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Midwest Region / Re: BB: Midwest Region
« on: March 01, 2018, 09:06:24 am »
CSS just swept Macalester at the bank on Tuesday

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Midwest Region / Re: BB: Midwest Region
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:08:33 pm »
http://csssaints.com/news/2018/2/5/st-scholastica-to-host-2018-ncaa-midwest-baseball-regional.aspx

Great for CSS!

BigPoppa is shocked!

WOW! You are not kidding.... stunned!
... where everyone is more than 500 miles away...

Good for them.
Only those outside the Midwest region are. . All of miac is within 250, only a couple in WIAC are over 300. NCAA has already proven they are willing to fly teams so that can solve moving a team into the region if need be. Now a Midwest regional will get played at an appropriate size field

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Midwest Region / Re: BB: Midwest Region
« on: February 05, 2018, 11:54:55 am »
Word on the street is St Scholastica will be hosting the Midwest regional at Wade Stadium

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Midwest Region / Re: BB: Midwest Region
« on: May 11, 2017, 02:13:16 pm »
I've been on a board break for a while, but I think it's time to break the silence. As I look through this Midwest Region this could be the year that I believe it's anyone's regional to be had. Sadly I believe that the MIAC may only be a 1-bid conference which is frightening given the Tommies past couple years in the MIAC tourney. Same can be said for the WIAC, if WW takes care of business, as is tradition, that will leave LAX with 17 losses and even though their SOS is crazy good, a 17 loss team getting a C bid is RARE, again if Tommies stumble that leaves them a 16 loss C candidate. In the MIAC we can look to Bethel with a chance, but SOS (as usual) is poor. Great record, but play some good teams already! Bethel's "Best offense in the MIAC" got dominated by St Scholastica's #3 and had 2 hits, at home! Getting to see the Tommies vs St. Scholastica on Sunday was an eye opener, the St. Scholastica offense is pretty solid top to bottom, and their game 1 pitching was solid. Game 2 for both teams looked to be a playoff prep with both teams taking out some of their regulars and pitching guys that have very little stats to speak of, SS is a strong#4 seed. It was nice to see the Tommies middle of the order get rolling in that 2nd game, hopefully that carries over.

A-Bids
MIAC - St. Thomas
WIAC - UW Whitewater
UMAC - St. Scholastica
NACC - Conc-Chicago

C-Bid Hopefuls
WIAC - UW Lax (SOS puts them in the talks)
MIAC - Bethel (SOS may keep them from being a lock)
UMAC - Temps in hell still above freezing
NACC - Conc. Wis (Making the Conf. Tournament final is a MUST)

The Midwest Regional will be a 6 team, with a strong Central team coming up as a 2 or 3 seed and one of those three C-bid hopeful's makes it just to fill it out.
I'll be the first to admit that I haven't followed the Minnesota schools as much as I normally do, so with that said, the first question I would ask is do any of them have the depth in their starting rotation #1-4 to win a Regional? 

The reason I ask, is that I think the quartet of Jones/Renz/Wuethrich/Kaska that Whitewater will be able to send out their might be one of the deepest and talented rotations Vodenlich has had and as we all know, it always seems to come down to pitching this time of year.

I have gone on record stating that the WIAC was a one-bid league this year, however with La Crosse sticking at #5 in the Regional Rankings this week, assuming there aren't any upsets in the other Midwest Tournaments (WIAC, MIAC, NACC, and UMAC) they would likely be at the table from the start to represent the region.  If that is the case, that SOS number might just be enough to overcome the 17 losses.

CSS is 5-3 against those currently ranked in the region. With splitting against  UWWs top two pitchers (CSS didn't throw their top two) and beat Boushley with LAX. They also just shutout Bethel and gave up 1 run to the tommies in the first game of a DH.

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Midwest Region / Re: BB: Midwest Region
« on: May 04, 2017, 08:37:51 pm »
CSS beats Bethel today 4-0 with only giving up 2 hits. They have 2 against tommies on Sunday.

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CSS seems to be deeper on the mound than ever before. In previous years I feel that they were not able to compete with the depth that the WIAC teams possessed on the mound. This year, however, it appears they are comfortable in trotting out about 7-8 different guys to pitch against a quality team. This has (in my opinion) been the reason they could not beat a WIAC team when it came down to the regional finals.

CSS has always had a solid 1-2 starters that could compete with anyone but became apparent that the rest of their staff needed to be tested more against better competition. When they were a pool B team they couldn't slip up so made it difficult to throw anyone on the mound. With having the auto qualifier the last handful of years they can schedule a very difficult schedule and run out 7-8 guys against WIAC and MIAC teams ( current SOS is 4). Also the UMAC adding north central and uws allowed them to go from 21 conference games to 16 thus allowing a harder schedule.

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National topics / Re: 2016 Regional Rankings
« on: May 16, 2016, 09:56:57 pm »
This isn't a comment about who is stronger than the other.  I was under the impression that travel was a big factor as to who went where and this looks a bit pointless to me.  Regardless...your point about the NY teams doing well out of region is valid.  They will have their chances...but it's tough to travel out of region.  I am aware of the strong leagues...I would throw the OAC in there as well.  Emory is solid as is Case, and the WIAC speaks for itself.  The ole SUNYAC had two teams in the top 10 most of the season and NY had some good wins out of region.  Again, not sure how much interest in upstate NY there will be over Frostburg St...good points by all.

Travel use to be a much bigger factor, but many reasons why they have eased up on it which I think is good in the end but definitely understand your point of rivalries within regions But some years you can have a very strong region, think think this gives better opportunity for truly the top teams in the country to make it.

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Midwest Region / Re: BB: Midwest Region
« on: May 14, 2016, 11:56:12 am »
At what point does St. Scholastica look to leave the UMAC for baseball? They just won their 19th straight UMAC title. It's not even a contest for them anymore.

Probably not going to happen for many reasons.  Would the conference let them stay in all other sports if they try to opt out in just baseball? Also not in their best interest to go Independent and hope they get picked for a pool B bid, they have been there done that. Why CSS is not in the MIAC has been discussed a lot in the past on here as well. Plus there is a thing called loyalty.

I think the better question is when does the rest of the UMAC in baseball improve? The problem is the bottom of the UMAC has always been so poor. Bethany Lutheran dropping off so much has hurt. Bringing in UWS helps some but North Central really hurts.  Who knows maybe if the MIAC schools continue to have tuition at over $42,000-65,000 per year, it will convince some kids to go play ball somewhere more affordable.

But maybe it will never get much better since Minnesota is oversaturated with the number of division 2 and 3 baseball programs.

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Midwest Region / Re: BB: UMAC: Upper Midwest Athletic Conference
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:33:07 pm »
CSS wins the UMAC tourney again for 19th straight

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Midwest Region / Re: BB: Midwest Region
« on: May 08, 2016, 09:20:05 pm »
CSS swept st Thomas today. Should bump them back into regional rankings. St. John's was swept so imagine they will swap positions but don't think their is another ranking before the selection

Be interesting to see what happens since cuc, ust, uww all lost multiple game this week.

In my eyes all these teams are about equal except LAX.

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National topics / Re: 2016 Regional Rankings
« on: May 03, 2016, 10:15:24 pm »
Figured there had to be something like that. Impressive tourney but that's coming  from a northerner

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National topics / Re: 2016 Regional Rankings
« on: May 03, 2016, 08:59:36 pm »
How has Birmingham southern played so many games, thought limit was 40 prior to playoffs?

Also when I click on them it has results for mid-may and lists 50 games played

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Midwest Region / Re: BB: Midwest Region
« on: May 02, 2016, 09:57:52 pm »
The UMAC just got very interesting... as did the Midwest Regional Rankings. The loss by St. Scholastica to Northwestern could be trouble for the Saints. They could slide right out of the regional rankings...
In the big picture does it really matter though?

How many Pool C bids are their this season?  14 I believe?

How often has the #6 team in the Midwest Regional Rankings earned a Pool C bid?  I wouldn't think it would be all that common.

Agreed. Think CSS just needs to focus on  taking care of business in the conference tourney which they should.  They have had close run ins before so not unheard of here. By the way this is probably the toughest non conference schedule they have ever had just unfortunate the bottom couple umac teams really bring down their SOS. Also they two games against St Thomas coming their way that could change regional rankings

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Midwest Region / Re: BB: Midwest Region
« on: May 13, 2015, 08:57:12 pm »
Joe Miller getting the start for La Crosse tonight instead of their "ace" Cejka... 

Miller gave up two runs in eight innings in a 6-3 victory over CSS earlier this season.

CSS is starting Padraic Getchell  their number two instead of Daniel Wood also. CSS up 1-0 top of 1 with bases loaded

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