Despite Setbacks Delta State Remains Top Team, Mount Olive Gardening Consideration – DII Baseball Rankings

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Team / Comment
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DELTA ST. STATESMEN
In a difficult decision Delta State (13-2) remains top team despite a head-scratching mercy-run-rule loss to Harding. The Statemen’s effort in grinding out a pair of come-from-behind wins to take a series from West Florida, combined with their previous victories, gives them a razor thin edge over MOC.
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MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
It’s hard not to pick the Trojans (17-1) as the number one team, especially after their series win at Belmont Abbey, but Mount Olive stays in the second spot for now, but only by an amoeba sized margin. MOC plays Wingate and Barton this week.
3
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ST. MARY’S (TX) RATTLERS
The Rattlers’ (14-4) had a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to St. Edward’s on Friday night which broke Carl O’Neal’s streak of 21 consecutive wins. St. Mary’s rallied to win the nightcap in extra inning and won again the next day to take the series from the Hilltoppers. TAMIU next week.
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TAMPA SPARTANS
Tampa (11-2) traveled to Georgia and doubled up the Albany State Rams 4-2 in their only action of the week. UT returns home to host Rockhurst and Cedarville before playing a hot Florida Tech team this upcoming weekend.
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CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
After having seven straight games canceled due to weather, the Mules were finally able to take to the field and swept a doubleheader from the Northeastern State Riverhawks. UCM has another pair of games with NSU, hosts Truman State and travels down the road to plays Northwest Missouri State this week.
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USC AIKEN PACERS
USC Aiken (13-2) has now claimed all five of its three-game series this season after besting Flagler. Head Coach Kenny Thomas earned his 1,000th career victory as the Pacers completed the sweep. Tough week with Catawba and Armstrong on the schedule.
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CHICO STATE WILDCATS
Chico State (11-1) had the week off and return to action this week as they return to conference action at Cal State Monterey Bay.
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LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (14-3) lost its series opener to North Georgia, but bounced back to take the next two and the series. The Bearcats have a big week with games against Erskine and Francis Marion on the road.
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ST. CLOUD ST. HUSKIES
The SCSU (7-2) split a doubleheader with North Dakota which started at 7 A.M. in their only action of the week. The Huskies have another twinbill in the Metrodome this week with Missouri S&T, but those games won’t start until 11:45. Who’s scheduling these?!
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CATAWBA INDIANS
Catawba (13-4) rebounded from a sweep at the hands of Newberry last week to take three from Anderson in which the Indians scored double-digit runs in each of the games. Catawba has a pair of road games with USC Aiken which should be a doozy of a matchup and hosts Brevard this weekend.
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WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS
The Argos (10-3) faced Delta State in the week’s top matchup which was as exciting as anticipated. UWF held leads in all three games, but was only able to finish on top in the finale. West Florida hosts Miles and Valdosta State this week.
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ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE CHARGERS
Alabama Huntsville (16-3) continues to look strong as they had a midweek win over Stillman and swept a doubleheader from Valdosta State. The Chargers will face Carson-Newman and Christian Brothers this week as Vincent Kortbawi aims to extend his 37 game winning streak.
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MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
Considering the amount of experience and talent returning to campus anticipation was high for the Mavs (4-2) this season; however aside from their first game, MSU is 3-2 and averaging only two runs per game against the likes of Sioux Falls and Bemidji State. Mavs need to turn it up during their Florida trip.
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COLORADO MESA MAVERICKS
The Mavs (10-4) swept four games from Colorado Christian which included a pair of shutouts for the Mavs’ pitching staff. CMU will take a trip to Denver to play a four game series at Regis this week.
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ANGELO STATE RAMS
Angelo State (10-5) had the week off and will host Bellamine in a pair of midweek games in their only scheduled action this week.
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TEX. A&M-KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS
The Javelinas’ (11-3) had the week off and will host Fisher College this weekend as they prepare for monster games against St. Mary’s and Angelo State.
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GRAND VALLEY ST. LAKERS
The Lakers (0-0) still haven’t taken to the diamond yet for a competitive game. GVSU shouldn’t have a problem finally getting a game under their belt when they travel to Florida this week for a ten game slate.
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SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE PENMEN
The Penmen’s (6-0) only had one game this week, but it was an eventful one as Junior Mendez struck out 15 and tossed a no-hitter against the University of the Sciences. This week SNHU faces Wilmington, Nova Southeastern, Lynn, University of Sciences again, Concordia? maybe I should list who they don’t play this week. They’ll be busy.
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FLORIDA TECH PANTHERS
FIT (15-4) took two of three from Seton Hill to make their leap into the rankings. The Panthers can show they deserve it this week when they host Tampa in one of this week’s best weekend series.
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SOUTHERN ARKANSAS MULERIDERS
The Muleriders (14-6) would certainly like a redo of their midweek games when they inconceivably were swept in a doubleheader at home by Union. SAU won a series over Ouachita Baptist over the weekend in GAC action. Big games this week with Delta State on Tuesday and Henderson State over the weekend.
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DIXIE ST. RED STORM
The Red Storm (9-1) had a pair of PacWest wins over Point Loma Nazarene and have two more scheduled games with the Sea Lions on Monday. On Sunday DSU will head to Hawaii to play Hawaii Hilo and Hawaii Pacific.
22
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SETON HILL GRIFFINS
The Griffins (3-3) had a bit of a rollercoaster week as they traded wins with Le Moyne which earned them a series win and traveled down to Florida where they played a tough Florida Tech team and won one of three. SHU has Clarion and Concord scheduled for this week.
23
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INCARNATE WORD CARDINALS
The Cardinals (13-2) make their move into the rankings for the first time this season after earning a win over St. Edward’s and taking a series from UH-Victoria. UIW plays TAMIU and TAMCC this week in a pair of showdowns against teams with long acronyms.
24
(NR)
WILMINGTON (DE) WILDCATS
The Wildcats (5-2) earn a spot in the rankings after sweeping four games from Franklin Pierce. The ‘Cats will have an opportunity to climb the rankings this week when they play SNHU, Nova Southeastern, Barry and Lynn and others in Florida.
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WEST CHESTER GOLDEN RAMS
West Chester (1-3-1) finally got back on the diamond an earned a lopsided win over Philadelphia U. A second game with the Rams was called due to darkness. The Rams host university of Sciences Sunday and could get no-hit for the second week in a row if Joe Gunkel takes to the mound.
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INDIANAPOLIS GREYHOUNDS
UIndy (3-0) had a pair of games at Oakland City rescheduled to April and won a game at Trevecca Nazrene. The ‘Hounds have another game with the Trojans and will play Drury and Augustana in Evansville this upcoming weekend.
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FRANCIS MARION PATRIOTS
The Patriots (8-5) finally looked like the team that was positioned in the top ten to start the season as they swept Georgia Southwestern State on the road, outscoring the ‘Canes 34-9. FMU will need to keep their bats hot as Lander comes to campus this week.
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FRANKLIN PIERCE RAVENS
The Ravens (5-4) were swept in four games by Wilmington, but the losses weren’t as bad as they may seem. The Wildcats are one of the top teams in the CACC and the quartet of losses were by a total of six runs. FPU looks to rebound with games at Dowling this week.
29
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ARKANSAS TECH WONDER BOYS
Their opposition as of late hasn’t exactly been murders’ row, but the Wonder Boys have been compiling wins, with only a single loss to in their last 17 games. Three of ATU’s four losses are to teams currently ranked in the top 30. Tech hosts OBU and Southeastern Oklahoma this week.
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NOVA SOUTHEASTERN SHARKS
The Sharks’ (9-6) lost a midweek game to Palm Beach Atlantic but swept Bently over the weekend with a pair of shutout wins which keeps them treading in the rankings’ waters. NSU gets one more chance to impress this week before they lose their spot. A win over SNHU Tuesday would go a long way.
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MISSOURI WESTERN ST. GRIFFONS
Missouri Western (4-3) had five games cancelled this week due to weather. Unfortunately for the Griffons three of them were against Truman State; as a graduate of TSU I can tell you MWSU would’ve swept ‘em. Drury, Southwest Baptist and Nebraska-Kearney are on this week’s agenda.

Dropped out: UNC Pembroke,

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