Maverick Maniac's Musings

April 2, 2009

D2 Softball – 4/3

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 10:00 pm

4/2 Review

Atlantic Region

(#4) West Chester @ Shippensburg – Shippensburg wins 1-0, 3-2 (More info here)

Huge sweep by Shippensburg.  West Chester has now dropped 4 straight and trails Kutztown by 5 full games.  Now they have to go rematch in West Chester.  I can\’t stress how important it is that West Chester wins this time if they have any hope of keeping touch with Kutztown.

(#6) Indiana (Pa.) @ (#1) Lock Haven – Lock Haven wins 5-0, 5-0 (More Info Here)

Indiana falls to 1-5 on the year now in conference, major setback early on for them.  Lock Haven looks great and is 6-0 on conference.  Lock Haven pitcher Krisin Erb won both games and now has the most wins ever by a DII pitcher with 141!  Lock Haven has another big series at Bloomsburg tomorrow.

Elizabeth City State @ Shaw – Shaw wins 9-0 (5), loses 10-11 (More Info Here and Here)

Shaw goes to 7-3 in the East, Elizabeth City State to 6-2 in the West. Both of these teams are threats to win the conference and got the autobid.

Central Region

(#5) Wayne State (Neb.) @ (#1) Winona State – Northern Sun Intercollegiate Coneference (NSIC) GOTW – Wayne State (Neb.) wins 5-0, 3-0 (More Info Here)

Great sweep for a young Wayne State (Neb.) team.  I saw them play a week ago and was impressed. Wayne State might be able to win the NSIC this year, and this sweept will be a big step in that direction.

East Region

Caldwell @ (#5) New York Institute of Technology – NYIT wins 4-1, ties 2-2 (More Info Here)

Caldwell would have liked to get a win today, good results for NYIT.  Ran out of daylight to finish and thus the tie. Both teams now head to the Georgian Court Invitational.

Bridgeport @ Dowling – Dowling wins 11-1, 7-1 (More Info Here)

Dowling with an impressive sweept to go to 5-1 in conference. Both teams now head to the Georgian Court Invitational.

(#1) Le Moyne @ Assumption – Assumption wins 3-2, loses 4-0

Assumption will be happy with this result becoming the first team in the NE-10 to knock off Le Moyne.  Le Moyne is now 4-1 in conference with Assumption only a half game back at 5-3.

South Region

(#5) Valdosta State vs. Arkansas Tech (GSC Crossover Tournament)

(#6) West Alabama vs. (#10) Arkansas-Monticello (GSC Crossover Tournament)

(#2) West Florida vs. Delta State (GSC Crossover Tournament)

All the Thursday games in the Crossover got postponed until Monday… including these 3.

4/3 Preview

These are the big games across the country tomorrow…

Atlantic Region

Shaw @ Fayetteville State

Fayetteville State has looked great so far in the league, but Shaw has started 7-3 and has a chance here to cut the gap.

Shippensburg @ (#4) West Chester

West Chester is in major trouble and can\’t afford to lose here if they want to stay alive for the divisional title.

(#1) Lock Haven @ (#5) Bloomsburg

Two of the top teams in the Eastern division face off. Lock Haven has been solid and is the favorite in the Central.  Great chance for Bloomsburg to make some noise and knock off the top team.

(#3) California (Pa.) @ (#7) Edinboro

This is a Western division matchup.  California (Pa.) is the favorite in thsi division and Edinboro has a big chance for an upset here.

Central Region

(#7) Colorado State-Pueblo @ (#2) Metro State – Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) GOTW

Matchup of the top team in the East and the top team in the West.

South Region

(#2) West Florida vs. (#10) Arkansas-Monticello (GSC Crossover Tournament)

(#5) Valdosta State vs. Delta State (GSC Crossover Tournament)

(#1) Alabama Huntsville vs. Delta State (GSC Crossover Tournament)

(#1) Alabama Huntsville vs. Arkansas Tech (GSC Crossover Tournament)

(#5) Valdosta State vs. (#10) Arkansas-Monticello (GSC Crossover Tournament)

The GSC Crossover Tournament will be taking place the next 4 days as the West teams play the East teams.

This could most benefit Arkansas-Monticello, the only ranked team in the West, who will get some games against the ranked Eastern teams.  Arkansas Tech is 9-3 in conference and Delta State 3-1 (both in the West) so this also gives them some games to stake claims to regional spots.

(#3) Florida Southern @ Barry

Barry is a surprise factor in the Sunshine State Conference Title Race.  Floridao Southern is coming off a sweep of Saint Leo but will be teststed in this series on the road.

South Central Region

St. Mary’s @ Texas A&M International

St. Mary\’s entered the week a game ahead of Texas A&M International for 3rd place and just 1 game back of first.  Great matchup here.

St. Edward’s @ Incarnate Word – Hertland Conference (HC) GOTW

St. Edward\’s & Incarnate Word entered the week tied for the lead in the Heartland Conference.  This matchup will be big in deciding who has the inside track towards that title.

(#4) West Texas A&M @ Tarleton State

This is a Lonestar Conference South matchup between two teams fighting to stay in the hunt.  West Texas A&M was 3 games back of Abilene Christian enetering the week and can\’t afford to slip much farther.

(#3) Abilene Christian @ (#2) Angelo State – Lone Star Conference (LSC) GOTW

And in the Lonestar South we see a matchup of the top 2 teams.  Abilene Christian entered the week 1.5 games up on Angelo State, but Angelo State can erase all of that with a home sweep.

(#8) Emporia State @ (#7) Nebraska-Omaha – Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Associate (MIAA) GOTW

A game I get to watch!!  The MIAA FINALLY will have had all their schools play a conference game after this series.  It also features two of the 4 ranked teams in the region, and the two preseason favorites to win the conference.

Southeast Region

(#4) Georgia College @ Queens (N.C.)

Queens (N.C.) missed a chance to get a big win earlier in the week vs. Augusta State, they get another crack vs. Georgia College.

West Region

(#1) Humboldt State vs. (#3) Dixie State (Tournament of Champions)

(#6) Cal State Stanislaus vs. (#7) Grand Canyon (Tournament of Champions)

(#8) UC San Diego vs. (#3) Dixie State (Tournament of Champions)

(#1) Humboldt State vs. (#2) Hawaii Pacific (Tournament of Champions) – California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) GOTW, Pacific West Conference (PWC) GOTW – Game of the Day

(#5) Sonoma State vs. (#7) Grand Canyon (Tournament of Champions)

(#6) Cal State Stanislaus vs. (#3) Dixie State (Tournament of Champions)

Cal State Monterey Bay vs. (#9) Central Washington (Tournament of Champions)

(#5) Sonoma State vs. (#2) Hawaii Pacific (Tournament of Champions)

Western Oregon vs. (#10) Cal State Dominguez Hills (Tournament of Champions)

For the next 2 days, The Tournament of Champions will feature teams from the CCAA, the PWC, and the GNAC.  Some teams got better draws than others. On Friday the best chances are for Humboldt State, who will get chances to beat #2 Hawaii Pacific (in the game of the day) and #3 Dixie State.  Cal State Stanislaus and UC San Diego get upset bids vs. Dixie State, while Sonoma State gets one vs. Hawaii Pacific.  Grand Canyon, Central Washington, and Cal State Domingquez will be wishing they had gotten marquee matchups.

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