m guessing their doubleheader loss to Bemidji State this week will make that short lived.  St. Cloud State (#28) and Wayne State (#30) all were recognized in the NCBWA poll this week.

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

College Baseball News Poll

Ping!Baseball Poll

NCBWA Poll

Northern Sun Update – March 4, 2010

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First off in this weeks update – Congratulations to Wow!!  He posted the 1,000th comment to be heard on Northern Sun Baseball.  Thanks to all those members who continue to add value even when I hardly post (at least I did sell 4 listings in the last 5 days and have 3 offers to present on another house tonight).

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Every team has now played at least a couple games and here’s what we know so far –

  • Only 5 of the 13 teams have an above .500 record
  • Upper Iowa, the only team to yet win a game, continues for the 2nd year in a row to have numerous spring games cancelled due to weather.  Peacock Season in Holding Pattern
  • Winona State’s Ross Hellenbrand and Tony Mueller are very good.  They led the Warriors to a sweep of pre-season favorite Wayne State in a non-conference doubleheader (as well as a split with SCSU).  The team plays a really tough spring road trip with games against 2009 D2 Champion, Lynn, and 2010’s #1 ranked team, Florida Southern as well as games against Minnesota State.  Warriors Sweep Wayne
  • Speaking of Minnesota State, they lost both ends of a doubleheader to Bemidji State?  The Beavers did get swept by the Mavericks the day before but this was quite the surprise result.  Bemidji has already played 16 games and while their record is solid, most of their previous wins had come against conference weaklings (Northern State & Crookston) although they did win a game against St. Cloud as well.  Beavers Steal 2 From Mavs
  • Minnesota State’s doubleheader sweep of the Beavers the day before was led by a dominating performance by sophomore pitcher, Blake Schwartz.  The right hander from Rosemount, MN threw a complete game giving up just 1 hit and 1 HBP to move to 2-0 on the season.  Schwartz Hurls 1 Hitter
  • Wayne State has been up and down so far this year but their 7-3 win over 2009’s National D2 Runner-up, Emporia State, was quite impressive.  Five Run Inning Boosts WSC
  • Augustana is off to a slow start.  The surprise team of 2009 has started the season at 5-7 but 2 of those were blowout wins over an overmatched Morningside College.  The team has given up 8 or more runs in 5 of its 7 losses so far.  Vikings 0-2 Against Drury

This week starts the spring break trips for many of the Northern Sun teams so there will be lots of games in a short window with lots of players getting playing time as coaches figure out their Conference lineups. 


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