Maverick Maniac's Musings

April 11, 2009

D2 Softball – 4/11

Filed under: College Sports,D2,Softball — Jon Green @ 5:10 am

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Atlantic Region

Virginia State @ Fayetteville State –  CIAA GOTW – Fayetteville State wins 3-2, 1-0 (More info here)

Fayetteville State appears to be the class of the CIAA and is now 13-1 in conference.

(#6) West Chester @ (#7) East Stroudsburg – East Sroudsburg wins 5-4 (8), loses 5-8 (More info here)

East Stroudsburg maintains their one game lead on West Chester for the 3rd spot in the East.

East Region

Pace @ (#6) Southern Connecticut State – Southern Connecticut State wins 5-4 (10), loses 3-4 (More info here)

Southern Connecticut State would have preferred a sweep, but this split keeps them around in NE-10 play.

American International @ Southern New Hampshire – American International wins 3-2, 4-3 (More info here)

Southern New Hampshire really dropped the ball here and is probably too far back now.  American International’s sweep brings them closer, but I think they are still too far back.

Midwest Region

(#3) Ashland @ (#2) Wayne State (Mich.) – Ashland wins 1-0, 5-4 (More info here and here)

Ashland now is in 2nd in the GLIAC and has put a big statement up about who should be the #2 team in the region.

(#9) Northern Kentucky @ (#4) Missouri-St. Louis –  GLVC GOTW – Postponed until April 12th

South Region

(#1) Alabama Huntsville @ (#4) West Florida – Game of the Day – West Florida wins 4-3 (11), loses 0-2 (More info here)

The first game was 1-1 going into the 11th, lots of drama! Unfortunately the split leaves West Florida 4 games behind Alabama Huntsville meaning they don’t really have a shot at catching them, but the win has to give them some confidence heading towards the postseason.

(#8) Tampa @ (#6) Rollins –  SSC GOTW – Tampa wins 9-7, loses 1-2 (8) (More info here)

Tampa ended up losing this series, something they really couldn’t afford to do considering Rollin’s lack of conference success before this series, and is now a game out at the top.

(#5) Nova Southeastern @ (#10) Barry – Nova Southeastern wins 6-4, 6-4 (More info here)

Nova Southeastern’s series win leaves them only 1.5 games out, while Barry falls to 3.5 games out.

South Central Region

Tarleton State @ (#3) Abilene Christian – Abilene Christian wins 12-10, 4-1 (More info here)

Abilene Christian pushes the gap with West Texas A&M to 3.5 games and it appears to be Abilene and Angelo State for the title.  Angelo is currently .5 games up.

Southeast Region

(#5) Newberry @ (#10) Carson Newman – Postponed until Saturday

West Region

(#3) Cal State Stanislaus @ (#1) Humboldt State – CCAA GOTW – Humboldt State wins 6-3, 7-6 (More info here)

Humboldt State gets a big sweep here to rebound off a tough week.

Western Oregon @ (#7) Montana State-Billings – Montana State-Billings wins 2-1, 4-2 (More info here)

Montana State-Billings is now up 5.5 games on Western Oregon.

4/11 Preview

Atlantic Region

Bowie State @ Elizabeth City State

Bowie State appears to be the best team in the Eastern Division, but Elizabeth City State is only 2.5 games out and might have something to say about that.

(#7) East Stroudsburg @ (#4) California (Pa.)

This won’t count for conference standings, but East Stroudsburg is in need of big wins to help their regional ranking and California (Pa.) would sure be a big one.

(#1) Lock Haven @ (#10) Indiana (Pa.)

This matchup in the Central sees Lock Haven risk their Central Division lead against an Indian (Pa.) team who is desperate for a big win to try to climb back into the playoff picture.

East Region

New Haven @ Merrimack

New Haven is a game back of Merrimack and both are right at the top of the standings.  Great series here.

(#2) C.W. Post @ Southern New Hampshire

It’s a non-conference series, but Southern New Hampshire gets a great team in for a chance to get a marquee win.

Midwest Region

(#3) Ashland @ (#7) Saginaw Valley State  – GLIAC GOTW

Sagniaw Valley State is sitting pretty at the top and now has a 2 game lead on Ashland and Ferris State.  They could really put Ashland in some trouble with a sweep here.  On the other hand, Ashland can tie things up with a sweep.

Quincy @ (#10) Kentucky Wesleyan

Quincy is only .5 games back, but they face a road trip to a Kentucky Wesleyan team who is 11th in the GLVC and 10th in the region…. what?!

South Region

(#1) Alabama Huntsville @ (#3) Valdosta State – GSC GOTW – Game of the Day

Alabama-Huntsville picked up a rare loss and now enters this series tied with Valdosta State… This series will probably determine the East Division winner, and with how these two teams have played, I think Alabama-Huntsville will need to sweep them, I think a split favors Valdosta State.

South Central Region

Tarleton State @ (#3) Abilene Christian

Tarleton State is as good as toast 4.5 games out, but Abilene Christian really needs this one only a .5 game back.

(#6) Midwestern State @ (#2) Southeastern Oklahoma State – LSC GOTW

Midwestern State is a full 5 games back now, but it’s still a challenge for a Southeastern Oklahoma State team who is only 1 game clear at the top.

(#7) Central Missouri @ (#5) Missouri Western – MIAA GOTW

Central Missouri and Missouri Western, one of these two will finally pick up their first conference loss… maybe both.  Great match up.  Emporia State and Nebraska-Omaha are probably rooting for a split so they can stay 1 game back in the loss column of both teams.

Southeast Region

(#5) Newberry @ (#10) Carson Newman

Newberry is right in the thick of things as far as the conference title goes, but Carson-Newman is middling at 5-5.  They really need to get some big wins to try and move into the top 8, and this is a great chance for them here today.

West Region

(#3) Cal State Stanislaus @ (#1) Humboldt State

Humboldt State looks to be back in form and are in good shape.  Cal State Stanislaus needs to try and improve their conference record, which is much worse than their regional ranking would lead you to imagine.

Western Oregon @ (#7) Montana State-Billings

Western Oregon is basically toast, but Montana State-Billings needs to keep winning to keep Central Washington at bay.

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