Top Five Remain Same and Three Teams Join Latest DII Rankings

Rank

(Last Week)

Team / Comment
1

(1)

Tampa Spartans

Tampa (28-1) has had some close shaves with four one-run wins and two extra inning victories the past three weeks, but the Spartans keep on winning. Fellow perennial power Florida Southern will try to stop UT from amassing a 25 game win streak.

2

(2)

Lander Bearcats

The Bearcats (23-3) beat Newberry and swept Georgia Regents to slip into the second spot on the rankings. LU has it’s biggest series of the season to-date as they play at Montevallo this week.

3

(3)

Minnesota State Mavericks

The Mavs (15-4) won three of four in their first NSIC series of the year against Southwest Minnesota State. MSU has their first home games of the year this week when they host Minnesota Duluth.

4

(4)

West Florida Argonauts

The Argos’ (21-5) were anti-Peach State as they went 4-1 against North and West Georgia to hold on to their spot in the top five. UWF hosts Columbus State midweek and travels north to play Lee for the weekend.

5

(5)

Southern Arkansas Muleriders

Muleriders (24-7) won midweek over Quachita Baptist and cooled off a hot Arkansas Tech team by winning two of three against the Wonderboys. SAU hosts Southeastern Oklahoma State this week. Continue reading

NCBWA Division II Regional Rankings 03-18-14

Atlantic Region

RK School -First-Place Votes- W-L Pts. Prev.
1 Shippensburg (Pa.) -14- 11-3 140 1
2 East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 10-3 114 2
3 Millersville (Pa.) 10-5 109 3
4 Concord (W. Va.) 13-5 98 4
5 Kutztown (Pa.) 7-1 79 5 Continue reading

Same Song Different Verse, Tampa Spartans Remain in First

Rank

(Last Week)

Team / Comment
1

(1)

Tampa Spartans

Tampa (23-1) ran its winning streak to sixteen games after a sweep of Rollins. With two one-run wins and a pair of extra inning victories over the past two weeks UT has shown they are vulnerable but also very, very good. Spartans host Franklin Pierce midweek and Barry this weekend.

2

(3)

Lander Bearcats

The Bearcats (23-3) beat Newberry and swept Georgia Regents to slip into the second spot on the rankings. LU has it’s biggest series of the season to-date as they play at Montevallo this week.

3

(2)

Minnesota State Mavericks

The Mavs (12-3) concluded their Florida trip with a wins over GVSU, SJC and Alderson Broaddus but it also included a shutout loss to Ohio Dominican. MSU is scheduled to play its first home games this week with a series with Southwest Minnesota State.

4

(4)

West Florida Argonauts

The Argos’ (17-4) tangled with Alabama Huntsville with the Chargers getting the series win in the last at bat. UWF will have their angry eyes on when they host West Georgia this week.

5

(5)

Southern Arkansas Muleriders

Muleriders (21-6) consecutive series win streak was stopped at twenty after being foiled by Harding in an extra innings loss. SAU will look to start a new streak this week when they host Arkansas Tech. Continue reading

Leadoff Hitting: A Lost Art

A quality leadoff hitter is a a crucial element to a productive and prodigious lineup.  Unfortunately in today’s college game some of the essential qualities of traditional number one batter have gone the way of the Dodo Bird.  I came up with the following list of rules and guidelines for a good leadoff hitter:

Rules for being an effective and selfless leadoff hitter:

1.) A walk is better than a hit.  You will see more pitches and allow your teammates to get a better look at the starters arsenal, movement, release point, etc.  The following counts should be take counts during any leadoff at bat by the leadoff hitter: 0-0, 1-0, 2-0.

2.) During your first plate appearance of the game, it is essential for you to see as many pitches as possible, regardless of outcome.

3.) You must bunt, and show bunt enough for it to be a legitimate threat to the opponent. Continue reading

Baseball and Mustaches: The Relationship Between America’s Pastime and the Ultimate Display of Manliness

Mustache Mafia

Florida State’s 2013 “Mustache Mafia”

As we begin the month of March,  it’s without a doubt that those of you watching NCAA baseball will increasingly see more and more facial hair gleaming from the upper-lip of the college baseball world.

Why is this? Is it something random? Is there a higher power responsible for forcing young men across the country to suddenly neglect the area above their lip when shaving? Or have the stars magically aligned to bring college baseball players back to their primal roots of displaying their male dominance through the testosterone-driven feat of growing facial hair?

mustache kids

Even the kids join in on the fun

Well, while those all may be valid explanations, the simplest reason for this recent abundance of crumb catchers, handlebars,  and flavor savors is none other than the fact that it’s March and in the college baseball world, March = Mustaches.

What started as a campaign in the Air Force, Mustache March has grown into a national phenomenon and, at the spite of many girlfriends across the country, results in thousands of guys devoting an entire month to putting their manhood on display and growing their ‘staches out. Continue reading

2014 Division I Baseball Attendance (3/10/14)

By Average (min. 1,200)

 School Avg. Total #

1.  LSU 10,846 141,007 13
2.  Arkansas 7,504 60,037 8
3.  Mississippi State 7,464 97,038 13
4.  South Carolina 7,337 95,393 13
5.  Ole Miss 7,053 91,695 13
6.  Texas 5,363 48,267 9
7.  Florida State 5,313 58,447 11
8.  Clemson 4,914 54,054 11
9.  Texas A&M 4,178 50,146 12
10.  Louisiana-Lafayette 3,718 33,470 9 Continue reading

Tino Award Watch Spotlight: Ouachita Baptist’s Davis Ward

It’s easy to highlight the pitching of Davis Ward because no words are necessary; the numbers say it all. The ace of Ouachita Baptist has been like the Riddler this season, baffling batsmen all season long. In his six appearances this season, Ward has toed the rubber against nationally ranked teams four times – each of them were wins for the Tigers and three of the games were shutouts. He is a perfect 5-0 and his 1.59 ERA is so dainty it should only be enjoyed with a fine glass of sherry. Despite facing some of the toughest lineups in DII baseball, he’s struck out 42 batters while only allowing 37 hits (for a .213 batting average) while issuing just six measly walks in 45.1 near masterful innings. Continue reading