Weekend Roundup — April 18, 2016

The weather was gorgeous this weekend, and the baseball was even better. We had more walkoffs than I can ever remember in a single weekend, and plenty of sweeps, upsets, and offense throughout the region. In Division I, UConn knocked off a top-30 opponent, Northeastern got a big road sweep, and the Ivy League standings got bunched about as tightly as possible entering the final two weekends. In Division II, Southern New Hampshire won its midweek grudge match with Franklin Pierce as part of a perfect week that left it atop the NE-10 Northeast. And in D3, a slew of title races came into focus in a weekend of walkoffs and upsets. Read on for more.
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Weekend Preview — April 1-3, 2016

April. April! Everyone’s back from Florida, and the games that matter are starting up in earnest, so naturally, we’re looking at 30s and gale-force winds for Sunday. On the bright side, Friday and Saturday will be warm, and there’s plenty of good baseball around to keep the blood flowing. Click on for a region-by-region preview that takes you from Bridgeport to Bangor and just about everywhere in between.
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Weekend Roundup — March 22, 2016

We’ve gotten in a lot more non-conference baseball than we’re used to this year, but with the end of March, we’re finally getting into conference play. Leagues like the ACC, AEC, NEC, and NECC are in full swing now, and some fascinating title races are already taking shape. More on those, and on the slew of NECB clubs representing the region well as our center of gravity shifts from south to north in the weeks ahead.

(One other thing, a favor to ask: I’ll be linking the blog posts on a Facebook page from here on out, and I’d much appreciate it if you’d give it a like and help spread the word to folks who aren’t on Twitter to follow the season along with us. Thanks, and enjoy the post!)

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Weekend Roundup — March 7, 2016

As you may have seen on Twitter, I trekked down to southwest Virginia (where Quinnipiac, Hartford, and UConn were playing) and caught some great baseball this past weekend. Those teams might’ve preferred it if I stayed home (we’re 1-6 on the year with me in attendance), but thankfully, I couldn’t be everywhere, and New England’s strong start to 2016 continued. Central Connecticut headlined a slew of winning weekends in Division I, Franklin Pierce and Southern New Hampshire are off to matching 9-0 starts in D2, and NECC favorites Mitchell and Elms are off to perfect starts on their Florida trips. All that and more more after the jump.

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Division II Coaching Carousel

Continuing with our season preview posts, here’s a quick rundown of the coaching carousel in Division II. (You can check out yesterday’s Division I post here.) As a disclaimer, I’m going off athletic websites that overworked SIDs haven’t had the time to update in some cases, so if I missed anyone or got anything wrong, let me know in the comments. Enjoy!

About a year ago, the big news in D2 was the departure of Southern New Hampshire head coach Scott Loiseau for an assistant job at Oklahoma. After one season on the Sooners’ staff, he’ll be back in Manchester for 2016. Under interim coaches Pat Austin and Chris Shank (who’ll stay on as assistants), the Penmen did just fine in 2015, going 31-14 and making another NCAA Tournament appearance. That said, they’ll definitely be happy to see the most successful coach in program history return. SNHU had never made an NCAA Tournament before Loiseau’s arrival in 2009, but his 2015 seniors graduated without ever having missed one. The Northeast-10 will be as competitive as ever, of course, but this is a big boost for the program moving forward.

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Weekend Roundup — May 4, 2015

Coming off a tough weekend to end April, Division I got back on track. Bryant, Quinnipiac, and Rhode Island ensured they’ll stay in title contention with winning weekends, and Hartford, UMass, and Fairfield did the same to put themselves back into playoff contention. In Division II, a pair of great series– AIC and New Haven, Stonehill and SNHU– decided berths and seedings, and Bridgeport won its way to a historic conference title.

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Weekend Preview — April 30, 2015

May is college baseball’s equivalent of September and October. This weekend will see NCAA Tournament tickets punched and playoff races wind down, and by the end of the month, we’ll have national champions crowned in Divisions II and III. With a few exceptions, winning the conference tournament will be teams’ only path to getting a shot at that, which is what makes the next couple weekends so much fan. You don’t have to wait around hoping that one of a handful of series will get to a decisive game five or seven, you get to see baseball played with everything on the line almost every day. It’s one of the many things that makes this sport great.

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Weekend Roundup — April 27, 2015

We always get a mixed bag of emotions in this great sport of ours, but even more than usual, this weekend saw some of the highest highs juxtaposed with the lowest lows. Tournament tickets punched, title games lost. Key series won, many more dropped. Playoff berths clinched, title bids up in smoke. Rookie coaches hitting it big, retiring veterans hitting the home stretch. Freshman leading playoff teams, and, what’s always the worst part of this best time of year, way too many careers coming to an end. Here’s a look at the action.

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Weekend Roundup — April 20, 2015

It’s amazing what two weeks of nice April weather can do for conference standings. Since I wrote here last, we’ve gone from the early season to the thick of playoff races.  Some schools in Division III are even opening up conference tournaments this week, and we’ll have our first NCAA Tournament ticket punched on Sunday in the GNAC.  I’ll take a closer look at those tournaments and playoff races this week, but for now, here’s a look back at a great weekend of college baseball.

Boston College and Dartmouth had the biggest weeks in Division I, and some title contenders elsewhere kept on rolling. Quinnipiac, Holy Cross, and Bryant/Sacred Heart all finished the weekend atop their conference standings. In Division II, the Northeast Division’s three-headed monster of Franklin Pierce, Southern New Hampshire, and Stonehill combined to go 18-0 on the week, leaving a scramble for the fourth playoff spot in their wake. In Division III, heavy schedules stretched pitching staffs and made it difficult for teams to maintain consistency, but it was Rhode Island College’s turn in the spotlight of what’s been a wildly entertaining year in the Little East.

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