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Archive for May, 2012

Game 2 Heroics

Ryan Day and Brandon Tyler at the Rays game.

The Argos are still alive!  The team came out ready to extend our season and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead against top seeded Tampa!  Drew Bryson threw a great game, going 8 innings surrendering 4 runs.  He really battled for us, and made some big pitches when we needed them most!  Bobby Parker came into the game in the 9th and earned the save, collecting his 14th save this season, which ties him for the single season record!

Myself and BT at the Trop

The team energy was great, and the rally chicken was clutch!  We got up early, and “held our water” ending Tampa’s season and extending ours!  We play today at 4:15 against Delta State.  For anyone following our season, Delta has defeated us 4 times this year…. Time to change that!!!  Let’s Go ARGOS!

Wish us luck!

Philip Ebert 36

 

Game 1 Disappointment

Greetings Argo Nation!

Mickey and Dickey

Today started the NCAA South Region tournament, and unfortunately the Argos started with a loss to Nova Southeastern.  We fought hard, and had the bases juiced in the 9th, down 3, but ended the game with a double play.  A major disappointment, but none the less, we are still alive.  When you think about how unlikely it is for a team to come out of the losers bracket and win the tournament, you need only look at how unlikely it was for #8 seed Stillman to beat #1 Nationally ranked Tampa.  My point is, it can be done!  We battled until the last out today, and the cards just didn’t fall for us.

We stalked Big Papi at the mall...

Tournament host Tampa lost a stunning upset to Stillman College, which in a way motivates us.  We lost to Tampa in a game earlier in the year, 10-7, in a game that we beat ourselves.  So for now, it is time for redemption, because I am not ready to give up my Argo jersey’s.  Obviously Tampa is a very good team, but we aren’t phased, we will come out and lay it all on the line!

In my last post I said that Jordan Delorenzo and I were trying to find out play-off alias.  Well, the first movie we watched on the bus ride was, “The Fighter”, with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.  After the movie is was clear, Delo was Mickey, and I was Dickey.  Two brothers fighting our way to a championship!  I didn’t have to overcome a crack addiction, but it has worked well so far.  We talk in a cool Boston accent, and walk around working on our punch combo (Head/Body/Head/Body).

Rally Chicken

Game time is set for 1:15 tomorrow, and look for something special to happen.  The rally chicken I bought just had to warm up a little before he really gets things going!

P.s.  Special shout out to my sweet baby Jesus, Austin Allison, of Samford University.  The bulldogs have won back-to-back games against the University of Florida and Oklahoma.  Trying to make a push to the play-offs!  Keep it up!

 

Thanks for all the support ARGO NATION!

Philip Ebert #36

2012 DII Baseball Regionals

Atlantic Regional – hosted by Kutztown University
1. Seton Hill 42-8
2. West Chester 38-10
3. Kutztown 35-17 *
4. Mercyhurst 38-15
5. Shepherd 32-17
6. Winston Salem 27-16

Central Regional – hosted by Minnesota State
1. Minnesota State 44-10 *
2. St. Cloud 45-12
3. Colorado Mesa 39-14
4. New Mexico Highlands 39-14
5. Winona St 29-20
6. Regis 32-21

East Regional – hosted by Southern New Hampshire University
1. Southern New Hampshire 38-12 *
2. Le Moyne 40-13-1
3. Franklin Pierce 36-16-1
4. St. Anselm 28-23-2
5. Wilmington 32-16
6. Dowling 30-17

Midwest Regional – hosted by Wayne State University
1. Indianapolis 42-14
2. Grand Valley State 41-14
3. Wayne St 34-19 *
4. Northern Kentucky 35-19
5. Rockhurst 32-17
6. Lewis 33-20

Southeast Regional - hosted by Mount Olive College
1. Mount Olive 44-8 *
2. Tusculum 46-8
3. Armstrong Atlantic 40-14
4. Francis Marion 37-15
5. Catawba 39-14
6. Lander 37-18

South Central Regional – hosted by University of Central Missouri
1. Central Missouri 44-7 *
2. St. Mary’s (TX) 44-8
3. Angelo St 40-15
4. Southern Arkansas 36-15
5. Texas A&M Kingsville 31-16
6. St. Edward’s 35-14

South Regional – hosted by University of Tampa
1. Tampa 38-8 *
2. Delta State 40-12
3. Lynn 34-13
4. West Florida 34-17
5. Nova Southeastern 33-13
6. Alabama-Huntsville 31-22
7. North Albama 39-16
8. Stillman 29-16

West Regional – hosted by Western Oregon
1. Western Oregon 40-9 *
2. Dixie State 32-18
3. UC San Diego 32-22
4. Cal State Chico 37-16

2012 DII Baseball Regional Predictions

ATLANTIC REGION
Seton Hill easily has the easiest path to the Atlantic title. After facing Winston-Salem in the first round, rather than playing another team which was victorious on opening day, they’ll play the loser of the Kutztown/Mercyhurst matchup. However I’ve never been a big WVIAC guy. The conference doesn’t have a lot of pop to me. I don’t question the Griffs – they’ve played and slugged it out with a strong out-of-conference schedule which included Tampa, Minnesota St, GVSU and Le Moyne, but they haven’t been tested in over two months. I think the more balanced PSAC schedule in which teams must bring their “A” game every week makes them better prepared for the postseason. That’s why my prediction to win the conference is whoever wins Game 6 in the bracket – a contest which presumably will be West Chester and host Kutztown. The two have split the season series 3-3 to date, with WCU winning the last matchup in the PSAC Tournament Championship. In a coin-flip I’m going to take the Rams to prevail and win that game and use their momentum to take the region and redeem last season’s debacle of a year.

How they’ll finish:
1. West Chester
2. Seton Hill
3. Kutztown

Player to Watch: The player I’m most excited to see perform in the entire tournament is Shepherd’s Nathan Minnich. The slugging senior has put up video game numbers this year and if he continues to hit against PSAC pitching I may have to give him my vote for the Tino Martinez Award. Until I see him swing against non WVIAC pitching, I’m reserving my vote.

CENTRAL REGION
 I think this is Minnesota State’s region to lose. The Mavs have the momentum after taking two in a row from St. Cloud State in the NSIC Tournament to win the conference crown and secure home field advantage in the region. It is tough to beat the same team three times in a row however, so I could see the Huskies flipping the script in Mankato. Two weeks ago I may have given Colorado Mesa a puncher’s chance to take the regional title, but after going 1-4 to finish the season I’m not sure if the team formally known as Mesa State can get hot once again and be the team that won seventeen of eighteen throughout April. Despite being the DII Championship runner-up last season, I don’t see Winona St as a threat to advance to Cary once again.

How they’ll finish:
1. Minnesota St
2. St. Cloud St.
3. Colorado Mesa

Player to Watch:  While the Mavs fizzled to close the season, leading hitter Jeff Popick remained hot and finished the year with a .424 batting average and an almost demonic .667 slugging percentage. He’s one of the toughest outs in the game and could help spur the Mavs to the final eight.

EAST REGION
I haven’t been aboard the Penmen bandwagon all season and I’m not going to start now. SNHU was ranked in the top five and ten in the other rankings in April, and even received a first place vote; kowever the Penmen never cracked the top twenty here, peaking at #21. While top seeded Southern New Hampshire deserves some major accolades for their turn around of a season, I don’t think they’re ready to compete for regional titles just quite yet. Like the Atlantic Region, I think this bracket is going to come down to who wins Game 6 which should be Franklin Pierce and Le Moyne. The two clubs have been evenly matched all season, but the Dolphins won the last two to take the NE-10 Tournament Title. This is tough pick, but I’m going to have to take the Ravens due to their dynamic duo of Zach Mathieu and James Roche. The two combined for twenty-nine homeruns which is incredible considering they’ve used wood bats for all but five games this season. I think these games are going to be close and one well placed hit is going to make the difference in this region.

How they’ll finish:
1. Franklin Pierce
2. Le Moyne
3. St. Anselm

Player to Watch: The Raven’s Zach Mathieu is a 6’7” monster who likely would be leading DII in homeruns and doubles if he was swinging an aluminum bat rather than wood for the season. For him to hit for power and bat .388 in the NE-10 is, like my man Vizzini says, inconceivable.

MIDWEST REGION
I’m considering this region to be a two horse race between GLVC Champ Indianapolis and GLIAC Champ Grand Valley State and not giving any of the other team’s much of a chance – which means someone else is sure to take the region. To be completely honest I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to the U Indy Greyhounds this season. The ‘Hounds didn’t enter the rankings until there were three weeks left in the regular season and they have been consistently overrated the past few seasons. But the more I look at the roster and the numbers they’ve put up this season, the more I think Indianapolis will win their region. I’m not counting out the Lakers by any means however. GVSU has been in this position year in and year out and know what it takes to make it to Cary. You know what, I’m not going to take Indy after all, I’m picking the Lakers. They’ve been there before and their experience will propel them to Carolina.

How they’ll finish:
1. GVSU
2. Indianapolis
3. Northern Kentucky

Player to Watch: Brett Loeding of NKU is the unquestioned team MVP coming out of the bullpen. The hurler led the team in ERA, wins, saves, appearances, innings and strikeouts. He’ll be a valuable asset as the Norse make the transition to DI next season.

SOUTHEAST REGION
I think this is the toughest region of all to pick. I could see any of the top four teams being the last team standing once the final out is made. Mount Olive and Tusculum have the best records, but Armstrong, Francis Marion and Lander all hail from the Peach Belt Conference which is top-to-bottom one of the best in DII. I’m quietly rooting for FMU since that was College Baseball Lineup’s preseason number one pick, but I’m not going to bet the farm on the Patriots, even if they did beat South Carolina earlier this season. With the teams being this evenly matched, I’m going to have to go with Mount Olive. The Trojans have a pair of awesome bats in the middle of the lineup, but perhaps most importantly they’ll be sleeping in their own beds and playing on their home field with the opportunity to continue playing in front of their home fans if they were to advance.

How they’ll finish:
1. Mount Olive
2. Francis Marion
3. Tusculum

Player to Watch: Mount Olive catcher Geno Escalante has a school-record hitting 44 game hitting streak going into the regional. He and Jacob Rogers give MOC an enviable pair of bats in the heart of the Trojan batting order.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION
St. Mary’s has been the number two team in the College Baseball Rankings for almost the entire season and were never positioned any worse than number four. The Rattlers starting duo of Rene Solis and Carl O’Neal have gone a combined 24-2 with 14 complete games and 189 strikeouts on the season. When they’re unable to finish a contest, St. Mary’s has stopper Jonathan Perez in the bullpen who has a 0.64 ERA and 16 saves on the season. Despite their numbers, the NCAA has given the number one seed and homefield advantage to Central Missouri. The problem with UCM is that the MIAA was down this season – there isn’t a second team from the conference that I would have even come close to extending an postseason bid to. My darkhorse pick is Southern Arkansas. SAU has been coming on strong as of late and won the inaugural Great American Conference regular and postseason crowns. I’m picking St. Mary’s and of all the regions is the pick I’m most comfortable going with.

How they’ll finish:
1. St. Mary’s
2. Southern Arkansas
3. Central Missouri

Player to Watch: St. Edward’s reliever Stephen Johnson is one of DII’s top prospects and for good reason. So far this year he has a tiny 1.35 ERA with 16 SVs and has K’d 68 batters in just 40 innings pitched. He allowed half as many hits as he has struckout, finishing the regular season with opponents batting just .139 against him.

SOUTH REGION
As always this region is stacked with talent and four of the last six team to win the national championship came out of the South. As such, odd are the team dogpiling in Cary will be the team that emerges from this group of eight. Despite the number of top teams, I can’t see any reason why to select anyone other than Tampa to win. Other than the preseason rankings (in which UT was positioned at number two) the Spartans have been the top ranked team in the College Baseball Lineup every week except for one. The reason they’re favored is their top shelf pitching staff led by Sean Bierman who has gone 8-2 with a 1.93 ERA. Had Bierman been hurling in a different conference rather than the Sunshine State, his ERA would likely be much lower – perhaps even a negative number – that’s how good he is. The team I like to challenge Tampa the most is Delta State. The Statesmen don’t have a player with prolific numbers, but instead have a roster filled with top players, any one of which can be the hero on any given day. Northern Alabama has been underated all season by outlets other than College Baseball Lineup and could be a team to make some noise as well. The winner of the DSU/UNA game in the first round will put themselves in great position to steal the regional title from Tampa.

How they’ll finish:
1. Tampa
2. Delta State
3. Northern Alabama

Players to watch: Had Nova Southeastern fared better in the series with Tampa I may have picked the Sharks to upset the Spartans, but UT soundly swept NSU, outscoring them 42-10 in three games and casts doubts if they can usurp the Spartans. Nevertheless, the Sharks are a team to fear with two prolific bats in second basemen Carloos Asuaje and outfielder Aero Regoli. Asuaje batted .414 with thirty extra base hits and Regoli crushed 16 homeruns. Both players were also dangerous on the basepaths, safely swiping a combined 29 bases.

WEST REGION
Choosing the winner of the West Region is a not an easy task because none of the four teams knocks my socks off. Western Oregon has a 40-9 record and will be hosting the games, but, like Seton Hill in the Atlantic, didn’t have much competition during their conference schedule. The Wolves did take a series from UCSD, but that was during the first week of February. Traditionally I’ve been a believer in the CCAA champion Tritons which was College Baseball Lineup’s preseason number one last year’s club, but this year’s roster is almost completely different. UCSD also has a new head coach at the reigns so the whole team is still a little green around the gills. Nevertheless I’m going to go with the Tritons by the slimmest of margins. One thing UCSD didn’t lose is their aggressive play in which they stole 103 bases and pounded out 101 doubles and 18 triples on the year. Their continued small ball approach makes them a tough out from lead off to the last batter and will be my choice to go to Cary. It should be noted however that this synopsis has been rewritten at least a dozen times with each team being selected to win the region.

How they’ll finish:
1. UC San Diego
2. Western Oregon
3. Chico State

Player to Watch: Western Oregon ace Grady Wood earned GNAC Pitcher of the Year for the second year in a row posting a perfect 12-0 record with a 1.30 ERA. He has extending his two season long winning streak to 20 games and with one more win he’ll have the NCAA Division II all-time record of 21.

Playoff Time

Delo trying to pick up chicks at the Blue Wahoos game.

It has been a month and half since my last post, “April Tools”.  April was a time to make a push to the playoffs, trying to put the team in a good position to make a regional.  Well, the Argos did just this.  After the NCAA selection show on Sunday night, the Argos were selected with the #4 seed in the South Region.  We will take on Nova Southeastern University for the first time in school history.

UWF Athlete Banquet

Throughout the last 6 weeks since my last post, I managed to finish up my student teaching, and graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts, in Elementary and Special Education.  A very gratifying experience, but none the less, a terrifying one.  I have a path in mind; teaching 5th grade in Pensacola.  But………. I have been searching on the NCAA websites for open coaching positions, and will be applying to every one that I see fit.  My ultimate goal is to be a college coach, and I know I can be a damn good one!  I may not be as qualified as most applicants for some of these jobs, but the way I look at it is, I 100% won’t get the job if I don’t apply.  So for now, I’m living the dream… a college graduate, getting to play  baseball everyday and continuing to make memories with my teammates.

Our team has a great opportunity ahead, we know we most certainly have the ability to win this South Region tournament, it will come down to playing 4/5 great games in a row!  We are going to need some luck, and the way I see it, luck generally comes to teams that work the hardest.

My parents made the trip for Senior Day at the Spoon.

On a positive note, Senor Stache has returned, and is ready to lead the way to victory.  Along with my newly dyed mustache, freshmen Jordan Delorenzo’s dyed facial hair is setting the standard this year.  He resembles a 19 year old Carl Pavano.  We are in the process of coming up with our playoff alias, I wanted the “Bash Brother’s” but Delo quickly shot that down.  He said it was already in use by a few players from the Mighty Ducks (circa 1990′s).  One thing is for sure, people will tremble when they see us, and they will beg Delo not to throw his 74 mph fastball high and tight.

Ryan Day has had #swag since day one!

Check back everyday for our regional updates and experiences.  I’ll definitely get a picture of me and Delo with our facial perfection. Most importantly, GO ARGOS!

Philip Ebert 36

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DII Baseball Championship Field of 48 Teams

ATLANTIC
1. Seton Hill 42-8
2. West Chester 38-10
3. Kutztown 35-17 *
4. Mercyhurst 38-15
5. Shepherd 32-17
6. Winston Salem 27-16

CENTRAL
1. Minnesota State 44-10 *
2. St. Cloud 45-12
3. Colorado Mesa 39-14
4. New Mexico Highlands 39-14
5. Winona St 29-20
6. Regis 32-21

EAST
1. Southern New Hampshire 38-12 *
2. Le Moyne 40-13-1
3. Franklin Pierce 36-16-1
4. St. Anselm 28-23-2
5. Wilmington 32-16
6. Dowling 30-17

MIDWEST
1. Indianapolis 42-14
2. Grand Valley State 41-14
3. Wayne St 34-19 *
4. Northern Kentucky 35-19
5. Rockhurst 32-17
6. Lewis 33-20

SOUTHEAST
1. Mount Olive 44-8 *
2. Tusculum 46-8
3. Armstrong Atlantic 40-14
4. Francis Marion 37-15
5. Catawba 39-14
6. Lander 37-18

SOUTH CENTRAL
1. Central Missouri 44-7 *
2. St. Mary’s (TX) 44-8
3. Angelo St 40-15
4. Southern Arkansas 36-15
5. Texas A&M Kingsville 31-16
6. St. Edward’s 35-14

SOUTH
1. Tampa 38-8 *
2. Delta State 40-12
3. Lynn 34-13
4. West Florida 34-17
5. Nova Southeastern 33-13
6. Alabama-Huntsville 31-22
7. North Albama 39-16
8. Stillman 29-16

WEST
1. Western Oregon 40-9 *
2. Dixie State 32-18
3. UC San Diego 32-22
4. Cal State Chico 37-16

* – Designates home team

John Calipari is John Wooden

I have been thinking about this blog post since the end of March, but life has gotten in the way a bit (more on that a little later). Watching John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats dismantle the rest of the field in the NCAA basketball tournament, en-route to his first national championship, I kept listening to all the commentators and analysts pick apart the coaching job he has done since arriving in Lexington, saying things like all he can do is recruit, recruit “one and done’s,” or “he only wins because he has super talent.” Crazy. Stupid. Ill-informed. I think because I’m a coach and a coach at the college level I am more sensitive to these types of criticisms, but what an asinine criticism these people have of Calipari. If you want to pick apart his history with rules violations fine, I understand that. I don’t know enough details to make an informed judgment on that end, but to downgrade his coaching abilities just because he has the best players is ridiculous. Calling him a “collector of talent” is absurd. Somehow getting the best players to come to your program is suddenly a bad thing? Recruiting is the life blood of college athletics, as every university message board and blog detailing all the recruiting battles across the country attests to. What Calipari does is incredibly impressive, selling the advantages of playing in hoops-crazed Kentucky and getting an opportunity to prepare yourself to pursue a professional career. Doesn’t that deserve the praise normally reserved for the likes of Izzo, Williams, Boeheim, and the rest of the college basketball elite? As a college baseball coach, I know the first thing I have to do to get my program on the map is to recruit great players. Calipari does this in impressive fashion.

What I think is even more impressive is what Cal has done with all these 5-star recruits once he has them on campus. Getting elite players to buy in to a team philosophy and play together unselfishly is an incredibly difficult task, as any college coach will tell you. That’s to me where my comparison to John Wooden comes in. Everyone gives John Wooden all the credit in the world for winning consistently and in dominant fashion, but all of it is directed at his practice and game coaching, never for his recruiting. He got the best players every year as well, and once on campus, got them to put aside their egos and play for the name on the front of the jersey. This is exactly what Calipari is doing, and I would argue that he is doing it in an era where this task is infinitely more difficult, given the nature of the fame and acclaim these young men receive for years before ever setting foot on a college campus. Now, before everyone freaks out that I am saying Calipari is as good a coach as Wooden, I’m not. Wooden’s principles and achievements are without equal, but what Calipari is doing is in the same vein. He is convincing the best players in the country to come and play for him, then getting them to play for each other, all the while preparing them for a professional career, exactly what John Wooden did without peer for so many years. Think about it.

All of this recruiting talk has been on the forefront of my mind these past few weeks (again, much of the reason for my blog posting delay) as I have been at a crossroad of sorts in my career. I have enjoyed immensely my time here at SeattleU these past two years, but I have been offered, and have accepted the head coaching job at Lower Columbia College. LCC is the premier junior college program in the Pacific Northwest, and one with unbelievable tradition. It is also where I began my coaching career as an assistant almost fifteen years ago. It also happens to be my wife’s hometown. All of those are great reasons to take the job (along with a VERY family-friendly pay raise) but nevertheless it was an incredibly difficult decision. The staff here at SU is simply THE best to work with in the country, period. Great coaches and great men. I will miss them dearly. I will also of course miss my players, though they may not miss me as much :-). Ultimately, the opportunity was the right one for me and my family at this point in our lives, though and we are excited to embark on it together. SeattleU will be fine, well probably better actually, with whomever they replace me with, and I will be their biggest fan. Thanks for the time.

NCBWA Division II Region Polls – May 8

ATLANTIC REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Seton Hill, Pa. (8) 42-8 94 1
2. West Chester, Pa. (2) 38-10 92 2
3. Kutztown, Pa. 31-15 76 4
4. Mercyhurst, Pa. 38-15 75 3
5. Shippensburg, Pa. 32-21 60 5
6. Shepherd, W. Va. 27-19 41 6
7. Winston-Salem St., N.C. 34-19 40 7
8. West Virginia Wesleyan 27-17 26 9
9. Millersville, Pa. 25-23-1 21 10
10. California, Pa. 26-24 12 8
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Bloomsburg, Pa. (25-20) 6 points;
Charleston, W. Va. (27-21) 3 points; Wheeling Jesuit, W. Va.
(21-22) 3 points; East Stroudsburg, Pa. (24-21-1) 2 points;
Slippery Rock, Pa. (25-25-1) 2 points; Concord, W. Va. (24-26)
1 point.

CENTRAL REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Minnesota State (6) 39-9 78 1
2. St. Cloud State, Minn. (2) 42-10 72 3
3. Colorado Mesa 38-12 65 2
4. New Mexico Highlands 37-12 56 4
5. Wayne State, Neb. 32-16 49 7
6. Winona State, Minn. 27-18 39 6
7. Augustana, S.D. 30-19 30 5
8. Colorado State-Pueblo 28-22 24 9
9. Regis, Colo. 28-21 19 8
10. Minnesota Duluth 24-25 8 NR
Dropped out: #10 Southwest Minnesota State.
Also receiving votes: None.

EAST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Franklin Pierce, N.H. (6) 33-15-1 85 1
2. LeMoyne, N.Y. (2) 35-12-1 79 3
3. South. New Hamp. (1) 38-12 73 2
4. St. Thomas Aquinas, N.Y. 32-15 60 5
5. Southern Conn. State 31-16 57 4
6. Stonehill, Mass. 30-18 49 6
7. Pace, N.Y. 29-18 26 9
8. Wilmington, Del. 29-16 25 7
9. Bentley, Mass. 28-22 21 8
10. Dowling, N.Y. 28-17 8 RV
Dropped out: #10 UMass Lowell.
Also receiving votes: LIU-C.W. Post, N.Y. (27-18) 6 points; St.
Anselm, N.H. (26-21-2) 4 points; Felician, N.J. (25-22) 2 points.

MIDWEST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Grand Valley St., MI (9) 37-13 90 1
2. Indianapolis, Ind. 37-13 76 4
3. Missouri S&T 31-12 72 2
4. Northern Kentucky 32-18 67 3
5. Wayne State, Mich. 30-17 55 5
6. Lewis, Ill. 32-18 43 6
7. Rockhurst, Mo. 30-15 38 8
8. Drury, Mo. 29-20 28 7
9. Quincy, Ill. 28-19 16 T10
10. Missouri St. Louis 28-19 7 NR
Dropped out: #9 Ashland, Ohio; #T10 Lake Erie, Ohio.
Also receiving votes: Ashland, Ohio (27-23) 2 points.

SOUTH REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Tampa, Fla. (5) 38-8 50 1
2. Delta State, Miss. 37-12 44 2
3. Lynn, Fla. 34-13 37 5
4. North Alabama 38-15 35 4
5. Nova Southeastern, Fla. 31-12 31 3
6. Alabama-Huntsville 31-20 24 7
7. West Florida 34-16 22 6
8. Valdosta State, Ga. 27-19 13 8
9. Florida Southern 26-18 11 10
10. Florida Tech 26-20 6 9
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Stillman, Ala. (28-16) 1 point; West
Alabama (28-22) 1 point.

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
T1. Central Missouri (2) 41-7 38 2
T1. St. Mary’s, Texas (2) 41-8 38 1
3. Angelo State, Texas 37-14 31 3
4. St. Edward’s, Texas 35-11 28 4
5. Southern Arkansas 35-14 22 6
6. Missouri Western 33-15 19 8
7. Southeastern Okla. St. 34-16 14 7
8. Texas A&M-Kingsville 31-16 9 5
9. Central Oklahoma 31-17 7 10
10. Washburn, Kans. 26-22 5 NR
Dropped Out: #9 Emporia State
Also Receiving Votes: Emporia State 26-21, Tarleton State
27-19, Southwestern Oklahoma St. 34-16, Oauchita Baptist
28-25, West Texas A&M 29-18, Missouri Southern 32-18.

SOUTHEAST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Tusculum, Tenn. (6) 46-8 87 2
2. Mount Olive, N.C. (3) 42-8 82 1
3. Armstrong Atlantic, Ga. 36-13 67 3
4. Francis Marion, S.C. 34-14 66 4
5. USC Aiken 34-16 46 5
6. Catawba, N.C. 39-14 44 7
7. Georgia College 29-19 39 6
8. Lander, S.C. 34-16 30 8
T9. UNC Pembroke 30-19 13 9
T9. Belmont Abbey, N.C. 30-21 13 10
Dropped out: None.
Also receiving votes: Columbus State, Ga. (29-21) 3 points;
Erskine, S.C. (32-23) 2 points; Young Harris, Ga. (36-14) 2
points, King, Tenn. (30-20) 1 point.

WEST REGION TOP 10
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Western Oregon (6) 34-9 60 1
2. Chico State, Calif. 36-14 51 3
3. Cal Baptist 38-12 49 2
4. UC San Diego 29-21 40 4
5. Dixie State, Utah 32-18 38 T6
6. Cal State San Bernardino 27-18 31 5
7. Cal Poly Pomona 31-18 23 T6
8. Cal State Los Angeles 26-22 15 8
9. Sonoma State, Calif. 25-23 12 RV
10. Cal State Stanislaus 27-23 6 9
Dropped out: #10 Grand Canyon (27-23).
Also receiving votes: Hawaii Pacific (30-19) 5 points.

NCBWA Division II Top 25: May 8

NATIONAL TOP 25 (Final)
Rk School (#1 votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
1. Tampa, Fla. (6) 38-8 293 2
2. St, Mary’s Texas (4) 41-8 286 1
3. Tusculum, Tenn. (1) 46-8 273 4
4. Central Missouri (1) 41-7 259 6
5. Minnesota State 39-9 237 5
6. Seton Hill, Pa. 42-8 232 7
7. Mount Olive, N.C. 42-8 230 3
8. Western Oregon 34-9 207 8
9. Grand Valley State, Mich. 37-13 196 10
10. Delta State, Miss. 37-12 175 9
11. St. Cloud State, Minn. 42-10 163 18
12. Angelo State, Texas 37-14 156 12
13. West Chester, Pa. 38-10 144 13
14. Franklin Pierce, N.H. 33-15-1 135 15
15. Colorado Mesa 38-12 108 11
16. Lynn, Fla. 34-13 97 RV
17. Chico State, Calif. 36-14 95 25
18. Indianapolis, Ind. 37-13 88 NR
19. Armstrong Atlantic, Ga. 36-13 87 17
20. St. Edwards, Texas 35-11 81 22
21. LeMoyne, N.Y. 35-12-1 64 RV
22. North Alabama 38-15 60 21
23. Cal Baptist 38-12 52 16
24. Francis Marion, S.C. 34-14 35 23
25. Missouri S&T 31-12 27 19
Dropped out: #14 Nova Southeastern, Fla.; #20 Southern New
Hampshire; #24 Mercyhurst, Pa.
Also receiving votes: Kutztown, Pa. (31-15) 21 points;
Southern Arkansas (35-14) 19 points; Nova Southeastern, Fla.
(31-12) 18 points; Mercyhurst, Pa. (38-15) 16 points; New
Mexico Highlands (37-12) 14 points; Catawba, S.C. (36-10)
12 points; Southern New Hampshire (38-12) 12 points; USC
Aiken (34-16) 5 points; UC San Diego (29-21) 3 points.

Official NCAA Division II Baseball Region Polls (May 2, 2012) 2nd Report

Rank /School /Overall Record /In-Region Record

ATLANTIC
1 Seton Hill 41-8 39-6
2 West Chester 32-9 26-8
3 Mercyhurst 35-13 32-10
4 Kutztown 31-15 28-15
5 Shippensburg 30-19 29-18
6 Bloomsburg 25-20 24-19
7 Millersville 24-21-1 24-21-1
8 Shepherd 30-16-0 29-12
8 Winston-Salem 34-17 34-17

CENTRAL
1 Minnesota State-Mankato 33-7 30-6
2 Colorado Mesa 36-10 36-10
3 St. Cloud State 36-10 25-6
4 New Mexico Highlands 33-12 31-12
5 Wayne State (Neb.) 26-16 23-11
6 Augustana (S.D.) 28-15 26-14
7 Winona State 26-17 24-14
8 Colorado State-Pueblo 25-21 25-21
8 Concordia-St. Paul 20-20 17-17

EAST
1 Southern New Hampshire 36-12 33-12
2 Franklin Pierce 31-13-1 29-10-1
3 Le Moyne 31-12-1 23-9-1
4 St. Thomas Aquinas 30-15 30-15
5 Bentley 25-21 25-12
6 St. Anselm 25-21-2 22-14-2
7 Stonehill 26-18 26-17
8 Pace 26-17 26-15

MIDWEST
1 Indianapolis 34-12 32-9
2 Grand Valley State 32-12 31-11
3 Rockhurst 27-15 26-15
4 Wayne State (Mich.) 26-15 23-13
5 Northern Kentucky 30-16 28-16
6 Lewis 30-16 28-16
7 Ashland 26-20 25-19
8 Drury 26-16 25-14

SOUTH
1 Tampa 35-8 23-7
2 Delta State 35-11 32-10
3 Nova Southeastern 31-9 24-8
4 Lynn 31-13 24-9
4 North Alabama 36-14 24-12
6 West Florida 32-15 27-15
7 Alabama-Huntsville 28-20 27-19
8 Valdosta State 26-17 24-16
9 West Alabama 28-20 23-18
10 Florida Tech 26-20 23-18

SOUTHEAST
1 Mount Olive 42-7 42-5
2 Tusculum 46-8 44-7
3 Armstrong 36-12 28-11
4 Francis Marion 33-14 31-14
5 South Carolina-Aiken 33-16 32-16
6 Catawba 39-14 39-14
7 Lander 33-16 33-16
8 Georgia College 29-19 29-19

SOUTH CENTRAL
1 Central Missouri 37-7 37-7
2 St. Mary’s (Texas) 41-8 36-8
3 Angelo State 36-14 36-13
4 Texas A&M-Kingsville 31-14 24-12
5 Southern Arkansas 32-14 30-13
6 St. Edward’s 33-11 28-10
7 Southeastern Oklahoma 32-15 28-13
8 West Texas A&M 29-17 26-16

WEST
1 Western Oregon 31-8 31-6
2 UC-San Diego 28-20 28-20
3 Cal State San Bernardino 25-16 23-14
4 Cal State Chico 33-13 33-13
5 Cal State L.A. 24-18 22-18
6 Dixie State 29-17 29-17
7 Cal Poly Pomona 31-18 28-17
8 Cal State Stanislaus 26-20 25-19

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