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Archive for April, 2012

(Not) Catching Up

I started the 2012 college baseball season with the intention of blogging frequently, then life got in the way. Senior year of college is anything but a cake walk. The last few weeks I have been swamped with baseball,. homework, and trying to find a job for the future.

I have accepted a press officer position with the USA Baseball 18U National Team for this summer, and was a finalist for a sports media relations position in San Antonio that I eventually did not get, so I have some things going on that front, but nothing permanent yet.

As for baseball, man, it has been a roller coaster season. We have had great winning streaks, and tough losing streaks. After climbing the conference and regional rankings over the last month, we dropped six straight games this week against top-ranked competition.

While the momentum we had rolling has been squashed, as a team we are not down, we are not out. With ten games left on our schedule, we are right in the thick of the race to the postseason. If we can get things going in the right direction this weekend against Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, then we have a chance to play bonus baseball.

While I would love to update all of you on the happenings of the season so far, I don’t want to post an entire novel on here in one blog. Instead, I am going to try and write frequently over the next couple of weeks, both updating on our currents days, and sharing stories from the season.

We will see how it goes, I definitely have plenty to do with graduation two weeks away!

National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association 2012 Division II polls: April 24

National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
2012 Division II polls: April 24

ATLANTIC REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Seton Hill, Pa. (11) 37-7 119 1
2. West Chester, Pa. (1) 29-8 105 2
3. Mercyhurst, Pa. 32-12 99 3
4. Kutztown, Pa. 28-14 85 4
5. Shepherd,, W. Va. 26-15 55 5
6. Winston-Salem St., N.C. 34-17 53 9
7. Shippensburg, Pa. 25-19 46 6
8. West Virginia Wesleyan 25-13 30 10
9. East Stroudsburg, Pa. 24-17-1 22 8
10. California, Pa. 24-20 19 7
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Bloomsburg, Pa. (24-17) 13 points;
Gannon, Pa. (24-18) 6 points; Millersville, Pa. (24-20-1) 6
points; Lock Haven, Pa. (16-25-1) 2 points.

CENTRAL REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Minnesota State (8) 27-7 80 1
2. Colorado Mesa 32-10 70 T2
3. St. Cloud State, Minn. 27-10 64 T2
4. New Mexico Highlands 29-12 56 4
5. Augustana, S.D. 24-13 44 6
6. Wayne State, Neb. 23-13 39 7
7. Winona State, Minn. 22-15 29 8
8. Colorado State-Pueblo 25-17 28 5
9. Southwest Minnesota St. 21-14 16 9
10. Concordia-St. Paul, Minn. 19-15 12 10
Also receiving votes: Regis, Colo. (21-20) 2 points.

EAST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. South. New Hamp. (4) 33-9 83 1
2. Franklin Pierce, N.H. (4) 27-12-1 81 3
3. LeMoyne, N.Y. (1) 29-9-1 78 2
4. Southern Conn. State 26-12 64 5
5. St. Thomas Aquinas, N.Y. 27-13 55 6
6. UMass Lowell 23-14-1 38 7
7. Stonehill, Mass. 23-16 32 4
8. Dowling, N.Y. 24-14 27 8
9. Wilmington, Del. 25-14 23 9
10. Pace, N.Y. 23-16 9 10
Dropped out: None.

Also receiving votes: Bloomfield, N.J. (20-12) 4 points;
Bentley, Mass. (22-19) 1 point.

MIDWEST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Grand Valley St., MI (9) 30-10 90 1
2. Northern Kentucky 28-12 78 4
3. Missouri S&T 26-11 71 2
4. Wayne State, Mich. 24-13 60 5
5. Lewis, Ill. 28-13 49 7
6. Indianapolis, Ind. 28-11 48 8
7. Drury, Mo. 23-15 41 3
8. Rockhurst, Mo. 26-13 26 9
9. Ashland, Ohio 23-17 23 6
10. Southern Indiana 22-19 8 10
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Lake Erie, Ohio (21-17) 1 point.

SOUTH REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Tampa, Fla. (7) 32-8 70 1
2. North Alabama 34-12 58 3
3. Delta State, Miss. 30-11 55 4
4 Nova Southeastern, Fla. 28-8 46 2
5. Lynn, Fla. 30-11 44 5
6. West Florida 31-13 40 6
7. Florida Tech 26-19 25 7
8. Valdosta State, Ga. 23-16 19 8
9. Alabama-Huntsville 26-19 18 9
10. Florida Southern 23-18 8 RV
Dropped out: #10 Rollins.
Also receiving votes: Rollins, Fla. (23-16) 2 points.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. St. Mary’s, Texas (5) 38-8 68 1
2. Central Missouri (2) 35-7 65 2
3. Angelo State, Texas 32-14 48 3
4. St. Edward’s, Texas 29-11 45 4
5. Texas A&M-Kingsville 28-12 40 5
6. Southeastern Okla. St. 31-13 34 6
7. Missouri Western 29-13 23 T7
8. Southern Arkansas 28-14 20 T7
9. Emporia State, Kans. 24-16 18 9
10. Newman, Kans. 27-15 10 RV
Dropped out: #9 West Texas A&M
Also receiving votes: Missouri Southern (24-16), Central
Oklahoma (30-14).

SOUTHEAST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Tusculum, Tenn. (10) 43-7 108 1
2. Mount Olive, N.C. (1) 38-7 93 2
3. Armstrong Atlantic, Ga. 35-9 91 3
4. Francis Marion, S.C. 33-14 74 5
5. Catawba, N.C. 38-10 64 4
6. USC Aiken 31-16 59 6
7. Lander, S.C. 31-16 33 T9
8. Georgia College 27-18 30 7
9. Belmont Abbey, N.C. 30-19 21 T9
10. UNC Pembroke 29-18 10 8
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Young Harris, Ga. (35-10) 9 points;
Columbus State, Ga. (28-18) 9 points; Wingate, N.C. (30-23) 3
points; King, Tenn. (27-17) 1 point.

WEST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
T1. Cal Baptist (4) 36-10 64 1
T1. Western Oregon (3) 27-8 64 2
T3. UC San Diego 26-18 53 3
T3. Chico State, Calif. 29-13 53 4
5. Cal State San Bernardino 22-15 38 6
6. Dixie State, Utah 27-15 31 7
7. Cal State Stanislaus 25-17 28 8
8. Cal Poly Pomona 27-18 26 5
9. Cal State Los Angeles 22-16 18 9
T10. Hawaii Pacific 22-15 4 10
T10. Cal State Monterey Bay 25-21 4 RV
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Grand Canyon, Ariz. (24-20) 2 points.

National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Rankings

NATIONAL TOP 25
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. St, Mary’s Texas (5) 38-8 314 1
2. Tusculum, Tenn. (5) 43-7 311 3
3. Tampa, Fla. (2) 32-8 301 2
4. Central Missouri 35-7 268 4
5. Mount Olive, N.C. 38-7 264 5
T6. Minnesota State 27-7 248 T8
T6. Seton Hill, Pa. 37-7 248 T8
8. Grand Valley State, Mich. 30-10 221 11
9. North Alabama 34-12 201 12
10. Cal Baptist 36-10 191 10
11. Armstrong Atlantic, Ga. 35-9 184 15
12. Southern New Hampshire 33-9 162 6
13. Delta State, Miss. 30-11 148 22
14. Western Oregon 27-8 144 14
15. Angelo State, Texas 32-14 142 18
16. Colorado Mesa 32-10 136 21
17. West Chester, Pa. 29-8 117 17
18. Northern Kentucky 28-12 84 RV
19. St. Cloud State, Minn. 27-10 81 13
20. Nova Southeastern, Fla. 28-8 78 7
21. Franklin Pierce, N.H. 27-12-1 70 RV
22. Mercyhurst, Pa. 32-12 52 24
23. Francis Marion, S.C. 33-14 49 T25
24. Catawba, S.C. 38-10 46 19
25. St. Edwards, Texas 29-11 34 23

Dropped out: #16 Missouri S&T; #20 LeMoyne, N.Y.;
#T25 Lynn, Fla.

Also receiving votes: Lynn, Fla. (30-11) 30 points; Missouri
S&T (26-11) 23 points; LeMoyne, N.Y. (29-9-1) 22 points; UC
San Diego (26-18) 20 points; Chico State, Calif. (29-13) 10
points; Texas A&M Kingsville (28-12) 10 points; USC Aiken
(31-16) 10 points; West Florida (31-13) 10 points; New Mexico
Highlands (29-12) 4 points; Wayne State, Mich. (24-13) 2
points.

On the Bump – April 23, 2012

On the Bump with Cole Thompson

Welcome back to the “Senior Edition” of “On the Bump”. Due to rain, we only played two games this weekend. However, we also added two games onto our schedule for this next week. This week I will tell you about how our “Senior Day” went, preview our upcoming doubleheader with LSU-Shreveport, and talk about the two games we have added to our schedule.

Tuesday’s practice was short because the majority of our team was in Arkansas for a JV game. It was very productive though because the hitters in our starting lineup got a lot of swings on the field and got to work on some small things that they don’t always get the chance to practice.

Wednesday and Thursday’s practices were also light as practice mainly consisted of batting practice. Our hitters still had a sour taste in their mouth from the UT-Dallas series, so they all worked extra hard in batting practice this week and put in extra work in the batting cages.

We were supposed to play on Friday against LeTourneau, but a thunderstorm forced Friday’s game to be postponed. As a result, we played a doubleheader on Saturday. We have added a few more games as a result of the rainout, so check out the end of the blog to read about our new additions to the schedule.

The first game on Saturday did not start out as planned when LeTourneau jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the top of the third inning. LeTourneau took advantage of a few errors and suicide squeezed two runs in to take the lead. Our offense got rolling in the bottom of the third when Matt Creamer, Ryan Gasporra, Tyler Clakley, and Kyle Morton strung together four consecutive two-out hits to score three runs. However, that would be all the scoring in the game as LeTourneau won by a final score of 4-3. Lance Nugent threw well enough to win, but errors and some unlucky breaks put us on the losing side. We out-hit LeTourneau 9-5, but our mistakes haunted us. We can play at a much higher level than that, but it was disappointing to come out flat after not playing well our past two weekends as well. Matt Creamer, Ryan Gasporra, and Tyler Clakley all went two-for-four at the plate to pace our offense.

LeTourneau scored one in the top of the first to open game two, but our offense answered back with a run of our own when Jemari James walked with the bases loaded to bring home Matt Creamer. We scored again in the second inning to extend our lead to 2-1 when Craig Littleman scored on an error. Taylor Henry replaced me on the mound in the third inning and he threw great in relief. He threw six shutout innings and only allowed three hits while striking out six batters. While Henry cruised on the mound, our hitters continued to score runs. In the fourth inning, Ryan Gasporra singled home Matt Creamer, and Tyler Clakley followed that up with a two-run home run to deep right center field to make our lead 5-1. In the sixth inning, Tyler Clakley singled home Matt Creamer to add on another run. Our offense busted the game wide open in the eighth inning when we scored three runs to push our lead to 9-1. Matt Creamer scored on a ball hit to the outfield by Tyler Clakley. Clakley hit the ball to the wall, but the outfielder misplayed it so it was scored an error. Kyle Morton then knocked in Timmy Chhor with a sacrifice fly. Jeff Schaffert capped off the scoring by singling home Tyler Clakley. Trey Lavespere threw a shutout inning in the ninth, striking out two, to finish off our 9-1 victory.

We played much better in game two of the doubleheader. Our pitching, defense, and hitting was better and the final score obviously reflects that. Matt Creamer was the catalyst for our offense in game two as he went four-for-four at the plate and scored four runs. Tyler Clakley and Marc Martinez also had multi-hit games to lead our offensive attack. We also had our “Senior Day” festivities after the game. We honored Dan Lazarou, Kyle Morton, Lance Nugent, and Jeff Schaffert for their dedication and effort they have given our program. It was great to have all of their families there, especially considering that three of the four families travelled all the way to Shreveport from Michigan or Canada.

Tomorrow we play LSU-Shreveport (LSU-S) in a non-conference doubleheader. They are a great team, as reflected by their ridiculous 42-4 record. It is extremely impressive to win 42 out of 46 games at any level of baseball. They are ranked #1 nationally in the NAIA poll and will present a great challenge for our ball club. It seems like we have a tendency to play to the level of our opponents. Luckily, LSU-S is a great team so hopefully we will come out tomorrow and play a solid two games of baseball. It will be a fun game for us because some of our guys are friends with several of their players so it will add a little bit of “bragging rights” to some friendships. Both teams have a great mutual respect for each other as we have played against each other the past two falls. It will be some good baseball so if you are in the Shreveport area come out and see two great teams “go at it” on the diamond.

We have also added two more games to our schedule. We will travel to LeTourneau in Longview, Texas for two games on Thursday. Rainouts have allowed these games to be tacked onto our schedule. It will be the last game in a Centenary uniform for our seniors so I know we will try our best to send them out on a good note.

Check back next week to hear how our final four games went. I will also provide a recap of the season and a quick look forward into the future of Centenary baseball. Go Gents!

On the Bump – April 17, 2012

On the Bump with Cole Thompson

Hello everyone and welcome back to “On the Bump”. The season is slowly creeping to an end, but we are still working harder than ever. Although things did not really go our way in Dallas, we are preparing hard to finish strong in our last conference series of the year this weekend as we host LeTourneau. This week I will talk about our trip to Dallas, our athletic banquet, and talk about what our four seniors have meant to our program.

Last week, we left for Dallas around 4 PM on Thursday afternoon. We took three big vans instead of a bus. Players typically like bus rides because we get to watch movies and we have more space, but van rides are fun because we get to interact with our teammates and coaches a little bit more than we typically would on a road trip. As I stated in an earlier blog, our team chemistry is great this year and it shows on our road trips.

We battled through Dallas traffic and made it to our hotel. We ate dinner at my house in Plano, which was about ten minutes from the hotel. My family catered La Hacienda Ranch for dinner, which was some good Mexican food. I enjoyed having the team over at the house and my family enjoyed the experience and getting to know the team a little better.

The first game of the series with UT-Dallas was Friday afternoon, and we were excited to get out there and compete against the division leaders in the conference standings. The game was definitely a pitchers’ duel, as Lance Nugent threw a gem for us.

We took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Marc Martinez drove in Jeff Schaffert on a sacrifice fly. Jemari James provided a key double in the inning to move Jeff over to third base. UTD answered with a run in the bottom of the third inning, but that was the only time Nugent allowed them to put up a run on the scoreboard. In the seventh inning, with the score tied at one, Marc Martinez cranked a two-run homer to left field to give us a 3-1 lead.

That was all the help that Nugent needed, as he hurled a complete game and limited UTD to only four hits. He attacked the UTD hitters and filled up the strike zone, which is always a good recipe for success. Jeff Schaffert led the offense by going three-for-four while scoring two runs.

I started Saturday’s doubleheader and it did not start quite as well as Friday’s game, as UTD jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Two infield hits and a groundball single loaded the bases, and they proceeded to score on a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch. In the top of the third inning, UTD hit a three-run homerun to extend their lead to 5-0. In the top of the sixth, UTD took advantage of an off day from our bullpen and put up five more runs to take a 10-0 lead. We were shutout for the first time this season, and we lost by a final score of 10-0.

The game was much closer than the score indicated, as UTD busted the game open in the later innings. In reality, I wish I had two pitches to redo. I would redo my wild pitch in the first inning, and the home run pitch in the third inning. It’s crazy that two pitches can sway the outcome of a game so greatly, but that’s baseball. I gave us a chance to win, but it just wasn’t our day offensively. Our offense has bailed out our pitching and defense several times this year, so it is understandable that they had an off day. Ryan Gasporra and Marc Martinez led us at the plate as they both went two for three. I was disappointed to lose in Dallas, because it is the closest I will ever play to home in my college career. I appreciate all my friends and family that came out to watch and support our team.

The third game of the series was also a pitchers’ duel. The game was scoreless going into the fifth inning, as Nic Parrott started and pitched really well for us. We struck first in the top of the fifth inning when Jemari James drove home Jeff Schaffert with an RBI double. Unfortunately, UTD answered with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the sixth, and that was enough to defeat us as we lost by a final score of 2-1. Nic Parrott and Taylor Henry both threw really well for us, but our offense couldn’t quite get going. However, we are a TEAM and we believe in each other. I am not worried about our offense and I fully believe that they will come out swinging hot bats this next weekend.

On Monday night we had our athletic banquet at the El Dorado Hotel in downtown Shreveport. It was a great get-together as all of Centenary’s athletes and coaches assembled for a dinner and guest speaker. Mark Briggs, a local preacher, spoke to us about having a purpose and goals in our life.

Now I want to take a moment to highlight our four seniors. This weekend is Senior Day, which means that their collegiate careers are coming to an end. I think a few of the guys may have an opportunity to play baseball after college, but only time will tell. I will talk about Lance Nugent, Dan Lazarou, Kyle Morton, and Jeff Schaffert and discuss how they have been valuable to our team over the last few years.

Lance Nugent is a senior pitcher from Colfax, Louisiana. This is Lance’s first year to play at Centenary, as he has also played at Frank Phillips Junior College, Bossier Parrish Community College, and LSU-Shreveport. Lance has brought leadership to our pitching staff and he has showed our younger pitchers how to go out there and compete. Lance is also one of the best “flips” players on the pitching staff. “Flips” is a game that we play when we have downtime at the field. Lance has made the most of his senior year at Centenary, as he carries a 7-1 record into the final five games of the season.

Dan Lazarou is a senior outfielder from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Dan was part of the same recruiting class as myself (class of 2009), but he entered as a junior college transfer. Unfortunately, Dan had to redshirt his first year at Centenary because a few of his credits did not transfer over like the school originally thought they would. Dan pitched and played outfield for us as a junior last season, and he has played centerfield his whole senior season. Dan is a leader in the outfield and he has done a great job of mentoring some of our younger players. Dan is a great teammate and he understands that we must work as a team in order to win. Even though it is his last season to play college baseball, I always see him putting in extra work in the batting cages and on the field. He understands that it is never too late to get better, and he works to improve his game each day.

Kyle Morton is a senior first baseman from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. “Morty” has started at first base for us the past two seasons after transferring to Centenary from Bossier Parrish Community College. Morty has been a mainstay in the middle of our lineup and he has had a great senior season. He is flirting with a batting average of .400, so come support him these last five home games as he attempts to reach a sacred number in baseball. He also leads the team with eight homeruns. Kyle is a leader on this team and our younger guys look to him when they need help or have questions. He is a great competitor and we will miss him greatly next season.

Jeff Schaffert is a senior catcher from Midland, Michigan. Jeff has caught the better part of the last four years for Centenary, and he is the undisputed team leader. On and off the field, he is looked up to as a captain and a decision maker. I am very glad that Jeff stayed at Centenary for the duration of his career because many players that he played with transferred out when the school announced they would drop to Division III. Jeff lived with me the summer after my freshman year as we both played on a summer league team in the Dallas area together. Jeff’s leadership and experience will be greatly missed and I know when it is all said and done, he will have left everything on the field after his four and a half years at Centenary. He is also an outstanding student in the classroom.

Be sure to come out to our series with LeTourneau this weekend and stick around after the games on Saturday to honor these four seniors. I know that we will come out motivated and ready to play against LeTourneau. Until next week, Go Gents!

National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association 2012 Division II polls: April 17

ATLANTIC REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Seton Hill, Pa. (10) 32-7 129 2
2. West Chester, Pa. (1) 26-6 115 1
3. Mercyhurst, Pa. 28-11 107 3
4. Kutztown, Pa. 24-12 81 4
5. Shepherd, W. Va. 25-13 70 7
6. Shippensburg, Pa. 23-16 54 6
7. California, Pa. 22-16 45 5
8. East Stroudsburg, Pa. 23-15 40 T10
9. Winston-Salem St., N.C. 31-17 34 8
10. West Virginia Wesleyan 23-13 16 RV
Dropped out: #9 Gannon, Pa.; #T10 Bloomsburg, Pa.
Also receiving votes: Bloomsburg, Pa. (22-16) 11 points;
Slippery Rock, Pa. (20-19-1) 8 points; Lock Haven, Pa.
(15-22-1) 6 points; Millersville, Pa. (22-19) 6 points.

CENTRAL REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Minnesota State (7) 24-6 79 T1
T2. St. Cloud State, Minn. (1) 24-9 68 T1
T2. Colorado Mesa 28-10 68 3
4. New Mexico Highlands 27-10 55 5
5. Colorado State-Pueblo 23-15 46 4
6. Augustana, S.D. 20-11 37 8
7. Wayne State, Neb. 20-12 31 6
8. Winona State, Minn. 18-13 20 RV
9. Southwest Minnesota St. 19-12 18 7
10. Concordia, Minn. 18-12 14 9
Dropped out: #10 Regis.
Also receiving votes: Regis, Colo. (19-17) 4 points.

EAST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Southern New Hamp. (9) 32-5 90 1
2. LeMoyne, N.Y. 27-8-1 81 2
3. Franklin Pierce, N.H. 23-12-1 68 3
4. Stonehill, Mass. 23-12 62 4
5. Southern Conn. State 23-11 59 5
6. St. Thomas Aquinas, N.Y. 24-12 47 6
7. UMass Lowell 19-13-1 29 7
8. Dowling, N.Y. 22-13 27 9
9. Wilmington, Del. 22-13 20 10
10. Pace, N.Y. 20-14 7 RV
Dropped out: #8 New Haven, Conn.
Also receiving votes: Bloomfield, N.J. (18-11) 5 points.

MIDWEST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Grand Valley St., MI (4) 26-10 85 2
2. Missouri S&T (5) 22-7 84 1
3. Drury, Mo. 22-10 68 T4
4. Northern Kentucky 24-10 59 T4
5. Wayne State, Mich. 20-11 53 3
6. Ashland, Ohio 22-12 45 7
7. Lewis, Ill. 23-12 39 6
8. Indianapolis, Ind. 22-10 26 9
9. Rockhurst, Mo. 19-12 21 8
10. Southern Indiana 18-16 10 10
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: None.

SOUTH REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Tampa, Fla. (8) 30-7 80 1
2 Nova Southeastern, Fla. 27-6 68 3
3 North Alabama 31-11 61 4
4 Delta State, Miss. 26-11 59 2
5 Lynn, Fla. 27-11 48 5
6 West Florida 28-13 42 7
7 Florida Tech 24-17 25 8
8 Valdosta State, Ga. 21-14 24 6
9 Alabama-Huntsville 24-19 18 10
10 Rollins, Fla. 22-14 8 9
Dropped Out: None.
Also receiving votes: Florida Southern (21-17) 4 points;
Benedict, S.C. (20-13) 2 points; Barry, Fla. (17-19) 1 point.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. St. Mary’s, Texas (8) 35-7 80 1
2. Central Missouri 31-7 67 2
3. Angelo State, Texas 29-13 53 3
4. St. Edward’s, Texas 27-9 45 T5
5. Texas A&M-Kingsville 24-11 40 4
6. Southeastern Okla. St. 29-12 33 8
T7. Southern Arkansas 26-12 31 9
T7. Missouri Western 27-11 30 10
9. West Texas A&M 26-12 30 7
10. Emporia State, Kans. 21-15 13 T5
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Newman (23-14), Central Oklahoma
(27-13), Missouri Southern (24-16).

SOUTHEAST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Tusculum, Tenn. (6) 39-7 105 1
2. Mount Olive, N.C. (4) 34-7 94 2
3. Armstrong Atlantic, Ga. 31-9 87 5
4. Catawba, N.C. 36-10 82 4
5. Francis Marion, S.C. 30-13 65 7
6. USC Aiken 28-14 54 3
7. Georgia College 25-16 37 8
8. UNC Pembroke 28-15 25 10
T9. Belmont Abbey, N.C. 29-16 23 9
T9. Lander, S.C. 28-15 23 6
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Columbus State, Ga. (27-16) 5 points;
Young Harris, Ga. (32-10) 4 points.

WEST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Cal Baptist (4) 34-8 57 1
2. Western Oregon (1) 27-8 54 2
3. UC San Diego (1) 23-15 47 4
4. Chico State, Calif. 26-12 46 3
5. Cal Poly Pomona 25-14 35 T6
6. Cal State San Bernardino 20-12 26 T6
7. Dixie State, Utah 23-11 25 5
8. Cal State Stanislaus 21-17 15 9
9. Cal State Los Angeles 19-15 12 NR
10. Hawaii Pacific 22-15 7 10
Dropped out: #8 Sonoma State (18-18).
Also receiving votes: Northwest Nazarene, Idaho (19-16)
3 points; Cal State Monterey Bay (22-20) 2 points; Sonoma
State, Calif. (18-18) 1 point.

National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II NATIONAL TOP 25

April 17

Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. St. Mary’s, Texas (9) 35-7 319 2
2. Tampa, Fla. (4) 30-7 312 1
3. Tusculum, Tenn. 39-7 300 3
4. Central Missouri 31-7 252 6
5. Mount Olive, N.C. 34-7 247 4
6. Southern New Hampshire 32-5 236 7
7. Nova Southeastern, Fla. 27-6 228 14
T8. Minnesota State 24-6 225 11
T8. Seton Hill, Pa. 32-7 225 16
10. Cal Baptist 34-8 214 10
11. Grand Valley State, Mich. 26-10 179 20
12. North Alabama 31-11 153 19
13. St. Cloud State, Minn. 24-9 146 8
14. Western Oregon 27-8 145 15
15. Armstrong Atlantic, Ga. 31-9 126 RV
16. Missouri S&T 22-7 123 12
17. West Chester, Pa. 26-6 109 5
18. Angelo State, Texas 29-13 108 13
192. Catawba, N.C. 36-10 91 24
20. LeMoyne, N.Y. 27-8-1 90 17
21. Colorado Mesa 28-10 87 21
22. Delta State, Miss. 26-11 80 9
23. St. Edward’s, Texas 27-9 45 RV
24. Mercyhurst, Pa. 28-11 37 23
T25. Francis Marion, S.C. 30-13 36 NR
T25. Lynn, Fla. 27-11 36 25
Dropped out: #18 USC Aiken, #22 Chico State, Calif.
Also receiving votes: UC San Diego (23-15) 24 points;
Drury, Mo. (22-10) 10 points; Texas A&M Kingsville (24-11)
8 points; USC Aiken (28-14) 8 points; Franklin Pierce, N.H.
(23-12-1) 7 points; West Florida (28-13) 6 points; Chico State,
Calif. (26-12) 5 points; Northern Kentucky (24-10) 4 points;
Wayne State, Mich. (20-11) 2 points; New Mexico Highlands
(27-10) 1 point.

2012 Division I Baseball Attendance Report #9 — 4/16/12

By Average (min. 1,200)
School Avg. Total #
1. LSU 10,541 295,170 28
2. Arkansas 7,934 190,421 24
3. South Carolina 7,449 186,229 25
4. Ole Miss 7,268 159,907 22
5. Texas 6,119 85,671 14
6. Mississippi State 5,984 131,666 22
7. Florida State 4,701 94,022 20
8. Clemson 4,504 108,106 24
9. TCU 4,173 83,460 20
Texas A&M 4,173 125,214 30
11. Florida 3,949 82,933 21
12. Alabama 3,574 67,912 19
13. Southern Miss 3,483 73,160 21
14. Rice 3,313 66,271 20
15. Nebraska 3,240 68,054 21
16. Hawaii 3,212 93,166 29
17. Virginia 3,141 81,683 26
18. Texas Tech 2,872 71,804 25
19. Auburn 2,843 59,716 21
20. East Carolina 2,763 58,025 21
21. Tulane 2,756 66,167 24
22. Wichita State 2,735 60,179 22
23. Baylor 2,730 60,060 22
24. Miami, Fla. 2,694 64,672 24
25. Creighton 2,580 36,130 14
26. Vanderbilt 2,344 58,611 25
27. Arizona 2,226 57,889 26
28. Louisiana-Lafayette 2,112 40,141 19
29. Arizona State 2,084 43,779 21
30. Georgia 2,034 54,943 27
31. Stanford 1,972 37,471 19
32. Tennessee 1,937 48,448 25
33. Kentucky 1,687 40,488 24
34. Fresno State 1,674 38,505 23
35. Cal State Fullerton 1,650 33,012 20
36. Louisiana-Monroe 1,638 31,127 19
37. New Mexico 1,610 32,213 20
38. Georgia Tech 1,533 30,663 20
39. Oregon 1,440 21,614 15
40. UCF 1,421 38,389 27
41. South Alabama 1,409 19,728 14
42. Texas State 1,396 22,336 16
43. Oregon State 1,379 19,317 14
44. Georgia Southern 1,363 27,278 20
45. Troy 1,214 20,652 17
46. Long Beach State 1,207 18,106 15

A tale of two seasons ….

Hello All!

On March 21st, our program lost two very tough games to NAIA’s #9 ranked Point Park Pioneers. Our young men were down, and understandably so with the recent fortunes. I tried to explain to all them that our season was a marathon, not a sprint. Fast forward 2 1/2 weeks we have now set a school record after winning 14 ina row! One of the most memorable wins came last week when Sophomore Sam Weightman hit 2-run walk-off HR vs Clark State! Check out the link below!

Sam Weightman’s Walk-Off

This Sunday we host PSU-Hazleton is a PSUAC match-up that will have playoff implications. More importantly we are holding an event to raise cancer awareness. Our program will be wearing pink jerseys, wristbands, and shoelaces. The Cure Baseball and many differnt members of campus will be attending for this great cause ! Here is the release:

The baseball and softball programs and the Collegian will be joining the fight against cancer alongside The Cure Baseball.A rare form of leukemia has tragically taken away the life of Muzammil“Muz” Mehkri, a student at Penn State Greater Allegheny who was studying nuclear engineering. His unexpected passing has made many of his friends and students want to raise cancer awareness using fundraising events.

 Alex Pulaka of The Cure Baseball has agreed to help Penn State Greater Allegheny with a fundraising event that will take place April 15th, 2012.The Cure Baseball is a “nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial, emotional and moral support to people and families affected by cancer through a traveling summer collegiate baseball team, support group programs, a scholarship fund and donations to prestigious cancer research groups.”
The baseball and softball programs of Penn State Greater Allegheny will play against Penn State Hazleton at 12 pm and 2 pm at Woodland Hills High School on Sunday, April 15th, 2012. Players for Penn State Greater Allegheny will be wearing pink jerseys in honor of those with cancer or those who have had their lives taken away from cancer. They also will be sporting The Cure Baseball logo and also “Muz” will be placed on their jersey. The day also serves as Senior Day for the baseball team. All proceeds from the event will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
For more information about the event, please contact Jim Chester, Director of Athletics and Head Baseball Coach, at jjc32@psu.edu and 412-675-9460, or Enrollment Management Officer and Head Softball Coach, Amanda Maksin at alm452@psu.edu and 412-675-9017.

National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association 2012 Division II polls: April 10

ATLANTIC REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. West Chester, Pa. (7) 25-3 115 1
2. Seton Hill, Pa. (4) 27-7 112 2
3. Mercyhurst, Pa. 25-9 96 3
4. Kutztown, Pa. 21-9 78 4
5. California, Pa. 21-13 72 5
6. Shippensburg, Pa. 23-15 61 6
7. Shepherd, W. Va. 22-11 47 9
8. Winston-Salem St., N.C. 27-16 34 8
9. Gannon, Pa. 20-14 12 10
T10. East Stroudsburg, Pa. 19-14 9 7
T10. Bloomsburg, Pa. 19-15 9 RV
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: West Virginia Wesleyan (19-12) 6 points;
Slippery Rock, Pa. (18-17-1) 4 points; Millersville, Pa. (19-16)
1 point.

CENTRAL REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
T1. St. Cloud State, Minn. (4) 22-7 75 1
T1. Minnesota State (4) 21-5 75 2
3. Colorado Mesa 25-9 66 3
4. Colorado State-Pueblo 22-12 54 5
5. New Mexico Highlands 23-10 47 4
6. Wayne State, Neb. 18-10 36 8
7. Southwest Minn. State 16-9 29 6
8. Augustana, S.D. 15-10 26 7
9. Concordia, Minn. 16-10 22 9
10 Regis, Colo. 16-16 6 NR
Dropped out: #10 Bemidji State, Minn.
Also receiving votes: Winona State, Minn. (12-13) 4 points.

EAST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Southern New Hamp. (9) 28-4 90 1
2. LeMoyne, N.Y. 23-6-1 81 2
3. Franklin Pierce, N.H. 21-10-1 63 6
4. Stonehill, Mass. 20-9 60 4
5. Southern Connecticut St. 19-10 59 3
6. St. Thomas Aquinas, N.Y. 22-10 51 5
7. UMass Lowell 17-11-1 36 7
8. New Haven, Conn. 14-9-1 19 8
9. Dowling, N.Y. 17-12 16 9
10. Wilmington, Del. 18-12 8 RV
Dropped out: #10 Bloomfield, N.J.
Also receiving votes: Bloomfield, N.J. (16-11) 7 points; Pace,
N.Y. (16-13) 5 points.

MIDWEST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Missouri S&T (6) 22–7 83 1
2. Grand Valley St., Mich (2) 18-10 72 2
3. Wayne State, Mich. (1) 19–8 70 3
4. Drury, Mo. 21–9 63 4
5. Northern Kentucky 23–9 63 6
6. Lewis, Mo. 20–10 43 5
7. Ashland, Ohio 17–11 35 9
8. Rockhurst, Mo. 18–12 18 10
9. Indianapolis, Ind. 19-9 15 RV
10. Southern Indiana 15–16 11 7
Dropped out: #8 Northwood, Mich.
Also receiving votes: Northwood, Mich. (14–11) 7 points;
Bellarmine, Ky. (18-11) 5 points.

SOUTH REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Tampa, Fla. (6) 28-6 69 1
2. Delta State, Miss. 23-9 61 3
3. Nova S’eastern, Fla. (1) 23-6 55 4
4. North Alabama 27-11 44 2
5. Lynn, Fla. 24-11 43 6
6. Valdosta State, Ga. 19-12 33 8
7. West Florida 24-12 31 5
8. Florida Tech 22-15 12 7
9. Rollins, Fla. 21-11 11 9
10. Alabama-Huntsville 22-18 8 RV
Dropped out: #9 Saint Leo.
Also receiving votes: Florida Southern (20-14) 7 points; Barry,
Fla. (15-15) 5 points; West Alabama (19-16) 3 points; Saint
Leo, Fla. (19-15) 1 point; West Georgia (18-16) 1 point.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. St. Mary’s, Texas (7) 31-7 79 1
2. Central Missouri (1) 27-5 66 2
3. Angelo State, Texas 27-10 60 3
4. Texas A&M-Kingsville 22-9 44 T5
T5. Emporia State, Kans. 20-10 35 4
T5. St. Edward’s, Texas 21-9 35 T5
7. West Texas A&M 24-10 32 7
8. Southeastern Okla. St. 25-11 30 8
9. Southern Arkansas 22-11 25 10
10. Missouri Western 21-11 10 9
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Newman, Kans. (21-13); Central
Oklahoma (21-13), Abilene Christian, Texas (27-10);
Henderson State, Ark. (20-15).

SOUTHEAST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Tusculum, Tenn. (6) 34-6 76 1
2. Mount Olive, N.C. (2) 32-6 68 T2
3. USC Aiken 26-12 58 4
4. Catawba, N.C. 31-10 57 T2
5. Armstrong Atlantic, Ga. 27-9 53 7
6. Lander, S.C. 27-12 39 5
7. Francis Marion, S.C. 26-13 25 6
8. Georgia College 22-15 20 10
9. Belmont Abbey, N.C. 25-15 19 9
10. UNC Pembroke 27-13 15 RV
Dropped out: #8 Columbus State, Ga.
Also receiving votes: Young Harris, Ga. (28-9) 4 points;
Columbus State, Ga. (24-15) 4 points; Wingate, N.C. (26-19)
3 points; Montevallo, Ala. (20-18) 2 points; North Greenville,
S.C. ( 25-16) 1 point.

WEST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Cal Baptist (4) 31-7 57 2
2. Western Oregon (2) 24-7 56 3
3. Chico State, Calif. 26-12 44 1
4. UC San Diego 21-15 37 7
5. Dixie State, Utah 21-9 36 5
T6. Cal Poly Pomona 22-13 29 6
T6. Cal State San Bernardino 17-12 29 7
8. Sonoma State, Calif. 18-14 24 4
9. Cal State Stanislaus 19-14 11 9
10. Hawaii Pacific 20-13 4 10
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Grand Canyon, Ariz. (19-16) 2 points;
Northwest Nazarene, Idaho (18-13) 1 point.

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