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Northern Sun Conference Games Start Today – Poll Results

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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 –

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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.

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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.

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.

D2 College Baseball – NSIC Stat Comparison

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Each week I am providing a comparison of how each Northern Sun Conference college baseball team compared to each other and every other NCAA Division 2 baseball team.  This is using statistics that will be published each week by the NCAA.  NCAA Statistics Site

I’m using a comparison of some primary hitting, pitching, running & fielding statistics for my comparison.  Each number shown is the team’s rank among the 229 Division 2 college baseball teams and the difference in where they compare from last week so you can see if they are improving or declining compared with other teams.

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Based on these comparisons we can see –

  • It helps your statistics if you play Minnesota Crookston.  Upper Iowa made strong improvement in every category.
  • SMSU continued to lead the top 2 hitting categories in D2 – they still have a smaller sample size than most and their strength of schedule is questionable but that’s impressive given they played 2 games against Minnesota State.
  • Winona State saw big gains on the pitching front
  • Most NSIC teams dropped in Team Batting Average (except for Upper Iowa as noted, SMSU and Mary/Northern who didn’t play).
  • It’s interesting that there’s not necessarily a correlation between Team ERA and Strikeout ratios.  Duluth is #218 in ERA and #20 in K’s while Augustana is the reverse. 
  • Concordia improved to #1 in the country in fielding but that hasn’t done that much good in winning games lately

Northern Sun Weekend Wrap – 4/5/09

Quick – if you haven’t looked – name the 3 undefeated D2 college baseball teams in the Northern Sun Conference?

 

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Okay, it was kind of a trick question.  Mary has a 3-17 overall record but because of weather and floods they have yet to play a Conference game.  It’s possible some teams wish that had been the case for them.

The weather was still wreaking havoc with the schedule as we saw one doubleheader moved to Monday, one doubleheader become a single game and one twin bill moved to Wisconsin.  Has the NSIC ever had Conference games played in Wisconsin before?  No idea how to check that.  In addition, the weather is already causing shifts in games that were scheduled for Tuesday (BSU Games Wednesday).

That said, there were quite a few games played yesterday:

  • Wayne State stays perfect in NSIC play dropping Concordia 4-3.  Interesting story about how the Golden Bears are now 0-9 when scoring less than 4 runs and 20-0 when scoring 4+.  Magic Number Haunts CU
  • Winona State extends their win streak to 11 games in sweeping all 4 games from Bemidji (4-3 & 2-0).  Tony Mueller again shined at plate (game 3) and on mound (game 4).  WSU Extends Streak to 11
  • Minnesota Duluth ended their 14 game losing streak in opening game yesterday (9-3) but lost the nightcap 6-5 in 8 innings after taking a lead to the bottom of the 7th.  UMD Ends Streak – Splits
  • Upper Iowa completed the 4 game sweep of Minnesota Crookston by winning 8-1 and 20-0 on Saturday.
  • Augustana won 2 close, come from behind games on Friday against Northwest Missouri State but dropped 2 lopsided games (6-2, 9-3) against the same team yesterday.  Augies Drop Doubleheader

3 weeks into the Conference season and we’re starting to see some separation at the top and bottom of the standings. 

It is “scheduled” to be an interesting week as teams are playing a single Conference doubleheader on Tuesday before the regular 4 game series’ scheduled for next weekend.  The Tuesday games are home and home series with the return games scheduled for Wednesday April 15th. 

Northern Sun Sweep Day in College Baseball

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In Division 2 college baseball action among Northern Sun Conference teams, 5 of the 6 doubleheaders played resulted in sweeps.

  • Wayne State remained perfect in NSIC action by beating Concordia 4-3 and 7-2.  Concordia outhit WSU in game 1 (6-5) but the Wildcats got the more timely hits to pull out the win.  In game 2, Wayne State got a grand slam from Mike Bisenius (2-3 w/ 5 RBI’s) in the 4th inning to break open the game and win more easily.  Alex Koch also had 4 RBI’s during the day.  For Concordia, Zane Froehlich led the team at the plate going 4-6 over the 2 games.  Wayne State Sweeps
  • Winona State got a sweep over Bemidji State to move to 6-0 in Conference games.  They won the first game 11-1 as pitcher Ross Hellenbrand (6-0) pitched 6 innings giving up just 4 hits and tossing 9 strikeouts.  The Beavers committed 5 errors and gave up 9 unearned runs.  In game 2, the Warriors won 6-1 behind more strong pitching by Evan Buhr and John Wenker who combined to give up only 6 hits, no earned runs, 1 walk and 9 K’s.  Winona State Sweeps
  • St. Cloud State swept Minnesota Duluth with scores of 3-1 & 6-2.  While Duluth pitched better than recent games, they still extended their winless streak to 14 games.  Once again the Huskies got strong starting pitching from David Deminsky and Logan Birr.  The 2 teams will try and play their 2nd doubleheader at St. Croix Central HS in Hammond, WI.  Huskies Sweep Bulldogs
  • Upper Iowa got their first wins in Conference play by sweeping Minnesota Crookston by scores of 11-2 and 7-6.  In that 2nd game the Peacocks rallied with 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to take a lead that would stand up.  In game 1 it was a strong pitching performance by Upper Iowa’s Brian Solemsaas who had a complete game giving up only 5 hits.  Upper Iowa Sweeps Crookston
  • Augustana was the lone NSIC team playing a non-conference series this weekend and they won a pair of close games against Northwest Missouri State (a team that beat Wayne State earlier in the week).  The Vikings rallied in both games from 6th inning deficits to win 4-3 and 2-1.  Drew Heithoff was the offensive star for the Augies in game 1 as he was 3-4 in the game.  In the 6th inning it was a single and stolen base that got him into position when JaColby Anderson plated him with an RBI single of his own.  Augies Rally For Wins
  • The lone split came in what might have been the biggest weekend series as Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State.  The Mavericks won game 1 by a score of 6-1 but the Mustangs took the 2nd game 5-2.  The follow up doubleheader scheduled for today in Mankato has been postponed until Monday due to weather. Mustangs – Mavericks Split

NSIC College Baseball Weekend Preview – 4/3/09

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This weekend brings the 3rd week of Conference battles in the Northern Sun Conference.  These Division 2 college baseball games are once again being threatened by early spring weather challenges inherent in the upper Midwest.  Almost all of the games have been moved from scheduled Saturday/Sunday doubleheaders to Friday/Saturday affairs and some have location changes.  The weather outlook looks good for games scheduled on Friday but there is a storm moving in for the weekend that may interfere with Saturday’s games.

Here are your weekend match-ups:

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Minnesota State at Southwest Minnesota State – Fri/Sat

Friday in Marshall – Saturday in Mankato

2008 Series Results – 0-0 (MSUM leads all-time series 24-5)

Preview – Mavericks Set To Battle SMSU

Prediction – SMSU is first in all of D2 college baseball in winning % and a number of batting statistics but faces their first real battle this weekend as they’ve played very few games and most have been against lower class opponents.  In this week’s Northern Sun Baseball poll readers clearly favor the Mavericks to win the series (12-4).  I’ll predict a 3-1 Minnesota State series win.

 

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Concordia St. Paul at #28 Wayne State – Fri/Sat

2008 Series Results – Concordia 2-1 (WSU leads all-time series 20-6)

Preview – Amazingly good baseball release by CU – CU Weekend Release

Prediction – Before the season started this series might have been considered one of the premier match-ups of the season.  In the preseason NSIC coaches poll Wayne State was picked to finish 1st and Concordia 3rd.  While Concordia got off to their best start in school history, the level of competition was questionable and they surprisingly lost 3 of 4 to Augustana in their Conference opener.  They need Jake Schmidt to get back to dominating form as a pitcher.  I’ll go with a 3-1 Wayne State series win.

 

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Bemidji State at Winona State – Fri/Sat

2008 Series Results – WSU 4-0

Preview – None published yet

Prediction – Bemidji is a hard team to get a read on as they’ve beaten the likes of Minnesota State twice but lost to Northern State.  They played tough against Augustana last weekend.  Winona State played a tougher non-conference schedule than many in the NSIC but it’s hard to get a read on them too since their only Conference games were against Crookston.  That said, I think their starting pitching is better and I’ll predict a 3-1 series win by Winona State.

 

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Minnesota Duluth at St. Cloud State – Fri/Sat

Friday games at Richfield (MN) H.S. – Sat. games at Maple Grove (MN) H.S.

2008 Series Results – SCSU won series 4-1 (SCSU leads all-time 20-12)

Preview – None published yet but here’s a SCSU Pitcher Story SCSU Starters Undefeated

Prediction – The Bulldogs are on a terrible stretch as the team has lost 12 straight (a team record) and has seen their pitching staff crumble to a 10.47 Team ERA – one of the worst in all of Division 2 college baseball.  The Huskies are off to a great start to the season but have played one of the easier schedules in D2.  The strength of their team has been their starting pitching which leads all of D2 in strikeouts/9 innings and is a perfect 21-0 on the season.  I’m going to predict that Duluth gets off the mat and ends the streak but that St. Cloud State wins the series 3-1.

 

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Minnesota Crookston at Upper Iowa – Fri/Sat

2008 Series Results – Upper Iowa won 4-0

Preview – Crookston Travels to Upper Iowa

Prediction – Crookston did surprise everyone by taking a game from St. Cloud State in their opening Conference series but lost all 4 last week in Winona.  Upper Iowa fans must be frustrated after having numerous games cancelled due to weather and then having a 12 game losing streak (finally broken on Wednesday).  While they’ve had a difficult season to date, Crookston should be what the doctor ordered and the Peacocks should sweep.

 

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University of Mary at Northern State – Update: Officially Cancelled

2008 Series Results – Mary won series 4-0

Preview – None Published

Prediction – No idea if this series is even going to be played – as of right now I’d guess it won’t be.  All that’s been announced is that the games won’t be played in Aberdeen (SD).  Mary has been on a temporary stoppage to all sports while Bismarck (ND) recovers from flooding.  No prediction for now.

NSIC College Baseball Weekend Wrap – 3/30/09

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Of the 6 weekend series scheduled for this weekend in NSIC college baseball, only 4 got played (and 1 of those didn’t get to play all 4 games).  With a winter storm moving into North/South Dakota and Minnesota this week it is likely we’ll see additional problems with the schedule for this coming week.

  • Minnesota State swept Upper Iowa to improve their winning streak to 10 games and their conference record to 8-0.  The Mavericks needed extra innings to win both games on Sunday as they won 3-2 in 8 innings and then 5-4 in 9 innings to seal the sweep.  The final winning run was scored as Jay Bresnahan singled to start the inning and Ben Kincaid then laid down a sacrifice bunt.  Instead of throwing the ball to first base, the ball ended up down the right field line which allowed Bresnahan to come around with the winning score.  Minnesota State plays at Southwest Minnesota State next weekend while Upper Iowa hosts Minnesota Crookston.  Mavericks Grind Out Wins Over Peacocks
  • The other team at the top of the Conference with an 8-0 record is Wayne State who pounded Minnesota Duluth all weekend to gain a relatively easy sweep.  For the weekend, the Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs 42-16.  Wayne’s offensive star of the series was sophomore first baseman, Treye Hacker (Sioux City, IA).  In 3 games played, Hacker was 7-11 with 7 RBI’s and had a homer, triple and double.  Duluth’s losing streak has now reached 12 games (a team record).  Next weekend, Concordia is scheduled to play at Wayne State and Minnesota Duluth travels to play St. Cloud State.  Wayne State Completes Sweep of Duluth
  • Winona State had a perfect start to their conference season as they swept Minnesota Crookston.  Although the overall run total (40-12) looks quite lopsided, the Warriors scored the majority of their runs in late innings as 21 of their 40 runs were tallies in either the 6th or 7th inning.  These runs broke open what had been tight contests in 3 of the games.  Winona’s Ross Hellenbrand moved to 5-0 in game 1 of the series with a 6 inning, 5 hit, 1 run outing.  He was also the offensive star in game 4 going 3-4 with a home run and 2 RBI’s.  Crookston actually had just as many hits as Winona on Sunday but a combination of 11 walks, 4 hit batters and 5 errors on the day were too much to overcome.  Next weekend, Winona hosts Bemidji State and Crookston travels to Upper Iowa.  Warriors Complete 4 Game Sweep
  • Augustana came back from a 3-2 loss on Saturday at the hands of Bemidji State to sweep the Sunday doubleheader and claim a 2-1 series win.  The 4th game of the series was not able to be played and will not be made up.  The Augies have now won back to back series and move to 5-2 in Conference play.  The Vikings won the final contest by scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to win 7-6.  The final blow in that inning came from JaColby Anderson who hit a home run, his 2nd of the series.  Bemidji’s lone series win came on Saturday as starting pitcher, Brent Vollbrecht, pitched a complete game giving up only 4 hits and 2 runs while striking out 5.  Augustana is the lone conference team not playing next weekend and instead will play a non-conference series at Northwest Missouri State while the Beavers play at Winona State.  Augies Win Pair of Close Games
  • St. Cloud State’s weekend conference series against the University of Mary was postponed so the Huskies hastily scheduled a doubleheader against D3 Wisconsin – Superior.  St. Cloud easily swept Superior with first game starting pitcher David Deminsky taking a perfect game into the 5th inning.  St. Cloud hosts Minnesota Duluth next weekend and Mary is scheduled to play at Northern State.  Huskies Top Superior 9-0 & 12-3
  • Finally, Southwest Minnesota State was scheduled to play at Northern State this weekend.  At some point the games were moved to Marshall because of poor field conditions in Aberdeen, SD.  It was then decided that Marshall’s field conditions were also too poor to play and the teams couldn’t find a suitable alternative.  Therefore, the games were cancelled.  This may prove to be a big detriment to the Mustangs conference record as they were expected to sweep the Wolves.  SMSU has a much tougher opponent next weekend in Minnesota State while Northern hosts Mary.  SMSU Baseball Cancelled 

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