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I wrote about the Mules consistently early in the season as I believe was well deserved praise coming into the 2017 season ranked #2 in the preseason rankings. However, a few weekends this spring have been true battle tests for Central Missouri that haven’t always gone their way.

The Mules, after falling out of the one seed in my rankings reclaimed there title they had for almost 10 straight weeks  after going 3-1 this week and winning on the road at Southwest Baptist, something very few teams can speak for this year. (SBU is 18-5 at home this year).

Doing it in more ways than one is quickly becoming the recipe for Central Missouri’s success. The former MIAA champion has slowly risen up the leader board in the hitting categories for the MIAA as they sit at a team average of .320 (3rd in the MIAA) and lead in SB with 75 (Ranks 16th nationally).

Pitching has always been the Mules bread and butter this year which I believe should continue.  Supporting a MIAA leading team ERA of 3.74 and allowing opposes teams to only bat .246 off of them. Coach Kyle Crookes will have the Mules prepared as the final weeks of the season finish.

My rankings for this week:

                                                                Division II
Rank Team 2017 Record Last Week Results Previous Rank
1 Central Missouri 25-12 3-1 2
2 Drury 24-12 1-3 1
3 Southwest Baptist 27-11 3-1 4
4 Lindenwood 25-14 3-0 5
5 NW Missouri St. 24-14 0-4 3
6 Missouri Western 21-17 4-0 9
7 Missouri S & T 17-17 2-2 6
8 Missouri Southern 21-21 1-3 7
9 Maryville 20-18 2-2 10
10 Rockhurst 18-19 1-3 8
11 William Jewell 16-17 2-2 11
12 UMSL 13-20 2-3 13
13 Truman 12-25 2-2 12



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