Top Teams Remain the Same in DII Rankings; DSU, Lander, Tampa & Mount Olive Continue to Compile Wins

Rank
(Last Week)
Team / Comment
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DELTA ST. STATESMEN
Delta State (22-4-1) scored a pair of midweek wins over Mississippi Valley State and Harding, but was foiled by the weather in keeping their winning ways going into the weekend. The Statesmen and Alabama-Huntsville had to settle for a six inning tie in their only action in a highly anticipated top twenty-five matchup.
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LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (24-5) outscored Erskine 8-3 midweek and won a series over a very good Montevallo team to keep their position as the nation’s second ranked team. The Bearcats will play a pair at Brevard and challenge Georgia Southwestern this week.
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TAMPA SPARTANS
Fewer, if any, teams had better weeks than Tampa (24-4) who had wins over last year’s champ Wester Chester, Franklin Pierce and decisively swept three games from Rollins. The Spartans play three in Miami with the Barry Bucs this week.
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MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
After outscoring Armstrong 14-11, Mount Olive (26-4) swept three games from the Coker Cobras, giving the Trojans four quality wins for the week. MOC goes outside of conference with games against Chowan and California (Pa.) this week.
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USC AIKEN PACERS
After sweeping Chowan and North Georgia, USC Aiken (25-5) has won ten games in a row, reaching double digits in nine of the ten victories (the Pacers scored nine in the other). The Pacers face Augusta State and Montevallo this week.
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CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
The Mules (17-3) took a pair of games from visiting Lincoln and won two of three across the state against Washburn. UCM has Southwest Baptist and Central Oklahoma on this week’s schedule.
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ST. CLOUD ST. HUSKIES
SCSU’s (15-2) only loss to a DII team this year was a shutout in the opening game of the season Since then the Huskies have gone 15-0 against fellow DII competition which includes a four game sweep of Sioux Falls last week. On Friday Scott Lieser threw a no-hitter, making it three seasons in a row with a no-no.
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CHICO STATE WILDCATS
Chico State (19-5) Head Coach Dave Taylor earned his 600th victory as the Wildcats swept Cal State Stanislaus. The ‘Cats will look to push his total to 604 when they play San Francisco State on the road this week.
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COLORADO MESA MAVERICKS
In a matchup of RMAC division leaders Colorado Mesa (19-5) swept four games from New Mexico Highlands, once again propelling the Mavs up the rankings. CMU looks to extend their winning ways this week against the Adams State Grizzlies who have resumed playing baseball after a 35 year hiatus.
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WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS
The Argos (23-6) split with Columbus State on the road and won two of three against North Alabama at home – respectable results, but UWF does drop a few spots. This week the Argos play Alabama-Huntsville in matchup of top teams.
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ST. MARY’S (TX) RATTLERS
The Rattlers (19-9) suffered another close loss, this time to Oklahoma Christian as eight of StMU’s nine losses have been decided by two or fewer runs this season. St. Mary’s also won two games over Newman. Games at Arkansas Fort Smith are on this week’s schedule.
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CATAWBA INDIANS
Catawba (25-8) split a doubleheader with Shippensburg and swept three road games from a good Carson-Newman club. The Indians have games with Belmont Abbey, Barton and a big conference series with Tusculum this week.
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MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
The Mavs (12-4) won the opener of their Sunday doubleheader against Minnesota-Crookston with game two starting at approximately 11:30 PM. MSU has another pair with the Golden Eagles Monday and will play four games against Northern State to close the month.
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SETON HILL GRIFFINS
The Griffins (17-5) continued their winning ways with a doubleheader split with Charleston and a three game sweep of Wheeling Jesuit. Wins are wins, but some more lopsided scores were anticipated in the games with WJU in which all were very close. Cal (Pa.), Ohio Valley and Pitt-Johnstown this week for SHU.
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MISSOURI WESTERN ST. GRIFFONS
With wins over Northwest Missouri State and Central Oklahoma, the Griffons (19-4) ran their winning streak to seventeen games before losing a game to the Bronchos. MWSU won the finale and series with UCO and will look to start another winning streak with games against Truman State and Lincoln this week.
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SOUTHERN ARKANSAS MULERIDERS
The Muleriders (21-10), the Great American Conference leaders, played the second and third teams in the GAC standings, earning a win over third place Henderson State and a series victory over second positioned Arkansas Tech. SAU will play Wiley College and Southeastern Oklahoma State this week.
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UNC PEMBROKE BRAVES
The Braves (21-7) lost a game to Barton and won the first of three games in their series with Flagler with the remainder of the games with the Saints to be played Monday. UNCP Starter Ethan Carter is 8-0 with a 0.72 ERA in eight starts. Pembroke plays Wingate and North Georgia to close the week.
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SHIPPENSBURG RAIDERS
Shippensburg (16-5) split a road doubleheader with Catawba midweek and won three of four over East Stroudsburg over the weekend. The Raiders have some good competition ahead with games against Indiana (Pa.) and Kutztown this week.
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TEX. A&M-KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS
The Javelinas (20-8) had a nice midweek win over Texas A&M International, but only managed to win the finale of their four game series with Abilene Christian for their first losing week of the year. TAMKU looks to get back on track against Tarleton State this week.
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SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE PENMEN
SNHU (16-4) compiled a pair of Saturday wins over Saint Rose, but lost a 2-1 game to Le Moyne on Sunday. Another pair of potential Penmen games were postponed or cancelled. SNHU plays Saint Anselm and Stonehill this week..
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ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE CHARGERS
Alabama Huntsville (21-6-1) crushed Tuskegee 21-3 and had their series with top ranked Delta State canceled due to weather (they did play to a 1-1 tie before being washed out). The Chargers have another big series scheduled with West Florida coming to town this week.
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ANGELO STATE RAMS
Angelo State (18-10) climb a few sports after impressively winning a series three game to one over Incarnate Word in their only action of the week. The Rams have a home series with West Texas A&M this week.
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ASHLAND EAGLES
Following a series sweep of Saginaw Valley State, the Eagles (14-4) give the Midwest Region a team in the top thirty rankings after the region was shutout last week. Ashland plays two games with Wayne State and three against Walsh this week.
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FLORIDA TECH PANTHERS
FIT (20-9) lost an extra inning game at Florida Southern and split a pair of home games with Georgia Southwestern. The Panthers have a game with Palm Beach Atlantic and a series with Lynn on this week’s schedule.
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WILMINGTON (DE) WILDCATS
The Wildcats (17-9) worked their way back into the top thirty after winning a pair of games against both Usciences and Bloomfield. Wilmington will play Millersville, Philadelphia and Post this week, with each of the games on the road.
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CAL ST. MONTEREY BAY OTTERS
The Otters (20-10) won their first two games against Cal State Dominguez Hills, but lost the remainders to split the series. CSUMB has a big CCAA matchup with Sonona State this week as they try to climb the conference standings.
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ARKANSAS TECH WONDER BOYS
Arkansas Tech (24-10) had a win over West Alabama and could have made a big jump in the rankings had they been able to defeat Southern Arkansas, but only managed to win one of four over the Muleriders. The Wonder Boys have Southwestern Oklahoma on this week’s agenda.
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SLIPPERY ROCK PRIDE
Slippery Rock (14-5) concluded their Florida trip with wins over Hillsdale, Minnesota Duluth and Dartmouth and split a pair of games with Lock Haven. The Rock has a very winnable series with Clarion, who has yet to win this year, as their only on the diamond action this week.
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ST. EDWARD’S HILLTOPPERS
The Hilltoppers (18-9) opened the week with a close shave against Incarnate Word and struggled against UA Fort Smith, losing the first two of three to the Lions. SEU can salvage a game with UAFS Monday and faces Oklahoma Christian and Newman this week as they try to regain ground in the Heartland Conference.
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FRANKLIN PIERCE RAVENS
All but one of Franklin Pierce’s (13-9) losses have been by either one or two runs. This week FPU had setbacks against Nova Southeastern and Tampa, but won over Lynn, Le Moyne and Saint Rose to remain on the cusp of the rankings. The Ravens play Umass-Lowell this week.

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