Okra Still Cooking as Delta State Remains Top Team – DII Baseball Rankings

Rank
(Last Week)
Team / Comment
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(1)
DELTA ST. STATESMEN
Delta State (10-0) swept Florida Southern in a matchup of traditional DII baseball powers. The Statesmen face neo-power West Florida this week, along with a surprisingly good Arkansas Monticello team (it wasn’t long ago they have nine wins for the season. NINE! – John Harvey is getting it done) and Harding.
2
(2)
MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
The Trojans (12-1) manhandled Virginia State midweek, handing VSU a 16-0 loss. Over the weekend MOC won the opener of their series with North Greenville, but were outscored in the second game for their first loss of the season. Mount Olive will travel to Belmont Abbey for three big games this weekend.
3
(6)
ST. MARY’S (TX) RATTLERS
In four games last week Rattlers’ (12-3) pitchers only allowed a single run – and it was unearned. On Friday St. Mary’s two All-Americans, Carl O’Neal and Rene Solis, both threw one-hitters against Oklahoma Panhandle State. O’Neal’s win was his 21st consecutive victory.
4
(3)
TAMPA SPARTANS
Tampa (10-2) swept Pace which included two double-digit margin wins, but also had a stupefying loss to Hillsdale College following a shutout victory over the Chargers. UT’s only game this week is a Friday matchup at Albany State.
5
(4)
MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The Mavs (3-1) had the week off and return to the diamond this week to play a pair of games against Bemidji State in the Metrodome. The following week MSU heads south to play nine games in eight days in Florida.
6
(5)
CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
The Mules (6-1) scheduled slate of five games were all cancelled due to inclement weather. UCM will next head south to play Southwest Baptist and Northeastern State.
7
(7)
CHICO STATE WILDCATS
For the second year in a row Blake Gibbs homered twice on Feb. 21st against Northwest Nazarene as Chico State (11-1). The Wildcats won three of four from the Crusaders and are now off until March 8th when they return to conference action at Cal State Monterey Bay.
8
(9)
USC AIKEN PACERS
USC Aiken (10-2) solidified their spot in the top ten by winning a series over Francis Marion. Pacer pitchers have a 1.43 ERA in their 12 games this season and are holding opposition to a puny .197 batting average. USCA next hosts Flagler over the weekend.
9
(11)
FRANKLIN PIERCE RAVENS
The Ravens (5-0) played their first games of the season and bested West Virginia Wesleyan, Felician, Chestnut Hill and LIU Post in Myrtle Beach. FPU is scheduled to play Wilmington and Indiana (PA) this week in Delaware.
10
(10)
ST. CLOUD ST. HUSKIES
The SCSU (6-1) had the week off and will return to action Monday with a doubleheader against North Dakota. The Huskies only scheduled games between then and March 18th is a doubleheader against Missouri S&T on March 7th.
11
(12)
LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (12-2) scored twice an many runs in one inning (12) than their weekend opponent, Young Harris, plated during their three game series. The Bearcats also added a midweek win over Newberry. LU faces Brevard and North Georgia this week.
12
(14)
SETON HILL GRIFFINS
After a number of cancellations and delays, the Griffins (1-0) finally played a game and earned a win over Le Moyne. SHU has a big three game series with Florida Tech this weekend in what is one of this week’s DII premier matchups.
13
(13)
WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS
The Argos (9-1) only action of the week was a mid-week win over Mobile as their weekend series with Albany State was rained out. UWF next faces Delta State in this week’s top matchup as the ’11 National Champion faces the top team from ’04.
14
(15)
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS MULERIDERS
Since a rough stretch when they lost three of four games, the Muleriders (12-3) have tallied seven straight wins, including a victory over LSU-Shreveport and a sweep of Northwestern Oklahoma State. SAU will look to avenge an early loss to Ouachita Baptist when they play a series with the Tigers this week.
15
(8)
CATAWBA INDIANS
Catawba (10-4) was rousted out of the top ten by Newberry who swept three games from the Indians. Catawba plays Anderson next weekend with hopes of reversing their fortunes.
16
(15)
ANGELO STATE RAMS
Angelo State (10-5) played a pair of doubleheaders at Colorado State Pueblo and traded wins with the Thunderwolves to split the four game series. The Rams return home to host Bellamine this week.
17
(22)
TEX. A&M-KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS
The upstart Javelinas (11-3) swept three games from visiting UH-Victoria. TAMKU has the week off before hosting Fisher College as they prepare for games against St. Mary’s and Angelo State.
18
(18)
GRAND VALLEY ST. LAKERS
The Lakers (0-0) had their season opening series with Missouri S&T cancelled due to weather. GVSU shouldn’t have a problem finally getting a game under their belt when they travel to Florida next week for a ten game slate.
19
(29)
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE PENMEN
The Penmen’s (5-0) clobbered the likes of LIU Post, Chestnut Hill, Mercyhurst and West Virginia Wesleyan, as they outscored their opposition 61-7. SNHU has the week off from competitive play as they prepare for an eight game trip in Florida.
20
(NR)
ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE CHARGERS
On the heels of their series win over Barry, Alabama Huntsville (13-3) enters the rankings for the first time this season. Two of three UAH’s losses were in extra innings and the other was only by a pair of runs. The Chargers face Stillman and Valdosta State this week.
21
(21)
COLORADO MESA MAVERICKS
The Mavs (6-4) were stymied and shutout in their first game against Grand Canyon, but came back to win the final two and take the series. CMU hosts Colorado Christian next weekend in their first RMAC action of the year.
22
(24)
ST. EDWARD’S HILLTOPPERS
The Hilltoppers (9-4) won two of three close games over UT-Permian over the weekend in their only action of the week; which was more than enough considering the series finale was an 18 inning marathon. Big week for SEU as the play Incarnate Word and St. Mary’s.
23
(17)
UNC PEMBROKE BRAVES
The Braves (11-3) were undefeated going into the week, but suffered a series of setbacks to make a slight drop in the rankings. UNCP split a doubleheader with Columbus State and lost a road series to Montevallo. The Braves play at Coker and host Georgia College this week.
24
(20)
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN SHARKS
A lopsided seven-run inning in a 4-9 loss to Palm Beach Atlantic sunk the Sharks’ (6-5) hopes of rebounding from their sweep at the hands of Delta State last week. It was NSU’s only game and the Sharks will host the Sailfish once again this week as well as Bentley.
25
(25)
WEST CHESTER GOLDEN RAMS
West Chester (0-3) was swept during their opening weekend and the weather hasn’t allowed them to get back on the diamond since. The Rams should be back on the field this week when they visit Wilmington for a game. After another break the Rams play USciences and head to the RussMatt Invitational in Florida.
26
(26)
INDIANAPOLIS GREYHOUNDS
UIndy (2-0) was scheduled to face the Cedarville Yellow Jackets, but the games were cancelled due to winter weather. The ‘Hounds hope to play a pair at Oakland City this week.
27
(NR)
DIXIE ST. RED STORM
The Red Storm (7-1) rained on the parade of Montana State Billings and swept the visiting Yellow Jackets to enter the rankings. DSU plays Point Loma Nazarene this week as they prepare for an eight game trip to Hawaii.
28
(23)
FRANCIS MARION PATRIOTS
The Patriots (5-5) continue to hang on to a spot in the rankings based on potential rather than results. FMU had a slow start last season as well and finished a game away from the CWS. Last week the Patriots lost a road series to USC Aiken two games to one.
29
(NR)
SONOMA ST. SEAWOLVES
The Seawolves (8-2) enter into the rankings for the first time this season after taking a pair of games from Fresno Pacific. Sonoma State and Cal State East Bay will share hosting duties for a four game series this week.
30
(30)
MISSOURI WESTERN ST. GRIFFONS
Missouri Western (4-3) had their weekend series with Southwest Baptist cancelled due to weather. The Griffons are scheduled to host Fort Hays State and visit Truman State this week.

Dropped out: UC San Diego (19), Mercyhurst (27), Le Moyne (28)

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