DII Baseball Rankings – Feb 02

Rank(Last Week) Team / Comment
1
(1)
Minnesota State Mavericks
The top ranked Mavericks (0-0) start their season next week when they play an increasingly good Arkansas Monticello club that can not be overlooked.
2
(2)
USC Aiken Pacers
The Pacers (2-0) started their season by taking two from Lincoln Memorial which included a 10-0 win over the visiting Railsplitters.
3
(3)
Tampa Spartans
The Spartans (3-0) began their national champion title defense with a sweep over the visiting Bentley Falcons – which despite the sound of the name is a school team and not a fleet of British luxury cars.
4
(4)
TEXAS A&M-Kingsville Javelinas
The Javelinas (2-0) opened the season with a pair of easy wins over the University of Houston-Victoria.
5
(5)
Mount Olive Trojans
New school name same dominating Trojans. UMO (3-0) swept three from Winston-Salem State to open 2014.
6
(6)
Seton Hill Griffins
The Griffins (0-0) don’t take to the diamond for play until February 22nd when they travel down to North Carolina to play Barton.
7
(7)
Grand Valley St. Lakers
The Lakers (0-0) don’t have a game scheduled until February 21st when they play Southern Indiana.
8
(8)
Wilmington (DE) Wildcats
The Wildcats (0-0) open their 2014 schedule the weekend of February 21st when they play Mercyhurst Mansfield and St. Rose in a tournament in Virginia.
9
(9)
St. Edward’s Hilltoppers
SEU (2-2) lost two against Ouachita Baptist on opening day one of which was a hard-luck one-hitter loss pitched by ‘Toppers MVP Easterling. SEU won two on Sunday to split the series.
10
(10)
St. Cloud St. Huskies
SCSU (0-0) doesn’t start it’s season until the weekend of February 21st when they a pair of games with Quincy and Arkansas Tech.
11
(11)
West Florida Argonauts
The Argos (2-1) suffered a bitter 15 inning loss to Florida Southern in the season opener but rebounded to win the next two to win the series over the Mocs.
12
(12)
Drury Panthers
The Panthers (0-0) are one of the last teams to play their first games of the year as they don’t hit the diamond until March 1st when they play Northwestern Oklahoma State.
13
(13)
Lander Bearcats
Lander (3-0) easily completed a three-game series sweep of the Belmont Abbey Crusaders to open the season.
14
(14)
Millersville Marauders
The Marauders (0-0) begin their 2014 schedule next week when they play an angry Winston-Salem State team looking to show they belong in the rankings after getting manhanded by Mount Olive.
15
(16)
UNC Pembroke Braves
The Braves (3-0) started the new season with a road sweep of Anderson. The Matrix movies ruined the name Anderson for me by the way and I say the name without thinking of this.
16
(15)
St. Mary’s (TX) Rattlers
The Rattlers (1-1) held off Central Missouri to win their season opener but were upset by UA Monticello to split their season-opening weekend.
17
(17)
St. Leo Lions
The Lions (3-0) started the season on the road and swept three games from North Georgia. Watch out for St. Leo’s this season. Those dudes are still (deservingly) miffed after not getting a regional invite last season.
18
(19)
Alabama Huntsville Chargers
The Chargers (3-0) had the most dominating opening weekend of any team in the rankings with a 3-0 sweep over Kentucky State in which they outscored the Thoroughbreds many to a few.
19
(18)
Lewis Flyers
The Flyers (0-0) step between the lines for the first time in 2014 on February 21st when the play Trevecca Nazarene Union and Ohio Dominican in a tournament.
20
(20)
Montevallo Falcons
The Falcons (2-1) won their first two games against West Georgia but couldn’t complete the sweep on Sunday. Big series next weekend with a matchup with St. Leo.
21
(21)
Colorado Mesa Mavericks
Colorado Mesa (0-0) plays for the first time next weekend when they host Nebraska-Kearney. Kearney by the way is the hometown of the guy who created NBC’s “The Blacklist” which you should be watching.
22
(22)
Angelo State Rams
Angelo State (2-0) started their season with a pair of wins over McMurray. Freshman Nehwon Norkeh had two triples in one of the Ram’s wins and according to his bio is also an accomplished belly dancer.
23
(23)
Central Missouri Mules
The Mules (1-1) lost their season opener to rival St. Mary’s and then took it out on Henderson State with a blowout win.
24
(24)
Delta St. Statesmen
Delta State (0-0) won’t play until next week when they rumble with Palm Beach Atlantic. While I dig PBA’s Sailfish mascot their acronym will always means Professional Bowlers Association to me and remind me of the fiery Pete Weber.
25
(25)
Georgia College Bobcats
The Bobcats’ (0-0) first games are next week when open against King and have a ring ceremony. Word is that the rings were forged in the fires of Mount Doom which should give GCSU an incredible advantage this season.
26
(26)
Southern Arkansas Muleriders
The Muleriders (2-0) won the first two of four in their series with Augustana. SAU has another pair with the Vikings as they prepare for a big series next week against Texas A&M Kingsville.
27
(27)
Franklin Pierce Ravens
Franklin Pierce (0-0) doesn’t take to the diamond for regularly scheduled games until February 21st when they play five games in Myrtle Beach.
28
(28)
Concord Mountain Lions
Concord (0-0) opens their 2014 season with three games against Mount Olive on February 15th.
29
(29)
Cal St. Monterey Bay Otters
The Otters (1-1) had a crushing 15-0 win in their first game of the season over Western Oregon but were edged in the second game of the twinbill to even the series. CSUMB will play two more against the GNAC stalwart Monday.
30
(NR)
Wingate Bulldogs
The Bulldogs (3-0) move into the rankings after their convincing sweep of St. Augustine’s in which they outscored the Falcons 42-12. WU plays new conference foe Coker next week.

Dropped Out: Winston Salem State (30*), Augustana (30*)