Tampa Continues Stranglehold Atop DII Rankings

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(Last Week)

Team / Comment
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(1)

Tampa Spartans

Tampa (15-1) only allowed four total runs during their weekend series with Walsh. The Spartans have a monster series at St. Leo upcoming which the upcoming Lions have had their eyes on.

2

(2)

Minnesota State Mavericks

The Mavs (5-1) had the week of as they headed down to Florida for their spring trip in which they will play nine games in eight days.

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(4)

Lander Bearcats

The Bearcats (16-2) dropped their first game against North Georgia, but won the next two and the series against the Saints. LU hosts Mount Olive midweek and Francis Marion this upcoming weekend.

4

(9)

West Florida Argonauts

The Argos’ (13-2) swept three road games from Christian Brothers this week. UWF should have a tougher row to hoe this week against North Georgia and Union.

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(10)

Southern Arkansas Muleriders

Muleriders (15-4) hurlers had three shutouts as they went 4-1 last week with their only loss to Ouachita Baptist’s ace Davis Ward. SAU has a midweek contest with Arkansas Monticello and a weekend series at Henderson State. Continue reading

Life Lessons

Last night, the Lewis Flyers were significantly outplayed by Ashland University for exactly eight and a half innings………and then something happened.  That “something” was the red team turning a 7-0 deficit into an inspiring and improbable come from behind walk-off win by scoring eight runs in the bottom of the ninth inning without recording an out.  The win gives us much needed momentum and a quality win versus an in-region opponent.  After pondering last nights events I have determined that there are some life lessons to be learned from this ordeal: Continue reading

Flyers Off on Spring Trip

Sitting on the runway at O’hare waiting to take off.  Its going to be a long day.  We left Lewis at 3:30am and we play tonight against a quality Ashland team who will have a chip on shoulder after we ended their season in dramatic fashion last year during the Midwest Regional in Springfield, MO.  We had a good week of practice during which a few mechanical adjustments were made and we got plenty of live plate appearances off of our pitching staff.  I had each one of my hitters provide a scouting report on themselves as is they were preparing an opponent to face them as a hitter.  The evaluation included a recommendation on to pitch them, as in pitch type, location and sequence.  This is a good exercise to compel the hitters to undertake because it forces them to not only take account of their strengths, bit also to recognize their weaknesses and flaws.  One they are identified, they can be corrected or minimized as needed.  Everyone did a good job on this project, and some of the players used the opportunity to work on their comedic wit.  Some highlights from the self-scouting reports include:

Mike  Barajas: “Makes @hi# happen when on the bases so pitchers need to mix up looks and try to stop his feet.

Ben Albano: “Strengths include being very handsome with a charming personality.”

James Burrell: “Best hitter in the nation.  Avoid at all costs”.

Special congratulations go out to Brandon Collins for his ultra-wise airport purchase this morning.  I don’t know what a $5 bottle of water tastes like, and I hope I never find out.

Hitters Make a Statement

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Greetings again baseball fans, we’ve had a few weeks of practice here in chilly Minnesota as the weather continues to baffle us and I’ve got a ton of new developments to update you on. Since the media here at Minnesota State is so excellent at what they do, you can check out the last four games we played through our website. The stats from day one in our series against Northeastern State can be found here and day two games against Southwest Baptist can be found here.

It’s incredible what one week can do for a baseball team after coming off a split series with UAM in our first games of the year. As a team, we try not to get too high or too low during the course of the season (as I mentioned in my last blog about not hitting the panic button) but there is something to be said about these last four games. Key components needed to reach our goal of winning a National Championship this year began to slightly shine. Continue reading

Tino Award Watch Spotlight: Tampa’s Nick Tindall

tinoawardxxxThe initial watch list for the 2014 Jaeger Sports Tino Martinez Award presented by College Baseball Lineup and D2baseballnews.com includes 125 names. If that list had to be cut in half, or to a third, probably even down to just a top ten, one of the names that would be on the roster of top DII players to watch would be Tampa’s Nick Tindall. Tindall played for Quincy University last season where he was a semifinalist for the award as he earned Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year and Midwest Region Player of the Year honors. As a slugging sophomore catcher Tindall led his team in batting at .372 and hit a GLVC high nine homeruns. His average was fifth in the league and his .620 slugging percentage was third. He also struck out just 14 time in 189 appearances. Even more amazingly, last season was Tindall’s first year as a collegiate player as he didn’t play as a freshman. Continue reading

NCBWA DI Baseball Top 30 – Feb 24

VIRGINIA TOPS NCBWA DIVISION I POLL
Virginia (6-1) has moved into the top spot in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll. The Cavaliers were 4-0 last week and moved up three spots from number four, replacing Oregon State atop the rankings.

Cal State Fullerton (preseason No. 1) and Oregon State (Feb. 17) have also held down the No. 1 position in the initial three 2014 rankings. Last year Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conference schools were No. 1 every week until UCLA captured the 2013 NCAA title.

The current survey has representation by nine different conferences among the 302 baseball-playing schools in the 2014 NCAA Division I ranks. The rankings of 2013 had a NCBWA-poll record 22 different DI conferences and independents rated at least one week while 12 separate circuits had team rankings in ’13.

NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (FEB. 24)
Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Virginia Atlantic Coast 6-1 4-0 4
2. Florida State Atlantic Coast 6-0 3-0 3
3. LSU Southeastern 7-0 4-0 5
4. Vanderbilt Southeastern 7-0 4-0 6
5. Oregon Pacific-12 7-0 4-0 8 Continue reading

Inside the Flyers’ Cockpit

The Flyers bounced back today with a hard-fought win against a pesky Union team.  The hitters turned it around and squared some balls up nicely, ran the bases well and kept the pressure on the whole game.  Congratulations to Brad Elmore and James Holub on nice mound outings to begin their college careers and to the entire bullpen for getting us stops when we needed them and closing it out.  Things were more relaxed today and less adrenaline dependent as we got comfortable with the game day schedule and management.  Jake Murray led the offensive effort with three hits and a walk, and leadoff hitter Alex Slaby was more relaxed and made a nice recovery after a shaky effort last night.  Brandon Collins provided a nice spark in his Lewis debut at first base and Mark Kornacker flashed some slick leather at third base.  Our approach with two strikes is still troubling.  Multiple guys coming back to the dugout telling me they were guessing a certain pitch with two strikes.  It can’t happen.  Read, then react, then spoil it or barrel it up.  So simple,…… or is it.  Looking forward to eating some southern home cooking tonight at Courtney’s and then team laundry.  Next up a region game versus Ohio Dominican tomorrow at noon.

4-0 Week Thrusts Virginia to Top of NCBWA DI Poll

Virginia (6-1) has moved into the top spot in the latest poll. The Cavaliers were 4-0 last week and moved up three spots from number four, replacing Oregon State atop the rankings.

NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (FEB. 24)
Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Virginia Atlantic Coast 6-1 4-0 4
2. Florida State Atlantic Coast 6-0 3-0 3
3. LSU Southeastern 7-0 4-0 5
4. Vanderbilt Southeastern 7-0 4-0 6
5. Oregon Pacific-12 7-0 4-0 8 Continue reading