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NSIC Office Finds NO Worthy Players and Other News

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Last year, during the preseason, I called out the Northern Sun Conference for their choice for Pitcher of the Week.  Last Years Rant

I guess they were concerned I’d do that again so this week they made the decision to not name a Player or Pitcher of the Week under the excuse that not enough games were played.  NSIC Week 2 Release 

So was anyone worthy this week?  How about –

  • Wayne State’s Nick Bidroski goes 4-4 in his doubleheader with 2 runs scored, 3 RBI’s.  His 4 hits included a homer and 2 doubles. 
  • Augustana’s Nate Baumann goes 5-8 with 3 runs and 2 RBI’s
  • Augustana’s Charlie Dubanoski goes 4-5 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBI’s to go with a stolen base and throwing out a base stealer

Those seem like pretty good efforts to me and worthy of recognition!

That said, the only pitcher worth mentioning was Austen Wisroth of Wayne State who pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball with 3 strikeouts. 

Other News

Wayne State has changed their schedule to accommodate the poor Midwest weather conditions.  They are playing 2 against Upper Iowa today at the Metrodome and have cancelled this weekends trip to Pittsburg State in Kansas.  Wayne State Schedule Changes

The Metrodome is actually getting a ton of use as teams scramble to add games there that can’t be played outdoors.  Augustana Schedule Changes, St. Cloud State vs. Winona State Preview,

The University of Mary was forced to cancel their weekend trip to Colorado and won’t open the season until February 28th in Florida – Marauders Cancel Trip

Wayne State dropped out of the College Baseball News Top 30 NCAA Division 2 poll with their early season losses – College Baseball News D2 Baseball Poll  They received 1 vote as did Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State.

Finally, the 2010 NCAA Division 1 College Baseball season starts tomorrow.  Rivals/Yahoo does a great job of covering the sport and for those looking to get ramped up on the opening weekend you should look no further than this article which highlights the top weekend matchups – 10 Intriguing Series To Watch.  If you follow the Big Ten conference there’s a nice write up about Ohio State as a potential contender to reach the College World Series – Ohio State Carries Northern Banner

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Rainy Day For NSIC College Baseball Teams

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Yesterday, I recapped the importance of Wednesday’s mid-week D2 college baseball games for the top 8 teams in the Northern Sun Conference as they battle it out for position in the standings (Top 8 Battle).  Well only 2 of those top 8 teams were able to get their games in.  In all, 8 games were moved to today (Thursday), 3 games were played and 1 game was cancelled. 

  • I previously talked about how important it was for Augustana to sweep yesterday’s series against Upper Iowa in order to try and make up 3 games in the standings.  Well, they started off strong by winning game 1 (6-1) behind a strong pitching performance by Tyler Pierson.  Pierson (5-6) threw this first complete game of the season and gave up only 5 hits & 1 unearned run to go along with 6 K’s.  It looked like they might pull off the sweep as they led 3-1 after 2 innings but then the Peacocks bats came alive and they scored 13 runs in the next 3 innings to win in a blowout, 16-6.  Seth Fox was 4-5 with 5 RBI’s and Brock Spangenberg was 3-4 with 5 RBI’s to pace the Peacock’s 15 hit attack.  The split by Upper Iowa might be just enough to hold onto the 6th spot in the standings and a spot in the NSIC Tournament.  Upper Iowa Recap  Augustana Recap
  • In the battle for 10th place, it was Senior Day at Bemidji State where the Beavers were hosting the University of Mary Marauders.  Mary slapped the Beaver all day, scoring seemingly at will.  The 15-0 win was led by an excellent pitching performance by Blaze Culliton (2-5) who gave up only 4 hits in the complete game shutout.  Tyler Liffrig and Tyler Steffan each had 3 hits to lead the Marauder attack.  The rain then started in earnest and the teams agreed to cancel the 2nd scheduled game instead of trying to make it up tomorrow.  Mary hosts SMSU this weekend while Bemidji State’s NSIC schedule is complete and they head to Montana for a final 4 game series against Montana State – Billings.  Bemidji Recap  Mary Recap
  • All of the other scheduled games were moved to today

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.

NSIC D2 Baseball Standings – 4/21/09

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Another weekend of Northern Sun D2 college baseball games are behind us after 6 games were completed on Monday.  At this point in the season most NSIC teams have 12 games remaining to stake their claim to one of the top 6 spots in order to make the Northern Sun Tournament.  The NSIC Tourney kicks off on May 7th in St. Cloud, MN. 

Wayne State and Minnesota State maintain the top 2 spots.  Both of them have tough midweek games before meeting for a crucial 4 game series this weekend that could very well decide which team wins the regular season Conference Champion.  Teams 5-8 in the standings (Concordia, St. Cloud State, Upper Iowa and Augustana) look to be battling it out for the last 2 spots. 

Yesterday’s games did have some significant impact on the standings –

  • The biggest games were between Augustana and St. Cloud State where the Augies swept the Huskies by scores of 4-2 and 12-6 to get to within 1 1/2 games of the coveted 6th spot.  The vaunted Huskies starters had a tough weekend as the Vikings launched 4 homers on the day, including 2 by JaColby Anderson.  Game 1 starter, Tyler Pierson, moved his record to 4-5 with a solid start.  Augie Baseball Sweeps
  • The University of Mary got a nice win on Monday against Winona State, winning game 1 by a score of 9-4 before dropping the nightcap 4-2.  Mary’s Tyler Liffrig tied the all-time Mary career home run record with his 26th and 27th homers during the day.  Game 1 starter Nate Watson struck out 11 Warrior batters on the way to his first win of the season.  Winona State got a complete game win from Andrew DeSousa in the 2nd contest and was led by Tony Mueller’s 3 hits to get the split.  Liffrig Ties Record in Mary Split
  • Wayne State continued it’s home run fest on Monday against Northern State as they swept the Wolves by scores of 23-15 and 10-1.  The games were played in Redfield, SD on a relatively small field with the wind blowing out.  The team hit 9 homers and had 20 hits in game 1 and added 3 more round trippers in the back end game.  That gave the Wildcats 25 home runs over the 4 game set.  I don’t think they track that in their record book but I’m guessing that would have set a new record by a wide margin.  WSC Extends Streak to 9 Games

Northern Sun – Big Midweek Update – 4/14/09

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There’s a big batch of news to share today impacting the Division 2 college baseball world and the Northern Sun Conference.

  • Teams continue their midweek Conference doubleheaders tomorrow with the following games scheduled:
    • Wayne State @ Augustana
    • Mary @ Minnesota Crookston
    • Minnesota State @ Minnesota Duluth
    • Upper Iowa @ Winona State
    • Northern State @ Concordia (NSU is home team for games)
  • A number of updates regarding players from Concordia:
    • Blake Devries, who started the season as the Golden Bears #2 pitcher will seek a medical redshirt.  He started 3 games before getting injured.
    • Chase Brown, who started the first 18 games for Concordia at 2nd base was dismissed from the team after their March 16th games.  This was a big loss as Brown was hitting .413 at the time and led the team in stolen bases.
    • Bryan Lippincott, Concordia’s freshman starting shortstop, hasn’t played in their past 6 contests as he hurt his leg.  No word on his expected return.
    • Ben Lemke, a freshman pitcher who has had early success, is dropping from the Concordia football team to concentrate on baseball
  • St. Cloud State’s head coach, Pat Dolan continues to take 5 questions each week from fans on a radio broadcast.  You can listen to his responses here – Pat Dolan’s 5 Q’s
  • The University of Mary was forced to cancel its scheduled game against the University of North Dakota because of poor field conditions – Marauders Cancel Game
  • Upper Iowa also cancelled games today against Wisconsin – Parkside, this was because of rain – Peacocks Cancel Games
  • Wayne State announced yesterday the first official spring signing I’ve seen for a 2009-10 athlete.  It was Justin Beranek, an outfielder from Freemont, NE.  WSC Inks Beranek
  • It sounds like the Minnesota Duluth pipeline of recruits from Burnsville (MN) continues as LHP Jack Lassonde has reportedly committed to play for the Bulldogs next year.  Lassonde got the win in a Lake Conference game against Rosemount yesterday (2-1 in 8 innings).  He doesn’t throw all that hard (78-80?) but he has a very nice curveball which he can throw for strikes. 
  • The NCAA published their D2 Baseball Weekly Notebook which has interesting updates on a number of teams, including Mesa State – NCAA D2 Weekly Notebook
  • Finally, this has nothing to do with the Northern Sun but it was an interesting read this morning to find out about the rare “4 out play” that occurred in the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks game yesterday.  Read about how Arizona’s coaches blew it by not knowing the rule book.  It just reinforces how important it is to understand the game.  Rare “4 out play” helps Dodgers

D2 College Baseball – NSIC Stat Comparison

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Each week I am providing a comparison of how each Northern Sun Conference college baseball team compared to each other and every other NCAA Division 2 baseball team.  This is using statistics that will be published each week by the NCAA.  NCAA Statistics Site

I’m using a comparison of some primary hitting, pitching, running & fielding statistics for my comparison.  Each number shown is the team’s rank among the 229 Division 2 college baseball teams and the difference in where they compare from last week so you can see if they are improving or declining compared with other teams.

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Based on these numbers we can say –

  • Northern Sun teams has a good week with strikeouts – all but 2 teams gained in the D2 comparisons on K’s/9 innings pitched
  • On the flip side, all but 2 teams dropped in fielding (although the drop wasn’t very big in most cases)
  • SMSU still leads the nation in Batting Average and Slugging %.  That’s impressive as I had assumed they’d drop off as they got a larger cross sample of games played.
  • Wayne State, Upper Iowa and Mary had the best increases on the hitting side this week all gaining double digits in the hitting categories

While these statistics are somewhat interesting we are now into our 4th week of data so I thought it might be more interesting to look at the trends for each team in the major categories of Team Batting Average and Team Earned Run Average to see how they’ve been trending over the 4 weeks of Conference play.

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The following allows you to see how each team has been trending compared with the other 229 Division 2 college baseball teams.  Teams with big trends one way or another:

  • Augustana has been declining rapidly in batting average.  They clearly need to pick it up at the plate if they are going to make the top 6 in Conference.
  • Minnesota Duluth has also seen a huge hit to their team batting average.  When combined with their mediocre pitching it’s been a recipe for poor results.
  • Upper Iowa has gone the other way and has seen their team batting average improve significantly over the past 4 weeks.  This has coincided with them getting back into the mix in the race for a spot in the NSIC Tourney.
  • Winona State’s pitching has gone from quite bad to at least okay.  They did play a tougher non-conference schedule than most and have played some easier Conference games which explains some of that.
  • Overall, many teams have seen a remarkable sameness from week to week which gives you a pretty good idea that it probably won’t be changing much over the remainder of the season.

NSIC Midweek – Mary Likes It On Top – 4/9/09

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We’ve just finished our first set of mid-week Northern Sun Conference D2 college baseball games and we are down to 1 team being undefeated in Conference play.  It’s the Mary Marauders who sit alone at 2-0!  Yes, they got there by beating lowly Minnesota Crookston but nevertheless they are #1 in the NSIC and they can feel a sense of pride no matter how the season ends.  Clip this graphic out Mary – nicely done!

In games over the past 2 days –

  • As mentioned, Mary beat Crookston by scores of 19-4 & 11-4 and were led by 3 home runs by Tyler Liffrig who was 6 for 7 with 6 RBI’s.  Liffrig Launches Marauders
  • Minnesota State swept a doubleheader from Minnesota Duluth by scores of 2-1 and 9-4.  They were led in game 1 by another excellent outing by pitcher Patrick Lenton who moves to 7-1 on the season.  Mavericks Subdue Bulldogs
  • Upper Iowa got a sweep over Winona State who had previously been unbeaten in Conference play.  They won the first game 16-15 in 9 innings after trailing 15-5 entering the bottom of the 6th inning.  They then completed the sweep with a 5-0 game led by pitcher Gavin Mason who went all 7 innings giving up just 3 hits.  Peacocks Sweep Warriors
  • Bemidji State was demolished by Southwest Minnesota State in the first game of their doubleheader yesterday by a score of 17-0.  They then returned the favor winning the nightcap 16-10 which included 9 runs in the top of the 7th inning.  SMSU had 11 home runs in the 2 games but only gained a split.  Big Comeback Earns BSU Split
  • Concordia blasted their way to a 9-5, 14-3 sweep of Northern State.  They were led by senior Jake Schmidt who belted 4 home runs on the day, was 6-9 and had 8 RBI’s.  Schmidt Belts 4 Homers in Sweep
  • Wayne State’s winning streak was ended by Augustana in game 1 of their doubleheader as the Vikings won 2-1 led by a strong pitching performance by Ezra Campbell and save by Bret Severtson.  Wayne State’s fielding woe’s continued as the winning run was unearned.  The Wildcats did come back strong in game 2, winning 10-3.  They were led by shortstop Eric Bond who was 3-4 with a grand slam.  Augies Hand WSU First Loss

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