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Day 2 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tournament

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Dowling 3, UC San Diego 1
National Pitcher of the Year Gabriel Duran took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with a complete game three-hitter to give Dowling a win. Joe Trainor’s rbi-single broke a scoreless tie and sparked a two-run fourth inning. Dowling plays Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Lynn/West Chester winner. UC San Diego faces the Lynn/West Chester loser in an elimination game Tuesday at 3 p.m.  Dowling – San Diego Recap or Dowling University Recap

Lynn 7, West Chester 3
Gabe McDougall belted a two-run homer and Dan Morgan pitched eight-plus innings to lead Lynn to a first-round victory. The Fighting Knights scored two runs each in the first, third and fourth innings. West Chester, which allowed only a combined six runs in the Atlantic Regional, had its 10-game winning streak snapped. West Chester faces UC San Diego Tuesday at 3 p.m. in an elimination game. Lynn takes on Dowling Tuesday at 7 p.m.  Lynn – West Chester Recap or Lynn University Recap

  • NCAA D2 College World Series Day 2 Notes – Day 2 Notes
  • The weather forecast for Raleigh, NC.  looks like there might be rain over the next 5 days – Raleigh 10 Day Forecast
  • Finally Ping!Baseball has released their updated rankings as of today.  They had moved UC San Diego to the top of the poll last week but with their loss to Dowling and Lynn’s continued strong showing against tough competition they have moved Lynn to #1 with Emporia & Mesa State at #2 & #3 respectively.  Those 2 teams are scheduled to meet today in an important matchup that will determine who’s in the drivers seat in Bracket #1.  Ping Poll – 5/25/09

Day 1 Recap – NCAA D2 Baseball Tournament

Mesa State 7, Belmont Abbey 2

Craig Lanzarotta’s two-run homer in the fourth gave Mesa State its first lead and Mike Provencher’s three-run homer in the seventh broke the game open as the Mavericks rallied from an early deficit for a first-round victory. Mesa State starting pitcher Brent Lamaster overcame a two-run first inning and combined with relievers Garrett Carpenter and Aaron Guinn to hold Belmont Abbey scoreless the rest of the way. Belmont Abbey left 13 runners on base.

Emporia State 3, Grand Valley State 0

Jacob White went 3-for-3 with his first collegiate home run and Colby Killian allowed only three hits in seven scoreless innings to lead Emporia State to the win. White also sparked the Hornets defensively as the second baseman helped turn three double plays. Relievers Dominic King and Diego Soto each pitched a scoreless inning for Emporia State. Grand Valley State starter Andre Benjamin allowed only two runs on five hits in six innings. Grand Valley State plays Belmont Abbey Monday at 1 p.m. in the first elimination game. Mesa State faces Emporia State Monday at 5 p.m.

NCAA D2 College World Series Day 1 Notes – Day 1 Notes

NCAA D2 Baseball – College World Series Kicks Off

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The NCAA Division 2 College Baseball World Series kicks off today in Cary, NC.  This year there will be a new champion as all 8 teams didn’t qualify last year.  In fact, 3 of the teams are making their first ever appearance. 

The teams are separated into 2 – 4 team brackets that will play in their own mini-double elimination tournament.  The winners of each bracket will then play a single winner take all championship game which is scheduled for Saturday May 30th. 

Here are the brackets and times for opening games –

Bracket 1 –

Mesa State (Central) vs. Belmont Abbey (Southeast) – Saturday May 23rd 1pm

Grand Valley State (Midwest) vs. Emporia State (South Central) – Saturday May 23rd 5pm

Bracket 2 –

UC San Diego (West) vs. Dowling (East) – Sunday May 24th 1pm

West Chester (Atlantic) vs. Lynn (South) – Sunday May 24th 5pm

There are a bunch of resources to help you get ready for the D2 College World Series –

First off, I’ve put together this statistical comparison to show how the teams compare in 5 important categories with each other.  The ranking column (R1 – R5) shows where they compare with the 229 Division II programs in the NCAA.

Team BA R1 Slg % R2 ERA R3 SB/G R4 Fld % R5
Belmont Abbey 0.316 91 0.507 35 4.64 60 0.42 217 0.958 82
Dowling 0.277 167 0.346 202 2.09 1 2.14 15 0.965 29
Emporia State 0.338 30 0.514 27 4.54 52 1.97 24 0.97 7
Grand Valley St 0.344 14 0.495 50 3.42 8 0.95 145 0.962 48
Lynn 0.326 61 0.5 45 4.64 59 2.02 21 0.965 26
Mesa State 0.383 1 0.593 1 6.17 143 2 22 0.96 56
UC San Diego 0.342 21 0.501 43 3.74 14 1.42 81 0.981 1
West Chester 0.356 6 0.556 12 3.67 11 1.84 31 0.966 18

What this shows is that a team like Mesa State ranks #1 in all of D2 baseball for batting average and slugging percentage has by far and away the worst team ERA of the teams competing.  On the other hand, Dowling is the exact opposite.  A light hitting team that leads the country in ERA and has the highest number of stolen bases per game of any of the teams here.  UC Sand Diego leads the country in fielding percentage.  West Chester is ranked very high in almost every category.  That said, the thing these rankings don’t do is factor in strength of competition as a team like Lynn is going to have a much tougher schedule which impacts their statistics.

The NCAA has a number of sites you should visit to get ready for the games:

  • The official website with team links, results, Live Video & Live Stats – NCAA D2 College World Series Site
  • A cool, interactive tournament bracket to follow the action – D2 Bracket
  • Pre-Tournament press conference quotes from the coaches – Coach Quotes
  • The weather forecast for Raleigh, NC.  Looks good for the weekend but storms are possible all week – Raleigh 10 Day Forecast
  • The Daktronics All-American team was announced.  Three of the first-team players will be competing in the College World Series (Gabriel Duran – Dowling, Dan Wright – Lynn & Matt Bodenchuk – Mesa St) – Daktronics All-American Team 

D2 Baseball – College World Series Final 8

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The NCAA Division 2 College Baseball World Series begins this weekend in Cary, NC.  The final 2 teams (Emporia State & Lynn) have won their respective NCAA Regional Tournaments and the field is set –

Bracket 1 –

Mesa State (Central) vs. Belmont Abbey (Southeast) – Saturday May 23rd 1pm

Grand Valley State (Midwest) vs. Emporia State (South Central) – Saturday May 23rd 5pm

Bracket 2 –

UC San Diego (West) vs. Dowling (East) – Sunday May 24th 1pm

West Chester (Atlantic) vs. Lynn (South) – Sunday May 24th 5pm

D2 World Series Bracket

Here are the story lines from each team attending:

Mesa State – Mesa State’s story has no content but a nice picture of them scoring 🙂 – Mesa World Series Bound

Belmont Abbey – The Crusader’s will be making their first trip to the College World Series and had 4 team members make the Southeast Region All-Tourney team – Belmont is Regional Champ

Grand Valley State – The Lakers will be making their 4th appearance at the CWS since 2003 after dropping their first game at the Midwest Regional and then winning 4 straight.  They had 4 players named to the All-Tourney team.  Lakers Claim Midwest Crown

Emporia State – Emporia’s press release link is broken but is supposed to be here – ESU Advances to College World Series

UC San Diego – The Tritons make their first ever College World Series appearance at the D2 level.  UC San Diego Headed to CWS

Dowling – The team will be making their first ever College World Series appearance.  They sent 3 players to the All-Region team – Golden Lions World Series Bound

West Chester – The Golden Rams will be in the CWS again as they last made it in 2006.  They had 5 representative on the All-Region team – West Chester Advances to CWS

Lynn – A final team making their College World Series debut.  The team came through the toughest Region to get there.  They had 3 guys make the Regional Tournament team – Lynn CWS Bound

NCAA D2 Baseball – College World Series Bracket

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Six of the eight teams headed to Cary, NC for the NCAA Division 2 College World Series were decided yesterday with the other 2 happening today.  Those 2 remaining Regional teams include the South Central Region where Emporia State and Central Missouri play a single winner take all game to decide who advances.  The South Region is down to Florida Southern and Lynn.  Florida Southern must beat Lynn twice today in order to have a chance to advance.

The D2 College World Series is divided into 2 – 4 team brackets which will play their own mini-double elimination tournament to decide a champion.  Then, each of those bracket champions will play a single game against the other bracket’s winner to determine the NCAA Division II College Baseball National Champion.  That game is scheduled for Saturday May 30th.

Here are the first round matchups:

Bracket 1 –

Mesa State (Central) vs. Belmont Abbey (Southeast) – Saturday May 23rd 1pm

Grand Valley State (Midwest) vs. winner of Emporia State vs. Central Missouri (South Central) – Saturday May 23rd 5pm

Bracket 2 –

UC San Diego (West) vs. Dowling (East) – Sunday May 24th 1pm

West Chester (Atlantic) vs. winner of Lynn vs. Florida Southern (South) – Sunday May 24th 5pm

D2 World Series Bracket


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