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Northern Sun Conference Games Start Today – Poll Results


The Northern Sun Conference’s 2010 regular season baseball games kick off today as St. Cloud State and Minnesota Crookston take to the Metrodome at 2pm for the first of 208 scheduled NSIC matchups.  There are 4 series scheduled for this weekend.  This will also kick off the new doubleheader format of 1 – 9 inning game followed by a 7 inning game each day.  I had previewed this new format and some of the impact last fall – Change To Doubleheader Format

  • St Cloud State @ Minnesota Crookston – St. Cloud’s Friday/Saturday games against Crookston were smartly planned in the Metrodome where they were guaranteed a playable field.  The Huskies are the clear favorite to win all 4 games but only won 3 of 4 last year.  In the end, that 1 loss to a team who only won 3 NSIC games, cost them a chance to go to the NSIC post season tournament.  Series preview is here – SCSU To Battle Golden Eagles
  • Concordia @ Augustana – The Concordia @ Augustana series has been moved from Sioux Falls to St. Paul and will be played at Concordia’s Barnes Field.  Last year the Vikings kicked off their successful season by winning 3 of 4 against the Golden Bears in the opening weekend.  This year they should be the slight favorites but these games could go either way – Opening Weekend Moved to Barnes Field
  • Wayne State @ Bemidji State – Wayne State will travel to Bemidji State to try and play 4 games in northern Minnesota on March 20th.  When those games were scheduled I would have bet a lot of money that they couldn’t play in Bemidji that early in the season.  This should be an interesting series as Wayne State has struggled in non conference play and the Beavers have a few nice wins and are ranked #9 in the Central Region by NCBWA.  If Wayne doesn’t take at least 3 of 4 their chances of winning a 7th straight NSIC title will take a hit.
  • Minnesota State @ Northern State – Finally, no word on where the Minnesota State vs. Northern State games will be played.  Minnesota State can’t afford to have any of these games cancelled as they should easily sweep the overmatched Wolves.

Preseason Poll Results

This past week I asked Northern Sun Baseball’s readers which team would win the NSIC Regular Season Title.  It was a tight race and in the end 2 teams (Winona State and Wayne State) tied for the lead.  This year certainly looks like it could be closer than years past as I think any of 4 teams could win it –


Thanks to all who voted!

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

First Weekend of Northern Sun Play in the Books

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As a part of my reduced time investment to this blog my entries are going to be less frequent and rely more on school press releases.  It still gives NSIC baseball fans a place to share information and jabs. 

The first weekend of play is complete and 6 Northern Sun teams saw their first action over the past few days –

Minnesota Duluth and Southwest Minnesota State battled each other at the Metrodome with the Mustangs coming away with a 2 games to 1 advantage.  Duluth got robbed of a 9-1 win in the 4th scheduled game when they ran out of time with 3 outs to go in the 7th inning.  Bulldogs-Mustangs Recap

St. Cloud State swept 3 games from Wisconsin – Parkside at the Metrodome.  Heralded freshman, Jordan Smith, lived up to the early hype and had 3 multi-hit games going 7-11 for the series.  He’s the early favorite for Player of the Week.  St. Cloud State Sweeps

Bemidji State swept a non-conference doubleheader from fellow NSIC team, Minnesota Crookston by scores of 7-0 and 8-4.  Beavers sweep Golden Eagles  The perfect season was short lived as they dropped a pair of games the next day against Rockhurst University Rockhurst Wins 6-2 & 5-4

Concordia University split it’s season opening doubleheader against Northwestern (IA).  Both games were decided by 1 run as the Golden Bears won game 1, 7-6 but dropped the nightcap 5-4.  Concordia Splits 

Finally, Augustana kicked off their season at the Metrodome with a split against the same Rockhurst team that had swept Bemidji State.  Both games were blowouts with the Vikings winning game 1, 13-2 but being blown out in game 2, 14-5.  Vikings Split To Open Season

NCAA D2 College Baseball 2010 Season Kicks Off

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The NCAA Division 2 College Baseball season officially kicks off today.  Unfortunately, there is no uniform website that tracks all of the schedules so short of looking at every team’s schedule it’s hard to say who is actually playing today.

What we can look at is the Northern Sun Schedule and see the following teams are kicking off play this week with the first games scheduled to take place this Thursday at the Metrodome in Minneapolis –

Thursday February 4th:

Minnesota Duluth vs. Southwest Minnesota State (DH) – 3pm

Concordia vs. Northwestern, IA (DH) – 8pm

Friday February 5th:

Minnesota Duluth vs. Southwest Minnesota State (DH) – 9am

Minnesota Crookston vs. Bemidji State (DH) – 7pm

Saturday February 6th:

St. Cloud State vs. Wisconsin Parkside (DH) – 9am

Sunday February 7th:

St. Cloud State vs. Wisconsin Parkside (DH) – 7:30am

Augustana vs. Rockhurst – 5pm  (no super bowl watching for them)

The most interesting of these games is certainly the UMD vs. SWMS matchup.  Last year SWMS spanked Duluth 34-1 in a non-conference game.  The Mustangs lost quite a few players from their 3rd place team of last year.  That said, I’m not sure Duluth has the pitching to win more than 1 game (although Anders Engberg is very good).

Minnesota Crookston – 2010 Baseball Schedule

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The University of Minnesota Crookston has posted their baseball schedule for the upcoming 2010 season – Minnesota Crookston 2010 Schedule

The Golden Eagles kick off their season with 6 winnable games at the Metrodome.  Bemidji State should be favored but games against the leagues last place team, Northern State, and D3’s UW-Stout should be match-ups they can win.  Like every other Northern Sun Conference team that has announced their schedule, Crookston is heading to Winter Haven, FL for the Russ Matt Tournament in March.  As a side note, the season opening games on February 5th at the Metrodome are also scheduled games for Southwest Minnesota State against Minnesota Duluth so there’s a chance to see 4 NSIC teams play that day (although there seems to be a time issue as SWMS lists a DH starting at noon and UMC lists a DH starting a 2pm – something’s messed up).

It’s interesting that they went ahead and scheduled their first Conference games at the Metrodome against St. Cloud State.  Those will be considered home games.  Crookston’s 4 Conference foes that they don’t play are Bemidji State, Northern State, Augustana and Minnesota State.  It’s a tough schedule as they don’t get to play the 11th & 13th place teams in last year’s standings.  They do sprinkle in a few more winnable non-Conference games during the Conference schedule against Valley City, Mayville State, Concordia-Moorhead, Jamestown and another Bemidji State matchup.  All of those extra games may prove taxing on the pitching and grades.


Thursday NSIC Wrap For D2 College Baseball


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.

NSIC Weekend College Baseball Update – 4/19/09

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Just a quick update to recap the 6 games played yesterday by Northern Sun’s D2 college baseball teams:

  • Southwest Minnesota State and Upper Iowa squared off in the series which had the most potential impact on post-season play.  In game 1, the Peacock’s Brian Solemsaas (4-3) pitched a complete game gem giving up just 3 hits to go with 5 strikeouts.  The 2nd game went to extra innings as UIU scored a run in the 7th to force more play.  The Mustangs scored 5 runs in the top of the 9th inning, highlighted by a Andrew Kinney 2 run homer to win 7-3.  Mustangs Salvage Split with Upper Iowa
  • 13 seemed to be the lucky number in Bemidji as the Beavers beat Duluth in game 1, 13-2.  The Bulldogs then came back in game 2 to win 13-5.  Justin Huether was the offensive star for Bemidji in game 1 as he was 4-4 with 5 RBI’s (which tied a team record).  Duluth came back in game 2 with their own offensive barrage, getting 16 hits including David Olson’s 9th homer of the season.  Bemidji State Splits with Duluth
  • Concordia swept Minnesota Crookston by scores of 6-3 and 10-4.  Same 2 teams play another doubleheader today.  Concordia’s website is down so no link.

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