Statesmen Continue to Stake Claim to Top Spot – DII Baseball Rankings

Rank
(Last Week)
Team / Comment
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(1)
DELTA ST. STATESMEN
In what was supposed to be the weekend’s premier series, Delta State (6-0) completely dismantled visiting Nova Southeastern, outscoring the Sharks 36-7 in their three game series. DSU hosts Florida Southern this week.
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(4)
MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
The Trojans (10-0) earned a 19-2 lopsided win over Shaw and impressively swept NE-10 stalwart Le Moyne over the weekend. After a game with Virginia State, MOC will host North Greenville this week.
3
(3)
TAMPA SPARTANS
In their first matchup since the 2007 World Series, Tampa outscored Columbus State 13-5 in the Spartans only game of the week. UT hosts Hillsdale and Pace this week.
4
(2)
MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The Mavs (3-1) finally took to the diamond this past weekend. MSU split with Winona State and edged Sioux Falls in a pair of close Sunday contests. The Mavericks will play Bemidji State before heading to Winter Haven, FL and a slew of games.
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(6)
CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
The Mules (6-1) reached double-digits in each of their three games with Fort Hayes State. UCM outscored FHSU 43-11 during the sweep and will face Lindenwood and Pittsburg State this week.
6
(5)
ST. MARY’S (TX) RATTLERS
The Rattlers’ (8-3) unexpected losing streak reached three after losing to Texas A&M Kingsville midweek, but the preseason number one club rebounded to sweep Texas Permian Basin over the weekend. Ace Carl O’Neal will be going for his 21st consecutive win against Oklahoma Panhandle St. Friday.
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CHICO STATE WILDCATS
The Wildcats (8-0) opened CCAA play with a sweep of Cal State Dominguez Hills. Chico will look to extended their season-opening winning streak to double-digits when they host Northwest Nazarene this week.
8
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CATAWBA INDIANS
The Indians (10-1) hosted Wingate and took two of three from the Bulldogs. Catawba should be able to easily increase their win total this week with games against Wilkes CC and Newberry.
9
(13)
USC AIKEN PACERS
USC Aiken (8-1) pitchers didn’t allow more than a single run in any of the games during their three game sweep of Shepherd. The Pacers host Francis Marion next weekend in a contest of top DII teams.
10
(12)
ST. CLOUD ST. HUSKIES
The SCSU (6-1) earned a pair of wins over Wayne State College Saturday at the Metrodome and added another two late, late victories Sunday against Minnesota-Duluth. The Huskies outscored their opposition 21-2 in the four games.
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(11)
FRANKLIN PIERCE RAVENS
The Ravens (0-0) first games aren’t slated until February 22nd when they take part in the Ripken Experience at Myrtle Beach against West Virginia Wesleyan, Felician, Chestnut Hill and LIU Post.
12
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LANDER BEARCATS
A late Carson-Newman rally caused Lander (8-2) to a lose a midweek game, but the Bearcats were able to easily dispatch Flagler over the weekend, tallying double-digit runs in all three games.
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(16)
WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS
The Argos (8-1) played in the North Georgia Invitational where they notched wins over Shorter and the host Saints, but lost to Millersville in the finale. UWF preps for their showdown with Delta State by hosting Albany State this week.
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(14)
SETON HILL GRIFFINS
What would have been a great pairing of top teams was canceled when the series between the Griffins (0-0) and Francis Marion was cancelled due to weather. SHU is scheduled to play Le Moyne, Glenville State and Millersville this week in Williamston, NC.
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(15)
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS MULERIDERS
The Muleriders (8-3) had a late inning collapse which cost them a contest against Ouachita Baptist, but did sweep Southwestern Oklahoma State over the weekend. Closer Justin Thomas has saved seven of SAU’s eight wins and has twice saved both ends of a double-header.
15
(10)
ANGELO STATE RAMS
Angelo State (8-3) was unable to build upon last week’s series win over Southern Arkansas 2-1 as the Rams were usurped by Lubbock Christian. Had it not been for a ninth inning rally on Saturday, ASU could have been swept by the Chaparrals.
17
(NR)
UNC PEMBROKE BRAVES
The Braves (9-0) enter the rankings as they go for their second 10-0 start in the past three seasons. Hurlers Ethan Carter and Dale Innes are a combined 4-0 with 42 K’s in 32 innings pitched. Carter has yet to allow an earned run in 22 innings pitched.
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(18)
GRAND VALLEY ST. LAKERS
The Lakers (0-0) will be one of the last ranked teams to take to the field. GVSU starts the Jamie Detillon era February 23rd on the road against Missouri S&T.
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(20)
UC SAN DIEGO TRITONS
The Tritons (8-3) had an extra innings win over Point Loma Nazarene and won three of four over Cal State Stanislaus. UCSD will play three more CCAA games with contests against Cal State Dominguez Hills on schedule for this week.
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NOVA SOUTHEASTERN SHARKS
There’s no shame in being swept by the top team in the nation on their home turf, but the Sharks (6-4) were hardly competitive and suffered three lopsided losses to the Statesmen. NSU will look to take out their frustration on visiting Palm Beach Atlantic this week.
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COLORADO MESA MAVERICKS
The Mavs (4-3) earned wins in three of their four games against the Yellowjackets of Montanta St-Billings. CMU travels to Phoenix to play at Grand Canyon this week.
22
(21)
TEX. A&M-KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS
The Javelinas (8-3) have wins over highly ranked Central Missouri, St. Cloud State and St. Mary’s this season, but lost a home series to Oklahoma Christian last weekend. UH-Victoria is next for TAMUK.
23
(23)
FRANCIS MARION PATRIOTS
The Patriots (4-3) would have played one of the more anticipated series of the weekend as they were scheduled to play Seton Hill, but all the games were canceled due to snow and col. FMU has a big series at USC Aiken on this week’s agenda.
24
(22)
ST. EDWARD’S HILLTOPPERS
The Hilltoppers (7-3) hit the road to play McMurry and took two of three from the War Hawks. Up next for the SEU is UTPB before facing a pair of excellent teams in Incarnate Word and St. Mary’s.
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WEST CHESTER GOLDEN RAMS
After getting swept during their opening weekend the Rams (0-3) had the week off. Weather permitting, WCU should be back on the field this week when they host St. Rose in a weekend doubleheader.
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INDIANAPOLIS GREYHOUNDS
UIndy (2-0) earned a pair of wins over Notre Dame (OH) in their first games of the year. The ‘Hounds face the Cedarville Yellow Jackets this week who are playing their first official NCAA Division II schedule.
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MERCYHURST LAKERS
The Lakers (2-1) started the season with a double-header win of Chowan, but had this week off. The Lakers will head to Myrtle Beach to take part in the Northeast Challenge this week.
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LE MOYNE DOLPHINS
Le Moyne (0-3) had a dreadful start to their season. Not only was the weather unseasonably cold in North Carolina, the Dolphins were swept in three games by Mount Olive. LEC returns to the Old North State this week with games against Seton Hill, Millerville and Glenville State.
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SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE PENMEN
The Penmen’s (0-0) road back to Cary starts February 22nd when they play LIU Post, Chestnut Hill, Mercyhurst and West Va. Wesleyan in Myrtle Beach.
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MISSOURI WESTERN ST. GRIFFONS
Missouri Western (4-3) swept their weekend series with Emporia State to remain in the rankings despite losing a pair of games to Arkansas Tech Monday. MWSU will need to sweep Southwest Baptist next weekend if they are to continue to hold off an increasing number of teams on the cusp of the rankings.

Dropped out: Tusculum, Armstrong Atlantic, North Alabama

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