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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6645 on: February 10, 2020, 10:54:01 am »
The CCIW coaches poll comes out on Wednesday.

NPU isn't exactly easing into the new season. The Vikings open up their 2020 campaign a week from Friday at Birmingham-Southern, where they'll play a three-game set over the course of the weekend down there. The Panthers, who reached the CWS last season and finished with a #4 ranking in the d3baseball.com final poll, are already 2-0 this season.
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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6646 on: February 10, 2020, 01:55:46 pm »
Greg- any predictions on the coaches poll? I see NCC and IWU as 1 and 2, but after that....
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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6647 on: February 10, 2020, 07:55:45 pm »
None whatsoever, aside from North Central being a no-brainer #1 pick by everyone other than Ed Mathey.
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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6648 on: February 11, 2020, 09:46:18 am »
None whatsoever, aside from North Central being a no-brainer #1 pick by everyone other than Ed Mathey.

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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6649 on: February 13, 2020, 04:26:35 pm »
CCIW Pre-Season Coaches Poll:
 Rank    Institution    Points (1st Pl. Votes)
 1    North Central    62 (7)
 2    Illinois Wesleyan    53 (1)
 3    Millikin    42
 4    Augustana    40
 5    North Park    38
 6    Carthage    36 (1)
 7    Wheaton    29
 8    Carroll    12
 8    Elmhurst    12

I am not sure sure how Carthage got a first place vote from someone if the rest of the league sees them as a 7/8 team? Does someone know somethings the rest of us don't?
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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6650 on: February 13, 2020, 05:08:03 pm »
I'm much more curious as to who other than Ed Mathey didn't slot NCC as their #1 pick.
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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6651 on: February 14, 2020, 12:37:08 pm »
I am not sure sure how Carthage got a first place vote from someone if the rest of the league sees them as a 7/8 team? Does someone know somethings the rest of us don't?

They are just channeling Big Poppa: "If they can stay healthy, they could return to the Carthage of old."

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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6652 on: February 21, 2020, 09:22:42 pm »
NPU dropped an 8-2 decision to Birmingham-Southern in its 2020 season opener.

Fortunately, I have learned the hard way to lower my expectations when it comes to these February trips to the Deep South.
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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6653 on: February 21, 2020, 10:37:02 pm »
NPU dropped an 8-2 decision to Birmingham-Southern in its 2020 season opener.

Fortunately, I have learned the hard way to lower my expectations when it comes to these February trips to the Deep South.

Yeah, they've been practicing outdoors for weeks; northern teams haven't.  Don't know about this specific match-up, but often southern teams have already played several games when the northern team has its opener.  Early season games can be totally misleading.

The flip side (due to cramming the whole season into a much shorter time) is that northern teams get action from LOTS of arms; southern teams may rely way too much on their top 2-3.  In the compressed postseason time frames, that can be a benefit for the northern teams.

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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6654 on: February 21, 2020, 11:15:36 pm »
NPU dropped an 8-2 decision to Birmingham-Southern in its 2020 season opener.

Fortunately, I have learned the hard way to lower my expectations when it comes to these February trips to the Deep South.

Yeah, they've been practicing outdoors for weeks; northern teams haven't.  Don't know about this specific match-up, but often southern teams have already played several games when the northern team has its opener.  Early season games can be totally misleading.

This was BSC's sixth game of the season.
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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6655 on: February 21, 2020, 11:50:45 pm »
NPU dropped an 8-2 decision to Birmingham-Southern in its 2020 season opener.

Fortunately, I have learned the hard way to lower my expectations when it comes to these February trips to the Deep South.

Yeah, they've been practicing outdoors for weeks; northern teams haven't.  Don't know about this specific match-up, but often southern teams have already played several games when the northern team has its opener.  Early season games can be totally misleading.

This was BSC's sixth game of the season.

Sounds familiar!  But they may pay for it in the postseason - with such a spread out time to get in 40 games, southern teams tend to go with their 'aces' most of the time, because they can.  With a much more compressed schedule, northern teams have to go with the whole staff.  Individual pitching honors usually go to warm-weather pitchers; postseason team wins are much more diversified.

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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6656 on: February 29, 2020, 01:34:25 pm »
North Park picked up its first victory of the season with a 2-1 win over UW Oshkosh.  Matt Pizur escaped a bases-loaded, nobody-out first inning with a pair of strikeouts and went on to hurl seven shutout innings with 9 K's.  Justin Woolbright worked a two-inning save, allowing just one unearned run.  Logan Peters collected three hits for the Vikings, who will play Webster later this afternoon.

UWO's Will Michalski also pitched a fine game, allowing two runs (one earned) while fanning ten.  Hunter Staniske had two hits for the Titans.
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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6657 on: February 29, 2020, 10:58:11 pm »
NPU lost to Webster, 11-1, as the Gorloks roughed up starter Tyler Banks pretty badly. But the win over UWO makes it a good day, nevertheless, for a Vikings team that has been scrambling to work around some very significant early-season injuries.
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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6658 on: March 01, 2020, 05:25:50 pm »
North Park bounced back for a 6-2 victory over #21 Concordia Chicago.  They got great pitching from Ethan Sund and Brendan Russ, plus a bases-clearing double by Jake Reinhart to put the game out of reach.  That wraps up a challenging 6-game start to the season in which the Vikings faced ranked opponents in five of the games.

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Re: BB: CCIW: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Reply #6659 on: March 01, 2020, 06:08:29 pm »
UChicago swept a doubleheader from IWU, 14-5 and 11-4. The Maroons hit 4 home runs on the day.