Miners with another tough road test. Weekly matchups for Division II are up.

 

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Looking at the state of Missouri Division II schools, the MIAA conference sticks out and is known to be the “SEC” of division II baseball. However, the schedule that Missouri S&T has played so far and will continue to play this week against #19 Saint Josephs is not far from being the toughest schedule in the state.

S&T started off the year playing at #15 Emporia State for 3 games in which they took 1 of 3. Next the miners traveled to play at the time #7 St. Edwards for 4 games. Miners took 1 of 4 games on the road. Now they travel to St. Joseph’s to play another top ranked team on the road. I’d argue this has to be up there with one of the more tougher schedules on the season.

All that said, going 2-7 so far against top opponents won’t be getting the Miners anyone’s praises come tournament time. I like the battle test schedule, but the Miners now need to prove this weekend they are a good ball club. I give my weekend matchup series of the week to Missouri S&T and #19 St. Joseph’s.

Other matchups I like:

Missouri Western at Missouri Southern. I see this matchup is a great backyard brawl between two good teams. Griffins are 8-1 in their last 9 and Missouri Southern needs to get over the hump with a big series win.

                                                     Division II
Rank Team 2017 Record Matchups this week
1 #4 Central Missouri 15-4 @ Nebraska at Kearney (3G)
2 Missouri S & T 9-6 @ #19 St. Joseph’s (4G)
3 Missouri Western 11-8 @ Mo Southern (3G)
4 Rockhurst 10-4 vs. McKendree (3G), vs. NWMOST (1G), @ NWMOST (1G)
5 Drury 9-6  vs. Trevecca Nazarene (3G)
6 Lindenwood 13-7 @ Illinois Springfield (1G), vs. Central Oklahoma (3G)
7 Missouri Southern 12-9 @ Maryville (2G), vs. Mo Western (3G)
8 Maryville 10-5 vs. Mo Southern (2G)
9 NW Missouri St. 11-8 vs. William Jewell (1G), @Rockhurst (1G), vs. Rockhurt (1G)
10 Southwest Baptist 13-6 vs. Northeastern State U. (3G)
11 William Jewell 5-6 @NWMOST (1G), vs. Northern State University (3G)
12 Truman 4-8 vs. Augustana (SD) (4G), @ Lewis University (4G)
13 UMSL 4-7 @ Illinois Springfield (1G), vs. Ballarmine (3G)
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