Tampa, Minnesota State, St. Mary’s 1-2-3 in NCBWA DII Top 25

National Top 25

Rank Team -First Place Votes- Record Votes Previous Ranking
1 Tampa (Fla.) -15- 15-1 375 1
2 Minnesota State 5-1 354 2
3 St. Mary’s (Texas) 14-4 329 5
4 Lander (S.C.) 16-2 328 8
5 West Florida 12-2 307 7 Continue reading

ACC Boasts Three of Top Eight Teams in Latest NCBWA Rankings

NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MARCH 3)
Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Virginia Atlantic Coast 9-2 3-1 1
2. Florida State Atlantic Coast 8-1 2-1 2
3. South Carolina Southeastern 10-0 3-0 6
4. Cal State Fullerton Big West 7-3 3-0 9
5. Oregon State Pacific-12 9-3 4-1 7 Continue reading

Tampa Continues Stranglehold Atop DII Rankings

Rank

(Last Week)

Team / Comment
1

(1)

Tampa Spartans

Tampa (15-1) only allowed four total runs during their weekend series with Walsh. The Spartans have a monster series at St. Leo upcoming which the upcoming Lions have had their eyes on.

2

(2)

Minnesota State Mavericks

The Mavs (5-1) had the week of as they headed down to Florida for their spring trip in which they will play nine games in eight days.

3

(4)

Lander Bearcats

The Bearcats (16-2) dropped their first game against North Georgia, but won the next two and the series against the Saints. LU hosts Mount Olive midweek and Francis Marion this upcoming weekend.

4

(9)

West Florida Argonauts

The Argos’ (13-2) swept three road games from Christian Brothers this week. UWF should have a tougher row to hoe this week against North Georgia and Union.

5

(10)

Southern Arkansas Muleriders

Muleriders (15-4) hurlers had three shutouts as they went 4-1 last week with their only loss to Ouachita Baptist’s ace Davis Ward. SAU has a midweek contest with Arkansas Monticello and a weekend series at Henderson State. Continue reading

Tino Award Watch Spotlight: Tampa’s Nick Tindall

tinoawardxxxThe initial watch list for the 2014 Jaeger Sports Tino Martinez Award presented by College Baseball Lineup and D2baseballnews.com includes 125 names. If that list had to be cut in half, or to a third, probably even down to just a top ten, one of the names that would be on the roster of top DII players to watch would be Tampa’s Nick Tindall. Tindall played for Quincy University last season where he was a semifinalist for the award as he earned Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year and Midwest Region Player of the Year honors. As a slugging sophomore catcher Tindall led his team in batting at .372 and hit a GLVC high nine homeruns. His average was fifth in the league and his .620 slugging percentage was third. He also struck out just 14 time in 189 appearances. Even more amazingly, last season was Tindall’s first year as a collegiate player as he didn’t play as a freshman. Continue reading

NCBWA DI Baseball Top 30 – Feb 24

VIRGINIA TOPS NCBWA DIVISION I POLL
Virginia (6-1) has moved into the top spot in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. The Cavaliers were 4-0 last week and moved up three spots from number four, replacing Oregon State atop the rankings.

Cal State Fullerton (preseason No. 1) and Oregon State (Feb. 17) have also held down the No. 1 position in the initial three 2014 rankings. Last year Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conference schools were No. 1 every week until UCLA captured the 2013 NCAA title.

The current survey has representation by nine different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2014 NCAA Division I ranks. The rankings of 2013 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week while 12 separate circuits had team rankings in ’13.

NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (FEB. 24)
Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Virginia Atlantic Coast 6-1 4-0 4
2. Florida State Atlantic Coast 6-0 3-0 3
3. LSU Southeastern 7-0 4-0 5
4. Vanderbilt Southeastern 7-0 4-0 6
5. Oregon Pacific-12 7-0 4-0 8 Continue reading

4-0 Week Thrusts Virginia to Top of NCBWA DI Poll

Virginia (6-1) has moved into the top spot in the latest poll. The Cavaliers were 4-0 last week and moved up three spots from number four, replacing Oregon State atop the rankings.

NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (FEB. 24)
Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Virginia Atlantic Coast 6-1 4-0 4
2. Florida State Atlantic Coast 6-0 3-0 3
3. LSU Southeastern 7-0 4-0 5
4. Vanderbilt Southeastern 7-0 4-0 6
5. Oregon Pacific-12 7-0 4-0 8 Continue reading

Supersized Top 30 DII Rankings As Top Teams Compile Wins

Rank(Last Week) Team / Comment
(1) Tampa Spartans
Top ranked Tampa (11-1) took the luster from the Golden Rams of Albany State, outscoring them 32-14 in a three game sweep. The Spartans should add another four wins this week with games against Saginaw Valley State and Walsh.
(2) Minnesota State Mavericks
The Mavs (5-1) earned a pair of wins over Southwest Baptist in their only action of the week. MSU doesn’t have any more games scheduled until March 6th when play nine games in eight days in Florida.
(3) USC Aiken Pacers
USC Aiken (10-2) swept three important conference games at Francis Marion. The Pacers will be on the road again this week with a trio of contests against Flagler.
(4) Lander Bearcats
After completing their series win against Flagler, the Bearcats (13-1) earned a crushing win over Clafin and swept Young Harris. With the way LU is playing they probably could have taken three from the veteran Old Harris as well.
(5) Mount Olive Trojans
UMO (10-4) won the decisive game of their series with Concord, won a pair over Lenoir-Rhyne and won two of three over California (PA) which included a 23-2 drubbing. A big series lays ahead for the Trojans this week as they lost Florida Southern. Continue reading

2014 Jaeger Sports Tino Martinez Award Watch List Announced

tinoawardOMAHA, NE > One hundred twenty-five exceptional student-athletes comprise the watch list for the 2014 Jaeger Sports Tino Martinez Award for the most outstanding player in DII college baseball. The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, Olympian and MLB All-Star, Tino Martinez.

Nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts and media members. Omission from the initial list does not exclude additional players from future consideration.

The list will be updated with a mid-season release mid April. Semi-finalists are scheduled to be announced on May 12th with the finalists to be named on May 26th.

After the finalists are named fans will be once again be invited to vote online at tinoaward.com to help determine the winner. The winner will be announced after the conclusion of the DII Baseball Championship held in Cary, NC from May 24th to May 31st.

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