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Northern Sun Baseball – Summer ‘09 Recruiting

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The 2009-10 school year is about to begin and the summer 2009 baseball signing period has come and gone.  A number of programs have announced additions to their programs for the coming year.  It’s actually quite surprising to see SO MANY signings at some of these schools.  If I was one of the first to commit and they signed 17 more players after me I might be a bit upset –

  • Augustana had a better than expected season last year under new coach Tim Huber and is building on that with the addition of 18  new players for the 2010 season.  They announced 10 summer signings in June (Augustana Baseball Inks 10) and 3 more in August (Augies Add to 2009 Class).
  • Concordia is adding 11 new players to a team that had last years smallest roster and a team that lost a number of its best players to graduation – Tartan Star Commits – Brings Golden Bears to 11
  • St. Cloud State, in my  opinion, easily had the best recruiting class for the coming year (granted I only know MN high schoolers).  They already had an excellent class coming in when they announced in late July the signing of Lion’s All-Star Series MVP, Jon Traetow (Lions MVP Signs) and then followed that up with signing 3 transfers from D1’s Northern Iowa who disbanded their team (Schultz SigningSchwenke SigningJohnson Signing).  The Huskies had previously announced the signing of 6 other freshman who participated in the Lion’s All-Star Series, including one of Minnesota’s top 2009 high school athletes in Willmar’s Jordan Smith.
  • Upper Iowa one upped Augustana by announcing that they had signed 19 players for the 2010 season.  The press release was pretty interesting as they didn’t even have any information on a number of their players previous baseball careers.  It would be interesting to see how they divvy up the scholarship money or find out how many of these guys are walking on.  Peacock Baseball Recruiting Class
  • Back in July, Wayne State announced the signing of 3 additional players to bring their class to a total of 8.  3 Join Wildcat Baseball
  • Finally, Minnesota Duluth announced that they have signed 4 more players bringing their total to 9 (including 7 pitchers).  One interesting note is that early signee, Evan Knutson of Faribault, is no longer listed as a signee so he’s obviously going somewhere else.  Also, the signings at UMD include 2 sons of former Minnesota Twins!  UMD Baseball Adds 4

Northern Sun Tourney Update – Top 2 Remain


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



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

NSIC D2 Baseball Tourney – 4 Teams Remain


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

Northern Sun D2 Baseball Tourney Starts Today

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The Northern Sun Conference begins it’s Division 2 college baseball Tournament today.  The teams are battling it out for an automatic bid to the NCAA Division 2 college baseball Regional Tournament and a chance to compete for the D2 National Championship. 

The Tournament is a double elimination format – the entire bracket is available here – Northern Sun Tourney Bracket

The games are being played at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud (MN).  If you can’t make it there in person you can follow all the games in Live Stats – NSIC Live Stats Link

The 6 games to be played in the first round are:

Upper Iowa  Minnesota State

Noon Game – #5 Upper Iowa University (18-13, 24-24) vs. #2 Minnesota State (25-5, 33-14)

2009 Season Series – Minnesota State swept Upper Iowa 4-0 in the opening series of the year

  • On paper this game looks like Minnesota State should be clearly favored.  They won all 4 previous meetings between the 2 teams and Minnesota State has a much better record.  The Mavericks are coming off of a tough stretch of 12 games where they were 9-3 against Concordia, Wayne State and St. Cloud State.  Upper Iowa does have a record of 7-5 against 3 of the other teams in the Tournament (WSU, SMSU, AU) so they can certainly challenge in any 1 game. 


augustana Wayne State1

#6 Augustana (17-14, 27-21) vs. #1 Wayne State, NE (27-4, 39-11)

2009 Season Series – Wayne State won series 3-1

  • Wayne State was dominant all year and walked away with their 6th straight Northern Sun Conference regular season championship.  That said, Augustana did give the Wildcats one of their 4 league losses and played 2 of the other games close. 


SW MN State Winona State

#4 Southwest Minnesota State (16-10, 26-11) vs. #3 Winona State (20-12, 29-19)

2009 Season Series – Teams split series 2-2, all 4 games won by road team

  • These 2 teams have played each other 4 times in the past 2 weeks and every time the game has been a high scoring game.  In fact, for the 4 games, the teams averaged over 20 runs combined in each.  SMSU has been a strong hitting team all year whereas Winona has had a little more balance between pitching & batting.  The Mustangs did have a couple losses this past weekend against Mary which make you scratch your head and wonder if they are coming into the playoffs playing their best baseball.

Northern Sun Conference D2 Baseball Tourney


The Northern Sun Conference post-season college baseball tournament shall be held in St. Cloud (MN) in the 2009 season. The Tournament will held Thursday, May 7th thru Sunday, May 10th. The NCAA Division 2 Central Region Championships will take play the following week from Thursday, May 14th thru Sunday, May 17, site to be determined. The NCAA Central Region will consists of the NSIC and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) tournament champions and the highest four remaining seeds from the NCAA Central Region rankings. The NCAA D2 National Championships will take place May 23-30 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. Mount Olive College is the host school.

The six-team NSIC Tournament shall determine the conference’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Central Regional Tournament. The NSIC Tournament shall mirror the region tournament as it will be a double elimination format and all games shall be nine innings in length.

C. The conference tournament shall use the following format with game-times to be announced:
Thursday, May 7, 2009:
Game 1—Wayne State vs. Augustana – 3:30pm
Game 2—Minnesota State vs. Upper Iowa – 11:00am
Game 3—Winona State vs. Southwest Minnesota State – 7:00pm
Friday, May 8, 2009:
Game 4—Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 5—Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3
Game 6—Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3

If four teams remain after Game 6, the following procedure will be observed:

Saturday, May 9, 2009:
Game 7—Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
Game 8—Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 6
Game 9—Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 7
Sunday, May 10, 2009:
Game 10—Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9
Game 11—If necessary, same teams as in Game 10

If five teams remain after Game 6, the following procedure will be observed:

Saturday, May 9, 2009:
Game 7—Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6
Game 8—Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5
Game 9—Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7
If two teams remain after Game 9, the following procedures will be observed:
Sunday, May 10, 2009:
Game 10—Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9
Game 11—If necessary, same teams as Game 10

If three teams remain after Game 9, the following procedure will be observed:
Sunday, May 10, 2009:
Game 10—Winner Game 8 vs. Loser Game 9
Game 11—Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10

NSIC Baseball Post Season Information

NSIC D2 College Baseball Regular Season Ends


The Northern Sun Conference’s D2 college baseball regular season ended yesterday with excitement in Sioux Falls and disappointment in St. Cloud.

  • St. Cloud State needed to sweep its pair of games against the Conference’s #2 team, Minnesota State, in order to preserve 6th place in the standings and a spot in the NSIC post-season Tournament.  They got the game 1 win (7-0) but couldn’t close it out and lost the back end 6-4 to fall to 7th place.  That said, it was a record breaking year for the Huskies who look to be on the upswing in the future.  St. Cloud Season Ends
  • Augustana was the lucky dog as they easily swept away last place Northern State by scores of 10-2 & 16-2 and took over 6th place.  They will head to the NSIC Tournament on Thursday in St. Cloud with a first round game against Wayne State who they played tough against during the year.  Augies Make NSIC Tourney
  • Upper Iowa averted what could have been a difficult collapse by beating up Minnesota Duluth early and often.  They swept the Bulldogs by scores of 14-6 & 12-4 to maintain 5th place in the standings.  Peacocks Sweep – Claim 5th Place
  • Wayne State swept Minnesota Crookston and in the process won their 6th straight Northern Sun regular season championship AND Coach John Manganaro got his 500th win as head coach of the Wildcats.  Congrats to Coach Mags and Wayne State on another great year!  WSC – 6th Straight NSIC Title & Mags 500th Win
  • Concordia got a little measure of satisfaction by sweeping the leagues #3 team, Winona State, by scores of 8-7 and 6-0.  The wins helped them pass Duluth for 8th spot in the standings and gave them an above .500 record in Conference.  That said, for a team picked by the coaches to finish 3rd it was a tough finish and the Golden Bears lose a number of seniors that were a big part of their primary contributors.  CU Sweeps Warriors To Win Series
  • Southwest Minnesota State again could manage just a split against the University of Mary.  In the process they did secure win #348 for head coach Paul Blanchard who becomes the winningest coach in school history.  The Mustangs finish the season in 4th place.  SMSU Splits – Blanchard Sets Record
  • Bemidji State’s season ended on Sunday with a split against Montana State – Billings Bemidji Splits w/ Billings 

2 Games Left – Can Duluth & Augies Pull It Off?


There are 2 games left in the Northern Sun Conference Division 2 college baseball regular season.  After Thursday’s games there were some who suggested that the NSIC’s top 6 teams were determined already and that this weekend didn’t matter all that much.  For example, there was this quote on the D2 Message Board –

It looks like the top six spots for the NSIC tournament are pretty much wrapped up.

Well, after Saturday’s games the top 6 spots are still very much up for grabs:

  • Minnesota Duluth came into their series with Upper Iowa on a tear having won 13 of their last 18 Conference games to move into 7th place.  The path to the NSIC playoffs was clear – sweep all 4 games from the Peacocks.  After Saturday the Bulldogs are half way there as they won 7-1 and 5-4 to pull within 1/2 game of Upper Iowa.  If they sweep the games today they are playing in St. Cloud on Thursday.  Duluth’s freshman starter, Anders Engberg, continues to impress with his 4th straight complete game win in game 1.  In game 2, Upper Iowa outhit Minnesota Duluth (9-6) but gave up 2 unearned runs (to go along with 6 unearned in game 1).  The Peacock’s still have their top starter, Lucas Wilsing, available to start today.   Minnesota Duluth Recap  Upper Iowa Recap
  • St. Cloud State needed to win just 2 of their last 6 games to assure themselves a spot in the NSIC Tournament.  Unfortunately for them, their last 6 games were against the league’s top 2 teams.  So far they are 0-4, having lost 2 to Wayne State on Thursday and being swept yesterday by Minnesota State by scores of 6-3 and 6-4.  In game 1, the Maverick’s ace pitcher, Patrick Lenton, moved to 9-1 and the Huskies starter, Logan Birr suffered his first loss of the season (8-1).  Another of the Huskies top 3 pitchers (Tim Scott) took the game 2 loss.  If St. Cloud State doesn’t sweep today they are in serious danger of missing the playoffs.  St. Cloud State Recap
  • One of the big reasons the Huskies are in danger is because Augustana is finishing their season with 4 games against last place Northern State.  Yesterday they easily swept their fellow South Dakota school by scores of 11-4 and 11-2.  There’s every reason to think they will get the sweep today as well.  There are 2 ways that the Augies reach the NSIC Tourney – Augustana Recap
    • Sweep Northern State and have SCSU lose a game.
    • Split with Northern State, have SCSU get swept and UMD get swept  but
    • If Augustana sweeps, SCSU sweeps and Upper Iowa/Minnesota Duluth split it would tie Augustana for 6th place with Upper Iowa but according to my reading of the tiebreaker the Peacocks would get the bid because of a better record against Winona State of all teams.
  • Speaking of Winona State, they split a pair of games against Concordia (14-12 & 2-3).  Winona starter, Ross Hellenbrand, moved to 8-2 on the season with a win in game 1.  Concordia’s senior catcher, Chris Herbert, had 6 RBI’s in the game 1 loss to break the Golden Bear’s record for RBI’s in a season.  He then got 2 more in game 2 to lead the team to victory.  Concordia Recap  Winona State Recap
  • Wayne State swept Minnesota Crookston (17-1, 13-1) to maintain their 1/2 game lead atop the standings over Minnesota State.  It looks likely that the Wildcats will win their 6th straight regular season title.  Wayne State Recap
  • Southwest Minnesota State managed to recover from a late game loss to gain a split against the University of Mary (5-6, 8-7).  The Mustangs have shown a propensity to lose to lower tier teams as they now have losses on the season against Mary, Crookston and Bemidji.  Mary’s Casey Gray came up with a walk off single in game 1 with 2 outs in the 7th inning.  Mary Recap  SMSU Recap
  • Bemidji State split a pair of non-Conference games with Montana State – Billings  Bemidji State Recap

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