Delta State Once Again Tops DII Rankings; Mount Olive Continues to Narrow Gap

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(Last Week)
Team / Comment
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DELTA ST. STATESMEN
Delta State (16-3) continues to remain the top team for the fifth week in a row after winning a game against Southern Arkansas and a series over North Alabama. The Statesmen will play Abilene Christian and Christian Brothers in a roadtrip that will be approximately 1,400 miles long when its all said and done.
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MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
It was a week for the (Bull)dogs as the Trojans (21-2) played Wingate and Barton. MOC let a late lead slip and lost just their second game of the season to Wingate, but came back to split the doubleheader. Over the weekend the Trojans swept Barton and will look to do the same against King this week.
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TAMPA SPARTANS
Tampa (14-3) scored 14 runs in each of their games against Rockhurst and Cedarville before crossing the state to play Florida Tech on the road. The Spartans lost the opener against the Panthers, but came back to take two and the series on Saturday. UT plays Wayne State, Upper Iowa and St. Leo this week.
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CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
The Mules (11-1) completed their series sweep over Northeastern State before crushing Truman State in a doubleheader in which they outscored the Bulldogs 41-5. UCM had a series with Northwest Missouri State cancelled due to weather and will hope to play Nebraska-Kearney this week.
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LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (17-4) equaled its best start in program history as they eviscerated Erskine and won a series over Francis Marion. The Bearcats, who have moved up in the rankings every week this season, play at Newberry and Augusta State this week.
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CHICO STATE WILDCATS
Chico State (13-3) won the opener and finale as they split a four game series with Cal State Monterery Bay. The Wildcats will travel down I-5 once again this week when they play a quartet of contests with Cal State East Bay.
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ST. CLOUD ST. HUSKIES
The SCSU (9-2) took a twinbill from Missouri S&T and have won nine of their last ten games. A controversial hit in the first inning of game two was the only hit allowed by starter Kyle Fischer. The Huskies don’t have any games scheduled this week and return to play March 18th against Kansas Wesleyan.
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CATAWBA INDIANS
Catawba (17-5) split a pair of games on the road at USC Aiken and outscored Brevard 38-3 over the weekend. The Indians play Wingate, UNC Pembroke and Lenoir-Rhyne this week.
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USC AIKEN PACERS
USC Aiken (15-5) split a midweek pair of games with Catawba and got the short end of the stick in their series at Armstrong when the Pirates took two of three from the Pacers. USCA hopes to return to their winning ways this week when they host Limestone, Anderson and Young Harris.
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ST. MARY’S (TX) RATTLERS
The Rattlers (15-6) hosted Texas A&M International and were treated rudely by their guests as the Dustdevils took a series from St. Mary’s. The preseason number one team’s pitching has been as advertised with a 1.87 ERA, but the offense, which has a slugging percentage of .337 (70 points behind last year), needs to step up.
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WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS
The Argos (15-3) manhandled Miles, outscoring the Golden Bears 36-5 in a two game midweek matchup. Over the weekend UWF escaped an ornery Valdosta State club with three close wins in a sweep over the Blazers. West Florida hosts Mississippi Valley State this week.
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ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE CHARGERS
Alabama Huntsville (19-3) swept three games from Christian Brothers over the weekend. Vincent Kortbawi extended his hitting streak to Gulf South record to 38 games, but went 0-4 in game to have it come to an end. The next two weeks will be telling for UAH’s postseason chances as they play the meat of the GSC schedule.
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COLORADO MESA MAVERICKS
The Mavs (12-4) took two from Regis, which included a third shutout win in five games. Another pair against the Rangers was canceled due to snowy weather. CMU will play four at the Colorado School of Mines this week.
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ANGELO STATE RAMS
Angelo State (12-5) won a pair of games Bellarmine in their only action of the week. The Rams have seven home games this week, three with Southeastern Oklahoma State and four with Texas A&M Kingsville in one of this week’s top matchups.
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MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The Mavs (7-2) added a pair of extra inning wins over Ohio Dominican and Lewis and a victory over St. Joseph’s. Minnesota State continues their Florida trip with games against Grand Valley State, Northwood and Ashland this week.
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TEX. A&M-KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS
The Javelinas’ (14-3) completed a four game sweep of Fisher College and outscored the Falcons 32-7 for the weekend. TAMKU has big week with games against St. Mary’s and Angelo State on the schedule.
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SETON HILL GRIFFINS
The Griffins (6-3) had a midweek win over IUP and swept a WVIAC doubleheader from Concord over the weekend. SHU has seven scheduled games this week against the ilk of West Virginia State, Clarion and Alderson-Broaddus.
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TEX. A&M INT’L DUSTDEVILS
The Dustdevils (16-6) enter the rankings for the first time after statement week in which they posted a win over Incarnate Word and series victory over St. Mary’s. TAMUI has another tough week with a rematch with UIW and a series with St. Edward’s.
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FLORIDA TECH PANTHERS
FIT (16-6) hosted Tampa in one of this week’s best weekend series and were thwarted in their attempt to make a big up the rankings when the Spartans took two of three from the Panthers. Florida Tech has a big series against a Palm Beach Atlantic team looking to make a statement this week.
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SOUTHERN ARKANSAS MULERIDERS
The Muleriders (16-8) failed to capitalize when they hosted top ranked Delta State and lost to the Statesmen in a midweek matchup. Over the weekend SAU took two of three from Henderson State. Upset minded Harding comes to Magnolia this week.
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SHIPPENSBURG RAIDERS
Shippensburg (9-2) won a weekend series featuring two of the top teams in the Atlantic Region and bested Slippery Rock two games to one to enter the rankings for the first time. The Raiders have another big series this week then they host previously nationally ranked Le Moyne for a pair of doubleheaders.
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INDIANAPOLIS GREYHOUNDS
UIndy (6-1) won a game at Trevecca Nazrene, split a pair with Drury and doubled up Augustana 4-2. The ‘Hounds have another two games with Augustana and will host Kentucky State and Quincy this week.
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MISSOURI WESTERN ST. GRIFFONS
Missouri Western (9-3) has won eight in a row after losing three of their first four. Last week the Griffons had wins over Drury, Southwest Baptist and Nebraska-Kearney. This week MNSU will play Washburn, William Jewell and Northeastern State.
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(NR)
CAL ST. MONTEREY BAY OTTERS
The Otters (15-8) make the rankings for the first time ever after splitting their series with Chico State. CSUMB will look to remain in the rankings by hosting Western Oregon this weekend for a three game series.
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INCARNATE WORD CARDINALS
The Cardinals (13-4) lost both their games as they were bested by upstart Texas A&M International and lost a Southland Conference test run against Texas A&M CC. The Cardinals have another game with TAMUI and play four at ACU in a series of future DI schools.
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SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE PENMEN
The Penmen’s (10-3) played seven games since last Sunday, going a disappointing 4-3 after an 8-0 start to their season. SNHU returns north to play four games at Queens this week. In three appearances his season Junior Mendez has pitched 24.1 innings, while only allowing 10 hits with 39 strikeouts.
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SLIPPERY ROCK PRIDE
Even though they lost their matchup with Shippensburg, Slippery Rock (8-2) enters the rankings as they’ve shown they’re one of the top teams in the Atlantic. They’ll get to prove it this week with a pair of games against the reigning national champs West Chester, along with a game with Wayne State.
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SONOMA ST. SEAWOLVES
After a one week hiatus from the rankings, the Seawolves (13-5) have returned on the heels of winning three of four from previously ranked UC San Diego. The Seawolves have a four game series with Cal State San Bernaradino this weekend.
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GRAND VALLEY ST. LAKERS
The Lakers (4-4) finally took to the diamond for the first time this season and looked like a team that still needs to shake the winter rust off. GVSU had a similar start last season and still ended up winning the GLIAC title and went deep in the NCAAs. The Lakers could salvage their spring trip with a pair of games against Minnesota State this week.
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FRANKLIN PIERCE RAVENS
The Ravens (6-5) hang on to the last spot because their loss to Dowling was in extra frames and their win over the Lions was a shutout. Nevertheless, the FPU offense needs to wake up and show they’re far better than the club that could only mange three hits in a 16 inning ballgame.

Dropped Out: Dixie State, Wilmington, West Chester, Francis Marion, Arkansas Tech, Nova Southeastern

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