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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


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.

2010 Daktronics NCAA Division 2 All Central Region Team Announced


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


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 –

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 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. 


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


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

NCAA D2 Baseball Update – Regionals End Today

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The 48 teams competing in the NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Regional Tournaments have been whittled down to 2 teams left in each of the 8 Regions.  Those Regional Tourneys are scheduled to conclude today with the winners advancing to next weekends NCAA Division II College World Series in Cary, NC. 

The Central and Atlantic Regions are the only ones where the #1 seeds are undefeated.  They have 1 loss in 4 of the Regions and have been eliminated in the Midwest and East Regions.  That said, they are doing much better than #2 seeds who have been eliminated in every Region except for the Midwest where Grand Valley State must win twice to survive.

Here are the teams that remain in contention in each Region –

Central Region – Host Mesa State

Mesa State (1) vs. Wayne State, NE (3) – Wayne must win twice

Atlantic Region – Host Kutztown

West Chester (1) vs. Mercyhurst (3) – Mercyhurst must win twice

Midwest Region – Host Ashland

Indianapolis (5) vs. Grand Valley State (2) – GVS must win twice

East Region – Host Franklin Pierce

Adelphia (3) vs. Dowling (4) – Dowling must win twice

South Region – Host Southern Arkansas (8 team bracket ends Monday)

Southern Arkansas (1) plays Valdosta State (7) – loser eliminated

Winner plays Florida Southern (6) – loser eliminated

Winner plays Lynn (5) and must win twice (scheduled for Monday)

Southeast Region – Host South Carolina Aiken

Belmont Abbey (6) vs. SC Aiken (1) – Aiken must win twice

South Central Region – Host Central Missouri

No loss Emporia State(4) plays 1 loss Central Missouri (1) at Noon.

If Emporia wins, they play 1 loss Angelo State (3) who must beat them twice (2nd game Monday if needed)

If Central wins, Emporia plays Angelo and the winner plays Central in 1 final game to advance (Monday)

West Region – Host Western Oregon

UC – San Diego (1) vs. Sonoma State (3) – Winner advances

NCAA D2 Baseball Central Region – 4 Remain

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The NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Regional Tournaments continued yesterday as teams started being eliminated.  At the Central Region site in Grand Junction, CO the 6 teams were whittled down to 4 –

Friday May 15th
Game 4 –
CSU-Pueblo 13 vs. Minnesota St.-Mankato 4 Box Score
(Minnesota St.-Mankato Eliminated)
Game 5 – Mesa State 15 vs. NM Highlands 13 Box Score
(NM Highlands Eliminated)
Game 6 – Southwest Minnesota St. 12 vs. Wayne State 28 Box Score

With 4 teams remaining the bracket now looks like this –


The Northern Sun Conference regular season champion, Wayne State, and the Rocky Mountain Conference regular season champion, Mesa State, are both undefeated and play each other in a key game today at 12:30 MDT.  SMSU and CSU-Pueblo will try to battle through the loser’s bracket.  After today only 2 teams will remain in the battle to reach the NCAA Division 2 College World Series.

Wayne State (NE) set a number of records in their big 28-12 win over SMSU.  They had 32 hits which broke the old record of 30 and 27 RBI’s tied a D2 playoff record.  Justin Hemauer set a new NCAA Division II record with 7 hits in 1 game as he went 7-8.  In fact, every Wildcat batter recorded 2 or more hits, scored a run and had an RBI.  D2 Records Fall in WSC Win

The win actually calls into question the strategy employed by the Mustangs coaching staff.  With Wayne State leading 11-2 after 4 innings the Mustangs basically decided they were going to lose and threw in the towel.  They put in a pitcher who had pitched only 1 inning all year and cast him to the Wolves (or Cats in this case) as that pitcher gave up 12 hits and 14 runs in the 1.2 innings he pitched.  The team did come back and score 12 runs so who knows how it might have turned out if they had played it straight and not thrown the game away after 4 innings.  Box Score  SMSU Stats

NCAA D2 College Baseball Regional Tracking

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The 8 NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Regional Tournaments begin today.  The winners of each double elimination Region will advance to the D2 College World Series in Cary, NC for a chance to win the National Championship. 

With the start of these Tournaments I thought many readers would like to keep track of what’s happening all across the country in these playoffs (some of the sites are missing or incomplete and I’ll try to update later) –

Central Region – Host Mesa State

Central Region Tourney Site

Central Region Live Stats

Live Radio of Mesa Games – KMSA Radio’>KMSA Radio Mesa Radio

Atlantic Region – Host Kutztown

Atlantic Region Tourney Site 

Atlantic Live Stats

Midwest Region – Host Ashland

Midwest Region Tourney Site –

Live Stats –

East Region – Host Franklin Pierce

East Region Tourney Site

Live Stats –

South Region – Host Southern Arkansas

South Region Tourney Site

South Live Stats

Southeast Region – Host South Carolina Aiken

Southeast Tourney Site

Live Stats –

South Central Region – Host Central Missouri

South Central Tourney Site

South Central Live Stats

West Region – Host Western Oregon

West Region Tourney Site

West Region Live Stats

You can find some other radio links from the NCAA site here – D2 college baseball Region Schedule

NCAA D2 Central Region Tourney Pre-game

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The NCAA Division 2 Central Region college baseball Tournament beings on Thursday in Grand Junction, CO. 

There are 3 teams each from the Northern Sun Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.  Although Mesa State is the #1 seed, they are coming into the Tournament playing their worst baseball of the season.  They have lost 8 of their most recent 13 games and lost both of their games this past weekend at the RMAC Tourney.  Minnesota State and Wayne State from the Northern Sun Conference may be the favorites to win the double elimination NCAA Central Region, the winner of which goes on to the NCAA Division 2 College World Series in Cary, NC. 

Here are some items you might want to check out –

  • The official Tournament Site (hosted by Mesa State) which includes team rosters/stats, updated bracket, Live Stats and Live Radio for Mesa State games – Central Region Tourney Site
  • The Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs Athletics Communications Director, Kelly Loft, is riding along with the team and blogging about their first ever NCAA appearance.  You should definitely follow along – SMSU – The Hey Loft Blog

The 6 teams and opening game times have been announced –

2009 NCAA Division II Central Region Baseball Tournament Schedule
hosted by Mesa State in Grand Junction, Colorado

Thursday, May 14
Game 3 – #3 seed Wayne State (42-13) vs. #4 seed New Mexico Highlands (39-18) 1:00 p.m. CT
Game 2 – #2 seed Minnesota State (38-15) vs. #5 seed Southwest Minnesota State (27-13) 4:30 p.m. CT
Game 1 – #1 seed Mesa State (39-13) vs. #6 seed CSU-Pueblo (39-20) 8:00 p.m. CT

Friday, May 15
Game 4 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 1:00 p.m. CT
Game 5 – Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3 4:30 p.m. CT
Game 6 – Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3 8:00 p.m. CT

Saturday, May 16
Game 7 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 1:30 p.m. CT
Game 8 – Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 6 5:00 p.m. CT
Game 9 – Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7 8:30 p.m. CT

Sunday, May 17
Game 10 – Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 1:00 p.m. CT
Game 11 – Winner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 10 (If Necessary) 4:30 p.m. CT

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

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