Statesmen Stymied by Muleriders but Remain DII’s Top Team; USC Aiken Jumps to Third After Winning Week

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DELTA ST. STATESMEN
The Statesmen (30-5-1) remain the top team for the tenth week in a row despite being stymied by Southern Arkansas in a premier midweek matchup. Over the weekend DSU was able to sweep Union University to reach the 30 win plateau. Delta State has Ouachita Baptist and West Georgia on this week’s schedule.
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MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
Mount Olive (39-4) held on to win a game against a determined St. Augustine’s squad and swept visiting Limestone to move to the second spot in the rankings. The Trojans will prep for the early Conference Carolinas tournament by playing Francis Marion and Pfeiffer.
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USC AIKEN PACERS
The Pacers’ (34-8) had the best week in the nation as they clobbered Catawba and swept Lander with all four games being on the road. USCA returns home to host Shorter and Columbus State who better come to Aiken ready to play.
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CHICO STATE WILDCATS
The Wildcats’ win streak ended at fifteen when were shutout in the third game of their series with Cal Poly Pomona, but did win the rest of the three games in the series for another quality winning week. Chico hosts UCSD next week as they look to stretch out another double-digit win streak.
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TAMPA SPARTANS
Tampa (30-8) drops a few notches after needing extra innings to get past Embry-Riddle and only mustering one of three wins against visiting Palm Beach Atlantic. UT has a game against Florida Tech and a series with Eckerd this week as they look to return to their winning ways.
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COLORADO MESA MAVERICKS
Two of the games took extra innings, but Colorado Mesa (30-6) swept Metro State to further distance themselves from the rest in the RMAC standings. CMU needs to not overlook Colorado Christian this week who is at the bottom of the conference standings but who’d love to boast a win over the Mavs.
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ST. CLOUD ST. HUSKIES
SCSU (22-3) completed their sweep of Minot State, had doubleheaders against Southwest Minnesota State and Winona State cancelled and inexplicably split a series with Truman State, a team they should have manhandled. The Huskies have a big game with Missouri Western State and play four with Concordia St. Paul.
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ST. MARY’S (TX) RATTLERS
As anticipated the Rattlers (27-11) dominated Oklahoma Panhandle State, earning a sweep and only allowing 13 total hits in the three game series. Friday’s win was Coach Charlie Migl’s 1,000 career victory. StMU has a tough row to hoe this week with games against Incarnate Word and St. Edward’s.
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MISSOURI WESTERN ST. GRIFFONS
The Griffons (30-5) continued to compile wins as they swept visiting Lindenwood. MWSU doesn’t have a win over a top thirty opponent yet this season, but that could change this week when the Griffs host both St. Cloud State and Central Missouri. This is unquestionably a HUGE week for the team as they look to show their a legitimate title contender.
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UNC PEMBROKE BRAVES
The Braves (31-11) had a win over Lenoir-Rhyne and won two of three on the road against Erskine in late season out-of-conference weekend action. UNCP plays Barton and a ratings worthy Armstrong Atlantic club in a big Peach Belt Conference showdown.
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CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
Central Missouri (27-8) could have made a big move up the rankings with teams ahead of them losing but the Mules had their own hands full with Lincoln and Missouri Southern State who each took a game from UCM. Central Missouri has a doubleheader against Truman State before their biggest series of the year when they play Missouri Western in a clash of the top two MIAA clubs.
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LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (29-12) lost to Anderson and were swept by USC Aiken and are now in the midst of a six game losing streak which is half their loss total for the season. The Bearcats will be hungry for wins when Limestone comes to town this week.
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SOUTHERN ARKANSAS MULERIDERS
The Muleriders (29-12) only had one game this week and made the best of it, outscoring top ranked Delta State on the road. SAU returns to regular action this week when they play Arkansas Monticello and Southern Nazarene.
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WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS
For some reason the Argos (28-10) needed extra innings to get by Spring Hill and barely edged Christian Brothers before returning to form and shutting out the Bucs 11-0. A third game with CBU was rained out. UWF plays Shorter this week.
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ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE CHARGERS
Alabama Huntsville’s (29-10-1) had a week they’d like to do over as they could only manage a split with Lincoln Memorial and lost a a doubleheader to West Georgia. The Chargers face an always tough Stillman club on the road before returning home to face West Alabama.
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SETON HILL GRIFFINS
The Griffins (30-9) dropped a one run contest to an excellent Cal (PA) team, crushed Glenville State in a doubleheader and won three of four against West Liberty over the weekend. SHU will play West Virginia Wesleyan and Shepherd this week.
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MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
MSU (24-7) completed their sweep of Augustana on Monday, had a pair of games with Upper Iowa cancelled due to weather and have won the first two of a four game series with Southwest Minnesota State. After completing their games with SMSU the Mavs will have a twinbill with Bemidji State and a series at Minnesota Duluth.
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FLORIDA TECH PANTHERS
The Panthers (28-13) had a midweek road win at Flagler and won two of three against Rollins. FIT has a host of tough games coming up, starting with a midweek contest at Tampa and a series with Florida Southern this weekend.
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SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE PENMEN
SNHU (25-10) was one of the few ranked teams to escape the week unscathed as they toppled a hot Franklin Pierce team as well as St. Anselm and Merrimack for a perfect 5-0 week. The Penmen plan on playing St. Michael’s and Bentley this week.
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WILMINGTON (DE) WILDCATS
The Wildcats (27-11) impressively won a pair of tough out of conference matchups with Shippensburg and West Chester, but were swept in a doubleheader by a sub .500 Concordia club. WU has games with Philadelphia, Kutztown and Nyack this week.
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CAL ST. MONTEREY BAY OTTERS
The Otters (26-12) lost the first two games in their series with Cal State San Bernardino, but won the last two and tied the program record for wins which was set last season. CSUMB will look to rewrite their record book next week when they face Cal Poly Pomona.
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MILLERSVILLE MARAUDERS
After winning a series from Shippensburg and knocking the from the rankings, the Marauders (27-10) did the same thing to Kutztown this week. MU also added a 21-9 thumping of USciences to enter the rankings for the first time this season.
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DIXIE ST. RED STORM
The Red Storm (26-10) return to the rankings after a six week hiatus on the heels of their series win over Grand Canyon. DSU has a pair of doubleheaders this week against Fresno Pacific as they prep for an upcoming PacWest showdown Cal Baptist.
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LEWIS FLYERS
What the Flyers (22-5) lack in quality wins they make up in quantity as Lewis has one of the best winning percentages in the game. A series win over Southern Indiana next week would go a long way in showing the Flyers are one of the nation’s top teams.
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CATAWBA INDIANS
Catawba (33-14) was bullied by a red hot USC Aiken team midweek, but did sweep Mars Hill on the road. The Indians will play Belmont Abbey and Carson-Newman as they prep for the upcoming SAC Tournament which starts Friday.
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FRANKLIN PIERCE RAVENS
Franklin Pierce (23-12) hand been 12-0 over their last dozen games, but stumbled last week, dropping a game to Southern New Hampshire and a series to Bentley. The Ravens will face Saint Anselm this week along with Mercy.
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MONTEVALLO FALCONS
Montevallo (26-15) had little trouble defeating Miles midweek, but ran into a determined Francis Marion club who swept three games from the Falcons. UM needs to look good against North Alabama and North Georgia this week they could be in danger of falling from the rankings.
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GRAND CANYON ANTELOPES
It wasn’t long ago the ‘Lopes (30-9) were winners of 20 games in a row, but GCU’s winning ways were extinguished this week when they lost a series to a resurgent Dixie State club. GCU will host California Baptist this week.
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COKER COBRAS
The Cobras (27-12) enter the rankings, not just for the first time this year, but for the first time in the six years College Baseball Lineup has been providing DII rankings after winning two of three over Belmont Abbey. Coker looks to solidify their spot this week with games at St. Andrew’s and Erskine.
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ANGELO STATE RAMS
Angelo State (27-15) had a midweek win over McMurray and split a monster four game LSC showdown with Tarleton State. The Rams have four games with Cameron on this week’s agenda.

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