Category Archives: Division 2

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Collegiate Baseball News releases 2012 Division 2 Poll

Collegiate Baseball News has released their 2012 Preseason Division 2 Top 40 poll. The poll is led by West Florida who finished the 2011 season with a 52-9 overall record. Francis Marion comes in second with Central Missouri at number three, Grant Valley State at four, and Mount Olive rounding out the Top 5. You can check out the full Top 40 below. Continue reading

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CBD Exclusive: Northern Kentucky talks Division 1 Move

Northern Kentucky announced on Dec. 8 that they will be transitioning to Division 1 for all sports in the 2012-2013 season. They will be joining the Atlantic Sun Conference which features a couple of solid baseball programs with Stetson, Jacksonville and Belmont making the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

The Northern Kentucky baseball program has been a Division 2 power over the last nine seasons. They have won the Great Lakes Valley Conference five times under head coach Todd Asalon who is entering his 12th year in charge of the baseball program. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (November 22nd)

Hello everyone! It’s been a while. I’m back blogging for my second year. I guess people were shocked that I could put together a coherent sentence, so here I am back at it. For those of you who did not read my blog last season (I’m sure that’s the majority of people) let me introduce myself. My name is Ray Ricker and this is my 5th season as the Associate Head Baseball Coach at DII Post University in Connecticut, which plays in an ALL wood bat conference (C.A.C.C.) I have managed for the past three summers in the N.E.C.B.L. I coach the hitters, catchers, and handle the recruiting at Post University. I love coaching college baseball, and  am very fortunate I get to do a job that I love and couldn’t think about doing anything else. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (Post University/Mystic Schooners)

It’s been a long summer on the bus traveling all around the New England Collegiate League and my summer club the Mystic Schooners. This was my third year in the N.E.C.B.L. running a team as the past two seasons I was with the New Bedford Bay Sox, this make my summers a little different most assistant coaches. I really enjoying the recruiting aspect of coaching, going from showcase to showcase or field to field to try to find the next player to help your program take the next step. Coaching in the N.E.C.B.L. gives me the ability to run an all-star team composed of the top players in the country and get them to gel over the summer and hone their skills with a wood bat over the course of 42 games and hours on the bus. You really get to know these guys and admire how hard they work on an every day basis. Continue reading

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2011 MLB Draft News and Notes for August 10th

The MLB Signing Deadline is fast approaching as all teams have until midnight on August 15th to sign their draft picks or they will head to college for the 2012 season. Here is the latest news and notes from around the country.  Continue reading

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CBD Column: Breaking Down the CCBL All-Star Pitchers

The Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game took place last Friday evening at Fenway Park. The Eastern Division picked up the 4-1 victory over the Western Division behind some sloppy defense by the Western Division All-Stars and a homer from James Ramsey of Florida State. (Full Recap). Here are my Top Five Pitchers from the game. Continue reading

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Breaking down the CCBL All-Star Game by Conference/Teams

Since the Cape Cod Baseball League announced their 2011 All-Star Game rosters on Friday, lets take a look at what conferences and college programs have had the most success this summer. The leading conference this year is the Pac-10 conference which features eight players from seven different school. Coming in second place is the SEC which has six players from four different schools. Interesting enough, the ACC and Big East conference both have four players in the game this year which speaks to how strong the the Big East over the last couple of seasons. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (Post University/Mystic Schooners)

Hello everyone. Welcome back to my blog. After a couple of days off from Post Baseball it was that time again, time to get back on the bus. I am entering my 3rd year in the New England Collegiate League which is widely regarded as one of the top 3 summer leagues in the country. This is my second season as Manager in the league. I really enjoy the opportunity to coach and teach some of the best players in the country. Watching the Major League Baseball Draft gets a lot more interesting not only because of the players that I have coached getting selected in the draft but also seeing what players might not be coming to your summer club. While at Post during the season I am calling and receiving emails from coaches all over the country and have the chance to select my team for the summer. This summer I am the Manager for the Mystic Schooners, my first question was what in the world is a schooner? It is a boat, I’ll save everyone the google search. Continue reading

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2011 Division 2 Baseball Brackets Announced

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division II Baseball Committee has selected the 48 teams that will participate in the 2011 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship.

The championship provides for eight regional sites – six sites will host six teams, the West region will host four teams and the South region will host eight teams.  All regionals are double-elimination tournaments and will be played at on-campus sites May 19-23.  Regional champions will advance to the double-elimination championship finals May 28-June 4 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.  The finals will be hosted by Mount Olive College and the town of Cary, North Carolina. Continue reading

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CBD Journal with Ray Ricker (May 10th)

Well it’ that time of the year again for our team. Its time for the second season. This is the season that we have prepared for day in and day out since the fall. This is the time that you dream of the stakes are raised and everything you do matters. Playoff baseball, there is nothing like it and we have the opportunity to play Chestnut Hill College at home for our schools first ever playoff game we have hosted. Continue reading