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Summit League: South Dakota State at Western Illinois

SummitLeagueThe weekend’s Summit League matchup at Alfred D. Boyer Stadium in Macomb, Ill., will pit a South Dakota State (7-10, 0-3) team that is trying to find its way against a Western Illinois (3-12, 1-2) squad that has struggled mightily on the mound and at the plate.

 

The Jackrabbits have dropped four straight and are 0-3 in the Summit League –you can’t hide from that. But what the record doesn’t tell you is that of SDSU’s ten losses, six are by two runs or fewer, including three of the last four.

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Summit League Weekend Feature: IPFW visits Oral Roberts

SummitLeagueIndiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (11-6, 2-1 Summit) got off to a solid start in conference play, as the Mastodons took two of three from Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. IPFW mustered just five hits in the opener, a 4-2 Leathernecks victory, but the Mastodons bounced back to take the next two games despite hitting a .204 for the weekend.

And while IPFW was stifled on offense, the pitching staff showed marked improvement as they shaved their staff ERA from 5.58 to 4.48. Western Illinois hit just .257 against an IPFW that entered the weekend ranked second-to-last nationally in walks per nine innings (7.58) and gave up more than nine hits per game. Continue reading Summit League Weekend Feature: IPFW visits Oral Roberts

Kennesaw State looking to make a run to Omaha

It took the Kennesaw State baseball program five years of Division I competition to reach last season’s peaks.

A former national champion at both the NAIA (1994) and NCAA Division II (1996) levels, KSU has been on the upswing, steadily improving its results since becoming a full-fledged member of collegiate athletics’ top tier in August of 2009.  Continue reading Kennesaw State looking to make a run to Omaha

Former CMU Chippewa Jake Sabol rises in Coaching Ranks

Whether they grow up playing hardball, stickball or whiffle ball, kids cling to the same fantasy: they’re standing in the backyard or the schoolyard, and they envision themselves in the jersey of their favorite team.

Jake Sabol was one of those kids. He first beat the odds as a preferred walk-on at Central Michigan University and earned a spot in the Chippewas’ weekend rotation. Continue reading Former CMU Chippewa Jake Sabol rises in Coaching Ranks