The claim has been made over the years that the MIAA is similar to the SEC in division 1 as far as competition is concerned. The MIAA is one of the toughest conferences to play in no matter the sport. Over the weekend many MIAA teams took on GLVC conference opponents and the MIAA didn’t disappoint.
Southwest Baptist was my cellar team at the beginning of the year and held that rank for the first 3 weeks of the season. After taking 3 of 4 from Maryville University and now claiming a 6-1 record on the year the bearcats look much more than a bottom feeding team.
Over the weekend the Bearcats received help from everyone as they’ve supported a team wide .370 batting average through two weekends of play. Caleb Sneed homered twice against Maryville to help put the bearcats over the hill in 2 of the closer games this weekend.
Last year Lindenwood was picked to finish 4th in the MIAA and ended up finishing in the bottom portion of the league. This year LU was picked to finish in the bottom portion, so far the Lions have look much better than expected.
Saturday was the start of a 3 game series for the Lions against Augustana University from South Dakota. Lions received 7 innings of shutout baseball from their right hander Brandon Feldmann. Sunday was followed up with 5 rbi’s from the Lions sophomore catcher Ryan Sosnowski. Moving from 10th to 8th is well deserved for the Lions so far on the young season.
Central Missouri took care of business down in Houston winning all 3 of their matchups. Mules took on a nationally voted for Chico State on Sunday that finished in a victory for Central Missouri 3-2. Mules remain atop my Missouri College Division 2 list.
|Rank||Team||2017 Record||Last Week Results||Previous Rank|
|1||#2 Central Missouri||7-2||3-0||1|
|3||Missouri S & T||1-2||1-2||3|
|5||NW Missouri St.||8-2||2-1||5|