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National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association 2012 Division II Top 25: April 10

NATIONAL TOP 25
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Tampa, Fla. (6) 28-6 341 2
2. St. Mary’s, Texas (7) 31-7 340 1
3. Tusculum, Tenn. (1) 34-6 321 3
4. Mount Olive, N.C. 32-6 266 11
5. West Chester, Pa. 25-3 262 5
6. Central Missouri 27-5 255 9
7. Southern New Hampshire 28-4 247 4
8. St. Cloud State, Minn. 22-7 235 7
9. Delta State, Miss. 23-9 229 15
10. Cal Baptist 31-7 228 13
11. Minnesota State 21-5 219 16
12. Missouri S&T 22-7 198 10
13. Angelo State, Texas 27-10 181 14
14. Nova Southeastern, Fla. 23-6 170 20
15. Western Oregon 24-7 160 22
16. Seton Hill, Pa. 27-7 131 17
17. LeMoyne, N.Y. 23-6-1 100 18
18. USC Aiken 26-12 86 19
19. North Alabama 27-11 85 8
20. Grand Valley State, Mich. 18-10 82 21
21. Colorado Mesa 25-9 73 RV
22. Chico State, Calif. 26-12 64 6
23. Mercyhurst, Pa. 25-9 63 23
24. Catawba, N.C. 31-10 54 12
25. Lynn, Fla. 24-11 40 RV
Dropped out: #24 Emporia State, Kans.; #25 West Florida.
Also receiving votes: Texas A&M Kingsville (22-9) 28 points;
Armstrong Atlantic, Ga. (27-9) 24 points; Wayne State, Mich.
(19-8) 20 points; UC San Diego (21-15) 13 points; Kutztown,
Pa. (21-9) 8 points; Emporia State, Kans. (20-10) 7 points;
Valdosta State, Ga. (19-12) 7 points; Drury, Mo. (21-9) 6
points; West Florida (24-12) 6 points; Franklin Pierce, N.H.
(21-10-1) 5 points; St. Edward’s, Texas (21-9) 1 point.

The Stretch Run

Week Seven and Eight Blog
CB Lineup

Millersville University

So, here we are… the stretch run. We have two conference series left: one against West Chester and one against East Stroudsburg. Our conference, different than most in NCAA Division II, plays four games series on Fridays and Saturdays. Each team gets to host a double header on one of the days. Currently, we are a game out of playoff contention with a 7-9 conference record and 19-16 overall record. After losing 6 straight conference games, we have won 5 of 6 and seem to be finally turning the corner. The meat of our lineup is starting to swing the bat well, while redshirt freshmen Tyler McDonald and Kurt Seiders have done an excellent job breaking into the lineup and winning jobs at third base and left field.

Besides finally figuring out a lineup that has worked consistently well over the last 10 games, I fully credit our team loosening up and having fun again for our current success. As of late, I have been studying the career and philosophies of Auggie Garrido. If you are reading this, you probably know that Coach Garrido is the current coach at the University of Texas and former coach at Cal State Fullerton. His record speaks for itself. While studying Coach Garrido, I came across one his philosophies that fit our club perfectly. Coach Garrido said that players need to trust themselves and play the game instead of trying to win the game. We focus daily in practice and in our off the field lives to focus on the process but we, as a team have focused so much on the process of winning, we lost trust in ourselves to play the game. After all, baseball is a game and games are meant to be played. This may seem very simple, but when we simplify things, the game begins to slow down, enabling players to excel.

Our players have had fun the past six conference games. Spectators have told me that our club is finally competing. Maybe so, but our player’s raised level of competition is because they are playing the game and having fun doing it. Going from a pre-season number five national ranking to an unranked 19-16 team is not what we had planned this year, but we still have a shot at making the post-season and making a run. Whatever happens the next 15 games will determine our fate. But, no matter what the result is when we reach the 50 game finale, my hope for our club is that they play the game with every thing they have on every pitch. When the last pitch is thrown this season, I want our guys to walk away without regrets, knowing that the left it all on the field.

Thanks for reading,

Jon Shehan
Millersville University

On the Bump – April 10, 2012

On the Bump with Cole Thompson

Happy Easter Gents’ fans and welcome back to the thirteenth edition of “On the Bump” this season. It was a pretty exciting week as we welcomed nationally ranked UT-Tyler to Shreveport for a three game series. Although the series did not go how we had hoped, we still learned a lot.

Once again, rainstorms altered our practice schedule for the week. It has rained more than usual in Shreveport this spring, but luckily we have only had one game rained out so far. During our short week of practice we mainly practiced under a “live batting practice” format. Basically, it was a scrimmage but with no base runners. By doing this, our pitchers were able to get good work in by facing live hitters, and at the same time our hitters got better by facing live pitching.

Friday’s game started out on a tough note as UT-Tyler struck first to take a 1-0 lead. Our offense answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the first as Tyler Clakley’s RBI single drove home Matt Creamer, who started the inning off with a double. However, that would be the only run we would muster until the bottom of the sixth. UT-Tyler scored a single run in the second, third, and fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead. Unfortunately, they busted the game open in the top of the sixth with a three run inning. We scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 7-2, but the deficit was too great to overcome. It was the first time we lost the opening game of a series since the Trinity series back in mid-February. That is a testament to how well Lance Nugent has thrown for us. We can always rely on Lance to go out and compete and give us a chance to win the first game of a series. Nugent battled through five innings on Friday, and kept us in the game. He didn’t have his best stuff, but he still battled for us. It was his first loss of the season, which also speaks to how well he has thrown this year. Nic Parrott threw a solid three innings of relief as well. Ryan Gasporra and Tyler Clakley, who each went two for four at the plate, led us offensively.

The first game on Saturday didn’t start much better, as UT-Tyler scored two runs in the first inning and two runs in the second inning. Interestingly, they scored all four of those runs with two outs. Credit UT-Tyler for clutch two-out hitting, but at the same time, I need to make better pitches with two outs and get our team back in the dugout and on the offensive side of the game. I just left the ball up in the strike zone a little bit too much and UT-Tyler did a good job of hitting mistakes. They are a good team and I know that I can’t get away with making so many bad pitches against a good hitting team. UT-Tyler scored four unearned runs in the third inning to take a 9-0 lead. As a team, we need to pitch better and play better defense, or else games like this will happen. Our offense answered back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 9-2.

Jeff Schaffert’s RBI single scored Matt Creamer, and Kyle Morton scored later in the inning on a UT-Tyler error. Unfortunately, that was all the offense we could muster as UT-Tyler went on to win the game 13-2. It was an all around ugly game. Our pitching struggled, our defense wasn’t sharp, and our offense was held in check. Games like this happen, but it is a mess when all three facets of the game are not working at the same time. On the bright side, Trey Guccione and Trey Lavespere threw well in relief for us. We didn’t have any guys with a multi-hit game, and I am pretty sure that is the first time that has happened all season. However, that game was in the past so we knew we had to “flush it” and mentally prepare for the final game of our series.

In game three of the series, UT-Tyler struck first, as they scored two runs on a bloop single into shallow centerfield. Our offense bounced back and answered with a run in the bottom of the first inning as Matt Creamer scored on a Kyle Morton RBI single. We scored two more runs in the bottom of the third inning, as Ryan Gasporra scored on a Kyle Morton sacrifice fly, and Tyler Clakley scored on a Jeff Schaffert RBI single. UT-Tyler scored a run in the top of the fourth to tie the game at three, but we erupted for three runs on five hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 6-3 lead. Dan Lazarou scored on Ryan Gasporra’s RBI single, Craig Littleman scored on Tyler Clakley’s RBI single, and Ryan Gasporra scored on Kyle Morton’s RBI single. UT-Tyler threatened to take the lead in the top of the fifth, as they scored two runs to make the score 6-5. We knew it was make or break time, and we did not want to be swept at home. Nic Parrott threw a clutch 4 1/3 innings for us after throwing three innings the night before. In the bottom of the fifth, Jemari James scored on an RBI ground out by Craig Littleman to extend our lead to 7-5. Grady Flournoy held down their hitters through the middle innings and allowed our offense to extend their lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, Jeff Schaffert scored on an RBI double by Jemari James, and Jemari eventually scored on an RBI single by Marc Martinez. The score remained 9-5 until the bottom of the eighth, when our offense added three insurance runs to extend our lead to 12-5. Kyle Morton led off the inning with a home run, his eighth of the year. Marc Martinez’ sacrifice fly drove home Jeff Schaffert, and Dan Lazarou’s RBI scored Jemari James, who had another double in the inning. We held on to win 12-5, and we all felt much better about that game. Our pitching, offense, and defense played much better, and as a result we beat a nationally ranked team. Nic Parrott, Grady Flournoy, and Taylor Henry all pitched well. It was especially nice to see Taylor bounce back from the night before and shut down UT-Tyler for the last 2.1 innings. Our hitters did a great job as well, as they pounded out eighteen hits. Tyler Clakley, Kyle Morton, Jeff Schaffert, Jemari James, Marc Martinez, and Dan Lazarou all had multi-hit games. Marc Martinez led the attack as he went a perfect four for four at the plate with two RBI.

We really didn’t play well this weekend. We had an opportunity to prove our worth against a nationally ranked team at home and we did not perform up to our expectations in the first two games. We weren’t nervous; we just didn’t play our best baseball. It was disappointing because it was our chance to prove that we are a great team. I still believe we are a great team, but we need to win series like that to prove to the other teams around the conference that we are a force to be reckoned with.

This weekend we will head over to Dallas, Texas to take on UT-Dallas in a three game series. I am excited for this trip because I am from Plano (just north of Dallas), and it will be the first time I have had the chance to play a collegiate game in the Dallas area. UT-Dallas is having a great year and we know that we will need to raise our level of play from this past weekend if we expect to win this series.

We appreciate all the fans that came out to support us during our series with UT-Tyler over Easter weekend. We had a good crowd at all three games and it was a fun weekend even though things didn’t quite go our way. Check back next week to see how our series against conference leader UT-Dallas went. Go Gents!

He Fights Crime, He Fights Cancer: Axe Cop

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The Answer Is Toughness

As we have endured our toughest stretch of the season the past couple of weeks, we have searched for answers on why we have struggled.  We have juggled the lineup, changed up the pitching, and tried other conventional methods to get our team going.  We have come to realize that it doesn’t matter what buttons we are trying to push, we just have to play better.  Then the question becomes, how do we play better?  The answer is toughness, it always has been and it always will be.

Toughness can signify so many different things in every person.  In the team setting, it portrays a mindset… a belief in oneself and the team.  An inner feeling that no matter what happens, I will get it done.  A deep belief in the team concept… having the confidence that an individual can never fail on a true team because there will always be someone there to pick him up.  This allows loose, free, relaxed play.  The type of play that leads to better results.

The difference between baseball and the other team sports is the extreme pressure that the game fosters.  Each individual has a spotlight on him at various times throughout the game… there is no handing the ball off or taking a play off.  Baseball is a spotlight sport.  There are times the spotlight is on, and there are times that spotlight  can burn pretty bright.  That’s where toughness comes in.  This game is one of failure.  One that will bury someone that is not tough.  Talent is great in this game, but if it were that easy, we would not need scouts or recruiting coordinators, everyone would just go after the players that had the best tools.  But that’s not how this game works.  For every 1st rounder or high scholarship guy that fizzles out, there is a 17th rounder making the All-Star team or a walk-on starting at shortstop and batting third.  The reason the 1st rounder/high scholarship guy don’t make it and the 17th rounder/walk-on do make it is the same, toughness.  One has it, one lacks it.

We believe our players have the toughness, they just need to continue to mature and find it.  We showed it on Monday in our series finale at Cal State East Bay.  We overcame some errors, bad pitches, and a good opposing pitcher to notch up one of our more complete games of the year.  This showed a lot of toughness after a very tough day on Saturday, maybe the toughest day this program has endured.  Instead of folding it up for the year, our guys found the will to fight back.  They displayed great team toughness.  The trick is, how do we keep doing it.  Hopefully the answer is simple… our guys just need to do it.

We have a big weekend versus a very offensive Cal State LA team.  LA provides us a great challenge at this point in the season, and we have to play well to keep our playoff hopes alive.  There is no secret formula for success, we just have to play tough.

On the Bump – April 3, 2012

On the Bump with Cole Thompson

Hello Gents’ fans and welcome back to another week of “On the Bump”. This is a busy but short week for us, as Easter weekend is on the horizon. We only have classes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and then we are off for the rest of the week. However, it is far from an off-week on the baseball field, as we are preparing for a busy weekend with nationally ranked UT-Tyler. This week I will talk about our three game series with Mississippi College, and explain to you why we are not eligible to be ranked this year in the national polls. I know there has been a lot of confusion, so I will try my best to make it short and simple.

This past week was a little different because Coach Jolley hosted a Spring Break Baseball Camp for local Shreveport kids. When we weren’t in class, it was likely that you could find our players out at the field helping organize and run the camp. It was fun to get out there and share our baseball knowledge with young campers.

Our practice during the week was short, but intense and busy. We really hammered down on improving our defense, and our pitchers threw their bullpens to live hitters. It was the kind of week where we expose our weaknesses, but with the intent to better ourselves by strengthening the weakest parts of our game.

On Thursday afternoon we left for Mississippi College, which is in Clinton, Mississippi. It was about a three-hour bus ride, and we arrived at Mississippi College around 7 p.m. We took batting practice in their batting cages and our pitchers played catch in the outfield. One of the first things we noticed was that Mississippi College had great facilities and a nice field. After practice we headed over to a nice meal at Applebee’s, which we all enjoyed.

Friday was a great day because we did not have a morning practice or a wake-up call for an early game. Since we didn’t play until 6 p.m., we were able to sleep until about 10 a.m. and then go grab breakfast in the hotel lobby. You could tell that our offense was well rested, as they erupted for five runs in the top of the first inning of game one. Ryan Gasporra doubled to start the rally, and Tyler Clakley knocked him in with a two run homer to right field. Next, Kyle Morton smoked a double to right field, and scored on an RBI single by Jeff Schaffert. Jemari James capped off the inning with a two run bomb to right field that hit off the top of the scoreboard at Mississippi College. Mississippi College scored a single run in the first and second innings to make the score 5-2, but we answered with another run in the third inning on an RBI double by Marc Martinez, which drove in Jeff Schaffert.

Lance Nugent held the Mississippi College bats in check over the next few innings, as we took our 6-2 lead into the sixth inning. Our bats put the game out of reach in the sixth inning, as we put up four more runs. We took advantage of an error by Mississippi College to score a run, and then Ryan Gasporra put the nail in the coffin by hitting a three run home run to the opposite field, which drove in Craig Littleman and Matt Creamer. Mississippi College scored a run in the eighth inning and two runs in the ninth, but it was not enough to overcome our lead. We won 10-5, and Lance Nugent earned his sixth win of the year. Nugent did a great job of fighting for eight innings and making sure that we kept our big lead. He attacked hitters and forced them to string hits together in order to beat us. Our defense was a little off in the ninth inning, but besides that we played a good game defensively. At the plate, Ryan Gasporra, Tyler Clakley, Kyle Morton, Jeff Schaffert, and Jemari James all had multi-hit games. That is the meat of our batting order, so I would say it’s a great day offensively when they all have multi-hit games.

Our offense stayed hot in game two of the series as Ryan Gasporra and Kyle Morton hit solo home runs in the first inning to give us a 2-0 lead. However, Mississippi College answered back with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. I will take blame for that, because I started off the inning by hitting a batter, walking a batter, and then trying to get an out at third on a bunt when I should have thrown to first base and made the easy play. Our offense picked me up though and scored four runs in the second inning. Craig Littleman hit a sacrifice fly to score Jemari James, and then Ryan Gasporra smoked a two RBI triple to right field. Tyler Clakley wrapped up the scoring with an RBI single that scored Gasporra. I settled into the game on the mound and the score was still 6-3 going into the sixth inning. Dan Lazarou added a sacrifice fly to score Jemari James and extend our lead to 7-3.

Unfortunately, Mississippi College scored four runs in the sixth inning to tie the game. They strung a few hits together and capitalized on an error, and as a result they tied the game. I was disappointed that I was unable to hold off their rally, but that’s baseball. Some days the ball finds defenders, and some days the ball finds holes. Grady Flournoy came on in relief and was able to get us out of the inning. Grady has done a good job of pitching since coming off of his knee and elbow injuries. Our offense answered back strong as Tyler Clakley blasted a two run homer to put us up 9-7. Keep in mind this was the seven inning game, so we were three outs away from winning. However, Mississippi College rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to steal a 10-9 win. Losses like that hurt badly, especially when we lead by as many as four runs late in the game. It was especially frustrating because we worked on playing defense with a two run lead earlier in the week in practice. But like I said, that’s baseball. Sometimes you win the close games, and sometimes you lose them.

Game three of the series was a little different, as freshman Taylor Henry made his first start of the season. Taylor has thrown a lot in relief for us this year, but we needed him to make a key start for us. Interestingly, he also pitched in relief in the first two games of the series against Mississippi College. The game remained scoreless until the third inning when our offense came through for five runs on seven hits. Matt Creamer got the rally going with a single, and he scored on a Ryan Gasporra two run homer, his third home run of the weekend. Consecutive singles by Tyler Clakley, Kyle Morton, Jeff Schaffert, Jemari James, and Marc Martinez led to our next three runs. It was really impressive to see our offense knock out seven consecutive hits in the inning. We scored again in the fourth inning when Matt Creamer scored on a wild pitch. We extended our lead to 7-0 in the fifth inning when a Matt Creamer RBI single scored Dan Lazarou, who led off the inning with a single. Mississippi College scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut our lead to 7-2, but our offense answered back with a single run in the sixth and seventh inning to push it back to a 9-2 lead.

Jemari James singled home Kyle Morton in the sixth inning, and a Ryan Gasporra RBI groundout scored Matt Creamer in the seventh inning. Mississippi College made it close in the seventh inning when they scored three runs, but Nic Parrott came in and slammed the door on their rally. We tacked on three insurance runs in the ninth inning when Dan Lazarou and Marc Martinez scored on a two RBI double by Matt Creamer, and Tyler Clakley’s RBI single eventually scored Creamer. We won by a final score of 12-5 and won the series two games to one. We received a great effort from our hitters, who pounded out sixteen hits in the game. Also, Taylor Henry was great in his start as he pitched five innings and only allowed one earned run. Matt Creamer led our offensive attack as he went 5-for-5 at the plate with three RBI and four stolen bases. Tyler Clakley, Jeff Schaffert, Jemari James, and Marc Martinez also had multi-hit games for us. Also, Craig Littleman played a key role in our offense as he got two sacrifice bunts down.

All in all, it was a pretty good weekend. Although we would have really liked to win all three games, we played well against a good team on the road. Our offense really swung the bats well, as we scored 31 runs in three games, and we cranked out seven home runs on the weekend.

Now, I will answer a question that has not really been fully addressed to our fan base. People have been asking, “Why aren’t we ranked since we have a record of 20-7?”, “Why is our conference record 0-0?”, “Why are we not eligible for the conference tournament or national tournament at the end of the season?”. I will do my best in this next paragraph to explain as clearly and briefly as possible the answers to these questions. We are in our first full year as a Division III program, therefore we are not eligible to be ranked or play in the post-season. This is not an American Southwest Conference (ASC) or D3baseball.com rule, this is an NCAA rule. We are going through a “re-classifying” period. As a result, we are not allowed to be ranked in the national polls or win the conference this year. However, when we move to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) next year, we will be eligible to win the conference tournament. Even though we are not eligible to win any big “prize” this year, we are still playing hard. We play for our teammates, our coaches, our pride, our athletic program, our four seniors, and ourselves. Although the media likes to paint us as a “Full D1” team, we only have 4 guys on baseball scholarship. Some of our best hitters and pitchers are not on any type of athletic scholarship (like every other DIII team). But rules are rules and we are still in the “in-between” stages of switching Divisions. Regardless of the media attention we receive (or lack thereof), we aim to win every game. There is no question in my mind that our team is strong willed and we will not quit as the season goes on. My hope is that our younger guys, who are not currently playing as much, buy into the system and choose to continue to work hard and develop their skills in practice and JV games. The younger guys are the future of our program, and by the time they are upperclassmen the program will be nearing full Division III stature.

I also wanted to give a quick shout out to all the former Centenary Gents baseball players in professional baseball right now. Six guys that were on the team my freshman year are now working their way up the ranks in the Minor Leagues. Dakota Robinson and Stephen Tromblee are pitchers who play for the Los Angeles Angels organization. Dakota is in High-A playing for the Inland Empire 66’ers, while Tromblee is in Low-A playing for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Alex Todd is a shortstop that plays for the Houston Astros organization and he is beginning the season in Low-A for the Lexington Legends. Boone Whiting is now playing in High-A for the Palm Beach Cardinals, a minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Seth Lugo, a pitcher in the New York Mets organization, is coming back from an injury and he will start the spring season in Extended Spring Training. Jimmy Hoyt spent a portion of Spring Training with the Oakland A’s, but an injury forced the A’s to cut him near the end of camp. However, Jimmy is trying out for a few teams in Arizona and will hopefully make a team in the next few weeks. You can go to milb.com and track their progress as their seasons progress.

This week we are preparing for a big series with UT-Tyler. They are ranked #23 in the nation, and they are a perennial power in this conference. They have earned the respect of all the teams in the region with their success, so we know they will be a tough opponent. We are looking forward to the challenge and it should be a great series this weekend in Shreveport.

Thanks for stopping by to check out the blog this week and come by next week to hear about our series with UT-Tyler. Go Gents!

NCBWA Division II Region Polls

ATLANTIC REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. West Chester, Pa. (13) 22-1 130 1
2. Seton Hill, Pa. 22-7 115 2
3. Mercyhurst, Pa. 21-8 105 3
4. Kutztown, Pa. 20-8 71 4
5. California, Pa. 17-13 65 7
6. Shippensburg, Pa. 21-13 59 6
7. East Stroudsburg, Pa. 18-11 45 5
8. Winston-Salem St., N.C. 24-16 42 8
9. Shepherd, W. Va. 17-11 37 9
10. Gannon, Pa. 18-12 19 10
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Pitt-Johnstown, Pa. (17-12) 12 points;
Millersville, Pa. (16-14) 9 points; West Virginia Wesleyan (16-
12) 7 points; Bloomsburg, Pa. (15-13) 1 point.

CENTRAL REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. St. Cloud State, Minn. (8) 21-6 80 1
2. Minnesota State 14-4 72 2
3. Colorado Mesa 21-9 64 3
4. New Mexico Highlands 20-9 49 4
5. Colorado State-Pueblo 18-12 47 5
6. Southwest Minnesota St. 13-6 32 8
7. Augustana, S.D. 11-8 31 7
8. Wayne State, Neb. 13-9 29 6
9. Concordia, Minn. 13-7 23 RV
10 Bemidji State, Minn. 12-10 9 9
Dropped out: #10 Winona State, Minn.
Also receiving votes: Winona State, Minn. (8-11) 3 points;
Nebraska-Kearney (10-18) 1 point.

EAST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Southern New Hamp. (9) 25-2 90 1
2. LeMoyne, N.Y. 20-5-1 81 2
3. Southern Conn. State 19-7 72 3
4. Stonehill, Mass. 18-9 59 4
5. St. Thomas Aqunias, N.Y. 18-9 54 6
6. Franklin Pierce, N.H. 14-10-1 40 5
7. UMass Lowell 14-9-1 36 7
8. New Haven, Conn. 12-6-1 27 8
9. Dowling, N.Y. 15-10 18 RV
10. Bloomfield, N.J. 13-10 5 RV
Dropped out: #9 Wilmington, Del., #10. Adelphi, N.Y.
Also receiving votes: Pace, N.Y. (13-10) 4 points; Adelphi,
N.Y. (11-10) 3 points; Chestnut Hill, Pa. (14-10) 2 points;
Nyack, N.Y. (13-9) 2 points; Bentley, Mass. (13-13) 1 point;
Wilmington, Del. (13-12) 1 point.

MIDWEST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Missouri S&T (8) 19-4 80 1
2. Grand Valley State, Mich. 14-8 72 2
3. Wayne State, Mich. 16-7 64 3
4. Drury, Mo. 15-9 55 5
5. Lewis, Mo. 17-7 46 7
6. Northern Kentucky 17-9 42 8
7. Southern Indiana 13-12 29 4
8. Northwood, Mich. 12-7 20 6
9. Ashland, Ohio 13-11 16 9
10. Rockhurst, Mo. 14-10 7 RV
Dropped out: #10 Quincy, Ill.
Also receiving votes: Ohio Dominican (15-8) 6 points;
Bellarmine, Ky. (15-8) 2 points; Indianapolis, Ind. (14-8) 1
point.

SOUTH REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Tampa, Fla. (7) 25-6 96 2
2. North Alabama (2) 25-9 91 1
3. Delta State, Miss. (1) 19-8 73 5
4. Nova Southeastern, Fla. 20-6 65 6
5. West Florida 22-11 64 3
6. Lynn, Fla. 21-10 52 4
7. Florida Tech 21-12 44 8
8. Valdosta State, Ga. 17-11 21 10
9. Rollins, Fla. 19-10 17 7
10. Saint Leo, Fla. 19-12 8 RV
Dropped out: #9 West Georgia.
Also receiving votes: Benedict, S.C. (17-7) 7 points; Barry, Fla.
(15-14) 6 points; West Georgia (17-15) 3 points; AlabamaHuntsville (21-16) 2 points; Palm Beach Atlantic, Fla. (14-11) 1
point.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. St. Mary’s, Texas (6) 28-6 78 1
2. Central Missouri (1) 23-5 65 3
3. Angelo State, Texas 23-9 53 2
4. Emporia State, Kans. (1) 19-8 43 T4
T5. Texas A&M-Kingsville 19-7 42 6
T5. St. Edward’s, Texas 21-8 42 7
7. West Texas A&M 22-8 40 T4
8. Southeastern Okla. St. 21-10 23 9
9. Missouri Western 19-9 20 8
10. Southern Arkansas 21-11 17 T10
Dropped out: #T-10 Southwestern Oklahoma State.
Also receiving votes: Central Oklahoma (21-12), East Central,
Okla. (22-14), Southwestern Oklahoma State (19-11),
Newman, Kans. (17-13).

SOUTHEAST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Tusculum, Tenn. (8) 32-5 106 1
T2. Catawba, N.C. (2) 28-8 88 2
T2. Mount Olive, N.C. (1) 27-6 88 3
4. USC Aiken 25-9 87 4
5. Lander, S.C. 25-10 63 5
6. Francis Marion, S.C. 24-11 45 RV
7. Armstrong Atlantic, Ga. 23-9 44 6
8. Columbus State, Ga. 23-12 33 7
9. Belmont Abbey, N.C. 25-14 23 8
10. Georgia College 20-13 14 RV
Dropped out: #9 Flagler, Fla., #10 UNC Pembroke.
Also receiving votes: UNC Pembroke (23-12) 7 points;
Wingate, N.C. (24-16) 3 points; King, Tenn. (21-13) 2 points;
Flagler, Fla. (20-14) 1 point; Young Harris, Ga. (26-9) 1 point.

WEST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Chico State (5) 25-9 59 1
2. Cal Baptist (1) 29-6 55 2
3. Western Oregon 18-7 48 3
4. Sonoma State, Calif. 17-10 41 4
5. Dixie State, Utah 21-9 36 T6
6. Cal Poly Pomona 19-12 30 T6
T7. Cal State San Bernardino 14-11 20 T8
T7. UC San Diego 17-15 20 10
9. Cal State Stanislaus 16-14 8 T8
10. Hawaii Pacific 18-12 7 5
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Grand Canyon (19-16) 6 pts

NCBWA Division II Top 25 for April 3, 2012

NATIONAL TOP 25
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. St. Mary’s, Texas (7) 28-6 362 2
2. Tampa, Fla. (4) 25-6 353 4
3. Tusculum, Tenn. (5) 32-5 316 3
4. Southern New Hampshire 25-2 279 7
5. West Chester, Pa. 22-1 278 8
6. Chico State, Calif. 25-9 276 6
7. St. Cloud State, Minn. 21-6 274 5
8. North Alabama 25-9 267 1
9. Central Missouri 23-5 255 14
10. Missouri S&T 19-4 225 T12
11. Mount Olive, N.C. 27-6 204 16
12. Catawba, N.C. 28-8 181 9
13. Cal Baptist 29-6 178 T12
14. Angelo State, Texas 23-9 157 10
15. Delta State, Miss. 19-8 156 23
16. Minnesota State 14-4 155 15
17. Seton Hill, Pa. 22-7 136 17
18. LeMoyne, N.Y. 20-5-1 120 19
19. USC Aiken 25-9 100 T21
20. Nova Southeastern, Fla. 20-6 82 RV
21. Grand Valley State, Mich. 14-8 78 20
22. Western Oregon 18-7 76 T21
23. Mercyhurst, Pa. 21-8 67 24
24. Emporia State, Kans. 19-8 57 RV
25. West Florida 22-11 52 11
Dropped out: #18 Lynn, Fla.; #25 Lander, S.C..
Also receiving votes: Southern Connecticut State (19-7) 24
points; Colorado Mesa (21-9) 22 points; Lynn, Fla. (21-10) 19
points; Wayne State, Mich. (16-7) 19 points; Kutztown, Pa.
(20-8) 17 points; Lander, S.C. (25-10) 17 points; Texas A&MKingsville (19-7) 15 points; Sonoma State, Calif. (17-10) 12
points; Dixie State, Utah (21-9) 11 points; Francis Marion,
S.C. (24-11) 10 points; St. Edward’s, Texas (21-8) 10 points;
Armstrong Atlantic, Ga. (23-9) 8 points; West Texas A&M
(22-8) 6 points; Southeastern Oklahoma (21-10) 5 points;
New Mexico Highlands (20-9) 3 points

2012 Division I Baseball Attendance – Report 7

2012 Division I Baseball Attendance
Compiled by Tami Cutler, Wichita State Athletic Media Relations
Report #7 — 4/2/12

By Average (min. 1,200)

School Avg. Total #
1. LSU 10,496 241,408 23
2. Arkansas 7,740 147,074 19
3. South Carolina 7,392 133,071 18
4. Ole Miss 7,321 153,750 21
5. Mississippi State 5,968 107,433 18
6. Texas 5,940 59,400 10
7. Florida State 4,622 83,202 18
8. Clemson 4,545 81,814 18
9. TCU 4,439 53,272 12
10. Texas A&M 4,247 101,936 24
11. Florida 3,696 66,545 18
12. Southern Miss 3,488 52,329 15
13. Alabama 3,451 51,775 15
14. Rice 3,306 59,522 18
15. Hawaii 3,175 69,858 22
16. Nebraska 3,021 51,367 17
17. Auburn 2,856 57,127 20
18. Virginia 2,850 51,305 18
19. East Carolina 2,825 48,029 17
20. Tulane 2,803 50,463 18
21. Texas Tech 2,768 47,068 17
22. Baylor 2,734 54,697 20
23. Miami, Fla. 2,709 51,471 19
24. Wichita State 2,675 56,177 21
25. Creighton 2,357 18,860 8
26. Vanderbilt 2,238 44,773 20
27. Louisiana-Lafayette 2,211 26,539 12
28. Stanford 2,150 30,101 14
29. Arizona 2,114 46,515 22
30. Georgia 1,992 47,824 24
31. Arizona State 1,978 29,678 15
32. Tennessee 1,778 37,340 21
33. Fresno State 1,694 35,583 21
Cal State Fullerton 1,694 28,800 17
35. Louisiana-Monroe 1,670 26,733 16
36. New Mexico 1,565 28,176 18
37. Kentucky 1,521 28,906 19
38. UCF 1,451 31,940 22
39. Oregon 1,432 18,622 13
40. Texas State 1,396 22,336 16
41. Georgia Tech 1,371 21,946 16
42. Georgia Southern 1,352 20,284 15
43. South Alabama 1,336 17,370 13
44. Oregon State 1,297 12,977 10
45. Troy 1,255 16,319 13

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