Friday, March 25, 2016

Staying Out West for the Marquee Match-Up of the Week

It is getting hard to break out of the Pacific time zone lately for our Marquee Match-Ups of the Week, and it appears to be that way again this week. We have another spectacular series coming your way from the CCAA that is the highlight of the Division II docket, and we have quite a few contests coming up this week that feature teams on the cusp of regional tournament contention battling it out against each other.

Millersville Runs To 19 Straight Wins, Tampa With Surprising Setbacks

We are running a little bit late this week, so I'm only going to recap last week's Top 25 teams (plus a few outsiders looking to make their way in to the rankings) in this post so we can get on to this weekend's preview post! The top teams continued to roll last week, including Millersville pushing their impressive winning streak out to 19 games. Tusculum's Placido Torres put up yet another double-digit strikeout game, fanning 12 Cobras against Coker, and leads the universe in strikeouts with 92 in 54 innings. On the offensive side, UMD's Wojciechowski's lead the nation in batting, with Tyler second in batting average (.571) and Alex first in home runs per game and RBI per game (and fourth in slugging percentage) so far.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Top 25 Teams Ratchet Up the Competition This Weekend

This could be our biggest week yet across the Division II baseball landscape. Half of the Top 25 will be taking on quality competition, and we are bound to have some shake-ups somewhere along the way with this many high-quality teams facing off in one week. We have a pair of series' this week that feature Top 25 teams squaring off against each other, but our Marquee Match-Up of the Week heads in to the Southeast for a key conference series between two of the top teams in the nation, record-wise, early on in the season:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

First Perfecto Thrown and One Perfect Team Left

It looks like the top teams will remain much the same this week after a bevy of dominating, high-scoring, great-pitched performances from some of the best teams in the nation. St. Cloud State stands alone as the final undefeated team in Division II baseball as they push their record to 15-0, and Maryville's Robbie Gordon threw D-II's first perfect game of the year in a 2-0 victory over Hillsdale. Gordon struck out nine in the contest, and accomplished the feat for the first time in Maryville program history.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Marquee Match-Up of the Week Heads to the MIAA

It is that time of week again! Inside, we preview the top series in the world of Division II baseball this weekend as well as giving you all the pertinent links to the rest of the top series' around the nation. Our Marquee Match-Up of the Week finally starts moving a little bit East across the plains, and finds itself in...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pitching Leading the Way Across D-II

California Baptist made themselves the PacWest favorite (already) in our Marquee Match-Up of the Week, many of the top teams kept gliding along in non-conference play, and conference play is already turning in to a mess around the country in terms of determining who the favorites are.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Marquee Match-Up of the Week Heads Out West Again!

Yet another weekend of some fun-filled match-ups on the docket in the world of Division II baseball! We are now at the point where every single school in the nation should have at least one game played by the end of the weekend, and we are starting to get in to the spring break trips for the northern schools, so it is a busy week for many schools across the country. While none of those schools will be featured in our preview posts for the next couple weeks for only single-game match-ups, there are still some interesting tilts taking place.

Below, take a look at our Marquee Match-Up of the Week, as well as some of the most important series' from around the world of Division II baseball.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Pair of 15-K, No-Hit Gems, Top Teams Continue Hot Starts

It took a couple weeks to get our first no-hitter of the season, but they seem to be coming at a quick pace, now. After Northwest Nazarene's Colton Loomis threw the first of the season, Southern New Hampshire's Ben Criscuolo saw that effort and raised by a significant amount, striking out 15 in a nine-inning no-no against Nyack this past weekend. Additionally, Paine's Evan Krenz twirled a seven inning no-hitter against Lincoln University, striking out 15 with only one walk allowed in an 8-0 victory. The top teams in the country continued their hot starts to the year, while a few other teams put up some more incredible offensive numbers (hint hint, East Stroudsburg) over the weekend.

Below, we take a look at the results from last week's Perfect Game Top 25, plus a few other teams who may get a chance to break in to the rankings soon.