Statesmen Remain Top DII Team, Lander Jumps to Second Spot

Rank
(Last Week)
Team / Comment
1
(1)
DELTA ST. STATESMEN
The Statesmen (20-4) hit the road and split a pair of games with Abilene Christian and handily swept three games from Christian Brothers. This week DSU hosts Harding and has a showdown with Alabama Huntsville that lost some of its luster following the Chargers series loss this week, but should still be a doozy.
2
(5)
LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (21-4) surpassed its best start in program history when they earned wins at Newberry and Augusta State. Keeping the wins coming will be harder this week with scheduled games against Erskine and Montevallo. Logan Pemberton and Patrick Grady head a balanced team capable of competing with any club.
3
(3)
TAMPA SPARTANS
Tampa (19-4) went 3-1 last week with each of their wins being by a single run and two of which were walkoffs. UT had a midweek game against Wayne State won an SSC series over St. Leo. This week has some interesting matchup with Wester Chester, Franklin Pierce and Rollins coming to town.
4
(2)
MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
Mount Olive (22-4) takes a small slip in the rankings after a surprising series loss to King in their only action of the week. The Trojans will look to get back on track with games against Armstrong and Coker this week.
5
(4)
CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
The Mules (13-2) hosted Nebraska-Kearney and took two of three close contests from the ‘Lopers. After a midweek doubleheader with Lincoln, UCM welcomes the Washburn Ichabods for three games in Warrensburg.
6
(9)
USC AIKEN PACERS
USC Aiken (20-5) scored 65 runs last week, reaching double-digits in each of their wins against Limestone, Anderson and Young Harris. The Pacers play a pair with Chowan and travel to North Georgia this week.
7
(7)
ST. CLOUD ST. HUSKIES
The SCSU (9-2) had the week off and return to play this week with a trio of doubleheaders. The Huskies face Kansas Wesleyan on Monday and play Sioux Falls on the road over the weekend.
8
(11)
WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS
The Argos (20-4) outscored Mississippi Valley State 30-2 in a three game series and won two of three at Union. UWF will hit the road for a pair at Columbus State and host a dangerous North Alabama team over the weekend.
9
(6)
CHICO STATE WILDCATS
Chico State (15-5) split their second series in a row, this time going 2-2 with Cal State East Bay when the Wildcats suffered a pair of 2-1 losses to the Pioneers on Saturday. This week Chico hosts Cal State Stanislaus.
10
(16)
TEX. A&M-KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS
The Javelinas’ (18-5) continue to be one of this season’s most surprising teams as they won three of four from Angelo State on the road. With the wins TAMKU has wins over four different ranked teams this year. They could have made it five this week had Texas A&M International not dropped out of the rankings.
11
(10)
ST. MARY’S (TX) RATTLERS
StMU (17-8) started the week with a lopsided win over Texas A&M Kingsville, but lost their second series in a row when they lost two of three at McMurry. Of the Rattlers’ eight losses, all but one have been by two runs or loss with five being single run defeats.
12
(17)
SETON HILL GRIFFINS
The Griffins (13-4) had a busy and emotional week, going 7-1 against the likes of West Virginia State, Clarion and Alderson-Broaddus. SHU should add another half-dozen wins with games against Charleston and Wheeling Jesuit this week.
13
(13)
COLORADO MESA MAVERICKS
The Mavs (15-5) had no problem defeating Colorado School of Mines in their first three games, outscoring the Orediggers 39-11; however CSM won the finale, ending CMU’s 11 game win streak. The Mavericks welcome New Mexico Highlands for four games this week.
14
(8)
CATAWBA INDIANS
Catawba (20-7) had a win over Wingate, lost to UNC Pembroke and took two of three from visiting Lenoir-Rhyne. The Indians host Kutztown and Shippensburg and play Carson-Newman on the road. The pair of games with the SU Raiders will be one of the best matchups of the week.
15
(23)
MISSOURI WESTERN ST. GRIFFONS
Missouri Western (15-3) has now won fourteen games in a row after losing three of their first four. Last week the surging Griffons had wins over William Jewel, Washburn and Northeastern State and averaging over thirteen runs per game.
16
(21)
SHIPPENSBURG RAIDERS
Shippensburg (12-3) took three of four from a better-than-their-record-shows Le Moyne club for their second impressive series win in a row. The Raiders will play at Catawba and trade hosting duties for a pair of doubleheaders with East Stroudsburg this week.
17
(15)
MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The Mavs (11-4) concluded their Florida trip with a lopsided loss to Grand Valley State, a pair of wins over Northwood and won two of three over Ashland. MSU returns to Minnesota for a pair of doubleheaders with Minnesota-Crookston with Sunday’s doubleheader having a 9:15 PM start time.
18
(20)
SOUTHERN ARKANSAS MULERIDERS
The Muleriders (18-9) took two of three from visiting Harding over the weekend. SAU will travel to Henderson State and play three with a dangerous Arkansas Tech team.
19
(26)
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE PENMEN
The Penmen’s (14-3) had a perfect week, sweeping four games from Queens while only allowing five totals runs. SNHU has games with St. Anselm, St. Rose and Le Moyne this week. Junior Mendez has yet to allow an earned run in 31.1 innings while holding opposition to a .123 batting average.
20
(NR)
UNC PEMBROKE BRAVES
After a brief break from the rankings, the Braves (20-6) return on the heels of their win over Catawba and sweep of Georgia Southwestern. UNCP ace Ethan Carter is 7-0 with a 0.65 ERA and three complete games this season.
21
(12)
ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE CHARGERS
Alabama Huntsville (20-6) had their season loss total double when they were defeated by Montevallo and lost a series at North Alabama. UAH needs to rebound quickly as top ranked Delta State comes to town for a big three game series.
22
(19)
FLORIDA TECH PANTHERS
FIT (19-7) had a win over Florida Memorial, split a pair with Palm Beach Atlantic and an extra innings win over Hillsdale. The Panthers play a pair with Georgia Southwestern this week in their only action.
23
(24)
CAL ST. MONTEREY BAY OTTERS
The Otters (18-8) had their second strong series showing in a row, sweeping three games from visiting Western Oregon. CSUMB returns to CCAA play this week when they play a quartet of contests at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
24
(NR)
ST. EDWARD’S HILLTOPPERS
The Hilltoppers (17-7) had been absent from the rankings the past two weeks, but reenter after sweeping a previously surging Texas A&M International Dustdevil team. SEU has a game with Incarnate Word and a series with UA Fort Smith on this week’s agenda.
25
(14)
ANGELO STATE RAMS
Angelo State (15-9) had a busy week with seven games on the schedule. The Rams won two of three from Southeastern Oklahoma State and could only manage one of four from Texas A&M Kingsville. ASU has four big LSC contests with Incarnate Word this week.
26
(NR)
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN SHARKS
After a slow start, the Sharks (16-8) have won ten of twelve games, including outscoring Eckerd 35-4 in a pair of contests on Saturday. NSU also had wins over St. Thomas Aquinas and Adelphi. This week the resurgent Sharks host Franklin Pierce and Barry.
27
(NR)
ARKANSAS TECH WONDER BOYS
Arkansas Tech (22-7) jumps back into the rankings after a win over Harding and a three game sweep of the UAM Boll Weevils on the road. The Wonderboys have games with William Carey and West Alabama as they prepare for their big GAC showdown with Southern Arkansas over the weekend.
28
(NR)
HAWAII PACIFIC SEA WARRIORS
The Sea Warriors (17-5) make the top thirty after winning three of four over previously ranked Dixie State. HPU has a big PacWest series with Grand Canyon this week as the two teams battle for the top of the conference standings.
29
(27)
SLIPPERY ROCK PRIDE
Slippery Rock (10-4) slip a bit in the rankings after splitting a pair of contests with Wayne State and the defending national champs, West Chester. The Rock will look to put the smackdown on Hillsdale, Minnesota Duluth and Dartmouth this week as they close their Florida trip.
30
(30)
FRANKLIN PIERCE RAVENS
The Ravens (9-7) don’t have the record of a top thirty team, but remain as seven of Franklin Pierce’s losses have been by either one or two runs. FPU can show they belong this week with games against Nova Southeastern, Lynn and Tampa.

Dropped out: Texas A&M International (18), UIndy (22), Incarnate Word (25), Sonoma State (28), Grand Valley State (29)

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