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April 1, 2009

D2 Softball – 4/1

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 4:03 am

3/31 Review

Atlantic Region

(#2) Kutztown @ (#4) West Chester – Game of the Day – Kutztown wins 3-1, 3-1

Kutztown picks up two more huge wins.  They go to 8-0 in the conference and extend their lead over West Chester to 4 games.  Game two was a tight one, decided when Kutztown scored 2 runs to take the lead in the top of the 7th, and held on in the bottom of the 7th.

(#3) California (Pa.) @ (#8) Gannon – California (Pa.) wins 7-0, 6-1

California (Pa.) really needed these games, and they got them in dominant fashion.  California is now 6-2 in conference, and Gannon already trails them by 5 games in the West division.

Mansfield @ (#6) Indiana (Pa.) – Indiana (Pa.) wins 2-1, loses 2-3

Pitchers were in strong form here. Erin Holloway had 24 strike outs in 10 2/3 innings for Indiana (Pa.).  Mansfield is still up 1 game on Indian (Pa.) however both are looking up at Bloomsburg and Lock Haven.  Mansfield may start to get some looks in the rankings.

East Region

Bridgeport @ (#5) New York Institute of Technology – New York Institute of Technology wins 6-5, 10-0 (5)

Bridgeport was doing everything right for the first 6.5 innings of the game.  They led 5-0 going into the bottom of the 7th. Two singles, an error, a walk, another single and a grand slam later… they had lost 6-5.  In the nightcap things weren’t even close as New York Institute of Technology won 10-0 in a 5 inning mercy-ruled game.  Big comeback for New York Insitute of Technology who leads the conference at 6-0.

Dowling @ (#10) Adelphi – Adelphi wins 8-0, loses 1-4

Adelphi would have liked to get both games today, but only got one. It will be interesting to see how long they can hang on to the rankings.

(#8) American International @ New Haven – New Haven wins 1-0, 8-1

Great sweep for New Haven.  New Haven picks up too crucial wins to go to 4-0 in the NE-10, while AIC is 1-5.  A 4 game lead early on is huge.  AIC is also 9-11 overall now, and might fall out of the playoff picture soon.  New Haven at 11-5 has a pretty good argument to get into them.

South Region

(#9) Saint Leo @ (#3) Florida Southern – Florida Southern wins 12-4 (6)

Florida Southern is now two games up on Saint Leo in the conference, while only trailing Tampa at the top by 1 game.  These two teams will meet again tomorrow for a doubleheader.  Saint Leo would love to get even one win out of this series.

Southeast Region

(#8) Augusta State @ Queens (N.C.) – Augusta State wins 5-4 (11), 6-4 (8)

Queens suffers two very tough losses to Augusta State.  Queens still has a very good shot at the Conference Carolinas title, but this was a big chance to try and stake a claim toward a regional ranking.

West Region

Hawaii Hilo @ (#6) Cal State Stanislaus – Cal State Stanislaus wins 10-0 (5), 4-1

Hilo misses a big chance here for some quality wins.  Cal State Stanislaus gets two fairly easy wins, which is important as they have a huge series with the #2 team in the region, Hawaii Pacific on Wednesday.

4/1 Preview

These are the big games around the country tomorrow

Atlantic Region

St. Augustine’s @ Fayetteville State

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) will get someone in the tournament via the autobid.  Both of these teams are in the running.  Entering the week Fayetteville State is 5-1, while St. Augustine’s is 2-0, so this game is a good chance for Fayetteville to distance themselves in the standings.

(#4) West Chester @ Shippensburg

West Chester was just swept by Kutztown at home and now faces a tough road trip to Shippensburg. Like California (Pa.) yesterday, this is a series where West Chester does not have much room for error. Two straight sweeps would be tough to recover from already trailing Kutztown by 4 games.

(#6) Indiana (Pa.) @ (#1) Lock Haven

After a split vs. Mansfield, Indiana (Pa.) must now travel to Lock Haven to take on the #1 team in the region.  They could fall to 1-5 on the year and see their divisional title hopes take a major blow here if they get swept.

Central Region

(#5) Wayne State (Neb.) @ (#1) Winona State – Northern Sun Intercollegiate Coneference (NSIC) GOTW

Wayne State (Neb.) and Winona State both were tied at 2-0 entering the week.  This is a big time matchup between possibly the top 2 teams in the conference.

Augustana @ (#10) Upper Iowa

Augustana started off the conference season 2-0, and this is a big test on the road at 11-7 (2-0) Upper Iowa.

East Region

(#9) Dominican (N.Y.) @ Caldwell

Top 2 teams in the CACC entering the week sqaure off.  Caldwell currently has a 1 game lead on Dominican.  Caldwell conspicuosuly absent from the region rankings despite starting the conference season 8-0.

(#1) Le Moyne @ New Haven – Northeastern-10 (NE-10) GOTW

Two NE-10 teams that entered the week 2-0 square off.  New Haven was 9-5 entering the week, but not ranked in the region.  A sweep over Le Moyne would obviously be huge for them.

Midwest Region

(#4) Wayne State (Mich.) @ (#5) Ashland

Ashland was leading the GLIAC coming into the week at 6-0, while Wayne State (Mich.) was only 2 games back at 2-0.  There are 5 really good teams in this conference and they all could get into the playoffs, but I wouldn’t want to be the 5th choice.

(#1) Ferris State @ (#9) Saginaw Valley State

Ferris State opened conference season with a sweep of Grand Valley State.  Now a tough road trip to Saignaw Valley State who is currently the 5th team from the GLIAC and looking to pick up a huge sweep and move into the top 8.

South Region

Fort Valley State @ Albany State – Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) GOTW

The SIAC will be getting a team into the tourney, and probably only the tournament winner.  In this big game the top two East teams, who are both 4-0, will be facing off.  The winner might have the inside track to the East title.

(#9) Saint Leo @ (#3) Florida Southern

After winning game 1, Florida Southern looks to get the 3 game sweep of Saint Leo.

South Central Region

(#5) Midwestern State @ Cameron

Cameron and Midwestern State entered the week both at 8-4 in conference, and Cameron could use a couple wins here to try and jump into the regional rankings.

Southeast Region

(#1) North Georgia @ (#4) Georgia College – Peach Belt Conference (PBC) GOTW – Game of the Day

Georgia College leads North Georgia by 1 game (10-2 to 7-1).  They now get a chance to extend that lead to 3 games with a home sweep.  Great matchup.  I’m giving this one my Game of the Day!  North Georgia was #3 in last weeks national rankings.

(#2) Lenoir-Rhyne @ Mars Hill

Mars Hill is hanging around in the SAC standings, tied with Lenoir-Rhyne at 4-2.  If they want to make a serious run at the conference title or a regional ranking, this is a huge chance to make a move.

(#9) Catawba @ (#5) Wingate – South Atlantic Conference (SAC) GOTW

Catawab started off conference play 2-0, but this is a tough road test at a Wingate team who is ranked 5th in the region, but started 4-2 in conference. Good chance to move up in the region though.

West Region

(#2) Hawaii Pacific @ (#6) Cal State Stanislaus

After sweeping Hawaii Hilo, Cal State Stanislaus gets a big chance to improve their regional ranking with this home series with Hawaii Pacific.

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