Delta State, Mount Olive Continues to Cruise, Mules Make Leap After Showdown Win

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Team / Comment
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DELTA ST. STATESMEN
Delta State (35-5-1) had a pair of one-run road wins over Ouachita Baptist and swept three games from and West Georgia to remain the top team in every rankings period since the preseason positioning. DSU hosts Henderson State and plays Valdosta State on the road this week.
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MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
Mount Olive (43-4) survived a late Francis Marion rally and solidly swept Pfeiffer on the road to extend their winning streak to twenty-one games. The Trojans will be the overwhelming favorite in the Conference Carolinas tournament this week.
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USC AIKEN PACERS
The Pacers’ (37-9) had a one-run win over Shorter midweek and won two of three over Columbus State. Aiken will host Augusta State before closing their regular season schedule at Georgia Southwestern.
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TAMPA SPARTANS
Unearned runs cost Tampa (33-9) a midweek game against Florida Tech and then took out their frustrations on Eckerd as the Spartans had a pair of shutouts wins and a 27-5 spanking of the Tritons. UT has a game with Southeastern (Fl.) and a three game series at Nova Southeastern this week.
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CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
Central Missouri (31-9) had a pair of wins over Truman State, but more importantly won two of three against Missouri Western to show that the road to the MIAA championship still runs through Warrensburg. The Mules conclude their regular season with Emporia State this week. Continue reading

Season Wrap Up

Well, it’s been a little over 24 hours since our season finished with a double-header yesterday and I’ve had some time to get my thoughts together. I never like for the season to come to an end. I had the opportunity to win two state championships in high school and even then I wanted to keep playing with those guys. It’s always tough to see guys go and see the team change.

Our team finished with the 7th most wins in program history this year so that’s a huge step in the right direction for a program that has really struggled. We still missed out on the conference tournament though so there’s a lot of things left to prove next year for my senior year. Going through senior day yesterday was a rough experience as I’ve had the chance to grow really close with the guys who are leaving. In my first two years at EMU, senior day was just another game to me. This year though, the team was different. We have truly grown into a family and it hurt knowing I wasn’t going to get to practice and play with those seniors again.

For me personally, the season was pretty rewarding. I felt like coming into the season I was relatively unknown. I had pitched my freshman and sophomore year but still wasn’t much of a factor in the conference and was flying under the radar for the most part. I feel like I’ve really opened up some eyes now and exceeded some expectations which is just a testament to how much my coaches have helped me through the season. They’ve worked with me a ton on my hitting and pitching and really invested in me. It also just feels great to see all the hard work I put in over the offseason pay off. I’ve been really blessed this year to stay healthy and perform well and I know it all just goes to glorify God which is truly humbling.

Now I get to finish up the school year with a week of exams and then I get to head home, which is good because I’ve been pretty homesick lately. I’ll probably take a week off to let my body recover some. A 40 game season takes a serious toll and by the end of the year there are so many things that just nag at you that I feel like I was maybe 70 percent in the last few games. After my body catches up, I’ll be back in the weight room and motivated to improve. Despite having a good year, there are so many things to get better at and I can’t wait to get to work on them. I’ve got a lot more in the tank and a lot more to prove and I’m looking forward to it.

I’ll be home for about a month and then I fly to Grand Island, New York for summer ball. Once again, I’ve just been blessed with a great opportunity to pitch for the Niagara Power of the NYCBL. I’ll be there for the majority of the summer and am looking forward to that experience.

It’s been an awesome season that I’ve been really happy to share with readers here. I haven’t had the chance to write as much as I’d like to just because playing college baseball demands so much of your time, but when I have gotten to write, it’s been a rewarding experience and I hope I’ve picked up a few fans along the way. I’ll continue to post here throughout the summer if it’s possible and look forward to just sharing more with you in this journey. God bless

Adam Posey

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North Carolina, LSU, Vanderbilt and Fullerton Remain Top Four in NCBWA DI Top 30; Clemson, Mercer, Coastal Enter

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 (nine 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 ten 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 (APRIL 15)
Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 34-2 5-0 1
2. LSU Southeastern 34-3 4-1 2
3. Vanderbilt Southeastern 33-4 4-0 3
4. Cal State Fullerton Big West 31-5 3-1 4
5. Florida State Atlantic Coast 30-6 3-1 6 Continue reading

Statesmen Stymied by Muleriders but Remain DII’s Top Team; USC Aiken Jumps to Third After Winning Week

Rank
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Team / Comment
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DELTA ST. STATESMEN
The Statesmen (30-5-1) remain the top team for the tenth week in a row despite being stymied by Southern Arkansas in a premier midweek matchup. Over the weekend DSU was able to sweep Union University to reach the 30 win plateau. Delta State has Ouachita Baptist and West Georgia on this week’s schedule.
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MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
Mount Olive (39-4) held on to win a game against a determined St. Augustine’s squad and swept visiting Limestone to move to the second spot in the rankings. The Trojans will prep for the early Conference Carolinas tournament by playing Francis Marion and Pfeiffer.
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USC AIKEN PACERS
The Pacers’ (34-8) had the best week in the nation as they clobbered Catawba and swept Lander with all four games being on the road. USCA returns home to host Shorter and Columbus State who better come to Aiken ready to play.
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CHICO STATE WILDCATS
The Wildcats’ win streak ended at fifteen when were shutout in the third game of their series with Cal Poly Pomona, but did win the rest of the three games in the series for another quality winning week. Chico hosts UCSD next week as they look to stretch out another double-digit win streak.
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TAMPA SPARTANS
Tampa (30-8) drops a few notches after needing extra innings to get past Embry-Riddle and only mustering one of three wins against visiting Palm Beach Atlantic. UT has a game against Florida Tech and a series with Eckerd this week as they look to return to their winning ways. Continue reading

Sixty Student Athletes Added to Tino Martinez Award Watch List

University of Tampa great Tino Martinez

University of Tampa great Tino Martinez

Based on their outstanding play this season sixty players have been added to the 2013 Tino Martinez Award Watch List. 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, MLB All-Star and newly named member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame, Tino Martinez. Semifinalists are scheduled to be announced on
May 6th, 2013.

Initial nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts, coaches and media members. A panel of media, coaches and sports information officers was polled to finalize the candidates and determine the winner. A fan Internet vote also contributes to the final vote. Continue reading

Life Lessons

Once again, the time between posts has been quite lengthy for me. We had a ton of rain in the middle of our season so we have been backed up with games and it’s made it tough to write as much as I’d like to. At one point we played 6 games in 6 days, 5 of which were conference games so it’s been hectic.

On top of that, for this week I’ve been battling the stomach flu. It’s left me behind in classes and left me a little weaker than usual. We played yesterday and for the majority of the game I had an ice towel over my head and was constantly being given gatorade by our trainers so that was an interesting experience. We were playing against our rivals, and a team that is undefeated right now in conference play and someone asked me after the game why I put myself through that just to play a game that we would eventually lose. Continue reading

2013 College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Two of the most respected college coaches in history join five outstanding players with a good deal of Major League Baseball experience in the 2013 class of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

“This class brings a different flavor to the induction process because it features our first Division III coach, perhaps the greatest Division II player ever and three players from the 1950s, ‘60s and early ‘70s, which is a time period that has been a bit underrepresented in past inductions,” said Mike Gustafson, executive director of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. “We are excited to welcome them to the Hall of Fame.” Continue reading