Maverick Maniac's Musings

April 7, 2009

D2 Softball – 4/7

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 5:33 am

4/6 Review

Central Region

(#6) Regis vs. (#8) Adams State (@ Metro State) – Regis State wins 8-7 (8), loses 5-6 (9) (More info here)

Sounds like an absolutely fantastic doubleheader.  Adam’s State is tied with Colrado St.-Pueblo now in the West division. The two teams will play a double header in a few weeks, so they will be able to settle things (to a certain extent) amongst themselves.

East Region

(#8) Dominican (N.Y.) vs. Caldwell – Postponed until April 24th

Caldwell led the CACC entering the week, Dominican was 2 games back.  Caldwell could use the wins as well to help push for a regional ranking.

South Region

(#5) Valdosta State vs. Arkansas Tech (GSC Crossover Tournament) – Valdosta State wins 4-1
(#7) West Alabama vs. Arkansas-Monticello (GSC Crossover Tournament) – Arkansas-Monticello wins 10-2 (5)
(#2) West Florida vs. Delta State (GSC Crossover Tournament) – West Florida wins 16-2 (5)

Arkansas-Monticello had a great tourney defeating West Alabama and West Florida.

Southeast Region

Coker @ Limestone – Limestone wins 9-1, 3-0 (More info here)

Coker is now 5 games out, and will battle for a postseason tourney berth.  Limestone now leads the Conference Carolinas all alone at 9-3.

West Region

(#1) Humboldt State vs. (#6) Grand Canyon – CCAA GOTW, PCC GOTW – Game of the Day – Grand Canyon wins 4-1, 6-5 (More info here)

Grand Canyon did a great job rebounding from a poor Tournament of Champions start.  Humboldt State has now lost 3 straight including the surprising loss to Saint Martin’s in the Tournament of Champions, where they failed to advance out of the first round of the Silver Bracket.

4/7 Preview

Atlantic Region

Shaw @ Bowie State
(#3) California (Pa.) @ (#8) Edinboro –  PSAC GOTW

This matchup has the top team in the West going on the road to Edinboro who is already 4 games out.  Great chance for Edinboro to cut into that lead, and to pick up a big regional win.

(#10) East Stroudsburg @ (#1) Lock Haven

In an intra-division matchup, East Stroudsburg gets a chance to upset Lock Haven and shake up the Central Division a bit.  They could also use this win to fight off challengers for  a regional ranking, and to try to get into the top 8.

Central Region

(#5) Wayne State @ Upper Iowa

Upper Iowa is sitting 1.5 games out, and this chance to play a ranked team and a team ahead of them at home is a big chance they need to take advantage of.

Mary @ (#10) Minnesota Duluth

Mary is now 3.5 games out, but it’s still a big matchup for Duluth who is 2.5 games back already and needs to pick up some momentum.

Augustana @ (#1) Winona State

Augustana is the surprise conference leaders at 5-0.  This will be a major test at Winnona, who is only .5 games back and will overtake them with a sweep.

East Region

(#8) Dominican (N.Y.) vs. (#7) Bloomington – CACC GOTW

Great matchup between #2 and #3 in conference.  Bloomfield is ahead of Dominican (N.Y.) by 1.5 games, so they could put a nice gap between them with a home sweep.

(#9) Dowling @ (#5) Queens (N.Y.) – ECC GOTW

Both teams within 2 games, Dowling a bit closer 1 game back.  Good matchup here to help sort out the conference a bit. Queens would be in big trouble if they got swept, really need to get this one at home.

South Central Region

(#1) Angelo State @ St. Edward’s – April 7th

St. Edward’s, the top team in the Heartland Conference hosts the top team in the Lonestar South.  Great chance to show they deserve a regional ranking and a shot at the postseaon that doesn’t come from an automatic berth from winning the conference tournament.

(#2) Southeastern Oklahoma State @ (#4) Midwestern State

Midwestern State is already too far back in conference, but they could use this to try and help propel them past Abilene Christian in the regional rankings.

(#8) Central Missouri @ Southwest Baptist – MIAA GOTW

Okay this really isn’t big any more as SW Baptist lost 4 straight over the weekend to fall 5 games back of Central Missouri, but still it’s a road trip for the co-conference leaders.

Southeast Region

Limestone @ Less-McRae

Conference leaders now have to go on a road trip.  Lees-McRae needs this one already down 3 games.

Pfeiffer @ Barton

A fight in the middle, neither team can afford to lose much ground on Limestone, both 2 games back.

St. Andrews @ Anderson (S.C.)

Anderson is toast, and St. Andrews probably is too… this looked a lot bigger earlier in the week.

Erksine @ Coker

Erksine is only 2 games back, Coker… toast.  Erksine needs a sweep to keep pace considering this one is winnable.

(#2) South Carolina Aiken @ (#6) Augusta State –  PBC GOTW – Game of the Day

Great matchup here, Augusta State is .5 games back of South Carolina aiken, and both are just behind Georgia College.  A sweep would make either team the favorite to give Georgia College a run.  I’m giving it the Game of the Day!

Columbus State @ (#4) Georgia College

Georgia College, who leads the conference, leads Columbus State by 2.5 games… so this one is big for Columbus State who can’t fall any further behind.

(#9) Catawba @ Mars Hill

Catawba is already 3 games out, Mars Hill only 1.  Catawba could fall way down the standings and lose their regional ranking after this week.

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