NCBWA Division II Regional Rankings 3-11-14

Atlantic Region

RK School -First-Place Votes- W-L Pts. Prev.
1 Shippensburg (Pa.) -12- 7-3 129 1
2 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) -2- 9-2 124 2
3 Millersville (Pa.) 7-5 96 3
4 Concord (W. Va.) 11-3 92 6
5 Kutztown (Pa.) 4-1 74 5 Continue reading

NCBWA Division II National Poll 3-11-14

Rank Team -First Place Votes- Record Votes Previous Ranking
1 Tampa (Fla.) -16- 19-1 400 1
2 Minnesota State 9-2 369 2
3 St. Mary’s (Texas) 17-4 358 3
4 Lander (S.C.) 19-3 352 4
5 West Florida 16-2 336 5 Continue reading

Tino Award Watch Spotlight: Ouachita Baptist’s Davis Ward

It’s easy to highlight the pitching of Davis Ward because no words are necessary; the numbers say it all. The ace of Ouachita Baptist has been like the Riddler this season, baffling batsmen all season long. In his six appearances this season, Ward has toed the rubber against nationally ranked teams four times – each of them were wins for the Tigers and three of the games were shutouts. He is a perfect 5-0 and his 1.59 ERA is so dainty it should only be enjoyed with a fine glass of sherry. Despite facing some of the toughest lineups in DII baseball, he’s struck out 42 batters while only allowing 37 hits (for a .213 batting average) while issuing just six measly walks in 45.1 near masterful innings. Continue reading

South Carolina Tops Latest NCBWA DI Poll

South Carolina has joined Cal State Fullerton (preseason No. 1), Oregon State (Feb. 17) and Virginia (Feb. 24-March 3) as schools holding down the No. 1 positions in the first five 2014 surveys. Last season only five teams were No. 1 during the entire January-June NCBWA compilations. The poll voters come from 44 college baseball writers and related media persons from throughout the nation.

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. South Carolina Southeastern 15-0 5-0 3
2. Florida State Atlantic Coast 12-2 4-1 2
3. Virginia Atlantic Coast 11-3 2-1 1
4. Oregon State Pacific-12 14-3 5-0 5
5. Vanderbilt Southeastern 15-2 5-0 6 Continue reading

Spartans Streak Continues, Tampa Remains DII’s Top Team

Rank(Last Week) Team / Comment
1(1) Tampa SpartansTampa (19-1) swept St. Leo in this past week’s marquee matchup, twice rallying to win in the final inning. UT also had a win over Seton Hill. Can Bridgeport or Rollins stop the Spartan Express this week? Probably not.
2(2) Minnesota State MavericksThe Mavs (9-2) are in the middle of their Spring Trip in Florida. So far they’ve gone 4-1 with wins over Findlay, Saginaw Valley and Northwood; their loss was against Ashland. BIG game against GVSU tomorrow.
3(3) Lander BearcatsThe Bearcats (19-3) had a nice midweek win over Mount Olive and took two of three from Francis Marion to hold on to the three spot for another week. Lander plays Newberry and GRU Augusta this week.
4(4) West Florida ArgonautsThe Argos’ (16-2) have a twelve game winning streak going after sweeping three from Union in which UWF pitchers only allowed three runs. UWF plays Alabama-Huntsville in this week’s showdown series. Look out for Jordan DeLorenzo. Putting up macho numbers: 5-0 with 0.96 ERA.
5(5) Southern Arkansas MuleridersMuleriders (19-4) remained hot with a midweek win over suddenly slumping Arkansas Monticello and a sweep of Henderson State. SAU plays Delta State and Harding this week. Continue reading

Tino Award Watch Spotlight: Montevallo’s Jackson Slaid

If you’ve seen one of the “Faces of Meth” posters which demonstrate the effects of methamphetamine on its users, then you have a good idea of what baseball look like after Montevallo’s Jackson Slaid has taken batting practice. The Falcons’ senior catcher has been absolutely blistering baseball this season, crushing eight pitches for homeruns in the first month of the season. Continue reading