NCBWA Division II Top 25 Rankings – Feb 18

Rank School (#1 Votes) W-L Pts. Prev.
  1. Delta State (9) 6-0 297 1
  2. Mount Olive, N.C. (2) 10-0 281 4
  3. Central Missouri 6-1 259 3
  4. Chico State, Calif. 8-0 247 7
  5. Tampa, Fla. 6-1 245 6 Continue reading

On the Bump – February 18, 2013

Hello Gents’ fans and welcome back to another edition of “On the Bump”. The past week has been very busy for us as we played a doubleheader on Wednesday against Jarvis Christian, and then we spent the weekend in Georgetown, Texas playing our first conference series against Southwestern.

We had this past Monday and Tuesday off from school for Mardi Gras break. Only in Louisiana would you get school off for Mardi Gras. Anyways, we were limited with our time on the field on Monday and Tuesday because of inclement weather in the Shreveport area. Continue reading

NCBWA Releases Feb. 18 Division I Poll – North Carolina Moves to Number One

DALLAS – North Carolina has moved into the top spot in the latest (Feb. 18) National Collegiate Baseball Writers Division I poll.  The Tar Heels were 2-0 last week and moved up one spot, replacing preseason No. 1 Arkansas.

The NCBWA continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls with its 2013 preseason predictions and weekly surveys. Weekly polls will continue through June 11, with the final poll following the 67th annual 2013 NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at three-year-old TD Ameritrade Park.  The poll voters come from 51 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

The current poll has representation by seven different conferences among the 298 baseball-playing schools in the 2013 NCAA Division I ranks. The polls of 2012 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week. For more information or to join the NCBWA, please go to www.ncbwa.com.

Current Rank, School Name               Conference                    Record      Last Week  Previous Rank

1         North Carolina         Atlantic Coast                     2-0              2-0              2

2         LSU                         Southeastern                       3-0              3-0              3

3         Arkansas                 Southeastern                       2-1              2-1              1

4         Vanderbilt                Southeastern                       2-1              2-1              4

5         Oregon                    Pacific-12                           3-0              3-0              8 Continue reading

Statesmen Continue to Stake Claim to Top Spot – DII Baseball Rankings

Rank
(Last Week)
Team / Comment
1
(1)
DELTA ST. STATESMEN
In what was supposed to be the weekend’s premier series, Delta State (6-0) completely dismantled visiting Nova Southeastern, outscoring the Sharks 36-7 in their three game series. DSU hosts Florida Southern this week.
2
(4)
MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
The Trojans (10-0) earned a 19-2 lopsided win over Shaw and impressively swept NE-10 stalwart Le Moyne over the weekend. After a game with Virginia State, MOC will host North Greenville this week.
3
(3)
TAMPA SPARTANS
In their first matchup since the 2007 World Series, Tampa outscored Columbus State 13-5 in the Spartans only game of the week. UT hosts Hillsdale and Pace this week.
4
(2)
MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The Mavs (3-1) finally took to the diamond this past weekend. MSU split with Winona State and edged Sioux Falls in a pair of close Sunday contests. The Mavericks will play Bemidji State before heading to Winter Haven, FL and a slew of games.
5
(6)
CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
The Mules (6-1) reached double-digits in each of their three games with Fort Hayes State. UCM outscored FHSU 43-11 during the sweep and will face Lindenwood and Pittsburg State this week. Continue reading

On the Bump – February 11, 2013

Hello Gents’ fans and welcome back to the first official “in-season” “On the Bump”. We split our games this past weekend and we were rained out on Sunday. During this edition of the blog I will highlight our trip to Dallas, break down our games, and talk about our upcoming week as we prepare to open conference play this coming weekend.
On Thursday afternoon we had a light practice before we packed up and headed 200 miles west to Dallas. Our practice was a little lackadaisical and that would prove to be a little foreshadowing for our game less than 24 hours later. Because Dallas was a rather short drive, we took three vans rather than a charter bus. I got to ride in Coach Jolley’s van and I have to believe we had the most fun out of any of the vans on the ride over to Dallas. It turns out that our hotel was less than a mile from my home in Plano so it was pretty cool to be so close to home. When we got to our hotel on Thursday night we were assigned our rooms and given a little bit of time to go find some food before curfew. My roommates for the trip were Grady Flournoy, Chase Clarke, and Trey Guccione. We held it down for the “BBB” in room 204. Continue reading

Tino Martinez Award Watch List Named

OMAHA, Ne – The initial watch list for the fourth annual Tino Martinez DII Player of the Year Award, has been named. The list includes 152 top amateur athletes from across the nation.

University of Tampa great Tino Martinez

University of Tampa great Tino Martinez

The award is presented to the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, United States Olympian, first round draft pick and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez.

A pair of pitchers, Rene Solis of St. Mary’s (TX) and Ryan Thompson of Franklin Pierce headline the list. Solis was a finalist last season after leading the Rattlers to the DII Championships in Cary, NC. Thompson was one of eight finalists from 2011 when the Ravens were a game away from being one of the final eight teams remaining. Dozens of other Preseason All American candidates, All Conference performers and MLB prospects comprise the rest of the list. Continue reading

Rattlers Rattled, Statesmen Take Top Spot in DII Rankings

Rank Team / Comment
1
(3)
DELTA ST. STATESMEN
Delta State (3-0) had to rally for three runs in the bottom of the ninth of game three, but the Statesmen were able to sweep Montevallo and raise to the top spot in the rankings. DSU will host Nova Southeastern next weekend in the season’s first top ten matchup.
2
(2)
MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The Mavs (0-0) don’t take to the diamond until this Saturday when they play a pair with both Winona State and Sioux Falls in the Metrodome.
3
(4)
TAMPA SPARTANS
UT (5-1) started the season with a baffling loss to Bentley, but came back to outscore the Falcons 18-0 in the remaining two contests. Last weekend the Spartans swept visiting Georgia College.
4
(5)
MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
The Trojans (6-0) began 2013 with a sweep at Lenoir-Rhyne and a four run rally in the bottom of the ninth Sunday gave MOC completed a sweep over Newberry this weekend. One of the best matchups of this week will be in Cary when Mount Olive hosts Le Moyne.
5
(1)
ST. MARY’S (TX) RATTLERS
The Rattlers (5-2) started the season with an as anticipated sweep of Newman, but went 2-2 last week which included a narrow win over Oklahoma Christian and series loss to UA Fort Smith featuring a pair of one-run losses. Continue reading