Upsets Aplenty in Conference Tournaments to Shake Up Latest DII Rankings; USC Aiken and PBC Tournament Play Wednesday

Rank
(Last Week)
Team / Comment
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USC AIKEN PACERS
The Pacers’ (41-9) had the week off as they prepare for the Peach Belt Baseball Championship. USC Aiken is the top seed for the tournament and ranked first in the nation for the first time since 2003.
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TAMPA SPARTANS
Tampa (39-10) concluded its regular season with a series sweep of Lynn University and now await word of the NCCA South Regional Tournament. The Spartans are the top team in the South Region and likely will host the South Regional; however that didn’t work well for them last season when they went 0-2 for a quick exit.
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DELTA ST. STATESMEN
Delta State (39-8-1) won their first game in the Gulf South Tournament to Christian Brothers, but twice lost late leads against Valdosta State to drop to the loser’s bracket where they’ll next match up with West Florida.
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MOUNT OLIVE TROJANS
Mount Olive (45-6) had the week off after a disappointing finish at the Conference Carolinas Tournament. Nevertheless MOC is currently the top seed in the Southeast Regional. The Trojans have a single game against a dangerous Winston-Salem State who’s looking to show they’re the top team in the Atlantic this week.
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COLORADO MESA MAVERICKS
Colorado Mesa (41-7) completed their regular season with a home series sweep over the Colorado School of Mines. The Mavs will host the RMAC conference tournament once it starts on May 8th and be the overwhelming favorite to win the league’s automatic bid.
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ST. CLOUD ST. HUSKIES
SCSU (31-7) had a busy week, going 6-2 against the likes of Mary, Augustana and Bemidji State. The Sunday sweep over Bemidji gave the Huskies the NSIC regular season title and will now once again play Bemidji in the first round of the conference tournament as the host and top seed.
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CENTRAL MISSOURI MULES
Central Missouri (35-11) hosted Pittsburg State in the opening round of the MIAA Baseball Tournament and were shocked by the Gorillas, losing the series two games to one despite a feverish rally which forced extra innings in the finale. The Mules now must wait until Sunday to find out where they will be playing in the Central Regional.
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CAL ST. MONTEREY BAY OTTERS
The Otters (37-13) won three of four games from UC San Diego to clinch the program’s first regular season CCAA title outright. CSUMB will open the double-elimination CCAA tournament against Sonoma State.
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ST. MARY’S (TX) RATTLERS
The Rattlers (35-13) were shutout in the first game of their three game series against McMurray, but game back to win the final two to take the series. StMU will host the Heartland Conference Tournament, abeit at Incarnate Word, starting on Thursday.
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MISSOURI WESTERN ST. GRIFFONS
The Griffons (37-8) had two wins over Ft. Hays State in the opening round of the MIAA Tournament, the second of which was a come from behind slugfest in which MWSU scored seven unanswered runs late to win and advance. The Griffons have tied a school record for wins and will next face Central Oklahoma in a four team double elimination tournament.
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MINNESOTA STATE MAVERICKS
MSU (31-8) won a pair of games over Concordia St Paul to close their regular season. They were to play a series at Truman State as well but the games were cancelled due to weather. Currently ranked second in the Central Region the Mavs have a chance to earn the top spot with a big showing in the NSIC Tournament.
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WEST FLORIDA ARGONAUTS
The Argos (35-11) lost their Gulf South Tournament opener to West Alabama and eliminated Alabama-Huntsville in the loser’s bracket. UWF will next face Delta State with the loser headed home until the South Regional.
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WILMINGTON (DE) WILDCATS
The Wildcats (37-12) captured their second Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular season championship by holding off Philadelphia on the final day of the regular season. WU will be the number one seed in the CACC Tournament and get a first round bye.
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ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC PIRATES
The Pirates (31-13) were to play an end of season series with Belmont Abbey but the games were canceled. As such the Pirates next game will be Wednesday when they play a sneaky good Francis Marion club in the first round of the PBC Baseball Tournament.
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SOUTHERN ARKANSAS MULERIDERS
The Muleriders (37-15) outscored Harding in the first round of the Great American Conference, but couldn’t come back from an early deficit against Arkansas Tech to fall to the loser’s bracket. SAU will play Henderson State on Monday in an elimination game.
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COKER COBRAS
Coker (34-14) lost its first game of the Conference Carolinas Tournament, but reeled off four wins in a row to capture the title and the automatic bid. The Cobras will be awaiting to see who they’ll face in the Southeast Region where they were positioned fifth in the latest rankings.
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FLORIDA TECH PANTHERS
The Panthers (32-14) had the week off and will finish the regular season with a three game series with Nova Southeastern. The Sharks, who started the season in the top ten but will finish outside the rankings, will be in all out spoiler mode and could wreck the Panthers chances of obtaining a South Regional berth.
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UNC PEMBROKE BRAVES
If DII Regionals were to be announced today, the Braves (36-14) would be on the outside looking in. The Braves need to go deep in the Peach Belt Baseball Championship if they want to play for a national title. UNCP’s first opponet is Lander who will also be feverishly looking to improve their postseason chances.
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CHICO STATE WILDCATS
The Wildcats (34-14) split their regular season ending series with Cal State LA. The two teams go head-to-head again on Thursday in the four team CCAA tournament as Chico finished the season third and Cal State LA was second.
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TEX. A&M-KINGSVILLE JAVELINAS
The Javelinas (38-15) are perfect so far in the Lone Star Conference Championship with wins over Abilene Christian, West Texas A&M and Tarleton State. TAMKU’s win over the Tarleton State eliminated the Texans and puts the Javelinas in the driver’s seat for the conference tournament crown.
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LANDER BEARCATS
Lander (34-14), who was once the second ranked team in the country, has gone 5-8 to close the year and could be in danger of getting shutout of the extended postseason. Currently they’d be the last team in from the Southeast so they’ll have to have an impressive showing to hold off Francis Marion, Montevallo and UNC Pembroke.
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GRAND VALLEY ST. LAKERS
After dropping out of the rankings midway through the season, the Lakers (28-14) return after taking two from Northwood and winning a series over Wayne State which earned them the GLIAC title. GVSU will play Lake Erie in the first round of the conference tournament.
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ALABAMA HUNTSVILLE CHARGERS
A pair of close losses quickly eliminated Alabama Huntsville (33-15-1) from the Gulf South Tournament. The Chargers, who were ranked fourth in the latest NCAA South Region, will unquestionably drop in the rankings and need to pull for Delta State and West Florida to keep winning to stop an unexpected team from swiping a spot in the region.
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MILLERSVILLE MARAUDERS
The Marauders (36-14) lost their first two games against East Stroudsburg, but swept a doubleheader on Saturday to win their second PSAC East in the last three seasons. Millersville will face Slippery Rock in the first round of the PSAC Tournament on Wednesday.
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FRANKLIN PIERCE RAVENS
Franklin Pierce (32-15) had a huge week as they had a pair of runaway wins over St. Michael and more importantly doubled up Southern New Hampshire Saturday to secure the NE-10 Northeast Division Title. The Ravens, who were a surprising sixth in the latest East Region need to impress in the conference tournament and root against upsets to keep playing in the NCAAs.
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TARLETON ST. TEXANS
In the Lone Star Conference Tournament Tarleton State (34-15-1) had a win over Incarnate Word, lost to Angelo State and eliminated West Texas A&M before getting eliminated themselves by Texas A&M Kingsville. Despite the losses the Texans should hear their name called when the South Central Regional is announced.
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SETON HILL GRIFFINS
The Griffins (39-15) had a disappointing 2-2 showing in the WIVAC Tournament for an earlier than anticipated exit. Currently third in the Atlantic Region, the Griffs should still have the resume to make it into the tournament, but will be sweating it out and hoping for few upsets in the PSAC Tournament so they don’t get bumped.
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DRURY PANTHERS
The Panthers (35-13) enter the rankings for the first time after a 5-1 week as they split a doubleheader with Rockhurst, swept a pair from Southwest Baptist and have won the first two of four with William Jewell. With the wins on Sunday Drury won its first GLVC West Division title and tied the program record for wins.
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WINSTON-SALEM STATE RAMS
Winston-Salem State (38-8) is currently first in the latest NCAA Atlantic Region. They’ll have a lot on the line this week when the play Mount Olive and Francis Marion as tune up games for the NCAAs. The Rams toughest competition was back in February when they played Armstrong, Millersville and Concord and this will either solidify their spot as the team to beat or could drop them from the top seed
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SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE PENMEN
SNHU (33-16) had a lopsided win over St. Michael’s, lost to Franklin Pierce and split a doubleheader with Felician. The Penmen will play Bentley in the first round of the NE-10 Championship as the second seed.

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