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NSIC D2 College Baseball Regular Season Ends

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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?

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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

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

Top 8 NSIC College Baseball Teams Fight It Out

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The top 8 teams in the Northern Sun Conference once again battle it out today (and tomorrow) as they fight for positions in the NSIC Tourney and the NCAA Division 2 College Baseball Tournament.  Only the top 6 teams make the Northern Sun Tournament and there are only 6 games remaining to claim a spot.  As has been a season long trend – weather may play a factor today as there is rain expected across the Upper Midwest.

  • In non-Conference games played yesterday, Northern State won the battle of Aberdeen in sweeping cross-city rival, Presentation College, by scores of 7-0 and 13-3.  After beating the small D3 Christian College the Wolves were seeking games against Aberdeen High School to prove their complete ownership of the Aberdeen baseball scene.  Northern Sweep

As for the Conference games that matter today (and tomorrow) –

  • Augustana travels to Upper Iowa today for a doubleheader as the #8 team faces the #6 team in the standings.  The Augies are 3 games behind Upper Iowa but do have a chance to reach the top 6.  That said, I’m going to say the only way that happens is if they sweep the Peacocks.  Augustana does finish this weekend with 4 games against last place Northern State but if they only split today, sweeping the Wolves probably won’t matter.  Upper Iowa needs to get at least a split to keep Concordia and the Augies behind them.  They finish with 4 against Minnesota Duluth who is coming on and could certainly win 2 against them this weekend.  Augustana Preview
  • The 7th place team, Concordia, travels to play 2 games at Mankato State :).  The Golden Bears have a tough challenge ahead as they must make up 2 games on Upper Iowa while playing their final 6 games against teams in the top 4 in the standings (including 4 this weekend against Winona State).  They have to be rooting for Augustana to sweep today but more importantly they probably have to win at least 5 of 6 to have a chance.  The Mavericks are in a battle of their own as they are only 1/2 game out of first place and the regular season championship.  Right now that doesn’t look likely unless Wayne State were to lose twice today as Wayne has a very easy final 4 games against Minnesota Crookston.  Minnesota State Preview
  • Winona State (#4 team) travels to Southwest Minnesota State (#3) in a doubleheader that has already been moved from today to Thursday because of rain.  The Mustangs holds a 3 game lead in the standings over the Warriors.  This series probably won’t affect the final standings that much so it’s more about getting ready for the NSIC Tournament.  It may mean a little more to the Mustangs as they are still fighting for position in the NCAA Regional rankings and a shot at an at-large NCAA bid.  Games Moved to Thursday
  • St. Clouds trip to Wayne State has also been pushed back to Thursday.  The Huskies final 6 games are against the top 2 teams in the Conference so they haven’t sewn up a spot in the top 6 yet.  If they can split the final 6 it should certainly be good enough but they better keep a mindset of winning them all.  While Wayne State only holds a 1/2 game lead in the standings, they can probably consider a split against SCSU to assure them the league title.  That said, they are certainly out to win them all as there’s an outside shot at the #1 spot in the NCAA Central Region rankings if they do so and can overtake Mesa State (who would probably have to lose to last place Colorado Christian).  That #1 spot gives a team the chance to play at home and host the Regional Tourney which would be a big coup for the Wildcats.  Games Moved
  • Minnesota Duluth travels to Minnesota Crookston for a doubleheader today.  The Bulldogs have been playing much better lately in splitting series’ against top 8 teams and still have an outside chance to make the top 6.  They’d have to win out and get some help but they have to be feeling better about where they are headed.  Minnesota Crookston has won some unexpected games this year (SCSU/SMSU) so they can certainly beat Duluth.  This may be their last chance as they face a final series against Wayne State.  Minnesota Crookston Preview
  • Mary travels to Bemidji State for 2 games in a battle for 10th place in the standings.  The same teams split last week.  It’s Senior Day for the Beavers and their 11 seniors will play their last games at home.  Bemidji State will be losing 4 starters, their top 2 reserves and their #1 pitcher to graduation.  Bemidji State Preview

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.  

Upper Iowa Cancellations Really Hurt

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One item I missed from Wednesday is actually quite significant in the race for the Top 6 positions in the Northern Sun Conference standings and a chance to play in the NSIC post-season tournament.

Upper Iowa was scheduled to play a doubleheader against Northern State yesterday but it was cancelled due to continued poor field conditions in Aberdeen, SD.  UIU Games at Northern State Cancelled

This is the 15th and 16th games of the season to be cancelled for the Peacocks and threatens to be the most significant.  Upper Iowa (12-10) is clinging to 6th place in the NSIC standings with a 1/2 game lead over Concordia and Augustana.  Northern State (1-15) is the last place team in the conference and those 2 games would have likely ended up as wins for the Peacocks giving them a bigger cushion in the standings.  While UIU’s remaining schedule is still easier than many of the other contenders, it will be interesting to see if those missed games come back to haunt them.

Northern Sun Wednesday Wrap – 4/23/09

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Yesterday was a busy day for the D2 college baseball teams in the Northern Sun Conference.  The top 8 teams in the standings all played doubleheaders against other top 8 teams and we saw some movement all across the standings.

  • St. Cloud State got an opening game win in their twinbill against conference leader Wayne State.  The Huskies went with a surprise starter in that game as their primary closer, Tim Radmacher, started and pitched a great game leading St. Cloud to a 2-1 victory.  Freshman Eric Schweiger of Wayne State started the 2nd game for the Wildcats and allowed only 2 hits in 5 innings of work to help his team to a split as WSC won 9-1.  SCSU Gains Split with Wayne State
  • Minnesota State swept Concordia by using the home run as a weapon.  The Mavericks hit 6 dingers on the way to 2 extra inning wins.  Minnesota State won the first game 5-4 in 8 innings.  They scored the game tying run in the 7th inning by getting 3 straight singles up the middle of the field and won it on a sacrifice bunt in the 8th.  The Mav’s again came from behind to tie the score in the 6th before getting a grand slam in the 8th by Travis Taran (his 2nd of the day) to win 9-4 in 8 innings.  The losses by Concordia drop them out of the top 6 in the standings.  The sweep by Minnesota State ties them with Wayne State atop the standings and sets up a monster 4 game series this weekend between the top 2 teams.  Late Leads Disappear for CU
  • It was a slugfest in Winona as Southwest Minnesota State swept Winona State 14-7 and 12-8 to pass the Warriors in the standings.  Derek Swenson led the Mustangs offense with 2 homers on the day along with 7 RBI’s.  SMSU Earns Sweep
  • Augustana and Upper Iowa split their doubleheader.  The win by the Peacocks did allow them to pass Concordia and claim 6th place in the standings.  The Augies starting pitcher, JaColby Anderson, was dominant in game 1 helping lead the team to a 9-0 win.  Game 2 was a different story as Upper Iowa held on to win 7-6.  Augies Split With Peacocks
  • Minnesota Duluth swept Minnesota Crookston by scores of 8-6 and 11-0.  Freshman Ben Jungers continues to pitch well as he held the Golden Eagles scoreless in that 2nd game.  Bulldogs Get 2nd Straight Sweep
  • Mary and Bemidji State split their doubleheader.  Mary won the first game 10-6 after scoring 5 in the 1st inning.  The Beavers came back with a 13-8 win in game 2 to even the series.  Bemidji Splits with Mary
  • Northern State got a sweep over a not so good Minnesota Morris team.  Wolves Sweep Morris

 

Huge Midweek D2 Baseball Battles Today

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Today is an interesting day in the Northern Sun Conference.  The top 8 teams are all in action against each other in doubleheaders.  The teams are battling for position to be among the top 6 teams to make the post season NSIC Tournament and with only 12 games remaining every game is critical. 

One thing to keep an eye on is pitching depth.  Most of these teams just got done with 4 games this weekend, some with Sunday/Monday series, and they play 4 more this weekend.  This is going to force many of these teams to go with their #5/6 starters in these crucial games.  These same teams turn around next Wednesday and play each other again in another doubleheader, just reversed in where they play.

Wayne State (18-1) at St. Cloud State (9-7)

The Wayne State Wildcats enter the series in first place and are ranked as high as #12 nationally in the NCBWA poll this week.  The Huskies are coming off of a disappointing series where they dropped 3 of 4 to Augustana and fell to 6th place in the standings.  St. Cloud State has played 42 games this year, all of them on the road, so this is actually their home opener.  Wayne State comes into the series on a 9 game winning streak and holds a slim 1 game lead over Minnesota State, a team they play 4 games against this coming weekend.  St. Cloud State leads the all-time series against the Wildcats (4-1) but these teams haven’t faced each other since 1999.  St. Cloud State Opens Homestand

Minnesota State (16-2) at Concordia (11-8)

Minnesota State is trying to stay within 1 game of league leader WSC in order to make it that much easier to pass them in the standings when the pair meet this weekend.  The team has been idle for a week as they were the lone team with no games this weekend.  Their schedule difficulty really picks up now with their remaining 3 series against CU, WSC and SCSU so their goal may need to be more about maintaining a top 6 NCAA regional ranking than winning the Conference.  Concordia holds down the #5 spot in the standings but 8 of their remaining games are against top 3 teams.  If they can split those games and take the series against Bemidji they should be in good position.  You can listen to these 2 games today live (starting at 2pm) here – Listen to Mavericks vs. Golden Bears

Southwest Minnesota State (9-5) at Winona State (15-5)

This series features the leagues #4 team (SMSU) against the #3 team (Winona).  Both teams are sitting in pretty good position right now to make the NSIC Tournament so the bigger issue is positioning the NCAA Regional poll for a chance to make the NCAA D2 Tournament.  Right now Winona holds the #6 spot and SMSU holds the #7 spot.  With 6 teams making the Regional these positions may be critical making this series very important in the eyes of the polls.  Winona State holds a decided advantage all time against the Mustangs as the Warriors lead 99-47.  That said, the teams split 4 games last year.  SMSU Media Release

Upper Iowa (11-9) at Augustana (10-9)

The final big mid-week series features the leagues #7 & #8 teams who are looking to move up.  Both the Peacocks and Augies are probably rooting for Wayne State and Minnesota State to sweep their series’ so they can leapfrog teams ahead of them.  That said, they have to take care of their own business first.  Upper Iowa is actually in pretty good position right now as all 14 games they have remaining are against teams below them in the standings.  They are coming off of series splits in their last 6 games against teams ahead of them in the schedule so they can definitely compete.  The fact that UIU’s schedule is easier makes these games all the more important to Augustana.  The Vikings are coming off of an impressive series against SCSU where they won 3 of 4.  Augustana Media Release

Minnesota Crookston (3-21) at Minnesota Duluth (8-12)

Minnesota Crookston has only won 3 games this year but this is a team with some built in disadvantages so the fact that they’ve won games against the likes of SCSU and SMSU this year might be considered progress.  Minnesota Duluth has won 4 of their last 5 which includes 3 of 4 last weekend against Bemidji and a game against the conference’s #2 team, Minnesota State.  They are definitely getting better pitching of late as they’ve decided to throw their freshman pitchers into the fire and they’ve responded pretty well.  One of them, Anders Engberg, was just named NSIC Pitcher of the Week.  Golden Eagles Schedule 5 This Week

Bemidji State (5-18) at Mary (4-8)

The #10 & #11 teams in the standings square off for a chance to gain some measure of momentum toward finishing the season strong.  Bemidji is coming off of losing 3 of 4 to Duluth.  Mary also lost 3 of 4 this weekend but the fact that they won a game against the league’s #3 team (Winona) was encouraging.  These teams have split their previous 6 meetings.  Bemidji Media Release

Northern State (1-15) is scheduled to play a non-conference doubleheader against Minnesota Morris today. 

NSIC Sunday D2 College Baseball Wrap – 4/20/09

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The Northern Sun Conference had a full slate of D2 college baseball games yesterday as they move past the middle of the regular season.  Here’s your recap of games that occurred on Sunday, April 19th:

  • Upper Iowa again won game 1 of a doubleheader against Southwest Minnesota State and once again lost the back half to gain no ground on the Mustangs in the standings.  In game 1, the Peacock’s starting pitcher, Lucas Wilsing, struck out 10 batters and completed his 3rd straight complete game win (6-3).  In game 2, SMSU was lead by a 4-4 effort at the plate by Andrew Kinney and a 3-3 game by Doug Stearns to win 7-5.  Mustangs – Peacocks Split Again
  • St. Cloud State came back with a win over Augustana in game 2 of their doubleheader to salvage a split and win their team record 30th game of the season.  Game 1 saw the Augie’s pitcher, Ezra Campbell, give up only 1 unearned run in 6 innings to lead the Vikings to a 3-1 victory.  In the 2nd contest, St. Cloud State’s Logan Birr remained perfect as a starter moving his record to 7-0 with a complete game 8-4 win.  The Huskies were led, once again, by Sam Radbil at the plate who was 3-4 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.  These teams are scheduled for another doubleheader today.  Huskies – Vikings Split 
  • Minnesota Duluth looks to be getting some much better pitching of late and they swept Bemidji State by scores of 13-2 and 4-0.  Starters Gary Wilfahrt, Jr. and Anders Engberg both had very good outings.  The Bulldogs took 3 of 4 over the weekend.  Bulldogs Sweep Beavers
  • Concordia had a couple tight games on Sunday against Minnesota Crookston but took them both (3-2 & 10-7) to earn a 4 game sweep over the weekend.  This will definitely move them up at least 1 spot in the standings.  Golden Bears Sweep 4
  • Winona State took care of business by sweeping Mary by lopsided scores of 7-0 and 13-7.  Tony Mueller had 5 hits in the 2 games including 2 homers.  Winona Takes 2 From Mary
  • Finally, Wayne State looked like they were taking batting practice against Northern State pitching on Sunday.  The Wildcats won 18-8 and 19-7 hitting 13 home runs in the process.  This display of power included 9 homers in game 1!  These 2 teams play another pair on Monday.  Wildcats Belt 13 HR’s in Sweep

NSIC Weekend College Baseball Update – 4/19/09

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Just a quick update to recap the 6 games played yesterday by Northern Sun’s D2 college baseball teams:

  • Southwest Minnesota State and Upper Iowa squared off in the series which had the most potential impact on post-season play.  In game 1, the Peacock’s Brian Solemsaas (4-3) pitched a complete game gem giving up just 3 hits to go with 5 strikeouts.  The 2nd game went to extra innings as UIU scored a run in the 7th to force more play.  The Mustangs scored 5 runs in the top of the 9th inning, highlighted by a Andrew Kinney 2 run homer to win 7-3.  Mustangs Salvage Split with Upper Iowa
  • 13 seemed to be the lucky number in Bemidji as the Beavers beat Duluth in game 1, 13-2.  The Bulldogs then came back in game 2 to win 13-5.  Justin Huether was the offensive star for Bemidji in game 1 as he was 4-4 with 5 RBI’s (which tied a team record).  Duluth came back in game 2 with their own offensive barrage, getting 16 hits including David Olson’s 9th homer of the season.  Bemidji State Splits with Duluth
  • Concordia swept Minnesota Crookston by scores of 6-3 and 10-4.  Same 2 teams play another doubleheader today.  Concordia’s website is down so no link.

NSIC College Baseball Weekend Preview – 4/17/09

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We are now just 20 days away from the start of the Northern Sun Conference College Baseball Tournament.  Most of the teams in the Conference have either 12 or 16 games remaining in order to stake their claim to one of the top 6 spots in order to make post-season play.

In reality there are 8 teams as the bottom 5 teams (Mary, Duluth, Bemidji, Crookston and Northern State) are not in positions to make a run.  Wayne State and Minnesota State look to be in a strong position to grab 2 of the top 6 spots but the other 6 teams are fighting it out for both the NSIC standings and NCAA Regional rankings.

This weekend features 2 series where these top 8 teams are playing each other, 3 series where a top team is playing a bottom 5 team and 1 series of bottom 5 teams.

SW MN State Upper Iowa

Southwest Minnesota State (7-3) at Upper Iowa University (9-7)

In the biggest series of the weekend, the Conference’s #4 Mustangs faces the #6 Peacocks.  SMSU has played one of the easiest schedules all season so it will be interesting to gauge how good they really are against a better team.  The Peacocks have 10 games remaining against bottom 5 teams so if they can win this series they should be in great shape to finish in the Top 6.

stcloudstate_logo augustana

St. Cloud State (8-4) at Augustana (7-8)

This series has already been pushed back a day to a Sunday/Monday series with the threat of rain (SCSU – Augie Schedule Change).  These games are critical for St. Cloud State.  They need to create space between themselves and the teams below them as their last 8 games are against the top 2 teams in the Conference (Wayne & MSU-M).  Augustana has been battling some injuries to key hitters in their lineup.  The Vikings have been a surprise team so far this year and this 7th place team faces the #5, #6 & #4 teams in the next week and a half which will determine whether they make the playoffs.

Concordia Crookston Golden Eagles

Concordia (7-8) at Minnesota Crookston (3-17)

Preview – Golden Bear – Golden Eagle Preview

This series should be Golden anyway.  Concordia has a tough schedule after this weekend so sweeping this series is critical for their chances to move up in the standings.  Of course playing tougher opponents does give them the chance to pass them if the can win each series.  The Crookston Golden Eagles have only won 3 games in the Conference but 2 of them were against SCSU and SMSU so they certainly have the ability to win a game if Concordia isn’t playing solid baseball.

Winona State U of Mary

Winona State (12-4) at Mary (3-5)

These games have been pushed to Sunday/Monday (Mary Home Opener Pushed Back).  Winona State is the superior team and these should be their easiest games remaining so they’d better have designs on winning them all.  Mary was close to winning a couple games against 2nd place team Minnesota State until the Mavericks staged late inning rallies so the Marauders can certainly take 1-2 of these.

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Wayne State (14-1) at Northern State (1-11)

This series is the 3rd to have it’s games adjusted to Sunday/Monday in order to avoid expected weather issues on Saturday (Baseball Schedule Adjusted).  Wayne State is #1 – Northern State is #13.  The biggest issue for Wayne State is how much to hold back for their Wednesday doubleheader against St. Cloud State and their huge showdown next weekend against Minnesota State.  The fact that these games were pushed back a day may impact their pitching rotation for those games.

Minnesota Duluth Bemidji State Beavers

Minnesota Duluth (5-11) at Bemidji State (4-15)

These 2 Northern Minnesota teams had great success in the past month on the ice as both teams qualified for the NCAA Division 1 college hockey tournament.  That said, neither one of them has had the type of season on the diamond that they hoped for.  The Bulldogs started the year strong and then had a brutal stretch in the middle, especially in regards to pitching issues.  Lately, they seem to have had some much better pitching performances as the coaching staff has found some freshman like Anders Engberg and Ben Jungers who have started to make strides.  Bemidji State has had some decent series like a non-conference doubleheader sweep of Minnesota State early in the season and a recent split of 4 games with Upper Iowa.  They have had one of the tougher NSIC schedules – in fact the games against Duluth will be the first time they’ve played another bottom 5 team.

Minnesota State

Minnesota State – Idle


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