Delta State Remains Top DII Team, Tampa Moves to Second After Lander Losses

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DELTA ST. STATESMEN
The top-ranked Statesmen (27-4-1) continued their winning ways with a three game sweep of Shorter University. Interestingly DSU has been atop the rankings this season with few homeruns (10). Instead Delta State is manufacturing runs by being relentless on the basepaths and patient at the plate.
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TAMPA SPARTANS
You can throw records out the window when long time rivals Tampa (28-6) and Florida Southern meet up, but please don’t, they attract ants. The Spartans took the series this year, winning two of three against the Mocs last week.
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MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
Mount Olive (35-4) earned a pair of wins over Catawba and swept another two over Erskine for another perfect week. The Trojans have won thirteen games in a row and will look to push the total to seventeen with games against St. Augustine’s and Limestone.
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CHICO STATE WILDCATS
Chico State (27-5) swept four games from visiting Cal State San Bernardino to further separate themselves from the CCAA and West Region pack. A big reason the Wildcats have been so successful this season is their defense. The ‘Cats last 61 consecutive innings of baseball have been error-free to raise their fielding percentage to a lofty .973.
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LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (29-8) lost their first series of the season, dropping a pair of one-run games to Georgia College on the road. The Bearcats will be one half of DII’s top matchups these week when they host USC Aiken as the Peach Belt’s top two teams collide.
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USC AIKEN PACERS
The Pacers’ (30-8) bats were aching in a midweek loss at Limestone, but rebounded to sweep Augusta State over the weekend. No team has a tougher upcoming week than USCA who has road games against both Catawba and Lander.
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ST. CLOUD ST. HUSKIES
Aside from their opening day loss to Texas A&M Kingsville, here is the list of SCSU (19-2) losses to DII opposition this season: none. The Huskies had a pair of wins over Minnesota Crookston and Minot State each, two of which were shutouts.
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CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
The Mules (24-6) split a par of games across the state against Lindenwood and swept three out of conference games against Henderson State. This week UCM preps for their upcoming MIAA leader showdown with Missouri Western by playing Lincoln and Missouri Southern State.
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COLORADO MESA MAVERICKS
Colorado Mesa (26-6) traveled to Grand Junction, CO where they won three of four from the CSU Pueblo ThunderWolves. The Mavs’ Garrett Carpenter has a 19 game hitting streak and is batting .458 for the season while also earning fives saves without allowing a run in eight appearances.
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ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE CHARGERS
Alabama Huntsville’s (28-7-1) spent much of the week on the diamond, playing three different teams. The Chargers had a win over Miles, had a late rally stop short against in-state rival Montevallo and swept three games over Union.
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MISSOURI WESTERN ST. GRIFFONS
The Griffons (27-5) shutout Southwest Baptist and earned a pair of 12-5 wins in a doubleheader sweep over Pittsburg, but lost the finale of their series with the Gorillas. MWSU tunes up for the series with rival Central Missouri with games against Lindenwood and Fort Hayes State this week.
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ST. MARY’S (TX) RATTLERS
The Rattlers (24-11) were rattled by Angelo State midweek and won two of three over the weekend against Texas Permian Basin. Sunday’s win gave Head Coach Charlie Migl his career win number 999 and will seek to roll his winning odometer to four digits when StMu plays Tarleton State and Oklahoma Panhandle State.
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SETON HILL GRIFFINS
The Griffins (25-7) dismantled Bluefield State like the ugnaughts did C-3P0 in Cloud City, outscoring the Blues 41-1 in a midweek doubleheader. Over the weekend SHU won two of three games over a very good, and previously ranked, Slippery Rock club.
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UNC PEMBROKE BRAVES
The Braves (28-10) was doubled up by Coker and won two of three over Francis Marion in one of the week’s toughest slates. UNCP’s Ethan Carter and Dale Innes are a combined 14-1 have 148 K’s in 132.2 innings and holding opposition to a batting average circa .200 for the season.
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WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS
The Argos (25-10) lost the first game in their series with West Georgia to run their losing streak to five, but came back to take a pair of games and the series over the Wolves. It should be smooth sailing this week in Pensacola as UWF hosts Spring Hill and Christian Brothers.
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SOUTHERN ARKANSAS MULERIDERS
The Muleriders (28-12) had a tough one-run loss to LSU Shreveport, but did score double-digit runs in each of their games with East Central to sweep the series over the Tigers. Fewer players have been more impressive this season than SAU’s shortstop David Harris who leads the team in extra-base hits and is a perfect 10-10 on the basepaths.
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MONTEVALLO FALCONS
Montevallo (25-12) survived a close shave at West Alabama and defeated Alabama Huntsville for the second time this season. The Falcons will host Miles and play three games on the road against Francis Marion who is a far better adversary than their 18-15 record shows.
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WILMINGTON (DE) WILDCATS
Wilmington (25-9) earned wins over Chestnut Hill, UMES and Felician to extend their winning streak to a dozen games. The Wildcats have a pair of tough out of conference matchups with Shippensburg and resurgent West Chester as well as games with Bridgeport and Concordia on the schedule.
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FLORIDA TECH PANTHERS
The Panthers (25-12) had a tough extra-inning loss to Palm Beach Atlantic and won two of three low scoring games at St. Leo. FIT is second only to Tampa in the SSC and will hope to keep the heat on the Spartans as the Panthers play Flagler and three with Rollins this week.
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CAL ST. MONTEREY BAY OTTERS
The Otters (24-10) picked the right time to earn the program’s first CCAA sweep as they took four games from Sonoma State and are now just two wins away from tying the program wins record set last season.
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FRANKLIN PIERCE RAVENS
Franklin Pierce (22-9) since a loss to second ranked Tampa in Florida, the resurgent Ravens are 12-0. Last week FPU had wins over St. Anselm, St. Michael’s, St. Elmo’s Fire (just checking to see if your reading) and Southern Connecticut State.
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MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The Mavs (21-7) split a pair of games with Mary on the road and swept three from Augustana at home. MSU will host Augustana Monday and the more-formidble-than-their-name-sounds Upper Iowa Peacocks this weekend.
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GRAND CANYON ANTELOPES
The ‘Lopes (29-6) had won 20 games in a row after they took the first three in their series with Fresno Pacific, but the Sunbirds had a walk-off win in the finale to stop the streak. GCU will play another tough series on the road this week when they play Dixie State.
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KUTZTOWN GOLDEN BEARS
The Golden Bears (22-5) enter the rankings for the first time this season after earning a win over Adelphi and a sweep over Bloomsburg and have won 15 of their last 16 games.
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CATAWBA INDIANS
Catawba (30-13) had an opportunity to make a big time move in the rankings with a pair of games against Mount Olive, but lost both games to the Trojans. The Indians did sweep Lincoln Memorial to reach the thirty win plateau.
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ASHLAND EAGLES
After a week long hiatus from the rankings the Eagles (21-8) return after winning three game series against Lake Erie and Hillsdale. With slow starts by preseason favorites Grand Valley State and Indianapolis, Ashland is the only Midwest Region currently in the rankings – but lookout for Lewis.
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TEX. A&M-KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS
Since peaking in the top ten three weeks ago, Javelinas’ (24-12) have gone from great to good to better than average. Last week TAMKU had a nice win over Texas A&M International but could only manage a split with Cameron.
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SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE PENMEN
SNHU (20-10) barely hangs on to a spot in the rankings after a dismal 3-4 week. The Penmen can reverse their fortunes this week when they play a hot Franklin Pierce team as well as St. Anselm and Merrimack.
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ANGELO STATE RAMS
Angelo State (24-13) had an impressive win over St. Mary’s and won three of four over Eastern New Mexico. The Rams have a huge week with a game against McMurry and a monster four game LSC showdown with Tarleton State.
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WEST CHESTER GOLDEN RAMS
After a slow start, the defending national champion Rams (16-9-1) have won nine of their last ten, four of which were shutout victories. WCU had the week off and will play Wilmington and East Stroudsburg this week when they return to the diamond.

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