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.
|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)|