May 14, 2010

REGIONALS PREVIEW PART ONE

By Sara Weber
Special to NCAA.com


CENTRAL
Teams: 1. New Mexico Highlands (39-11), 2. Minnesota State Mankato (40-13), 3. Mesa State (36-18), 4. Winona State (36-14), 5. Nebraska Kearney (36-18), 6. St. Cloud State (37-15)
Host: New Mexico Highlands - Ricketts Park, Farmington, NM
Tournament Central: http://www.nmhucowboys.com/sports/2010/5/10/BSB_0510105228.aspx?id=45
Dates: May 13-16 (Thursday-Sunday)
Notes: NMH remained in the top spot in the central region rankings for most of the season.

School: New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys
Region Seed: 1
Record: 39-11
Head Coach (record): Steve Jones (13th season, 419-305)
Conference: RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, West region tournament
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: The Cowboys won the RMAC Championship with a victory over Mesa State, 8-6. They also were first in the Mountain division with a 25-6 regular season mark.
Top Players: Senior infielder Jason Carr, the RMAC Player of the Year leads the way with a .459 batting average and 22 homeruns. Senior RHP Drew Vassil leads the pitching staff with a 12-1 record and a 4.33 ERA through 15 appearances.

Notes: The Cowboys have appeared in the NCAA West regional in 2001, 2005, and 2009. Steve Jones is the RMAC Coach of the Year.

School: Minnesota State Mankato Mavericks
Region Seed: 2
Record: 40-13
Head Coach (record): Matt Magers (2nd season, 78-30)
Conference: NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, Central region tournament
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: The Mavericks won the NSIC Tournament championship by beating Southwest Minnesota State, 6-5.
Top Players: Sophomore right-hander Blake Schwartz is the NSIC Pitcher of the Year. He is 10-2 with a 3.40 ERA

Notes: The Mavericks set a new single-season hits record with 582.

School: Mesa State College Mavericks
Region Seed: 3
Record: 36-18
Head Coach (record): Chris Hanks (12th season, 480-231)
Conference: RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, Central region tournament
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: The Mavericks were awarded an at-large bid after losing to New Mexico Highlands in the RMAC Championship. They also were second in the Mountain division with a 24-10 regular season mark.
Top Players: Mavericks Chris Shea and Kevin Becker were RMAC First-team selections. Shea, a senior right- hander, is sporting a 4.93 ERA with an 8-3 record. Senior outfielder Becker is batting .374 with 79 hits. Junior catcher Brett Nigbur is batting .453 with 14 homeruns.

Notes: The Mavericks have been to the NCAA Division II National Tournament seven times (2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, and 1999), including a Champ Series berth last season.

School: Winona State University Warriors
Region Seed: 4
Record: 36-14
Head Coach (record): Kyle Poock (7th season, 225-158)
Conference: NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 2007, Central region tournament
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: The Warriors fell to Minnesota State in the NSIC tourney. They received an at-large bid.
Top Players: Senior second baseman Ronnie Olson and sophomore outfielder Tony Mueller were named ALL-NSIC First-team selections. Olson is batting .389 while Mueller is batting .439 with ten homeruns.

Notes: The Warriors are returning to the NCAA tournament after a three-year absence. Their last visit was in 2007.


School: University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers
Region Seed: 5
Record: 36-18
Head Coach (record): Damon Day (7th season, 196-197)
Conference: RMAC (Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 2008, Central region tournament
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: First in the Plains Division of the RMAC with a 20-12 regular season mark. They received their first-ever at-large bid.
Top Players: Senior shortstop Blake Cover and senior starting pitcher Jared Loschen were named First-team All RMAC. Cover is batting .419 with 80 hits and 12 stolen bases. Loschen sports a 9-4 record with a 4.96 ERA.

Notes: Jared Loschen is the winningest pitcher in UNK history. This is just the third time for UNK playing in the NCAA tournament.


School: St. Cloud State University Huskies
Region Seed: 6
Record: 37-15
Head Coach (record): Pat Dolan (3rd season, 100-56)
Conference: NSIC (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 1991, Central region tournament
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: At-large bid after falling to SMSU in the NSIC tourney.
Top Players: St. Cloud State freshman outfielder Jordan smith was voted NSIC Freshman of the Year. He is batting .443 with 14 doubles and eleven homeruns.

Notes: The 2010 squad set a school record for wins in a season with 37. Coach Dolan has reached the 100-win plateau.


MIDWEST

Teams: 1. Southern Indiana (43-12), 2. Grand Valley State (34-14), 3. Northern Kentucky (41-15), 4. Wayne State (MI) (32-18), 5. Ashland (35-20), 6. Indianapolis (34-20)
Host: Southern Indiana - USI Baseball Field, Evansville, IN
Tournament Central: http://gousieagles.com/sports/2010/5/8/BB_0508105443.aspx?id=193
Dates: May 13-16 (Thursday-Sunday)
Notes: Southern Indiana won the GLVC and will host the regional for the first time since 1992.


School: University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles
Region Seed: 1
Record: 43-12
Head Coach (record): Tracy Archuleta (4th season, 161-74)
Conference: GLVC (Great Lakes Valley Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, Midwest region tournament
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: The Screaming Eagles won the GLVC Tournament and the automatic bid.
Top Players: All-GLVC First -team junior catcher Dylan Mooney leads the charge for the Eagles batting .396 with 13 homeruns, 13 doubles, and 78 hits. Joining him on the GLVC First-team is teammate junior outfielder Michael Huling who is batting .402 with 74 hits. Also First-team ALL GLVC is junior righty Trevor Leach, who sports a 3.01 ERA with a 10-1 record. He has 66 strikeouts through 98 innings of work.

Notes: The GLVC baseball title is the first for the Eagles since 1993. They have remained at the top in the region all season. Southern Indiana was in the National Championship series in 2007; they lost to eventual champion Tampa. The Eagles have appeared in the NCAA II Tournament three times in the last four seasons.

School: Grand Valley State University Lakers
Region Seed: 2
Record: 34-14
Head Coach (record): Steve Lyon (12th season, 454-182-2)
Conference: GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, Midwest region title, advanced to DII Champ Series, where they lost to national runner-up Emporia State
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: Finished second in the GLIAC with a 23-9 record. Received at-large bid after losing the GLIAC tournament. Also, ranked second in the Midwest region.
Top Players: The Lakers are led by All-GLIAC First-teamers senior second baseman Kyle Gendron, junior shortstop Andrew Trepel, sophomore outfielder Cody Grice, and junior pitcher Joe Jablonski. Grice is batting .448 with 94 hits and 18 stolen bases. Gendron is at .408 with 14 doubles and 49 RBI and Trepel adds more depth with a .372 average and 10 doubles. Jablonski sports a 3.08 ERA and an 8-2 record through 13 appearances.

Notes: Coach Lyon is 18th on the DII active percentage list with .660. He was the 2007 FieldTurf Division II National Coach of the Year. 2009 was the school's 14th GLIAC title.

School: Northern Kentucky University Norse
Region Seed: 3
Record: 41-15
Head Coach (record): Todd Asalon (10th season, 360-227-1)
Conference: GLVC (Great Lakes Valley Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, Midwest region tournament, third straight appearance in tourney
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: Finished first in the GLVC East standings with a 24-6 record. Received at-large bid after losing the GLVC tournament.
Top Players: The Norse are led by GLVC Player of the Year Jason Cisper and GLVC Pitcher of the Year Kevin Jordan. Cisper is batting .447 with 97 hits and 36 stolen bases. Jordan has a 1.91 ERA with an 8-3 record through 34 appearances and 83 strikeouts.

Notes: Head coach Todd Asalon collected his 500th career victory this season as NKU beat Kentucky Wesleyan 10-0 on April 26. NKU won the GLVC in 2009. Asalon was selected 2010 GLVC Coach of the Year.

School: Wayne State University Warriors (MI)
Region Seed: 4
Record: 32-18
Head Coach (record): Ryan Kelley (2nd season, 57-44)
Conference: GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 2008, Midwest region tournament
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: Won the GLIAC Tournament and the automatic bid.
Top Players: GLIAC Pitcher of the Year senior right-hander Justin Mazur leads the league with 73 strikeouts. He is carrying a 4.22 ERA and a 6-2 record through 12 appearances. Senior outfielder Paul LaMantia joins his teammate on the All-GLIAC First-team. He is batting .407 with 13 homeruns.

Notes: Head coach Ryan Kelley was named GLIAC Coach of the Year.


School: Ashland University Eagles
Region Seed: 5
Record: 35-20
Head Coach (record): John Schaly (13th season, 517-228)
Conference: GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, Midwest region tournament, 2008, 5th place national finish at DII champ series
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: Second place finish in the GLIAC Tournament and an at-large bid.
Top Players: Senior pitcher/first baseman Ben Minard (All-GLIAC First-team) anchors the team with a .382 batting average, 13 homeruns, and 17 doubles. He also has a 4.14 ERA and a 9-5 record. Joining him on the All-GLIAC First-team are senior third baseman Jacob Petkac and senior pitcher Kevin Dunn. Dunn is 6-3 with a 4.12 ERA. Petkac is batting .374 with 12 doubles and 70 hits.

Notes: Fifth consecutive year, and 11th time in the last 12 years, the Eagles have been invited to the NCAA playoffs. Under head coach John Schaly the Eagles have advanced to the NCAA Division II Series four times. Ashland won the regional crown in 2008 and advanced to the DII Champ Series where they beat then defending national champ Tampa, 6-5, but lost to eventual national champ Mount Olive 18-5.

School: University of Indianapolis Greyhounds
Region Seed: 6
Record: 34-20
Head Coach (record): Gary Vaught (16th season, 545-365-2)
Conference: GLVC (Great Lakes Valley Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, lost Midwest region tournament final game to Grand Valley State
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: Lost in the GLIAC Tournament and grabbed the last at-large bid. Number six in the Midwest region rankings.
Top Players: The Greyhounds are led by All-GLVC First-team junior pitcher Donovan Drake. Drake is 6-4 with a 3.76 ERA through 14 appearances with 73 strikeouts.

Notes: Head coach Gary Vaught is 15th on the all-time winningest coaches list in Division II.

SOUTHEAST
Teams: 1. Francis Marion (38-12), 2. Columbus State (42-10), 3. Georgia College (35-15), 4. Mount Olive (40-9), 5. Catawba (40-11), 6. Erskine (40-15)
Host: Francis Marion - Clifford S. Cormell Field, Florence, SC
Tournament Central: http://www.fmupatriots.com/sports/bsb/2009-10/releases/BB_NCAA_Regional_webpage
Dates: May 13-16 (Thursday-Sunday)
Notes: This region boasts two former national champions and four teams ranked in the top ten. Columbus State won the title in 2002 and Mount Olive won it in 2008. The NCAA National Championship is now played in North Carolina, with Mount Olive sharing hosting duties with the city of Cary.

School: Francis Marion University Patriots
Region Seed: 1
Record: 38-12
Head Coach (record): Art Inabinet (10th season, 330-190-2)
Conference: Peach Belt Conference
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, Southeast region tournament , 2006 appearance in DII champ series, lost to eventual champ Tampa, 4-3
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: Lost in the PBC Tournament and grabbed an at-large bid. Finished second in the PBC with a 16-8 mark.
Top Players: Leading the Patriots are ALL-PBC First-teamers senior shortstop Barrett Kleinknecht and freshman RHP Don Sandifer. Kleinknecht is batting .366 with 13 homeruns and 18 doubles with 10 stolen bases. Sandifer sports a 3.02 ERA with a 6-1 record through 14 appearances. Senior RHP Brandon Forshee has 11 saves.

Notes: Francis Marion has 11 30-win seasons. This is their fifth trip to the NCAA tournament in the past eight seasons.
School: Columbus State University Cougars
Region Seed: 2
Record: 42-10
Head Coach (record): Greg Appleton (13th season, 484-265)
Conference: Peach Belt Conference
NCAA Last appearance: 2008, Southeast region tournament , 2007 national runner-up - lost to Tampa, 7-2
NCAA Titles: 1, 2002
How they got here: Won the PBC Tournament and grabbed the automatic bid. Finished third in the PBC West standings with a 16-7 mark.
Top Players: Leading the Patriots are ALL-PBC First-teamers senior shortstop Barrett Kleinknecht and freshman RHP Don Sandifer. Kleinknecht is batting .366 with 13 homeruns and 18 doubles with 10 stolen bases. Sandifer sports a 3.02 ERA with a 6-1 record through 14 appearances. Senior RHP Brandon Forshee has 11 saves.

Notes: Columbus State is the 2002 National Champion and is the 1986 and 2007 National Runner-ups.

School: Georgia College and State University Bobcats
Region Seed: 3
Record: 35-15
Head Coach (record): Tom Carty (3rd season, 204-86)
Conference: Peach Belt Conference
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, Southeast region tournament , 1995 National Runner-up to Florida Southern
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: Lost in the PBC Tournament and grabbed an at-large bid. Finished first in the PBC West standings with a 19-5 mark.
Top Players: Leading the Bobcats are All-PBC First-team selections second baseman Jason Veyna, starting pitcher Martin Dewald, and outfielder Sean Harrell. Harrell is batting .468 with 11 homeruns and 20 stolen bases. Veyna adds a .320 average with 57 hits. Also, outfielder Shawn Ward (All-PBC First-team) clubbed 16 homeruns. Dewald owns a 10-2 record with 100 strikeouts and 3.90 ERA through 94.2 innings of work.

Notes: 2009 marked the third time in four years the team went to the NCAA tournament. Tom Carty was named PBC Coach of the Year.

School: Mount Olive College Trojans
Region Seed: 4
Record: 40-9
Head Coach (record): Carl Lancaster (24th season, 799-181)
Conference: Conference Carolinas
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, Southeast region tournament
NCAA Titles: 1, 2008
How they got here: Won the Conference Carolinas Tournament and grabbed the automatic bid. Finished first in regular season standings with an 18-6 mark.
Top Players: Leading the Trojans are ALL-Conference Carolinas First-teamers rightfielder Jeremy Nowak and designated hitter Mike Knox. Nowak, the Conference Carolinas Co-Player of the Year, is batting .480 (10th in the nation) with 15 homeruns and 73 RBI. Sophomore Knox has 22 homeruns and .383 average with a .907 slugging percentage

Notes: Mount Olive is the 2008 National Champion and is the co-hosts of the NCAA Division II National Championship Series in Cary, NC with the city of Cary. Carl Lancaster was named Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year. He also ranks in the top 15 among active Division II coaches for wins and winning percentage. He is one win away from 800 victories at Mount Olive

School: Catawba College Indians
Region Seed: 5
Record: 40-11
Head Coach (record): Jim Gantt (11th season, 367-207)
Conference: South Atlantic Conference
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, Southeast region tournament
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: Won the SAC Tournament and grabbed the automatic bid. Finished third in the SAC standings with a 16-8 mark.
Top Players: Leading the Indians are SAC Pitcher of the Year Nathan Furr and SAC Freshman of the Year Garrett Furr. Nathan Furr has a 6-0 record with a 3.75 ERA over nine starts. Garrett, who split time at first base and as the designated hitter, batted .377 with 10 homeruns and 58 hits.

Notes: Under Gantt, the Indians have posted eight 30+ win seasons. He was the 2006 SAC Coach of the Year

School: Erskine College Flying Fleet
Region Seed: 6
Record: 40-15
Head Coach (record): Kevin Nichols (12th season, 370-251)
Conference: Conference Carolinas
NCAA Last appearance: 2008, Southeast region tournament
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: Grabbed an at-large bid after losing in the conference tournament. Finished second in the Conference Carolinas standings with a 16-8 mark.
Top Players: On April 17, senior Bryan Fogle became the NCAA all-time career homerun king as he clubbed 27 homers at that point of this season. He also has 72 career homeruns and moves into first place on the NCAA charts. Fogle was named Conference Carolinas Co-Player of the Year after batting .437 with 28 homeruns and 103 RBI with 94 hits. He has already broken the career record for RBI. He is trying to break the single-season record for RBI and he has 103 so far - needs two to break the single-season record. Joining him on the Conference Carolinas First-team is Pitcher of the Year William Buzhardt. Buzhardt carries a 15-2 record with 96 strikeouts and a 3.91 ERA. Atlee Pearson has 16 saves.

Notes: Third time in last five years that the Flying Fleet has won 40 or more games in a season.


SOUTH CENTRAL
Teams: 1. Central Missouri (47-8), 2. Abilene Christian (46-13), 3. Emporia State (42-14), 4. Incarnate Word (40-16), 5. St. Mary's (Texas) (39-17), 6. Nebraska-Omaha (32-18)
Host: Central Missouri - Crane Stadium-Tompkins Field, Warrensburg, MO
Tournament Central: http://www.ucmo.edu/athletics/baseball/09-10_news/2010_Regional.cfm
Dates: May 13-16 (Thursday-Sunday)
Notes: Central Missouri has won the National Championship in 1994 and 2003. In 2003, they beat south region power Tampa. St. Mary's won the title in 2001. Difficult region with former winners and last year's National runner-up Emporia State.

School: University of Central Missouri Mules
Region Seed: 1
Record: 47-8
Head Coach (record): Tommy Myers (3rd season, 138-40)
Conference: MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association)
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, South Central region tournament
NCAA Titles: 2, 1994 and 2003, also finished fourth in 2008
How they got here: Won the MIAA Tournament and grabbed the automatic bid. Finished first in the MIAA with a 34-6 mark.
Top Players: Senior centerfielder Chance Tuttle is the MIAA Player of the Year. He leads the team with a .429 batting average and has slammed 14 homeruns and stolen 24 bases. Joining him on the All-MIAA First-team are senior righty Brooks Martin and junior first baseman Nick DeBiasse. Martin sports an 11-0 record with a 2.33 ERA through 13 appearances. He also has 97 strikeouts. DeBiasse is batting .423 with 15 homeruns.

Notes: Tommy Myers is the 2010 MIAA Coach of the Year. In 2003, the Mules defeated perennial power Tampa to win their second national championship. Coach Myers was the 2008 NABC Central Region Coach of the Year.

School: Abilene Christian University Wildcats
Region Seed: 2
Record: 46-13
Head Coach (record): Britt Bonneau (14th season, 588-247-1)
Conference: LSC (Lone Star Conference)
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, Southeast region tournament , 2003 only regional crown, advanced to DII series for first time in school history
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: Won the LSC Tournament and grabbed the automatic bid. Finished first in the LSC standings with an 28-11 mark.
Top Players: Junior outfielder Aaron Oliver was named LSC Player of the Year. Starting pitchers Zach Sneed and Aaron Lambrix join him on the All-LSC First-team. Oliver is batting .406 with 12 homeruns. Sneed is 8-1 ith a 3.73 ERA through 14 appearances. Lambrix is 9-0. Brad Rutherford has 11 saves.

Notes: Coach Bonneau posted his 500th victory last season. The Wildcats have gone to eight of the last ten South Central region tournaments. The Wildcats have captured six LSC South Division titles in this decade

School: Emporia State University Hornets
Region Seed: 3
Record: 42-14
Head Coach (record): Bob Fornelli (7th season, 613-230)
Conference: MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association)
NCAA Last appearance: 2009, South Central region championship, NCAA Division II Champ Series
NCAA Titles: 0, 2009 National Runner-up - they lost to National Champion Lynn, 2-1
How they got here: Lost in the MIAA Tournament championship to UCM and grabbed an at-large bid. Finished second in the MIAA standings with a 31-9 mark.
Top Players: The Hornets are led by All-MIAA First-teamers senior pitcher Ben Graham, junior catcher David Albritton, and senior outfielder Jeremy Francis. Albritton is batting .377 with 11 homeruns. Francis has 19 stolen bases and a .354 batting average. Graham is 8-3 with a 2.45 ERA through 13 appearances.

Notes: Coach Fornelli is the third winningest active coach by percentage in NCAA II baseball. The hornets just missed the national title last year as they lost a close game to 2009 National champion Lynn, 2-1. It was the first time they ever made it to the national championship game.

School: University of Incarnate Word Cardinals
Region Seed: 4
Record: 40-16
Head Coach (record): Danny Heep (13th season, 442-267)
Conference: Heartland Conference
NCAA Last appearance: 2006, South Central region tournament
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: Won the Heartland Conference Championship by beating UT-Permian Basin twice and grabbed the automatic bid. Finished second in regular season standings with 34-13 mark.
Top Players: Kirk Jewasko is the Heartland Pitcher of the Year. Joining him on the first-team are infielders Matt Flores and Reno Malay. Jewasko has a 12-2 record with a 2.75 ERA and 100 strikeouts. Also, first-teamer Alfred Caballero has 10 saves. Flores is batting .414 and Malay is at .400 with 16 doubles.

Notes: The Cardinals return to the NCAA tournament after a four-year hiatus.

School: St. Mary's University Rattlers (Texas)
Region Seed: 5
Record: 39-17
Head Coach (record): Charlie Migl (24th season, 878-411)
Conference: Heartland Conference
NCAA Last appearance: 2004, South Central region tournament
NCAA Titles: 1, 2001
How they got here: Fell in the Heartland Tournament, but was awarded an at-large bid. Finished first in the standings with a 35-13 mark.
Top Players: The Rattlers are led by junior catcher Ryan Morrow (All-Heartland First-team), who is batting .375 with 14 homeruns and 13 doubles, and senior outfielder James Hipp. Hipp leads the team with a .392 batting average and adds 11 doubles and 65 runs scored. Senior starter Alfonso Maldonado (All-Heartland First-team) is 8-5 and has a 2.70 ERA.

Notes: The Rattlers beat Central Missouri in 2001, 11-3, for the National Championship. Coach Migl has been conference coach of the year 10 times. He was named the 2010 Heartland Coach of the Year

School: University of Nebraska- Omaha Mavs
Region Seed: 6
Record: 32-18
Head Coach (record): Bob Herold (11th season, 374-222)
Conference: MIAA (Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association)
NCAA Last appearance: 2008, Central region tournament, 2007 NCAA II Champ Series, lost to eventual champion Tampa, 9-2
NCAA Titles: 0
How they got here: Grabbed an at-large bid after losing in the conference tournament. Finished third in the conference standings with a 28-12 mark.
Top Players: The Mavs have the MIAA Pitcher of the Year in sophomore Joe Holtmeyer and Freshman of the Year in first baseman Tyler Splichal. Holtmeyer is 9-2 with a 2.89 ERA and a whopping 152 strikeouts. Splichal is batting .405 with 22 doubles.

Notes: The Mavs return to the NCAA tournament after a two-year hiatus. They made it to the NCAA II champ series in 2007 and lost to eventual champion Tampa.


NOTES FROM THE FIRST DAY:
The South Central region had a three hour rain delay to start the day...top-seeded Central Missouri cruised to a 9-3 opening-day victory over six-seeded Nebraska-Omaha...Sixth-seeded Erskine knocked off first-seeded Francis Marion, 4-3 at the Southeast regional...Top-seeded Kutztown lost again to six-seeded California (Pa.),4-3 ...Last year's National Runner-up Emporia State lost their opening day South Central region game to fourth-seeded Incarnate word, 6-1... In the South, the two top seeds cruised to victories; Southern Arkansas beat Albany State, 6-1 and Tampa beat Florida Tech, 7-1...Top-ranked nationally and top-seeded in the West, UCSD also cruised to a first day West region victory over Hawaii Pacific, 13-0.

PING! Baseball has named 38 players as semi-finalists for the first annual Tino Martinez Division II Player of the Year award. The list will be narrowed again and five finalists will be named on May 17,2010. The winner of the inaugural award will be named at the conclusion of the NCAA Division II National Championship. Tino Martinez was one of the best and most decorated Division II baseball players and the award is named in his honor; it is comparable to Division I's Dick Howser award. Martinez played at University of Tampa and he also won four World Series rings with the NY Yankees.