Maverick Maniac's Musings

April 9, 2009

D2 Softball – Conference Title Watch – 4/9

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 8:25 am

Well there are several conferences which are getting very close to wrapping up Conference or Divisional Titles… so it’s time to start covering the big games down the stretch.

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference’s Eastern Division

In the PSAC East, Kutztown is currently up 3 games on Shippensburg.  These are the only two teams left in contention.  Kutztown has 6 games to go, but the first two are a series at Shippensburg today (Thursday April 9th).  If they sweep this series, they will eliminate Shippensburg from contention and clinch the Eastern Division Title.  If they split or get swept, we’ll have to see what happens on April 14th, 17th, and 18th to determine which team gets the Title.

Conference Carolinas

Conference Carolinas has provided a delightful 4 team race for the title.  Mount Olive is your clubhouse leader having finished the season at 11-5.  Three teams are left on the course, and all need to reach 14-6 to win the title over Mount Olive.  All 3 will have 2 games on Thursday.  We’ll go through all 3 teams, and see what they need to do.

Pfeiffer is hosting Belmont Abbey.  Pfeiffer needs to win all 4 of their remaining games as they are currently 10-6, but the good news is all 4 games are at home and are very winnable (the two worst teams in the conference).  Belmont Abbey is 3-15 in conference.  Tomorrow they will host Anderson (S.C.) (3-9 in conference).  If they win all 4 games, they will knock Mount Olive off the top spot and become the new clubhouse leader.

Queens (N.C.) is travleing to Barton on Thursday.  Queens is 7-5 currently, but has 8 games left.  If they win all 8, they’ll eliminate Pfeiffer.  They can afford one loss to get to 14-6, but 2 losses will mean they have no chance to pass Mount Olive.

Limestone is hosting Anderson (S.C.) on Thursday. As mentioned previously, Anderson is 3-9, and this looks like the easiest of the remaining games for Limestone.  Limestone is sitting at 9-3 and controls their own destiny.  If they go 6-2 in their final 8, they’ll win the conference title outright.  If they go 5-3, they at worst will share the conference title. This looks very doable as they won’t face any of the other 3 top teams, and are home for 4 of the 8 games.

Mount Olive needs to see the following happen to stay in the lead and win the conference:

  • See Pfeiffer go 3-1 or worse
  • See Queens (N.C.) go 6-2 or worse
  • See Limestone go 4-4 or worse

If any of those don’t happen, they will be eliminated.

We’ll update the picture tomorrow, and we’ll cover two more conferences which will have big games tomorrow (the Lone Star Conference and the Peach Belt Conference).

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