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SAUGET, ILL., May 20, 2008 – The field is set and beginning on Saturday, eight teams from across the country embark on their quest for an NCAA Division II baseball national championship.
SIU Edwardsville and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, along with the village of Sauget and the Gateway Grizzlies, will co-host this year’s World Series at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Illinois, home of the Frontier League’s Grizzlies. The event begins on Saturday, May 24, and concludes on Saturday, May 31, with the championship game. Continue reading
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TAMPA, Fla. – The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced its 2008 NCAA II South Region teams and awards winners, naming Head Coach Joe Urso South Region Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year. Three Spartans were named to the second team, while sophomore closer Anthony Perez was selected to the first team.
A native of Miami, Fla., Perez has been among the national leaders in saves all season, and is currently tied for first in NCAA Division II with 17 saves. The 6-0, 200-pound right-handed pitcher has posted a 2.22 earned run average this season with 57 strikeouts in 48.2 innings, as well as a 4-1 record to anchor the Spartan bullpen. Continue reading
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TAMPA, Fla. – Senior outfielder Paul Cruz earned Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week honors with his 6-13 series against #27 Lynn University, including a 4-5 performance with a double and a solo home run in the series finale to lead the Spartans to a 6-5 win over the Fighting Knights. Continue reading
The Division 2 poll by The College Baseball News that came out on Feb. 25th is led by Mount Olive who has taken over the top spot in the poll with a 16-1 record. Ouachita Baptist is ranked second in the country with an solid record of 12-1. Two-time defending national champion and former number 1 team in the country Tampa is ranked number 3. Delta State and Grand Valley State round out the Top 5. You can read the full poll by clicking here.
The College Baseball News has put out their 2008 Preseason Poll for Division 2. They have put the two time defending national champion Tampa in the top spot. They went 53-10 in 2007 and return a strong squad in their hunt for their third straight national championship. Columbus State, Florida Southern, Mesa State, and Abilene Christian round out the top 5. The full poll is available here.
The College Baseball News has also put out their 2008 Preseason Poll for Division 3. The publication puts Wooster (OH) in the top spot with Cortland State coming up in the second spot. The top five is filled out by Kean (NJ), Chapman (CA), and Emory (GA). The full poll is available here.
The University of Tampa is the pre-season Number 1 in Division 2 according to the College Baseball Newspaper. They have perennial New England power Franklin Pierce in the 10th spot. They play in the finest facility in the New England area and will conitnue to dominate the Northeast in the Division 2 level. They continue to get recruits out of D-1 programs like St. John’s and Hartford. Jayson King at Franklin Pierce deserves a D-1 job and is excellent at building a strong following which he has done in Rindge. I will be attending a few FPC games this season in addition to the D-2 tournament which likely will take place in Rindge if they continue the winning ways.
The full D-2 poll available here.
Otterbein, OH leads to Division 3 poll with New England powers Southern Maine, Eastern Connecticut State, and Wheaton all in the top ten. The full poll is available here.
College Baseball Newspaper also released the California Community College Pre-Season poll which is lead by Sacramento in the North and Riverside in the South. The full poll is available here.