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NCAA D2 College Baseball Field Announced

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NCAA D2 Baseball Field Announcement

The NCAA Division II Baseball Committee has selected the 48 teams that will participate in the 2009 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship.

The championship provides for eight regional sites – six sites will host six teams, the West region will host four teams and the South region will host eight teams. All regionals are double-elimination tournaments and will be played at on-campus sites May 14-18. Regional champions will advance to the double-elimination championship finals May 23-30 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. The finals will be hosted by Mount Olive College and the town of Cary, North Carolina.

Nineteen conferences receive automatic qualification into the 2009 championship. Each conference and its automatic qualifier are listed below:

California Collegiate Athletic Conference – UC San Diego
Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference – Wilmington (Delaware)
Conference Carolinas – Belmont Abbey
East Coast Conference – Adelphi
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Grand Valley State
Great Lakes Valley Conference – Northern Kentucky
Gulf South Conference – Southern Arkansas
Heartland Conference – Texas Permian Basin
Lone Star Conference – Abilene Christian
Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association – Nebraska-Omaha
Northeast-10 Conference – Franklin Pierce
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – Minnesota State Mankato
Peach Belt Conference – Francis Marion
Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference – West Chester
Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference – Colorado State-Pueblo
South Atlantic Conference – Catawba
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Stillman
Sunshine State Conference – Barry
West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference – Shepherd

In the 2008 championship, Mount Olive College captured its first national championship title with a 6-2 victory over Ouachita Baptist University. (Neither team reached the 2009 NCAA Tournament)

This year marks the 42nd annual championship, and the first year that the finals have been held in Cary, North Carolina.

Sites/Pairings
*Denotes host institution

Central Regional at Grand Junction, Colorado
1.*Mesa State 39-13
2.Minnesota State Mankato 38-15
3.Wayne State (Nebraska)42-13
4.New Mexico Highlands 39-18
5.Southwest Minnesota State 27-13
6.Colorado State-Pueblo 39-20

Atlantic Regional at Kutztown, Pennsylvania
1.West Chester 42-10
2.*Kutztown 33-15
3.Shepherd3 3-16
4.Mercyhurst 35-15
5.West Virginia State 31-13
6.Concord 27-13

Midwest Regional at Chillicothe, Ohio
1.*Ashland 41-13-1
2.Grand Valley State 41-13-1
3.Southern Indiana 37-17
4.Northern Kentucky 40-20
5.Indianapolis 40-19
6.Rockhurst 35-21

East Regional at Rindge, New Hampshire
1.Dominican (New York) 37-12
2.*Franklin Pierce 36-16
3.Adelphi 31-14
4.Dowling 30-15
5.Assumption 32-18-1
6.Wilmington (Delware) 27-27

South Regional at Magnolia, Arkansas
1.*Southern Arkansas 49-9
2.Barry 44-9
3.West Alabama 37-14
4.Tampa 38-15
5.Lynn 38-16
6.Florida Southern 38-14
7.Valdosta State 41-19
8.Stillman 35-20

Southeast Regional at Aiken, South Carolina
1.*South Carolina Aiken 39-17
2.Francis Marion 36-13-1
3.Georgia College3 7-17
4.Catawba 35-16
5.Tusculum 36-16
6.Belmont Abbey 34-24

South Central Regional at Warrensburg, Missouri
1.*Central Missouri 41-13
2.Abilene Christian 43-17
3.Angelo State 43-18
4.Emporia State 42-12
5.Nebraska-Omaha 40-18
6.Texas Permian Basin 39-17

West Regional at Keizer, Oregon
1.UC San Diego 36-12
2.*Western Oregon 33-12
3.Sonoma State 32-14
4.Cal State Dominguez Hills 34-21

Northern Sun Tourney Update – Top 2 Remain

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The Northern Sun Division 2 college baseball Conference Tournament continued yesterday as the 4 teams remaining played 3 games which whittled the field down to 2 final teams.  The teams remaining, Wayne State and Minnesota State, will play for a nice trophy and an NCAA automatic bid to the NCAA Regional (they will both qualify win or lose).  It is somewhat appropriate that these are the last 2 teams as they were the best 2 teams all year long and split their regular season series 2-2.  The Wildcats hold the advantage as they are undefeated and the Mavericks would need to win twice to take the title.

In games played yesterday, Wayne State advanced to the championship game by beating Upper Iowa (10-4).  WSC Advances With Win

Minnesota State advanced all the way through the losers bracket by beating Southwest Minnesota State 6-5 and then avenging an opening game loss to Upper Iowa and winning 12-3.  Upper Iowa’s season appears to be over and they finish with an overall record of 26-26.  The team loses 13 seniors, including 3/4 of it’s primary starting pitchers.  Upper Iowa Drops 2 Games

Southwest Minnesota State’s loss to Minnesota State knocked them out of the NSIC Tourney but they still have an excellent chance to get their first ever NCAA Tournament bid.  The Mustangs entered the week in 5th place in the NCAA D2 Regional college baseball poll and the top 6 teams make the Regional.  SMSU was rooting for Upper Iowa to lose and not take the automatic bid.  SMSU Awaits Possible NCAA Bid

 

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In other games of interest, Colorado State – Pueblo battled all the way back through the loser’s bracket of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament to win the NCAA automatic bid.  The ThunderWolves entered the week as the #6 team in the NCAA Central Region poll and have assured themselves of not being nervous later today that someone might have jumped ahead of them to take the final spot.  Pueblo Claims RMAC Championship

NCAA D2 Baseball – Regional Announced Today

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Today is the last day for Division 2 college baseball Conferences to wrap up their Conference Tournaments as the NCAA D2 Regional brackets will be announced tonight.  Quite a few of the Conferences wrapped up their Tourney’s yesterday and a number of others wrap up today.

The table below allows you to link to and see the conference’s that make up each NCAA D2 Regional Tournament as well as the dates for their Conference Tournament and who the winner is.  Pay special attention to the Conference’s with an asterisk (*) in front of their names as those Conference Tourney winners get an automatic bid into their respective NCAA Regional.

Atlantic Region –  Dates Winner
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  Apr 16-18 Virginia State
Independent (Columbia Union)    
*Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  May 5-8 West Chester
*West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conf May 1-3 Shepherd
Central Region –      
*Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference May 7-10  
*Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference May 6-9 Col. State – Pueblo
East Region –     
*East Coast Conference  May 6-10  
*Northeast-10 Conference May 6-10  
*Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference May 7-9 Wilmington
Midwest Region –     
*Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conf May 7-9 Grand Valley State
*Great Lakes Valley Conference  May 7-10  
Independent (Chowan, Oakland City)    
South Region –     
*Gulf South Conference  May 4-8 Southern Arkansas
Independent (Flagler, Palm Beach Atl)    
*Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf May 1-3 Stillman College
*Sunshine State Conference No Tourney  
Southeast Region –     
*Conference Carolinas Apr 16-19 Belmont Abbey
*Peach Belt Conference May 9-10  
*South Atlantic Conference  Apr 25-27 Catawba
South Central Region –     
*Heartland Conference May 9-10  
*Lone Star Conference  May 2-5 Abilene Christian
*Mid-America Intercollegiate AA May 8-10  
West Region –     
*California Collegiate AA May 7-9 UC – San Diego
Great Northwest Athletic Conf No Tourney  
Pacific West Conference May 6-9 Dixie State

Northern Sun Baseball will certainly publish the entire NCAA Regional brackets as soon as they are announced but many of these remaining tournament games can be followed using Live Stats from their respective Conference sites if you want to follow along.

NSIC D2 Baseball Tourney – 4 Teams Remain

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First off, thanks to the many readers of Northern Sun Baseball who made this thread Northern Sun Tourney Starts Today the most commented on in this blogs short history.  I had to change computers at the most inopportune time – right in the middle of the Northern Sun Tournament.  Backing up software and reloading all of the blogging tools has slowed me down a bit.

Wayne State and Upper Iowa are the 2 undefeated teams left in the Tournament.  The Wildcats and Peacocks square off today at Noon in a critical matchup with the winner in the drivers seat for the NSIC Playoff Title and and automatic bid to the NCAA Division 2 college baseball Regional Tournament.  SMSU and Minnesota State play at 3:30pm today.  Whichever team wins will immediately turn around and play against the loser of WSC and UIU.  Basically, those teams are  now in a position of having to win 4 straight games over 2 days to win the Tourney.

Augustana and Winona State were the first 2 teams eliminated from the Tournament as both teams lost their 2 opening games to end their seasons.

You can continue to follow the action using Live Stats here – NSIC Live Stats 

 

SH Test

In the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference there are 3 teams left.  New Mexico Highlands is the lone undefeated team.  They will play the winner of today’s game between Nebraska – Kearney and Colorado State – Pueblo.  The winner of that game will have to beat Highlands twice in order to try and win the RMAC Tournament and their NCAA automatic bid.  RMAC Tourney Headquarters

Wayne State Beats Winona 13-9

Peacocks Run in Tourney Continues

Mavericks Win Over Augustana

Upper Iowa Defeats SMSU

Warriors Fall to Wayne State

Augie Baseball Ends

NCAA D2 College Baseball Conference Playoffs

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For most NCAA Division 2 college baseball teams the regular season is winding down and their respective conference playoffs are starting up.  The table below allows you to link to and see the conference’s that make up each NCAA D2 Regional Tournament as well as the dates for their Conference Tournament and who the winner is.  Pay special attention to the Conference’s with an asterisk (*) in front of their names as those Conference Tourney winners get an automatic bid into their respective NCAA Regional. 

As you can see, there are 4 teams (Shepherd, Stillman, Belmont Abbey & Catawba) which have already qualified.  Virginia State won the CIAA title but that Conference doesn’t have an automatic bid.  After the 19 automatic qualifiers the remaining 29 spots will go to at-large bids as determined by the NCAA Regional Committee’s.  Their most recent poll can be found here but will be updated tomorrow – NCAA Regional Rankings 

Atlantic Region –  Dates Winner
Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  Apr 16-18 Virginia State
Independent (Columbia Union)    
*Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference  May 5-8  
*West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conf May 1-3 Shepherd
Central Region –      
*Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference May 7-10  
*Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference May 6-9  
East Region –     
*East Coast Conference  May 6-10  
*Northeast-10 Conference May 6-10  
*Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference May 7-9  
Midwest Region –     
*Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conf May 7-9  
*Great Lakes Valley Conference  May 7-10  
Independent (Chowan, Oakland City)    
South Region –     
*Gulf South Conference  May 4-8  
Independent (Flagler, Palm Beach Atl)    
*Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conf May 1-3 Stillman College
*Sunshine State Conference May 11-14  
Southeast Region –     
*Conference Carolinas Apr 16-19 Belmont Abbey
*Peach Belt Conference May 9-10  
*South Atlantic Conference  Apr 25-27 Catawba
South Central Region –     
*Heartland Conference May 9-10  
*Lone Star Conference  May 2-5  
*Mid-America Intercollegiate AA May 8-10  
West Region –     
*California Collegiate AA May 7-9  
Great Northwest Athletic Conf No Tourney  
Pacific West Conference May 6-9  

NCAA Division 2 Baseball Rankings – 5/4/09

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The College Baseball News, Ping!Baseball and NCBWA Regional rankings have been released for this week:

  • College Baseball News has a new #1 team – it’s Southern Arkansas reclaiming the #1 spot after being tied for #2 last week.  That said, the rankings this week are flawed (and have been all along).  Why are they flawed you ask?  Because last week’s #1 team, Barry, wasn’t included in the rankings at all.  Why weren’t they included you ask?  Because they didn’t report to College Baseball News.  So basically, if you fail to report to CBN you are not eligible to be ranked at all which means that a team like Barry goes from #1 to Not Ranked.  It’s been this way all along but it hasn’t happened this year with a #1 team.  Barry probably would have dropped from #1 after losing 2 of 3 this past week but whether they report their results shouldn’t drop them out.  The Northern Sun Conference’s Wayne State (NE) moves up to a tie for #18 from #24 last week.  College Baseball News Ranking
  • Ping!Baseball has been derided by some who question their rankings but they don’t suffer from the same issues regarding reporting that are inherent in the CBN poll.  This week they elevate Delta State to the #1 spot and drop Barry to #2.  There wasn’t a lot of movement in their poll this week but for the first time we do see 2 Northern Sun teams in their Top 30.  Minnesota State stays at #27 and Wayne State (NE) makes their first appearance in a tie for the 30th spot. Ping!Baseball Ranking
  • A major change took place in the National College Baseball Writers Association Regional Poll as Wayne State (NE) takes over the #1 position in the Central Region, overtaking Mesa State who has been losing regularly all of a sudden.  If this ranking carries over the the official NCAA Regional rankings it could have an impact on where the NCAA D2 Central Region Tournament takes place.  It’s interesting too that Mesa State received more 1st place votes but fewer overall points which means some voters didn’t have them in their top 2.

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NCBWA Regional Rankings

NCAA D2 College Baseball Regional Poll – 4/29

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The NCAA has released their Division 2 College Baseball Regional poll for April 29, 2009.  The complete poll including all 8 Regions can be found here – NCAA D2 Regional Poll

All Northern Sun teams are members of D2’s Central Region – a region which includes the 13 NSIC teams along with the 8 teams from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.  Each Conference will hold their own year-end Conference Tournament.  The winners of the NSIC and RMAC Tournaments each receive an automatic bid to be 1 of 6 teams in the NCAA Central Region Tourney.  The other 4 spots are at-large bids which this poll helps to determine.

There was a big change in the Central Region Poll this week that we’ve been watching for all weekend.

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Colorado State – Pueblo’s improbable loss of all 4 games over the weekend to Nebraska – Kearney had dropped them from #4 to #6 which is a HUGE benefit to Minnesota State and Southwest Minnesota State who each took advantage and moved up a spot.  If the final ranking were to stay the same it would guarantee 3 teams from the Northern Sun in the NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Regional Tournament and could even provide for a scenario where 4 teams make it if a team like Winona State were to win the Automatic NSIC bid, knocking out Pueblo.

NCAA D2 College Baseball Tourney – Conference Playoff Tracking

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The start of NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Conference Tournaments are upon us and teams are starting to play their way into the field of 48 teams that will qualify for the NCAA D2 College Baseball Regional Tournaments. 

In fact, the first team has already qualified for the 2009 NCAA D2 Tournament – that team is Catawba College (Salisbury, NC) which won the South Atlantic Conference baseball tournament to capture the automatic bid that goes along with it.  The Indians knocked off top-seeded Tusculum who will now await an at-large bid to the Southeast Regional.  Catawba Wins SAC Tourney

Many other Conference Tournaments will play out starting this weekend including big ones like the Gulf South Conference which features 4 of the Top 30 teams in the country, including Southern Arkansas – a team ranked #2 in the country who enters the GSC Tourney as a #2 seed.  Gulf South Tourney Set

I thought that I’d revisit a blog entry I posted in February that recaps the upcoming NCAA D2 college baseball tourney and the conference alignment that makes up each of the 8 regions.

Continue reading ‘NCAA D2 College Baseball Tourney – Conference Playoff Tracking’

NCAA Division 2 Baseball Rankings – 4/27/09

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The College Baseball News, Ping!Baseball and NCBWA Regional rankings have been released for this week:

  • The College Baseball News poll has a new #1 team in the nation as Barry takes over their #1 spot.  Previous #1, Southern Arkansas, drops into a tie for 2nd with Ashland.  Last week’s #2 team, Mesa State, took a big tumble after losing a series to Metro State and then splitting with New Mexico Highlands.  Delta State made a huge jump up in the their poll moving from no votes all the way to #15 after taking 2 of 3 from Southern Arkansas.  Representing the Northern Sun Conference, Wayne State moved up one spot to #24.  This despite 2 NSIC schools not completing their ballots for the week.   College Baseball News Ranking

  • The Ping!Baseball poll also saw the same change at the top as Barry takes over their #1 spot.  They did this with a win over Rollins and taking 2 of 3 from a very tough Tampa team.  Southern Arkansas fell to the #3 spot after holding down the top spot in the Ping poll for 10 straight weeks.  For as much grief as some people give the Ping poll (for example, placing St. Cloud State in the Top 30 ahead of Wayne State) they really got it right with Delta State.  Last week the CBN poll didn’t rank Delta at all and Ping had them at #5.  After beating Southern Arkansas, Ping seems to be closer to the right spot for the Statesmen.  That said, they finally took St. Cloud State out of the poll and instead of replacing them with Wayne State they put the Northern Sun’s 2nd place team, Minnesota State, in the the #27 spot.  While the Mavericks are a deserving team and just split 4 games with Wayne State I’d still put Wayne ahead of them.  Ping!Baseball Ranking

  • The National College Baseball Writers published their Regional Poll.  The NCAA Regional poll is much more meaningful but it’s still interesting to see what the writers think.  Mesa State maintains the number 1 spot but for the first time it’s not unanimous as Wayne State took a 1st place vote.  Colorado State – Pueblo dropped 2 spots after getting swept in 4 games by Nebraska – Kearney over the weekend.  Winona State moved ahead of Concordia which seems overdue since they are 3 spots ahead of them in the NSIC standings.

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NCBWA Regional Poll

Soggy Sunday & The Battle For A Title

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It was a soggy Sunday throughout the Upper Midwest as the Northern Sun’s Division 2 college baseball teams battle it out to not only for spots in the standings but just to get games played.

  • In Wayne, NE the battle of the titans did get played as the top 2 Northern Sun teams battled to a draw.  Both of the weekends doubleheaders ended up as draws and when all is said and done, Wayne State still holds a 1/2 game lead on Minnesota State because they had 1 fewer game cancelled.  As I chronicled yesterday (MSUM vs. WSC Live) Minnesota State won the first game of their twinbill by a score of 13-10.  The 2nd inning proved disastrous for the Wildcats as they allowed 7 runs on 8 hits.  Wayne lost despite hitting 5 homers.  In game 2 it was the Tom Doran story as the redshirt freshman pitcher went the distance in allowing the Mavericks only 3 hits an a lone, unearned run which led Wayne State to a 9-1 victory.  Wayne State hosts St. Cloud State for a doubleheader on Wednesday while Minnesota State hosts Concordia on Wednesday.  WSC Splits – Maintains Slim Lead
  • St. Cloud State made a good decision to relocate their Sunday doubleheader to the Metrodome as it allowed them to get in the expected sweep against last place Northern State.  The Huskies won 6-3 and 14-3 to solidify their hold on 5th place in the standings.  Game 1 starter, David Deminsky, struck out 5 to tie the all-time SCSU record for strikeouts in a season (81).  Pat DeLaHunt started game 2 and allowed just 2 earned runs in improving his record to 6-1.  SCSU also broke a team record for RBI’s in a season as they were led at the plate by Lauren Green who was 4-6 with 5 of those RBI’s.  Huskies Sweep 2
  • Upper Iowa completed 1 game of a planned doubleheader against the University of Mary, winning 7-1.  The 2nd game was rained out before it could be made official and won’t be made up.  Brian Solemsaas moved to 5-4 on the year with a complete game in the win as he allowed just 5 hits.  The Peacocks will host Augustana on Wednesday in an important matchup as UIU clings to the 6th spot in the NSIC standings.  Upper Iowa Defeats Mary
  • 3 series that were scheduled for this weekend will try to resume today if possible –

In other news of interest, New Mexico Highlands split their 4 game series with NCAA Central Region leader, Mesa State.  That should keep Highlands ranked in the top 4.  On the other hand, Colorado State – Pueblo had a terrible weekend, losing all 4 games to Nebraska – Kearney.  The #4 ranked team in last week’s poll should fall which will help Northern Sun contenders.

Mid Weekend NSIC D2 College Baseball Update

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The D2 college baseball teams that make up the Northern Sun Conference have all played 2 games so far, with the exception of 1 game between Concordia and Bemidji State which got postponed.  There are large swaths of rain expected across much of the upper Midwest today which may cause problems with the planned doubleheaders on the schedule.

Here’s a recap of yesterday’s action –

  • In what might be not only the Northern Sun’s series of the weekend, but series of the year, Wayne State split a pair of games with Minnesota State and both teams remain tied in the loss column at the top of the standings.  In game 1, Wayne State scored 3 runs in the 1st inning and never looked back as they won 9-3.  John Plasha had a 2 run homer for the Wildcats and starting pitcher, Chad Moreland, held the Mavericks to 4 hits to get his 6th win of the year.  The nightcap saw the Mavericks behind 1-0 after 1 inning and 3-1 after 6 before they rallied for 4 runs in the 7th inning on just 2 hits to win the game 5-3.  Wayne State actually outhit MSU by an 8-4 margin but Wildcat pitchers issued 7 walks which helped do them in.  The teams are scheduled for 2 more on Sunday which may prove decisive or may leave things just how they started.  Wayne State Splits with Minnesota State
  • Winona State had a convincing 12-0 win over Minnesota Duluth in the first game of their twinbill but the Bulldogs reversed the results in game 2 for a 5-1 win and split on the day.  The Warriors scored 5 runs in the opening frame of the 1st game which included a 2 run homer by Kyle Collins.  Starter Jim Kovacs pitched a complete game gem giving up just 5 hits and striking out 6.  In game 2, the Warriors managed only 4 hits in scoring 1 run.  Winona remains tied in 3rd place with SMSU.  Warriors Split with Minnesota Duluth
  • Upper Iowa eeked out 2 wins over Mary winning by scores of 4-3 and 2-0.  Excellent starting pitching by game 1’s Lucas Wilsing and game 2’s Greg Sieck was the difference as both threw complete games for the Peacocks.  The wins keep Upper Iowa in the pivotal 6th spot in the Northern Sun standings.  Peacocks Sweep Marauders
  • St. Cloud State got an important pair of wins over Northern State by winning 6-1 and 13-1.  They then did something really smart.  This blog has talked recently about how important it is for the teams battling for the top 6 spots to get their games in the standings against the lower tier teams.  With a serious threat of rain today in St. Cloud there was a chance that the Huskies games against the Wolves would be cancelled.  So they arranged to move today’s scheduled doubleheader to the Metrodome this evening.  Smart.  Huskies Sweep Wolves   Games Moved to Metrodome
  • Finally, Concordia got in a 4-2 win over Bemidji State before having to postpone game 2 until later in the weekend.  The teams will try to get in 3 more games before Monday.  The Golden Bears game 1 starter, Jake Schmidt (7-2), was masterful as he threw a complete game allowing just 6 hits to go with 14 K’s.  In the process, Schmidt broke his own team record for strikeouts in a season as he now stands at 103 (100 last year).  He also tied the Concordia all-time career wins mark of 23.  Schmidt Breaks Record in Victory

In other Northern Sun related news – there was exciting news on the out West as NSIC teams are keeping an eye toward the results in the Rocky Mountain Conference.  It would be very helpful if the RMAC’s Colorado State – Pueblo and New Mexico Highlands lost so that Northern Sun teams could pass them in the NCAA Regional poll for potential NCAA At-Large bids.

So far this weekend, Colorado State – Pueblo has lost 3 straight to Nebraska – Kearney.  Kearney was 17-28 overall entering the weekend.  The NCAA’s Central Region #1 team, Mesa State, has taken 2 of 3 from New Mexico Highlands with 1 game remaining.  

Follow Up – NCAA D2 Baseball & Shorter Season

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Last week I did a piece regarding the NCAA Division 2 Management Council’s meeting this week to discuss the possibility of shortening the D2 college baseball season from a maximum of 56 to 50 games.  There is also a threat of starting the season later to coincide with that proposal.  You can find that article here – NCAA Recommending Reductions in D2 College Baseball Games

Yesterday, the results of that meeting were made public.  The Management Council did seem willing to consider the recommendation of the Legislation Committee to reduce the season by 10% (56 to 50) and consider a later start date (2nd Thursday in February as opposed to the current February 1st start).

Here are some of the key takeaways from the release –

While the Council began warming to the idea of shortening seasons and reducing the maximum number of contests in certain sports where necessary, the primary takeaways from the group’s April 20-21 meeting in Indianapolis were that the discussion must be strategically rather than economically driven, and that proposals must be thoroughly vetted by the governance structure and other groups (for example, coaches associations, the Division II Athletics Directors Association and the Division II Conference Commissioners Association) to ensure meaningful input.

Those two premises were firmly entrenched as the Council began reviewing preliminary, broad-brush proposals from the Division II Legislation Committee regarding Bylaw 17 with an eye toward recommendations that would come to a membership vote at the (January) 2010 Convention.

For those “Academics” the debate by some isn’t about expenses or the benefits that athletes derive, but instead focus on college sports place in higher education –

Indeed, the review comes from Division II presidents and chancellors asking the governance structure to ensure that playing and practice season policies align with the division’s strategic-positioning platform. Since the platform’s positioning statement demands “balance and integration” of academic achievement, learning in high-level athletics competition and community engagement, Division II presidents are wondering whether student-athletes’ time on the fields and courts is skewing that balance.

If that doesn’t smack of elitism I don’t know what does.

It was also interesting that agreement seemed to be in place to reduce college baseball by 10% but that college softball might be considered differently and not be subject to the same changes. 

It’s unclear whether these changes could go into effect at the July NCAA President’s Council for the 2009-10 season or would wait for the January 2010 Convention.  Either way, it sounds likely that NCAA D2 college baseball is going to take a hit.

NCAA Management Council Meeting Recap


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