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Northern Sun Players of the Week & Some Links

The Northern Sun Conference made their week 1 announcements regarding players of the week – NSIC News Release – They are:

NSIC Players of the Week
Photo#7 Deryk Marks
IF/C, 5-10, 180, R/R, Jr.,
Cottage Grove, Minn.
Iowa Central CC
Augustana College

Deryk Marks had an impressive debut for Augustana. As the Vikings split on doubleheader at the Metrodome against Rockhurst, Marks went 5-for-6 (.833) with 3 doubles, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. For the weekend, he had a 1.333 slugging percentage. After going 1-for-2 in the Vikings 13-2 win, Marks went 4-for-4 in the nightcap with three of his hits being doubles.

NSIC Pitcher of the Week
Photo#8 Ryan Sander
RHP, 6-2, 195, Jr.,
St. James, Minn.
Minnesota Valley Lutheran HS
Bemidji State

Ryan Sander hurled six-innings of shutout ball against Minnesota, Crookston to open the 2010 season, Feb. 5 at the H.H.H Metrodome, giving-up just three hits in a 7-0 victory. He had a no-hitter going through four innings, retiring 12-of-13 batters. The lone baseman reached on a fielding error. He gave-up just one hit in each of the final three innings, all of which were singles. Sander fanned five batters, while giving-out two free passes.

Other News of Interest

I found the following articles about D2 baseball over the past week that may be of interest –

  • College Baseball Today focuses almost exclusively on D1 baseball but took in a D2 game while waiting for the D1 season to start.  Some commentary about Western Oregon and UC – San Diego who are Top 20 teams – College Baseball Today
  • The College Baseball Blog also took in a game between 2 Top 20 teams, Lubbock Christian and Angelo State – Teams Split DH
  • PING Baseball has a number of player blogs including this one by Northern Sun’s Cody Wilcoxson of Concordia St. Paul who discusses the teams split at the Metrodome this past week – Thursday at the Dome
  • Outside the Northern Sun there’s also D2 baseball being played.  On the national scene the Sunshine State Conference has last years champion (Lynn) and this years #1 team (Tampa) and you can follow a number of really strong teams here – Sunshine State Conference Baseball Page
  • Finally, D1 baseball is just around the corner and my favorite D1 site is Rivals/Yahoo Baseball where they have released their preseason rankings – Texas Tops Rankings

Wayne State – 2010 Preview

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Today I conclude my 2010 season previews with a preview of Wayne State.  I look back at their results in 2009, key roster transitions and make a prediction about where I expect the 2010 team will finish.

Wayne State – 2009 Results

The Wildcats concluded 2009 the same way they’ve been concluding seasons for some time now – with the Northern Sun Conference regular season title and a trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament.  In fact, this was the 6th straight conference title and NCAA appearance.  Along the way, the team set records for most wins by a NSIC team in league play going 27-4 and tying a team record for most wins in a season with an overall record of 45-14.  After winning the regular season crown the team finished 2nd in the NSIC Postseason Tournament (NSIC Tourney Results) and then went on to finish 2nd in the NCAA Regional to just miss out on a chance to advance to the D2 College World Series Mesa State Upends Wayne St.

Concordia Baseball – 2010 Preview

Concordia

Today I continue with my series looking at the top teams in the Northern Sun Conference by previewing Concordia.  I look back at their results in 2009, key roster transitions and what 2010 might hold for the team.

Concordia 2009

The Golden Bears entered the 2009 season on a high.  The 2008 season had seen them finish 3rd in the Northern Sun Conference.  They then went on to win the NSIC Tournament and qualify for the NCAA Regional for the first time in school history.  Going into the season they returned a high number of their key contributors from that 2008 team including 2009 NSIC Pre-season Pitcher of the Year, Jake Schmidt and 2009 Pre-season Player of the Year, Brenden Furrow.  The feelings about them were so strong that coaches picked them to finish 3rd in the Conference where they were closer to the top place than the 4th place.

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The team started out well enough with a 15-3 non-conference record (against a relatively weak schedule) but things started to go south in their first NSIC weekend when they lost 3 of 4 to upstart Augustana.   So what went so terribly wrong for the team that left them with an 8th place Conference finish?

Upper Iowa University – 2010 Baseball Schedule

Upper Iowa

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

The Peacocks spend the bulk of their non-conference schedule playing in Missouri and Kansas.  They will be hoping for better weather this year as the squad had 12 non-conference games wiped out by bad weather last year.  The team doesn’t have a spring trip to a warm climate so they are more at the mercy of good spring weather.  They do have a 3 game set against Wayne State (although Wayne’s schedule shows it as 2 games) which should be a good test but the rest of the schedule is a little less taxing as none of their opponents ranked higher than #66 in last year’s Boyd’s D2 Power Rankings.

The team doesn’t have Northern Sun Conference games against Wayne State, Concordia, St. Cloud State & Northern State.  They should be in the mix again for a top 6 spot in the standings which they secured on the last day of the regular season last year.

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Northern State – 2010 Baseball Schedule

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

The Wolves will open their season in late February with 6 games at the Metrodome against fellow Northern Sun schools, Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston, the 2 schools closest to them in the 2009 conference standings.  One thing that stands out is that their non-conference games are against teams that match their geography and level of competition.  By playing games against the likes of Jamestown, Dickinson State, Valley City State & Dakota State they don’t have to travel as much and have a better chance to win.  The team does have a spring trip scheduled to Phoenix in early March.

During conference play the team misses out on Bemidji State, Minnesota Crookston, Winona State & Upper Iowa.  For a team that won only 1 conference game last year, it hurts to miss out on playing Crookston.

The team did also announce the names of 9 new recruits to the team – Wolves Announce 09-10 Recruits.  They better hope some of those 5 pitchers can help right away as Northern State’s conference ERA of almost 14 was painful.

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Bemidji State – 2010 Baseball Schedule

Bemidji State Beavers

Bemidji State has posted their baseball schedule for the upcoming 2010 baseball season – 2010 Bemidji State Baseball Schedule

Here are a few interesting things to notice –

  • The Beavers play their first 14 games at the Metrodome.  Lots of trips to the Twin Cities but they do have them on back to back days most of the time.  If they implode the Metrodome some day it will really hurt D2 baseball.
  • Bemidji State is the first team to announce its schedule that “isn’t” going to the Russ Matt spring tourney.  In fact, BSU is only taking a short 3 day trip in the early spring to play tough games against Emporia State in Missouri and then on to Arkansas Tech.  They do finish the season with 4 games in Montana.
  • The team plays every other Northern Sun Conference team.  They play a non-conference series against all 4 teams not on their regular schedule during their Metrodome swing.  Those include Minnesota Crookston, Northern State, St. Cloud State and Minnesota State.
  • It looks like once again Wayne State may be a big beneficiary of Northern Sun scheduling.  What are the chances that Bemidji’s field will be ready March 20th?  Last year, Minnesota Duluth gave up an early home series and had to make the 8 hour drive to Nebraska in March.  Looks like Wayne State could benefit from this again.  The Conference should schedule southern teams with home games in March and force them to travel to more away games later. 

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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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Minnesota State – 2010 Baseball Schedule

Minnesota State

Minnesota State has posted their schedule for the upcoming 2010 baseball season – Minnesota State 2010 Baseball Schedule

The Mavericks open their season on the road in Lakewood, CO against RMAC’s Colorado Christian – a team at the bottom of their Conference last year.  They then play a pair of non-conference doubleheaders at the Metrodome against Bemidji State before heading to Winter Haven, FL for the Russ Matt Tourney.  So far 5 teams from the Northern Sun Conference are playing in the Russ Matt.

In conference play the team avoids playing Winona State, Minnesota Crookston, Bemidji State and Augustana.  This team finished a close 2nd last season in the conference and advanced to the NCAA Regional.  They did lose some key contributors but once again had a solid recruiting class that should help assure that they will be competing for a top 3 position this year.

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Winona State – 2010 Baseball Schedule

Winona State

Winona State has posted their baseball schedule for the upcoming 2010 season.  Winona State 2010 Schedule

The Warriors open their season on February 19th in Warrensburg, MO in the University of Central Missouri’s Tourney.  The team looks to be playing a really hard pre-season schedule with teams like Central Missouri, Wayne State, Florida Southern and 2 games against defending national champion Lynn University.  Like Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota Duluth, the Warriors will be playing their spring break games at the Russ Matt Tourney in Winter Haven, FL. 

While the non-conference is tough, on paper their Northern Sun schedule is quite easy.  Sure, they don’t play Northern State but they also avoid the 3 teams I am predicting as the “early” favorites – Wayne State, Minnesota State and St. Cloud State.  By avoiding those 12 games Winona should have a definite leg up in making the NSIC tourney for the top 6 teams.

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Southwest Minnesota St. – 2010 Baseball Schedule

SW MN State 

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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NCAA Division 2 Baseball Rankings – 5/11/09

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The NCAA D2 College Baseball News, Ping!Baseball have been released for this week:

  • College Baseball News continues to rank Southern Arkansas as their #1 team.  The Muleriders rolled through a very tough Gulf South Conference Tournament undefeated and comes into the NCAA Regional Tournament as the early favorite.  That said, they do play in what is probably the toughest Region in all of D2 college baseball so whatever team comes out of that Region will be a favorite at the D2 College World Series.  Barry reported their scores this week so the yo-yo pattern of the CBN poll continues with them jumping all the way back into the poll at #3.   They will be one of those teams in the South Region where in fact 5 of the Top 14 teams will be playing (#7 West Alabama, #10 Tampa & #14 Florida Southern).  That Region is so stacked that the #15 team, Delta State, didn’t even qualify for the NCAA Regional.  From the Northern Sun Conference, Minnesota State makes their first appearance in the CBN poll at the #25 spot.  They jumped ahead of Wayne State (NE) after beating them twice for the NSIC Title as Wayne State drops from #18 to #26.  College Baseball News Poll
  • Ping!Baseball moves Southern Arkansas to #1 this week after having them at #3 last week.  They take umbrage with their #1 from last week, Delta State, not making the Regional Tourney.  Francis Marion jumped from #14 to #7 and is on a 15 game winning streak coming into the Southeast Regional.  Emporia State is going the other way, dropping from #9 to #16 as the Hornets have lost 6 of their last 10 games.  Minnesota State remains in their poll as the #27 team.  Ping Baseball Poll

NSIC D2 College Baseball Regular Season Ends

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The Northern Sun Conference’s D2 college baseball regular season ended yesterday with excitement in Sioux Falls and disappointment in St. Cloud.

  • St. Cloud State needed to sweep its pair of games against the Conference’s #2 team, Minnesota State, in order to preserve 6th place in the standings and a spot in the NSIC post-season Tournament.  They got the game 1 win (7-0) but couldn’t close it out and lost the back end 6-4 to fall to 7th place.  That said, it was a record breaking year for the Huskies who look to be on the upswing in the future.  St. Cloud Season Ends
  • Augustana was the lucky dog as they easily swept away last place Northern State by scores of 10-2 & 16-2 and took over 6th place.  They will head to the NSIC Tournament on Thursday in St. Cloud with a first round game against Wayne State who they played tough against during the year.  Augies Make NSIC Tourney
  • Upper Iowa averted what could have been a difficult collapse by beating up Minnesota Duluth early and often.  They swept the Bulldogs by scores of 14-6 & 12-4 to maintain 5th place in the standings.  Peacocks Sweep – Claim 5th Place
  • Wayne State swept Minnesota Crookston and in the process won their 6th straight Northern Sun regular season championship AND Coach John Manganaro got his 500th win as head coach of the Wildcats.  Congrats to Coach Mags and Wayne State on another great year!  WSC – 6th Straight NSIC Title & Mags 500th Win
  • Concordia got a little measure of satisfaction by sweeping the leagues #3 team, Winona State, by scores of 8-7 and 6-0.  The wins helped them pass Duluth for 8th spot in the standings and gave them an above .500 record in Conference.  That said, for a team picked by the coaches to finish 3rd it was a tough finish and the Golden Bears lose a number of seniors that were a big part of their primary contributors.  CU Sweeps Warriors To Win Series
  • Southwest Minnesota State again could manage just a split against the University of Mary.  In the process they did secure win #348 for head coach Paul Blanchard who becomes the winningest coach in school history.  The Mustangs finish the season in 4th place.  SMSU Splits – Blanchard Sets Record
  • Bemidji State’s season ended on Sunday with a split against Montana State – Billings Bemidji Splits w/ Billings 


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