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2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series Preview

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The 2010 NCAA D2 College World Series kicks off on Saturday May 22nd in Cary, NC.  Eight teams will compete in a double elimination format tournament with a final Championship Game scheduled for Saturday May 29th.  The interactive bracket above will be updated here – NCAA Interactive Bracket

You can also watch many of the games live online by going to the bracket (via the link above) clicking on a game, and then clicking on the little camera icon.

Rankings

College Baseball News has released their updated rankings heading into the College World Series –

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Bracket 1 is made up of the top 4 ranked teams while Bracket 2 contains teams ranked #6,9,11 and 13.  The winner of Bracket 1 will have a grueling road to the Championship Game and should be favored to win it but anything can happen in a 1 game, winner take all format.  NCAA Division 1 baseball uses a similar double elimination bracket structure but then pits the final 2 teams in a best of 3 series which seems like a little better system to identify the best team.

Following The Tournament

Mount Olive is the host institution for the D2 College World Series and therefore their website is hosting all of the material to follow along.  At their site you can find –

  • Links to each team including how they got there, history at the Tournament and links back to their school websites
  • Brackets
  • Live Stats
  • Information about attending the event and visitor information

College World Series Main Information Site

Minnesota State Update

The Minnesota State Mavericks will be representing the Northern Sun Conference and have been a team we’ve been covering all season.  They’ve been on quite a roll

As well as they’ve done, the main storyline for their potential success might very well be around their pitching.  While they won the Central Region Tournament, they did so with strong hitting.  They actually won 3 of 4 games while giving up 39 runs in those last 4 games to advance.  Most importantly, their star pitcher all year, Blake Schwartz, has suddenly become very hittable.  Schwartz won every Central Region & NSIC award as Pitcher of the Year during the regular season with a 10-1 record and a 2.69 ERA.  During his 2 postseason appearances he’s 0-1 with a 12.60 ERA. 

The athletic department will be updating a Mavericks College World Series Blog several times a day – Maverick CWS Blog

You can find their Postseason Media Guide here -  Postseason Media Guide

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Minnesota State Wins NCAA Division 2 Central Region Tourney

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Minnesota State lost their first chance to clinch a spot in the 2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series when they lost to St. Cloud State by a score of 16-6.  They came back with a vengeance in the final game, beating the Huskies 20-6 and advance to be among D2’s final 8 teams in Cary, NC.  This will be their 5th time at the Championship Tournament as they also advanced there in 1971, 1979, 1980 (3rd place) & 1986.

Season To Remember

With this win, the Mavericks have run the table so far on the 2010 season and won every important title –

They will enter the D2 College World Series as decided underdogs to the power programs from the South and West but the 19th ranked team will try to make it a clean sweep and they do have by far the easiest bracket to get to the final.

Central Region All-Tournament Team

Minnesota State and St. Cloud State were well represented on the Central Region All-Tournament Team picking up 9 of the 11 spots.

Catcher: PHILLIP RODRIGUEZ NMHU
First Base: JOEY BENKE * SCSU
Second Base: TRAVIS CARIVEAU SCSU
Third Base: KOSUKE HATTORI* MSU
Shortstop: STEVE RINDELAUB SCSU
Outfield: JORDAN SMITH* SCSU
Outfield: BEN KINCAID MSU
Outfield: DANNY MILLER MSU
Designated Hitter: BRAD MORGAN NMHU
Pitcher: BRETT MITCHELL MSU
Pitcher: DAVID DEMINSKY SCSU
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: DANNY MILLER MSU

NCAA D2 College World Series Bracket

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7 of the 8 teams advancing to the NCAA Division 2 College World Series have been identified as Tampa won the South Region.  The South Central will be decided today with undefeated Central Missouri facing off against 1 loss Abilene Christian.

As you can see, Bracket 1 is decidedly harder than Bracket 2.  Assuming Central Missouri advances, that bracket will have the #1 ranked team in UC-San Diego, #2 Tampa & #3 Central Missouri in addition to #9 Georgia College.

Bracket 2 contains #12 Kutztown, #12 Southern Indiana, #19 Minnesota State and #22 Franklin Pierce. 

The teams in Bracket 1 will be cursing their bad draw this year and whichever team makes it out of that Bracket should be the favorite to win the Championship Game but you never know in a 1 game, winner take all format.

Day 4 NCAA D2 Regionals – Minnesota State vs. St. Cloud State

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The Northern Sun Conference will have a team represented at the 2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series this year as Minnesota State will face off against St. Cloud State in the Central Region Championship Game.  The Mavericks hold the advantage as they are undefeated and just need to win once while the St. Cloud State Huskies must win 2 straight games.  In addition, St. Cloud had to play an extra game to get to this spot so they have used up more pitching.

The 2 teams played yesterday morning in the winners bracket and the Mavericks pulled out a 11-10 victory by scoring 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning.  All of their offense came with 2 outs.  Mavericks Score 4 in Ninth

The Huskies came back late yesterday with a 12-8 win over the Regions top ranked team, New Mexico Highlands.  St. Cloud’s Joey Benke and Jordan Smith, the #3 & 4 hitters, continue to destroy all pitching.  For the Tournament Benke is 10-17 with 10 runs scored & 5 RBI’s.  Smith is 12-18 with 5 runs scored and 8 RBI’s including 4 doubles, a triple and a homer. Huskies To Play on Sunday

Around The NCAA Regionals

The other NCAA Regional Tournaments are also narrowing to the final teams:

Atlantic – #2 Seed, West Chester, is undefeated and #1 seed Kutztown must beat them twice in the Championship Game.

East – #1 Seed, Southern Connecticut State is in the Championship Game and will face a 1 loss Franklin Pierce, the #2 seed.

Midwest – Yet another 1/2 matchup in the final as #2 Grand Valley State came through the winners bracket and #1 Southern Indiana must beat them twice.

South – Nationally ranked #2, Tampa, beat Southern Arkansas in the winners bracket and advances to the Championship Game.  This Regional won’t be final until Monday as the 8 team format adds a day.  The Rollins/Florida Southern winner will face Southern Arkansas to make it back to face Tampa on Monday.

Southeast – #3 seed, Georgia College, advances without a loss to the Championship Game and will play the Regionals #1 seed, Francis Marion. 

South Central – The first weather issues impacted a Regional where all of Saturday’s games were washed out and will be played today.

West – In this 4 team Regional, UC – San Diego, the nations #1 ranked team, has qualified for the Division 2 College World Series for the 2nd straight year.

Day 3 – 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Regional Tournaments

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The 2010 Division 2 NCAA Regional Baseball Tournaments are about halfway done and the weather continues to hold up in all 8 locations.  The Northern Sun Conference is in a great position to send one of its teams to the NCAA D2 College World Series.  Here’s your recap of where each of the Regions stands with 2 days to go –

Central

Minnesota State and St. Cloud State are both undefeated and meet this morning to go to the championship game.  The winner will be in the drivers seat to make it to Cary, NC.  The Mavericks will likely be starting Daktronics/Rawlings, Central Region Pitcher of the Year, Blake Schwartz.  That said, St. Cloud just faced him in the NSIC Playoffs and put up 8 runs.  Winona State and Nebraska Kearney have been eliminated.

Atlantic

#2 Seed, West Chester, remains the only undefeated team left in the bracket as only #5 Mansfield has been eliminated so far.

East

#1 Southern Connecticut State and #2 Franklin Pierce are both undefeated and face off against each other while Stone Hill and CW Post try and make it back through the losers bracket.

Midwest

Another bracket where #1 (Southern Indiana) will face #2 (Grand Valley State) in the winners bracket with Northern Kentucky and Indianapolis facing off in the elimination round.

South

Yet another bracket holding to form as #1 Southern Arkansas battles #2 Tampa as the only 2 undefeated teams left.  Only Albany State and West Florida have been ousted and 4 other teams will fight through the 1 loss side of the bracket.

Southeast

Georgia College is the only school with no losses as 5 teams remain in contention in the Southeast.  Catawba was the first school to qualify for the D2 Regional Tournament and one of the first eliminated.

South Central

#1 seed Central Missouri faces off against #4 Incarnate Word to go to the championship game.  Last year’s NCAA D2 National Runner-up, Emporia State, was eliminated by Central Missouri.

West

UC-San Diego, the #1 team in the country, is already in the championship game in this 4 team bracket.  The winner of the Cal State – Dominguez Hills vs. Hawaii Pacific game will need to beat them twice.  Cal State – Chico is out of the Tournament.

Day 2 – 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Regionals

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The first day of the 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Regional Tournaments is in the books and fortunately, there were no weather issues.  For links to all of the Regions go to our preview post – 2010 NCAA D2 Baseball Regionals

Central

The Northern Sun Conference teams went 2-1 yesterday as conference champion, Minnesota State, beat Nebraska Kearney 6-1 and 6th seeded St. Cloud State manhandled the Tourney’s #1 seed and tournament host, New Mexico Highlands by a score of 11-2.  David Deminsky pitched 8 strong innings and NSIC Freshman of the Year, Jordan Smith, went 4-5 with 4 RBI’s to pace the offense.  Mesa State did upend Winona State 12-8.  The pivotal spot in the game came in the bottom of the 6th inning with Winona holding onto a 5-3 lead.  Warriors pitcher Tony Mueller hit a batter to load the bases and Daktronics Central Region 2nd Team catcher, Brett Nigbur, hit a 2 out grand slam to turn the score around.

Other Regions

In addition to New Mexico Highlands, #1 seeds Kutztown (Atlantic) and Francis Marion (Southeast) also lost.  The powerful South Region held to form with the top 4 teams all winning as did the West with #1 ranked UC San Diego easily beating Hawaii Pacific 12-0.

Eliminations start today.

2010 Rawlings/Coaches Central Region Gold Glove Teams

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The 2010 Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove Teams were announced today.  They named First and Second Teams for the Central Region.  The Northern Sun Conference got 6 of the 9 First Team members including Blake Schwartz who was earlier named Daktronics Central Region Pitcher of the Year.  He was joined by teammates Matt Odegaard (1B) and Danny Miller (OF).  Wayne State’s John Plasha Jr. (C), Augustana’s Deryk Marks (3B) and NSIC Freshman of the Year from St. Cloud State, Jordan Smith (OF) were also named to the First Team.

Only a pair of NSIC players made the 2nd Team – Tyler Erickson (SS) and Will Dahlgren (OF) both of Minnesota Duluth.

The Rawlings/ABCA Central Region First and Second Team was also announced yesterday and can be found here – Rawlings/ABCA 2010 Central Region Awards

2010 Daktronics NCAA Division 2 All Central Region Team Announced

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The Daktronics NCAA Division 2 All Central Region Teams were announced today.  The honors are spread across the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference which make up the Central Region.

Overall, the Northern Sun did quite well with the Central Region Pitcher of the Year (Blake Schwartz), 7 of the 10 First Team fielders and 4 of the 5 First Team pitchers.  Minnesota State showed particular strength taking 3 of the 5 First Team pitching honors.

The Northern Sun continued getting more than its share of spots with 7 of the 10 Second Team fielding positions and all 5 of the Second Team pitching awards.

The Daktronics All-Central Region team was voted upon by sports information directors throughout the Central Region. Each of the 15 first-team all-region selections will now be listed on the Daktronics Division II Baseball All-American ballot, with the announcement of those All-American teams expected Friday, May 22.


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