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Day 2 – 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Regionals

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The first day of the 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Regional Tournaments is in the books and fortunately, there were no weather issues.  For links to all of the Regions go to our preview post – 2010 NCAA D2 Baseball Regionals

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The Northern Sun Conference teams went 2-1 yesterday as conference champion, Minnesota State, beat Nebraska Kearney 6-1 and 6th seeded St. Cloud State manhandled the Tourney’s #1 seed and tournament host, New Mexico Highlands by a score of 11-2.  David Deminsky pitched 8 strong innings and NSIC Freshman of the Year, Jordan Smith, went 4-5 with 4 RBI’s to pace the offense.  Mesa State did upend Winona State 12-8.  The pivotal spot in the game came in the bottom of the 6th inning with Winona holding onto a 5-3 lead.  Warriors pitcher Tony Mueller hit a batter to load the bases and Daktronics Central Region 2nd Team catcher, Brett Nigbur, hit a 2 out grand slam to turn the score around.

Other Regions

In addition to New Mexico Highlands, #1 seeds Kutztown (Atlantic) and Francis Marion (Southeast) also lost.  The powerful South Region held to form with the top 4 teams all winning as did the West with #1 ranked UC San Diego easily beating Hawaii Pacific 12-0.

Eliminations start today.

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2010 Daktronics NCAA Division 2 All Central Region Team Announced

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The Daktronics NCAA Division 2 All Central Region Teams were announced today.  The honors are spread across the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference which make up the Central Region.

Overall, the Northern Sun did quite well with the Central Region Pitcher of the Year (Blake Schwartz), 7 of the 10 First Team fielders and 4 of the 5 First Team pitchers.  Minnesota State showed particular strength taking 3 of the 5 First Team pitching honors.

The Northern Sun continued getting more than its share of spots with 7 of the 10 Second Team fielding positions and all 5 of the Second Team pitching awards.

The Daktronics All-Central Region team was voted upon by sports information directors throughout the Central Region. Each of the 15 first-team all-region selections will now be listed on the Daktronics Division II Baseball All-American ballot, with the announcement of those All-American teams expected Friday, May 22.

NCAA Division 2 Central Region Tournament – May 13-17, Farmington, NM

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The NCAA Division 2 Central Region Baseball Tournament will take place May 13-17, 2010 in Farmington, New Mexico.  It is being hosted by the #1 seed, New Mexico Highlands and will be played at Ricketts Field (pictured above).  The field has a seating capacity of over 6,100 and its dimensions are RF-330, RCF-370, CF-400, LCF-370, and LF-330.

The winner of the double elimination NCAA Regional Tournament will earn an invitation to the 8 team, NCAA Division 2 College World Series to be played May 22-29 in Cary, NC.

Game Schedule (All Times MST):
May 13th (games at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m.) 
Game 2 – #5 University of Nebraska-Kearney vs. #2 Minnesota State (11:00 am)
Game 3 -  #4 Winona State vs. #3 Mesa State College (3:00 pm)
Game 1 -  #6 St. Cloud State vs.#1 New Mexico Highlands University (7:00 pm)

The online tournament site is posted here – http://www.nmhucowboys.com/

Bracket – NCAA Central Region Bracket

Live Stats – Central Region Live Stats

New York Times Article on the Metrodome and Other News

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My thanks to Dave Kincaid for drawing my attention to yesterday’s New York Times article about the importance of the Metrodome for college baseball in the upper Midwest – Winter Ball Never Sleeps or Shivers at Metrodome.  It’s a very good read (it is the New York Times after all) and details the nearly non-stop usage of the facility from February through April.

Ron Petrich, now an assistant professor of education at Augsburg, a small Minneapolis college, doubles as the scheduler and matchmaker for college baseball games at the Metrodome. Since 1984, he has kept the Dome humming with games, practices and scrimmages almost around the clock from February through April, when winter finally eases. The Metrodome may have said goodbye to major league baseball, but for now, it remains a Teflon-roofed lifesaver for more than 100 college, high school and other amateur teams throughout the upper Midwest.

And no more so than this winter. In February, Petrich said, he was receiving five or six calls a day from coaches with snow-covered fields as far away as Kansas and Illinois. That made for some creative scheduling.

As I’ve lamented here before (Northern Sun – Winter Games) it’s going to be very difficult on a lot of college baseball teams if they tear down the Metrodome to make way for a new Vikings stadium.

Other News

The Northern Sun Baseball Blog was recognized by Onlinedegrees.net as one of the 100 Best College Sports Blogs in the country.  I have no idea who they are and I see it’s a new site but they lumped me in with a bunch of better known sites so it’s always nice to get some recognition.

The NCAA updated their D2 Blog today and chronicled some of the teams in Division 2 baseball that had the best weeks to move them up in the national polls – Not Aiken For Wins

Finally, Northern Sun fans of NSIC’s top teams are always reminded to keep one eye on what’s happening with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference who shares the Central Region with the NSIC.  The RMAC is already 3 weeks into their Conference season.  New Mexico Highlands is the only team getting national recognition.  These 2 Conference’s send 6 teams combined to the NCAA Regional Tournament so the NSIC should be hoping for at least 3 bids – RMAC Week 7 Update

Wayne State & Augustana Have Tough Day in Colorado

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Wayne State entered the season confident and on a high after winning their 6th straight Northern Sun league title in 2009 and with rankings among the Top 20 in all 3 preseason Division 2 college baseball polls.  On Saturday the Wildcats, ranked #2 in the Central Region by the National College Baseball Writers Association, faced off in a doubleheader against Central Region’s #10 ranked Nebraska Kearney in La Junta, CO. 

The Lopers, who were only 26-32 in 2009, swept the 2 games by scores of 6-4 and 6-1 to drop Wayne State to an 0-2 start for the season.  To add insult to that start, bad weather forecast for Sunday has already forced the cancellation of the 2nd scheduled doubleheader and the Wildcats will head back to Nebraska until next weekend when they can travel to Kansas to play Pittsburg State.  Lopers Sweep #14 Wayne State

Augustana (1-3) didn’t fare any better on Saturday as they lost 2 games to Colorado School of Mines and gave up a ton of runs in the process.  The Vikings gave up 11 runs in each of the 2 losses, losing 11-6 in game 1 and losing late in game 2 by a score of 11-10. 

The losses by Augustana may have even been worse than Wayne’s.  The game 2 loss was taken by Brett Severtson who entered the year as a 2009 NSIC 2nd Team All-Conference selection and Augustana’s most reliable pitcher.  In addition, Colorado Mines was the worst team in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2009.  The team finished the season with a 10-37 record.  The teams are scheduled to play another doubleheader today.  Augie Baseball Drops 2 Games

NCAA Rule Changes for upcoming D2 baseball season

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The NCAA Baseball Rules Committee is proposing the elimination of composite bats from all of NCAA college baseball effective for the upcoming season.  There have been numerous reports of these bats having getting softer over time which creates a bigger trampoline effect which causes higher ball speeds coming off of the bats.  This has been especially noticeable over the past 2 years and the effect has given rise to many bats being intentionally “rolled” to create these higher bat speeds.

The following chart from Baseball America shows quite succinctly the effect on runs/game, home runs/game and ERA’s in the past 2 years of NCAA D1 baseball. 

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The following stories cover the issue –

In addition to this change, the NCAA is proposing changes to the D2 baseball length of season (D2 Reduces from 56 to 50 games) and is testing with the RMAC Conference a process of rotating the Conference Championships (RMAC Tests Site Rotation).

Mesa State Wins D2 Baseball’s Central Region Tourney

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Mesa State defeated Wayne State (NE) 8-2 in the NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Central Region Tournament this afternoon to claim a spot in the D2 College World Series next week.  Mesa advances to the Division II College World Series in Cary, NC which kicks off on May 23rd.  D2 College World Series Site

The loss ends Wayne State’s season at 45 wins which tied them for the most in school history.  They did place 4 players on the All-Tournament Team along with 2 from the Northern Sun’s Southwest Minnesota State team.

Central Region All-Tournament Team
C – John Plasha – Wayne State
1B – Andrew Kinney – SW Minnesota State
2B – Greg Laughlin – SW Minnesota State
SS – Matt Bodenchuk – Mesa State
3B – Oscar Sigala – NM Highlands
LF – Kevin Becker – Mesa State
CF – Joe Wendte – Wayne State
RF – Mike Provencher – Mesa State
DH – Justin Hemauer – Wayne State
SP – John Snyder – Wayne State
SP – Chris Shea – Mesa State
Most Outstanding Player – Matt Bodenchuk – SS – Mesa State

Central Region Tournament Site


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