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Northern Sun & College Baseball Updates – Thanksgiving Edition

Okay, Thanksgiving was really yesterday but I was busy eating turkey.  Now with a day off it’s time to update a few items of interest for the Northern Sun Conference and college baseball as a whole.

A lot of the recent news in college baseball revolves around recruiting news as teams are announcing the signing of players during the NCAA’s early signing period.  Last week I posted 5 press releases from Northern Sun teams that had announced signings – Northern Sun Fall 2009 Signings

  • A couple days after that blog entry I was sent the press release from Minnesota State.  MN State Announces seven 2010-11 Signings  The school has been right up there with St. Cloud State as having some of the largest and most high profile recruiting success lately.  Zach Bohar, Ronnie Donley, Dalton Grove, Jason Hoppe, TJ Larson, Tyler Ockuly and Parker Sullivan will be suiting up for the Mavericks during the 2011 season.
  • College Baseball Insider also has done some tracking of overall Division 2 College Baseball fall signings and although they are woefully behind the announcements it’s interesting to see what other schools are adding to their rosters – Division 2 Early Signings
  • Baseball America continues to be a premier site for baseball as a whole and while the majority of their college baseball content is premium Aaron Fitt had a recent column answering Division 1 college baseball recruiting questions – College Recruiting Chat
  • In addition to following Upper Midwest D2 baseball I’ve long been a fan of the University of Minnesota (my alma mater) and their baseball team.  Kendall Rogers from Rivals just published a positive outlook about the team, although I’m a bit more skeptical after the Gophers lost 3 of their top hitters and 2 of their top pitchers.  Five Keys for Minnesota Baseball
  • Finally, I like to check the NCAA site and while this has nothing to do with college baseball, per se, I see that the Northern Sun Conference has been awarded $10,000 to potentially add new members to the Conference.  This has the potential to be something to keep track of in future years.  D2 Committee Approves Membership Grants
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Big Batch of College Baseball News

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Other than the exciting win by Winona State over #1 rated Lynn University, yesterday was a slow day in the Northern Sun Conference.  Therefore, I thought I’d go on the hunt for articles that may be interesting –

  • Upper Iowa (0-3) did completely cancel their series this weekend against Missouri S&T.  This makes 8 games now that they’ve lost to weather to go along with 3 lopsided losses to ranked opponents.  Not a fun start for the Peacocks who get another shot at playing games on March 11th in Topeka, KS against Washburn.  Weekend Series Cancelled 
  • There was a lot of news earlier this week about the death of head baseball coach John Baggs of St. Scholastica in Duluth.  He died of a rare form of cancer at the age of 42.  Even though he was so young he had been head coach there for 17 years and had won 12 straight UMAC baseball titles (Division 3).  Bruce Ciskie of the Duluth News wrote a nice piece about coach Baggs – Farewell, coach Baggs
  • The College Baseball Blog has a nice scoreboard listing that is updated every day.  They show the Top 30 Division 1 teams and it’s easy to spot the upsets with their color coding.  The complete scoreboard is also available at the bottom – Division 1 Top 30 Scores
  • For those interested in University of Minnesota baseball, the Gophers (4-2) beat Washington late yesterday 6-5 in 10 innings to be undefeated so far in the Dairy Queen Classic.  The team seems to be much improved from last year, at least early on in the season.  They play Hawaii today at the Metrodome to wrap up the tournament – Minnesota Defeats Washington
  • Speaking of Minnesota, Baseball America had their Division 1 weekend preview which is kind of old now.  That said, there is a nice interview at the bottom with Gopher outfielder, Eric Decker.  They call him “One of the premier athletes in the 2009 draft class” and he’s off to a great start to 2009 – Eric Decker Interview
  • Finally, if you haven’t heard the name yet, THE player to watch in all of college baseball is Stephen Strasburg.  The junior, rightie from San Diego State is projected by everyone to be the #1 ranked player in the upcoming Major League draft.  This article talks about his opening game but leaves out that in his most recent game he struck out 16 batters in just 6.2 innings.  There is some expectation that he could be in the big leagues within 1 year of being drafted.  The Washington Nationals hold the #1 pick but of course there are questions of signability.  Strasburg Shines in Opener

Bemidji State Loses – Big Ten Challenge Continues

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As expected, the weather in the central states turned quite cold on Saturday and all the scheduled games were canceled or postponed except for one.  Bemidji State braved the mid-30’s temperature in Topeka, KS and played the 3rd game in their 4 game set against Washburn University.  Washburn came away with a decisive 9-3 victory in the 9 inning game and leads the series 2-1.  They will play the final game of the weekend today at Noon.

For those of you that are also interested in Big Ten baseball, the opening of the Division 1 season brings us the inaugural Big East – Big Ten Challenge as these northern conferences head to Florida to play each other.  The conferences are playing 24 games against each other over the 3 day weekend.  Big East – Big Ten Challenge Site

Friday saw the Big Ten jump out to a 5 game to 3 advantage as Michigan, Michigan St., Purdue, Ohio State and Northwestern won.  On Saturday, the conferences each won 4 games.  The Big Ten got wins from Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio State.  Michigan is off to a strong start as the #30 ranked Wolverines are at 3-0 on the season.  St. Johns has been the most impressive Big East team with a 15-6 win over Penn State on Friday and a 18-3 win over Iowa yesterday.  The Big Ten enters Sunday’s final 8 games holding a 9-7 advantage.


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