Statesmen Continue to Monopolize DII Top Spot; DSU is Number One Team for Eighth Week in a Row

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(Last Week)
Team / Comment
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DELTA ST. STATESMEN
Delta State (24-4-1) held West Alabama to a single run in two wins and were leading the Tigers 6-0 in a third game before rain canceled the contest. The Statesmen return to action with games against Arkansas Monticello and Shorter this week.
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LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (27-6) won a 24-13 game with Brevard and took two of three from Georgia Southwestern. After hosting Anderson the Bearcats have a road series at Georgia College.
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TAMPA SPARTANS
Tampa (26-5) took two of three on road against the Barry Bucs. This week the Spartans will travel to Lakeland to meet longtime SSC rival Florida Southern for a three game series.
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MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
Mount Olive (31-4) swept five games last week by taking two from Chowan and three from an excellent, and previously red-hot, California (Pa.) club. The Trojans will face Catawba and Erskine when they return to the diamond.
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CHICO STATE WILDCATS
Chico State (23-5) swept San Francisco State on the road, which was their third away series in the past four weeks. The ‘Cats will now play 15 of their final 20 regular season games at home, starting with a series against Cal State San Bernardino this week. Continue reading

Wisdom of the Yeti

“It’s the Yeti’s world. We are just living in it.” Seth Thibodeaux, head baseball coach at Nicholls State University.

This quote struck Yeti to the core as practice rolled on today with a somewhat familiar chill of Alaska air, though Yeti be so far from home down here in the swamps, that it was still apparent this has become Yeti’s world.

Ever since IMG_4960Yeti show up in Thibodaux, people creatures have embraced Yeti with such fame as perhaps a Jose Canseco, which just so happens to be Yeti’s favorite bat and ball player, but that’s another story which entails a 4 moon trip to Vegas, a lion, three eggs, a pontoon boat, and a red flag.

Regardless, Yeti here to offer some insight on a pitch established when Yeti pitched for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Yeti threw 19 no-hitters once this pitch was perfected. A combination of a fastball and changeup mixed in with a tailing curve that drops right off table of Yeti’s opponent people creatures.

That’s right the “Fastchange Circle Curve”. No people creature has ever been able to throw it and no people creature ever be able to hit it. Requires long fingers and a little Yeti spit, which only Yeti’s possess. Starts off slow about 45-50 mph then gradually and rapidly speeds up crossing the white plate around 115 mph, sometimes getting buried in the dirt when the curve comes into play.

Don’t believe Yeti? Well did you ever think a yeti would make a home in the heat of Louisiana? That’s what Yeti thought. Not even the aluminum super bats of the olden days could touch it, and if you did connect, well Yeti put a ball into your kitchen that would leave a bruise for two months.

Coach Thibodeaux has pleaded with Yeti to find a method and way for his people creatures that throw the ball at batter to be able to toss this pitch. So Yeti has spent countless hours behind a thing coach calls a computer with video, perfecting a way for Yeti like pitchers, Mike Suk and Kory Delange, also known as the bash brothers, to have the capability of the Fastchange Circle Curve.

The pursuit continues, and Yeti will still roam the field in the 5th inning as the circus banshee Yeti always wanted to be.

Until next time.

North Carolina Continues to Top DI Rankings, LSU Moves to Second

DALLAS (NCBWA) – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association continues its tradition of NCAA Division I polls for the 16th year with its 2013 weekly surveys. Polls will be circulated from Feb. 18-June 27 (weekly through June 11) following the 67th annual NCAA World Series in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritade Park.

North Carolina (six consecutive weeks) and Arkansas (preseason No. 1) have held down the No. 1 position throughout the 2013 surveys. The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

The current poll has representation by 10 different conferences (16 total for the season) among the 298 baseball-playing schools in the 2013 NCAA Division I ranks. The surveys of 2012 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week.

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MARCH 25)
Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 21-1 3-0 1
2. LSU Southeastern 22-2 4-0 3
3. Oregon State Pac-12 21-2 2-1 4
4. Florida State Atlantic Coast 22-2 4-1 5
5. Vanderbilt Southeastern 21-4 2-2 2 Continue reading

Top Teams Remain the Same in DII Rankings; DSU, Lander, Tampa & Mount Olive Continue to Compile Wins

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Team / Comment
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DELTA ST. STATESMEN
Delta State (22-4-1) scored a pair of midweek wins over Mississippi Valley State and Harding, but was foiled by the weather in keeping their winning ways going into the weekend. The Statesmen and Alabama-Huntsville had to settle for a six inning tie in their only action in a highly anticipated top twenty-five matchup.
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LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (24-5) outscored Erskine 8-3 midweek and won a series over a very good Montevallo team to keep their position as the nation’s second ranked team. The Bearcats will play a pair at Brevard and challenge Georgia Southwestern this week.
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TAMPA SPARTANS
Fewer, if any, teams had better weeks than Tampa (24-4) who had wins over last year’s champ Wester Chester, Franklin Pierce and decisively swept three games from Rollins. The Spartans play three in Miami with the Barry Bucs this week.
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MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
After outscoring Armstrong 14-11, Mount Olive (26-4) swept three games from the Coker Cobras, giving the Trojans four quality wins for the week. MOC goes outside of conference with games against Chowan and California (Pa.) this week.
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USC AIKEN PACERS
After sweeping Chowan and North Georgia, USC Aiken (25-5) has won ten games in a row, reaching double digits in nine of the ten victories (the Pacers scored nine in the other). The Pacers face Augusta State and Montevallo this week. Continue reading

On the Bump – March 20, 2013

Hello Gents’ fans and welcome back to the tenth edition of “On the Bump”. This was a fairly busy week for us as we had a midweek contest with LeTourneau, and then we headed out to Sherman, Texas for three conference games with Austin College. This week I will tell you how those games went, and I will briefly discuss our extremely busy upcoming week that includes three midweek games and a pair of games this coming weekend against Southwestern. Continue reading