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.
3
(3)
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.
4
(4)
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.
5
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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.
6
(5)
USC AIKEN PACERS
USC Aiken (27-7) eclipsed Augusta State in extra innings, but could only manage to take one of three against Montevallo. The Pacers play Limestone and Augusta State this week.
7
(7)
ST. CLOUD ST. HUSKIES
SCSU (15-2) had a four game series scheduled with Upper Iowa, but the quartet of contests with the Peacocks were all cancelled. The Huskies host Minnesota Crookston and Minot State this week.
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CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
The Mules (20-5) had a doubleheader split with Southwest Baptist and won two of three on the road against Central Oklahoma. UCM faces Lindenwood midweek and steps out of conference to play a weekend series with Henderson State this week.
9
(9)
COLORADO MESA MAVERICKS
Colorado Mesa (23-5) has won 19 of their past 20 games after sweeping Adams State and scored nearly 15 runs per game in the series with the Grizzlies. CMU plays four at CSU Pueblo this week.
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ST. MARY’S (TX) RATTLERS
If you take away losses by two or fewer runs the Rattlers (22-9) would be 22-1 this season. No mulligans were needed this week at St. Mary’s swept three road games from UA Ft. Smith. The Rattlers have a good matchup with Angelo State and will host UTPB this week.
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ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE CHARGERS
After having their series with top ranked Delta State canceled the week before due to weather, Alabama Huntsville’s (24-6-1) made the most of their opportunity against West Florida and swept three games against the Argos. UAH had contests with Miles, Montevallo and Union this week.
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MISSOURI WESTERN ST. GRIFFONS
The Griffons (24-4) added another half dozen wins this week and likely could made it eight if their doubleheader with Truman State hadn’t been canceled. MWSU hosts Southwest Baptist and plays Pittsburg State on the road this week.
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SETON HILL GRIFFINS
The Griffins (21-6) took both end of a doubleheader with Ohio Valley and won two of three against Pitt Johnstown on the road. After playing Bluefield State and California (Pa.), SHU had a matchup with Slippery Rock in this week’s top DII matchup.
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UNC PEMBROKE BRAVES
The Braves (26-8) had a busy week as they split a pair at Flagler, shutout Wingate 11-0 and swept North Georgia on the road. UNCP has stiff competition ahead with home games against Coker and Francis Marion coming up.
15
(10)
WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS
The Argos (23-9) played a three game series at Alabama Huntsville and were swept for the first time this season by the Chargers. UWF looks to get back to their winning ways with a series at West Georgia this week.
16
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SOUTHERN ARKANSAS MULERIDERS
The Muleriders (25-11) had a pair of midweek wins over Wiley College and won two of three against Southeastern Oklahoma State on the road. After hosting LSU Shreveport, SAU will welcome East Central to town for a three games series.
17
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FLORIDA TECH PANTHERS
The Panthers (23-10) get a bit of a rankings surge after earning a midweek victory over Palm Beach Atlantic and series win over Lynn. FIT has another game with PBA this week as well as a series at St. Leo.
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MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The Mavs (17-6) outscored Minnesota Crookston 25-2 in a three game series, but could only manage a split with Northern State headed into the weekend. MSU hosts Mary and Augustana this week in Mankato.
19
(NR)
MONTEVALLO FALCONS
Montevallo (23-12) has been on the rankings peripheral all season long and finally break through in a big way after winning two of three over USC Aiken. UM also has wins over UNC Pembroke, Alabama-Huntsville and Lander this season. The Falcons could make another jump as UAH is on this week’s schedule once again.
20
(12)
CATAWBA INDIANS
Catawba (27-11) started the week with losses at Belmont Abbey and Barton and lost the first game in their series verse Tusculum, but did manage to win the final two games with the Pioneers to take the series. The Indians have a big game with Mount Olive and face Lincoln Memorial this week.
21
(20)
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE PENMEN
SNHU (17-6) had a road series at Stonehill and could only manage to win one of three after the offense sputtered the first two games. The Penmen return to action with seven games this week which includes matchups with St. Michael’s, St. Anselm, New Haven and Southern Connecticut.
22
(25)
WILMINGTON (DE) WILDCATS
Wilmington (20-9) had a road win at Philadelphia and swept a doubleheader at Post. The resurgent Wildcats will look to extend their winning streak to double-digits when they play Chestnut Hill, UMES and Felician this week.
23
(19)
TEX. A&M-KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS
The Javelinas’ (22-10) once skyrocketing stock took another turn for the worse when TAMKU split four home games with Tarleton State. Kingsville needs to look good this week against Texas A&M International and Cameron or the aforementioned TSU Texans could take their place in the rankings.
24
(NR)
GRAND CANYON ANTELOPES
After winning games over Cal Poly Pomona and Holy Names, the ‘Lopes (26-5) have extended their winning streak to 17 games and enter the rankings for the first time this season. They’ll needed another ten wins to match the school record, which would require wins over Fresno Pacific this week.
25
(18)
SHIPPENSBURG RAIDERS
The Ship’ (17-8) was wrecked this week when the Raiders dropped three of four to PSAC rival Kutztown. Getting back on course won’t be easy this week with games against Indiana (Pa.) and Millersville on the agenda.
26
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CAL ST. MONTEREY BAY OTTERS
The Otters (20-10) had the week off from competitive play, but return to action this week with a big CCAA matchup with Sonoma State as they try to climb conference and national standings.
27
(NR)
SONOMA ST. SEAWOLVES
The Seawolves (21-9) have been in and out of the rankings the past few weeks. This week they’re in after winning three of four against Cal Poly Pomona. SSU has a monster road series, one of the biggest in DII this week, when they play upstart Cal State Monterey Bay.
28
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FRANKLIN PIERCE RAVENS
After a slow start to the season Franklin Pierce (16-9) hasn’t lost in two weeks as the Ravens swept UMass-Lowell. FPU will aim to continue their winning ways while playing a pair of games with both St. Michael’s, Southern Connecticut State and New Haven this week.
29
(22)
ANGELO STATE RAMS
Angelo State (20-12) won the first two games in their series with West Texas A&M, but lost games three and four to split the series. The Rams could use a win against St. Mary’s or sweep over Eastern New Mexico this week to hold off an increasing number of rankings challengers.
30*
(NR)
WEST CHESTER GOLDEN RAMS
It took a while, but defending national champion West Chester (16-9-1) is starting to look pretty good again. The Rams have won nine of their last ten, four of which were shutout victories. WCU has this week off and will play Wilmington and East Stroudsburg when they return to action.
30*
(29)
ST. EDWARD’S HILLTOPPERS
The Hilltoppers (22-10) salvaged a win in their with UA Fort Smith, edged Oklahoma Christian and took two of three from Newman. SEU will play three with McMurry in Austin this week as they look to make their way back up the rankings.

Dropped Out: Ashland (23), Arkansas Tech (27), Slippery Rock (28)

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