Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The newest class of Division II players has gone through the rigors of the 2017 MLB Draft, and we had 73 players hear their names called over the three-day event. That is a bit of a down tick compared to the 92 drafted in 2016 and 84 drafted in 2015. However, Tampa had seven players drafted, the most of any D-II school in any of the last three years, besting the previous high of five (Cal Poly Pomona and Tampa - 2015). We've only been keeping track of such things since 2015, so there isn't much history, but I have to think seven is a large number for any year.
Monday, June 5, 2017
West Chester has claimed the 2017 NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship with a perfect run through the finals tournament after a 5-2 victory over UC San Diego on championship Sunday.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
We finally have our championship match-up set! UC San Diego came out of Friday's rain-out and kept its momentum train rolling, defeating St. Thomas Aquinas for the second time in two days to make its way to the national championship series against West Chester on Sunday. A bulldog effort by Troy Cruz preserved the bullpen that the Tritons will most likely need in Sunday's finals, as his complete game helped UCSD to the win.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Well, it was a rained-out day on day seven of the national finals. UC San Diego and St. Thomas Aquinas were only a couple batters in before severe weather came along and wiped out the rest of play for Friday. Today, those two teams get back on the field to determine who makes the national championship series.
Friday, June 2, 2017
We are officially down to three teams, and we have one team already laying claim to a spot in the national championship games. West Chester held off Colorado Mesa, 1-0, in a thrilling nightcap to advance to Saturday's national championship day, while UC San Diego dominated St. Thomas Aquinas, 10-0, to force the if-necessary semifinal game on Friday.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Day five is in the books, and we down to the final four teams vying for the national championship. The favorites to begin the week are out, and we have a wide-open field left. Is it just a coincidence that of the four teams remaining, they were four of the five best team ERA's entering the tournament? Is there a theme there? Pitching was down around Division II this season, but are the talented staffs showing up when needed?
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Day four was eventful. We had one of the biggest comebacks in recent finals history, and we lost another team in an elimination game, while Colorado Mesa punched its ticket to the semifinals. We now head to day five, where two elimination games are on the docket and we cut the field down to four.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Day four is up next as we are now one team lighter in the field after our first elimination of the tournament. Tre Hobbs delivered an incredible performance for Delta State in a must-win situation, and eliminated North Georgia on Monday (May 29). We'll have another elimination game on our hands on Tuesday (May 30), when UC San Diego and Quincy face off.
Day three, and our first elimination game, are upon us on Memorial Day. We had another eventful day of first round match-ups, and now we get in to the part of the tournament where we are sending teams home. And unfortunately, today, we will be sending home a very good squad.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
We are back for day two of the 2017 NCAA Division II Baseball National Finals. After an eventful day one which saw two upsets (IMO), it seems as if things are primed for another day of surprises. We will see what the second day of action brings us, as we review day one of action and preview day two.