Maverick Maniac's Musings

April 4, 2009

D2 Softball – 4/4

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 3:04 am

4/3 Review

Atlantic Region

Shaw @ Fayetteville State – Fayetteville State wins 16-0 (5), 7-1 – (More info here)

Fayetteville looks to be the run away favorite to win this Division of the CIAA.  They now lead Shaw by 3 games.

Shippensburg @ (#4) West Chester

This matchup has been postponed until Sunday afternoon.

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

This matchup has also been postponed until Sunday afternoon.

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

This matchup has also been postponed.  No date has been anounced yet.

Central Region

(#7) Colorado State-Pueblo @ (#2) Metro State – RMAC GOTW – Metro State wins 9-6, 4-2 – (More info here)

This was a great set of wins for Metro State, in a matchup of the best in the East and the best in the West.  Both teams have big games tomorrow taking on the #2 team from the opposite division (Metro State vs. Adams State and CSU-Pueblo vs. Regis).  We’ll see if the weather allows it.

South Region

(#2) West Florida vs. (#10) Arkansas-Monticello (GSC Crossover Tournament) – Arkansas-Monticello wins 2-1

(#5) Valdosta State vs. Delta State (GSC Crossover Tournament) – Valdosta State wins 9-0 (5)

(#1) Alabama Huntsville vs. Delta State (GSC Crossover Tournament) – Alabama Huntsville wins 4-0

(#1) Alabama Huntsville vs. Arkansas Tech (GSC Crossover Tournament) – Alabama Huntsville wins 6-0

(#5) Valdosta State vs. (#10) Arkansas-Monticello (GSC Crossover Tournament) – Valdosta State wins 10-0 (5)

Arkansas-Monticello starts off the day with a very helpful win over West Florida.   They get another chance for big wins playing Alabama Huntsville and West Alabama still.

(#3) Florida Southern @ Barry – Florida Southern wins 3-2 (More info here)

Good start for Florida Southern who rode a 2 run first and a homer in the 5th to a series opening win.  The two teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow.  Barry is hanging on to the tail end of the regional rankings, they might need a win tomorrow.

South Central Region

St. Mary’s @ Texas A&M International – St. Mary’s wins 10-0 (5), 11-0 (5)  (More info here)

St. Mary’s might be for real in this conference race.  Texas A&M International… not so much.

St. Edward’s @ Incarnate Word – Hertland Conference (HC) GOTW – St. Edward’s wins 2-1, 11-7 (More info here)

Coming in tied at 13-3, this sweept leaves St. Edward’s two games clear of Incarnate Word, but still only one game clear of St. Mary’s.  These two teams rematch on Saturday at St. Edward’s.  This might be it for Incarnate Word, a 4 game lead would be almost impossible to overcome.

(#4) West Texas A&M @ Tarleton State – Tarleton State wins 3-2, loses 4-7 (More info here and here)

This split won’t help either team stay with Abilene Christian in the South.  The loser of the 3rd game on Saturday is probably eliminated from conference title hopes.

(#3) Abilene Christian @ (#2) Angelo State – Lone Star Conference (LSC) GOTW – Abilene Christian wins 7-3 (More info here)

Abilene now up 2 games on Angelo State and are assured of coming out of this series with at least a share of the lead.  Doubleheader tomorrow.  Teams below them (such as West Texas A&M and Tarleton) are probably rooting for Angelo to win both tomorrow.

(#8) Emporia State @ (#7) Nebraska-Omaha – Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Associate (MIAA) GOTW – Nebraska-Omaha wins 8-6, loses 4-2 (More info here)

Great set of games and a very even matchup. UNO got down 4-0 in the first game, then stormed back for 6 straight to take a 6-4 lead.  The teams went back and forth from there but UNO always had enough and won 8-6.  Game 2 was also exciting.  Nebraska-Omaha scored 1 in the 2nd, but left the bases loaded and weren’t able to add any runs after loading them with one out.  Emporia immediately answered with a homer, and scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh.  UNO threatened in the bottom of the 7th, plating one run and leaving runners at 2nd and 3rd when the final out was recorded.  I think these two might meet again for the tournament title.  And apparently the regular season title won’t come down to who swept who in this series.

Southeast Region

Erksine @ Queens (N.C.) – Erksine wins 1-0, loses 2-3 (More info here)

Queens won game two on a single while down 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th.  That comeback gave them a one game advantage over Erskine in conference, but both teams are still in a large group of teams with strong records.  I have Queens tied for the lead with Pfeiffer and Erksine tied with Limestone and Mount Olive one game back.

West Region

Tournament of Champions info HERE

(#1) Humboldt State vs. (#3) Dixie State (Tournament of Champions) – Dixie State wins 4-3

(#6) Cal State Stanislaus vs. (#7) Grand Canyon (Tournament of Champions) – Cal State Stanislaus wins 12-2 (5)

(#8) UC San Diego vs. (#3) Dixie State (Tournament of Champions) – Dixie State wins 5-0

(#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 – Humboldt State wins 8-3 (9)

(#5) Sonoma State vs. (#7) Grand Canyon (Tournament of Champions) – Sonoma State wins 2-1

(#6) Cal State Stanislaus vs. (#3) Dixie State (Tournament of Champions) – Cal State Stanislaus wins 6-0

Cal State Monterey Bay vs. (#9) Central Washington (Tournament of Champions) – Cal State Monterey Bay wins 4-0

(#5) Sonoma State vs. (#2) Hawaii Pacific (Tournament of Champions) – Sonoma State wins 7-1

Western Oregon vs. (#10) Cal State Dominguez Hills (Tournament of Champions) – Cal State Dominguez hills wins 6-2

Winners: Dixie State got a great win, had a good win, but had a tough loss to end things. Still they lead Pool D at 2-1 and are a pretty good bet to win the group and make the Gold Bracket.

Sonoma State got a great win to end the day, and went 2-1 to be in 2nd in Pool C.  Still they need to win both tomorrow probably to hold onto that spot.  The final game is vs. Dixie State… going to be tough.

Cal State Stanislaus – Fantastic start, a great win over Dixie State, and the leaders in Pool C and a great bet to make the Gold Bracket. They get a shot at Hawaii Pacific tomorrow, but even with a loss they should be okay.

Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State Dominguez Hill – Both went 3-0 on Friday, but will have to complete the sweet on Saturday to get to 5-0 to have a good chance at the Gold Bracket… the opposition isn’t strong.

Western Oregon – Went 1-1 on Friday, but even 1 win might be enough to get them into the Gold Bracket.

Neutral: Humboldt State got a great win, but had a tough loss.  Have to play well tomorrow to try and get the 2nd spot in Pool C. Stiff competition from CSU San Bernardino, Sonoma State, and UC San Diego.  They should win all 3 games tomorrow though.

UC San Diego had a good loss vs. Dixie State and an easy win.  Tomorrow they probably need to go 3-0 though to get the final spot. Have to play Hawaii Pacific.

Central Washington – Went 0-2 on Friday, but a win tomorrow probably gets them into the Gold Bracket.

Losers: Hawaii Pacific: Lost both big games today, but even an average day tomorrow should get them back into spot 2 in Pool D and make the Gold Bracket.  Have to face Cal State Stanislaus and UC San Diego though, and two losses would not cut it.

Grand Canyone dropped two games to ranked teams, and lost to Cal State San Bernardino to go 0-3. It would take an upset win of Humboldt State and a win over UC San Diego to have a shot at the Gold Bracket.

4/4 Preview

Atlantic Region

Virginia State @ Bowie State – CIAA GOTW

Virginia State and Bowie State are 1-2 in the CIAA East.  Bowie State could deliver a big blow here and go up 3 games.

(NON CONF) (#6) Indiana (Pa.) @ (#10) East Stroudsburg
(NON CONF) (#1) Lock Haven @ (#5) West Chester
(NON CONF) (#4) Bloomsburg @ (#2) Kutztown

Apparently all 3 games are being played as non-conference series.  Still, great matchups among some good teams.  East Stroudsburg has the most to gain here.

Central Region

Augustana @ (#5) Wayne State (Neb.)

Augusta is 4-0, Wayne State (Neb.) is also 4-0.  This is for the conference lead.  It might not happen (snow).

Upper Iowa @ Bemidji State (in Fayette, Iowa)

Two teams tied at 2-2, getting swept sweep might be the end of conference title aspirations for either team.

(#1) Winona State @ (#10) Minnesota Duluth –  NSIC GOTW

Winona already got swept by Wayne State… a sweep here by Duluth and Winona could be 4 games back already.  Huge series for them.  Duluth is only a game back of Wayne State.

(#6) Regis vs. (#7) Colorado State-Pubelo (@ Metro State)

After getting swept by Metro State, CSU-Pueblo would love a win here.

(#8) Adams State @ (#2) Metro State – RMAC GOTW

Adams State could really help fight off any NSIC challengers with a win here.

East Region

(#8) Dominican (N.Y.) vs. (#5) Queens (N.Y.) (Georgian Court Invitational)
(#8) Dominican (N.Y.) vs. (#6) New York Institute of Technology Georgian Court Invitational)
(#5) Queens (N.Y.) vs. (#8) Dominican (N.Y.) (Georgian Court Invitational)
(#6) New York Institute of Technology vs. Bridgeport (Georgian Court Invitational)
(#9) Dowling vs. (#5) Queens (N.Y.) (Georgian Court Invitational)
Molloy vs. (#8) Dominican (N.Y.) (Georgian Court Invitational)
(#6) New York Institute of Technology vs. (#8) Dominican (N.Y.) (Georgian Court Invitational)
(#9) Dowling vs. (#2) Georgian Court (Georgian Court Invitational)

This tournament should provide some interesting matchups. Most matchups are non-conference, but there are a few between conference teams (that won’t count in the standings). Will get to see several of the top teams in the region and Dowling and Dominican (N.Y.) should both have good tests to see who should get the final spot.

(#10) Bentley @ (#4) Le Moyne –  NE-10 GOTW

Merimack is 1 game up on Le Moyne, 3 games up on Bentley.  A LeMoyne sweep would be a big blow to Bentley.

Southern New Hampshire @ (#3) Southern Connecticut State

Both of these teams are undefeated in conference. Southern Connecticut State looks to be for real and should be a challenger for the title.  Southern New Hampshire is 6-10 on the year.  This should be a dose of reality for them, but who knows…

Midwest Region

(#5) Missouri-St. Louis @ (#2) Lewis  – GLVC GOTW

Missouri-St. Louis is tied for first, Lewis is one game back, Lewis.  A sweep b Missouri-St. Louis would hurt Lewis a lot, putting them 3 games down.

Saint Joseph’s @ Quincy

Is Quiny for real?  This may not be the best test, but Saint Joseph’s is capable, they are only a game out.

South Region

(#7) West Alabama vs. Delta State (GSC Crossover Tournament)
(#2) West Florida vs. Arkansas Tech (GSC Crossover Tournament)
(#7) West Alabama vs. Arkansas Tech (GSC Crossover Tournament)

The GSC Crossover Tournament will be taking place the next 3 days as the West teams play the East teams.

Arkansas Tech gets two good chances today.  We’ll see if they can take advantage

(#8) Tampa @ (#9) Saint Leo

Saint Leo can not afford to lose in this situation, already 4 games back of Florida Southern entering the week.

(#3) Florida Southern @ (#10) Barry

After a Florida Southern win in game 1, Barry can’t afford to get swept today.

South Central Region

St. Edward’s @ Incarnate Word – HC GOTW

St. Edward’s would go up 4 games on Incarnate Word with a sweep.

(#3) Abilene Christian @ (#1) Angelo State – LSC GOTW – Game of the Day

Angelo State needs to win today.  A sweep by Abilene would put them 4 games up.  A sweep by Angelo would tie things back up.  Important or what?  Game of the Day!

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

Loser of this game is probably out.  Winner might be too if Abilene sweeps.

Cameron @ (#4) Midwestern State

Like the above game, the loser of this series is probably out…

Missouri Southern @ (#8) Central Missouri

Central Missouri has had a good start, Missouri Southern shouldn’t be a tough challenge but did start conference play 1-1.

Pittsburg State @ Southwest Baptist

Pittsburg State started conference play 2-0, but this game at Southwest Baptist could be a challenge.

Southeast Region

Pfeiffer @ Limestone

Pfeiffer led Limestone by one game entering the week. There is a 5 team race for the conference lead here.

Barton @ Less-McRae

These two teams are within reach still, but the loser of this series is probably toast.

Queens (N.C.) @ Coker

Queens (N.C.) looks like they are a title contender, but they can’t afford to stumble at Coker, who should be out with two losses.

Anderson (S.C.) @ Mount Olive

Mount Olive looks like they are a title contender, and should knock out Anderson tomorrow.

(#4) Georgia College @ St. Andrews

St. Andrews is a middling team in the Conference Carolinas, but any chance to beat a ranked team doesn’t come around often here.  They need to take advantage.
(#1) North Georgia @ (#8) Francis Marion

Francis Marrion would probably be toast if they get swept here.  Need a good showing to fight off Catawba and Carson Newman for the 8th playoff spot.

(#10) Carson Newman @ (#3) Lenoir-Rhyne

If Carson Newman wants to make a move into the top 8, this would be a good start.

(#5) Newberry @ (#9) Catawba

Catawba has a golden chance here to get a huge regional win and to pull closer in the conference race.

West Region

(#10) Cal State Dominquez Hills vs. (#9) Central Washington (Tournament of Champions) – April 4th
(#8) UC San Diego vs. (#6) Grand Canyon (Tournament of Champions) – April 4th
(#7) Cal State Stanislaus vs. (#2) Hawaii Pacific (Tournament of Champions) – April 4th
(#1) Humboldt State vs. (#6) Grand Canyon (Tournament of Champions) – April 4th
(#8) UC San Diego vs. (#2) Hawaii Pacific (Tournament of Champions) – April 4th
(#4) Sonoma State vs. (#3) Dixie State (Tournament of Champions) – April 4th
(#9) Central Washington vs. (#10) Cal State Dominguez Hills (Tournament of Champions) – April 4th – GNAC GOTW
(#6) Grand Canyon vs. (#8) UC San Diego (Tournament of Champions) – April 4th
(#2) Hawaii Pacific vs. (#7) Cal State Stanislaus (Tournament of Champions) – April 4th
(#6) Grand Canyon vs. (#1) Humboldt State (Tournament of Champions) – April 4th
(#2) Hawaii Pacific vs. (#8) UC San Diego (Tournament of Champions) – April 4th
(#3) Dixie State vs. (#4) Sonoma State (Tournament of Champions) – April 4th

Lots of great games continue in Day 2 of the Tournament of Champions.

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