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Tampa (28-1) has had some close shaves with four one-run wins and two extra inning victories the past three weeks, but the Spartans keep on winning. Fellow perennial power Florida Southern will try to stop UT from amassing a 25 game win streak.
The Bearcats (23-3) beat Newberry and swept Georgia Regents to slip into the second spot on the rankings. LU has it’s biggest series of the season to-date as they play at Montevallo this week.
|Minnesota State Mavericks
The Mavs (15-4) won three of four in their first NSIC series of the year against Southwest Minnesota State. MSU has their first home games of the year this week when they host Minnesota Duluth.
|West Florida Argonauts
The Argos’ (21-5) were anti-Peach State as they went 4-1 against North and West Georgia to hold on to their spot in the top five. UWF hosts Columbus State midweek and travels north to play Lee for the weekend.
|Southern Arkansas Muleriders
Muleriders (24-7) won midweek over Quachita Baptist and cooled off a hot Arkansas Tech team by winning two of three against the Wonderboys. SAU hosts Southeastern Oklahoma State this week. Continue reading
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
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
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The Spartans (6-0) swept the competion at the Prestige Appliance Classic which included wins over a pair of top five teams in Mount Olive and USC Aiken. UT has another big weekend coming up with a series at Georgia College.
|MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The top ranked Mavericks (1-1) split with upstart Arkansas Monticello. The loss to UAM slips MSU from the top spot and solidifies the Weevils’ accention into the top twenty. The Mavs head to Tahlequah, OK to play offensive-minded Northeastern State next weekend.
|USC AIKEN PACERS
The Pacers (4-2) could have laid claim to the top spot had they held off a ninth inning Tampa rally. Nonetheless, USCA did have wins over Shepherd and Mount Olive for a solid showing for the weekend. A date with Belmont Abbey awaits the Pacers for Valentine’s Day weekend.
Lander (7-0) routed Clafin midweek and swept three games from North Greenville over the weekend to move into the top ten. The Bearcats have a midweek matchup with Mount Olive and series with Flagler this week.
|MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
UMO (4-2) lost a pair of games over the weekend, but they were to two of the top three teams in the rankings. The Trojans fell to Tampa and USC Aiken while winning against Shepherd. UMO has another tough week with Lander and Concord on the agenda. Continue reading
Following is the 2014 College Baseball Lineup Preseason Top 30. Click on a team for more information about the club and their chances to come home with the national title this spring.
1. MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS (42-9)
2. USC AIKEN PACERS (42-13)
3. TAMPA SPARTANS (47-12)
4. TEXAS A&M KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS (42-17)
5. MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS (48-8)
6. SETON HILL GRIFFINS (42-17)
7. GRAND VALLEY STATE LAKERS (38-19)
8. WILMINGTON WILDCATS (43-13)
9. SAINT EDWARD’S HILLTOPPERS (44-18)
10. SAINT CLOUD STATE HUSKIES (37-11)
11. WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS (39-14)
12. DRURY PANTHERS (39-17)
13. LANDER BEARCATS (35-16)
14. MILLERSVILLE MARAUDERS (40-18)
15. SAINT MARY’S RATTLERS (39-17)
16. UNC PEMBROKE BRAVES (38-16)
17. SAINT LEO LIONS (35-14-1)
18. LEWIS FLYERS (33-18)
19. ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE CHARGERS (33-15-1)
20. MONTEVALLO FALCONS (34-20)
21. COLORADO MESA MAVERICKS (45-11)
22. ANGELO STATE RAMS (37-12)
23. CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES (36-13)
24. DELTA STATE STATESMEN (44-11-1)
25. GEORGIA COLLEGE BOBCATS (36-19)
26. SOUTHERN ARKANSAS MULERIDERS (42-17)
27. FRANKLIN PIERCE RAVENS (37-19)
28. CONCORD MOUNTAIN LIONS (36-20)
29. CAL STATE MONTERY BAY OTTERS (39-17)
30*. AUGUSTANA (SD) VIKINGS (38-18)
30*. WINSTON SALEM STATE RAMS (39-13)
MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS (42-9)
Had the DII National Championship not been a winner-take-all single game, Minnesota State may have captured the title last season. No team was hotter than the Mavs at the end of last season who were 25-1 headed into the final deciding game against Tampa. However the Spartans extinguished the red hot Mavericks and jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead against MSU’s ABCA and Daktronics Pitcher of the Year, Harvey Martin to take home the title.
USC AIKEN PACERS (42-13)
The Pacers spent much of 2013 near the top of the DII rankings and completed the regular season as the Peach Belt Conference regular season champions. However like an attempt to take over the tri-state area by Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, Aiken’s postseason plan gloriously fell apart, going 0-2 in the PBC Tournament and 1-2 in the Southeast Regional for a much earlier than anticipated exit. Nevertheless, despite last season’s late shortcomings, expectations are high once again on campus for another successful season. Coach Kenny Thomas returns a stocked roster and a trip to Cary and the DII Baseball Championships will be the ultimate, and very obtainable, goal.
TAMPA SPARTANS (47-12)
When a school has five players selected in the MLB draft and another signed as a free agent, it’s usually an indicator that the team could be in for a rebuilding year – even if the club just won the national title. However that isn’t the case in Tampa. The Spartans only further cemented itself as one of DII baseball’s perennial powers and with another influx of talented transfers and recruits, UT will once again be a favorite to leave Cary with the championship trophy in hand. Continue reading
TEXAS A&M KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS (42-17)
The Javelinas set and eclipsed a number of goals last spring. They boasted multiple wins over top ten teams, spent the bulk of the season in the top 30, won a fifth LSC title and topped the school record with 42 wins. For this year’s team, the final goal will be Cary or bust. Few new accomplishments are left to be felled for TAMKU and Head Coach Jason Gonzales returns a rock solid roster with six established starters and all but a pair of pitchers who played in last year’s regional championship game.